Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PREP NOTEBOOK; Moses Bringing Promise to Clay Girls Squad

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PREP NOTEBOOK; Moses Bringing Promise to Clay Girls Squad

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Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union

With a first-year coach at the helm, Clay's girls basketball team is one of the surprises of the season so far. The Blue Devils are 10-1, including a win over Ribault. It is looking as if Clay will be the team to beat in District 3-3A this season.

Jerod Moses, who graduated from Clay in 1997 and has been an assistant football coach and assistant boys basketball coach at the school, has also coached the Blue Devils to wins over Ridgeview and Palatka this season. Clay's lone loss came against Fleming Island and was, Moses said, a letdown game after the Ribault win.

"[Moses] had everything we were looking for in a coach," Clay athletic director Matt Lewis said. "Everyone is excited about what the team has accomplished so far."

Moses was bolstered by the return of three players. Thyra Maslin, Tenise Haynes and Kaitlin Kennedy transferred to Fleming Island from Clay before the start of last season, but returned to Clay this season. Maslin and Haynes are both regular starters, and Kennedy either starts or is the first player off the bench for the Blue Devils.

"I'd like to take the credit, but it has been the girls on the team that have really pushed the team this year," Moses said.

LEVINE SUCCEEDING AFTER SWITCH

Fletcher coach Mike Levine made the jump from coaching the Senators girls soccer team to the boys before this season. But nobody can accuse Levine, who compiled a 217-53-22 in 11 seasons with the girls, of making the switch to coach a senior-laden boys squad.

The boys (7-5-1) returned only three players who had started a varsity game. But Levine has been impressed how a young team has risen to the challenge of trying to keep Fletcher's strong soccer tradition intact.

"The players have such a respect for the tradition of the program," Levine said. "They want to continue that legacy. …

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