Creekside 67, Oakleaf 34
Calea Kellett came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points for Creekside (11-5, 4-1 District 4-8A) on Tuesday night at home. Taylor Gardner added 11 points for Creekside, while Maddy Lippy scored nine and AnnaRose Epting had seven points and five steals. Dejah Oden led Oakleaf (3-4, 0-4) with 12 points. Creekside hosts Gainesville Buchholz on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
It may have taken a little longer than expected, but Creekside won its first boys basketball game of the season Tuesday night to give head coach Will Mayer his 300th career victory. With the 60-44 win over Cornerstone Christian, Mayer improved his career record to 300-172, including a 91-32 mark at Creekside. Garrett Denny scored 16 points and had a team-high four assists to lead the Knights (1-6) to the home win. Nick Rice added 13 points.
Mayer was the head coach at Middletown North (New Jersey) in 2001-07, Cedar Shoals (Georgia) in 2007-10 and Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School (Georgia) in 2010-14 before taking over at Creekside before the 2014-15 season. His teams have won more than 20 games in each of the past three seasons. The Knights were Class 8A state runners-up last season.
The Creekside Girls Basketball will be hosting “Ellie’s Knight” on December 5th for their game vs. Nease High School in honor of the Hanson Family. Ms. Hanson, who teaches at Creekside, recently lost her daughter to Congenital Heart Disease. Mrs. Hanson is currently promoting a toy drive to benefit the UF Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiac ICU where her daughter spent many of her first days. The PCICU at UF Shands Children’s Hospital cares for patients born with Congenital Heart Disease. Many patients are awaiting a heart transplant, are on heart assistive devices, or are needing some form of critical care from an ICU team due to their condition. The ages of patients range from infant to teen and many stay long-term. The 23 room facility is always full and is expected to be full during the holidays. This is why the toy drive is so important. We want to help make the holidays just a little better for these kids and their families that are there.
For every person who brings an unwrapped toy to the game, they will get a ticket to be entered into a drawing for a prize basket at half-time.
Please see the attached “wish-list” items to be donated.
Maybe it’s time for St. Johns County to annex the victory podium at the FHSAA swimming championship.The winners’ list from Friday night: Summer Stanfield. Ian Cooper. Olivia Peoples. Jack VanDeusen. Four relays, too, two from Bartram Trail and one each from Creekside and Nease, to mark the most successful swimming season in county history.That’s not even including the overall girls team championship for Creekside, which edged Bartram Trail in a county 1-2.Those swimmers combined for nine
St. Johns County displayed is dominance in the pool as Creekside edged Bartram Trail for the second straight year and Nease finished fifth. The Bears and Knights finished second and third in the boys competition.
A day after Creekside won a second consecutive girls state swim title and finished third in the boys championships, the Knights took home a pair of third-place finishes at the Class 3A state cross country championships in Tallahassee.Ashlyn Iliff (18:23.9) and Claire Openshaw (18:28.1) finished 10th and 11th at Apalachee Regional Park to lead the Knights girls, while three Creekside boys finished among the top 50.Four St. Johns County teams finished among the top 10 in the 3A boys race with