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Monday, Sep 15, 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.

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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Florida High School Football Top 25 for Week 1

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

Florida’s High School Football Top 25 is a weekly poll showcasing the Top 25 teams from around the state regardless of classification. The poll is voted on by sportswriters and sportscasters from around the Sunshine State, and is sponsored by FloridaHSFootball.com and FlaVarsity.com.

With rank, team, first-place votes and classification in parentheses, record, points, and previous rank:

1. Booker T. Washington (9) (4A), 2-0, 457, 1

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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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