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Slideshow: Prep Athletes, Coaches of the Year in Hillsborough


Published:   |   Updated: May 21, 2013 at 02:16 PM

The complete list of those honored at Monday's Parade of Athletes banquet in Tampa, by sport.


BASEBALL
 
Coach of the Year
Butch Valdes, Durant
 
Valdes led the Cougars to the Class 8A state championship game, going 25-6-2. With an offense that averaged five runs a game and a pitching staff that was all but impossible to score on, Valdes guided the Cougars to to district and region titles during a record-setting run to the title game.

Athlete of the Year
Tyler Danish
 
The senior didn't allow an earned run in 94 innings in leading Durant to the Class 8A state championship game. Along the way, he had a 15-1 record, struck out 157 and walked just 16 while allowing 32 hits. At the plate, Danish hit more than .400 with nine home runs.

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BASKETBALL
 
Girls Coach of the Year
Mark Key, Sickles
 
Key led the Gryphons to the region final for the second consecutive season despite graduating one of the top players in the state after the 2012 season. Sickles finished 25-5 and had only one loss against county competition.

Girls Athlete of the Year
Faith Woodard, Freedom
 
Woodard led Freedom to its first state final four and finished her prep career with 2,071 points, placing her seventh on the girls all-time scoring list in Hillsborough County. Woodard, who will play for Georgetown in the fall, was also the recipient of the Dottie McGahagin Girls Basketball Award, which goes to the county's top female basketball player. Woodard shot an eye-popping 74 percent from the floor and averaged 22.6 points and 10.3 rebounds a game.

Boys Coach of the Year
Neal Goldman, Jesuit
 
The Tigers won the Class 5A state championship under Goldman and went 31-1 on the season. Goldman was named Class 5A Coach of the Year by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and the Florida Dairy Farmers and received the Doug Walker Coach of the Year award from the Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association. Goldman, who has coached at Jesuit for 26 years, has won 470 games. The championship was Goldman's first and third overall for the program. He was an assistant coach at Jesuit for a number of years before becoming head coach in 1987.

Boys Athlete of the Year
Reggie Hart, Chamberlain
 
Hart, who finished his prep career with 2,020 points, led the county in scoring with 25 points per game and guided the Chiefs to a district title. He became only the 13th player in county history to surpass 2,000 points and was named the Paul Straub Player of the Year by the Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association. The award is given annually to Hillsborough County's top boys basketball player.

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CROSS COUNTRY
 
Girls Coach of the Year
Roy Harrison, Plant
 
Harrison led the Panthers to their 26th consecutive state championships in November, where the team finished second in Class 4A to St. Thomas Aquinas. The team won its 17th regional championship and third in a row. The program has won 10 state titles under Harrison.

Girls Athlete of the Year
Claire Snyder, Academy of the Holy Names
 
Snyder defended her county crown this past year and finished second in the 1,600 and 3,200 in the Class 2A regionals. She also was part of the 4x800 relay that finished second in the regionals. In the state meet, Snyder earned all-state honors for the second straight year by taking fifth with a time of 18 minutes, 51 seconds.

Boys Coach of the Year
Bobby McConnell, Steinbrenner
 
McConnell guided the Warriors to a fifth-place finish at the state meet and the program's first county title. In the county meet, the Warriors edged three-time defending champion Plant by three points.

Boys Athlete of the Year
Abdin Fator, Sickles
 
Fator enjoyed a breakout senior season to win the county championship, a region runner-up crown and four other major invitational titles, including placing 19th in the state meet. Fator was awarded the Dr. Ben Walker Cross Country Award, given to the top male runner in the county, and signed a scholarship to run for Florida State University.

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FLAG FOOTBALL
 
Coach of the Year
Josh Saunders, Robinson
 
Few coaches in any sport work harder than Saunders with his flag football team, which has become known around the state for its tight defense and dynamic offense. This season, the Knights averaged 32 points a game while allowing fewer than five.

Athlete of the Year
Deliah Autry, Robinson
 
When coaches were asked who was the county's best flag football player, no one batted an eye. Undoubtedly, it was Autry, the quarterback who led the Knights to a 15-2 record and a state quarterfinal appearance.

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FOOTBALL
 
Coach of the Year
Mike DePue, Robinson
 
In his final season, DePue guided the Knights to a 12-2 record and the Class 5A state semifinals, his most successful season in 10 years at Robinson. DePue finished with the most wins of any Knights coach with a career mark of 72-43. In December, DePue earned his third Coach of the Year award from the Tampa chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

Athlete of the Year
Will Worth, Newsome
 
Will Worth was a throwback all-star this past season. The hard-nosed quarterback passed for 1,051 yards and 10 TDs and rushed for 1,537 yards and 19 scores. On defense, the linebacker had 104 tackles and three fumble recoveries, all while leading the team to the region final. In the region semifinal victory against previously undefeated Durant, Worth threw for 114 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 101 yards and had a team-high 11 tackles. He will play for the Naval Academy.

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GOLF
 
Girls Coach of the Year
Chris Kumka, Academy of the Holy Names
 
Kumka guided a veteran group of golfers to defend their district and regional titles and place 12th in the Class 1A state tournament.

Girls Athlete of the Year
Emmy Martin, Academy of the Holy Names
 
Martin, a two-time district and region winner, finished with a two-day score of 155 to tie for 15th place individually in the Class 1A state tournament. Her score also helped the Jaguars finish 12th as a team. Martin, a junior, also finished in a tie for second at the Florida Junior Tour event at Rio Pinar in Orlando.

Boys Coach of the Year
Jim Govreau, Newsome
 
Govreau guided the Wolves to a second straight district title and second consecutive third-place finish in the Class 2A state tournament. Newsome finished with a combined score of 614, four strokes behind Bradenton Lakewood Ranch, which won its second consecutive team title.

Boys Athlete of the Year
Jimmy Stanger, Gaither
 
Also the recipient of the public school district's Casey Most Valuable Male Golfer Award, Stanger was a district and regional individual champion this past season and placed third at the Class 2A state tournament, where he shot a two-day score of 145. Stanger was named the Tribune's Boys Golfer of the Year last year and will play for the University of Virginia in the fall.

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SOCCER
 
Girls Coach of the Year
Pam Smith, Plant
 
Smith guided Plant to a 17-2-1 record, with no losses against Hillsborough County teams, and a district championship this past season. Earlier in the season, Smith notched her 200th career win.

Girls Athlete of the Year
Caroline Bado, Plant
 
Bado was the engine that drove the Panthers as Plant went undefeated against Hillsborough County teams and captured the district title. Bado, who received the Jose Alvarez Award that goes to the top girls player in Hillsborough County, helped lead Plant to a 17-2-1 record. She signed with the University of Central Florida.

Boys Coach of the Year
Doug Smith, Tampa Prep
 
Smith led the Terrapins to their second straight state championship and sixth overall since 2005. After the season, Smith was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Coach of the Year and finished third in total votes for overall Coach of the Year.

Boys Athlete of the Year
Shaddy Douidar, Tampa Prep
 
Douidar was named the top male soccer player in the state this year by the Florida Dairy Farmers, who dubbed Douidar Mr. Soccer. The Indiana University signee was also awarded the 2013 Jose Alvarez Award, which goes to the top male player in Hillsborough County. Douidar became the first boys soccer player in school history to win the award. He became a finalist for the award after being named the Class 1A Player of the Year. This past season, Douidar led the Terrapins to their second straight state championship and sixth overall since 2005 with a team-high 31 goals and eight assists.

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SOFTBALL
 
Coach of the Year
Autum Hernandez, Freedom
 
Hernandez led the Patriots to the Class 7A state championship game, where the team fell to St. Thomas Aquinas 1-0. Freedom's run was memorable, upsetting defending state champion Chamberlain in the region semifinals after three days of postponements due to rain, a grand slam to win the game in the region final and a walk-off home run in the state semifinal.

Athlete of the Year
Mia Fung, Strawberry Crest
 
Fung was a triple threat on the softball field, using her speed, hitting power and throwing ability behind the plate to lead state-ranked Strawberry Crest to a 24-3 record and district title. Fung finished the season with a .533 batting average, 40 hits, six of which were home runs, 38 runs, 23 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. She committed just one error all season and had 154 put-outs from behind the plate. Fung has verbally committed to USF.

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SWIMMING
 
Girls Coach of the Year
Erin Yonkee, Newsome
 
Under Yonkee, the Wolves won districts, placed second in one of the toughest regions in the state and went on to an historic runner-up finish at state.

Girls Athlete of the Year
Maddie Hess, Newsome
 
Only a sophomore, Hess won individual state titles in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and helped her team to first place in the 200 medley relay and third place in the 400 free relay.

Boys Coach of the Year
George DiFederico, Robinson
 
DiFederico took a team with one big-name swimmer, John Nolte, and built a strong group of Knights around him. By the end of the season, Robinson finished seventh in Class 2A, the highest among Hillsborough County schools.

Boys Athlete of the Year
Rasmus Skjaerpe, Tampa Prep
 
Skjaerpe is not only one of the fastest juniors in the state but in the country, winning the Class 1A state title in the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 38.2 seconds and taking second in the 100 butterfly in 49.08 seconds.

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TENNIS
 
Girls Coach of the Year
Margaret Drumsta, Plant
 
A task master, Drumsta led Plant to district, region and state titles for the third straight season. No one cheered louder than Drumsta when the Panthers sealed this year's state title.

Girls Athlete of the Year
Blair Martin, Plant
 
The heart and soul of the Panthers' girls tennis team, Martin won key matches to help seal Plant's third straight state title and her third straight individual player of the year honor.

Boys Coach of the Year
Peter Adler, King
 
A very good player in his own right, Adler helped guide the Lions through an undefeated regular season and to district and region championships. Adler also was particularly proud of defeating arch-rival powerhouse Wharton in a head-to-head matchup.

Boys Athlete of the Year
Kiril Kirkov, King
 
Behind some heavy topspin ground strokes, the Lions' No. 1 player didn't lose a match this season against some very tough competition. Next year, Kirkov is taking his game to Carnegie Mellon, where he also plans to study engineering.

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TRACK
 
Girls Coach of the Year
Roy Harrison, Plant
 
Behind a strong group of distance runners, Harrison once again led the Panthers to county and region titles and a Hillsborough County-best ninth-place finish at the Class 4A state meet. Through the season, Harrison also helped develop several strong jumpers and a pole vaulter, Rachel Goding, who finished second in the state.

Girls Athlete of the Year
Faith Woodard, Freedom
 
This is Woodard's second straight track Athlete of the Year award, which she earned by virtue of her state title and a state-leading 5-foot-10 leap in the high jump. Woodard also contributed points in the open 400 meters and the 4x400 relay.

Boys Coach of the Year
Mike Bosco, Steinbrenner
 
Bosco is a first-year coach who pushed all the right buttons, getting numerous athletes to join the team while working well with veteran assistant coaches. By season's end, Steinbrenner had finished third at the county meet and won district and regional titles.

Boys Athlete of the Year
Jeremiah Green, Hillsborough
 
Green not only led the county in the triple jump this season, but he led the nation with a leap of 52 feet, 1.75 inches. Green also was the county leader in the long jump and was right at the top in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

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VOLLEYBALL
 
Coach of the Year
Christen Garcia, Robinson
 
Garcia did what no Robinson coach had done since 1978 — lead the volleyball program to within one win of the state final four — and she did it in her first season. Though Garcia's Knights lost six of their first seven matches, the team reached the Class 5A region final, losing to the defending state champion.

Athlete of the Year
Sidney Brown, Berkeley Prep
 
Brown, one of the top juniors in the nation, finished her junior campaign with 450 kills, 301 digs, 27 aces and 18 blocks to lead Berkeley Prep to the Class 4A state championship. The All-American outside hitter was three kills shy of leading the state.

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WRESTLING
 
Coach of the Year
Russ Cozart, Brandon
 
Cozart never seems to tire, working as hard now as when he took the job at Brandon more than 30 years ago. This season, Cozart led the Eagles to their 13th consecutive state title and their 24th overall.

Athlete of the Year
Kevin Norstrem, Brandon
 
Norstrem finished his high school career with a record-tying five individual state titles, a career record of 290-4 and a 61-1 record in his senior season. The past three years, Norstrem went 186-1, his only loss coming when he had the flu.

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