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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Former Northside Christian golfer Anna Newell finishes tied for 4th at NCAA Tournament

Former Northside Christian golfer Anna Newell recently finished tied for fourth at the NCAA tournament in Eugene, Oregon. Newell shot a four round score of 6 under, 282. It is the best NCAA tournament finish in the history of the Tennessee women’s golf program and just the third time a Tennessee golfer has finished in the top five.

Newell, a sophomore, shot under par in three of her four rounds, including a second round score of 5 under 67. Duke’s Virginia Elena Carta won the tournament by eight strokes with a score of 16 under 272.

Newell was homeschooled but played golf for the Mustangs. She is currently ranked 21st in the country.

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Pinellas/Hillsborough Senior All-Star Baseball Game

When/where: 7 p.m. Sunday; Tropicana Field

Admission: $5 for students, $10 for adults

Pinellas roster:  Pitchers: Triston Allen, Pinellas Park; Andrew Belcik, East Lake; Garrison Bryant, Clearwater; Riley Degnan, Palm Harbor University; Joey Jimpie, Northeast; Corey Ireson, Osceola; Logan Lipsch, Seminole; Tyler Malinowski, Osceola; John Pichman, Palm Harbor University; Colton Widdows, Dunedin. Catchers: Will Condon, Northeast; Drew Guido, Largo; Kyle Kania, Countryside; David Reith, St. Petersburg. Outfielders: Kenny Brush, Pinellas Park; Adrian Comas, Dunedin; Jake Hale, Northeast; A.J. Hrica, Palm Harbor University; Caleb Johnson, Seminole; Adam Jurco, Palm Harbor University. Infielders: Ryan Cook, Northeast; Justin Dahill, St. Petersburg Catholic; Derek Jaar, Northeast; Matt Tharp, Seminole. …

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SAC softball teams selected

Here are the Sunshine Athletic Conference softball teams as selected by the coaches.

East Division

Player of the year: Shannon Saile, Sr., Land O’Lakes

Coach of the year: Mitch Wilkins, Land O’Lakes

First team

P Shannon Saile, Sr. Land O’Lakes

C Kameron Aitken, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch

IF Tia Williams, So., Land O’Lakes

IF Gianna Basilone, Sr., Sunlake

IF Brianna Lindner, So., Land O’Lakes

IF Ashley Nickisher, Fr., Wesley Chapel

OF Ashley Smith, So., Land O’Lakes

OF Kacie Huber, So., Pasco

OF Dana Mumaw, Jr., Wesley Chapel

UTIL/DH Shelby Lansing, Jr., Sunlake

 

Second team

P Mariah Melendez, So., Sunlake

C Tayler Holt, Sr., Land O’Lakes

IF Cassidy Roberts, Sr., Sunlake

IF Jordyn Kadlub, Fr., Pasco

IF Kacie Lemanski, So., Wiregrass Ranch

IF Tylah Remaley, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch

OF Jessie McCallister, Sr., Land O’Lakes

OF Jaime Valenta, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch

OF Samantha Hiley, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch

UTIL/DH Logan Coward, Fr., Pasco

 

West Division

Player of the year: Brittney Pressler, Sr., Gulf

Coach of the year: Kurt Goluba, River Ridge

First team

P Brittney Pressler, Sr., Gulf

C Hailey Smith, Fr., Hudson

IF Alex Hare, Fr., Mitchell

IF Amanda Crisafulli, Jr., Gulf

IF Breana Blankenship, So., River Ridge …

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PCAC softball teams selected

Here are the Pinellas County Athletic Conference softball selections. The teams are for public schools players and were voted on by coaches.

North County

First team

P Stella Preston, Sr., Countryside

P Diana Rayder, Sr., East Lake

C Cheyenne Blumberg, Sr., Countryside

1B Jordan Day, Jr., Seminole

2B Nicci Palumbo, Jr., East Lake

SS Mackenzie Griffin, Jr., Countryside

3B Kendyl Crean, So., East Lake

OF Alice Gannaway, Jr., Countryside

OF Aliyah Andrews, Sr., East Lake

OF Mia Buffano, Fr., PHU

DP Nikki Steiniger, East Lake

UTIL Ashlee Klinefelter, Clearwater

 

Second team

P: Savannah Farkas, So., Seminole

P Savanna Bennett, Fr., PHU

C Hannah Grossi, Sr., East Lake

1B Madison Neuhaus, Jr., East Lake

2B Jenna Wojnar, Tarpon Springs

SS Bailey Wilson, Jr., PHU

3B Mackenzie Smith, Fr., Tarpon Springs

OF Savanna Rumore, Sr., Seminole

OF Emily Hollenbeck, Sr., Countryside

OF Taylor Scott, Jr., PHU

DP: Autumn Myers, Fr., PHU

UTIL: Hannah Bonner, Sr., PHU

Honorable mention …

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State baseball: Steinbrenner 2, Western Hialeah 0

FORT MYERS — Steinbrenner struck early in Saturday's Class 8A state semifinal and never backed down, as Patrick Morris' two RBIs and a sound defense led the Warriors to a 2-0 victory against Westland Hialeah.

The Warriors were in trouble early when an error, single and hit by pitch loaded the bases for Westland Hialeah in the first inning, but Steinbrenner got out of the jam with the first of two big double plays.

Westland Hialeah had runners in scoring position in the third, sixth and seventh innings, too, but the Steinbrenner defense — led by CJ Van Eyk, who struck out six and gave up six hits in a complete game — prevailed each time.

The Warriors weren't as strong offensively, notching just three hits, both in the first inning. Van Eyk had a lead off single, and Morris drove him home with a double to the fences. Steinbrenner scored its second run after Van Eyk was hit by a pitch and Morris followed later with an RBI sacrifice fly.

Steinbrenner, which is making its first appearance at the state final four, will play Oviedo Hagerty in the state championship at 7:35 p.m. today. The Huskies won a rain-delayed semifinal 19-16 in 12 innings Friday.

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Robinson gym named after Herman Valdes

Former Robinson coach Herman Valdes with (left to right) former players John Edwards, Brian Peterson and Charlie Bradley.

Photo provided by John Edwards

Former Robinson coach Herman Valdes with (left to right) former players John Edwards, Brian Peterson and Charlie Bradley.

With family in tow, 76-year-old Herman Valdes returned Friday evening to the site of some of his most glorious triumphs.

Only this time, the occasion was a glorious tribute.

Valdes, who won 235 games in a dozen seasons (1970-82) as Robinson boys basketball coach, had the Port Tampa school's gym named in his honor. Among the 100 or so friends, family members and former players in attendance was all-time USF scoring leader Charlie Bradley, who led Valdes' 1981 Knights team to a No. 1 state ranking.

A father of three girls (with five grandchildren and two great-grandkids) Valdes totaled nearly 600 boys victories in a tenure that included 12 seasons at Bayshore Christian.

He also led Robinson's volleyball team to the Class 4A state title in 1978, and briefly coached the Knights girls in the early 2000s. His administrative career included several years as principal at nearby Monroe Middle School.

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Northside Christian cancels spring football game

For the second straight season, Northside Christian will not play its spring football game.

Coach Mike Alstott was forced to cancel the game Saturday at Ocala Trinity Catholic due to injuries on the offensive and defensive lines. Alstott said three defensive linemen and two offensive linemen have missed practices due to various injuries, which leaves the line too thin to play a game.

“I can’t put them through that predicament," Alstott said. “It just doesn’t make sense."

Last season, Northside Christian had a home spring game scheduled against Sarasota Out-of-Door Academy. But a heavy rain shower just before game time made the field unplayable and the game was cancelled.

The Mustangs will use the allotted 20 practices during the spring.

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Spring football: Zephryhills 17, Crystal River 2

At Crystal River

Score: Zephryhills 17, Crystal River 2

Spring game-breakers: Zephyrhills played stingy defense in only allowing 100 total yards and 23 rushing yards. ... The Bulldogs recorded nine sacks on the evening. Zander Lemay recorded four sacks and Sterlin Williams had three sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown that capped the scoring. Mikhael Morrell had a pick in the second quarter. Tre Starks had a fumble recovery in the third that set up the Bulldogs' only offensive touchdown drive from their own 49 in the third. ... Five plays later Myles Carter (13 carries, 50 yards) took a handoff and darted up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown for 10-2 lead.
... Kareem Mehrab kicked two extra points and 21-yard field goal. ... The only Crystal River score was a bad snap by the Bulldogs over the punter that went out of the back of the end zone.

Audible: “We are going to execute the best we can ... and you can count on this team never to give up.” — Zephyrhills assistant coach Eddie Burgos

 

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PCAC baseball teams selected

Here is the Pinellas County Athletic Conference north and south division baseball teams, as voted on by public school coaches:

South

First team

P Corey Ireson (Osceola)

P Joey Jimpie (Northeast)

P  Aidan O’Dowd (Lakewood)

P Triston Allen (Pinellas Park)

INF Bo Bichette (Lakewood)

INF Ryan Cook (Northeast)

INF Chase Achuff (Osceola0

INF Derek Jaar (Northeast)

OF Kenny Brush (Pinellas Park)

OF Austin Keene (Osceola)

OF Will Condon (Northeasat)

C David Rieth (St. Petersburg)

Utility Tyler Malinowski (Osceola)

DH Ethan Lovy (Northeast)

Second team

P J. P. Hollandsworth (Northeast)

P Nate Campbell (Boca Ciega)

P Dillon Richardson (St. Petersburg)

P  Ryan Haswell (Pinellas Park)

INF Kaemic Brown (Boca Ciega)

INF Cameron Cooper (Northeast)

INF Jeremy Adams (Osceola)

INF Keegan Galloway (St. Petersburg)

OF Kobe Hartley (Northeast)

OF Dante Mitchell (Lakewood)

OF Brett Shavers (Pinellas Park)

C  Chase Bardes (Northeast)

Utility Jaime Robles (Lkaewood)

DH Tyler Cottle (Osceola)

Honorable mention …

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Former Canterbury golfer Kyle Shealy named Division III Freshman of the Year

Former Canterbury golfer Kyle Shealy was named the Phil Mickelson Division III Outstanding Freshman Golfer of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Shealy attends Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

Shealy recently competed in the Division III championship in Rochester, N.Y., where he finished tied for 16th. He was the individual medalist at the Southern Athletic Association tournament and helped Oglethorpe win the team championship. He was named the conference’s co-Newcomer of the Year, along with teammate Patrick Mills.

Shealy finished tied for sixth at the Class A state golf tournament in his senior year at Canterbury.  

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State flag football: Stuart Martin County 19, Plant 6

Plant quarterback Payton Paro looks for room to throw during Friday's Class 2A state flag football final against Stuart Martin County at Robinson High. Plant led 6-0 at halftime.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

Plant quarterback Payton Paro looks for room to throw during Friday's Class 2A state flag football final against Stuart Martin County at Robinson High. Plant led 6-0 at halftime.

TAMPA — For much of Friday's Class 2A state flag football semifinal at Robinson High, it appeared Plant was in command.

But in the second half, passes started flying willy nilly off the hands of Panthers' receivers and into the arms of an opposing player — or they simply flew off the mark.

The interceptions — six in all — piled up, and in the end Plant fell in a heartbreaker to Stuart Martin County, 19-6.

"We simply didn't execute as well as we have been," Plant coach Bo Puckett said. "We had balls right in our hands that bounced off our hands and into their hands. It was rough."

At halftime, Plant not only held a 6-0 lead but a great deal of the momentum after making most of the first-half big plays: including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Panther Madison Huszar in the second quarter and an interception by Payton Paro at the Plant 10-yard line with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter.

The biggest trouble for Plant occurred midway through the third quarter when Martin County returned an interception about 40 yards for a touchdown. The second crucial mistake happened in the fourth quarter when Martin County returned another interception 20 yards for another score. …

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State flag football: Robinson 7, Tallahassee Godby 6

Robinson's Sarah Rollins looks for a teammate to pitch a lateral during the Knights' 7-6 overtime victory against Tallahasee Godby in Friday's Class 2A state flag football semifinals at Robinson.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

Robinson's Sarah Rollins looks for a teammate to pitch a lateral during the Knights' 7-6 overtime victory against Tallahasee Godby in Friday's Class 2A state flag football semifinals at Robinson.

TAMPA — After all the missed opportunities and nearly fatal miscues in regulation play, Robinson found itself in a scoreless tie with Tallahassee Godby in Friday night's Class A state flag football semifinal on its home field.

Tensions were off the charts.

In overtime, Godby got the ball first and on fourth down converted a 5-yard touchdown pass.

That's when Robinson coach Josh Saunders called his team over and stated that if they, "stopped (Godby) on the extra point, I promise our offense will score a touchdown and we'll get the extra point and we will win."

"Sometimes I get a weird feeling like that," Saunders said. "I thought we could do it."

They did.

On third down of its overtime possession, Robinson threw a 5-yard touchdown pass from Olivia Salzman to Megan Bohan. A few minutes later, after a timeout discussion of strategy, Salzman threw left to sophomore Cassidy Renninger for the winning extra point.

Final score: Robinson 7, Godby 6.

"I'm only a sophomore and I haven't played that much," Renninger said. "I was nervous, but then I was focused."

For Bohan, a senior, it wasn't a breeze but it was a little less nerve racking. …

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HomeTeam Hot Shot nominations: May 7-13

Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, May 7 through Friday, May 13. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday. Note: These are the last Hot Shots for the school year.

Female nominees

Katie Barnett, track, Admiral Farragut: The versatile athlete battled through a stress fracture in her foot to win the triple jump (37 feet, 9.5 inches) at the Class A state meet. It was the first state title for the junior, who has had several top-three finishes in the event.

Morgan Brown, track, Calvary Christian: The pole vaulter came back from a season-ending ankle injury in 2015 to win her signature event with a height of 11 feet at the Class A state meet last weekend at IMG Academy.

Bailey Hertenstein, track, Riverview: The sophomore turned in the most memorable event of this year’s state meet. Near the final lap of the Class 4A 1,600 final, Hertenstein tripped and fell to the track. She then regained her feet, and went from eighth place to first, winning in 5:05.14. …

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Assistant GM Perry Van Der Beck no longer with Rowdies

Perry Van Der Beck and head coach Paul Dalglish evaluating team warm ups in April 2010.

[Photo by SHAWN HUBBARD (2010)]

Perry Van Der Beck and head coach Paul Dalglish evaluating team warm ups in April 2010.

Perry Van Der Beck has resigned as the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ assistant general manager and vice president of community relations. Van Der Beck, an original member of the Rowdies after he was drafted by the club out of high school in 1978, made the announcement in an email to friends and colleagues recently.

“My decision to step aside from the Rowdies was one of the most difficult I have ever made in my soccer life and it was done with very serious consideration,” Van Der Beck wrote in the email. “I have been associated with the club through numerous owners and over 38 years; while I may no longer be in the Rowdies’ front office - my heart will never leave the Rowdies.”

Van Der Beck, 56, was the last link between the original Rowdies and the current NASL club. Farrukh Quraishi, also an original Rowdie, was brought in as general manager in 2014, then fired by owner Bill Edwards a year later. …

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HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 30-May 6

Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, April 30 through Friday, May 6. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

Female nominees

Hannah Brookover, track, Calvary Christian: The senior capped off her distance running career by winning the 3,200 meters in 10:55.86 and finishing second in the 800 in 2:15.74 at the Class A state meet.

Victoria Cannata, track, Land O’Lakes: The senior, who is a multisport athlete, took second in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches at the Class 3A state meet.

Emily Gauvey, track, Mitchell: The senior high jumper cleared 5 feet, 6 inches to finish in a tie for second in her signature event at the Class 3A state meet.

Bailey Hertenstein, track, Riverview: The sophomore placed second (13.30 seconds) in the 800 meters at the Class 4A meet and third in the 3,200 in a personal-best 10:44.65. …

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