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By ANTHONY CHIANG
Alligator Staff Writer
achlang@alllgatororg

Last year's group of freshmen pitchers
went through it all.
Alex Panteliodis, Nick Maronde and An-
thony DeSclafani immediately went from
their high school graduations to a spot in a
starting rotation in the Southeastern Con-
ference.
The freshmen hurlers were part of a core
of pitchers that led Florida to the NCAA
Super Regionals an experience the three
will benefit from tremendously this season
as sophomores.
Along the way, however, a price needed
to be paid.
With the immediate playing time came
moments of adversity and the old lesson of
learning the hard way.
Panteliodis' first road outing against Ar-
kansas was one of those times.
After allowing only four combined
earned runs in his first two starts against
teams then-No. 8 Louisville and No. 10 Mi-
ami, his confidence was sky high.
But all of that changed quickly.
"It wasn't good. It wasn't good. It was
brutal, very brutal." Panteliodis said of his
first road outing. "You can't even really
make out what they're saying because you
are just trying to block it out. I was mind-
shocked."
He left the game before he could even
leave his mark on the mound.
UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan pulled Pan-


teliodis after he allowed five runners to
cross home plate in a little more than an in-
ning.
After the game, he told Panteliodis that
the debacle was expected.
"They had some ups and downs,"
O'Sullivan said. "You can coach and you can
teach, but that experience is something you
can't give it to them until they go through
it."
The youth of the pitching staff will be on
full display over this weekend.
Redshirt sophomore Tommy Toledo
will get the start in tonight's season opener
against USF at 6:30 in McKethan Stadium.
While freshman Brian Johnson will go on
Saturday, and DeSclafani will get the nod
Sunday.
Maronde has taken on a different role this
year. Instead of starting, he will be coming
out of the bullpen and is a candidate for the
closer's position vacated by Billy Bullock.
"We're awfully young, so there's going
to be some growing pains along the way,"
O'Sullivan said. "But they're talented and
that's why we recruited them."

Circumstances
O'Sullivan didn't have much of a choice
but to start the freshmen in 2009.
Two crucial pitchers were missing from
Florida's rotation at the beginning of last
season.
Then-senior Stephen Locke had yet to be
reinstated because of pending DUI charges
which were later dropped and Toledo, who
is expected to be the ace of the rotation this


UF pitcher Nick Maronde was one of two freshmen opening weekend starters for the Gators last year along with Alex Panteliodis. Ma-
ronde finished the season as the team's leader in strikeouts (59).


season, sat out the year because of a shoul-
der surgery both would have been week-
end starters.
Instead, Panteliodis and Maronde took
their spots in the first series of the season
against a top-10 Louisville team.
From the start, they showed they be-
longed.
"I really don't look at it like they
were freshmen last year. I really don't,"
O'Sullivan said. "I know a lot of people
from the outside-in look at it like that, but
hey, they are good."
Combined, the two didn't show any
nerves as they pitched more than 12 innings
and allowed two earned runs while walk-
ing only one batter in the opening series of
2009.
But as the scouting reports grew more
extensive on the first-year pitchers, so did
their ERAs.
"It was great for me from a pitching
standpoint," Maronde said. "But I don't
think I really realized what it was until the
season came around and how difficult it
would be."
Throughout the season, the ERAs and
levels of success for the three fluctuated, but
they still presented the team with some of
its best outings.
Panteliodis and DeSclafani finished tied
for the team-high in wins while Maronde
tallied the most strikeouts last year for the
Gators.
Each of the three pointed to then-senior
Patrick Keating as the one who showed
them the ropes.
Ironically, they surpassed the veteran
in the pitching rotation due to the senior's
struggles midway though the season.
Keating began the year as the team's ace
but ended it in the bullpen. He only logged
seven starts before his understudies took
over for him.
"They earned everything that they got,"
O'Sullivan said. "There was nothing given
to any pitcher last year.
"Patrick was an All-SEC pitcher the year
before, and some of the young guys just out-
pitched him it's as simple as that. You try


to make decisions with your brain, not with
your heart."

O'Sullivan's Guys
After two top-5 recruiting classes,
the team is starting to take the shape of
O'Sullivan's particular mold.
The trio of sophomore pitchers is a per-
fect indication of that.
After nine seasons as a pitching coach at
Clemson, he knows how to evaluate top tal-
ent at the position.
Since O'Sullivan arrived in 2008, the team
ERA has dropped each season.
He came to a team that struggled under
its previous coach, Pat McMahon, and fin-
ished with an ERA of 5.27.
But in O'Sullivan's first year, UF's team
ERA fell to 4.39 and the downward trend
continued last season as it fell to 4.27 al-
most a whole run less than when he first ar-
rived.
"When we first got here, our goal was to
deepen the pitching staff," O'Sullivan said.
"That's not done overnight.
"It takes more than one recruiting class,
but we feel good about where we are at
right now."
The depth of the pitching staff is it's
strength, as is evident from this weekend's
rotation.
Johnson's emergence in his first year has
given the Gators plenty of options for their
rotation.
"We have five or six guys who probably
could start anywhere in the country," Ma-
ronde said.
O'Sullivan's philosophy of playing the
best players no matter how young they are
is paying off.
The competition has increased among
the pitchers, and 11 of the staff's 17 are
O'Sullivan's recruits.
"Above all, he is a pitching specialist,"
National Scouting Coordinator for Perfect
Game USA Allan Simpson said. "He's been
around, and his reputation as a pitching
coach is pretty established, and high school
coaches send their players to him because
they know he really knows his pitching."


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His resume demands respect, too.
"I really trust him and his judgment and
what he is going to say to make me and the
rest of the pitching staff better," DeSclafani
said.
But the most impressive thing is the de-
velopment of the pitchers.
The five freshmen arms already look at
sophomores Maronde, Panteliodis and DeS-
clafani as leaders and mentors.
"He knows how to scout and recruit
pitchers, and he just knows how to develop
them," Simpson said. "He has a good track
record for taking a rock and putting the fin-
ishing touches on it."

Growth
From the start, the trio has been on a fast
track.
This year they are taking on a new role
on the team: leaders.
With such a new group of arms, the
sophomores have been forced to the fore-
front once again this time to guide the
newcomers along.
"I definitely try to help the young-
er guys," Maronde said. "One of coach
O'Sullivan's big things is leadership, so I
try to pass down what they taught us last
year."
But they will be expected to do more than
just become leaders this season.
If No. 7 Florida is going to meet expecta-
tions, the sophomores will have to make an-
other jump in production from their fresh-
man years.
O'Sullivan said he would like to see dou-
ble-digit wins and ERAs of less than 4.00
this year.
"All of these guys pitched great last year,
and now they have a year under their belts,
Toledo said. "They are ready to go. I think
this year is going to be special."
If they don't produce, they could get a
dose of their own medicine.
"They have some battles this year,"
O'Sullivan said. "A couple of these fresh-
men are pushing them."
Panteliodis, Maronde and DeSclafani
wouldn't have it any other way.


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Jury finds former officer not guilty of abuse

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Herbert Priester and his wife, Tabitha Priester, react to a not-guilty verdict outside the Alachua County
Criminal Justice Center on Thursday afternoon.


By MINCH MINCHIN
Alligator Writer

After nearly two weeks of
testimony, Herbert Priester, a
former Gainesville policeman
charged with abuse and neglect
of his infant daughter, has been
found not guilty of both charges.
According to Chief Assistant
State Attorney Jeanne Singer,
Priester became frustrated with
his then 2-month-old daughter
and squeezed her, breaking six
of her ribs and injuring several
of her internal organs in January
2007.
Priester said the family's
75-pound Dutch shepherd, Ban-
dit, caused the injuries.
According to testimonies last
week, Bandit had a history of "er-
ratic" behavior, including once
consuming several square feet
of leather couch upholstery and
tearing up a doll.
But prosecuting attorney Sean
Brewer was not convinced.


statement.
State attorneys said after
Priester assaulted the baby, he
forced Bandit's jaws open and
dragged his teeth across the in-
fant's torso to create the impres-
sion of a dog attack.
"It's been a long three
years. When you have the
truth on your side, it makes
things easier."
Herbert Priester
former policeman

Upon hearing the not-guilty
verdict from Circuit Judge Ysleta
W. McDonald, Priester dropped
his face to the table and began to
weep.
"It's been a long three years,"
Priester said, moments after
the decision. "When you have
the truth on your side, it makes
things easier."
Priester's daughter, now 3, is
healthy.
Bandit remains in Gainesville
with different owners.


SPECIAL REPORT

Ruling favors free speech


By SAMANTHA DELGADO
Alligator Contributing Writer
A UF sophomore received a status update
on a lawsuit her mother filed in 2007 against
her high school principal.
A federal judge ruled Katherine Evans can
move forward with a suit she filed after her
principal suspended her for creating a Face-
book page critical of her high school English
teacher, according to court documents found
on the American Civil Liberties Union of Flor-
ida Web site.
On the Facebook page, Evans described her
teacher as "the worst teacher she ever had."
Maria Kayanan, one of Evans' lawyers and
the associate legal director of the American
Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said moving
forward with the lawsuit represents a signifi-
cant step for student rights related to social net-
working Web sites.
"It's a recognition by the court that her


speech was protected by the First Amendment,
and the principal should have known that,"
she said.
Evans said she is hoping to have the suspen-
sion removed from her academic record.
"The case pretty much speaks for itself, and
my rights were violated," she said.
According to the court
Documents, she hopes to be
compensated for being de-
Sprived of her First Amend-
ment rights and also hopes
to receive money for attor-
ney fees.
Students who use Face-
Evans book for academic purposes
should not worry about get-
ting in trouble for what they post, Kayanan
said.
"Students' opinions of their teachers are
protected, as long as they don't urge violence,"
Kayanan said.


NYT reporter visits UF


By ROBERT IMFELD
Alligator Contributing Writer

Andrea Elliott has told many stories
in her career at The New York Times.
Before a crowd of about 150 Thurs-
day night, she told the one that won
her a Pulitzer Prize.
The reporter spent eight months at
a Brooklyn mosque learning about the
hardships of being a Muslim prayer
leader after Sept. 11.
"I was trying to understand Is-
lam," she told the audience at the Reitz
Union Rion Ballroom. "He was trying
to understand America."
Earlier in the day, Elliott partici-


pated in a journalism workshop at
the Reitz Union, where she answered
questions about her career to about 15
people.
Elliott said she considers herself
a reporter on Muslims
On rather than a reporter on
Campus Islam because her sto-
ries are really about the
people.
Islam On Campus brought Elliott
to UF as part of its Islam Awareness
Month activities.
Islam on Campus paid Elliott $5,000
for her visit, according to Ziad Ghani-
mi, chairman of the Islam Awareness
Month committee.


UF point guard
Erving Walker
scored all of his
14 points from the
free-throw line on
Thursday night in
the Gators' 78-70
win over Auburn
in the O'Connell
Center.
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New dean takes office


By JOEY FLECHAS
Alligator Writer

Wearing a hot pink jacket and sip-
ping Starbucks in Library West, Jen
Day Shaw blends in with those she
oversees as UF's new dean of stu-
dents.
As part of her new job, she will
oversee new student programs and
help solve conflicts between students.
"I'm very excited," she said. "In
my field, this is the pinnacle."
Day Shaw arrived in Gainesville
Saturday to prepare for her first day
Monday.
While her husband and two chil-
dren remain in North Carolina until


the end of the school year, Day Shaw
is immersed in the student experi-
ence.
She lives in a residence hall and
walks to work in the morning.
"It's actually
very quiet, very re-
laxed," she said.
Day Shaw said
one of her main
goals will be to ad-
dress the needs of
students in distress.
Shaw Whether it's deal-
ing with students
suffering from abuse or comforting
hospitalized students, Day Shaw
wants to make sure everyone knows
they can count on their dean.


SG parties spar at debate


* ABOUT 60 PEOPLE ATTENDED.

By CJ PRUNER
Alligator Writer

In a final attempt to reach voters before elec-
tion day, representatives from the Unite Party
and the Student Alliance party met Thursday
at the UF Hillel to debate about platforms.
Speaking for about an hour, members from
both sides addressed key platform points, in-
cluding a proposed student fee to fund the
renovation and expansion of the Reitz Union.
About 60 people attended.
Ashton Charles, the Unite Party candidate
for spring Student Body president, said the UF
Student Body has outgrown the current stu-
dent union, and new renovations will accom-
modate more student groups.
Rafael Yaniz, the Student Alliance party
candidate for Student Body treasurer, coun-
tered that the proposed fee is fiscally irrespon-


sible and not in the best interests of the Student
Body.
"We're in the worst economic recession of
our times," Yaniz said. "It's not only wrong,
it's immoral to go to the students [for more
money]."
"It's not only wrong; it's immoral
to go to the students [for more
money]."
Rafael Yaniz
Student Alliance candidate for Student
Body treasurer

Unite Party spokesman Ben Meyers praised
both sides for engaging in a civil discussion
and expressed confidence in the Unite Party's
favorable relationship with the Student Body.
"Once students get involved, they will see
what the party with experience can do," Mey-
ers said. "When we say something on our plat-
form, we mean it."


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STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Parties spend about


15K on spring election


By ELIZABETH BEHRMAN
Alligator Writer

With elections four days away, the
Unite Party and the Student Alliance
party are starting to wrap up their
campaign spending.
According to financial reports, the
Unite Party spent $1,461.29 on cam-
paign supplies during the week of Feb.
8. The party spent $10,256.92 during
the week of Feb. 1.
The Student Alliance party spent
$3,582.36 from Feb. 1 to Feb. 8 and
spent $553.33 during the week of Feb.
8.
Throughout the campaign, both
parties have spent the majority of their
money on T-shirts.
The Unite Party has spent $10,050.21
on shirts, and the Student Alliance par-
ty spent $2,900.
Stickers and fliers also ranked
among the parties' most expensive
purchases.
The Unite Party spent $997.50 on
stickers and $43.24 on fliers, according
to finance reports.
The Student Alliance party spent
$320.25 on fliers, according to cam-
paign finance reports.
Ben Meyers, spokesman for the
Unite Party, said the party will pur-
chase water and snacks for the cam-
paigners during the next week.
"I predict that, overall, we'll be


spending less as the election approach-
es because we already have most of our
supplies and made most of our big ex-
penditures," Meyers said.
The parties are continuing to accept
donations from candidates and sup-
porters.
From Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, the Unite
Party collected $3,530, according to
campaign finance records.
"The center of our campaign is
always going to be issues af-
fecting the Student Body."
Ben Cavataro
Student Alliance party candidate for
Student Body president

From Feb. 7 to Feb. 15, the Student
Alliance party collected $698.
Ben Cavataro, the Student Alliance
party candidate for Student Body pres-
ident, said his party realizes it will be
outspent during next week's election.
"We're going to be outspent in this
election, but we've always felt that
money isn't the most important thing.
We've had a good deal of small do-
nors, including people who aren't even
candidates," Cavataro said. "We need
money to run a campaign, but money
is never going to be the center of our
campaign. The center of our campaign
is always going to be issues affecting
the Student Body."


Rep. Meek rallies students


By MATT HARRINGER
Alligator Writer

While many high-profile celebrities and
politicians come to UF to give speeches,
Miami Rep. Kendrick Meek visited campus
Thursday to have a discussion with stu-
dents.
"I thought it'd be better served to an-
swer questions than make a speech," Meek
said. "I can take this discussion to D.C. and
bring some perspective."
About 30 students and local activists
gathered in the Reitz Union for the cam-
paign rally.
It was the Democratic congressman's
fifth visit to UF since announcing his cam-
paign for Senate in January 2009.
Education, which has been a central part
of Meek's campaign, was the most popular
topic among the students.
The representative said when the leg-
islature and governor changed the Bright
Futures Scholarship Program and tuition
rates this year, it was a "bait and switch"
for students.
"Kids held their end of the deal by get-
ting the grade point average to be eligible
for Bright Futures," Meek said. "To pull
the carpet out from under them now, when
some students can't afford to make up the
difference, is almost like a double tuition
hike."
Education has always been an impor-
tant issue for Meek.
In 2002, he spearheaded efforts to pass


the Florida Class Size Amendment.
Meek was also critical of FCAT.
In the third grade, he found out he was
dyslexic and said a test like FCAT would
have hurt his education.
"One size doesn't fit all, and that's my
problem with the FCAT," he said.
Dominique Martin, a member of the
Black Student Union, said he started intern-
ing for the campaign last semester because
Meek supports education.
"[Meek] is a supporter of the people,"
Martin said.
The representative's campaign is de-
pendent on volunteers
like Martin to collect
the 112,476 petitions re-
quired for Meek to quali-
fy for the ballot.
Meek wouldn't spec-
ify how many petitions
S they've gathered but
Meek said they're in the final
stretch.
If he gathers enough signatures, Meek
will be the first statewide candidate to qual-
ify by petition.
Adam Sharon, a spokesman for the cam-
paign, said qualifying by petition serves as
an organizing tool to reach out to voters.
Sharon said it takes humility for a candi-
date, like Meek, to ask the people of Florida
to put him on a ballot before even asking
for their votes.
All other candidates have qualified by
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Editorial
We know none of you have read anything this week we
realize the Winter Olympics are far more entertaining than any
letter to the editor we have to offer but please pull your at-
tention away from Shaun White and friends for just a second so
we can present you with this week's after-all-one-of-our-colum-
nists-did-talk-about-curling-for-a-little-bit edition of...



Darts & Laurels

Because we had to burrow through 3 feet of Student Govern-
ment campaign fliers to get to the office.
Speaking of campaign fliers, the Editorial Board would like
to note that Wednesday's swastika fliers are incredibly insensi-
tive and unacceptable. We don't know who distributed them,
and we don't expect we ever will. But we're mustering up all the
disappointment we can express on our faces, looking down our
noses and dropping a you-should-have-known-better DART at
whoever made the fliers.
On the other hand, we do have one nice thing to say about
an SG official, though it was the result of a major pain in the
Editorial Board's ass.
Tuesday night, when a certain supervisor of elections with
a nautical grudge was stonewalling our SG reporter, our com-
mander-in-chief drove over to the Alligator office to deliver the
ballot questions for the upcoming election.
Therefore, we're sticking our tongues out at some members
of SG and placing a necklace of we're-glad-someone-over-there-
is-doing-his-job LAURELS on Student Body President Jordan
Johnson.
We'll get back to our darting in a moment, but we do have
one other laurel for this week.
After receiving pressure from activists to take action against
child prostitution, Choice Hotels, which includes Comfort Inn,
Quality Inn and EconoLodge, has pledged to prevent the crime
in its hotels.
Now, Choice will train staff to recognize child prostitution
and take steps to address it. For this, the Editorial Board is toss-
ing a better-late-than-never LAUREL at Choice Hotels for doing
something noble though we still don't get why they weren't
doing everything they could to prevent it in the first place.
Getting back to our list of rants, we've noticed recent at-
tention to John Mayer for his Playboy interview, in which he
managed to offend the black community, women and people
in general.
Yea, we know his persistent foot-in-mouth syndrome had a
particularly nasty flare-up, and we even wrote an editorial last
week about verbal diarrhea in celebrities. But this is going a bit
far. If you really think about any of his comments, they're harm-
less. Aren't there more important things to worry about? The
Editorial Board thinks there are, and we're flinging a leave-the-
poor-guy-alone DART at the media in general.
Speaking of the media, we're a little perplexed about the Pu-
litzer Board's decision to make The National Enquirer eligible
for a Pulitzer Prize.
In a truly WTF moment, the Pulitzer Board is considering
giving the Enquirer a prize for its work breaking the story of
John Edwards' affair. We admit it was some serious sleuthing,
but we don't think the tabloid deserves to be rewarded for sen-
sationalizing a private problem. Still, we're more surprised than
anything else, so we're kicking a we-don't-know-if-we're-more-
angry-or-confused DART at the Pulitzer Board.
Last on our hit list is Texas Gov. Rick Perry. In an act of stag-
gering hubris, he announced plans to sue the Environmental
Protection Agency for its decision to regulate greenhouse gases
as a pollutant.
Newsflash, buddy: The fact that you love your Hummer
more than your wife doesn't mean global warming isn't real.
But we suppose it makes sense. Ignorant climate skeptics will
stop at nothing to make sure their cushy lifestyles don't suffer,
so The Editorial Board is hurling a no-one-is-buying-your-"if-
we-ignore-it-it'll-go-away"-garbage DART at Rick Perry.
That's all for this week kids.
Go Team U.S.A!


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Baseball season of
t's that time of year again. The smell of freshly cut grass
is in the air, and the faint crack of a wooden bat can be
heard in the distance, or at least in your heart. That's
right it's baseball season. The happiest time of year for
me. Not only is the Gators baseball team getting ready to
open its season one that offers the hope of another trip
to Omaha, Neb., and the College World Series but major
league teams are reporting for their first workouts.
Pitchers and catchers have already reported, and hope
has arrived once more in my life. You see, dear readers, I
have the misfortune of having to like teams that have had
successful seasons only before I was born. Because my
dad moved to the United States and his friends liked the
people's team in New York, I became a Met instead of a
Yankee. And I thank God for that. I can actually appreciate
the little successes.
Every year the Mets tease me with promise and hope
early on, jumping into first or second place in the National
League East. But by the beginning of September, they have
usually blown whatever lead they had. Then they manage
to offer some hope again, only to blow it on the last day of
the season against the godforsaken Marlins.
But this year will be different. Last year, we blew it early
because of extensive injuries. You try winning when 22 ma-
jor players get hurt over the course of one season, and only
25 players are on the roster. The early losses made me real-
ize how much I love having edge-of-my-seat hopefulness
and excitement about the team from April until September
and sometimes October.
Hearing David Wright of the Mets come out this week
after showing up to spring training about a week early and
say he expects the Mets to win the division excited me. It
got me so pumped for baseball that I impulsively bought
outfield tickets to the Mets-Rays game in St. Petersburg at
the beginning of April.


ALLIGATOR
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ief, hope


Now that brings me to our on-
campus sluggers, or should I say
slugGators. We need to show our
support for the Gators baseball team
just like we do for the Gators football
and basketball teams. The team is
Paul Murty young, and it could use our support.
letters@alligator org Especially because heading into the
season it's ranked in the top 10.
At the very least we could use
the distraction of another sport so we don't go insane until
spring break, which still seems forever away.
I just hope the UF team doesn't take me on a trip like the
Mets probably will this year or like the football team took
us on this fall. We've already seen what so much promise
and expectation has done to our two biggest programs. The
football team failed at the second-to-last hurdle against an
Alabama team we were stronger than, and the basketball
team had their three-game-losing streak right after a great
win against Michigan State. Our baseball team has some
tricky away series to play this year against Ole Miss and
South Carolina, so it won't be easy to win the Southeastern
Conference as it is favored to do.
Sometimes we take our other sports for granted because
they don't have the grandeur of football or basketball, but
that hurts us as a university. We have the potential to be a
triple threat in the college sports world, an athletic and aca-
demic powerhouse. My favorite time to be a Gators fan was
from 2006 to 2008, when we won both basketball and foot-
ball championships twice. If we can add a baseball champi-
onship to our repertoire, combined with our already strong
academic reputation, we can become even more highly
ranked and recognized around the world.
Paul Murty is an English sophomore. His column appears
Friday.


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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 U ALLIGATOR, 7


By TONI-ANN MILLER
Alligator Writer

Back-to-back lacrosse state cham-
pionships in 2006-07, a spot on the
team at North Carolina a premier
lacrosse school in 2007 and an op-
portunity to make a name for your-
self. Sounds like a good deal for the
avid lacrosse player, right?
For sophomore midfielder
Rachael Zimmerman, it wasn't
enough.
Zimmerman had a rough transi-
tion her freshman year and decided
UNC was not for her. She wanted
to be more than just another athlete,
and she needed to find out who she
was.
She then began a journey that
would change her life and give her
a second chance playing for a first-
year lacrosse program. She brought
the experience she gained on her
journey to her role as a leader on the
young team.
Her journey will start its next
chapter when Florida opens its in-
augural season against Jacksonville
on Saturday at 6 in Gainesville.

Start: Colorado
Zimmerman initially wanted to
play soccer at UNC. She told her
family, and her mother, Lisa Zim-
merman-Greenberg would laugh
and say, "Way to dream big."
"She would be on the soccer
field, as a 5-year-old, just growling,"
Zimmerman-Greenberg said. "She
was hilarious."
However, Zimmerman contin-
ued to play, developing her com-


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petitive and resilient attitude.
Although Zimmerman wouldn't
play soccer at UNC like she had
planned, her dedication and drive at
such a young age was a remarkable
sight for her mother.
She said everything her daughter
did was about getting to her goal,
deciding what she needed to do and
what she needed to give up in order
to get what she desired.
Zimmerman-Greenberg encour-
aged her daughter to chase her
dreams.
"We always had that kind of re-
lationship where once you sign up
for something, once you commit to
doing something, you give it 100
percent," she said.
Zimmerman's resilience was test-
ed when she began playing lacrosse
with her brothers, who showed no
mercy despite her gender.
The boys would play lacrosse,
and Zimmerman would be right
there with them.
They would take shots with her
in goal, and despite the barrage of
balls, she never gave up, she never
cried, and she never let them see her
in pain.
She continued to play lacrosse,
juggling it and soccer during the
seventh grade, but eventually chose
lacrosse because the pace and inten-
sity better suited her personality.
However, living in Colorado,
Zimmerman had little options to
continue playing lacrosse, so she
was set on leaving home.
She visited UNC her junior year,
committed to the Tar Heels, and en-
rolled the following year.


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Pit stop: North Carolina
Once Zimmerman got to UNC,
she realized Division-I lacrosse was
not what she had anticipated.
She struggled with being in a
new place far from home and with
the transition into college.
Zimmerman stopped playing
lacrosse in March of her freshman
year.
She then did what she thought
she needed at the time. She took a
year away from the game and col-
lege to discover herself.
Some people would travel the
world, lounge at home and just take
it easy during this time, but Zim-
merman took a dif-
ferent approach to
"taking a break."
"The year I took
Lacrosse off, I lived outside
for three months,
backpacking and making fire out of
sticks and rocks," she said.
She then moved back in with her
family and worked the rest of the
summer to complete her sabbatical.
Her time away from the game
and college life gave Zimmerman
the insight she needed, and she
learned she was more capable than
she thought.
"Living outside was definitely
a struggle," Zimmerman said. "Up
and down 85 days with nothing re-
ally, besides some food. It was kind
of like 'Survivor,' but I just figured
that no matter the situation one's
put in, you choose how it's going to
turn out based on your outlook."
Her mother said the experience
was invaluable for her daughter


inning

even though she couldn't recognize
herself in the mirror when she got
home.
Zimmerman-Greenberg said her
daughter knows more about herself
than most 40-year-old people do
about themselves.
After this experience, Zimmer-
man was ready for the next phase of
her life.

Finish line: Florida
"I was in Idaho one day and I
was just thinking, 'Where am I going
to go to school next year? What am I
going to do?'" Zimmerman said.
She knew she wanted to re-
turn to college, and after talking to
her father, who told her that a for-
mer teammate at UNC was coach-
ing at Florida, she E-mailed Erica
LaGrow.
LaGrow, one of UF's assistant
coaches, was a senior when Zimmer-
man was a freshman at UNC, and
Zimmerman traveled to Gainesville
for a visit after speaking with her.
For UF coach Amanda O'Leary,
knowing that Zimmerman was
a player on one of the best teams
in the nation and having LaGrow
speak well of her, made it easy to
consider Zimmerman for a spot on
UF's inaugural team.
O'Leary and her staff made an
impression on Zimmerman when
she visited UF.
"I felt very comfortable with the
coaching staff," Zimmerman said.
"They understood that things had
been hard and were willing to work
with me and give me that second
chance."


She said part of her decision
about playing Division-I lacrosse
again was based on not wanting to
feel like she was only an athlete.
UF allowed her the opportunity
to play lacrosse without being con-
fined to the role of athlete.
Since her arrival in Gainesville,
Zimmerman has used her experi-
ences as a tool to better understand
and help her younger teammates.
Freshman Lelan Bailey said she
admires Zimmerman's attitude and
work ethic.
"She took a year off, but when
she came back you wouldn't know
it because she worked so hard to get
back in the swing of things," Bailey
said. "She had the courage to come
back."
The sophomore's dedication has
also caught the eye of O'Leary, who
said talking about Zimmerman puts
a smile on her face.
"What she brings is her abil-
ity to communicate the needs of the
team," O'Leary said. "She is sort of
the pulse of the team, which makes
her a critical part of our program."
The traits Zimmerman has
brought with her to UF may be a re-
sult of the roller-coaster ride she has
been on since her junior year in high
school that forced her to fight for a
second chance at playing lacrosse.
Rachael Zimmerman's story
could be dubbed a great comeback,
and the sophomore a warrior.
She said she isn't fond of labels,
but instead she embraces her ver-
satility and willingness to deal with
what life dishes out, personally and
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Adopted pets live free!! 2 pools!
1 mile from UF & Shands! 352-372-7555
4-21-09-71-2


Deluxe, Large 3, 4, 5, 6, 7BR apt/house, 60
second walk to UF. Remodeled, Old House
charm. Central AC, washer/dryer included.
Wood floors. With Parking. By Private Owner.
538-2181 Iv message 4-21-09-71-2

Quality & Affordability!
1br $559 / 2br $619--$649
3br $749 / 4br $899
W/D, pool, B-ball/tennis courts!
We love Pets! Call @ 376-4002
www.apartments.com/pinetreegardens
4-21-09-71-2

Deluxe, large one or two bedroom, 60 sec-
ond walk to UF. Wood firs, washer dryer
included, fireplace, patio deck. Can furnish.
Short term available. Private Owner. $595-
up. 352-538-2181. Lv msg 4-21-09-71-2

No deposit, No move-in fees!!!
Huge 1/1's 2/2's 3/3's
<1 mi from UF! Giant 24hr gym
FREE tanning/FREE cable
*Oxford Manor* (352) 377-2777
These apts kick other apts in the teeth
4-21-71-2

** ELLIE'S HOUSES **
Quality single family homes. Walk or bike to
UF. www.ellieshouses.com 352-215-4991 or
352-215-4990 12-8-09-168-2

Live SECONDS from UF!
Studios & 1 Beds from $499 & $575
FREE Parking Near UF
NEVER worry about Game Day Parking!
371.7777 CollegeParkUF.com
4-21-09-71-2


Now you can easily
submit your classified ad
for print andlor web editions
right thru our website!
Just go to
www.alligator.org/classifieds
Visa and Mastercard accepted.

1/1 & 2/2 flats, 3/3 Townhomes!!
FREE Cable w/HBO and Showtime
All Amenities plus FREE Tanning
Gated*Pet Friendly*Fitness Classes
LEASING NOW AND FOR FALL
www.thelaurelsuf.com 352-335-4455
4-21-09-71-2

Affordable Living & Close to Campus
Huge 2's available for only $678
3500 Windmeadows Blvd
www.spanishtrace.org* 373-1111
4-21-09-71-2


Cobblestone Apartments-NW 23RD BLVD
Move in NOWor FALL 2010.
2/2 from $999 or 3/3 from $1099.
Free Cable w/HBO & Showtime
Private Bathrooms-W/D-Screened porches
BB Court-Tanning-24 hr fitness-Dog Park
Adopted pets live FREE!
352-377-2801 cobblestoneuf.com
4-21-71-2


For Rent
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1, 2, 3 & 4 BR's GREAT RATES!
1/1 from $599 2/2 from $659
3/2 from $799 Free Tanning Fitness *
Pool W/D Tennis Employee Discounts
UF/Shands/VA Fireplaces
Individual Leases Pets Loved!
376-2507 www.bivenscove.com
4-21-09-71-2


PARKINGI N G@@
Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF.
Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-538-
2181. Can leave mssg. 4-21-09-71-2

Madison Pointe Apartments
1/1-$699 2/2-$799 3/2-$899
Enormous Screened Patio!
W/D-Walk-in closets-Tanning
Fitness Center-Full size ball court
NW 23rd Blvd 352-372-0400
Text MADISON to 47464
4-21-71-2

*THE POLOSO
Already have your roommates?
ALL utilities Included
2's: From $479/person; 3's: From $399/person
(352)335-7656 www.thepolosuf.com
4-21-09-71-2

Huge Private Dog Park
1's from $499 Waive all fees
Close to UF, Shands, Butler Plaza
Pet Friendly 376-1248
www.hiddenvillageapt.com
2725 SW 27th Ave
4-21-09-71-2

l's, 2's and 4's
AS BIG AS A HOUSE!
Great School Districts
Free Personal Training
75 SW 75th Street Call 332-7401 4-21-
71-2


No Move-In Fees
1/1's from $659 3/2's from $799
FREE Tanning*Pool*Gym
www.aspenridgeuf.com
352.367.9910
4-21-09-71-2


Move in Today!
All Inclusive roommate matching $606
Spacious 2/2 Townhomes & LOCATION!
Park-n-Ride Bus Route-So you can sleep in!
3500 SW 19th Ave*www.MuseumWalk.com
*379-9255*
4-21-09-71-2


SORORITY ROW 2BR
2BR/2.5BA for $1199
W/D & utils included. We <3 pets!
No move-in fees! FREE Parking!
372-7111 www.CollegeManor.org
4-21-09-71-2

LAKEWOOD VILLAS
Large 1, 2 & 3 bdrm Floor Plans;
Starting at $830. Corporate units available.
Furniture Packages Include: Washer/Dryer;
Workout Rm, Tennis Court; Swimming Pool;
Sauna etc. Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 10-3
700 SW 62nd Blvd 877-781-8314
www.lakewoodvilllas.com
text (lakewood)@65586
4-21-09-71-2

SPYGLASS *
Individual Leases: Furniture Packages
Incl Washer/Dryer, FREE Hispeed Internet;
Rates start at $399
Every Unit is an End Unit
Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 10-3
701 SW 62nd Blvd 888-267-5078
www.spyglassapts.com
text (spyglass)@65586
4-21-09-71-2


For Rent
Sunfurnished


ACROSS FROM UF!
Studios from $475, includes electric!
Wood floors available. FREE parking.
No Move-in Fees We <3 Pets!
372-7111 www.CollegeManor.org
4-21-09-71-2

That's what She Said!
"I LOVE Hidden Lake because...
Cable & internet are Included,
roommate matching is available,
furniture & utility packages are available,
I'm just 1.5 miles to UF & midtown,
there's FREE tanning & a 24-hr gym,
a designer pool AND pets are welcome!"

Come see for yourself!
call 374-3866 for a tour or text
HIDDENLAKE to 47464 OR...
Next time you're on facebook,
creep on over to Hidden Lake's page
to see floor plans, pics & more!
4-21-09-71-2

WALK TO CLASS!
1brs from $505 -150 ft from UF!
Move-in today. FREE parking!
We <3 Pets! No Move-in Fees.
372-7111 1216 SW 2nd Ave
4-21-09-71-2

$394 ALL INCLUSIVE
Upscale Student Living
TV IN YOUR APT!*Ask how
Bus line through the Complex!
GainesvillePlace.com*352-271-3131
4-21-71-2

Action Real Estate Services
Houses to Condos
1-4 BR, Starting at $450
www.action-realtors.com
352-331-1133
4-21-09-71-2


Now you can easily
submit your classified ad
for print andlor web editions
right thru our website!
Just go to
www.alligator.org/classifieds
Visa and Mastercard accepted.

WALK TO CAMPUS
1BRs from $550 2BRs from $600
1BR 1 Mofree 2BR2Mofree
if everyone is full time undergrad at UF.
3 Mo free if full time grad at UF.
Sun Bay Sun Key Sun Harbor
352-376-6720 www.sunisland.info
Ask about our new pet policy & other specials
4-21-09-71-2

Wake Up 10 Min Before Class
...AND be on time!
Studios from $499, 1s from $575
$0 M/I Fees, Pet Friendly
371.7777 CollegeParkUF.com
4-21-09-71-2

* Check out our apartments. Priced from
$400-$525. Close to shopping & university.
* Also 3BR/2BA house available. $900/mo.
No section 8. Call 335-7066 for info. 4-21-
09-71-2

FOX HOLLOW
Gated Entry
ASK ABOUT OUR MOVE-IN SPECIAL
7301 W Univ Ave
Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 10-2
352-332-3199
www.cmcapt.com/foxhollow
4-21-09-71-2

WALK & BIKE TO UF
S1BR/1BA $425
* 2BR $450-$600 W/D incl
Gore Rabell Real Estate 378-1387
www.Gore-Rabell.com 4-21-09-71-2







FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 U ALLIGATOR, 9


ffJJFor Rent
unfurnished


The Grove Villas
Rental Community
Ask about our Move-in Specials
Gated Community
6400 SW 20th Ave
888-373-0849
4-21-09-71-2

1Bdrm 1 bath apt, w/ full kitchen, and pri-
vate gated court yard $450/mo. Great loca-
tion @ 3320 SW 23rd Street. On bus routes,
close to most everything. 352 377-2150 or
paloverde3320@yahoo.com 2-19-10-75-2

1, 2, 3 BR's WE'VE GOT IT ALL!
1/1 from $589 2/2 from $649
3/2 from $769 Washer/Dryers
Free Tanning Fitness Pool Pets Loved!
Tennis*1 mile to UF*Huge Laundry Facilities
377-7401 www.biketouf.com
4-21-09-71-2

BLOCKS TO UF
Available August 2010. Now showing
multiple houses. 2BR/2BA, 3BR/2BA,
4BR/3BA, 5BR/3BA. www.dalyproperties.
com or call Carol 359-3341 2-26-10-43-2


100+ apts: Live by UF
Affordable & Luxury 4BR $479/br
3BR $550/br 2BR $420/br 1BR $689
Studios $605 Virtual Tours Avail Fall
352-376-6223 www.LiveNearCampus.com
4-21-71-2

WOODLAND TERRACE APTS
Off SW 34th St near post office. 2BR $540;
1BR $465. Call for daily specials. 352-335-
0420 3-31-10-58-2


For Rent
unfurnished


SERENOLA PINES APTS
Off SW 34th St. near post office. 1BR $490;
2BR $590 Call for daily specials 352-335-
0420 3-31-10-58-2

UPPER WESTSIDE &
NANTUCKET WALK
1 & 2 bdrm. Luxury Apartments
Granite counters. Parking avail.
Walk to campus & the stadium
For info. call 352-872-4644
4-21-10-73-2

Spacious 1, 2, & 3br starting at $495. Many
floor plans, some with enclosed patios or bal-
conies. Italian tile, bedrooms carpeted. DW,
W/D hook-ups, verticals, CH/AC. Near bus
route, some walk to UF. Call 352-332-7700
3-31-54-2

*CAMPUS EDGE CONDO*
2BR/2BA Walk to UF, Shands & VA. Tile
floor, W/D in unit, avail fall. Reasonable rate.
239-250-6149 2-26-10-35-2


One Block to UF:2/2.5 bath townhouse. W/D,
Dishwasher, Garbage Disposal, wood floors,
ceiling fans, GUARANTEED Parking call
Todd at 514-4915, VERY Nice townhouse
2-26-10-33-2

AVAILABLE AUGUST 1st Nice large
4BR/2BA house. Big bedrooms, big liv-
ing rm. W/D provided, game rm $1425/
mo. 2100 NW 8th Court. Call for directions.
Pets ok, fenced yard. 352-339-2342 2-26-
10-42-2


For Rent
unfurnished


** Across From UF **
Closest Luxury Apartments to Classes
2BR / 2BA Starting @ $1080
www.LookingGlassApartments.com
111 NW 16th St. -- Call 376-1111
4-21-65-2


* One Month Free and $40 Moves you In!!
Pine Rush Villas Pet Friendly No Wgt Limits
1/1 $499 2/1 $639
Near UF and Oaks Mall
Ph. 375-1519 www.gremco.com
4-21-10-65-2


* 1st Month Free and $40 Moves You In!!
Homestead Apts Pet Friendly No Wgt Limits
2/1 from $599 2/2 from $699
Additional $200 off next month
SW Archer Rd. Area
Ph. 376-0828 www.gremco.com
4-21-10-65-2


* One Month Free and $40 Moves You In!!
Sunrise Villas Pet Friendly No Wgt Limits
1/1 $509 Additional $200 off the next month.
NO APP FEE. Near UF, Shands and VA
Ph.372-4835 www.gremco.com
4-21-10-65-2


* 1st Month Free and $40 Moves You In!!
Courtney Greens Pet Friendly No Wgt Limits
Totally Renovated 1/1 $599
Near Oaks Mall
Ph. 375-3077 www.gremco.com
4-21-10-65-2


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For more information
contact Patrick Wilson,
Alligator Advertising,
at 376.4482.


Trinity Metropolitan
Community Church
Offering truely open and GLBTS?
inclusive Christian worship.
Sunday Worship, 10 1 5a.m.
11604 SW Archer Road
For info: mccgoinesville.org
Or call: (352) 495-3378
"Tearing Down Walls; Building
Up Hope"

University City Church of
Christ
Gators for Christ campus ministry
college group meets at
University City church on Sundays
at 9:30am and Wednesdays at
7pm practical application from
God's word, plus service projects,
large group events, free meals,
and much more... (directions and
events calendar at
www.gatorsforchrsist.org)


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* One Month Free and $40 Moves You In!!
Villas at Ashton Square
Pet Friendly No Wgt Limits
2/2 $719 3/2 $849
Huge floorplans.
W/D hookup Near Oaks Mall
Ph.333-1120 www.gremco.com
4-21-10-65-2

* One Month Free and $40 Moves You In!!
Summer Place Pet Friendly No Wgt Limits
1/1 $519
Just off SW 34th St.
Ph. 376-0828 www.gremco.com
4-21-10-65-2

* One Month Free and $40 Moves You In!!
Sundowne Pet Friendly No Weight Limits
Studio $469 1/1 $519
Walk to Butler Plaza and Regal Cinemas
Ph. 377-2596 www.gremco.com
4-21-10-65-2

* One Month Free and $40 Moves You In!!
Gator Village Pet Friendly No Weight Limits
1/1 $489
Near Downtown off 6th Street
Ph. 372-3826 www.gremco.com
4-21-10-65-2

Walk to UF. Openings in Feb, May & Aug.
* 2BR/2.5BA $850 2BR/1BA $700
* 1BR/1BA $585 studios $475-$430.
1 yr lease, SD, NS, NP. Call/Text
352-870-7256 or gv1132601@gmail.com
2-26-10-32-2

Renting Now and for Fall!!
We have REAL 1/1s
3 blocks to UF GATORNEST
575 sq ft, $550 PLUS ONE MONTH FREE!
300 NW 18th Street
4 blocks to UF GATORSIDE
400 sq ft, only $450!
1600 NW 4th Avenue
BIKE to UF CENTERPOINT
530 sq ft, only $450!
1220 NW 12th Street
No application fee, most pets ok.
For info call E.F.N. Properites, 352-371-3636
or visit our website at www.efnproperties.com
3-18-10-40-2

The Retreat at Madison Pointe
2/2 Flats and 3/3 Townhomes
Private Garage-Vaulted Ceilings
Screened Patio-W/D-Microwave
All furies and fuzzies WELCOME!!!!
2701 NW 23rd Blvd
352-372-0400 madisonpointe.org
Text MADISON to 47464 for info!
4-21-60-2

GOT ROACHES?
Buy Harris Famous Roach Tablets.
Guaranteed to kill. Available at: Zells
Hardware, 3727 West University 3-17-10-
35-2

4 BR's FOR FALL!
ONLY $1089 1525 square feet HUGE!!!
Washer/Dryer* Fireplace Water/Sewer incl.
Free Tanning Fitness Pool Tennis
Individual Leases Pets Loved
376-2507 www.bivenscove.com
4-21-10-55-2

Move in Special: No Security Deposit
2/2 Condo with washer/dryer, screened-
in porch, newer condo, near UF. Shands,
located off 34th & Archer Rd. 2 units
available $750/mo. Call 317-5060 215-5996
3-1-10-27-2

AVAILABLE AUG 1. Large 4BR/2BA
house, large kitchen & living area. W/D
provided, prvcy fenced, pets ok, full sized
hottub on back scrn porch, DW, carport,
$1600/mo. 3413 NW 8th Ave 352-339-2342
2-26-10-20-2

AVAILABLE AUG 1. 3BR/1BA house.
Clean, quality. Nine blocks from campus,
W/D provided, cent H/AC fenced pvt shad-
ed backyard, hdwd firs, detached garage.
$1125/mo. 924 NW 9th Ave. 352-339-2342
2-26-10-20-2

AVAILABLE AUG 1. Clean modern
4BR/2BA accessiblee from all BRs) house.
fenced backyard, pets ok, fireplace, W/D
provided, wooded pvt big yard. $1425/mo,
cent H/AC. 2606 NW 34th St. 352-339-2342
2-26-10-20-2


For Rent
unfurnished

AVAILABLE AUG 1. Clean, quality house
4BR/2BA (equal access), privacy fenced
backyard, pets ok, hdwd firs, fireplace,
plenty of parking, W/D provided, DW, cent
H/AC $1400/mo 830 NW 16th Ave 352-339-2342
2-26-10-20-2

FIRST MONTH FREE MILLRUN CONDO
Close to UF, cute & clean 2BD/2BA
1000sq ft, storage/laundry room with W/D
hk-ups, pool. Pets considered. Rent $695/
mo Phone (352) 359-8311 3-31-37-2

**A Place in the Sun**
Walk/Bike to UF
Big 3 bd/ 1 ba
New Kitchen / Huge Yard
Must See, $1,500/mo
352-375-8256
4-21-52-2

**Sorority Row Area**
Historic 3 bd/ 2 ba
Completely Remodeled
W/D inc. Spiral Staircase
Walk to Class, $1,500/mo
352-375-8256
4-21-52-2

**8 Blocks to UF**
Great Deal on Large Upstairs
2 bd/ 1 ba Hardwood Floors
Save Money @ $750/mo
352-375-8256
4-21-52-2

*Walk to Class & Stadium*
2/1, W/D, Granite Countertops
Hardwood Floors & Fireplace
Huge Bedrooms,Covered parking
$1300/mo
352-375-8256
4-21-52-2

**Large 5 Bedrm House**
1 full & 3-1/2 baths
Plant Atriums, Unique floorplan, W/D
Plenty of Parking, 8 blocks N of UF
$2,500/mo 352-375-8256
4-21-52-2

WOODBURY ROW LUXURY HOMES
Walk to UF/Sorority Row 4bd/4.5ba
3 stories w/ 4 master suites. w/d incl.
Near corner of SW 5th Ave & SW 12th St
Union Properties 352.373.7578
4-21-10-36-2

LEASING NOW FOR FALL
Many properties avail near campus.
1,2,3,4,& 5 bedrooms!!
www.rentgainesville.com
Union Properties 352.373.7578
4-21-10-36-2

5 BD 4 BA Home for Rent
2521 SW Williston Road
Huge home on a large lot.
Union Properties 352.373.7578
4-21-10-36-2

2BD 1 BA WALK TO UF
Charming Quad near AGH
1005 SW 3rd Ave
Hardwood floors & parking
Union Properties 352.373.7578
www.rentgainesville.com
4-21-10-36-2

3 &4 BD WALK TO UF
We have Homes near
Sorority Row & Stadium!
Union Properties 352.373.7578
www.rentgainesville.com
4-21-10-36-2

NEWLY REMODELED
Chelsea Lane Apts!
Close to UF & on Bus Route
W/D incl. Call today
Union Properties 352.373.7578
www.chelsealaneapartments.com
4-21-10-36-2

3BD/3BA Homes Near UF
Washer/Dryer incl. $1,200/mo
Newer homes/ limited avail.
Union Properties 352.373.7578
4-21-10-36-2

1 BDs Near UF
Starting at $375/mo!
Reserve now for Fall
Union Properties 352.373.7578
4-21-10-36-2







10, ALLIGATOR U FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010


University Terrace West
4BD/BA Individual Leases
$350/mo w/d incl. Call
Union Properties 352.373.7578
4-21-10-36-2

***THE OASIS APTS ***
Large 1 & 2BD apts, w/ huge private patio.
Park at your door in small quiet complex
in SW Gainesville on bus rt. Call 377-3149
2-26-18-2

$100 OFF 1st MONTH RENT. 2 BR/1BA
Phoenix apt. 1 mile to campus and Shands.
W/D conn. Fenced yard. $500sec., $495/
month. 3120 SW 26th Way Unit A. 562-2782
or 514-6869 if interested. 3-16-25-2

A MUST SEE! 2/1 across the street from
Shands/VA. Walk/bike/bus to class/work.
New appliances/flooring. Low utilities. $700/
month. Call Tim to see- 352-843-0220.
2-26-18-2

2BR/1BA cent heat mobile home. Shady lot.
From $300 $450/mo incl water. No pets.
4546 NW 13th Street. 376-5887 3-2-20-2

1BR apt. for rent off Tower Rd. $385/mo. We
accept Section 8. We will pay you $500 cash
back for 1 year lease on Section 8. 352-498-
3035 3-2-10-20-2

705 NW 10th Avenue <9Blks from UF
3BR/1BA, 8rooms + 400 sq.ft.porch, Central
A/C, W/D, $1,250 + util. Avail. Aug. 275-
1259, ATucker458@aol.com 3-5-10-22-2

**MUST SEE IN-LAW SUITE-*
1BR full BA, living room, dining room, full
kitchen. w/cable & W/D. Incl all utils. Near
Haile. Quiet. $750/mo. Call 352-367-0372
3-5-1-21-2

10houses.com for more info
2 & 3 bd Houses for August 1
w/d, cent h/ac, wood fls, quiet
$840 -$1400 Bike to UF
352.336.6116 nancy@10houses.com
3-5-10-20-2

WALK ONE BLOCK TO CAMPUS!
1, 2, 3, and 4 BR units available now and
for Fall 2010. Locations between SW 1st
ave, SW 5th ave & SW 12th St. Call Kinetic
Properties at 352-337-9600 (no dogs please)
3-19-10-25-2

4Br/3Ba Large Home w/ 2 car gar, 8 min from
UF, large fenced yard, dogs ok. Exquisite
oaks & landscaping, wood & tile floors, new
appliances. $1,600/mo. 352-466-0358. Avail
summer or Aug. 3120 NW 31st Blvd. 3-5-
10-20-2

1/1, Ridgeview, free water, next to park, on
the bus line, cent H/A, courtyard, 2 miles to
UF, convenient to shopping, no smoking, no
pets. $470 SD, $470/mo 562-2824 2-19-
10-10-2


BRIDGELIGHT
1 BR Loft Style
starting at $530 mo.
M-F 1-6 Sat. by appt.
3006 SW 23rd St. 377-5221
www.cmcapt.com/bridgelight
4-21-10-35-2


PET'S PARADISE
$390 $650. No app or pet fee. 1 & 2BR,
privacy fenced. SW. 352-331-2099 2-22-
10-10-2

Available now. HOUSE 3BR/2BA, 1.5 miles
to UF, near Landings Apts. On UF bus rte.
Bike to UF. Fenced backyard, fireplace,
cent H/AC. 3627 SW 15th St. $900/mo. All
4BR/2BA $1100/mo. 327-2931 or 376-6183
2-23-10-10-2

Female roommate pref for furn/unfurn
lbr/lba in a 2br/2.5ba townhouse in quiet
SW neighborhood near UF & Shands. AVAIL
NOW, M-to-M lease, $450/month & $250
refundable deposit. Call Ann 352-870-7414
2-26-10-13-2

Baxter Cottage 2 blks to UF campus, 1013
SW 4 Ave 2BR/1BA, Bright, clean, complete-
ly remodeled, 500 sq ft, Cent AC/Ht,wood
firs, DW, W/D, NS, NPets. $500+util. Lease
runs thru 7/1/10 ATucker458@aol.com 3-5-
10-18-2


Lakefront House/5 Acres/Quiet
2BR/2BA/FI Rm w/pri ent/Lg Kit
LR w/Fire PI/Washer Dryer/2-car
Carport/Interlachen $1500./mo
813-473-3713 swellgirl@gmail.com
10-13-2


$650, 2 bdrms, 1 block Shands, VA; Vet
school & campus short walk. Available now;
Prefer calm, quiet, stable, mature residents.
Carpets, Some utils furnished; Parking; 352
376 0080; 352 284 3873; postj@bellsouth.net
3-5-10-17-2

Beautiful 3/3, close to school,dir. on bus!
Brand new apple, paint, bedding, remdld
bthrms, Frnt bldng, upstrs. $1250/mo.
bdduf86@comcast.net
3-4-10-14-1

2BR/2.5BA townhouse condo, 1 mi from
UF on bus route. Incl W/D, community club-
house, pool & fitness center. Wired for inter-
net & security sys. $878/mo. Avail 5/1 or 8/1.
Call/text 332-8841 lindalu@gatorhomes.com
3-1-10-10-2

7 Blks UF 4 bed 3 bath, 2 masters, POOL
HOT TUB, 2500 sq ft, 2 porches, 5 car
parking, responsible students, professionals
only, will leave plasma on wall, $2375 a
month starting May Jordan 352-222-0211
2-22-10-5-2


*THE POLOSO
"You want it, We got it!"
#1 in Amenities
2/2's: From $799; 3/3's: From $979
Includes FREE Internet
352-335-7656 www.thepolosuf.com
4-21-10-42-2

NW Appletree, Contemporary Home.
3BR/2BA, 2 car garage, sunroom, cul-de-sac
st. 1700 sq ft. NICE $995/mo. Irene Larsson
Owner/Realtor 352-373-2605, 352-538-1218
3-1-10-10-2

NW Home 3BR/2BA, 2 car carport, large
family room, fenced yard, extra storage,
W/D. $980/mo. Irene Larsson Mgmt Service
352-373-2605 3-1-10-10-2

Amazing 4/4 house Fall-walk to UF or Law
Sch.Univ.& NW 28 St-on bus line-Huge bed-
rms-new appl.& paint-c/air-pets ok/fenced
yd/ Ig home-$2195-can email pics-954-270-
4000 3-15-10-14-2

2BR HOUSE 2BLKS to UF Sorority Row/
Norman Hall area. Wood floors, new kitchen
vinyl, Cent H/AC, DW, fenced yard, wood
deck, parking, $1080/mo. Pets extra? Avail
Aug 16. 1 yr lease. 665-8166 Iv mssg 3-17-
10-15-2

3BR/2BA HOUSE 2BLKS to UF Sorority
Row/Norman Hall area. W/D, ice maker, ce-
ramic tile. Cent H/AC, DW, parking, fenced
yard. $1545/mo. Pets extra? Avail Aug 16. 1
yr lease. 665-8166 Iv mssg 3-17-10-15-2

HUGE 4BR/2BA 2BLKS to UF Sorority Row/
Norman Hall area, remodeled baths, new:
stove, DW, disposal & AC, W/D, wd firs. cent
H/AC, parking. $2400/mo Pets extra? Avail
Aug 16. 1 yr lease. 665-8166 Iv mssg
3-17-10-15-2


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1BR available in 2BR/1BA
University Commons, 3rd Floor, pool view.
Share with male student. $400/mo + $30 util.
3 month lease May, June, July. Furnished +
2-26- W/D. Call 863-381-1161 2-24-10-16-3


Summer sublease:1 suite available in
3BR/3BA for 3 month lease(May-
July),Lexington Crossing.Female only.Fully
furnished with W/D.On bus routes
9,34,36.$450/month all inclusive.Contact
Ms.Shao at 352-870-0264 or ywshao@ufl.edu
2-26-10-7-3

1BR in 4BR @ Courtyards 1231 sw 3rd ave,
1 block from uf! female only, furnished, build.
Aw/pool. $437/month all inclusive. Avail:May
1st, lease ends: Aug. 10th call 239-910-5800
or e-mail bbb505@ufl.edu 2-24-5-3

356/Month!
Furnished room w/private bath avialable now
till Aug. Located at Gateway at Gainesville
next to 1-75 and Archer. 352-871-5952
2-24-10-5-3

2B/1.5B Available for Immediate Sub-Let
2nd fl unit, Arbor Park, 309 SW 16th Ave.
Spacious living/dining area, full kitchen,
balcony, central A/C & heat. 2 pools, laun-
dry and ample parking, well mantained by
friendly management. Pet friendly. Nice com-
plex w/ students & families. Close to Shands,
campus & downtown, major bus route with
grocery across the street. $700/mo (elec-
tric extra) Available NOW thru July 2010.
Contact Sean at 407.353.5721 or
smmcdaniel@gmail.com 2-25-10-5-3


Roommate Matching HERE
Oxford Manor 377-2777
The Landings 336-3838
The Laurels 335-4455
Greenwich Green 372-8100
Hidden Lake 374-3866
4-21-71-4


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1BR INDIVIDUAL LEASES IN FURNISHED
4BR CONDOS. 2 blocks to UF. $299 $260
+ $50 utils charge/mo incl elec, cable tv, in-
ternet, pool, laundry facility. 914 SW 8th Ave.
378-4626 4-21-09-71-4


Enjoy A Romantic Old House
Near library downtown. $295-$375/rm + utils.
Short term. No pets. No smoking. 378-1304
2-26-10-28-4

Female seeks roommate for 4/2.5 town-
house, cricket club, all included, no pets,
$400 954-557-4769 3-4-10-30-4

Beautifully renovated, furnished
condo,1 mile from UF, $399/MO
includes cable, internet, utilities,
pool + fitness room and on bus route,
Female roommate needed, 352 262-2871
2-26-10-20-4

A must see! Share a 2/1 across the street
from Shands/VA. Walk/bike/bus to class/
work. New appliances/flooring. Low utilities.
$350/month. Call Tim to see- 352-843-0220.
2-26-18-4

Female seeks roommate for new 3/2 home
in clean, quiet SW neighborhood. $450 incl
all utils. No pets, no smoking. 352-641-6166.
Furnished, 1 acre fenced yard, W/D, DW,
central H/AC. Available immediately. 3-2-
5-4

Looking for roommate to share 2/2 at
Lakewood Villas. $525 per month with inter-
net/full digital cable/utilities included. On bus
route. 850-585-4405. 3-5-10-13-4


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home and much more in the ALLIGATOR
CLASSIFIEDS! Reach thousands of possible
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SEE ALL CONDOS
WWW.UFCONDOS.COM
Matt Price University Realty, 352-281-3551
4-21-71-5

NEW CONDOS -WALK to UF
3 BIks to UF. For Info on ALL 1, 2, 3, 4
Bedrooms for Sale, Call Eric Leightman,
University Realty at 352-219-2879. 4-21-
71-5

AFFORDABLE LUXURY NEW CONSTRUC-
TION NEAR UF, SHANDS, LAW SCHOOL
2Bed/3 Full Baths + Office. Granite
Counters, 2 Direct Bus Stops to UF.
Matt Price, University Realty 352-281-3551
4-21-71-5


WALK TO UF & DOWNTOWN!
THE PALMS New Ultra-Luxury Condos.
Granite, Huge Closets, Pool, Call Eric
Leightman, University Realty, 352-219-2879
4-21-71-5

Manufactured Homes. Won't Last
3/2 Great Community
Owner Financing
$650.00/mo
352.378.4411 2-26-10-22-5

Manufactured Homes
3 and 2 beds avail/low down/low monthly
Call today! 352.378.4411 2-26-10-22-5

Manufactured Homes 2 & 3 bdr's
From $599.00/month
Owner Financing
Low down
352.378.4411 2-26-10-22-5

Manufactured Homes. Move In Ready
3/2 Adorable
From $99.00/mo
Westside/owner finance
352.378.4411 2-26-10-22-5

Manufactured homes.
OWNER FINANCING
3 & 2 bedrooms avail
Great Locations
Call 352.378.4411 today! 2-26-10-22-5

Manufactured Homes. Up to $8K tax credit
For 1st time home buyers
3 & 2 bdrs avail
WE FINANCE
Call today! 352.378.4411 2-26-10-22-5

OPEN HOUSE EVERY SATURDAY
MANUFACTURED HOME COMMUNITIES
GREAT HOMES, GREAT PRICES
WE FINANCE, LOW DOWN,
LOW MONTHLY 904-400-0421,SUSAN
2-26-10-20-5

Manufactured Home Communities-
Jacksonville Use your tax refund
Get a 42" TV with purchase
Limited offer, call for details
904-400-0421 Susan 2-26-10-20-5

4BR/4BA fairly new condo for sale. Ideal for
students or family. Within 2 miles of every-
thing: school, shopping, library. Quick sale.
$139,000. University Terrace on 34th St. Call
941-232-1960 3-3-10-20-5

3BR/3BA, 4171 sq ft, heating & A/C, 3-car
garage, 20'x40' screened pool, small office,
sauna hottub, 1 1/4 acres. 1410 NW 110th
Terr, $422,500. 352-332-1050 2-22-10-10-
5

Campus Edge / Somerest Village.Walk to
Shands/VA/class 2units, 2bd/2ba vault-
ed ceilings 2nd/3rd floor w/d in unit,best
locations parking. $8,000 tax credit.
$164,900/$132,900. Move in Ready 954-
439-2301 stedel@bellsouth.net 4-21-10-
41-5

FORECLOSED HOME AUCTION 450+
Homes I Feb 27 Open House: 2/13,20,21
View Full Listings www.Auction.com 2-19-
1-5


NEW LOG CABIN* & 20+ acres only
$129,900. Sale Saturday, 2/20 Only! New
1,800 sf log cabin package on 20 acres near
FL/GA border. Excellent financing. Call now
(800)898-4409, x.1513 *Log kit only 2-19-
1-5

LAND OR DEVELOPMENTS WANTED. We
buy or market development lots. Mountain or
Waterfront Communities in NC, SC, VA, TN,
AL, GA, FL. Call (800)455-1981, Ext.1034
2-19-1-5

FORECLOSED HOME AUCTION 450+
Homes I Feb 27 Open House: 2/13,20,21
View Full Listings www.Auction.com 2-19-
1-5


BED QUEEN $120 ORTHOPEDIC
Pillow-top, mattress & box. Name brand,
new, still in plastic. Call 352-372-7490 will
deliver. 4-21-09-71-6

BED FULL SIZE $100 ORTHOPEDIC
Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still
in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352-
377-9846 4-21-09-71-6

MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT $400
Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must
sell. Can deliver. Retail $1600. 352-372-
7490 4-21-09-71-6

BED KING $170 PILLOWTOP
mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated.
Name brand, new, never been used, in plas-
tic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588. Can
deliver. 4-21-09-71-6

CHERRY SLEIGH BED solid with Pillowtop
Mattress & Box. All new still boxed. Cost
$1500, sacrifice $450 352-333-7516

Sofa $175 Brand new in pkg 333-7516
4-21-71-6

BEDROOM SET. 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king
bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests
avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can de-
liver. Retail $6500, must sell, sacrifice $1100
(352) 372-7490 4-21-09-71-6

SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather.
Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail
$2650. Sacrifice $750. Call 352-377-9846
4-21-09-71-6

DINING ROOM Beautiful cherry set w/table,
6 Chippendale chairs, hutch & buffet. New,
still in boxes. Retail $5200, sacrifice $1100.
Must sell. Can deliver. 352-372-8588 4-21-
71-6

FUTON Solid oak mission-style frame w/
mattress. New, in box. $160 332-9899

DINETTE SET 5pc $120 Brand new in box.
Never used. 352-377-9846 4-21-09-71-6

**BEDS ALL BRAND NEW**
**Full $100 Queen $125 King $200**
Orthopedic pillow-top sets. Brand name
matching sets not used or refurbished. Still
in plastic, direct from factory! 352-333-7516.
4-21-71-6

BED- QUEEN New orthopedic pillowtop mat-
tress and boxspring set. Brand name, brand
new, still in plastic with warranty. Can deliver.
$130 352-377-9846. 4-21-71-6

Bed- All New King! 3pc Orthopedic pillowtop
mattress set. Brand NEW, still in plastic with
warranty. Can deliver. $200 352-333-7516.
4-21-71-6

BEDROOM SET- $300 BRAND NEW
Still in boxes! 6 pieces include: Headboard,
2 Nightstands, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must
sell, can deliver. 352-377-9846. 4-21-09-
71-6

FUTON $60 Solid Oak Mission Style. With
plush mattress $160. All brand NEW still in
box. Can deliver. 352-333-7516 4-21-71-6

Bed-FULL size pillowtop mattress & box. New
in plastic, warr. Can del. $100 317-4031

SOFA $185 Brand new! Love seat $150 still
in pkg. Can del 352-333-7516 4-21-71-6







FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 U ALLIGATOR, 11


MOVING MUST SELL- CHEAP! Full Sealy
Posturepedic & twin orthopedic beds, desk,
coffee table, kitchen table & chairs, 2 La-Z-
Boy chairs, 2 end tables, 2 card tables, small
bookshelf. David 375-3744 before Feb 27th
2-26-10-7-6


CASH PAID: Laptops & Cameras
Parts & Repair Mac & PC laptops
Laptop Chargers. Joel 336-0075
www.pcrecycle.biz 4-21-09-71-7


COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS
Network specialists
We buy computers and laptops
Working and Non-working
378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street
4-21-10-69-7

CERTIFIED MCSE COMPUTER TECH
Office or Home. Fast professional services at
reasonable rates. Services include network-
ing, security, data recovery, virus removal.
352-275-3036 www.indiecomputer.com
2-26-10-34-7


***PARKING***
Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF.
Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-538-
2181. Can leave mssg. 4-21-09-71-10


UF SURPLUS EQUIPMENT AUCTIONS
are underway...
bikes, computers, printers, vehicles & more.
All individuals interested in bidding go to:
surplus.ufl.edu 392-0370
4-21-09-71-10


FINE ART AUCTIONS Baterbys Art Auction
Gallery Orlando & Palm Beach Saturday,
February 20th 5pm preview, 6pm auction
13900 S. Jog Road Delray Beach, FL 33484
Saturday, February 27th 5pm preview,
6pm auction 9101 International Drive, Unit
10080rlando, FL 32819 Admission (FREE)
by RSVP and registration only FREE drinks
& hors d' oeuvres, Raffles valued over $500
Chagall, Picasso, Dali, Miro, Max Neiman,
Tarkay, Maimon, Nechita, Agam and more!
RSVP www.baterbys.com or call (866) 537-
1004 fineartauction@baterbys.com AB#2746
AU#3750 2-19-1-10

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day? 25 Local Machines and Candy $9,995.
(888)629-9968 B02000033 CALL US: We
will not be undersold! 2-19-1-10

ART GALLERY GRAND OPENING &
AUCTION SNEAK PREVIEW Thursday,
February 18th, 6pm-9pm LIVE ART
AUCTION Saturday, February 20th 5pm
preview, 6pm auction Baterbys Art Auction
Gallery Palm Beach 13900 S. Jog Road
Delray Beach, FL 33484 Admission (FREE)
by RSVP and registration only FREE drinks
& hors d' oeuvres, Raffles valued over $500
Chagall, Picasso, Dali, Miro, Max Neiman,
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RSVP www.baterbys.com or call (866) 537-
1004 fineartauction@baterbys.com AB#2746
AU#3750 2-19-1-10

DISH. $19.99/Month. Why Pay More? FREE
Install w/DVR (Up To 6 Rooms.) FREE
Movie Channels (3 Months.) AND $400+
New Customer Bonus! (888)593-7040
2-19-1-10




***WWW.RPMMOTORCYCLES.COM**
FULL SERVICE REPAIR SHOP 11TH YEAR
OEM + AFTERMARKET PARTS + ACCY'S
HUGE TIRE SELECTION IN STOCK, CALL
FOR PRICES + DISCOUNTS 352-377-6974
4-21-09-71-11

*****New Scooters 4 Less*****
Motor Scooter Sales and Service!
Great Scooters, Service & Prices!
118 NW 14th Ave, Ste D, 336-1271
www.NS4L.com
4-21-09-71-11

***GatorMoto***
Largest Scooter Store in Town! Run by Gator
Grads! New scooters starting at$999. No legit
shop can beat these prices! lyr Warranties
included. 376-6275GatorMoto.com 4-21-09-
71-11

SCOOTER SERVICE
New Scooters 4 Less has LOW service rates!
Will service any make/model. Close to UF!
Pick-ups avail cheap oil changes!! 336-1271
4-21-09-71-11

***www.BuyMyScooter.com***
Buy A New Scooter, Buy A Used Scooter
All on one site! Check the website or call
336-1271 for more info! 4-21-09-71-11

GATORMOTO Gville's #1 service facility. We
repair ALL brands of scooters. Pickups avail-
able. Lowest labor rates around. Quickest
turnaround time. Run by Gator Grads so we
know how to treat our customers! 376-6275
4-21-09-71-11

**SCOOTER RENTALS**
Rent for a day, week, month or semester.
Students can rent to own!
NS4L.com 352-336-1271 4-21-09-71-11

Gator Mobile Scooter Repair
Stop waiting weeks before getting your
scooter back. Call Gator Mobile Scooter
Repair and ride today.Specializing in On-site
scooter repair and diagnostics. Guaranteed
lowest prices in all of Gainesville. Free oil
change/inspection with this AD.Call Tony at
(305)989-0824or(305)563-4359. 3-1-14-11

2008 Johnny Pag fx3, 1900 miles, black
looks new, 300 cc, $1650. 2007 Dirtbike
SUZUKI drz125 black yellow runs great,
$975 email for pictures jssaxa@gmail.com
352-222-0211 2-22-10-5-11


FAST CASH FOR ALMOST ANY CARS *
*Running or not!O
*NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS
*Over 15 yr svc to UF students
OCall Don @ 215-7987 4-21-71-12

CARS CARS Buy6Sell@Trade
Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes
Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars
3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com
CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150
4-21-71-12


**HEADLINERS SAGGING?**
POWER WINDOWS DON'T WORK?
On site avail. Steve's Headliners 352-226-1973
Google: Steve's Headliners, Gainesville
4-21-71-12


WE BUY JUNK CARS
Titles Only. Call K.T. (352) 281-9980
4-21-71-12

I BUY CARS & TRUCKS
Call Anytime 352-339-5158
2-26-09-95-12

SUN CITY AUTO SALES
All vehicles $0 down
No credit check
Cash vehicles $699 and up.
352-338-1999 4-21-71-12

SUN RISE AUTO SALES
No credit check
Cars, SUVs, Trucks & Vans
30 day warranty
352-375-9090 4-21-71-12

92 Chevy Camero $999 cash
96 Mits Galant $1999 cash
96 Chevy Blazer $1999 cash
97 Plymouth Voyager $1499 cash
352-338-1999 4-21-71-12

92 Plymouth Van $699 cash
94 Chevy 1500 $999 cash
92 Nissan Stanza $1499 cash
98 Pontiac Grand Am $999 cash
352-338-1999 4-21-71-12

96 Kia Sephia $999
98 Chrysler Cirrus $999
95 Pontiac Bonneville $1999
97 Olds Delta 88 $1999
352-338-1999 4-21-71-12

96 Chevy Astro Van $1900
98 Ford Explorer $1900
97 Mits Diamonte $1999
98 Ford Contour $1999
352-338-1999 4-21-71-12

94 Nissan Altima $1999
98 Pontiac Transport $1999
99 Saturn $2900
98 Dodge Ram $2900
352-338-1999 4-21-71-12

97 Chevy Malibu $1999
95 Chrysler LHS $1999
00 Hyundai Elantra $2900
95 Chevy Camero $2900
352-338-1999 4-21-71-12

96 Honda Accord $2500
96 Cadillac Deville $2900
02 Kia Rio $3900
03 Buick Century $4900
352-338-1999 4-21-71-12

Sun City Auto Sales
60 Day pay off
On cash vehicles
Pay off time negotiable
352-338-1999 4-21-71-12

2003 Honda Civic, 79k, $8999CASH
2003 Honda Civic, 69k, $8999 CASH
2002 Honda Odysee, 117k, $6999 CASH
2000 Ford Mustang, 111k, $6999 CASH
352-375-9090 4-21-71-12

2005 Ford Escape, 95k, $6999 CASH
2000 GMC Sierra, 166k, $5999 CASH
2001 Nissan Altima, 99k, $5999 CASH
2007 Isuzu Trooper 290 Truck, 46k, $9999 CASH
352-375-9090 4-21-71-12

2005 Dodge Stratus, 78k, $8999 CASH
2004 Toyota Corolla, 111k $7999 CASH
1999 Toyota Sienna, 135k $5999 CASH
2002 Toyota Corolla, 68k $6999 CASH
352-375-9090 4-21-71-12

SUN CITY AUTO SALES
Bring W2 and drive home today!
Over 150 cars in stock
Cars, Trucks, SUVs, & Vans
352-338-1999 4-21-55-12


LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS:
* Gold Diamonds Gems Class Rings
* ETC Top Cash $$$ or Trade *
OZZIE'S FINE JEWELRY 373-9243. 4-21-
71-13

UF GRAD PAYS MORE
forgold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, diamonds,
guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer before you
sell! Call Jim 376-8090 or 222-8090
4-21-71-13


The American Cancer Society
Road to Recovery Volunteers Needed!
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED
to transport cancer patients to treatment.
Flexible schedule.
Training and liability insurance provided.
Please call
352-376-6866 ext. 5079 if interested.

BE AN INSPIRATION!
Take a blind lady to Mass on Sundays and
for walks and shopping as needed. We'll
have lots of fun! And you will make a new
friend! Contact 219-6948. 2-25-10-72-13

LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO HELP ME
LEARN TO RAKE KNIT A HAT, second and
fourth wednesdays of each month. These
hats are made for people in Haiti. Come and
have fun with Lenora. Call 219-6948. 2-25-
10-72-13

OO**OPERATION CATNIPOOOO
Many needs and opportunities can be found
at www.nmhp.net. Feral cat capture, spay-
ing, volunteering, office work earn Disney
Tix, etc. Email: operationcatnip@nmhp.net
2-19-7-13

LEGITIMATE INDEPENDENT FILM PROJECT
seeking 3 singer/songwriter producers.
$1200 investment guarantees live video
performance of one 4-minute or less song.
Professionally filmed on location at popular
local nightclub. You will be in the film
Call 386-454-7170, 352-316-5460,
etrip@windstream.net 2-19-5-13

OPERATION CATNIP
Many needs and opportunities can be found
at www.nmhp.net. Feral cat capture, spay-
ing, volunteering, office work earn Disney
Tix, etc. Email: operationcatnip@nmhp.net


This newspaper assumes no responsibil-
ity for injury or loss arising from contacts
made through advertising. We suggest that
any reader who responds to advertising use
caution and investigate the sincerity of the
advertiser before giving out personal infor-
mation or arranging meetings or investing
money.

LIKE TO WORK WITH LUXURY CARS?
Bright? Enthusiastic? Like people? Must be
over 22, stable work history, clean driving re-
cord, drug-free, personal references.
www.carrsmith.com for details. 4-21-71-14


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BARTENDING
$250 A DAY POTENTIAL
No experience necessary, training provided.
800-965-6520 ext 138 4-21-09-71-14


FUTURE GMs
Now hiring assistant managers
GatorDominos.com/jobs
4-21-10-71-14


INSTANT CASH PHONE AGENTS NEEDED
FOR ALMOST ANY CAR OR TRUCK, Must have Excellent Vocabulary and
Wrecked or running. Any condition. Communication skills. PC skills needed.
Highest dollar paid. Apply Now! 6020 NW 4th Place, Suite G.
386-365-1855 2-22-10-10-12 352-371-5888 x 111 4-21-71-14


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DOMINO'S
Now hiring Delivery Drivers $12-$16/hr.
You need a great attitude & dependable car.
Hiring lunch, dinner & late night shifts. Our
closing drivers earn $100 per night. Apply
@ any of our 8 location or @ gatordominos.
com/jobs. 4-21-09-71-14

Students in Accounting, Aviation, Business/
Sales and computer science needed for
various positions. Flexible schedules and
competitive pay. Join our team! Learn more
at www.gleim.com/employment 4-21-09-
71-14

PT Sales /Leasing Agents Needed
Help students find their new apartment!
Great pay plus bonuses. Sales experience &
outgoing personality required. No real estate
exp req (training provided). Send resume,
cover letter & avail schedule to
hr@trimarkproperties.com
4-21-71-14

Summer Jobs
$2400
Co-ed camp
Room and Board included

Get Paid to Play!
The Florida Elks Youth Camp (FEYC) needs
male and female summer camp counselors
ages 18 and up. FEYC is an over-night camp
located off of Highway 450 in Umatilla, FL.
The camp runs June 14 Aug 7. Please
contact Krys Ragland at 1-800-523-1673
Ext. 251 or 352 455-4267 4-21-10-70-14


STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM
Paid survey takers needed. Gainesville.
100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys 4-21-
10-63-14


LATE NIGHT DRIVERS
$15-$17/hr 10pm -4am.
Apply @ gatordominos.com 4-21-10-60-14

Gator Tail Dancers

Entertainment

352/672/1892 2-23-10-20-14


BARTENDER OPENINGS
Earn $150-250/day. No experience required.
Will train. Call now 352-678-5246 2-26-10-
20-14

No jobs available, but we buy LPs, CDs &
DVDs. (And we sell them, too!)
Hear Again Music and Movies
201 SE 2nd Ave. (Suite 105), 32601
352-373-1800
2-26-19-14

Camp Counselors, male & female, needed
for great overnight camps in the mountains
of PA. Have a fun summer while working with
children in the outdoors. Teach/assist with
water sports, ropes course, media, archery,
gymnastics, environmental ed, & much more.
Office, Nanny, & Kitchen positions also avail-
able. Apply on-line at www.pineforestcamp.com
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010


ALLIGATOR
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Florida rides free throws to key win

0 THE GATORS FACE OLE MISS ON
SATURDAY IN OXFORD.

By ADAM BERRY
Alligator Staff Writer
a berry@a Illgator org

Erving Walker made zero field goals
Thursday night, but he finished just three
points shy of leading the Gators in scoring.
The sophomore point guard hit 14 of 16
free throws, junior forward Chandler Par-
sons led the team with 17 points and Flor-
ida used a vastly improved performance
from the line as it took down Auburn 78-70
in the O'Connell Center.
The Gators (18-8, 7-4 Southeastern Con-
ference) shot a miserable 48 percent com-
bined from the field-throw line in their loss-
es to Xavier and South Carolina last week,
but UF had plenty of chances to redeem
itself against the Tigers (12-14, 3-8 SEC).
Auburn racked up 29 team fouls, and
UF finished 32 of 40 from the line. Florida
scored its last 15 points on free throws and
made zero field goals in the final 8:24.
"We don't care how we get it pretty,
ugly as long as we win," said Walker,
who added six assists to just one turnover.
"That says a lot that we can still score with-
out a field goal in eight minutes. I think
that's good for us."
While UF coach Billy Donovan was re-
luctant to call Thursday night's matchup
a must-win game, Walker said his team
couldn't afford a loss if it wants to return to
the NCAA Tournament.
"We all know if we want to make the
NCAA Tournament, we can't lose a game
to Auburn on our home court," Walker
said.
After a back-and-forth first half, the
Matt Tripp/ Alligator Staff Gators tied the game at 42 three minutes
UF guard Erving Walker scored all of his 14 points from the free-throw line in the into the second half and went on a 14-5 run
Gators' 78-70 win against Auburn on Thursday night. SEE HOOPS, PAGE 15


Ugly or not, Gators' play was just what they needed


Almost didn't recognize the Florida
men's basketball team that defeated
Auburn on Thursday night.
A season-low 10 three-point attempts?
Forty free-throw attempts? Making 32 of
those shots from the charity stripe?
This is a team that has had a tendency
to live and die by the three-pointer. There
are many times throughout the last three
seasons that a 20-percent shooting night
from beyond the arc would've automati-
cally meant defeat, no matter who the op-
ponent.
It wasn't entirely pretty, but UF got the
job done against Auburn.
Almost all the way through the Gators'
78-70 win over the Tigers, I thought of dif-
ferent ways to describe just how uninspir-


JL ing Florida's play
looked.
Florida led by just
R. h just three at the half.
1 | UF looked like it was
putting it away with
Phil Kegler a 11-point lead at the
Phil on the Hill 9:39 mark only to
pkegler@alllgatororg let Auburn keep it
tight.
The Tigers have
three conference wins, and all of them
come against fellow Southeastern Confer-
ence bottom-feeders LSU, Alabama and
Georgia.
Auburn shouldn't be within four points
with less than a minute left. Florida should
have been able to put this team away, es-


pecially on its home floor.
Some lackluster defense and poor
shooting from the Gators' backcourt kept
the Tigers around, but UF got the job done
in a must-win game.
When you're fighting for position on
the NCAA Tournament bubble, you don't
lose to a team like Auburn.
But now I'll make the case that Thurs-
day's win gave the chance for Florida to
learn something about itself.
"We're not going to rely on our shoot-
ing the rest of the year," said Chandler
Parsons, who led Florida with 17 points
on 6-of-1 shooting. "We think we can win
games doing other things."

SEE PHIL, PAGE 15


UF blown


out by UK


in 2nd half
By EUGENIO TORRENS
Alligator Writer
etorrens@alligatororg

UF had a chance to rebound from
its past two blowout losses, but in-
stead of seizing the opportunity, it
fumbled it away.
Instead, it was No. 16 Kentucky
(22-4, 10-3 Southeastern Conference)
that played resiliently in the second
half to claim a 77-51 win over the
struggling Gators, who have dropped
three straight.
"In the last couple of games, we
have yet to see 40 minutes of Florida
basketball," senior Susan Yenser
said. "It's so frustrating because we
can't pinpoint one thing. It's more of
a mindset than it is Xs and Os."
The Wildcats used back-to-back
three-pointers from Keyla Snowden
to start a 25-2 run
and nab their 10th
conference win.
The loss dropped
coach Amanda
Butler's squad
below .500 in the
SEC for the first
Yenser time this season.
In a worst-
case, dnja-vu scenario, UF (13-13, 6-7
SEC) fizzled out in the second half
after playing a tightly contested first
half. This time, the Gators had a four-
point lead at intermission.
It was the latter 20 minutes, when
the Gators were outscored 48-18, that
did UF in. Florida turned the ball
over 14 times as many turnovers
as Kentucky had all game and
made six field goals after the break.
"If I could vote not to have half-
time, I would definitely vote not to
have it," guard Trumae Lucas said.
UF finished with 23 turnovers and
12 of them were UK steals. Kentucky
scored 32 points off Gators miscues.
The Gators didn't let the opening
minutes where they were out-
rebounded 11-2 and took 11 fewer
shots deter them. Five players
scored in the first half and the team
shot 50 percent from the field.
Lucas came off the bench and pro-
SEE W-HOOPS, PAGE 15


* Rajaan Bennett, a Vanderbilt football signee, was killed early
Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide at his family's Georgia
home. The 18-year-old was rated a four-star running back by Rivals.
com and was considered the top signee in VU's class. Bennett's
high school has organized a fund to raise money for his funeral.


* First baseman Preston Tucker
was one of 50 players named to the
Preseason Golden Spikes Award
Watch List on Thursday. The award
goes to the nation's top player.


* UF midfielder Rachael Zimmerman went from play-
ing lacrosse at North Carolina to living in the woods for
three months before transferring to Florida for the team's
inaugural season. As one of just five Gators who isn't a
freshman, she'll be counted on to lead. See page 7.






14, ALLIGATOR U FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010


Gators in second at SEC Championships after Day 2


Dwyer sets UF record in 500-yard freestyle


By MATT RUBIN
Alligator Writer

After the second day of competi-
tion at the Southeastern Conference
Championship Meet, the Florida
men's and women's swimming and
diving teams are in second place.
The men's team has 282 points
while Auburn is currently in first
with 291 points.
On the women's side, the Gators
have 266 points and trail current
leader Georgia, which is at 300.
"We started off a little rocky, up
and down in this morning's ses-
sion," UF coach Gregg Troy said.
"But tonight we came out here and
swam fantastic. Once finals started
and we got going, I have absolutely
no complaints."
In the men's 500-yard freestyle,
junior Conor Dwyer swam an
NCAA automatic-qualifying time
of 4:14.58. Dwyer's time marked the
fastest time in the NCAA this season
and the fastest in Florida history.
"It was my first individual race at
SECs. It's also an honor that it was a
Florida record because Balazs (Gerc-
sak) is an amazing swimmer, both
here and internationally," Dwyer
said.
Before Thursday night, the Flori-
da record belonged to Gercsak, who
finished fourth in this year's race.



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For the women's squad, senior
Gemma Spofforth swam an NCAA
automatic-qualifying time of 1:55.39
in her first place finish of the wom-
en's 200-yard individual medley.
Spofforth won another SEC title
with Shara Stafford, Sarah Bateman
and Stephanie Napier in swimming
a 200-yard freestyle relay time of
1:28.71.

Softball team to open tourney
After a 4-1 start, Florida will be
facing a new set of challenges this
weekend as it hosts the Lipton Invi-
tational.
It will be the Gators' second-
straight season hosting the tourna-
ment. Last year Florida came into
the Lipton Invitational at 3-1 and
came out 8-1.
If they are to match that feat this
year, they'll need senior Francesca
Enea to continue her torrid start.
Through five games, the left
fielder is hitting .438 with three
home runs and 11 RBIs.
If she kept up this blistering pace
for the duration of the season, which
is an unlikely task, she would hit 33
home runs and drive in 121 runs
while shattering almost every Flor-
ida hitting record.
"She's obviously seeing it very
well right now," UF coach Tim Wal-
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work ethic. She came out really hot
right from beginning, had good
at bats, and hit it a lot of different
ways."
Enea is proving that her Colle-
giate Player of the Year Preseason
Watch List appearance, her stand-
ing as an All-SEC first team and All-
America second team member, and
her No. 9 overall selection in the Na-
tional Pro Fast Pitch League Senior
Draft were all well deserved.
The Gators will be facing Camp-
bell (1-2-1) and Kansas (2-3) on Fri-
day before what will likely be their
toughest test of the weekend against
Marshall (4-0) on Saturday.
Florida will then close out the
weekend with a pair of games
against East Carolina, who they beat
4-3 in the season opener.
-GREG LUCA

Gymnastics team to face UGA
The No. 4 Gators want people to
know heading into tonight's meet
against No. 7 Georgia the rivalry
between the schools extends beyond
the football field.
Wednesday, the team went to
the 34th street wall and painted a
portion of it to advertise the meet
against the five-time defending na-
tional champion Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
in the O'Connell Center.


Coach Rhonda Faehn said the
team decided to paint the wall on
its own, and that it was a sign the
gymnasts were trying to build up
spirit and draw themselves closer as
a team before the rivals meet.
"It's something they got really ex-
cited about, and I'm sure they'll turn
that passion into the actual competi-
tion and their routines," Faehn said.
Florida hasn't won a meet against
Georgia since 2005 in Athens and
the last time Florida (4-2, 3-1 South-
eastern Conference) hosted Georgia
(3-3, 2-2 SEC), the Bulldogs won by
.025, the smallest margin possible.
The Gators hope to change that
tonight, though.
"They're a really good team, and
you always want to beat them just
so you can say you beat some of the
best out there," junior Alicia Good-
win said.
The rivalry will have a new look
this season. Suzanne Yoculan retired
as Georgia's coach after 26 seasons
and 10 national championships, and
was replaced by one of her assistant
coaches, Jay Clark. Georgia also lost
national all-around champion and
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TOM GREEN

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the beginning, but I'm getting a lot
more comfortable now," Bangou-
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from the older guys these first few
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team."
-ANDREW OLSON
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UF dominates in frontcourt early
iBAA A


HUUr' from page 13

over the next five minutes.
UF brought the crowd to its feet with back-
to-back dunks: a thunderous left-handed slam
by senior forward Dan Werner and an alley-
oop from Walker to junior forward Alex Tyus.
"I haven't seen that from him in a while.
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"He's an athlete, what can I tell you?"
Given the team's lack of depth, the Gators
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since his 11 points against Vanderbilt on Jan. 9.
"That's huge for those guys to come in here,
spark and give us minutes,"
Parsons said. "When our big
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trouble, those guys are really
Men's reliable when they come into
Basketball the game."
The Gators relied on their
frontcourt to produce against
the undersized Tigers before intermission, and
Parsons, Tyus and Murphy combined for 20 of
the team's 37 first-half points.
UF will play at Ole Miss (17-8, 5-6 SEC) on
Saturday at noon. The Rebels fell to Vanderbilt
82-78 on Thursday night at home.


Gators host 'Dawgs on Sunday


W-HOOPS, from page 13

vided a first-half spark with 12 points.
She scored six straight as part of a
9-2 run to give the Gators a 33-29 lead
before halftime. She didn't score again
but was still the team's leading scorer.
UK's Victoria Dunlap, who was av-
eraging 17.7 points, scored a quiet sev-
en points in the first half. The Gators'
plan to limit her touches worked, and
Dunlap took just five shots.
It was Snowden shooting 41.6


percent from beyond the arc who
picked up the offensive slack for UK.
She more than doubled her normal
offensive production in the first half
with 11 points. She played 29 minutes
and finished with a game-high 21 on a
5-of-5 three-point effort.
"Snowden hit and we seemed to
be surprised every single time that
she shot in our face," Butler said. "She
scored one way, and we never took it
away from her."
The Gators will try to right the ship
at home Sunday against Georgia.


PHIL, from page 13

That's a good attitude to have when you're ranked
eighth in the SEC in field-goal percentage and 11th in
3-point shooting.
The Gators' versatility could help them weather a tough
end to the schedule. Tennessee comes to town Tuesday,
and UF ends the regular season hosting Vanderbilt and
traveling to Kentucky. Odds are Florida won't shoot well
one night or won't play good defense another.
The Gators don't really have the prototypical go-to guy


when things get rough. Chandler Parsons has been the
team's best player to date, but I'm not sure he could win a
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But the Gators are going to need to find a way to come
out with wins like they did Thursday.
During the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, Florida lost
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Big Dance as well.
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van said. "I think when you get scarred, when you get
hardened through competition, you build up a resiliency."
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3, ALLIGATOR, BASEBALL SEASON PREVIEW THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010


Light-Tower Power


By TYLER JETT
Alligator Writer
tjett@alligator org

Every eye in McKethan Stadium
zones in on the aluminum bat an
innocent yet intimidating instru-
ment.
The bat is cocked behind Preston
Tucker's head. It teeters back and
forth, ready to unload.
Piiingg
The incoming pitch fires off
Tucker's bat. Outfielders swiftly
spin around to see it disappear. Sec-
onds later, Tucker's victim bounces
off an unfamiliar surface.
Ball, meet the concrete of Sta-
dium Road.
Tucker, repeating his routine,
hits two more home runs. Bat teeter.
Swing. Connect. Goodbye.
Tucker aims for a light pole be-
hind right-center field. He never hits
it, but he comes close. Ladies and
gentlemen, welcome to the Preston
Tucker Showcase. Grab a seat and
enjoy the experience.
The Gators are still in the pre-
season, and assistant coach Craig
Bell is grooving pitches down the
middle, gift-wrapping batting prac-
tice homers. Not that it would make
a difference.
Just ask UCF relief pitchers Cory
Weech, D.J. Hicks and Matt Good-
year. On April 8, Tucker crushed
home runs off all three relievers -
two for grand slams and finished
the game with 11 RBIs.
Tucker was Florida's most pro-
ductive hitter last season, leading
the team in batting average, home
runs and RBIs. He even set a school
record by driving in 85 runs.
And that was just his first year in
college.
"To do what he did is just
remarkable," UF coach Kevin
O'Sullivan said. "There's been a lot
of really, really good players to have
come through this program, and to
break the RBI record, just being a
freshman, is unbelievable."
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O'Sullivan said he normally only
knows which players to put at the
bottom of the lineup. But, for at least
the next two years due to MLB draft
rules, he has UF's No. 3 hitter pen-
ciled in.

Getting noticed
By Tucker's standards, his fresh-
man season was actually pedes-
trian. As a junior at Tampa Plant
High, Tucker broke a school record
with 51 RBIs in 25 games.
But few college coaches were
interested in him. After his record-
breaking season, Tucker only re-
ceived a scholarship offer from
Duke.
Most teams were scared of Tuck-
er's weird swing, Plant coach Den-
nis Braun said.
Tucker was a dead-pull hitter,
always trying to muscle balls into
right field. He also took a hard step
toward the mound before swinging,
giving him lots of power but mak-
ing him look foolish against slow
changeups.
Tucker's form was ugly, and it
worked.
"The smartest thing I ever did
was realize we need to leave this kid
alone a little bit," Braun said.
Tucker's awkward swing wasn't
as easy for scouts to overlook un-
til one week in June 2007.
Tucker was a last-minute re-
placement for an injured player at
the USA Baseball Tournament of
Stars, a showcase of 142 coveted
high school prospects.
During warm-ups, the batters'
box became Tucker's stage. The
balls he launched out of the park
did not travel on a line like they do
for most prep stars. Instead, the bat-
tered balls soared high and seemed
to never stop, just like they do in the
Major League.
The same week, Braun coached
the All-American Prospects 16 at
the USA Baseball 16U Champion-
ships in Jupiter.
"I came back to the hotel and I
had 35 messages on my phone,"
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up there. Everybody in the nation
wanted him."
The scouting report on Tucker
changed practically overnight. In-
stead of a batter with an undisci-
plined swing, he was now a natural
hitter.
Scouts also gawked at Tucker's
strength, embodied by his "Pop-
eye" forearms.
Tucker, who now weighs about
220 pounds, started lifting weights
at Plant when he was 15 years old.
"I wasn't the biggest kid in the
world," Tucker said. "I was prob-
ably about 165 pounds after my
sophomore year, and there was a
lot of balls I'd fly out to the (warn-
ing) track."
That offseason, the baseball
team worked out with University
of Tampa strength coach Eric Hall,
who has trained two Division-II na-
tional championship baseball teams.
Tucker was the strongest, fastest kid
in the gym, Hall said.
He also worked harder than any-
body else Hall trained, including the
college players.
When he finished his workouts
with Hall around 7 p.m., Tucker
drove to the YMCA and lifted more
weights.
Tucker also asked Hall for re-
sistance-band exercises for his "off
days."
"He knew he was going to the
next level," Hall said. "He knew
what it was going to take for him
to get there. He was, by far, stron-
ger (and) faster. He was doing a
lot more things than the other kids
were."
Tucker added 15 pounds of mus-
cle this offseason, and his draft stock
rises as he continues to grow.

Draft Dilemma
After graduating from Plant in


2008, Tucker was overlooked by all
30 MLB teams during the 50 rounds
of that year's draft.
But scouts changed their minds
after watching Tucker become Flor-
ida's most feared hitter last season.
"If Tucker were in this year's
class, he would be a top-10 pick,"
Baseball America's Aaron Fitt said.
"There are no power bats in this
class that can compare with him."
MLB scouts compare Tucker to
former Vanderbilt third basemen
Pedro Alvarez, Fitt said.
Alvarez, who was the second
pick of the 2008 draft, signed a four-
year contract with the Pittsburgh
Pirates that guarantees him about
$6.3 million.
But Tucker won't be signing a
multimillion-dollar contract after
this season. He isn't allowed to.
MLB Draft rules stipulate a play-
er cannot leave college until he turns
21 or has finished his junior season.
The rule is similar to those in the
NBA and NFL with a few excep-
tions.
While there is an age limit on
players turning pro from college, a
high school player can enter MLB
upon graduation. And so can a ju-
nior college player, regardless of his
age.
Bryce Harper, the 17-year-old
who Sports Illustrated dubbed
"Baseball's LeBron," will be eligible
for the 2010 MLB Draft after receiv-
ing his GED diploma and enrolling
early at the College of Southern Ne-
vada this season.
Meanwhile, Tucker, who will
turn 20 in July, cannot enter the
MLB Draft until 2011.
From now until then, his stock
could fall.
A player's value in the eyes of
scouts is fickle as illustrated by the
story of former Gators third base-


man Brandon McArthur
The Minnesota Twins drafted
McArthur out of Seffner Armwood
High in the third round in 2003, but
he rejected a contract offer when his
parents urged him to enroll at UF,
saying he was not mature enough to
play pro ball.
McArthur suffered two season-
ending injuries at Florida, extending
his stay in Gainesville to six years.
He was sucker punched outside
the Grog House in 2003, almost
costing him his life. Then he tore
the ulnar collateral ligament in his
right elbow on opening night in
2007. The next year, he tore the ACL
in his right knee, sidelining him for
two weeks.
McArthur, who now plays for
the Joliet Jackhammers in the inde-
pendent Northern League and still
hopes to play in MLB, was never
drafted after 2003.
"The knee injuries had piled so
high that it was just highly unlikely
that I would get a shot," McArthur
said.
Tucker, on the other hand, re-
mained injury-free his first year on
campus. But even if he stays healthy
for the next two or three years,
Tucker's draft value could fall.
If opposing teams choose to pitch
around him, as O'Sullivan expects,
Tucker's power numbers could de-
crease, dropping him out of the first
round. But Tucker said he does not
worry about projections.
"The draft is always a toss-up,"
he said.
Instead, Tucker sticks to his rou-
tine.
It's what earned him a scholar-
ship. It's what lets him aim for light
poles behind the outfield. It's what
pro scouts will have to settle for un-
til they are allowed to draft him.
Swing. Connect. Goodbye.


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