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Sling-N-Shoot draws large field to USF


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A much larger field of teams is expected to compete this weekend at the University of South Florida's second session of the Sling-N-Shoot tournament, which according to several USF-related Web sites, about 40 teams have entered.

Land O' Lakes will be one of the teams and will keep an eye on its ongoing quarterback competition between Ethan Weilant and James Pensyl, both of whom look to gain experience against some of the best prep athletes in Florida.

"Biggest thing for us going in is the repetitions," Gators coach Brian Wachtel said. "You can never get enough reps. Working on timing and getting lined up right. Our number one goal right now is just getting better."

Buccaneers competing in first Sling-N-Shoot

In Gulf's history, first-year Buccaneers coach Jason Messamore doesn't remember the school ever competing in the USF passing tournament in Tampa. Messamore decided to sign up the team for the first time and believes the tourney provides a family-building experience.

"I think it brings everyone together," Messamore said. "It gives the parents a chance to come down and watch and also to help out. It's just a fun time for the team and really brings everyone together."

Keep an eye on Gulf's two-headed monster at quarterback: Avery Welch and Keshaun Peters, both of whom will share snaps throughout the fall, according to Messamore.

"They will both get equal snaps during the tournament," Messamore said. "They'll both see time at other positions, but I'm going to use both of them at quarterback during the fall. They both have a great comprehension of the offense we're installing."

Bishop McLaughlin to host tourney

Bishop McLaughlin hasn't been very active in the 7-on-7 circuit this summer, but the Hurricanes will make their debut hosting a tournament next weekend, with schools such as Pasco, Spoto and Wesley Chapel attending

The tournament is much more low key for local schools compared to the expanded field of the USF Sling-N-Shoot tourney, which features more than 40 teams. Wesley Chapel coach Tico Hernandez said the smaller tourney gives his skill guys some makeup work from the North Suncoast passing league session that was rained out Tuesday.

"This tournament is low key and gives us a chance to get back on the field," Hernandez said. "The field of teams won't be large and also gives us a chance to make up some work we missed from last Tuesday."

Correspondent Andy Villamarzo can be reached at andyvillamarzo@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @avillamarzo.

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