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Wednesday, Aug 20, 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.

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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Tampa Mustangs win national softball tourney

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By Nick WilliamsTribune staff

The Tampa Mustangs 18-Under travel softball team won the ASA/USA National Championship this past weekend in Montgomery, Ala., going 10-0 to capture the crown in a tournament that consists of 109 teams.

Coached by Jamie Boyton, the 18U team is comprised of players from nine high schools in the Tampa Bay area and are 91-12 this season. In the championship game, Megan Kugelmann put the Mustangs ahead with a two-run shot to beat the Birmingham Vipers, 2-1

To add, the travel team organization’s 16U team, coached bt T.J. Goelz, finished second out of 136 teams with a 7-2 record at the ASA/USA Nationals in Salem, Va.

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Basketball: Lennard’s Hector signs with Saint Leo

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By Nick WilliamsTribune staff

Basketball: Lennard’s Hector signs with Saint Leo

Gary Hector, the second leading scorer on Lennard High’s state semifinal boys basketball team this past season, has signed with Saint Leo University, head coach Danny Gaddis announced Tuesday.

Hector averaged 14.1 points and team-high 5.8 rebounds per game for the Longhorns, who made the first state final four appearance for any team in school history.

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Alonso’s Mejia commits to Florida State

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Alonso High junior Ryan Mejia said Friday he has verbally committed to play baseball at Florida State University.

Mejia, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound outfielder hit .321 as a sophomore for Alonso last season, with 13 runs and 12 RBIs as the Ravens finished with an 18-7 record. Mejia said although he has been a longtime fan of the Seminoles, he had been trying to decide between FSU and the University of Miami. He said after going on an unofficial visit to both schools that Tallahassee was the right fit for him.

“My whole life, my dream school has been Florida State,” Mejia said. “My whole family and I have been FSU fans and after visiting both schools (Florida State) just felt like home.”

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