Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wrestlers on to State; Hoopsters Assess Year SPORTS NOTEBOOK

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wrestlers on to State; Hoopsters Assess Year SPORTS NOTEBOOK

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Three regional wrestling champions from Clay County are going to

the state championship meet this weekend in St. Petersburg. They

are senior heavyweights Travis Cunningham of Orange Park and

Shawn Walker of Middleburg and 140-pounder Justin Griffin of

Clay High.

In addition, five other Clay High wrestlers also qualified for

the state meet. They are: 103-pound Wade Bramlitt; 135-pound

Mitchell Saam; 145-pound T.J. Petrucci; 189-pound Jacob Hughes;

and 215-pound Elliot Hughes.

BASKETBALL : Frank Wickes of Clay High and Rory Eggers of St.

Johns Country Day recently finished their first year of coaching

basketball in Clay County.

Both said their teams started slowly but finished strong.

Wickes, previously at Mandarin, said he was not pleased with

the 8-17 record but he was pleased with the results of the last

10 games (5-5) including wins over Nease, Orange Park and

Middleburg. Wickes said Clay finished 1-1 against both Orange

Park and Middleburg.

He said one of the reasons for the late run was the improvement

in three-point shooting in the last 10 games.

The next goal for the Blue Devils, according to Wickes, is to

change the mentality of the team because he thought the team was

intimidated in the district playoffs.

"Even though we are in a tough district, we have got to have a

more warriorlike mentality," Wickes said.

At St. Johns Country Day, the Spartans (14-15) were one win

away from the district championship game.

Eggers, previously an assistant coach at the University of

North Florida, said the team struggled with a lack of experience

and an overall lack of athleticism.

"We had eight seniors but only two have varsity experience," he

said. "The biggest adjustment was overcoming a lack of

athleticism. …

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