Buchholz Girls Lacrosse is Headed to Regional Quarterfinals

Buchholz Girls Lacrosse is Headed to Regional Quarterfinals

The Buchholz varsity girls lacrosse team entered the 2019 season with the goal of getting better each and every day. They’ve done just that.

 

Last week Coach Millinoff’s Bobcats were crowned District Champions. They defeated Forest High School and then Oak Hall, whom they hadn’t beat since 2011. According to senior team captain Olivia Moreschi they walked in focused and ready to play. After scoring the first few goals the Bobcats knew they were in it and were determined to come out with the win. They won 15-11.

“It was such a great feeling. We’ve all worked so hard and to get the win meant so much. We played for each other and it showed. There were definitely some tears shed after the game” explained Moreschi.

There’s no doubt that the success of this Buchholz team is rooted on a strong bond. Many of the girls grew up playing club lacrosse in Gainesville together. They entered high school not only as teammates, but as friends. The trust that they hold in one another, according to Moreschi, is what allows them to play to their full potential.

Moreschi says, “Coach Millinoff emphasizes the importance of improving as a team”.

Each practice the Bobcats aim to do just that. They motivate and build off of each other all while having a smile on their faces. When asked about a specific  teammate that has stepped up this season Moreschi couldn’t choose just one. According to the senior team captain, everyone has put forth a tremendous effort and has given their all. Moreschi described her teammates as “amazing”. It’s clear that she has a great sense of pride in her teammates.

What’s Next

The Bobcats have a tough matchup coming up. Regional Quarterfinals are this Thursday and Buchholz will be taking on Gulf Breeze, the district two champions. The two teams have already met once this season. Gulf Breeze defeated the Bobcats 16-7 win.

Buchholz, however, isn’t looking back. They’re focused on this Thursday’s matchup. In preparation for Gulf Breeze and Regional Quarterfinals the Bobcats are working on playing faster and more physical.

 

Prior to game time Moreschi said she’ll be telling her teammates what she always tells them.

“Keep your head held high and have fun”.

 

Story can also be found via ESPN Gainesville at wruf.com.

The Little Things

The Little Things

As my freshman year at the University of Florida comes to a close I’d like to take a moment and reflect on a few things.

At the end of Fall semester I knew I needed to get involved in anyway possible. I was eager, and still am, to learn and further develop my skills. I had no idea what ESPN Gainesville really was or how it operated, but I knew it was covering sports. In my mind, that’s all I needed to know. So, I went to register for the program and was told I’d be put on a waiting list. Long story short, I basically begged the man in charge to put me in the program and get me off that waiting list! Okay, I didn’t ACTUALLY beg, but I did go to his office numerous times inquiring about getting involved with sports media.

This Spring I have had the opportunity to work with ESPN Gainesville’s introductory program covering local high school sports. I’ll admit I was slightly apprehensive at the beginning. I’m not from Gainesville. I’m not even from the state of Florida. What did I know about high school sports in Alachua county!? Well, honestly…nothing.

Life’s about taking chances, right?

Here I am now… months later. I had no idea that this opportunity would provide so much for me.

Mostly, I have been writing for ESPN Gainesville, wruf.com, while covering Buchholz and Newberry High School. I’ve also insisted on doing a few interviews!

As many of you know, I love sports and have had the dream of becoming a college football sideline reporter for basically my entire life. I’m not exaggerating! Ask… anyone. However, it wasn’t until these past few months that I developed a love for storytelling. I knew I “liked” journalism, but now I have a passion for it.

There’s just something special about telling a story.

It may not mean something to everyone, but it means something to someone. These stories that I’ve worked on, stories on local high schools and student athletes, mean nearly nothing to the world as a whole. It’s the truth. But, as long as they mean something to just one person, as long as I get to tell someone’s story, then that’s all that matters to me.

It’s the little things.

UCLA Signee Reflects on His Time with Buchholz

UCLA Signee Reflects on His Time with Buchholz

With his senior year quickly coming to a close, Buchholz High School’s Noah Keeter took time to reflect on what it’s meant to be a part of the Bobcats football program.

Born and raised in Gainesville, FL, Keeter’s played sports since he was a toddler. He played basketball until his freshman year of high school and baseball until his senior year. However, there was something special about the game of football that stuck with him. He’s been playing for the past eight years.

In a recent interview, Keeter voiced his gratitude towards Buchholz’s football program.

He stated, “Buchholz football has made me the person I am today”.

Not only has being a member of this team allowed Keeter to develop as a player, but it has also provided him the opportunity to grow as a person.

Head Coach Mark Whittemore has always emphasized the importance of hard work and creating a brotherhood, according to Keeter.

While playing for Buchholz Keeter has made some of his best friends, people he’ll be able to count on long after his high school days. One of which is quarterback Camden Orth. Keeter described Orth as his best friend since day one.

Keeter also mentions his best friend as a leader who is always there to support his teammates. Following the 2018 season, Orth committed to LIU Post Football.

A Life Changing Opportunity

Keeter wasn’t sure exactly what his options would be for furthering his football career. He knew it was his goal to play at the next level. The recruiting process was slow. He had some interests and offers, but it wasn’t until January when things started to fall into place.

UCLA paid Keeter a visit and then brought him out to Los Angeles shortly after. On Keeter’s official visit, Chip Kelly presented him with an offer and Keeter didn’t think twice.

“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Playing for a power five program in a big city is something I’ve always dreamed of”, stated Keeter.

He committed on the spot.

Although Keeter will soon be over 2,000 miles away from home, he says his mom will forever be his biggest motivator.

“She’s taught me that hard work always prevails. Talent means nothing unless you put forth the effort. She has done so much for me and it just makes me want to work even harder for her”, said Keeter.

At UCLA, Keeter’s goal is to get better each and every day. He hopes to work his way into a starting position and contribute to the team as soon as possible. As with all things in life, Keeter knows it’s going to take hard work.

When asked what he’ll miss the most about the past four years Keeter said his senior season, strapping up and putting on that Bobcats uniform.

“Friday night lights with my brothers are something I’ll never be able to get back”, he expressed.

Story can also be found via ESPN Gainesville at wruf.com.

Triple Threat of Buchholz

Triple Threat of Buchholz

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Whether it’s swim season or not, odds are you’ll find Talia Bates, Caitlin Brooks, and Katie Cronin together. The three have swimming to thank for their friendship.

Both Talia and Katie have been swimming together for nearly a decade. It wasn’t until Katie took a year off from Gator Swim Club and swam at High Tide Aquatics that she met Caitlin. They instantly became friends. Flashforward. The three train nearly everyday together at Gator Swim Club. It’s no surprise that they’ve grown so close over the years. They share the same goals and passions.

Katie Cronin

“We’re always cheering for each other”, says Talia. That’s something that won’t change, even after they begin their collegiate swimming careers. Talia, daughter of former Florida Gator Linebacker James Bates and former Gator Swimmer Tina Bates, signed with UF her junior year. When asked about the recruitment process, she stated, “I looked around at a lot of schools, but just being at UF nearly every day, I felt like it was the best fit for me. I am so excited to be able to contribute to this team!” Katie will be roughly 744 miles away. She will be continuing her swimming career at The University of Virginia. Because Katie has plans to attend med school following college graduation, she felt as if she needed an “elite institution, one that balanced both academics and swim”. Ultimately, there was “just something about Virginia” that called to her. Caitlin is also heading quite far away from Gainesville. She signed with The University of Kentucky. Although this trio will each be on different teams next year, it doesn’t mean they’ll never see each other. They’re already looking forward to meets and NCAA’s.

Their Time At Buchholz

The three have definitely made their mark on Buchholz High School’s Swim team. They’ve won a state championship every single year of their high school careers. That’s not something everyone can say. This past season a lot of people were counting the Bobcats out, but Katie said that the team “believed in themselves, got behind one another, and rallied”. They treated every race like it was the one that determined everything and it worked.

When asked about how it feels to have been a part of such a successful program, Talia, Katie, and Caitlin agreed that their time at Buchholz has been “so unusual and organic”. Katie stated, “None of us moved here to swim. None of us went to Buchholz just for their swim team. None of this was planned. It’s just where we lived. It’s how the cards fell, and I am so grateful”. Without a doubt this team and this trio’s friendship is something special.

More Than the Swimming Pool

Outside of swimming Katie, Caitlin, and Talia can be found either trying the latest and greatest breakfast restaurant or playing wii. Their go to wii game is Just Dance. One of Katie’s favorite breakfast date memories is at Mi Apa. After their meal, they got a little bored and began combining random foods and condiments, something I am sure we’ve all done a time or two. Caitlin dared to taste their lime/hot sauce/ketchup and who knows what else combination. Needless to say they shared a laugh. It’s just one of many genuine memories that the three will look back on.

Caitlin, Katie, and Talia have been their for each other in the good times and the bad. They’ve stuck together through it all. According to Katie that’s how you know you have a quality friendship.

 

Not only are these girls leaving Buchholz High School as 4-peat State Champions, but they’re leaving with a bond like no other.