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Plant’s Frantzen picks FAU


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Saying he didn’t see any reason to wait any longer, Plant High defensive lineman Raeder Frantzen announced Wednesday he is committing to Florida Atlantic.

“I knew that I found the school I wanted to commit to and I didn’t want anything to distract me from my senior season at Plant,” Frantzen said. “Now I can focus on helping this team reach the goal of winning a state championship.”

Plant coach Robert Weiner said he would expect no less of an attitude from Frantzen.

“We have players who work very hard, but I don’t think we have ever had a player whose motor runs like Raeder Frantzen’s,” Weiner said. “I am not exaggerating when I say that he never, ever, takes a play off.”

Frantzen (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) finished last season with 42 tackles, including four sacks and 12 tackles for a loss.

Scott Purks

Volleyball

Steinbrenner senior outside hitter Avery Bradshaw verbally committed to Saint Leo.

One of the top hitters in Hillsborough County, Brashaw led Steinbrenner with 297 kills to go 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.

Academy of the Holy Names senior year outside hitter/middle blocker Courtney Vogler decommitted from North Carolina and committed to Georgia. Vogler led the Jaguars to a district title and the region semis with 260 kills and 68 blocks last season.

Nick Williams

Baseball

Steinbrenner senior Chase DeBonis verbally committed to Bethune-Cookman, Warriors coach John Crumbley said. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound catcher hit .370 during his junior season, driving in nine runs and helping the Warriors to a 17-6 record.

Jarrett Guthrie

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