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Practice with the Patriots: NPC sportswriter Lucas Semb gets busy with the Pace Patriots baseball team
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Patrick Bernadeau can be reached at [email protected] or 850-503-3828.
Lucas Semb can be reached at [email protected] or 850-281-7414.
NPC Athlete of the Week Vote (April 11-16)
Baseball: Battle Alberson, Gulf Breeze — The sophomore Dolphins threw a no-hitter against Pensacola Catholic, the state’s No. 7 ranked team. Alberson walked only one and finished with seven strikeouts.
Boys lacrosse: John Valletto, Gulf Breeze – The senior forward had 13 goals, four assists and 17 rushes in three games to lead the Dolphins to the 1-1A District title. In the district title game, Valletto had four goals and an assist in Gulf Breeze’s 11-7 victory over South Walton.
Boys Tennis: Will Meyering, Gulf Breeze – Qualified for the state in singles and doubles, the junior helped the Dolphins win the 1-3A district title. Meyering outlasted Booker T. Washington’s Jack Morris 6-4, 6-0 in the singles final at No. 1. He teamed with Francis Smith for a straight-set victory in the final at No. 1 in doubles.
Flag-football: Amaya Pablo, Pace — The freshman quarterback completed 86 percent of his passes for 440 yards, six touchdowns and one interception in two Patriots wins. Pablo also had 17 carries for 136 yards and three touchdowns in those two games.
Girls lacrosse: Julia Frosch, Pensacola Catholic — The freshman midfielder had nine goals, 10 assists, 11 digs, five takeaways and nine draw checks over three games to help the Crusaders win the District 1-1A title. In the district title match, Frosch scored the game-winning goal as Catholic beat Gulf Breeze 10-9.
Girls tennis: Sarah McElrath, Gulf Breeze – Qualified for the state in singles and doubles, second helped the Lady Dolphins win the 1-3A District title. McElrath beat Pace’s Allegra Bergonzi 6-1, 6-1 in the singles final at No. 1. She teamed with Ella Goodwin for a straight-set victory in the final at No. 1 in doubles.
Soft ball : Sydney Scapin, West Florida — The sophomore Jaguars have won two full games. After allowing just one hit in a 4-2 win over Tate, Scapin threw a no-hitter in a 1-0 triumph over Choctaw. She had 36 strikeouts on six walks over the two games.