Dallan Coleman, Nigeria Harkless Eye Award

The honors still add up for Dallan (Deebo) Coleman.

Ribaults Nigeria Harkless also attracts national attention.

The senior wing of West Nassau, Coleman, the star of the Warriors’ Boys Squad, and the Ribault Center Harkless, the strong presence of the Trojans inside, were named among the nominees for the McDonald’s All-American Game.

If either Coleman, who’s signed to Georgia Tech, or Harkless, who’s on his way to Mercer, can make the final cut, they’d join an exclusive roster of high school players in the Jacksonville area to play McDonald’s all- Achieve American status in boys’ tires.

The youngest boy was McDonald’s All-American from Northeast Florida Udoka trainee from Potter’s House in 2016. The only one from a public school in Northeast Florida Stacey Poole Sr. at Forrest in 1988.

All three previous Jacksonville representatives on the McDonald’s Girls’ All-American roster were from Ribault: Current Trojans Coach Shante Williams (now Stevens), Erica White and Rennia Davis.

The former Bartram Trail Guard was also nominated Bella tired, now at DME in Daytona.

Jeff Herron, Camden County's football coach, speaks to the team and fans after winning the 2008 GHSA championship.  Herron, who won three state titles with the Wildcats from 2000 to 2012, returns to Camden County.

Herron returns to Wildcats

One of Georgia’s most successful football coaches returns to Camden County.

The Wildcats confirmed the hiring of on Monday Jeff Herron as trainer of the wildcats. He replaces Bob Sphire, who stepped down after four years earlier this month to take the job at Fort Thomas, Ky. Highlands.

Herron had trained the Wildcats from 2000 to 2012, set a record from 154 to 18, and won state championships in 2003, 2008 and 2009. He won the Georgia High School Athletic Association title in Oconee County in 1999 and Grayson in 2016, with a 312-54 career record over 30 years in the Georgia High School Football Statisticians Association. Herron was with Tennessee Tech last year.

FHSAA lane moves from UF

The Florida High School Athletic Association track and field championships are looking for a new home.

The FHSAA confirmed this week that it will not be able to hold the state meeting at its originally scheduled venue, the University of Florida’s James G. Pressly Stadium, due to coronavirus pandemic protocols.

The association is not expecting any change in the schedule for the event itself, which was originally set for May 12-15.

The next page is not clear. Six of the last eight FHSAA course finals took place at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium. UNF is already scheduled to host the NCAA East Preliminary Meet in late spring, the final step before the Division I College Championships in Oregon.

Either way, Jacksonville will host an FHSAA championship this spring: Mandarin is the host school for the flag soccer final in May after plans for last year’s final were postponed by COVID-19.

Great start for Flashes’ Pankey

When it comes to home runs, there are statistics for almost everything.

Counter jug. Output speed. Distance. But maybe not the time.

So it is difficult to determine with certainty whether the Bat House will run out of St. Joseph’s Hunter Pankey was the first for a player from northeast Florida in a high school varsity competition that year.

But Pankey’s Grand Slam on Tuesday afternoon during a 10-0 win of the season against Interlachen is one of the first long balls of the season and has helped end a 340-day drought.

Flashes baseball coach Phillip Wisser described Pankey’s drive as “no doubt”.

“Hunter is definitely one of our main characters and he’s had a remarkable week,” said Wisser.

No player from the Jacksonville area had played a regular season high school game since Fletcher’s Cherokee Nichols During a 4-3 win at Dr. Phillips on March 13, 2020, the fence was cleared. The coronavirus pandemic halted the spring season in all Florida High School Athletic Association sports.

It’s safe to say that Pankey shows exactly zero rust on his return to baseball diamond.

The numbers from his first week in action with the 3-0 blitz: five shutout innings with seven strikeouts and only two hits against Palatka on the hill and on the plate 5-9 with the Grand Slam, two doubles and 11 RBIs.

“It’s been a pretty big week for him,” said Wisser. “That’s more [RBIs] than many people will get in one season. “

Top times on the track

Team sports like baseball, softball, and lacrosse aren’t the only ones starting this spring.

Last week the return to varsity competition was on the track with several notable accomplishments:

* Bishop Kenny Katie White leads the previous state list in the girl’s spear and throws it to 110 feet and 11 inches during the five-team meeting on Thursday in Bolles.

* Ribaults Domictress Robinson He got off to a quick start to his season on the track, winning the boys’ 100 and 200m races at the Coach Mac & Brown Saints Open on Saturday. His 10.79 in the 100 ranks sixth on the Florida MileSplit chart.

* Fletcher’s Viola Barquilla At the same meeting he also got two wins, winning the girls 1,600 and 3,200 for the senators.

* Bartram Trail Travon New Years Eve and Qua’liyyah Taylor Both started the Nease Relays throwing season in style. Sylvester won the boys ‘discus and shot put at the meeting, while Taylor won the girls’ discus and spear.

Fletcher striker Kindree Sullivan (21) dribbles upwards while Mandarins Catelee Castro (14) and Abby Pavlicek (2) defend during a Gateway Conference girls' soccer semi-final.

Senators run Gateway Pack

Four Champion Fletcher players led the annual All-Gateway Conference team in girls’ football.

goalkeeper Taylor Sweat, midfield player Josey Rossignol and Olivia Winter and forward Kindree Sullivan were selected from the senators who snapped up Stanton’s six-year run on the sport in Duval County.

The entire team is below:

Morgan Eubanks, Reese Gordon and Julia Schaffner (all Atlantic coast); Nicole Gonzales, Baldwin; Cheyenne Warner, Englewood; Josey Rossignol, Kindree Sullivan, Taylor Sweat and Olivia Winter (all Fletcher); Fate Thomas, Jackson; Miranda Lamm, Keagan Miller, Adrienne Trerotola (all Mandarin); Kaylee Anderson, Paxon; Daighon Lipson, Sandalwood; Julia Granert, Alissa Katsaras (both Stanton); Audrey Howard, Wolfson.

Former Landon star McKenny remembered

The Jacksonville sports world remembers one of its professional football pioneers.

Bill McKenny, A Landon all-state quarterback and halfback who later received All-SEC honors from the University of Georgia died on January 31 in Georgia at the age of 80.

One of the first Jacksonville residents to play professional football, he stood for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in 1962. There he caught 27 passes for 564 yards and six touchdowns while adding 78 rushing yards.

In 1961, he was named the conference’s best defender by SEC coaches, and received a touchdown pass from on offense Fran Tarkenton in the 1960 Orange Bowl and led the Bulldogs in a hurry and reception in 1961.

Weekly trivia challenge

It’s time for the latest edition of the Trivia section of First Coast Varsity Weekly, a look back at the history of college sports across the region.

Today’s topic: From 904 to the majors. The answers will appear in next week’s First Coast Varsity Weekly.

1. Who was the first Jacksonville High School player to appear in Major League Baseball?

2. Who holds the record for the most MLB parades by a Jacksonville High School pitcher?

3. Who holds the record for the most MLB bases stolen from a Jacksonville High School player?

Answers to last week’s questions

1. St. Johns County’s first player to appear in a regular NFL season game Willie Irvin Excelsior High School, which ended at Florida A&M and was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 15th round of the 1953 NFL Draft. Irvin played a season with the Eagles and later became a successful coach at Belle Glade Lake Shore and a school administrator.

2. The Hastings Vocational Training School won the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association girls’ basketball titles in 1930, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, and 1940.

3. St. Joseph’s Madeline Daniels was St. Johns County’s first FHSAA girls’ course champion, winning the 110 low hurdles in 1976.

In the neighborhood

Trinity Christian Outfielder MacKenzie Marell scored for the cycle and drove in five RBIs in the Conquerors’ 16-5 softball win over the Atlantic coast on Thursday. … Fletcher offensive lineman Bryce Virata signed with Keizer Football, the fourth member of the Senators’ line for college football. … Former Oakleaf midfielder Gio Abreu pitched a UNF men’s soccer goal against Florida International. … Bartram Trail’s Jalani White, Jeff Stiles, and Brennan Popik and Jemesu Picone Set a school record of 10:45.60 on the men’s distance medley relay in the Nease relays. Ponte Vedra Grant Doherty, Wyatt Rogers, and Joshua Cills and Lucas Bouquot also broke the Haie school record, running 10: 48.54 in the same event. … Jackson added former Tigers and Louisville running back George Stripling and current Jacksonville Sharks Zack Brown and Damien Jacobs to his football staff. … The FHSAA voted to add the superintendent of St. Johns County Schools Tim Forson to the Board of Directors by June 2023 to review the Larry Moore from Jackson County.

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