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Plant's Sanderson Picks FSU

Katherine Smith, Adam Adkins, Nick Williams, The Tampa Tribune Staff
Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2013 at 09:04 PM

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NEWS AND NOTES

Plant's Sanderson To Play For Noles

The player who protected two of the top quarterbacks in the state the past two seasons will try to do the same for the Florida State Seminoles.

Plant OL Rhonne Sanderson verbally committed to Florida State on Tuesday, two days after his official visit to the campus. Sanderson also had offers from Michigan State, Ball State and Western Kentucky, and Michigan had invited him up for a visit this weekend. But he opted to go with the Seminoles, who made an offer Tuesday.

"When you go 26-2 in two years, you don't do that without a leader up front and that's what Rhonne has been for us," Plant coach Robert Weiner said. "This is a place he wanted to go his whole life."

Meanwhile, Brandon senior two-way standout Samir Baker verbally committed to Georgia Southern.

Baker, who also had an offer from Valdosta State, took an official visit to the campus this past weekend and decided it was the right place for him.

"I went up there, and the coaching staff and everybody treated me great," Baker said. "It the campus wasn't too big, wasn't too small. It was just right."

Baker, who will play wide receiver, according to Coach John Lima, said Georgia Southern coaches told him he could play right away, which "was a big plus."

WILT STEPS DOWN: Lennard football coach Jim Wilt has resigned after two years with the Longhorns.

"When I came back following the Christmas break and I started getting into the offseason routine and what I had to do, I just didn't have that feeling that I usually do," Wilt said. "I told our athletic director David New what I was feeling, and he told me to do what I felt what best."

The Longhorns finished 1-9 last season under Wilt, the program's first varsity season. The team played a junior varsity schedule in 2006, the year Lennard opened.

Wilt has been a longtime coach in Hillsborough County, with head coaching stints at East Bay, Durant and Brandon. Wilt said he will remain on the faculty at Lennard as a physical education teacher.

REMATCH COULD BE BETTER: As if the second meeting between the Tampa Catholic and Jesuit boys basketball teams needed any more intensity, both programs will enter Friday's rematch at Jesuit coming off big upset victories.

Tampa Catholic upset defending Class 3A champion Florida Air, 64-60, while Jesuit upset 3A No. 1 ranked Berkeley Prep, 66-62, on Monday night.

"That sets up the drama pretty good, doesn't it," Jesuit coach Neal Goldman said.

Ian Ham led Tampa Catholic (14-9) with 16 points.

"It probably was one of the biggest regular-season games we've won," Tampa Catholic coach Don Dziagwa said. "It was at their place. It's good for our area and for our program."

Washington University in St. Louis-bound guard Jake Seymour scored 17 points, while Charlie Mills added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Jesuit (13-10) in the win over the Buccaneers.

"It was a great game and a great environment," Goldman said. "It was our senior night and it was a great opportunity to upset a team that's been ranked in the state and locally."

Jesuit won the first meeting at Tampa Catholic, 54-50.

FLACH SIGNS WITH SFCC: Sickles IF Courtney Flach signed a letter-of-intent to play for South Florida Community College on Tuesday.

Flach finished with a .258 batting average, 17 hits, 13 runs and six RBIs while holding a .974 fielding percentage with only one error last season.

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