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Pasco Prep Report

A prep sports blog

A roundup of local sports briefs from Pasco County schools and area athletes.

Florida High School Boys Basketball Rankings

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

The following is the first boys basketball state poll of the 2014-2015 season by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops

CLASS 8A

1. McArthur 8-2

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Meza resigns as Wiregrass Ranch football coach

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BY MIKE CAMUNASTribune correspondent

For the third time in less than two years, Wiregrass Ranch will be looking for a new head coach.

Arturo Meza said Wednesday afternoon he resigned from his position he’s held only since late July.

“I just want to thank anyone for the opportunity I had to coach this team and that I enjoyed coaching this team for this season,” said Meza, who played quarterback at Pasco High. “I wish the best for the kids and their families and the future for Bulls’ football program.”

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Pasco Prep Girls Basketball Preview

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Teams to watch

Wiregrass Ranch: With the exception of Logan Seoane, mostly the entire starting lineup returns to John Gant’s squad. Power-forward Amanda Melosky brings presence in the paint, and teaming with her is sophomore Stephanie Brower, who was a triple-double threat last season.

Academy at the Lakes: The Wildcats return the top 1-2 combo threat of shooting guard Audra Leipold and center Imani Thomas, who are a freshman and sophomore. Academy reached the state semifinals last season with one of Karim Nohra’s youngest teams, and now a year older and mature, it’s a legitimate Class 2A state championship contender.

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Pasco Prep Boys Basketball Preview

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Teams to watch

Mitchell: In back-to-back seasons, the Mustangs lost close postseason games. In two first-round games, Mitchell has lost by four points, including last season to Lennard, which was a Class 6A state semifinalist. The Mustangs lost five seniors all key to their success, but do return their leading scorer, while coach Jared St. Charles (91-47 record) looks to work his magic once more.

Academy at the Lakes: Wildcats coach Tom Haslam enters this season as the last coaching his son, but AATL could be the best yet. It features height with five players more than 6-foot-4, but will still be fairly young. But the team gets a boost in Sunlake transfer Mikey Mauger.

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Anclote names baseball, boys soccer coaches

Published:   |   Updated: October 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM
BY ANDY VILLAMARZO Tribune correspondent

Anclote High has named Brandon Decker as its baseball coach and Paul Doggett as its boys soccer coach, athletic director Matt Wicks said Tuesday.

Decker, a Gulf High graduate, played minor league baseball in the Los Angeles Angels organization. Decker played collegiately at Embry Riddle University and South Florida Community College, before landing at Valdosta State for a two-year stint. Decker hit more than 40 home runs at Valdosta State.

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Wiregrass Ranch’s Miner selected for all-star game

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BY MIKE CAMUNASTribune correspondent

Wiregrass Ranch High football receiver and linebacker Jaye Miner has been invited to play in the Blue/Gray All American Game, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning.

The game showcases some of the nation’s top recruits and has two games: one in December at AT&T Stadium in Dallas and another at Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 10.

Miner, who will play in the latter game in Tampa, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound FAU commit, who has 12 tackles this season, though missed last Friday’s game due to a knee injury.

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