Brandon's Grajales, Cozart Honored
Brandon junior wrestling standout Eric Grajales and Brandon wrestling coach Russ Cozart on Thursday were named the state's Class 2A wrestler and coach of the year, respectively.
Grajales went 57-0 with a state-record 52 pins this season and claimed his third consecutive 2A state title. Cozart led the Eagles to their eighth consecutive 2A state title and the program's 19th title.
Grajales and Cozart are now up for the state's top honor in the sport, which is awarded by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association.
A Brandon wrestler has received four of the last five Mr. Florida awards. Cozart has earned recognition as the state's top wrestling coach the past five years.
CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK: Freedom High's Alyssa Franks, an all-state cross country runner last fall and a first-team all-Hillsborough County selection by the Tampa Tribune, has transferred to Wharton, her mother, Melanie Franks, confirmed Thursday.
Melanie Franks said her daughter wants to continue running in college and pursue a career in sports marketing. At Wharton, sports marketing is offered as a course, and after writing an essay why she wanted to attend Wharton, Franks was granted a "choice hardship" transfer.
In cross country, Franks qualified for the regional and state meets as an individual. She was fourth in the regional and 12th at state in 19 minutes, 27 seconds, the best finish of any area runner.
BASEBALL: Berkeley Prep coach Justin Houston has resigned after four seasons, Berkeley Prep athletic director Bobby Reinhart confirmed Thursday.
Houston led the Buccaneers to the state playoffs in two of his four seasons (2005 and 2007). The Bucs finished 10-16 this season.