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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Jordan McCloud, Ken Montgomery start perfecting skills at new positions

The 2016 high school football season is still a couple months away, but hundreds of athletes in the Tampa Bay area had the opportunity to work on and showcase their skills Sunday at the Sound Mind Sound Body football camp. Among them were Sickles QB Jordan McCloud and Hillsborough CB Ken Montgomery, both of whom are new to positions they'll likely be playing come August. 

McCloud, brother of current Clemson running back and Hillsborough County all-time leading rusher Ray Ray McCloud III, was listed as a running back and played a little bit of cornerback last season for the Gryphons, but this season he'll likely start under center.

McCloud said the drills Sunday at Jefferson High School were a good opportunity for him to grow into his new position.

"It went well, just overall learning new stuff with new coaches and stuff," he said. "Just getting the ball out of my hands quicker at quarterback and then just staying more patient at quarterback." …

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CCC quarterback Jakob Parks is taking his show on the road

This spring, Clearwater Central Catholic quarterback Jakob Parks picked up his first offer from Eastern Kentucky.

That did not did not generate scholarship offers from other schools despite an impressive showing in the spring game against Clearwater.

So Parks decided to go to them.

He will be on a whirlwind tour this month, visiting as many colleges as possible to show off his skills at camps. This past week there were stops Indiana, Marshall, Memphis, Miami (Ohio) and Western Kentucky.

On Sunday, he attended the Sound Mind Sound Body camp at Jefferson High.

It does not end there. Parks will attend camps at Akron on Wednesday and Ball State on Thursday. He might go to Eastern Michigan on Friday.

Parks said he plans to attend more than 15 camps in June.

“This month is just crazy,” Parks said. “I’m to going as many camps as I can to get as exposure as possible for myself and my team.”

In today's high-pressure world of college football, potential recruits try to gain an edge by mailing letters, sending out a DVD of highlights or investing in recruiting services. …

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Two Pinellas quarterbacks will be busy this summer

Dixie Hollins senior quarterback Dakovin Cann, Jr. attended Sunday’s Strong Mind Strong Body satellite camp at Jefferson High School to not only prepare for his final season, but also to be seen by the numerous college coaches in attendance. Cann, 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, was one of 400 players attending the camp. After throwing for 1,454 yards last season, he is hoping to surpass 2,000 yards this season and help the Rebels have a winning season. They were 1-9 last season.

“There’s a lot of talent out here,’’ Cann said. “I love competing against players like this. When I am at these camps I don’t get nervous. I just play my own game and work on improving.’’

This was Cann’s first satellite camp of the summer. He threw several tight spirals in the afternoon’s one-on-one passing drills. He plans on attending camps at Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and perhaps Miami throughout the summer.

While Cann is preparing for his final season as starter, Indian Rocks Christian sophomore quarterback Andrew Roberts is preparing for his first. He will take over for Garrett Ross-Johnson after serving as the backup last season. …

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Berkeley Prep alum Nelson Agholor accused of rape, report says

Nelson Agholor (seen here playing for Berkeley Prep in 2011) is the subject of a rape investigation, according to a report.

Daniel Wallace | Times

Nelson Agholor (seen here playing for Berkeley Prep in 2011) is the subject of a rape investigation, according to a report.

Former Berkeley Prep star Nelson Agholor has been accused of rape, according to a report by Philadelphia magazine.

An exotic dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club told police that the Eagles receiver raped her Thursday afternoon, according to the magazine. At least two other teammates were at the club, and police are seeking video footage.

Agholor has not been arrested or charged with a crime. Read the magazine's full report here.

The Eagles said in a statement that they are aware of the incident. The 6-foot, 198-pound Agholor had 23 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown in 13 games as a rookie last year.

Agholor was the No. 20 overall pick last spring after a successful career at USC. Before that, Agholor won the Guy Toph Award in January 2012 as the top high school football player in Hillsborough County.

Our Joey Knight profiled Agholor when he was a five-star recruit. As a senior at Berkeley, he rushed for 1,983 yards and 28 touchdowns to help his team advance to the Class 3A state semifinals. 

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Western Conference softball teams selected

Here are the Western Conference softball as selected by the public school coaches in Hillsborough County

American Division

First team

P Marcella Parrado, Sr., Leto

P Hailee DeCicco, So., Gaither

IF Kayla McGory, Sr., Plant

IF Jessica Louth, Sr., Alonso

IF Bethany Kursch, Sr., Gaither

C Elizabeth Mason, Sr., Gaither

OF Kristen Hawkins, Sr., Alonso

OF Lauren Lastres, Sr., Plant

OF Marcella Copeland, So., Leto

1B Jennifer Oliva, Jr., Robinson

DH/UTIL Samantha Conlan, Jr., Robinson

Second team

P Natalie Zweig, Fr., Sickles

P Dana Rowley, Sr., Plant

IF Caila Weisman, Sr., Alonso

IF Justine Fernandez, Sr., Jefferson

IF Alexis Smith, Fr., Robinson

C Hayley Mongoy, Jr., Robinson

OF Olivia Longshore, Jr., Robinson

OF Amelia Iacovino, Jr., Steinbrenner

OF Cassidy Scott, Sr., Blake

1B Alyssa Rowe, Jr., Leto

DH/UTIL Cassidy Renninger, So., Robinson

Coach of the year: Robin Kopp, Alonso

National Division

First team

P Scottie Todd, Sr., Strawberry Crest

P Gabby Vallee, So., Chamberlain

IF Alex Quinonez, Jr., Chamberlain

IF Hope Hernandez, Jr., Chamberlain

IF Kasey Locke, Sr., Strawberry Crest

C Maddy Hall, Sr., Freedom

OF Maddie Lewis, So., Chamberlain

OF Gracie Seidl, Jr., Freedom

OF Brandy Ashmore, Jr., Strawberry Crest …

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Western Conference baseball selections

American Division

First team: 1B Jordan Butler, Jr., Alonso; INF Jose Ciccarello, Jr., Alonso; C Adrian DeArmas, Sr., Leto; P Gavin Gillespie, Sr., Gaither; OF Robby Martin, So., Jefferson; OF Ryan Mejia, Sr., Alonso; Andreas Morales, Jr., Leto; DH Ryan Russell, Sr., Steinbrenner; OF Conner Scott, So., Plant; INF Matthew Steckel, Sr., Robinson; P CJ Van Eyk, Jr., Steinbrenner

Second team: OF Jose Cadenas, Jr., Gaither; DH Ryan Drumheller, So., Alonso; P Ryan Fernandez, Sr., Alonso; P Zane Hedaya, Sr., Plant; INF Bradley Hession, Sr., Steinbrenner; INF Chipper Holland, Jr., Gaither; C Shawn McGory, Sr., Robinson; 1B Patrick Morris, Jr., Steinbrenner; OF Mike Paule, Sr., Alonso; OF Kenny Rodriguez, Jr., Gaither; INF Peyton Woble, Sr., Alonso

Coach of the year: John Crumbley, Steinbrenner

Federal Division

First team: OF Tyrek Ball, Jr., Brandon; 1B Zach Barfield, Sr., Durant; OF Nate Chevalier, Jr., Bloomingdale; OF Keith Harden, Jr., Lennard; INF Jonathan Hermann, Sr., Durant; INF Spencer Nelson, Sr., Durant; P Jonah Scolaro, Jr., Durant; C Jake Sullivan, Sr., Durant; INF Freddy Tarnok, Jr., Riverview; P Antonio Velez, Sr., Brandon …

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SAC East and West baseball teams

Here is the SAC East and West All County teams, as voted on by Pasco County public school coaches:

East Team

Coach of the Year: Jeff May, Land O’Lakes

Player of the Year: McCabe Sargent, Land O’Lakes

 

First team

P Kirby Osborn, Sr., Land O’Lakes

C Dillon Sink, Sr., Wesley Chapel

INF Michael Wu, Jr., Sunlake

INF Max Law, Jr., Land O’Lakes

INF Zach Ghelfi, Sr., Wesley Chapel

INF Marcus Gonzalez, Soph., Wesley Chapel

OF Colton Bierly, Soph., Wesley Chapel

OF Jake Starling, Sr., Pasco

OF Austin Forest, Sr., Land O’Lakes

DH/Util McCabe Sargent, Jr., Land O’Lakes

Second team

P Tommy Mace, Jr., Sunlake

C Jacob Ortiz, Jr., Sunlake

INF Marcus Gonzalez, Jr., Zephyrhills

INF Ethan Nuebling, Sr., Sunlake

INF Dustin Harris, Jr., Land O’Lakes

INF Corey Mills, Jr., Pasco

OF Dylan Gobel, Sr., Pasco

OF Jeremy Moser, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch

DH/Util Hunter Moye, Jr., Wesley Chapel

 

West team

Coach of the Year: Scott Wilcox, Mitchell

Player of the Year: Jakob Mattos, Mitchell

First team

P Jakob Mattos, Soph., Mitchell

C Zack Witfoth, Sr., Hudson

INF Jake Treloar, Sr., Ridgewood

INF Kyle Haglund, Sr., Fivay

INF Ryan Oneill, Soph., Gulf

INF Ryan Delnegro, Jr., Mitchell

OF Mike Smith, Jr., Gulf

OF Jaden Cooper, Sr., Ridgewood …

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FHSAA set to reduce live contact for high school football

Central High School tackle Lyndell Hudson, right, blocks a teammate during spring football practice in May.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Central High School tackle Lyndell Hudson, right, blocks a teammate during spring football practice in May.

As concern about concussions mount, Florida is set to enact its first restrictions on full-contact practices for the state's high school football players.

The Florida High School Athletic Association plans to limit live contact - drills where teammates tackle each other to the ground - to 80 minutes per week during the season. Live contact could take place three days a week for no more than 30 minutes each day.

During the preseason, live contact will be limited to 40 minutes per day. There are no restrictions to the amount of limited contact drills that involve bags or pads or end without a hit to the ground.

The FHSAA, the state's governing body for high school sports, discussed the idea with coaches, trainers and administrators across the state and received little blowback.

"We feel like this is a really good fit for our state," FHSAA athletic director Frank Beasley said.

Most coaches already operate within the guidelines to keep players fresh, Beasley said.

Pasco High coach Tom McHugh said the policy change works within most coaches' practices. He has restricted his full-contact practices over the years to reduce injuries. …

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Shawn Brown is new head baseball coach at Countryside

Shawn Brown is the new head baseball coach at Countryside. Brown spent the past three years as head coach at Largo. He takes over for Kemo O’Sullivan, who was relieved of his coaching duties at the end of the season. O’Sullivan had been the Cougars head coach for nine seasons.

“This wasn’t something that was planned,’’ Brown said. “I was happy at Largo and they were going to get a new field in the coming years. It was a good situation. But (Countryside) came to me. Once I heard about the tradition they have, I was excited to take over.’’

Brown, who is self-employed and does not teach in Pinellas County, said he will meet with returners from this year’s team before school lets out next week. While at Largo, Brown was 28-52. This season, the Packers were 6-21.

Countryside was 19-8 and won the Class 8A, District 7 tournament. The Cougars graduated six players but return a good corps of starters, including top pitcher Matt Adams.

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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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