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King’s 14 points, 10 rebounds lead #7 saints past #10 Palm Beach 65-53


Leandra King was dominant on both ends of the floor for the state ranked #7 Santa Fe Saints Saturday night in the Cabot Lodge Tip-Off Classic against Palm Beach State College, scoring 14 points to go with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.


“Leandra played very well tonight,” said SF coach Chanda Stebbins.  “Her 12 second half points were a huge boost.  She shot the ball well, had some nice rebounds and played with a lot of energy.”


Stephenie Coney, 14 points and Kindsay Brandt, 13 points also scored in double figures for SF.


“Kindsay does a little bit of everything for us,” said Stebbins.  “She not only scores but also does a very good job rebounding and finding open shooters on offense.  Stephenie stepped her game up tonight.  She was very aggressive with the ball and really forced the action against their match-up zone.”


The game was a story of two halves as Palm Beach (0-2) controlled the first half with solid defense and timely scoring.  PB held the lead in the first half for all but 30 seconds, taking as large as an eight point lead at the 8:21 mark.  Santa Fe (2-1) kept things close and closed the first period by outscoring the Panthers 13-9 to cut the Palm Beach lead to 32-29 at the break.


The roles were reversed in the second frame as the Saints held the Panthers to only 21 second half points on 9-of-23 shooting, outscoring them 36-21 and out rebounding them 27-13.


“We did a much better job rebounding in the second half,” Stebbins said.  “We only had three offensive rebounds in the first half, but really made it a priority in the second half and we were able to come away with 15.  That was a major difference in the game.  Kristien [Malone] and Leandra did a really nice job on the glass.”


After a three pointer by PB to begin the second period, Santa Fe went on a 10-0 run, sparked by six Leandra King points, to take a 39-35 lead.  The Saints didn’t look back from there and outscored the Panthers 26-18 over the remainder of the game to win their second straight game over a Southern Conference opponent.


The Saints travel to Marianna on November 12 and 13 for the Chipola College tournament where they face defending the defending National Champions and #1 team in the nation Gulf Coast CC on Friday at 6:00pm and #4 Tallahassee CC on Saturday at 2:00pm.


“I think we will have a good feel for where we stand in the state after the games next weekend,” said Stebbins.  “Gulf Coast and TCC are two of the better teams we will face all season.  We are going to have to limit our mistakes and play with a high level of intensity.”














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Newberry-Archer-Gator-Cup-Hill---100_1031The Easton Newberry Sports Complex (ENSC) was the site of the inaugural Easton Foundations Gator Cup this past weekend. 

Competitive archers from all over the country came to the Easton Newberry Sports Complex (ENSC) over the weekend to take part in the inaugural Easton Foundations Gator Cup.

The event was the first Olympic-style shooting competition that ENSC has hosted since its grand opening last October. The 130 competitors entering the tournament were among the top archers in the nation. Several, including 22-year-old current No.1 ranked archer Brady Ellington, were not only the best in the nation, but the best in the world in their division.

After an official practice on Saturday morning, the event kicked off with a 70-meter, 72-arrow qualification round. Later in the day, the archers competed in team and mixed-team rounds.

On Sunday, the archers took to the field for the Olympic rounds, which narrowed the groups down to three medalists in each category. Several matches led to ties that had to be resolved, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats.

In the end, the gold medal winners were: Brady Ellison (recurve men), Reo Wilde (compound men), Khatuna Lorig (recurve women) and Kailey Johnston (compound women). The points accumulated by the competitors at the Gator Cup will help to determine the members of both the U.S. National Archery Team and the U.S. Junior National Archery Team. Complete results from the competition can be found at www.usarchery.org.

Robert Romero, head archery coach at the ENSC, said the first-ever Gator Cup was a success and that he received positive feedback about the facility from the archers.

“There was a nice turnout and the weather was almost perfect, except for a little bit of wind on Sunday,” he said.

Romero said that one of the things that attracted competitors to the event was the $20,000 in prize money offered by the Easton Foundation. It was the largest winning purse for any U.S. outdoor archery tournament in 2010.

The Gator Cup is scheduled to return to Newberry in April of next year.

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The University of Florida and SUN Sports announced on Sunday announced that the Nov. 20 (12:30 p.m.) Appalachian State at Florida college football game will be made available live via pay-per-view (PPV) to viewers of participating cable systems, satellite systems and commercial establishments throughout Florida.

The live PPV airing will be in addition to SUN Sports’ taped presentation of the game airing during the network’s Sunday morning edition of Breakfast with the Gators presented by Regions Bank beginning at 8:30 a.m. and again Tuesday night at 11 p.m. David Steele, Errict Rhett and Brady Ackerman will provide the commentary.

Per Southeastern Conference television contracts, when an SEC team does not have its game selected for live TV by one of the SEC’s television partners (i.e. CBS, ESPN, SEC Network, etc.), it is permitted to offer that game live on a statewide basis on pay-per-view. Therefore, this game is not available to SUN Sports to air live on its network, but SUN Sports can produce the telecast and make it available to Florida cable/satellite systems and commercial establishments to deliver via pay-per-view.

Cable/satellite systems offering the game on pay-per-view will designate a channel location, separate from SUN Sports’ channel, for the pay-per-view presentation. Viewers should call/contact their local cable/satellite company for further details. Outside Florida, the game will be offered via ESPN GamePlan.

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The Santa Fe men’s and women’s basketball programs are hosting the 2010 Cabot Lodge Tip-off Classic this weekend on November 5 and 6.  Eight teams from around the state of Florida will participate in the two day tournament.

The Santa Fe women host St. Pete College on Friday, November 5 at 6:00pm and the men follow against St. Thomas JV at 8:00pm.

On Saturday, November 6 the Lady Saints take on Palm Beach State College at 4:00pm and the men play Indian River State College at 6:00pm.

 Complete Cabot Lodge Classic schedule:

Friday, Nov. 5:
2:00pm – Palm Beach State College vs. College of Central Florida (women)
4:00pm – St. John’s River CC vs. Indian River State College (men)
6:00pm – Santa Fe vs. St. Pete College (women)
8:00pm – Santa Fe vs. St. Thomas JV (men)

Saturday, Nov. 6:
12:00pm – College of Central Florida vs. St. Pete College (women)
2:00pm -  St. John’s River CC vs. St. Thomas JV (men)
4:00pm – Santa Fe vs. Palm Beach State College (women)
6:00pm – Santa Fe vs. Indian River State College (men)

 For complete schedules and more information on Saints Athletics, visit www.sfcollege.edu/athletics.














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University of Florida senior Chas Henry (Dallas, Ga.) and freshman Trey Burton (Venice, Fla.) have each been named as a Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.  Henry was recognized as the Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, while Burton picked up Tri-Freshman of the Week honors.

Henry earned the accolade after connecting on a game-winning 37-yard field goal to beat Georgia in Jacksonville this past Saturday. The field
goal was Florida’s first-ever overtime field goal. The senior also connected on a 34-yard field goal with 10:48 left in the game to give the Gators a 24-16 lead. The Dallas, Ga., native also booted six punts for 281 yards (46.8 average), including a 61-yard punt with just over three minutes left in the third quarter, his fourth punt of 60-plus yards this season. Henry shared the weekly honor with Demond Washington of Auburn.

Burton collected Freshman of the Week honors for the second time this season after rushing for a career-high 110 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. The Sept. 27 SEC Freshman of the Week also caught five passes for 35 yards and was a perfect 2-for-2 in the air for 35 yards
passing. With 3:35 on the clock in the second quarter, Burton scored his 10th overall touchdown of the season on a one-yard rush, and then truck again with a career-long 51-yard touchdown run at the 6:56 mark in the fourth quarter to tally his 11th total touchdown this season (10th rushing, second only to NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith in UF history). Burton shared the weekly accolade with Marcus Lattimore of South
Carolina and Michael Dyer of Auburn.

Florida (5-3, 3-3 SEC) returns to the road again to take on SEC Eastern Division opponent Vanderbilt (2-6, 1-4 SEC) on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 12:21 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium. The game will air live on the SEC Network.

Florida’s 2010 SEC Players of the Week (as of Nov. 1)
●          Jaye Howard – Defensive Line Player of the Week after Miami University game (9/6/10)
●          Jeff Demps – Special Teams Player of the Week after USF game (9/13/10)
●          Mike Pouncey – Offensive Line Player of the Week after USF game (9/13/10)
●          Jelani Jenkins – Freshman of the Week after Tennessee game (9/20/10)
●          Trey Burton – Freshman of the Week after Kentucky game (9/27/10)
●          Chas Henry – Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after Georgia game (11/1/10)
●          Trey Burton – Tri-Freshman of the Week after Georgia game (11/1/10)

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