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Monday, May 25, 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.

Spring Football: Plant welcomes new challenges in 2015

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

TAMPA — Plant High head football coach Rob Weiner admits his team may not always win against some of the nation’s top teams, but one thing is for sure, his group will never shy away from playing them.

After playing Venice in the preseason classic, Plant will open the season against Colquitt County in Georgia, the No. 1 ranked team in Georgia and No. 6 overall team in the nation last season.

Some may ask why would Plant, which lost so many starters from last year’s team, schedule such an opponent. The answer is simple: At Plant, the goal is always a state championship, and to Weiner, his program will benefit from playing a caliber team like Colquitt, win or lose.

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Spring Football: No shortage of talent at Jefferson

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

TAMPA — What is it about Jefferson and three-year starting quarterbacks?

Stephen Garcia, Quentin Williams, Deiondre Porter and now Cade Weldon.

The first three quarterbacks graduated from Jefferson with notable accolades (Williams was 2010 Mr. Football and state record holder in career passing yards and TDs). Weldon, the son of former FSU quarterback Casey Weldon, seems to be next in line.

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Boys Basketball: Slonaker steps down at Plant

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

Plant High boys varsity basketball coach Michael Slonaker has resigned from the position.

Slonaker, the school’s coach since 2011, announced his departure in an email Thursday to players, alumni and parents. Slonaker said his family is relocating to Georgia.

“I am very grateful to Rob Nelson, Lauren Otero and Laura Figueredo for giving me all the resources and support they have,” Slonaker said in the letter. “I can’t stress to you enough how special a lady Carrie Mahon is to Plant High School and I thank her for all she has done for me. This group will move quickly to find a replacement that will take this program to new heights and our current players should not skip a beat as everything is in place to keep the ball rolling. I will always be a Plant Panther.”

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Spring Football: Shuffling aplenty on Jesuit’s offensive; Tigers to add freshman team

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

TAMPA — How do you replace three Division I offensive lineman?

The answer: With three defensive lineman.

It may not sound correct, but that’s what Jesuit head coach Matt Thompson has had to do this spring. And the position changes are permanent.

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Spring Football: Offense may carry Armwood, for a change

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

SEFFNER — The core group of players that led Armwood to consecutive Class 6A state championship appearances in 2013 and 2014 — DE Byron Cowart, LB Jordan Griffin, QB Noah Johnson, DB Aaron Covington, DE Jeremy Ware, RB Caylan Holloway and K/P Sterling Hofrichter — are graduating.

Despite those significant loses, Armwood is not in rebuilding mode this spring. The returning players just aren’t household names, an expected situation for a team that featured the No. 1 rated player in America (Cowart).

One thing that is different for Armwood, though, is its defense may not be the unit that leads the team to victory as in years past.

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2015 Western Conference Boys and Girls Lacrosse Teams

Published:   |   Updated: May 11, 2015 at 07:12 PM

The following are the 2015 Western Conference (Hillsborough County Public School) boys and girls lacrosse teams, as selected by the county coaches.

BOYS

FIRST TEAM

POSITION FIRST NAME LAST NAME GRADE SCHOOL

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Spring Football: Recruiting around Hillsborough County

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

Here’s a quick glimpse at the recruiting process for some of the top players in Hillsborough County this spring.

Nate Craig, Tampa Catholic: The highly touted junior receiver decommitted from Auburn last week. Tampa Catholic coach Mike Gregory said Craig is still considering the Tigers, but wanted to open up his recruitment. Craig verbally committed to Auburn in July of 2014 before the start of his first season at Tampa Catholic. Craig transferred from Pasco High in January of 2014. In two seasons with Pasco, Craig had 37 catches for 502 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Craig missed all of last season after suffering ligament damage to his fibula in the first quarter of the season opener at Madison County.

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2015 Western Conference Boys and Girls Tennis Teams

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The following are the 2015 Western Conference (Hillsborough County public school) boys and girls tennis teams, as selected by the county coaches.

BOYS

American Division

1st Team

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2015 Western Conference Flag Football Teams

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

The following are the 2015 Western Conference (Hillsborough County Public Schools) Flag Football teams, as selected by the county coaches.

AMERICAN DIVISION

POSITION FIRST NAME LAST NAME GRADE SCHOOL

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2015 Western Conference Softball Team

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The following are the 2015 Western Conference (Hillsborough County Public Schools) Softball Teams, as selected by the school district’s coaches.

AMERICAN DIVISION

FIRST TEAM

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