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GAINESVILLE – Golfers will assemble on Friday, Oct. 28 at Haile Plantation to celebrate the life of Nick Oelrich and his precious gift to more than 108 recipients as an organ and tissue donor.

The tournament is hosted annually by Nick’s father, State Senator Steve Oelrich, and raises funds for transplant advocacy and programs.  The Shands Pediatric Transplant Unit is the beneficiary of the tournament.

“These funds are being used to support the needs of the children and families of organ transplants,” said Oelrich.  “In previous years, we’ve also put thousands of dollars into advocacy programs geared toward raising public awareness about organ donation.  So many families are affected by an organ and tissue donation.  It is just a tremendously wonderful, selfless thing to do and it can truly save lives.”

Among the many sponsors of the tournament are RTI-Biologics, AvMed, Southeast Tissue Alliance and GRU.  Persons interested in participating in the tournament or making donations may contact the Office of Senator Oelrich at 352-375-3555.

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UFGatorNEW HAVEN, Conn. – Florida redshirt senior running back Chris Rainey (Lakeland, Fla.) was named the Bowl Championship Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending September 17, announced by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday. LSU junior cornerback Morris Claiborne was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Week.

Rainey totaled 233 all-purpose yards, scored a touchdown and registered his school-record fifth blocked punt to help the 16th-ranked Gators (3-0) defeat Tennessee for the seventh-consecutive time, 33-23. He tallied 108 yards rushing and 104 yards receiving against the Vols, becoming the second player in the country and first in the SEC this season to record a 100-yard performance in both categories in a single game. Rainey joined Percy Harvin (in 2007 against Vanderbilt) as the only Gators in school history to accomplish the feat.

With his 104 receiving yards against the Vols, highlighted by an 83-yard scoring toss from senior John Brantley (Ocala, Fla.), Rainey became the fourth running back in school history to notch a 100-yard receiving game. In addition, his blocked punt in the second quarter established both the Florida and SEC record for career blocks (five), a total tied for 10th-best since the NCAA began tracking the stat in 1937, and he is the active leader nationally in career blocked punts.

Rainey has rushed for over 100 yards in back-to-back games against UAB (119 yards on 16 carries) and Tennessee (108 yards on a career-high 21 carries), the first time a Gator running back has eclipsed the century mark in two-straight outings since Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) did so during the 2008 season against Arkansas and LSU.

Rainey paces the Orange and Blue offense in both rushing (306 yards on 48 carries, 6.4 avg., two touchdowns) and receiving (214 yards on 11 receptions, 19.5 avg., two touchdowns) and is second in the SEC with 187.7 all-purpose yards per game. He is tied for sixth in the country with 520 yards from scrimmage and ranks second in the nation with 8.8 yards per touch among players with 50+ touches. In the season-opening victory over Florida Atlantic, Rainey became the first player in UF history, and third in the nation since 1996, to record a rushing, receiving & return touchdown.

 The Gators will face Kentucky (2-1/0-0 SEC) next Saturday night in their first road contest of the season. The game from Commonwealth Stadium will be carried nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m.

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Raiders nip Panthers 17-16 in OT

SFHSfootballA pumped up Santa Fe High School football team came out on top of Newberry High School for the first time since the 2005 season.

With Tommy Keeler making his much anticipated return to Newberry on Friday night as Santa Fe's coach, it just seemed fitting that the annual season-opening matchup between the Raiders and Panthers would be decided in overtime.

In the end, it was Keeler's new team, Santa Fe, that came out on top.

A packed house at Panther Stadium saw the Raiders edge Newberry 17-16 in overtime in what was an emotional contest for both sides.

Newberry failed to convert its extra point attempt in overtime that would have continued the game.

While the Panthers felt heartbreak, the Raiders jumped around, celebrating their first win over Newberry since 2005.

Keeler, who coached Newberry to victories in each of the last five meetings, has now won six straight in this series.

"It has been so long since these guys have won," Keeler said. "We have something to build on finally. It is a great win to have"

Quarterback D.L. Powell got things rolling for the Raiders (1-0) on their second play from scrimmage. The fleet-footed junior, broke off a 59-yard scoring run down the right side to give Santa Fe a 7-0 edge, with just a under minute gone by in the game. Powell ran for 104 yards on 13 carries and was also 4-of-6 passing for 39 yards on the evening. However, 1:15 into the second period, Newberry (0-1) pulled even as Brandon Herbert rolled to his left and connected with Monte Seabrook on a 26-yard touchdown pass in the back left corner of the end zone.

The clubs then exchanged field goals which made it a 10-10 affair heading into halftime. Ryan Butcher drilled a 42-yard field with 5:40 to play in the second quarter, before Newberry's Dylan Leschanz answered with a 26-yard field goal as time expired for the first half.

The Panthers then opened the third quarter and did a great job of controlling the ball and the clock for all but 1:07 of the period. The lengthy drive was fueled by Troy Fowler's 29 yard pass to Devonte Flagg on a fake punt and a Santa Fe roughing the kicker penalty. Although Newberry dominated the time of possession to open the second half, it had no points to show for it as Leschanz was wide left on his 22-yard field goal attempt.

After both teams went back and forth, Santa Fe got a big play from its defense and was in good shape to win the game in regulation. Verntario Jenkins intercepted a Herbert pass at midfield and brought it back 40 yards down to the Newberry 10-yard line with 1:11 left in the fourth quarter. In the closing seconds, Butcher came on for a 28-yard field goal attempt. The Panthers smothered the attempt with 8 seconds left as the game headed into overtime.

Brandon Willis opened overtime for Santa Fe with a four-yard scoring run. Butcher, who also averaged 42.6 yards on three punts, followed with his second extra point of the game to gave the Raiders a 17-10 cushion.

Fowler, who rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries, crossed the goal line from one-yard out to make it a one-point game. The Panthers then had a bad exchange on the extra point try, which provided the final margin.

"We gave a great effort," said Newberry coach Chris Baker, who was the Panthers' defensive coordinator for three years under Keeler. "I should have gone for two down there. My gut told me to go for two, my coaches kind of said no.

"I seconded guessed myself, heck they may have stopped us, their defense played great, in the red zone especially."

Newberry finished with 143 yards rushing on 47 attempts and Herbert was 7-for-11 passing for 75 yards with the touchdown and the interception. For Santa Fe, it ended with 139 yards rushing on 27 carries. The Raiders were also slowed by 10 penalties for 96 yards. The Raiders now hold a 9-8 advantage in the last 17 meetings with the Panthers.

Keeler, who is good friends with Baker and still has ties to Newberry, was pleased with the win and is ready to move on.

"It is great to see these guys (Newberry) played their hearts out too. They came to win and they played good hard Newberry football," Keeler said. "I am proud of those guys, I still love those guys and I respect everything that they are doing.

"It is great because now I can go on with the season. This thing has been sitting around for a long time."

Santa Fe plays host to Dixie County this Friday, while Newberry heads to Fort White for its week-two game.

"It was really an even ballgame and it came down to a snap," Baker said. "It was a great football game, I am sure the fans are going to leave pretty happy tonight.

"We have something to build on. If we keep getting better we'll be fine."

Santa Fe 17, Newberry 16 (Overtime)

Santa Fe$7$3$0$0$7$—$17


SF- D.L. Powell 59-yard run (Ryan Butcher kick)

N- Monte Seabrook 26-yard pass from Brandon Herbert (Dylan Leschanz)
SF- Butcher 42-yard field goal
N- Leschanz 26-yard field goal
SF- Brandon Willis 4-yard run (Butcher kick)
N- Troy Fowler 1-yard run (kick failed)

                          Santa Fe         Newberry

First downs              6                   17
Rushes-yards         27-139          47-143
Passing yards       39                 104
Comp-att-int         4-6-0             8-12-1
Fumbles-lost        1-0                3-0
Punts-avg            3-42.6            2-34.5
Penalties-yards  10-96              8-53


PASSING: SF- D.L. Powell 4-for-6, 39 yards;N- Brandon Herbert 7-for-11, 75 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
RUSHING: SF- Powell 13-104 yards, 1 TD; N- Troy Fowler 17-90 yards, 1 TD
RECEIVING: SF- Tray Presley 2-36 yards; N- Monte Seabrook 3-45 yards 1 TD

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Six different pitchers scattered seven hits over 12 innings on Saturday morning as the Santa Fe Saints opened their Fall Ball schedule with two wins over the Osceola Overdrive travel ball team.

 Freshman Amber Richardson (Chiefland High School) paced the offense with a grand slam and five RBI.  Richardson also pitched and held the Overdrive scoreless.

 Sophomore Ashley Holton hit a homerun in her first at bat to open the scoring for SF who never looked back and outscored Osceola 27-2 over the two games.

 The Saints travel to Jacksonville on Saturday, Sept. 24 to battle the University of North Florida at 1 p.m.

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SF men’s basketball

Sophomore guard Chad Renfro scored 16 points, including five three pointers, to help lead the undefeated Saints (5-0) past the Tampa Swish.  This marks the fourth game in a row that Renfro has made at least five three pointers.

 The Saints came out firing on all cylinders and led 41-24 at the half.  They continued to stretch the margin in the second half, taking their largest lead of the game at 58-28 before the Swish began to climb back into the game thanks to free throw shooting.  Tampa outscored SF 20-4 from the charity stripe.

 “This game was a good opportunity for all of our guys to get some quality minutes against a zone defense,” said SF Coach Chris Mowry.  “We didn’t close out the game like we would like to, but hopefully we will learn from it and continue to get better every game.”

 Four Saints scored in double figures, led by Renfro’s 16.  Jerome Clyburn scored 13, Mike Washington 10 and Ilija Ivankovic 10.  Santa Fe shot 45% from the field and 11-for-31 from the three point line.

 The next game for Santa Fe is on Tuesday, November 16 at 8 p.m. when they take on TAAG Academy.  The women’s team leads things off against Tallahassee CC at 6 p.m.

For more information and a complete schedule, please visit www.sfcollege.edu/athletics

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