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Carey’s Buzzer Beater Nips Nease

 

Trailing by as many as eight points with 8 minutes and 2 seconds remaining in the game, the Sharks rallied back to defeat arch rival Nease 42-39 before the usual frenetic crowd that seemingly always make the Nease-Ponte Vedra rivalry so special.

 

Forced to sit on the bench for much of the first half in foul trouble, Shark’s sharp shooter Quinn Carey came to the rescue in the deciding fourth quarter by scoring 9 of his 16 points, including a desperation 3 pointer in heavy traffic that was the game winner with only 1 second left on the clock.

 

Carey’s game winner surely would have made long time Nocatee resident, and NBA Hall of Famer Sam Jones proud, as Carey’s 3 pointer banked in off the glass, a specialty of the former Celtic great a half century earlier.

 

The game, played in front of a near capacity crowd that had the Nease gymnasium rocking at all times, was a game of runs.  Trailing by 3 points, the Sharks then went on a 12-0 run in the second quarter to take a 20-15 lead just before the halftime break.  11 of the 14 point Shark points in the quarter came from the free throw line, with sophomore JD Pirris leading the charge with 4 free throws.

 

Jephne Cesar dropped in a 2 pointer shortly before the buzzer sounded at half to shorten the PVHS lead to 3 at the break, beginning a 10-0 run for the host Panthers before Donovan Garrard stopped the run by making a free throw at 2:19 of the 3rd quarter.

 

Carey made the first of his second half buzzer beaters at the end of the 3rd quarter to trim the Panther lead to 30-24 entering the hectic final quarter.

 

Carey then got plenty of help from his teammates in the final quarter, much of the support coming from veteran center Donovan Garrard.  The 6’4 senior tied up the game at 32-32 and then converted a 3 point play moments later to give the Sharks their first lead since early in the 3rd quarter.

 

Nease’s Cesar, who led all scorers on the evening with 21 points, tied up the game at 37-37 with 1:37 remaining.  Carey then calmly drained a 17 foot jumper to give the Sharks a 39-37 lead.

 

Nease’s Julian Sadowski then drove the baseline and canned a 2-pointer to tie up the game at 39-39, setting up Carey’s heroics.

 

Both teams were very patient on offense and extremely physical on defense, in a game plagued with numerous fouls.  When the buzzer mercifully sounded to end the game, the Sharks had 3 players on the floor playing with 4 fouls with Thatcher Rottinghaus having earlier fouled out.  Meanwhile,  Nease had 3 players one away from disqualification.

 

The Sharks did take advantage from the foul line by converting on 19 of their 27 attempts, including 6 out of 7 makes by Garrard.  Donovan had a fine all-around game for the victors, who improve their season record to 8-3, by contributing 10 points and pulling down a team high 7 rebounds.

 

The Sharks will have little time to celebrate their win over their arch rivals as they will quickly turnaround and head down US 10 to face a 8-1 Baker County team in a 7:30 PM tip off.

Sharks streak stopped at Six by Palatka

 

A grueling three game stretch of weekend games against the stiffest of competition got off to a great start beginning with Thursday’s resounding 65-35 district win over Clay.  However, after the underdog Sharks shocked once beaten Bishop Kenny 57-46, the Sharks ran out of gas in the second half in Saturdays battle with Palatka.

 

When asked if prior to last weekend’s contest if he would have been happy with winning two out of those three games coach Marcus Perez said: “Absolutely, but we let the Palatka game get away from us.”

 

The Sharks were coming off their best effort of the season following their Friday win over Bishop Kenny, and were enjoying a 14 point lead early into the second half Saturday night against Palatka.

 

Quinn Carey lit up the scoreboard in the first half against their district rivals from Putnam County, scoring 20 of his game high 26 points by halftime, as the Sharks entered the final two quarters with a seemingly safe 30-20 lead.

 

However, Panther coach Don Lockhart made a decisive defensive adjustment during the half-time break that turned the tide in Palatka’s favor.

 

5’10 junior Devin Hightower was assigned to guard Carey and he turned in a masterful job against the Shark sharpshooter, limiting Quinn to but 6 second half points, with only 4 of those scored against Hightower.

 

Hightower than added further insult to the Sharks by converting a floater in the lane with 1:29 remaining in the contest, giving the Panthers their first lead of the game at 40-39, a lead they would never relinquish.

 

It is likely that fatigue played a factor in the Shark’s demise after playing a debilitating game the previous evening against Bishop Kenny.

 

The Sharks out-court shooting completely disappeared in the second half when they were limited to a paltry 11 points over the final 16 minutes of action.  The basket appeared to have a lid on it during the final 8 minutes of action as Ponte Vedra failed to connect on a single field goal in the final quarter, and to add further insult, also missed some vital free throws that could have cemented the win.

 

The district loss to Palatka, that gives the Sharks an overall record of an impressive 6 wins against 3 defeats, and a district record of 2-1, took away some of the euphoria from Friday’s signature victory over Bishop Kenny.

 

The Sharks broke open a tightly contested contest with a huge fourth quarter effort against the talented Crusader squad that featured a pair of Division 1 prospects. PVHS exploded for 26 final period points to pull away from their hosts to earn a 57-46 victory.

 

The star on the evening was 6’2 junior Thatcher Rottinghaus, who turned in his finest game while wearing a Shark’s uniform.  

 

Rottinghaus, who did not play in the Sharks first three games of the season, with Ponte Vedra dropping two of those contests by a combined total of four points, lit up the stat sheet in the impressive victory over BK.

 

Thatcher missed but one shot from the field on the evening in scoring a game high 22 points, and had a game high 7 rebounds, and 4 assists while committing but one turnover. Fifteen of his points came in the decisive second half as the Sharks broke open a very tight game with 26 points in the final quarter.

 

The Sharks began their first of the demanding three games with a surprisingly easy district win over Clay Co.  Coach Perez was able to empty his abnormally deep bench of 17 players in the contest, with 10 players denting the scoring column.

 

Carey once again led all Shark scorers with 26 points with Rottinghaus the other Shark in double figures with 12.

 

Rottinghaus also contributed 14 points in the loss to Palatka in a game that pointed out a major concern for coach Perez and the Sharks.

 

Carey and Rottinghaus scored 40 of the Sharks 41 points, with only a single free throw by Donovan Garrard the only point scored by a remaining Shark.

 

The first 9 games of the season has Carey scoring an average of 22 points per game with Rottinghaus also in double figures with 14 ppg. but there is a dramatic drop-off after the two scoring leaders with nary another Shark scoring more than five points per outing.

 

The Sharks will now hit the road before the Holiday break beginning with a short jaunt down US1 to play St. Augustine in a make-up game on Tuesday, a game that was postponed earlier due to severe weather warnings.

 

 

Sharks fans should note the very unusual start time.  The varsity game is scheduled to tip off at 3:30 in the afternoon, following the Junior Varsity game game set to begin at 2:00 PM.

 

Friday the locals will play at arch-rival Nease in a game that always attracts large and enthusiastic crowds.  Saturday will find the Sharks on the road to face another top rated opponent.

 

Once beaten Baker County, with division 1 signee Charles Ruise scoring more than 24 points per outing, will be another severe test for the Sharks.  It was Baker Co who ended the Sharks outstanding season from a year ago with a thrilling overtime win before a capacity crowd at the Shark Tank.

  

Following a 9 day lay off for the Holidays the Sharks will then return to action on Dec 29 when they play Atlantic Coast in the first of 3 straight games in the Holiday Classic at Bartram Trail.

SHARKS SHOCK BISHOP KENNY

 

If there were any questions concerning the strength of this year’s Ponte Vedra basketball team, they were certainly put to rest following last nights shocking road win against once beaten Bishop Kenny.

 

Featuring two of the leading scorers in the First Coast area in Christian Carlyle and Chris Joyce, the Sharks once again imposed their suffocating defense, as well as a career night from 6’2 Junior Thatcher Rottinghaus in defeating the host Crusaders 57-46.

 

With North Florida head coach Matt Driscoll in attendance to observe the Bishop Kenny high scoring dual, as well as the Sharks sharp shooting Quinn Carey, it was Rottinghaus who stole the show on this evening.

 

Rottinghaus, who did not play in the Sharks first three games of the season, with the Sharks dropping two of those contests by a combined total of four points, lit up the stat sheet in the signature victory over BK.

 

Thatcher missed but one shot from the field on the evening in scoring a game high 22 points, and had a game high 7 rebounds, and 4 assists while committing but one turnover. Fifteen of his points came in the decisive second half as the Sharks broke open a very tight game with 26 points in the final quarter.

 

In a sharp contrast to many of their games in this current season, the Sharks had a nice start to the game in the opening period, but it was Bishop Kenny who dominated the second quarter of action, normally the best period for the Sharks.

 

Ponte Vedra received a field goal from five of their players in the first quarter to take an early 13-7 lead.  However, the Crusaders then showed the large crowd in attendance why they had won 7 of their first 8 games, when they went on a 15-3 run in the second period before Quinn Carey stopped the bleeding with a 2 pointer.

 

Bishop Kenny had a slight two point lead of 22-20 at the halftime break, and an even slimmer 1 point margin of 32-31 heading into the final stanza.

 

With 4:40 left in the game Rottinghaus gave the Sharks their first lead of the second half with a three pointer, giving the Sharks a 39-38 lead, and the Sharks would never again look back.

 

The Sharks would then bust out with an 11-0 run to break the game wide open, forcing the desperate Crusaders to foul.  The Sharks, who entered the game with a poor free throw percentage of 61%, boosted that percentage by canning 14 of their 16 attempts in the final quarter, five each by Carey and Rottinghaus.

 

Fully aware that Kenny would be putting the Sharks to the line, Shark head coach Marcus Perez pushed all the right buttons in this heated contest.  After sitting on the bench for all but the final few minutes of the contest, Perez inserted sophomore JD Pirris into the heat of the battle and the young Pirris responded like a true veteran, netting all four of his free throws.

 

In a true statistical oddity, Pirris has accumulated 22 points on the season, all coming on free throws.

 

Rottinghaus and Carey (14 points) combined for 36 of the 57 points to lead the Sharks in scoring but Perez received some great minutes from his deep supporting cast.  6’4 Senior forwards Donovan Garrard and Ross McCarthy did an outstanding job in defending the interior, while Pat Boylan and Corey Russi were likewise relentless on defense.

 

The Sharks will have little time to celebrate as they return home this evening to face their biggest district rival Palatka.  Both teams are 2-0 on the season in district play with the winner of tonights contest moving into the drivers seat for earning the top seed when the tournament rolls around in February.

 

SHARKS DEFEAT FLETCHER FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN

 

Quinn Carey again led all Shark scorers in their Monday victory over Fletcher with a game high 26 points, as the Sharks regained their shooting eye in a 65-54 win.

 

6’2 junior Thatcher Rottinghaus has given coach Marcus Perez’s Sharks a huge boost since returning to the lineup the past three games.  Rottinghaus added 11 of his 16 points in the second quarter and also shared game high rebounding honors with Carey with 9 rebounds.

 

However, it may have been his work on defense in the second half that most impressed the Shark followers.  After Fletcher’s Jacob Orender lit up the scoreboard for 16 first half points, coach Perez went to a man defense and Rottinghaus held Orender scoreless in a pivotal 3rd quarter that saw Ponte Vedra break the game open with a 15-6 run.

 

Yet another bright spot for the Sharks was the play of senior guard Ryan Irwin.  Getting his first start of the season, Irwin responded with a career high 9 points while dishing out a team high 4 assists.

 

The Sharks now begin preparation for what should be their most demanding stretch of games on the season, beginning with a Thursday home district clash against Clay Co. Although the Blue Devils had a sub par season a year ago, the Blue Devils were still able to present problems for the Sharks with their 6'6 senior center Isiah Bruce.

 

The Sharks will then hit the road for a Friday night visit to Bishop Kenny, a team that has had their way with the Sharks for the past three seasons.

 

The Sharks will have little, if any rest, as they return to the Shark Tank to take on alway rugged Palatka Saturday in their most important game early into the 2014-15 season.  Palatka will certainly want to make amends for losing to the Sharks in all three of their encounters a year ago, including the final two games played in front of near capacity crowds in Ponte Vedra.

 

All three varsity games are schedule to tip off at approximately 7:30 PM, following the Junior Varsity contests that begin at 6:00.

 

SHARKS ENTER BUSY WEEK WITH MOMENTUM

 

The Sharks head into their busiest week of the 2014-15 season with momentum on their side following a bazaar victory on Dec 4 over rival Creekside.

 

In the lowest scoring game in Ponte Vedra’s seven year history, the Sharks employed a suffocating defense to shut down the Knights en route to a 36-18 victory.

 

After dropping their first two games by a combined total of but 4 points, Ponte Vedra has now won their last three contests to move their record to 3-2.

 

However, the Sharks will be severely tested by their opponents, as well as their endurance, when they play four games, with three of those games in succession, beginning Thursday night.

 

Ponte Vedra will host three of these battles, beginning with a Monday night game (Dec 8) at the Shark Tank against neighboring Fletcher.

 

After a couple of days off, coach Marcus Perez and his staff will have their hands full preparing for their next three opponents, including a pair of district tilts at home.

 

Clay County will invade Ponte Vedra on Thursday in the 2nd district game of the season with always tough Palatka traveling to PVHS for a Saturday contest.

 

Sandwiched in between the two district clashes will be a road trip to once beaten Bishop Kenny on Friday night.

 

All four games are schedule to tip off at approximately 7:30 PM, or 15 minutes following the completion of the Junior Varsity games that get under way at 6:00 PM.

 

In a game that resembled a contest from the 1930s, instead of a normal high scoring contest of the modern era, the Sharks held Creekside scoreless through the entire first quarter of action in their bout on Thursday.

 

However, the Sharks didn’t light up the scoreboard either as they were to held  to but 3 points during this same 8 minute span.

 

The second quarter would prove to be the highest scoring of the 4 periods with Ponte Vedra outscoring the Knights 14-9. 

 

Ironically, the Sharks nearly shutout a woeful shooting Knights team in the 3rd quarter as well, but only a field goal by James Tolar with less than a minute remaining saved Creekside the embarrassment of having their second shutout quarter.

 

With the Sharks enjoying a commanding lead coach Perez was able to empty his deep bench in the games final minutes as the Sharks prevailed 36-18.

 

Ponte Vedra held the Knights to a paltry 16 per cent shooting from the field, including an abysmal  2 for 19 from behind the three point arc.

 

It is clear that Creekside is a far better team then the squad that appeared in Ponte Vedra last week.  The Knights bounced back to defeat St. Augustine by nearly 20 points the following night and have a fine overall season record of 4-2.

 

Ten Sharks dented the scoring column in the low scoring affair with Creekside with Quinn Carey the lone player in double figures with a game high 16 points.  Carey shared rebounding honors with Ross McCarthy with 6 each as the Sharks out-rebounded a much smaller Creekside team 27-19.

 

However, the Sharks have to be concerned with their turnovers as they  turned the ball over 22 times, a figure that coach Perez’s crew hope to improve on during this week’s demanding stretch of games.

Sharks Notch first Win by Defeating Mandarin

 

After dropping their first two games of the season by the slimmest of margins, Ponte Vedra’s boys basketball team bounced back with a convincing win Tuesday night with a 50-38 victory over previously undefeated Mandarin.

 

After a last second lay-up failed to drop in their opening one-point loss to always  tough Bartram Trail, and then watching a 4-point lead with less than a minute to play against a very athletic First Coast five dissipate, the Sharks are now headed in the right direction.

 

In their first two encounters coach Marcus Perez’ Sharks dug themselves early into huge holes, but such was not the case Tuesday night in front of another large and enthusiastic crowd at the Shark Tank.

 

After trailing in game one 18-3, and then again Monday night by as many as 19 points before putting on furious rallies, the Sharks used the sizzling out-court shooting of senior Quinn Carey to jump out to a 16-9 opening period lead over First Coast.

 

The Buccaneers put on a rally of their own in the second period, trailing by only a single point 21-20 before Logan Morris hit the biggest shot of the game.

 

In a moment that brought back memories of an end of a half dunk in last season’s district championship win over Palatka by James Crowther, Logan canned a long three pointer at the buzzer to give the Sharks a 4-point lead, and more importantly, a huge lift heading into the second half.

 

Carey. who had to sit out much of the second quarter in foul trouble, followed up his blistering 14 point outburst in the opening period by connecting on a trio of 3-point bombs and a pair of free throws to go along with Morris’ 8 points to send the Sharks into the final period with a commanding 43-27 lead.

 

The Sharks then used a well-drilled ball control offense in the fourth quarter to milk the clock and hold off Mandarin, who were coming off a smashing 29 point win on Monday night. 

 

Carey, who topped all scorers with 27, combined with Morris to score 28 of the Sharks 50 points.  Although he contributed 2 points on the evening, Ross McCarthy was a force on the backboards with 11 rebounds for the 1-2 Sharks, while Matt Johnson played a fine floor game with 8 assists and 6 rebounds while committing but a single turnover as the point guard.

 

The victory over Mandarin helped ease the pain from seeing a last minute lead disappear in their 62-58 loss the previous night to First Coast.

 

Carey once again led the Sharks in scoring with 21 points, with McCarthy adding 10, Morris 9 and Johnson 7 points and another 8 assist night in a losing cause.

 

The Sharks will again resume action next Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, when they travel to Menendez to take on the Falcons in their first district game of the season.

 

The Sharks then return to the Shark tank on Thursday when they will face rival Creekside High, with the tip off schedule at 7:30 PM, following the 6:00 PM start for the two Junior Varsity teams.

Sharks at home Monday and Tuesday as the 2014-15 Season is Underway

 

The 2014-15 edition of this years Ponte Vedra Varsity Basketball team kicks off the home portion of this season’s schedule with a pair of attractive match-ups against top notch calibre teams beginning Monday night.

 

The Sharks will host for the first time ever First Coast High School on Monday before resuming their rivalry with nearby Mandarin High School on Tuesday.

 

The Sharks lost a heart breaking 62-61 away game to always tough Bartram Trail High School last Thursday, but even in a losing effort showed signs that this years team will once again be very competitive.

 

Bartram Trail shot the lights out following the opening tip-off, making their first 8 shots, including a pair of three pointers to bolt out to a 18-3 lead before a Quinn Carey triple stopped the bleeding.

 

Trailing by 12 at halftime, the Sharks came roaring out of the gates in the second half to actually take a brief 41-39 lead following a Logan Morris two-pointer.  However, the host Bears kept their poise and had as much as an 8 point lead early into the fourth quarter.

 

A 7-0 Shark run whittled the lead to one and the Sharks were in position, after the Bears missed a pair of free throws, to give Ponte Vedra a chance to win the game at the end.  However, Lady Luck was not with the visiting Sharks as a potential game winning lay-up at the buzzer rolled off the rim as Bartram Trail won their fifth straight victory over their St. Johns County rivals.

 

Quinn Carey had a monster game in a losing cause for the Sharks, tallying a game high 28 points, including 6 three pointers, to lead all scorers.  Carey nearly had a double-double with nine boards while also playing some inspired defense for the 0-1 Sharks.

 

6-4 Ross McCarthy had his career high in scoring for PVHS with 13 points while Donovan Garrard continued his strong board work as a three-year starter with a game high 11 rebounds.

 

The Sharks were jolted last week with a serious knee injury incurred by 6’2 senior Matt McGuier.  A member of the varsity since his Freshman season, Shark coaches Bud Beech and Marcus Perez were certain that McGuier was going to have a banner season this year based on summer and pre-season workouts.

 

The sharp shooting McGuier gave the Sharks another out court shooting specialist in addition to Carey.  Now it will be up to other Sharks to be the next man up as the season progresses.

 

Although the Sharks lost last year’s St. Johns County Player of the Year in Jackson Johnson, it will be another Johnson who has stepped into the role as this year’s point guard.

Jackson’s brother Matt, a 5’11 junior, has stepped into this role, and made a solid debut against Bartram Trail with 6 assists and 6 rebounds in the season opener.

 

Rounding out the early rotation for this year’s Shark cagers include guards Corey Russi and Logan Morris.   Russi saw considerable action as a reserve on last year’s district champs, and had a nice debut Thursday with 6 points, as well as playing his usual solid defense.

 

A vastly improved Logan Morris got a start with the injury to McGuier and could prove to be a valuable performer for this year’s edition of PVHS basketball.

 

A pair of sophomores, who played a leading role on last year’s outstanding JV squad, Tyler Perez and JD Pirris also saw action in the heated contest and will challenge for more playing time as the year progresses.

 

Fans who cannot attend the home games, especially alums and relatives from far away places, can view many of the Ponte Vedra homes games on their computers at:  www.planeths.com.

Sharks split preseason classic

November 18, 2014

Sharks Split Pre-Season Openers

 

Following a split in their pre-season games at the Todd Mitchell Pre-Season Classic, the Sharks can now set their sights on the regular season when they travel to Bartram Trail on Thursday night to face the Bears.

 

Pointe Vedra was scheduled to tip off the 2014-15 season Monday evening against St. Augustine but the game was cancelled due to tornado warnings in the area.  As of this writing a make-up date and time has not been announced.

 

The Sharks got off on the right foot in their preseason opener by breezing to a convincing 70-34 win over St. Joseph Academy before falling to one of the nation’s top rated prep powers in their second contest.

 

However, the Sharks certainly can take solace with their effort last Thursday against Arlington Country Day.  Rated in the top 15 in all of the high school basketball prep polls, the Sharks made ACD work hard before securing the victory.

 

The Sharks trailed by a slim two points at the end of the opening period and by seven at the halftime break, thanks to a 3-pointer at the buzzer by senior forward Quinn Carey. ACD extended their lead to 11 at 43-32 entering the final quarter.

 

A Matt Johnson 3-pointer two minutes into the final period pulled the Sharks within 10 points of the towering visitors, but that was as close as the Sharks would get as coach Rex Morgan’s squad scorched the nets for 31 fourth quarter points to make the final score read ACD 74, Ponte Vedra 52.

 

Carey was the lone Shark player to reach double figures with a game high 27 points on 9 of 29 shooting from the floor.  Carey led the losers in rebounding with 8 boards while Matt Johnson topped PV in assists with 7.  Logan Morris had a strong game for the Sharks with 8 points, to go along with 6 assists.

 

The Sharks had little trouble with St. Joseph in their opener on Tuesday evening.  The Sharks got off to a flying start by exploding for a 24-7 opening quarter lead over the outmanned Academy five and were never threatened.

 

The fourth quarter was a quick one with the 35 point mercy rule in effect as the Shark’s completed the evening with a 70-34 victory.  Coaches Bud Beech and Marcus Perez were able to utilize their entire squad throughout the contest with all but one of the players denting the scoring column.

 

Jonathan Fennell and Carey paced the well balanced scoring attack with 12 points each with Thatcher Rottinghaus also in double figures with 10.

 

Following Thursday’s Road game at Bartram Trail, the Sharks will have back-to-back home games on Monday (Nov 24) and Tuesday (Nov 25) against a pair of Division 8 schools.  Ponte Vedra will play their first ever game against First Coast on Monday before returning to the Shark tank the next evening to welcome Mandarin.

 

Each of the varsity games will be preceded by Junior Varsity contests that will begin at 6:00 PM.

 

SHARKS TIP OFF PRE-SEASON ACTION 

 

With a number of veterans returning from the school’s first 20 victory season in school history, there is much optimism for this coming year’s Shark’s varsity basketball squad.

 

Posting a record of 21 wins, including a perfect 10-0 sweep in the district, as well as a district tournament championship, the 2013-14 Sharks came one overtime loss to powerful Baker County from advancing deeper into last year’s playoff run.

 

However, this year’s Ponte Vedra squad has one major void to fill in their lineup with the graduation of last year’s St. Johns County Player of the Year,  Jackson Johnson.  

 

Although Johnson was a leading scorer for the Sharks, it may well be the loss of his ball-handling skills that will be the biggest challenge for coaches Bud Beech and Marcus Perez.

 

On the plus side, the Sharks return their entire front line from last year’s squad, giving Shark coaches high hopes for the coming campaign.

 

Returning to the Shark’s front line include a pair of seniors who have been regulars since their sophomore season, 6’4 sharp shooter Quinn Carey and 6’5 center Donovan Garrard.  Energetic 6’4 senior forward Ross McCarthy also returns for the Sharks and could be a vastly improved performer during the coming season.

 

A member of the Shark’s varsity team since his freshman season, 6’2 Matt McGuier could nail down a spot in the starting lineup as a guard or a forward.

 

Coaches Beech and Perez will look at a number of options to see who can fill the role of the departed Johnson from last year’s championship five.  Among those vying for prominent roles in the backcourt include holdover’s from last years squad, Corey Russi and Pat Boylan.

 

However, Russi and Boylan, along with sophomore guard JD Pirris will have a late start as they have been busy playing football for Matt Tobin’s gridders.  With the football season coming to an early end, this trio will have about a week to round into basketball form.

 

The Sharks are hopeful of getting a boost from a foursome that guided last year’s Junior Varsity team to an impressive 15-4 mark.  Joining Pirris on the varsity roster are 5’11 Matt Johnson, 6’0 Clay Welch and 6’1 Tyler Perez, with Johnson being the only junior.

 

Once again coaches Beech and Perez will have a large roster, making for some good competition to command  more playing time.  Returning reservists from last year’s squad hoping to bid for more playing time include junior guard Thatcher Rottinghaus, and seniors Logan Morris, Robert Morris, Jonathan Fennell, and 6’6 Vince DePorre.

 

The coaches are optimistic that 6’5 Mark Harris will be able to spell the veterans in the frontcourt when the muscular 265 pound Harris wraps up his football season.

 

Before the Sharks begin the regular season with a road trip on Monday, November 17th to St. Augustine, the Shark fans will get an early preview when they play a pair of pre-season games this coming week at home in the Todd Mitchell Memorial pre-season classic.

 

This coming Tuesday the Sharks host neighboring St. Augustine St. Joseph in a 7:00 PM tip-off before facing one of the top teams in the nation on Thursday, Nov. 13.

 

Arlington Country Day, rated as the No. 9 team in the USA, will have a dozen players ranging in height from 6’6 to 6’11, with players from many different nations represented.  This will be a rare opportunity for Shark fans to see up close many players who will be playing at the next level in the coming years.

 

The Sharks will make their first home appearance on November 24 when they play host to first time opponent First Coast.

2014 Ponte Vedra Sharks - District Champs 21-6

2013-14 Sharks JV Basketball Team


Upcoming Games

Monday,  Dec 29
Ponte Vedra @ Atlantic Coast 1:00pm Bartram Trail HS
Tuesday,  Dec 30
Ponte Vedra @ TBA TBA Bartram Trail HS
Wednesday,  Dec 31
Ponte Vedra @ TBA TBA Bartram Trail HS
Tuesday,  Jan 6
Ponte Vedra @ Ridgeview 6:00pm Ridgeview HS
Ponte Vedra @ Ridgeview 7:00pm Ridgeview HS
Wednesday,  Jan 7
Ponte Vedra @ Flectcher 5:30pm Fletcher
Ponte Vedra @ Fletcher 7:00pm Fletcher

For a complete schedule listing, click here!


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