Sports briefs | Manatee High places eight on all-state football teams

January 6, 2013 

Eight Manatee Hurricanes were named to the Class 7A all-state football team, which was released Saturday.

Senior defensive end Marquis Dawsey was the only one to make the first team. The Herald's All-Area Defensive Player of the Year, Dawsey had 89 tackles and 14 1/2 sacks for the Canes and was a four-year starter.

Quarterback Cord Sandberg, offensive lineman Thor Miller and defensive lineman Blake Keller were second-team picks, while running back Trevon Walters and defensive lineman Derrick Calloway were selected for the third team.

Wide receiver Marquel Hines and defensive back Willie Smith were honorable mentions.

Sandberg (Mississippi State), Keller (UCF), Calloway (Louisville) and Smith (FIU) have all committed to Division I schools.

Juco basketball: SCF rolls over Daytona State College

DAYTONA -- Savad Garner turned in a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds as the State College of Florida men's basketball team claimed an 82-73 victory over Daytona State College.

Anders Haas scored 18 points, and Isaiah Williams had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Manatees (15-3). Brian Cobb had 10 points.

The Falcons are 3-14.

Prep wrestling: Manatee second at Bulldog Duals

ZEPHYRHILLS -- Five Manatee wrestlers finished with 5-0 records as the Hurricanes went 4-1 and placed second at the Bulldog Duals hosted by Zephyrhills.

The Hurricanes fell to champion Auburndale (31-29) but defeated Bartow (58-15), Lake Region (72-12), Lecanto (61-12) and Frostproof (59-9). Manatee is 13-5.

Caleb Rudisill (108 pounds), Tim Dinsdale (115), Ryan Sobr (128), Jesse Fulk (154) and Eric Gutierrez (222) each went 5-0. Justin Robertson went 3-0.

Manatee will host the annual Hurricane Team Challenge on Friday and Saturday. Wrestling begins at 4 p.m. Friday.

ELSEWHERE -- Led by Most Outstanding Wrestler Ty McLeod, Lakewood Ranch went 3-2 and finished third at its Kiwanis Wrestling Tournament. The Mustangs defeated Seminole (64-12), North Marion (44-29) and Braden River (48-12) before falling to eventual champion Pasco (57-12) and runner-up Rockledge (37-36). McLeod went 5-0 at 160 pounds and was named the top wrestler in the upper weight divisions. Lakewood Ranch's Robert Collier (120 pounds) also went 5-0. Braden River went 2-3 and finished fourth in the tournament.

Girls basketball: Southeast drops second straight

FORT MYERS -- Defending Class 4A state champion Fort Myers Dunbar handed the Southeast girls basketball team its second straight loss in the Fort Myers Brothers Classic, winning 75-60.

DeAngela Mathis led the way for the Seminoles (14-3) with 20 points. Breanna Nice added 14, and Desante Jordan had 10. Keshawna Robinson pulled down 11 boards, and Bevin Mays dished out six assists.

Golf: Tournament of Champions postponed again

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- For those who think the PGA Tour season never ends, here's a new twist: This one can't get started.

The season-opening Tournament of Champions was postponed for the second straight day because of gusts that topped 40 mph and made it impossible to play golf. Unlike the previous day when 24 players managed to tee off, no one hit a shot on the Plantation Course at Kapalua.

The season now starts Sunday that's when most tournaments end with hopes of playing 36 holes, followed by an 18-hole finish Monday.

ELSEWHERE -- Bradenton 13-year-old Mika Liu shot a 1-under-par 71 to take over sole possession of the lead at the Harder Hall Women's Invitational in Sebring. Liu, who has held at least a share of the lead after every round will enter Sunday's final round with a one-shot lead over Hannah Pietila of Brighton, Mich. Former Bradenton resident Isabelle Lendl shot a 70 and is seven shots behind Liu.

NHL: Mediator gets league, union back together

NEW YORK -- A federal mediator has finally been able to get the NHL and the players' association back together for their first face-to-face meeting since talks broke down two days earlier.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly went to union headquarters for what a players' association spokesman called a "small group meeting" with the sides and mediator Scot Beckenbaugh.

Beckenbaugh had already held separate meetings with the union and league before bringing them together.

Junior hockey: U.S. wins gold at worlds

UFA, Russia -- The United States won the junior ice hockey championships after Rocco Grimaldi scored twice and Vince Trocheck added an empty-net goal to clinch a 3-1 win over Sweden in the final.

Filip Sandberg put defending champion Sweden ahead on power play early in the second period, but Grimaldi then scored twice in a three-minute span to swing the game in the Americans' favor.

Tennis: Serena wins in Brisbane; Murray in final

BRISBANE, Australia -- Serena Williams proved the break between seasons hasn't hurt her momentum, capturing her 47th career title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkovain the Brisbane International final. In the men's draw, defending champion Andy Murray advanced to the final when fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori, a Manatee County resident, retired with an injured left knee while trailing 6-4, 2-0 in their semifinal.

ELSEWHERE -- Richard Gasquet won the Qatar Open for his eight career title, coming from a set down to beat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in Doha, Qatar. ... Top-seeded Li Na of China secured a hard-fought 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic to capture the inaugural Shenzhen Open in Shenzhen, China. ... Fourth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won the ASB Classic for her 11th singles title, beating Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open tuneup event in Auckland, New Zealand. ... Second-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia rallied past semifinalist Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 4-6, 6-2 6-2 and will play Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain for the Chennai Open title in Chennai, India. ... Spain defeated Serbia 2-1 to win the Hopman Cup for the fourth time in Perth, Australia. Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues won the deciding mixed doubles 6-4, 7-5 against Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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