Keeping up


Special to the Recorder

Maria Kuhlman has been recognized for her basketball play.

The Ponte Vedra Beach resident was among two freshmen to start the first seven games for Belmont Abbey College (Charlotte, North Carolina), and she was named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week Nov. 27. The 5-foot-10-inch forward was recognized for her 20 points and five rebounds during a win over Coker College.

She entered earlier this week leading the team with an average of 15.6 points a game, reaching double figures every contest but one.

Kuhlman had a career game during a Nov. 29 win over Barton College, finishing with season highs of 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

More women's basketball

Allen D. Nease High School graduate Sydney Searcy had season highs of 20 points and four rebounds for University of Florida against Savannah State. She added two assists in making her second consecutive start.

University of North Florida sophomore Kirsten Clement had four rebounds and two points against Webber International. The Bartram Trail product blocked a shot.

Saint Vincent College freshman forward Katie Cramer, a Ponte Vedra resident, had one rebound against Chatham.


Georgia College junior outside hitter Ebony Powers was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference second team. The Bartram Trail alumna ranked fifth in kills per set and 13th in digs per set in the conference.

Women's swimming

Centre College freshman Cat Gleason won the 500-yard freestyle against Sewanee. The Ponte Vedra Beach resident was second in the 200 freestyle and was a part of the 400 medley relay that placed second.

Ponte Vedra Beach resident Haley Brown of Berry College won the 50 and 100 freestyle at the Viking Invitational. She swam the lead leg of the winning 200 freestyle relay and the second-place 400 freestyle relay. She was in the last leg of the second-place 400 medley relay and third-place 200 medley relay.

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