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Gabrielle forces postponements
By Derek Gonsoulin
Daily Commercial Staff Writer
September 14, 2001
Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:08 a.m.
Gabrielle forces postponements
A few Lake County high school football teams were forced by Tropical storm Gabrielle to postpone
Friday night's schedule and will make up the games today.
Lake County games Mount Dora at Tavares, South Lake at Kissimmee Osceola and Ocala Vanguard
at Leesburg will be made up tonight.
Sumter County's teams will play Monday when South Sumter travels to Umatilla and Wildwood faces
All other area high school sporting events, such as a volleyball and fall soccer match at Mount Dora
Bible and a volleyball game at Montverde, were also postponed.
Mount Dora Bible was to play Lecanto Seven Rivers Christian in both sports. The Bulldogs moved both
matches to Tuesday.
Inman Sherman, South Sumter's football coach, said Thursday night he thought Gabrielle would
cancel all sporting events in Central Florida. By noon Friday most schools made up their minds to
push back all contests at least a day.
Leesburg football coach Bud O'Hara's said the decision to cancel the Friday night's game came early
The 24-hour delay and the tragic events of this past week has O'Hara hoping his players keep its mind
on football. The Yellow Jackets face one of their major hurldes in contending for the Class 4A-District 4
crown when they host Vanguard (2-0) tonight.
"That'll be the key to our success," the Yellow Jackets coach said. "We have to be able to focus despite
all the nightmares we've been through this week. Not only with the rain and all, but the nightmare up
there. That's enough to keep anyone from focusing."
O'Hara said Leesburg's football field should in a good enough condition to play on tonight even if it
does rain again. The coach is more worried about his team's play of late.
He said his 2-0 team, which defeated 2A schools Eustis and Mount Dora by a combined score of
71-20, isn't playing up to its potential yet.
"We just want to do what we do, but we want to do it better," O'Hara said. "We haven't blocked anybody
yet. Our offensive line is just not dominant on the line of scrimmage at all. We're making too many
"We need to get better weekly and we didn't get better last week."
O'Hara said things have to change tonight if his team wants to stay in the playoff race.
"I think Vanguard, (Ocala) Forest and us are the three teams to beat," O'Hara said. "They only take the
top two for state, so it's going to be advantageous for the winner."
Other sports teams in Lake County have had trouble focusing on their respective sports.
Mount Dora Bible's volleyball faces its biggest challenge of the season when it faces Ocala Vanguard
Tuesday, but the Class A Bulldogs played only one of three matches this past week in preparation for it.
Mount Dora Bible canceled a match Tuesday after the news of the terrorist attacks hit, and Gabrielle
made Lecanto decide against the long trip to Mount Dora Friday. The Bulldogs defeated Orlando
Christian on Wednesday to improve to 7-0.
Mount Dora Bible coach Jennifer Ray, a guidance counselor for the Christian school's elementary and
middle school branches, said it's rare for weather to cancel a volleyball match.
"Actually, I have car duty in the morning, about 8 a.m., and when I came in, (Lecanto) had already called
to say they had canceled," Ray said. "They're an hour-and-a-half away and the matches would have
Ray said Mount Dora Bible has been running crisis-management drills, meaning preparing for bomb
threats and tornadoes, all week. She's hoping the trying won't be needed.
"I think we've done every drill," she said. "We've been practicing with all the teachers on how to deal
with terrorism, lockdowns and everything except fire -- and you don't know."