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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 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


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

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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Coach’s Corner: Mike Gottman


PLANT CITY — This week on the Coach’s Corner, we’re talking to Durant football coach Mike Gottman.

Now in his 12th season, Gottman is 72-50 overall. In 2003, he led the program to the state semifinals, his best season as coach at Durant.

After going 3-7 last year, Durant is 3-1 entering this week’s game at Gaither and is ranked No. 4 in the Tribune’s Top 10 of Hillsborough County.

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Florida High School State Football Poll: Week 4

Published:   |   Updated: September 23, 2014 at 06:24 PM

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 throughout the state during the season by members of the media.

Florida’s HSFB Top 25 – Week 4

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

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Gaither’s White selects Alcorn State

BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

— Gaither High shortstop Izayah White has verbally committed to Alcorn State University, Cowboys coach Nelson North confirmed Tuesday.

White, who didn’t take up organized baseball until the high school level, had his first varsity season cut short last year with a broken hamate bone in his wrist. North said the middle infielder worked hard in the offseason at the travel ball level and drew attention from a number of schools.

“He has a lot of tools and is just a good athlete,” North said. “He’s the type of athlete who put in the hard work daily at Gaither, with AAU and with travel ball – I mean really, really put in the effort and it has paid off.”

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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

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

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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