Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; Fletcher Renames Gym for Caron

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; Fletcher Renames Gym for Caron

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Byline: Justin Barney

Former Fletcher volleyball coach Karen Caron never wanted the recognition that accompanied being one of the best in state history at her trade. That's going to be difficult to do now.

The school honored Caron by naming Fletcher's gym the Karen Caron Gymnasium on Nov. 6, forcing the most successful coach on the First Coast to face her accomplishments, even if it was just for a night.

"It was overwhelming," Caron said. "What I said at the ceremony was I didn't expect [the honors] for doing a job that I loved. I was just doing what I loved."

Caron, who retired from coaching in 2002, had a 682-162 record, which ranked third in state history. She led the Senators to the Class 4A state championship in 1981.

SIGNINGS

Wednesday marked the first day of the early signing period for select high school sports.

Baseball: Clay's Dane Dunning, who helped lead the Blue Devils to the Class 5A state semifinals last year, signed with the University of Florida. Baker County infielder Hunter Hanks will sign with Lipscomb on Friday. Pitcher Matt Deegan, an All-First Coast selection last season, signed with the College of Charleston. Left-handed pitcher Byron Yelverton inked with Georgia Southern. Bishop Kenny catcheraK.K. Daniel, a second-team All-First Coast pick, signed with Florida Gulf Coast. ...

Softball: Led by reigning All-First Coast player of the year, Sydney Wright, Class 3A state runner-up Bishop Snyder has four players headed to college programs. Wright, a pitcher, signed with Arkansas. Infielders Andrea Neswiachenya(Central Florida), Christine Hume (Rhodes College) and Shelby Wood (Palm Beach Atlantic) also signed. ... Bolles catcher Cayla Levins signed with Murray State. ... Creekside shortstop Victoria Daddis signed with Florida State University, while outfielder Colleen Darragh signed with Georgia Tech. …

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