BC boys, girls try to defend state titles
The Barron Collier boys and girls tennis teams go for repeats in the state tournament in Altamonte Springs beginning today.
The boys are going for their fourth straight Class 3A title and ninth overall, while the girls are going for their third-ever state title. Both had little trouble winning district crowns and their two regional matches.
But the Cougars boys will not represented in the individual portion of the state tournament, and only the Cougars girls No. 1 doubles team will be playing there.
Gulf Coast’s Christopher Barrus is playing after winning the No. 1 singles and teaming with Billy Shisler to win the No. 1 doubles title in the district tournament. On the girls’ side, Nikki Kallenberg of Naples High is back in the individual state tournament. Kallenberg also will be going for a repeat state title.
Barron’s Shannon Etten and Anastasia Kondrasov are in the individual doubles tournament.
The 3A tournament continues Tuesday and concludes Wednesday,
The Class 1A state tournament also gets under way today, with Community School’s Jack Flagg the only area representative at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford. It also runs through Wednesday.
The Class 2A state tournament starts Wednesday, also at Sylvan Lake Park. Lely’s Tatia Ghviniashvili and Casey Mendel are in it after winning the No. 1 doubles crown at the district tournament. The state tournament goes through Friday.
Eagles sweep Jacksonville in softball
The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team completed a key, three-game sweep of Jacksonville with a 7-5 victory on Sunday at the FGCU Softball Complex.
The Eagles (30-15, 11-6 Atlantic Sun) had won a pair of 10-inning games Saturday.
“I sound like a broken record as we fell behind early when Jacksonville took it to us, but our kids just did a really great job of coming back and sticking to what we were trying to do,” FGCU coach Dave Deiros said.
The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Eagles answered on sophomore Kelsey Carpenter’s two-out, two-run homer to left in the third. Jacksonville broke the tie in the fifth with three runs, but the Eagles loaded the bases in their half of the inning, and a fielding error allowed two runs to score to cut the deficit to 5-4. Emily Lanier’s three-run homer put FGCU back in front.
Junior Amanda Josie, an Estero grad, got the win in relief. The Eagles will play a doubleheader against No. 24 USC upstate on Saturday at 2 p.m.