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Monday, Sep 22, 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.

CDS’ Ramus commits to Rollins

Published:   |   Updated: September 22, 2014 at 03:23 PM
BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

— Carrollwood Day School senior pitcher Jordan Ramus has verbally committed to play baseball at Rollins College, Patriots coach Nick Rodriguez said Monday.

Ramus, a 6-foot-3, right-handed pitcher, made six starts for the Patriots in his junior season posting a 2-3 record with 25 strikeouts in 26 innings and a 2.96 ERA.

Rodriguez said Ramus has a 4.52 grade point average and will be a Full IB Diploma Candidate at CDS.

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High school football fans will hear domestic violence message

Published:   |   Updated: September 18, 2014 at 11:49 PM
By Erin Kourkounis

TAMPA — Before kick-off at all high-school home football games in Hillsborough County for the next two weeks, the announcer will ask athletes and spectators to pledge they’ll take a stand against domestic and dating violence.

Two local groups of youth sports officials — the West Coast Umpires Association and the West Coast Officials Association — will launch a campaign to crack down on domestic violence by reading a proclamation at the beginning of the 12 home games scheduled for tonight in Hillsborough stadiums, as well as the 15 home games scheduled for next Friday.

“There’s a lot of dating violence. It’s never right to hit a woman, ever,” said Dave Stone, president of the West Coast Umpires Association, a baseball group, and a member of the West Coast Officials Association, which oversees high-school football games in Hillsborough and Pasco counties. “We want to get this message out to young men everywhere.”

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Leto’s Dieguez commits to Tallahassee CC

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

— Leto High senior pitcher Felix Dieguez has verbally committed to Tallahassee Community College, Falcons baseball coach JJ Pizzio said Tuesday.

Dieguez has been a three-year varsity player for the Falcons, striking out 71 batters in 73 innings of work. The senior also has a career .264 average with 34 runs scored and 23 RBIs.

Pizzio said Dieguez had a strong showing at an American Legion tournament in Tallahassee this summer drawing the attention of TCC coach Mike McCloud. Dieguez also spent the summer playing with SCORE International’s travel baseball program run by former Cambridge Christian coach Sam Marsonek. Dieguez has also been working with private pitching coach Orlando Chinea, who trained defending National League Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez as a prep pitcher.

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Mendoza returns to coach Cambridge girls soccer team

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Cambridge Christian has hired John Mendoza to again head its girls soccer program. Mendoza, who coached the Lancers from 2002-08, after coaching at Blake High in the late 1990s.

Mendoza’s son, Joshua, a junior, moved to Cambridge Christian to play football and baseball after two years at Seffner Christian.

“When Josh decided to transfer to Cambridge, he said, ‘It feels like I’m back home again. This is where I grew up running around the soccer field,’” Mendoza said. “For me it’s the same thing, I feel like I’m going back home again.” Mendoza served as an assistant coach for the University of South Florida’s women’s soccer team in 2008-11 and has been a longtime youth coach in Hillsborough County holding a Class D license and Level III goal keepers license from the United States Soccer Federation.

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Florida High School Football Poll: Week 3

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

Florida’s High School Football Top 25 is voted on weekly by sportswriters and sportscasters from around the state. Florida’s HSFB Top 25 is the only all-classification poll voted on through out the state during the season by members of the media.

Florida’s #HSFB Top 25 – Week 3

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

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Petition asks for boys volleyball in Tampa Bay area

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

The number of male athletes participating in boys volleyball in Florida has steadily increased each year, and now, there is a petition to add boys volleyball at Hillsborough and Pinellas County public schools.

The group responsible for the petitions, Legacy Volleyball, are hoping to get 1,000 signatures by Dec. 31 for the 2015 FHSAA boys volleyball season. The author of the petition, Legacy Volleyball Program Director Vicky Page, suggests Hillsborough’s school district offer boys soccer and girls volleyball in the fall, and girls soccer and boys volleyball in the spring.

This past season, Berkeley Prep won the single classification state championship, becoming the first program from Hillsborough County, and the west coast of Florida, to win a boys volleyball state title. Three schools teams, Berkeley Prep, Tampa Bay HEAT and Foundation Christian, are the only three teams in the Tampa Bay area listed on the FHSAA website that will field teams for the 2015 season.

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Schiano sighted at Berkeley Prep practice

Published:   |   Updated: September 10, 2014 at 09:07 PM
BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

TAMPA — Wonder what former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers University head coach Greg Schiano is up to these days? You might be able to ask him yourself if you stop by Berkeley Prep’s varsity football practice.

Schiano stopped by the ‘other’ Buccaneers afternoon practice Wednesday and chatted with head coach Dominick Ciao for a minutes until he became engaged in a drill and helped coach the players.

Schiano, who was fired by the NFL’s Buccaneers following two losing seasons in December of 2013, worked primarily with the high school team’s secondary Wednesday during a passing drill, instructing the players on proper ways to defend a receiver and cover deep passing routes.

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Florida HS Football Poll: Week 2

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

Florida’s HSFB Top 25 is voted on weekly by sportswriters and sportscasters from around the state. Florida’s HSFB Top 25 is the only all-classification poll voted on through out the state during the season by members of the media.

Florida’s HSFB Top 25 – Week 2

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

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Coach’s Corner: Robert Weiner

Published:   |   Updated: September 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM
BY NICK WILLIAMS Tribune Staff

This week on the Coach’s Corner, we speak with Plant football coach Robert Weiner.

Weiner has guided Plant’s program to four state championships and one state-runner up finish since taking over the program in 2004. Under Weiner’s guidance, the Panthers have made the state region playoffs every year since 2005 and last year, lost in the Class 8A state semifinals to Apopka.

Weiner is 114-22-1 in 11 seasons and has been named the Tribune’s and Florida Dairy Farmer’s Coach of the Year multiple times.

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Coach’s Corner: Keith Chattin

Published:   |   Updated: September 3, 2014 at 08:31 PM
BY NICK WILLIAMS Tribune Staff

This week on the Coach’s Corner, we chat with Lennard High football coach Keith Chattin, whose program defeated East Bay in the season opener, 28-7. The win equaled Chattin’s win total during his first two seasons (1-19) at Lennard and came against a team that won a district title and advanced to the state region semifinals in 2013.

For the first time in school history, Lennard is ranked in the Tribune’s Top 10 (57-0 win over St. Pete Catholic in preseason raised some eyebrows).

nwilliams@tampatrib.com

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