FHSAA 7A State Championship preview – Venice Indians vs Bartram Trail Bears

VENICE – After knocking off 10–time state champ St. Thomas Aquinas in thrilling fashion, the Venice Indians can’t afford a letdown game. Last week is last week. And now focus is at an all–time high. “More so than any other week. We’re going to try to get on and get off. With having an extra day to prepare, we’re going to take one of those days and make it more of a mental day,” head coach John Peacock said. The Tribe will also use the...

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2017 Venice Indians have one more record to break

VENICE – If we’re talking Venice school records, you have to start with this guy. “Touchdowns in a season, touchdowns in a game, touchdowns in a career. Is that all of them? I think that’s all of them,” Venice Wide-Receiver Jaivon Heiligh said. It’s actually not even close to all of them. But if we sat here and listed all the records Heiligh has, we’d be here all day. He’s beyond just the Indians record books at this point. Heiligh is...

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Hubbard, Wheatley honored with postseason volleyball awards

VENICE – Some post season honors for a few Indians on the state championship volleyball team. It was a clean sweep for the Tribe at the 8A awards. Senior Kelly Hubbard took home 8A Player of the Year honors. Hubbard had 361 kills and 81 blocks this season. Head coach Brian Wheatley took home the 8A Coach of the Year award. In 24 years with Venice, Coach Wheatley has a 596–153 record. He and the Venice Girl’s Volleyball team won their...

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Venice looks to avenge 2016 loss & go to Orlando

SARASOTA COUNTY – It’s cliché, but Friday night’s state semifinal game really is David vs Goliath. 10–time state champ, St. Thomas Aquinas, visits a Venice team in search of their 2nd. “We have a monster in front of us. The only way you’re going to eat an elephant is one bite at a time,” Venice head coach John Peacock said. The Tribe loaded their schedule this year for this moment. Quarterback Bryce Carpenter explains what was learned...

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Sarasota hosts Manatee in Tuesday night boy’s soccer action

SARASOTA – It’s soccer season on the Suncoast and the Sarasota Sailors took on Manatee High at home last night. The Sailors getting lose as are the Hurricanes in Tuesday night action. After a scoreless 1st half, just subbed in, Javier Salgado gets a free kick and bends that sucker just under the top bar to give the ‘Canes a 1–0 lead. Trying to tie it, Jesus Deluna gets taken down by Sam Marchbank, and he stays down. There was nothing...

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Booker High Lady Tornadoes battle the Southeast Lady ‘Noles

MANATEE COUNTY – The old and the new as Southeast took on Booker Monday night. The legend John Harder facing new Booker head coach, Shantia Grace. Booker jumped to a 12–1 lead, then 20–7, but Perryauna Youmans finds Amoni Waiters underneath for 2 of Waiters’ 13 points. But Booker holds their 8 point lead as Jaela Dennis dishes down low to Cashanti Bradley. Then Omari Davis buries a 3 after the ‘Noles closed the gap. But Youmans...

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