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Newberry_Jr_Archer_ClubNot ordered: Team members Olivia Huffer, Ryan Oliver, Rebel Gryffin, Bailey Gregory, Gan Gryffin, Wesley Francis, Tristan Hyde, Aubrey Webster, Allen Abe, Amye Francis, Dustin Clark, Austin Bagby, Wyatt Pogue and Julia Francis. (not pictured: Gan Gryffin and Allen Abe).

CONYERS, GA – On Feb. 24 and 25, the Newberry Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Club traveled to Conyers, Ga., to compete in the 43rd Annual Junior Olympic Archery Development’s National Indoor Championships, sponsored by USA Archery and World Archery.

The regional portion of the competition brought archers from the southeastern states of Fla., Ga., Ala., S. C., N.C. and Tenn. The team coached by Eric Blalock, brought home 14 medals. Archers competed in 10 different divisions based on age and bow type (Olympic Recurve or Compound). For many archers, this was their first experience traveling to compete.

Gold medal winners were Olivia Huffer, Ryan Oliver, Rebel Gryffin, Bailey Gregory and Gan Gryffin. Silver Medalists were Wesley Francis, Tristan Hyde, Aubrey Webster, Allen Abe, Amye Francis and Dustin Clark. Bronze Medalists were Austin Bagby, Wyatt Pogue and Julia Francis.

Archers began fundraising for the trip in December. Their major sponsor was Easton Foundations. Additional support was provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife, Hitchcock’s Market of Newberry, Villagio’s Pizzeria, A Stitch in Time Embroidery, Native Kids and the citizens of Newberry who provided individual donations.

The team trains at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex under the direction of Head Coach Robert Turner and Assistant Coaches  Eric Blalock, David Anthony and Joey Todd. The Newberry JOAD Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization with the mission of promoting a love of archery, while encouraging sportsmanship, volunteerism and community service. In June, the team will travel to Hamilton, Ohio for Outdoor Nationals.

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ALACHUA – The Santa Fe Raiders softball team has been awarded a grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to provide money for the renovation of the school’s softball field and the purchase of new equipment.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, an organization designed to promote growth of youth baseball and softball, will be giving Santa Fe High School $16,871. The softball team has to match the amount donated with $11,000 in cash and $4,500 in-kind by today, March 1.

Every year the softball team puts money into the field, said Santa Fe’s Dean of Students Loretta Shane.  Normally, the amount is around $3,000 to $5,000.

Shane said the coaches believe that students should leave the field better than it was the year before, and each year the team works hard to improve the facility.

“It allows them to work together for a common purpose,” Shane said. “It gives them pride. They put a little sweat in it. The entire field was built on that philosophy.”

The students have already raised the $4,500 in-kind funding, but haven’t reached the total amount required for the cash match. On Monday, the softball team and Head Coach Gene Findley approached the City of Alachua in hopes of receiving a donation.

The commission provided $500 from the city’s good will account to help the students toward their goal.

According to Shane, as of Tuesday, Feb. 28, the group is approximately $1,500 short of reaching the required amount.

“We are not going to lose this grant,” she said.

To raise the money required by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the students held a helmet drive, ran concessions at a softball tournament, sold advertisement banners for the softball field and sold advertisement for a program the team is organizing. Local businesses, such as Sonny’s, have participated by offering the school a designated time during which 15 percent of profits would go to the school.

With the money, the Santa Fe softball team plans to purchase an athletic field groomer and conditioner. They will also be installing a roof on one of the batting cages and an outfield warning track, which will alert players when they are getting to the edge of the field. Previous renovations included a roof over one of the two batting cages. Shane said the roofs allow the team to practice when the weather is bad.

The total amount for the project is estimated to be $32,371.

Students anticipate the improvements will decrease player injuries and entice more students to join the team. This year, the softball team combined JV and Varsity into one team because there wasn’t enough interest in the sport.

In the past, the renovations have included purchasing a new pitching machine, a new commercial fryer and changing the field from a slow-pitch to a fast-pitch field.

Anyone wishing to make a donation toward the project should contact Dean Shane, Head Coach Gene Findley or Athletic Director Michele Faulk at Santa Fe High School. The number for Santa Fe High School is 386-462-1125.

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Vernterio_Jenkins_signs_football_scholarship_with_Weber_International_cornerback_copyWes_Cain_Signs_with_Campbellsville_University_offensive_lineman_copyPhoto 1: Santa Fe High School football cornerback Vernterio Jenkins (center) signed on with and received a scholarship from Webber International University. Photo 2: Santa Fe High School football offensive lineman Wes Cain (center) makes it official Feb. 8 when he one for a football scholarship at Campbellsville University in Kentucky.
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Santa Fe High School senior Hannah Emerson received an athletic scholarship to play volleyball at St. Johns River College in Palatka.  Emerson made the deal official on Feb. 22 at an official signing celebration at the high school.

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Gainesville, Fla.--Tim Davis, who has over 25 years of coaching experience, including nine years with current members of the Gator coaching staff, has been named the new offensive line coach for the University of Florida football team, head coach Will Muschamp announced on Monday. Davis comes to UF after serving in the same role at his alma mater, Utah, last season and will replace Frank Verducci.

Davis has coached in 15 bowl games and been a part of two National Championship teams. He has tutored 11 players that have gone on to play in the National Football League.

"Tim is a perfect fit for our program - he has a history of coaching in a pro-style offense and shares the same program philosophies," said Muschamp.  "It will be a seamless transition for our players and staff. He worked with Brian White at Wisconsin, Derek Lewis at Minnesota and Dan Quinn and I worked with him at the Miami Dolphins.  He understands the values that we put on the line of scrimmage and he will help us get where we want to be at that position after Coach Verducci made a decision to pursue other interests. We wish Frank the best of luck and appreciate his efforts towards the Gator program."

The veteran offensive line coach's career began in 1981 and has included stops in the Big Ten, the Pac-10 (and Pac-12), the Southeastern Conference and the NFL. He spent the 2011 season coaching the Utes' offensive line in their inaugural season in the Pac-12.

You don't have to look far to see the connections that Davis has to the current Florida coaching staff. In 2009-10, Davis coached the Minnesota offensive line and worked alongside Lewis, the current UF tight ends coach.

Prior to his time with the Golden Gophers, Davis spent a season in Tuscaloosa as the Director of Player Personnel at Alabama under Nick Saban. Davis also worked alongside Saban and current UF coaches Muschamp and Quinn with the Miami Dolphins (2005-06). From 1997-2001, Davis and White, the current Gator running backs coach, worked together at Wisconsin.

Davis has also coached at Southern Cal, serving as offensive line coach from 2002-04. The Trojans won the 2005 BCS National Championship Game and were voted No. 1 in the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America polls following the 2003 season.

"I'm excited to work with Coach Muschamp again and join the Florida football program," said Davis. "Like most assistant coaches, I've been on a number of coaching staffs and usually there is a transition period when you join a new staff. I don't look at this as joining a new staff, having worked with Coach Muschamp, Dan Quinn, Brian White and Derek Lewis in the past. I understand the shared philosophies of the staff and look forward to being part of The Gator Nation."

Early in his career, Davis spent time as a student assistant at Utah (1981-82), a graduate assistant and volunteer coach at Wisconsin (1983-86) and a graduate assistant at Arizona (1987). He spent one season as the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line coach at Walla Walla Community College in 1988 before returning to the Division I level at Idaho State in 1989 to coach the Bengal's offensive line.

Davis returned to his alma mater for the first time in 1990 and spent seven years with the Utes before heading to Wisconsin.

As a player, Davis started his collegiate career at Chabot Junior College in Hayward, Calif., as an offensive tackle for two seasons, and he was later inducted into the Chabot College Hall of Fame. He then transferred to Utah where he was a three-year letterman on the offensive line, earning the team's Most Inspirational Player Award in 1980. Davis played professionally in the CFL for the Hamilton Tigercats (1981) and in the USFL for the L.A. Express (1983).

A native of Castro Valley, Calif., Davis earned a Bachelor's in physical education at Utah in 1982 and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction at Wisconsin in 1986. He is married to the former Janice Price, and the couple has one son, Nick, and one daughter, Mary Rose.

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