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ANDREW SODERGREN

Title: Multimedia Journalist - Sports
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Recent Work

  • Wrestlers of the Year: Lee Campbell and Richie Dehnz Published 04/16/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    In a banner year for area wrestling, two champions stood above the rest by winning state titles in undefeated fashion. Senior Lee Campbell of Gulf Coast and sophomore Richie Dehnz of Palmetto Ridge dominated their respective weight classes, with Campbell ...

  • Fielding the tough question Published 04/11/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    John Tolisano is an extremely talented baseball player, but even the great ones go through tough times. While there is no question Tolisano is a polished hitter for a 16-year-old, his fielding and future as a shortstop came into question ...

  • Lacrosse gaining traction in Southwest Florida Published 03/28/2006 at 12:09 a.m.

    Ten years ago, high school lacrosse in Southwest Florida consisted of one club. Times have certainly changed, as more and more kids are getting interested in the sport. There are now 11 lacrosse clubs in the area, and two will ...

  • Rugby, roller hockey also gaining steam at club level Published 03/28/2006 at 12:05 a.m.

    Lacrosse isn't the only local club sport gaining in popularity. Rugby and roller hockey are also drawing young athletes.

  • BC celebrates landmark title Published 02/28/2006 at 12:07 a.m.

    In a gym packed with over 1,000 students along with teachers and administration, the Barron Collier girls basketball team was greeted with what has become a trademark during their run to the state title — deafening applause.

  • BC celebrates landmark title Published 02/28/2006 at 12:07 a.m.

    In a gym packed with over 1,000 students along with teachers and administration, the Barron Collier girls basketball team was greeted with what has become a trademark during their run to the state title — deafening applause.

  • SI rates Barron 16th in country Published 02/28/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    Barron Collier girls basketball coach Mike Hamburger wasn't home when he got the first call from Sports Illustrated Saturday night.

  • Prep of the Week: Jacob leaves winning legacy Published 02/28/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    Coach Mike Hamburger says senior guard Courtney Jacob is "the epitome of Barron Collier basketball." She's the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,513 points but her importance to the Cougars' success goes far beyond putting the ball in the hoop. ...

  • Barron Collier ranked in Sports Illustrated Published 02/27/2006 at 8:12 p.m.

    Barron Collier girls basketball coach Mike Hamburger wasn't home when he got the first call from Sports Illustrated Saturday night.

  • Losses helped Barron regroup Published 02/26/2006 at 12:05 a.m.

    When looking back at a state championship season, Barron Collier girls basketball coach Mike Hamburger cited the team's two losses as being the turning points to what would become a magical title run.

  • 2006 BC: Cougars win state Published 02/25/2006 at 12:35 a.m.

    The Barron Collier Cougars capped a dream season and delivered the first-ever state basketball championship to Collier County on Friday night. No. 4 Barron Collier never trailed against No. 1 Winter Haven, topping the Blue Devils 43-36 in the Class ...

  • 2006 BC: Cougars win state Published 02/25/2006 at 12:30 a.m.

    The Barron Collier Cougars capped a dream season and delivered the first-ever state basketball championship to Collier County on Friday night. No. 4 Barron Collier never trailed against No. 1 Winter Haven, topping the Blue Devils 43-36 in the Class ...

  • Jacob stays cool with the game on the line Published 02/25/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    As Courtney Jacob stepped to the foul line for the biggest free throws of her life, all she could see was herself staring back. With a three-point lead and just over a minute to play in the Class 5A state ...

  • Golden Eagles fall short Published 02/24/2006 at 12:29 a.m.

    Facing the top-ranked team in Class 4A girls basketball, Naples gallantly fought Titusville-Astronaut deep into the fourth quarter on Thursday before falling 51-40 in a state semifinal game at the Lakeland Center. The Golden Eagles (25-4) got into an early ...

  • Strong team stands between Barron and state championship Published 02/24/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    They may be going up against a team ranked No. 15 in the USA Today Super 25 girls basketball poll, but the Barron Collier Cougars won’t be intimidated when they step on the floor tonight against Winter Haven in the ...

  • Live Updates: Cougars take state title, Jacob player of the game Published 02/23/2006 at 10:11 p.m.

    8:40 p.m. Kasey Will, Kelsey Assarian and Courtney Jacob all make the Class 5A state tournament all-tournament team.

  • Barron buries Largo Published 02/23/2006 at 12:29 a.m.

    Barron Collier seniors Kasey Will and Courtney Jacob weren't about to let their team fall a game short of the school's first-ever berth in the state title game. Will scored a team-high 16 points and Jacob scored all eight of ...

  • Live Updates: BC defeats Largo 60-50 Published 02/22/2006 at 5:56 p.m.

    10:02 p.m. Barron Collier defeats Largo 50-60 and will play Winter Haven Friday night.

  • Scoreless drought dooms Lely in Lakeland Published 02/22/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    In most sports, you're not going to win if you can't score. That is certainly the case in basketball, and the Lely boys basketball team couldn't find the hoop for nearly 12 minutes Tuesday night, turning a close game to ...

  • Cougars going to state Published 02/19/2006 at 12:05 a.m.

    Next stop, The Final Four. The Barron Collier girls basketball team rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to beat Miami Jackson 54-49 in the Class 5A Region 4 finals in front of a raucous crowd at Barron Collier High School. ...

  • Six Palmetto Ridge wrestlers punch tickets to state Published 02/12/2006 at 12:01 a.m.

    After what Zack Mastro endured before Saturday's Class 1A Region 3 wrestling tournament at Golden Gate High, the championship match was a walk in the park.

  • Sharks' Meneley bests Nesmith to win 152-pound district title Published 02/05/2006 at 12:01 a.m.

    Dustin Meneley was very familiar with his opponent in the 152-pound championship match Saturday at the Class 2A District 12 wrestling tournament at Gulf Coast High School.

  • Bears, Sharks pin down top county honors Published 01/29/2006 at 12:07 a.m.

    If you blinked, you may have missed Gulf Coast senior Lee Campbell’s 215-pound title match at the inaugural Collier County Athletic Conference (CCAC) tournament on Saturday. Campbell pinned Naples’ Cameron Lloyd in a school-record eight seconds, helping the Sharks to ...

  • Opening-minute goal dooms Celtics Published 01/27/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    St. John Neumann girls soccer coach Ray Grzywinski says his team often gets off to poor starts during the first five minutes of the game. That trend came back to haunt the Celtics on Thursday, as Sarasota Christian scored one ...

  • Neumann girls win first-ever district soccer title Published 01/20/2006 at 12:09 a.m.

    The St. John Neumann girls soccer team made history on Thursday, but it certainly was much tougher than expected. The Celtics won their first girls soccer title with a 1-0 win over Evangelical Christian at Community School in a District ...

  • Wrestling puts Palmetto Ridge on the map Published 01/17/2006 at midnight

    It's rare for a second-year school to establish itself as a state powerhouse, but that's exactly what the Palmetto Ridge wrestling team has done.

  • Area girls soccer teams compete for district titles Published 01/17/2006 at midnight

    Gulf Coast has enjoyed a wonderful regular-season in girls soccer but has a rough road ahead of it if the Sharks are to advance to the state tournament.

  • Bears get out of Dodge with third place Published 01/15/2006 at midnight

    Palmetto Ridge coach Mark Rosenbalm felt his team passed a key test following a tough loss to Riverdale at the second annual Naples Dodge Duals at Palmetto Ridge High School on Saturday.

  • Gulf Coast girls boot Naples, 5-0 Published 01/13/2006 at 12:31 a.m.

    The Gulf Coast girls soccer team picked a pretty good time to play its best game of the season. Just a week before the start of the District 5A-15 playoffs, the Sharks dominated a solid Naples squad 5-0 at Staver ...

  • Holiday Shootout: Barron back on winning side Published 01/04/2006 at 12:14 a.m.

    The Barron Collier girls basketball team sure needed this one. Following a pair of losses at the Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout, the Cougars rebounded with a 69-49 win over Oak Ridge (Tenn.) to claim 11th place in the tournament ...

  • Holiday Shootout: Seahawks end tournament on positive note Published 01/04/2006 at 12:11 a.m.

    Last year, the Community School girls basketball team lost its three Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout games by an average of 28 points. What a difference a year makes.

  • Holiday Shootout: CSN falls to Notre Dame Academy Published 12/31/2005 at midnight

    Facing a distinct size advantage, the Community School girls gave a spirited effort in the first round of the Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout. The Seahawks (10-1) led most of the way on Friday before succombing to the bigger squad ...

  • Tennis: Prep stars go D-I Published 12/13/2005 at 1:16 a.m.

    After dominating at the high school level, three local tennis players are taking their games to the Division I collegiate stage. Bobby Deye of St. John Neumann is heading to Florida State. Barron Collier’s Brittany Delaney chose Boston College, and ...

  • Basketball: Batson happy to have shot at building a winner at SFM Published 11/29/2005 at midnight

    Bob Batson just wanted a second chance to do what he loved — coaching basketball. Batson, who was forced to resign his post at Bishop Verot two years ago for allegedly helping pay a player’s tuition, got another coaching opportunity ...

  • Wrestling: Palmetto Ridge off to very fast start Published 11/26/2005 at 2:12 a.m.

    The Palmetto Ridge wrestling team finished 21st in the state last year in the program’s first year. The Bears are even better this year. Palmetto Ridge is off to an 8-1 start, including a 7-1 mark at last weekend’s Class ...

  • Game Day: Greco sets records, Montinar redeemed at Eastern Kentucky Published 11/19/2005 at midnight

    It’s been a record-setting season for Josh Greco at Eastern Kentucky University. For Jules Montinar, it’s been a year of redemption. The former Naples High standouts arrived at the university under different circumstances, but both are certainly making the most ...

  • Football: Naples overpowered by Chaminade-Madonna Published 10/15/2005 at 2:26 a.m.

    Facing an explosive Chaminade-Madonna team, Naples coach Bill Kramer knew his squad would need to be at the top of its game to pick up a victory.

  • Football: Celtics survive sloppy showing Published 10/08/2005 at 2:49 a.m.

    It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the St. John Neumann football team will take it. The Celtics committed 10 penalties and a costly turnover but were able to hold off Shorecrest Prep 14-8 for Homecoming to remain undefeated.

  • Football: QB switch helps Celtics to landmark district win Published 10/01/2005 at 1:27 a.m.

    GOLDEN GATE — Feeling his offense needed a spark, St. John Neumann coach Steve Howey made a quarterback change in the fourth quarter against district rival Moore Haven.

  • Celtics cruise in opener Published 09/03/2005 at 7:55 p.m.

    After last week's game at Westminster Christian was canceled due to Hurricane Katrina, St. John Neumann showed no ill effects from the layoff.

  • Football: Sharks' rally falls short against Cape Coral Published 09/18/2004 at midnight

    Cape Coral found itself in an all-too-familiar setting late in its game with Gulf Coast on Friday night. The Sharks rallied from 16 points down to tie the game and the game seemed destined for overtime. The Seahawks lost a ...

  • Sharks' rally falls short against Cape Coral Published 09/17/2004 at 1:54 p.m.

    Cape Coral found itself in an all-too-familiar setting late in its game with Gulf Coast on Friday night.

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