McComb cleared to coach rest of season
Freedom girls track and field coach Chris McComb, who last week received a suspension and fine following an incident at the Class 3A-District 10 meet, has been cleared to coach the remainder of the season, Patriots athletic director Eli Thomas said Wednesday.
Thomas said McComb was cleared by Florida High School Athletic Association associate executive director Denarvise Thornton after McComb completed a mandatory online coaching class and paid a $150 fine.
Initially, McComb was suspended seven days and two contests, which would have meant he would have missed Thursday's 3A-Region 3 meet in Punta Gorda and next week's state finals.
Also at Freedom, former Nature Coast Tech boys basketball coach Travis Priddy has been hired for the same position.
Armwood's Hadley arrested again
Armwood senior football player Angelo Hadley was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of grand theft firearm, armed burglary of a dwelling and third degree grand theft, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department arrest report.
Hadley, 18, was being held in the Hillsborough County jail without bond.
It is the second arrest this month for Hadley, who was arrested April 5 on two felony counts of lewd or lascivious battery.
Hadley was a three-year starter for the Hawks, and ended his career as the program's all-time leader in interceptions. In February, Hadley signed a scholarship to play at North Carolina.
MORE FOOTBALL: Chamberlain's Lamond Scott committed to Division I New Mexico State, former Chiefs assistant coach Brian Turner said.
A three-year varsity player, Scott, a running back, rushed for 578 yards and three touchdowns this past season. He also had 21 catches for 315 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Meanwhile, Chamberlain junior defensive tackle Eric Hammond has withdrawn from school, athletic director Richard Scionti confirmed.
Hammond (6-foot-4, 310 pounds) is the second standout to leave Chamberlain this month. Sophomore James Wilder Jr. transferred to Plant two weeks ago.
Last season, Hammond had 75 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery.
BASKETBALL: Sickles senior John Henson was selected to the USA Today 2009 Boys Basketball second team.
Henson, a 6-foot-10 power forward who will play for North Carolina in the fall, averaged 17.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 6.1 blocks per game last season.
ROWING: Plant's Molly Hamrick and Elisabeth Murray and coxswain Kristen Brownlee were selected for the U.S. Junior National team selection camp in Connecticut.
Hamrick and Murray attended the camp last year and were members of the Plant boat that won the state title in the women's varsity 8 in Sarasota last weekend. Brownlee coxed the Panthers' junior varsity 8 to victory.