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Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

Hillsborough Prep Report

A prep sports blog by Scott Purks and Nick Williams

A roundup of local sports briefs from Hillsborough County schools and area athletes.

Football: Young commits to Michigan Tech

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

Cambridge Christian senior quarterback Garrett Young has verbally committed to Division II Michigan Tech, the school announced

Young threw for 2,313 yards and 27 touchdowns this past season and also rushed for 832 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Young, who played in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North vs. South Senior All-Star Game, was a Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County second-team selection. He was also considering Southwest Minnesota and Catawba.

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Plant’s Reed commits to USF

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

Plant senior receiver/return specialist Jordan Reed has verbally committed to South Florida, Plant coach Robert Weiner confirmed Monday.

Reed, a Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County first-team selection, finished his senior year with 768 all-purpose yards. Reed caught 26 passes for 244 receiving yards and five touchdowns, rushed 25 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns, and returned 14 punts for a county-leading 304 yards.

It had been previously reported in December that Reed had committed to the Bulls, but Weiner said it wasn’t official at that time.

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Steinbrenner alum to compete in LPGA qualifier

Published:   |   Updated: January 23, 2015 at 01:11 PM
BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Steinbrenner High alum Alex Milan has earned one of two amateur exemptions into Saturday’s LPGA qualifier for the tour’s Coats Golf Championship in Ocala.

Milan, who was the two-time Tampa Tribune girls golfer of the year while at Steinbrenner and a four year first team all-county selection while playing for Sickles and Steinbrenner, has been a standout for Florida State’s golf program the last four years.

“I am so excited to get a chance to walk inside the ropes and test my game in an LPGA event before I turn pro this fall after I graduate in May,” Milan said Friday.

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Football: Blake’s Manuel transferrs to IMG Academy

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

Shavar Manuel, one of the top rated football players in America for the Class of 2016, confirmed via text he has withdrawn from Blake High and enrolled at IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Manuel, a CBS/MaxPreps Junior All-American and Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County First-Team selection, led Hillsborough County with 20 sacks this past season. He is the second standout football player from the county to leave for IMG Academy in the past month, joining former Tampa Catholic junior defensive end Malik Barrow.

Manuel, a four-star rated defensive end, is ranked by ESPN as the No. 2 overall junior in the nation and No.1 prospect at his position. Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State and Georgia are just some of the schools actively recruiting him.

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Football: Brooks to Southern Miss; Angulu picks Cincinatti

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

Plant senior running back Patrick Brooks recently announced via Twitter he has committed to Southern Mississippi while East Bay senior defensive back Chris Angulu also announced via Twitter he has committed to Cincinnati.

Brooks, a Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County First-Team selection, rushed for 1,404 yards with 12 touchdowns this past season for the 10-3 Panthers, who lost to Orlando Dr. Phillips in the 8A region semifinals. Brooks also caught 22 passes for 274 yards and five touchdowns.

Angulu had three interceptions, three pass deflections and two forced fumbles along with 26 tackles for East Bay, which finished 4-6. Angulu also returned eight punts for 162 yards, his longest return being 72 yards.

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Softball: Defending champion Bloomingdale under new direction

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

Mandy Schuerman, who coached Bloomingdale’s softball team to win the Class 8A state championship last season, is now the head women’s softball coach at State College of Florida in Bradenton. The Bulls are now under the direction of former Tampa Catholic softball coach Mark Braddy.

The 2015 high school softball season officially began Monday.

In her first year as head coach, Schuerman, voted the Florida Dairy Farmers 2014 Softball Coach of the Year, awarded annually to the top coach in the state, guided the Bulls to a 28-3 record. The Class 8A state title was the program’s first since 1993.

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Coach’s Corner: Darik Olson

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

RIVERVIEW — This week on the Coach’s Corner, we’re talking with Riverview boys soccer coach Darik Olson.

Now in his 17th year at Riverview and 22nd overall as a coach in Hillsborough County, Olson’s Sharks are 15-0, the best record ever at Riverview. Olson has been the program’s only coach since the school opened.

Riverview is ranked the 13th best team in Florida and 42nd overall best team in the nation by MaxPreps.

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Florida Boys Basketball State Rankings

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

The following are the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches/Source Hoops Girls Basketball State Rankings.

CLASS 8A

1. Colonial 15-2

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Florida Boys Basketball State Rankings

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

The following is the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches/Source Hoops Florida High School Boys Basketball Rankings

CLASS 8A

1. Evans 14-4

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More holiday break basketball tournaments for your enjoyment

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

BOYS

Shorecrest Holiday Tournament

Dec. 26: Hackettstown (N.J.) vs. Newsome, 1:30 p.m.; Ridge Community vs. Clearwater, 3; Pinellas Park vs. Academy at the Lakes, 4:30; Carrollwood Day vs. Shorecrest, 6

Dec. 27: Semifinals, 4:30 and 6; loser’s bracket games, 1:30 and 3

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