Each week, the Tallahassee Democrat is awarding recognition for outstanding in-season performances. Meet this week’s standouts for the week of Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2015. Send in future nominations to [email protected]
Lindsay James, 7th gr., Maclay
•The diminutive cross country runner didn’t fear the large stage that was the FSU Invitational at Apalachee Regional Park. James ran her 5k girls select race in 19:05, which was an amazing drop of 68 seconds for a new personal best. Not only that, it landed her second place in the race with a time that would have been good enough for 29th place in the 129-person girls elite race.
Connor Futrell, Jr., Chiles
The junior golfer won a Big Bend Championship title at Capital City Country Club, earning medalist honors by shooting a 2-under par 70, or the only round under par that day. Futrell separated himself from other challengers by making three birdies on the back nine, leading the Timberwolves to a team win as well.
Jaynie Mitchell, Sr., Leon
The senior setter had a banner week as the Lions picked up wins over Gainesville, Niceville and in district against Chiles in a five-set thriller. Mitchell recorded 73 assists, eight digs and six aces as Leon improved to 12-4 overall.
Take it to the house
Chiles junior Jace Edgar made one of the biggest plays of his career in the fourth quarter of last week’s 17-14 win over Lincoln. Edgar, a linebacker, stepped in front of a slant pass for an interception that he returned 15 yards for a game-tying touchdown. He also added seven tackles.
Game of H-O-R-S-E
•Speaking of Chiles football, kicker Jake Robert Meyer kicked the game-winning 34-yard field goal, but not before bouncing it off upright, and then the crossbar, and then the suporting post. But he probably drew it up like that.
Don’t be so PC
The Chiles boy’s and girl’s swimming and diving teams competed last Saturday at the 2015 Panama City Beach High School Invitational. The meet featured 20 teams and 560 swimmers from FHSAA Classes 1-3A across the Panhandle.
The Timberwolves’ boys defended their title by beating Arnold, 384 to 271. The girls were second behind Niceville, narrowly losing 319 to 314.
Chiles’ boys won three relay events and four individual events. Sophomore John Yambor-Maul won the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Freshman Ryland Sun won the 100 butterfly and junior Chase Lane was first in 1-meter diving.
The Timberwolves’ girls won the 400 free relay and five individual events. Junior Morgan Ayers won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Sophomore Stephanie Holmes placed first in the 200 and 500 free, while freshman Rainey Vause captured 1-meter diving.
Maclay got its first win of the season last week in dramatic fashion thanks to a pair of Sniffen brothers. Sophomore John Sniffen had 13 tackles in the District 2-2A victory over FAMU DRS, 7-6.
But it was senior Jacob Sniffen’s blocked punt leading to his own 22-yard game-winning touchdown reception with only minutes remaining that lifted the Marauders (1-4) into a possible playoff appearance for the second straight season.
Aucilla Christian’s football got team its first win of the season in blowout fashion over rival Munroe. Leading the way for the Warriors was Austin Harrell, who had 12 tackles, kicked a 35-yard field, punted and played offensive line for a ground game that produced 270 rushing yards. Joshua Greene had 124 of those yards while scoring two touchdowns and making seven tackles on defense.
What can Brown do for you?
Madison County running back Patrick Brown got loose in a 42-0 win over Jefferson County. The Cowboys senior carried 19 times for 122 yards and scored three touchdowns as Madison rattled off a third straight win. Brown now has 503 yards rushing on the season, just behind quarterback Kentwan Daniels’ 575.