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Hillsborough athletes honored at spring awards ceremony

BY NICK WILLIAMS Tribune staff

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Hillsborough High two-sport athlete Jeremiah Green prepared his body for the performance of his life last offseason.

More than any other year, he wanted his senior year to be the most successful.

A standout on the football and track field, Green not only led Hillsborough County in the triple jump this past spring, but led the nation with a leap of 52 feet, 1.75 inches. Green also was the county leader in the long jump and was a contender in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

On Thursday, inside the Hillsborough County Public School building, Green was recognized for his accomplishments during the spring sports awards ceremony, named for the second consecutive year as the Bill Shields Outstanding Track Athlete, which identifies the top track athlete in the county.

Green became only the third athlete in the long history of the award to receive the honor twice.

“That means a lot,” said Green, who will compete at the University of Alabama. “A lot of great names are on that list, the best the in the county.”

On June 14, Green will travel to North Carolina A&T New Balance National Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where he hopes to win a third national title.

At separate times each school year, athletes and programs from the fall, winter and spring sports seasons are recognized by the school district for academic achievement and individual performances.

Other spring award winners Thursday included three-time state champion and Plant girls tennis star Blair Martin winning the Andres Garcia Memorial Female Tennis Award; Chamberlain catcher Lindsey Hagberg receiving the Jack and Barbara Thompson Softball Player of the Year award, which goes to the top senior softball player in the county, and Robinson senior Deliah Autry receiving the Larmon Furniture Outstanding Flag Football Player of the Year.

Freedom High received the Vernon Korhn Award for overall academic, athletic and sportsmanship performance. This past school year, Freedom’s girls basketball and softball teams reached the state final four, with the softball team advancing to the state final.

Individual winners:

Dr. Doug Price Male Throwers Award: Jack Taylor, Jesuit

Dr. Doug Price Female Throwers Award: Andrea Aaron, Chamberlain

Bill Shields Outstanding Track Athlete: Jeremiah Green, Hillsborough High

Vernon Korhn Award: Freedom High

Jack and Barbara Thompson Softball Player of the Year: Lindsey Hagberg, Chamberlain

Larmon Furniture Outstanding Flag Football Player of the Year: Deliah Autry, Robinson

Andres Garcia Memorial Male Tennis Award: Harrison Heysek, Plant City

Andres Garcia Memorial Female Tennis Award: Blair Martin, Plant

Team GPA Winners:

Baseball: Durant, 3.314

Softball: Newsome, 3.627

Boys Track: 3.212

Girls Track: 3.615

Boys Tennis: Freedom, 3.672

Girls Tennis: Freedom, 3.875

Flag Football: Plant, 3.462

Comprehensive (overall spring sports): Plant, 3.427


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