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High Schools Notebook: Ponte Vedra names Matt Toblin as football coach

Posted: March 25, 2014 - 9:13pm  |  Updated: March 25, 2014 - 10:03pm

Matt Toblin became just the second football coach in Ponte Vedra history when the school removed the interim tag from his title Tuesday.

It’s familiar territory for Toblin, 33, who played football at Mandarin and coached at both Nease and Clay.

“It is [familiar]. That’s one of the things that made it attractive,” Toblin said. “It does feel like it’s someplace I’ve been before.”

Toblin played at Mandarin under coach Craig Howard, and later joined Howard’s staff at Nease.

Toblin spent five seasons coaching on the defensive side of the ball there before landing his first head-coaching position at Clay in 2009.

Toblin won a pair of district titles and went 17-7 in two seasons there before moving up to the college ranks.

He served as Howard’s defensive coordinator at Southern Oregon University in 2011-12 and then returned to the area.

Toblin was Ponte Vedra’s defensive coordinator last season as the Sharks went 2-8.

Coach Mike Loyd resigned last month to accept the head coaching position at Grove (Okla.) High School.

“Our goal is we are going to focus on the things that we can control,” Toblin said. “The St. Augustines and Bolleses of the world do that. That’s how they’ve become consistent powers. You can’t worry about things that you can’t control … We are going to focus on turning ourselves into a consistent, complete football team.”

Good track starts for Stanton

The season is barely a month old, and the Blue Devils are off to a strong start.

Stanton sprinter Kendal Williams won his second major event in as many weeks on March 22 at the FSU Relays.

Williams, who has signed with Florida State, won the 100-meter dash in 10.82. His wind-legal 10.28 at the Bob Hayes Invitational on March 15 is currently the nation’s fastest.

The Stanton girls 4x400-relay team broke the meet record at the FSU Relays by more than 5 seconds.

Its time of 3:50.30 is the eighth-fastest time in the nation this season.

Commitments, streaks, etc.

Fleming Island softball player Taylor Steczo committed to play at Lynn. ... Mandarin (2-0) is ranked 17th in the state in the Florida Flag Football Power 25 poll. Fleming Island (5-0) is 25th. ... The Creekside baseball team’s 15-0 start is the best in program history. ... Cubs SS Javier Baez (Arlington Country Day) was sent to Triple-A Iowa. Baez hit .310 with five home runs in spring training. ... OF-IF Connor Marabell (Bartram Trail) is second on JU in hitting (.347) and tied for the team lead in RBI (11). ... C James Abbatinozzi (Nease) is third on UNF in hitting (.326).