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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

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.

Friday Night Highlights: Tampa Catholic vs. Berkeley Prep

Published:   |   Updated: October 18, 2014 at 05:13 AM

Highlights from Tampa Tribune’s Hillsborough Game of the Week, Tampa Catholic vs. Berkeley Prep.

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TGH will dedicate room after ‘Wild Bill’ Minahan

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

Tonight at 7 p.m., Tampa General Hospital will dedicate a “Coach’s Corner” at its soon-to-open Transplant House in memory of former Jesuit football coach Bill “Wild Bill” Minahan.

In 1968, Minahan led Jesuit to the Class A state football title at old Tampa Stadium. In 20 seasons with Jesuit, Minahan compiled a 132-78-2 record.

He died Dec. 30, 2013.

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Coach’s Corner: Cookie Mitchell, King

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

TAMPA — This week on the Coach’s Corner, we’re talking with King High volleyball coach Madeilynann “Cookie” Mitchell.

Now in her fifth season, Mitchell has a 70-32 overall coaching record at King and has guided the Lions to two state region playoff tournament appearances (2011 & 2013). As of Tuesday, King is 15-2, the team’s best record under Mitchell, and has earned the top seed in the Class 6A District 9 tournament. The Lions are also the No. 10-ranked team in 6A according to MaxPreps.

A two-time state volleyball champion as a player at Tampa Prep, Mitchell is also the founder, director and coach of the Tampa Bay Raptors, an area girls volleyball club team.

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Florida HS Football Top 25: Week 7

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

Florida’s High School Football Top 25

Week 7

Rank, Team, First Place Votes in parenthesis, record, points, previous

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Alonso’s Oladokun commits to USF

Published:   |   Updated: October 11, 2014 at 06:54 PM
BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

— Alonso High quarterback Chris Oladokun has verbally committed to the University of South Florida, the junior announced on Twitter Saturday afternoon.

Oladokun posted a picture of the USF logo and this message: “I am blessed to announce that I have officially committed to play football for The University of South Florida! #USF.”

Oladokun has thrown for 842 yards and seven touchdowns for the 2-4 Ravens this season and added a pair of rushing touchdowns.

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Girls Tennis: Nasser picks Oregon

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

Academy of the Holy Names senior tennis player Daniela Nasser has verbally committed to the University of Oregon, Holy Names athletic director Kevin Vargas announced Thursday.

Rated a five-star recruit, Nasser is rated the 10th best junior tennis player in Florida.

Nasser will attend on a full athletic scholarship, according to Vargas.

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Coach’s Corner: Brian Surcy, Bloomingdale

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

VALRICO — This week on the Coach’s Corner, we talk with first-year Bloomingdale head football coach Brian Surcy.

Entering Friday’s homecoming game against East Bay, the Bulls are 4-1 under Surcy and 1-1 in district play. The team’s lone loss is to Plant.

Surcy, a running back who graduated from Bloomingdale in 1996, replaced John Booth as head coach after Booth was named the head coach at Bradenton Manatee on July 1.

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Florida Football Top 25 Poll Week 5

Published:   |   Updated: September 30, 2014 at 05:46 PM
By Nick Williams

Florida's HSFB Top 25 Week 5
Rank, Team, First Place Votes in parenthesis, record, points, previous
1. Booker T. Washington (20) (4A), 6-0, 500, 1
2. Miami Central (6A), 4-1, 462, 2
3. Mainland (6A), 5-0, 461, 3
4. St. Thomas Aquinas (7A), 3-1, 437, 4
5. First Coast (8A), 4-0, 387, 8
6. Dr. Phillips (8A), 5-0, 374, 7
7. Armwood (6A), 5-0, 373, 6
8. Flanagan (8A), 5-0, 326, 9
9. American Heritage – Plantation (5A), 2-2, 282, 5
10T. Niceville (7A), 4-1, 281, 10
10T. Apopka (8A), 4-1, 281, 12
12. Trinity Christian – Jacksonviile (3A), 3-1, 279, 11
13. East Lake (7A), 5-0, 255, 13
14. Cocoa (4A), 3-1, 192, 15
15. Miramar (8A), 3-2, 187, 14
16. Osceola – Kissimmee (7A), 4-1, 170, 17
17. Lakeland (7A), 5-0, 169, 18
18. Plant (8A), 4-1, 136, 16
19. Lake Mary (8A), 4-0, 133, 19
20. Boynton Beach (6A), 5-0, 110, 24
21. Manatee (8A), 4-1, 87, 22
22. South Sumter (5A), 5-0, 83, 23
23. Miami Killian (8A), 5-0, 62, 25
24. St. Augustine (6A), 5-0, 53, 24
25. Venice (6A), 5-0, 47, NR

Dropped Out: No. 21 Clay (4A, 4-1)

Others Receiving Votes: Columbus (8A, 4-1) – 46; Naples (6A, 3-1) – 30; Oviedo (8A, 5-0) – 27; South Dade (4-1) – 24; Clearwater Central Catholic (3A, 4-0) – 23; West Orange (8A, 5-0) – 21; Hallandale (6A, 5-0) – 19; Dwyer (7A, 4-1) – 18; Westminster Christian (3A, 4-1) – 16; American Heritage-Delray (3A, 3-1) – 14; Monarch (8A, 4-0) – 14; Lake Gibson (6A, 4-0) – 12; Bolles (4A, 4-1) – 11; Navarre (6A, 5-0) – 11; Oakleaf (7A, 5-0) – 11; Clay (5A, 4-1) – 8; Suwannee (5A, 4-0) – 6; Royal Palm Beach (7A, 4-0) – 6; Pahokee (3A, 3-1) – 5; Oak Ridge (7A, 4-1) – 5; Clewiston (4A, 5-0) – 4; Coral Gables (8A, 3-1) – 2; University-Orange City (8A, 5-0) – 2; Hillsborough (6A, 3-1) – 2; Cardinal Gibbons (5A, 5-0) – 1

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Coach’s Corner: Todd Donohoe

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

TAMPA — This week on the Coach’s Corner, we talk with Freedom High football coach Todd Donohoe.

Now in Donohoe’s third season at Freedom, the Patriots are 4-1 entering Thursday’s district game at Sickles, the team’s best record since he took over the program. The Patriots were 3-7 last season and 3-7 in his first year. Not since 2005 have the Patriots achieved such a record to start the season (team started 5-1 in 2005 but finished 6-4).

This season, Freedom has defeated King, Middleton, Gaither and Strawberry Crest and have a chance to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

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CDS’ Gionis commits to Holy Cross

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Carrollwood Day School senior Alex Gionis has committed to play baseball at Holy Cross, Patriots coach Nick Rodriguez said Monday.

Gionis, a shortstop, hit .258 last season with 12 runs scored and eight RBIs.

Rodriguez said Gionis is a Commended National Merit Scholar, has a 4.47GPA and will be a full IB Diploma Candidate.

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