Girls basketball: Manatee wins district tourney opener
BRADENTON -- Bre Nice’s 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals propelled Manatee to a 54-51 overtime win over Charlotte on Saturday in the opening round of the Class 5A-District 10 tournament.
Alexis Henri had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Teirra Wetherell grabbed 12 boards for the Canes (8-15), who will travel to Port Charlotte on Wednesday.
It was a big win for Manatee, which lost key contributors to injuries and eligibility issues this season.
JUCO softball: SCF wins first four games
CLEARWATER -- The State College of Florida softball team won back-to-back games Saturday in the JUCO Kickoff Tournament at Eddie C. Moore Park.
The victories followed two wins on Friday for the Manatees, who beat Tallahassee and Broward.
In Saturday’s action, SCF beat Lake Sumpter 3-0 in the first game and followed up with a 6-2 victory over Pensacola State College.
In the first game, Stephanie Jeurgens was perfect at the plate, going 3-3 with an RBI. Amber Evans was 2-3, and Cortney Sadler, a Bayshore High School graduate, was 2-4 with an RBI.
Chelsea Ogilve pitched a complete game, shutting out the Lakers on two hits. She had six strikeouts, no walks and held the Lakers to two hits. In the second game, Carly VanAuken went 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Megan Alligood was 2-3 with two RBIs in the victory over the Pirates. Kat Taricano got the win on the mound.
JUCO baseball: SCF tallies two victories
ST. PETERSBURG -- The State College of Florida baseball team won two games Saturday in the First Pitch Classic at Progress Energy Park.
In the first game, SCF defeated the St. Petersburg College Titans 5-4 with pitcher Casey Eskew earning the victory. Bryan Elliot went 2-3 with two doubles and a walk in the win.
In the second game, the Manatees defeated Calhoun Community College 7-1 with Elliot going 2-4 with two doubles and Chris Bzozowski contributing a home run. Ben Brown picked up the victory on the mound against the Warhawks. The Manatees play at 10 a.m. today against Miami-Dade at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater.
JUCO basketball: Manatees drop conference game
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jon Miller had 18 points, and Derek Robbins hit three 3-pointers among his 15 points, but State College of Florida lost 92-78 to Suncoast Conference rival St. Petersburg College.
Markee Teal scored 14 points for SCF (8-9, 1-2), including 10-of-14 from the free throw line, and nine rebounds. Shane Moreland added 12 points.
Boys basketball: Southeast wins 10th straight
LAND O’LAKES -- Reginald Smalls had 15 points and Southeast extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 54-41 win over Land O’Lakes.
Kenneth Cooper scored 11 points, and Antonio Ray added 10 for the Noles (17-5).
Southeast next plays at Braden River at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The girls game will precede it at 6 p.m.
Wrestling: Manatee matmen manhandle Sailors
MANATEE -- Manatee’s wrestlers handily defeated Sarasota 58-15, improving their record to 19-21.
Alexander Doran pinned Sarasota standout Sean Dulom in 2:32 in the 140-pound match. Also winning by pin were Quinn Tibbetts (285), Brett Barber (152) and Travis Fulk (135). District competition for the Hurricanes begins Saturday at North Port.
n Two Saint Stephen’s seventh-graders went to the mat against high school grapplers in the Don Sanford JV Wrestling Tournament at Port Charlotte.
Nick Bermudez placed second at 112 pounds, and David Contarino (119) placed fifth for the Falcons.
NBA: Boozer, Deng lead Bulls past Pacers, 110-89
CHICAGO -- Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 20 points despite two stomach ulcers and the Chicago Bulls beat the struggling Indiana Pacers 110-89 on Saturday night.
ELSEWHERE -- Zach Randolph had 24 points and 20 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies kept the Washington Wizards winless on the road this season with a 107-93 victory. ... Kevin Love had his NBA-leading 42nd double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves handed the Raptors their 11th straight loss 103-87 at home.
College football: Ponder, South win Senior Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. -- Christian Ponder heads to the pros on a high note, after all. And he got a little help from a college rival. The Florida State QB threw two touchdown passes, including a clinching 23-yarder to TCU’s Jeremy Kerley in the South’s 24-10 Senior Bowl victory over the North on Saturday.
Ponder completed 7 of 13 passes for 132 yards, including several big ones to Leonard Hankerson of Miami, and the final TD with 3:04 left.
Ponder, the game’s MVP, was looking for a happier transition to an NFL career after missing the ACC championship game with an elbow injury and most of the Seminoles’ bowl game thanks to a concussion. Ponder led scoring drives on the South’s first two possessions and put on the finishing touches after the North rallied from a 17-0 deficit.
Hankerson had 100 yards on five catches, including an 18-yard touchdown and a 48-yarder to set up another score -- both from Ponder. He also caught a 14-yarder on the clinching drive, capped by Kerley’s second catch.
Ponder was the first FSU quarterback to beat Miami twice since Gary Huff in 1971 and 1972, but relied heavily on a former Hurricanes standout from the outset. On the game’s opening play from scrimmage, he hooked up on a 48-yarder to Hankerson, who bobbled it before coming down with the ball.
NHL: Ovechkin, Chara shine at NHL SuperSkills
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Alex Ovechkin won his third straight breakaway challenge and Zdeno Chara broke his own 2-year-old record for the hardest shot in the NHL’s SuperSkills competition Saturday night.
They helped lead Team Staal to a 33-22 victory over Team Lidstrom on Saturday night in the prelude to the All-Star game.
The young Washington Capitals star came up with a few nifty moves to win hockey’s equivalent of the slam dunk contest -- most notably, flipping his stick and bringing the puck in with the knob before flipping it back and beating a sprawled-out Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh.
-- Herald staff and wires