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Covering High School Sports in America

Category: Florida Girls Basketball

  • Dave Walker's retirement this week as the long-time girls basketball coach at Naples (Fla.) was especially timely, because a few hours later he learned that he had made the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

    The 64-year-old Walker guided the Naples girls to a 611-282 record in 33 years.

    Walker told the Naples News, "A friend told me once that you just know when it's time to go. I have no problems with the administration. I have no health problems. I just felt like this was a good time to end it.It's been more than exciting wins and heartbreaking losses ... I've been very honored to work with a lot of good people over the years. A majority of my good friends are related to coaching in one way or another."

    Athletic director Ernie Modugno said, "Dave is respected for his knowledge of the game and the great job he does. developing talent. The thing a lot of people don't know is how important a person he is to his players' lives. For some he was a surrogate father."

    * Hannah Eichler celebrated her 18th birthday by drilling four straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to give Grafton (Wis.) a 44-41 victory over Whitefish Bay (Wis.). She finished with 16 points.

    * Junior Demetrius Jackson, who is drawing strong Division I interest, scored a school-record 42 points on Friday as Marian (Mishawaka, Ind.) routed Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.) 91-61. Jackson shot 14-for-24 from the field and 11-for-14 from the free throw line and had several spectacular dunks.
  • Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) girls basketball coach Marcia Pinder already owns the Florida state record for most career wins, but she put a nice round number on it, with her 800th victory Thursday night.

    "The 800 wins is OK, but that is not the number I am looking for,'' Pinder told the Miami Herald. "This was just another game. We're taking it one game at a time."

    Pinder, who is in her 35th year and has posted an 800-175 career mark, would like to get to win No. 804 this season. If so, that means her Panthers will have claimed their third consecutive Class 5A state title, which would be No. 7 for Pinder.

    Of note, Pinder is now tied for No. 18 nationally for most wins by a girls basketball coach, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations' record book.

    In other basketball coach milestones nationally, Edwardsville (Ill.) coach Lori Blade earned career victory No. 500 on Thursday. In her 18-year career, Blade has compiled a 500-78 career mark, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • For Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.), family definitely is at the forefront of the school's basketball programs.

    A quick glance at the scoring record book would show a pattern among two families in particular. In fact, the feat is a first in Hillsborough County, according to The Tampa Tribune.

    When girls basketball players Kai Jones and Micah Kroll scored their 1,000th career points for the Crusaders, they were the second in their families to do so.

    A generation earlier, their fathers Tommy Jones and Mike Kroll accomplished the same feat for Tampa Catholic's boys team. In total, the families have accounted for 5,734 points, according to the Tribune.

    "Who would have ever imagined that?" Mike Kroll told the newspaper. "Not me. Not in a million years."

    Heading into action this week, Micah had scored 1,499 points, while Kai has totaled 1,137. Both are seniors. The elder Jones amassed the most points with 1,163 from 1979-82, while Mike Kroll finished his career with 1,485 (1968-72).

    Further adding to the familial flair, Tampa Catholic is coached Nancy Kroll, Mike's wife and Micah's stepmother.