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Wednesday, Sep 03, 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.

Coach’s Corner: Sean Callahan

Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2014 at 06:13 PM
BY NICK WILLIAMS Tribune Staff

SEFFNER — Coach’s Corner, a new video segment in which we converse with various high school coaches in the Tampa Bay Area, will publish frequently on the TBO.com prep blog report.

This week, we’re talking to Armwood head football coach Sean Callahan, whose Hawks are ranked No. 1 in the Tribune’s Hillsborough County Football Top 10 Poll, No. 5 in the Florida High School State poll, and No. 25 in the nation according to MaxPreps.

Callahan has won over 200 games as a head coach and led the program to two state titles and three state-runner-up finishes.

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Jefferson standout selects St. Pete College

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Jefferson High right-handed pitcher Jordan Norman has verbally committed to St. Petersburg College, first-year Dragons head coach Juan Fontela said.

Norman had a strong junior season going 9-1 with a 1.78 ERA, with 33 strikeouts for the 2014 Class 6A-District 9 champion Dragons.

Norman’s father, Ken Norman, is the assistant coach at St. Petersburg College, which competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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Volleyball: King High players commit to Ave Maria

Published:   |   Updated: August 21, 2014 at 04:56 PM
By Nick Williams

King High volleyball players Mercedyz Mitchell and Elizabeth Hurtt, two key returning players from the Lions' 2013 district championship team, have verbally committed to play at Ave Maria University, a NAIA program located in the Southwest area of the state.

Mitchell, a setter, finished her junior season with 385 assists and 45 aces while Hurtt, a defensive specialist, led the team with in aces with 57 along with 41 digs.

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Florida HS Football 2014 Preseason Poll

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By Nick Williams

Florida’s HS Football Top 25

Rank, Team, First Place Votes in parenthesis, 2013 record, points

1. Booker T. Washington (7) (4A), 14-0, 476

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Lennard alum to play college baseball

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Lennard High 2013 graduate Alex Sanjurjo has signed to play baseball at National Christian College Athletic Association Division II Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, his former coach with the Longhorns Kennedy Duran said.

Sanjurjo played three seasons for the Longhorns hitting .328 over his career, while scoring 44 runs and stealing 35 bases. Sanjurjo, a middle infielder with good hands, attended Hillsborough Community College playing as a redshirt freshman last season.

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Florida Athletic Coaches Association to hold meetings

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The Florida Athletic Coaches Association will be holding a meeting for Hillsborough County coaches. Coaches can attend either Monday, Aug. 25 at Sickles High at 5:30 p.m. in the main office/PCR or on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at Strawberry Crest High at 5:30 p.m. in the media center.

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Volleyball: Plant’s Gaskin headed to Maryland

Published:   |   Updated: August 19, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Tribune staff

Plant senior outside hitter Angel Gaskin has verbally committed to Maryland, coach Jessica Lamm said Monday.

Gaskin was selected to the All-Western Conference second team last season.

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Baseball: Brandon’s Williams commits to Mars Hill

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Tribune staff

Brandon shortstop and right-handed pitcher Drayden Williams has verbally committed to play baseball for Division II Mars Hill University in North Carolina, Eagles coach Matt Stallbaumer said.

Williams went 5-2 with a 0.88 ERA and 32 strikeouts on the mound for Brandon last season, while providing solid defense for the Eagles at shortstop. Williams also scored 13 runs and drove in nine for the Class 7A-District 7 runner-up.

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Baseball: Steinbrenner’s DeBonis commits to Bethune-Cookman

Published:   |   Updated: August 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM
BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

— Steinbrenner High senior Chase DeBonis has verbally committed to play baseball at Bethune-Cookman University, Warriors coach John Crumbley said Tuesday.

DeBonis, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound catcher hit .370 his junior season driving in nine runs helping the Warriors to a 17-6 record last season.

“Chase has been a solid contributor to Warrior baseball,” Crumbley said. “We are looking for great leadership and we hope he can build on the year he had as a junior this year.”

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Volleyball: Steinbrenner’s Bradshaw selects Saint Leo

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

Steinbrenner High senior outside hitter Avery Bradshaw has verbally committed to Saint Leo University, a Division II program.

One of the top hitters in Hillsborough County, Brashaw led Steinbrenner with 297 kills along with 36 blocks and 189 digs as a junior to help the team reach the state final four for the first time in school history.

Bradshaw had 29 kills in the state semifinals, a five-set loss to Naples Gulf Coast.

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