Commitments of Brendan Black and Marcelis Tate


With two years to go, Fletcher’s quarterback Marcelis Tate is already locking down his college football plans.

The rising junior announced his commitment to USF, among the first commitments of what looks like a deep and promising pack of quarterbacks from Northeast Florida in the 2024 and 2025 classes.

Not yet rated by major recruiting services, Tate is listed at 6-2 and 187 pounds.

As a sophomore in 2021, Tate completed 52 of 85 passes for 655 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions, and also rushed for 102 yards and four scores as the Senators qualified for the Class 7A Regional Playoffs.

Bulldogs’ Black commits to Cyclones

To add Brendan Black to the list of Bolles players announcing university commitments.

The rising senior offensive lineman signed for Iowa State, the newest Jacksonville-area player to select the Big 12 school. Former Bartram Trail wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson earned All-Big 12 honors with the Cyclones last year.

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Black, listed as a three-star prospect at 6-4 and 300 pounds, can play multiple positions on the offensive front but is most often thrown around as a guard. He helped clear the way for Kade Frew to rush for 1,476 yards and 22 touchdowns on the way to the Class 4A state semifinal.

It is Bolles’ second commitment in the 2023 class this month, after the tight end Connor Coxcommitted to South Carolina on June 12.

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Mandarin's Da'Moni Kelly, the Times-Union All-First Coast Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year, added a title at the adidas Outdoor Nationals in North Carolina.

Mandarin’s Kelly Wins Adidas Track Title

Even though the high school track season is over, Da’Moni Kelly does not slow down in the summer.

The freshly graduated Mandarin pitcher threw a winning effort 44-foot-5 to win the women’s shot put at the Adidas Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Kelly, who won the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A championship in May, has signed with the University of Florida. She won the Times-Union All-First Coast Female Athlete of the Year in Athletics for 2022.

The meeting was a total success for Mandarin. Jaylin Lewis also finished first in the boys’ freshman 200 meters in 22.20 at the meet and Stephen DeGregorio took second place in the boys 100 freshman year.

Meanwhile, Raines is graduating Harrison Robinson ran 13.83 to place second in the 110 hurdles, and even ran 10th (10.96) on the flat 100.

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Patterson called up to U.S. Junior Team

Avery Patterson maybe a month away from a world championship moment.

The United States Soccer Federation has named the former Bolles midfielder to the women’s national under-20 team for the Sud Ladies Cup, scheduled for June 24-28 in France. Team USA will meet France on June 24, Mexico on June 26 and the Netherlands on June 28.

The tournament is a final tune-up ahead of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which kicks off on August 10 in Costa Rica. National under 20 coach Tracey Kevin should select the final composition in the days following the Sud Ladies Cup.

Patterson, who is entering her freshman year at the University of North Carolina, was previously called up to the Under-20 squad in February, scoring four goals in his first international start against Puerto Rico.

While at Bolles, she helped the Bulldogs to the Florida High School Athletic Association Championships in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Mackiewitz exit among coaching moves

The coach carousel continues in the summer.

After more than two decades with the program, Mac Mackiewitz came out as a Providence baseball coach.

The school posted an advertisement for the vacancy on the FHSAA website during the last week of May. As first reported by WJXTthe school sent a letter to parents that attributed the decision to violations of school policies relating to financial and billing practices.

The school did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Mackiewitz compiled a 452-161 record in charge of Providence, including FHSAA championships in 2008 and 2012, runners-up in 2009 and 2013, and 13 consecutive playoff appearances between 2006 and 2018. He had also served as the senior men’s at school. .

The Stallions went 15-13 this spring, advancing to the Region 1-3A semi-final before losing to The Villages Charter.

His departure ends one of Jacksonville baseball’s longest and most successful current coaching tenures. Mackiewitz has been head coach of the Stallions since 2004, starting in 2001 as an assistant on the coaching staff.

He earned All-Sunshine State Conference honors while lining up at first base for the University of North Florida in the 1990s. Drafted in the 33rd round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1998, Mackiewitz spent portions of three years in the minor leagues, including a stint with the Double-A Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League in 2000.

Notable Providence baseball graduates during Mackiewitz’s tenure include Walker Lockett, who spent portions of three seasons in Major League Baseball, and Tyler Callihan and Nathan Hickey, currently in the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox minor league systems, respectively.

Mackiewitz’s departure isn’t the only notable coaching change since the end of the spring season.

At Fleming Island, Grant Bigiline crossed the Saint John River after four years in charge of the Golden Eagles, including a final visit in 2021. Bartram Trail announced Bigilin as a new addition to the coaching staff under Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Bigilin compiled a 58-30 record in his four years with Fleming Island. The Golden Eagles finished 2022 at 9-14.

Meanwhile, Bartram Trail has listed a vacancy for a softball head coach. Veteran baseball coach Tony Sowers came out of retirement over the winter to lead the softball program for 2022, after serving as a longtime Bears coach Jen Harman accepted the athletic director position at Beachside before the new school opened in August.

The Bears finished the softball season 15-8.

St. Johns Country Day's Bradley Hodges (10) is congratulated by head coach Tom Lucas after hitting a home run against Bolles during a high school baseball game on March 16, 2022. [Clayton Freeman/Florida Times-Union]

Around the area

Christ Church Academy Junior Chase-Healey placed fifth at the United States Tennis Association’s Bobby Curtis Florida Championships, the statewide youth tennis tournament. … Union County main linebacker Trevor Holtzendorf engaged in football Ave Maria. … St. Johns Country Day senior Bradley Hodges finished second in voting for Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Baseball, which went to Roman Anthony by Stoneman Douglas. Coach Douglas Todd Fitz-Gerald won the state coach of the year award. … Melbourne pitcher Jazzy Frank won Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Softball and Deltona’s Lindsay Ingram was named Softball Coach of the Year. Middleburg Pitcher Mallory Forrest finished fifth in Player of the Year voting, along with Middleburg coach Ashley Houston third in the Coach of the Year vote. … Named beachfront Grayson Corbett as the first female lacrosse coach and start the day as a wrestling coach. …The FHSAA has selected Bishop Kenny as the Class 4A winner of the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Awards. … Baker’s Sports High School’s annual media day for football is scheduled for August 1st.

Clayton Freeman covers high school sports and more for the Florida Times-Union. Follow him on Twitter at @CFreemanJAX.


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