The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.
We are into the homestretch of the second round of random selections from the 11 districts (in round 3, we’ll include independents in the mix). Our 20th team overall was randomly selected and Fernandina Beach was the second team chosen out of 1A-District 3.
You can see everything I have on the Pirates in 2019-20 here –> FERNANDINA BEACH
Win/loss record: 8-22 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Pirates’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: Fernandina Beach began the season with a mid-pack finish at Terry Parker’s two-day Arlington Optimist Invitational, taking seventh out of 12 teams on December 6-7. The following Saturday, the Pirates hosted their own inaugural one-day duals tournament, the Dual in the Dunes, on the 14th, where they were 3-2 and placed fourth as a team. They were third in the Nassau County duals tournament on the 17th; that weekend, Fernandina Beach traveled over to Yulee, competing at their two-day duals tournament, finishing with a 1-6 weekend record. After the holidays, the Pirates started with the 1A-District 3 dual team tournament, placing fourth, and then went back to Yulee for the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border, placing ninth out of 16 teams. Next up, after a midweek loss, was a trek down to former district rival Westside’s one-day roundrobin tournament on the 18th, where the Pirates were eighth of 11 teams. Fernandina Beach then went back to Terry Parker for the two-day Parker Duals tournament, and a short-handed group finished 1-8 over the weekend of the 24th and 25th. After a midweek dual win to start February, the Pirates were 33rd at the two-day Clay Rotary IBT, but finished on an up note with two of three midweek dual wins. Fernandina was sixth at the 1A-District 3 traditional tournament, and placed 18th at Wakulla for Region 1, with one state qualifier. At states, the Pirates were T-56th as a team. They will lose that lone state qualifier to graduation, but Fernandina Beach will be able to call upon as many as eight post-season starters next year, plus potentially one or two more kids who just fell short of the matches requirement.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Nik Saldana (sophomore, 17-24 at 106, 1 match from regions); Caden Kubatzke (sophomore, 25-16 at 120, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Jeremy Mahoney (senior, 42-10 at 126, district champ, 1 match from states); Brooks Rohe (sophomore, 4-16 at 138, 1 match from regions); Lucas Crawford (sophomore, 1-12 at 160, 1 match from regions); Kolby Kidd (senior, 27-13 at 182, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Tyler Harris (senior, 16-9 at 195, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Jared Hutchinson (senior, 12-14 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Jeremiah Giedrys (39-14 at 170, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states).
2019-20 MVP: Senior Jeremiah Giedrys had been building up to this season as a prior starter in each of his previous three seasons, but the first thing was a growth spurt that catapulted him into the upper weights in his senior season. Giedrys reached the final at Optimist at 170, then won his next nine matches, in which he bonus-pointed through the day at Dual in the Dunes, two wins at County and two wins to open his Yulee Duals weekend, where Giedrys was 6-1. Giedrys was 14-2 in his next stretch of matches, with third-place finishes at Joe Bees and at Westside. Giedrys did struggle a bit in early February, with an 0-2 Clay tournament, but rallied to reach the District 3 final. At Wakulla, Giedrys won twice to reach the semis; after a Saturday loss, he put together a pair of wins on the back to assure his career-long goal of the state tournament.
2020-21 captain: Junior Jeremy Mahoney led the Pirates in wins this past year, derailed from a return trip to states only by a very loaded 126-pound field at Region 1, where he was one match short of going back to Kissimmee. Mahoney won an Optimist title; after taking his first loss at Dual in the Dunes, he won 10 matches in a row, with a 4-1 record at Dunes, two wins at County and a 6-1 record at Yulee Duals. Mahoney then fell in the finals at Joe Bees Memorial, and placed third at Westside, with his lone loss by a single point in the semifinals. He then finished 7-2 at Parker Duals, with his losses to the eventual 1A state runnerup and an area 3A district champ. After a 2-2 Clay weekend, Mahoney won five matches in a row, the last two of those good for a district title. At regions, two of the same kids that had handed him losses earlier in the year did so again, first in the quarters and then again in the blood round. Despite that, Mahoney not only should be a threat to get out once again in 2021, but should be a threat to podium as well.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Freshman Lucas Crawford had higher hopes for his ninth-grade year as a varsity starter. With an older brother that had often appeared in this space from 2016-19, he was well-pedigreed and positioned for at least some success. But, a broken right wrist before the season began kept him out of the lineup for all of December and slowed his effectiveness once he did return. An injury-default loss by concussion in the middle of January kept him out again until near the post-season. Yet, he rose again to try to score points for his team, but only got his hand raised just once — and that in a forfeit win — at the end of the regular season. Again and again, Crawford came back from injury to try to help an inexperienced and out-manned team with all the heart he could muster, and it is that spirit that makes Lucas Crawford the Zander Laurin Warrior for Fernandina Beach.
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