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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

HomeTeam Hot Shot nominations: Sept. 17-23

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, Sept. 17 through Friday, Sept. 23. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

Female nominees

Elanny Breton, volleyball, Wiregrass Ranch: The junior had 16 kills in a four-set win over Fivay. She also had the winning kill in the fourth set, a 26-24 comeback win.

Abigail Casiano, volleyball, Tampa Bay HEAT: The sophomore had 17 kills and four blocks in a five-game win over Academy at the Lakes to help the HEAT vie for one of the top two seeds in Class 3A, District 4.

Emily Gregson, volleyball, Keswick Christian: The senior setter recorded 11 assists in a straight-sets win over Admiral Farragut. That gave her 1,002 career assists. And to make the week even better, she was named Homecoming queen.

Rania Samhouri, cross country, Wharton: The senior won individual honors at the Central Hillsborough meet, finishing in 19 minutes, 10.20 seconds, more than 34 seconds ahead of her closest competitor. …

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Football picks, Week 5

It's rivalry week for a lot of teams this Friday, so bring on the grudge matches.

Times file

It's rivalry week for a lot of teams this Friday, so bring on the grudge matches.

Friday

Clearwater Central Catholic at Tampa Catholic, 7

Rodney Page: CCC 31-21

Bob Putnam: CCC 17-14

Cambridge Christian at Holy Trinity Episcopal, 7

Page: Cambridge Christian 45-21

Putnam: Cambridge Christian 56-14

Triumph Christian at Keswick Christian, 7

Page: Triumph Christian 14-10

Putnam: Triumph Christian 21-14

St. Petersburg Catholic at Foundation Academy

Page: Foundation Academy 46-7

Putnam: Foundation Academy 35-14

Clearwater Academy at Cocoa Beach, 7

Page: Clearwater Academy 46-20

Putnam: Clearwater Academy 42-14

River Ridge at Hudson

Page: Hudson 16-13

Putnam: River Ridge 27-24

Zephyrhills at Fivay

Page: Zephyrhills 35-14

Putnam: Zephyrhills 49-21

Weeki Wachee at Central

Page: Central 28-7

Putnam: Central 28-21

Citrus at Hernando

Page: Hernando 23-13

Putnam: Hernando 28-16

Nature Coast at Crystal River

Page: Nature Coast 41-10

Putnam: Nature Coast 38-7

Anclote at Ridgewood

Page: Anclote 20-18

Putnam: Anclote 28-14

Wesley Chapel at Gulf

Page: Wesley Chapel 40-6

Putnam: Wesley Chapel 49-0

Jesuit at Pasco

Page: Jesuit 45-6

Putnam: Jesuit 38-13

Lakewood Ranch at Sunlake

Page: Sunlake 23-21

Putnam: Sunlake 35-21

Armwood at Plant

Page: Armwood 17-7

Putnam: Plant 20-19

Blake at Middleton

Page: Blake 13-6 …

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State football rankings, Week 5

The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Area teams in bold:

Class 8A
  Record Pts Prv
 1. Apopka (17) 4-0 170 1
 2. Kissimmee Osceola 4-0 153 2
 3. Charles Flanagan 2-1 115 6
 4. Vero Beach 4-0 96 8
 5. Miami Southridge 2-1 90 3
 6. Sanford Seminole 3-1 56 NR
 7. Dr. Phillips 3-1 52 7
 8. Sandalwood 3-0 50 10
 9. Coral Gables 4-0 39 NR
10. Atlantic Community 2-1 34 4
Others receiving votes: University (Orange City) 32, Deerfield Beach 28, Mandarin 6, Miramar 5, Fort Pierce Central 5, Christopher Columbus Catholic 2, Boca Raton Community 2.

Class 7A
  Record Pts Prv
 1. St. Thomas Aquinas (17) 2-1 176 1
 2. Braden River 3-0 151 2
 3. Dwyer (1) 3-0 149 3
 4. Plant 3-0 120 4
 5. Venice 3-0 118 5
 6. Lakeland 3-1 83 6
 7. Buchholz 3-0 71 7
 8. Bartram Trail 3-1 50 8
 9. Viera 3-1 32 9
10. McArthur 4-0 15 NR
Others receiving votes: Tampa Bay Tech 11, Lincoln 8, Winter Haven 6. …

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Canterbury postpones Friday football game at Bell Creek Academy

Canterbury has decided to postpone its football game this Friday at Bell Creek Academy due to a lack of available players, according to coach Bill Jones. Jones said  there are only 14 players available to dress. One of the players out this week is starting quarterback Iy'rese Scott, who has 433 passing yards and 293 rushing yards for the 2-1 Crusaders.

Jones said the hope is to reschedule the game during Canterbury's bye week, which is Oct. 14. Bell Creek plays Fort Myers Canterbury on Oct. 14. The game could be played earlier in the week or after Canterbury's final game of the season, which is Oct. 21.

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HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Sept. 10-16

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, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 16. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

Female nominees

Jenna Hampton, volleyball, Berkeley Prep: The junior had a combined 21 kills and seven blocks to help the Buccaneers sweep Palm Harbor University and Tampa Catholic. The Bucs were 6-0 heading into their Premier tournament this weekend.

Alexis Hernandez-Flores, swimming, Palm Harbor University: The freshman not only swam legs on four winning relays -- 200 free, 250 sprint crescendo, 500 distance crescendo and 400 free -- but anchored three of them to help the Hurricanes win the overall team title at the Total Team Relay Challenge.

Emma McLaughlin, cross country, Tampa Bay HEAT: The sophomore won the Central High Bear Run in 21 minutes, 44.19 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than her closest competitor. …

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Clearwater Central Catholic wins Mustang Invitational

SEMINOLE – Clearwater Central Catholic showed off its depth Thursday afternoon, winning the Mustang Invitational with a score of 304, 14 shots ahead of second place East Lake Blue. Freshman Thomas Salanito led the Marauders, and won the individual title, with a score of 1 under 70. Salanito was the only player in the 101 man field to break par.

“I was kind of up and down most of the day,’’ Salanito said. “I started off well, but then in the middle of the round I went birdie, bogie, birdie, bogie. I birdied the final two holes to break par.’’

Aside from Salanito, Davis Harrison chipped in with a 76. Hunter Lea shot a 77 and Clark Lea shot an 81 to round out the scoring for CCC.

East Lake’s Blue team was led by Brenden Gerlach, who shot a 77. Britton Pero helped with a 78. Berkeley Prep and Calvary Christian both shot team scores of 329 to tie for third. Berkeley’s Alex Ogle, a sixth grader, led the Bucs with a 77. Calvary Christian was led by Cal Stephens’ 76.

Individually, Canterbury’s Dalton Shettle was second with a 1 over 72. Matt Perenich was third with a 75.

 

Top 10 individuals

1. Thomas Salanito, Clearwater Central Catholic – 70

2. Dalton Shettle, Canterbury – 72 …

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Football picks, Week 4

Jesuit takes on Jefferson in a big district tilt on Friday.

Times file (2015)

Jesuit takes on Jefferson in a big district tilt on Friday.

Today

Central at Nature Coast

Rodney Page: Nature Coast 35-14

Bob Putnam: Nature Coast 42-28

Friday

Mitchell at Springstead

Page: Mitchell 24-21

Putnam: Mitchell 27-17

Ridgewood at Wesley Chapel

Page: Wesley Chapel 28-14

Putnam: Wesley Chapel 20-7

Sickles at Wiregrass Ranch

Page: Sickles 24-19

Putnam: Sickles 20-14

Hudson at Anclote

Page: Anclote 20-16

Putnam: Hudson 21-20

Fivay at River Ridge

Page: River Ridge 40-10

Putnam: River Ridge 42-14

Gulf at Zephyrhills

Page: Zephyrhills 38-7

Putnam: Zephyrhills 42-0

Sunlake at Land O’Lakes

Page: Sunlake 23-14

Putnam: Sunlake 38-17

North Marion at Pasco

Page: North Marion 45-10

Putnam: North Marion 42-6

Seven Rivers Christian at Zephyrhills Christian

Page: Seven Rivers 26-20

Putnam: Seven Rivers 23-17

Hernando at Lecanto

Page: Hernando 21-10

Putnam: Hernando 28-14

Jacksonville First Coast at Weeki Wachee

Page: First Coast 26-21

Putnam: First Coast 23-22

Bishop McLaughlin at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, 7

Page: Santa Fe 28-7

Putnam: Bishop McLaughlin 30-7

Jefferson at Jesuit

Page: Jesuit 30-24

Putnam: Jesuit 24-14

Tampa Catholic at Fort Pierce Central

Page: Fort Pierce Central 28-26

Putnam: Tampa Catholic 24-20

Durant at East Bay

Page: Durant 31-20

Putnam: Durant 24-13

Alonso at Manatee …

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State football rankings, Week 4

The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Local teams in bold: …

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HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Sept. 3-9

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, Sept. 3 through Friday, Sept. 9. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

Female nominees

Jennifer Aten, volleyball, Springstead: The sophomore had a team-high 17 kills in a three-game sweep over rival Nature Coast for the Eagles’ first win of the season.

Emily Draper, volleyball, Robinson: The Knights remained undefeated after a sweep of Wharton and Spoto this week, and Draper’s defense was key. A senior libero, Draper had 24 and 15 digs, respectively, in those matches.

Caroline Eichelberger, volleyball, Wiregrass Ranch: The junior has been a key player for the Bulls in the past two weeks. She had 11 kills in a win over Mitchell and 10 kills in a sweep against River Ridge.

Cameron Fitzpatrick, volleyball, Clearwater Central Catholic: The junior was named MVP at the Karl Flammer tournament. She had 59 kills in five games to help lead the Marauders to the tournament championship. She now has 75 kills in eight matches. …

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Latanna Stone, Cambridge Christian win Mustang Invitational

SEMINOLE – Latanna Stone did not want to let her team down, so she decided to play in Thursday’s Mustang Invitational at Seminole Lake Country Club despite a sore left wrist.

Pretty good decision.

Stone, a sophomore, shot a 5 under 66 to win the individual championship by two shots over teammate Ashley Zagers and defending tournament champion Alyssa Lamoureux of Seminole. And her team, Cambridge Christian, won the overall title with a team score of 321. St. Petersburg was second with a 334.

Stone had six birdies and a bogie in her first 18 hole high school tournament of the season. She was tied with playing partner Lamoureux with two holes to play. She birdied the par 5 14th hole (her 17th) to take a one shot lead and parred the par 4, 15th while Lamoureux bogied.

“I wasn’t really paying attention to my score,’’ Stone said. “I just know the balls were dropping today. It’s a good start for me.’’

Zagers officially finished second after a scorecard playoff. Her 3 under 68 was her best ever score as a high school player. Zagers, a senior, is committed to Florida Southern. …

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Football picks, Week 3

East Bay kicker Joe Metallo (left) gets a high-five from Indian lineman Tony Lopez moments after Metallo connected on a 40-yard field goal in last Friday's game against Brandon.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

East Bay kicker Joe Metallo (left) gets a high-five from Indian lineman Tony Lopez moments after Metallo connected on a 40-yard field goal in last Friday's game against Brandon.

All games Friday unless noted

Central at Fivay

Page: Central 35-30

Putnam: Central 21-14

Nature Coast at Springstead

Page: Nature Coast 31-21

Putnam: Nature Coast 35-21

Hudson at Weeki Wachee

Page: Hudson 41-14

Putnam: Hudson 35-33

Anclote at Land O’Lakes

Page: Land O’Lakes 33-20

Putnam: Land O’Lakes 27-14

Pasco at Wesley Chapel

Page: Pasco 18-16

Putnam: Wesley Chapel 27-17

Ridgewood at Mitchell

Page: Mitchell 35-14

Putnam: Mitchell 42-21

Wiregrass Ranch at Sunlake

Page: Wiregrass Ranch 24-22

Putnam: Wiregrass Ranch 30-20

Bradenton Christian at Zephyrhills Christian

Page: Zephyrhills Christian 37-20

Putnam: Zephyrhills Christian 34-17

Oak Hall at Bishop McLaughlin

Page: Oak Hall 21-20

Putnam: Bishop McLaughlin 14-13

Hernando at South Sumter

Page: South Sumter 48-17

Putnam: South Sumter 48-12

Indian Rocks Christian at Cambridge Christian

Page: Cambridge Christian 45-24

Putnam: Cambridge Christian 41-27

Wharton at Tampa Bay Tech

Page: Tampa Bay Tech 27-21

Putnam: Tampa Bay Tech 20-14

Sickles at Jefferson

Page: Jefferson 28-27

Putnam: Sickles 28-24

Freedom at Alonso

Page: Alonso 31-21

Putnam: Alonso 28-14

Bloomingdale at Armwood

Page: Armwood 36-6

Putnam: Armwood 35-14

Cardinal Mooney at Berkeley Prep

Page: Berkeley Prep 17-14 …

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HomeTeam 25: Volleyball rankings, Week 3

Robinson hitter McKenna Tyson fires down a kill during the Knights 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 victory over Wharton Tuesday night.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

Robinson hitter McKenna Tyson fires down a kill during the Knights 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 victory over Wharton Tuesday night.

1. Berkeley Prep (3-0)

This week: Friday vs. Venice

The skinny: The Bucs have not dropped a set in three matches thus far. Unfortunately, last Thursday’s match against Palm Harbor University was cancelled due to Hurricane Hermine. But Friday’s match against Venice will be a tough test as well. Jenna Hampton leads the Bucs with 20 kills. Anders Douglas has 11 aces and Frances Perez has 32 digs.

2. Palm Harbor University (4-0)

The skinny: PHU swept rival East Lake last week and also had straight-sets wins over Northeast and Pinellas Park. Outside hitter Julia Angelo is back from knee surgery, which forced her to miss the summer club season. Against East Lake, she played an entire match for the first time since the surgery.

3. Plant (3-0)

This week: Saturday at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney/Tallahassee Chiles

The skinny: The Panthers were impressive in a 3-0 win over Newsome. Outside hitter Kaylie Butts will be hard to deal with at the net. Libero Bailey Wilson had 16 digs against the Wolves. Plant is playing a round-robin tournament this weekend that includes Tallahassee Chiles, which should be a good match.

4. Clearwater Central Catholic (8-0) …

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State football poll, Week 3

The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Local teams in bold:

Class 8A
  Record Pts Prv
 1. Apopka (13) 2-0 130 1
 2. Kissimmee Osceola 2-0 112 3
 3. Miami Southridge 1-0 106 4
 4. Atlantic Community 2-0 88 5
 5. Charles Flanagan 1-1 58 6
 6. University (Orange City) 2-0 56 7
 7. Dr. Phillips 2-0 45 9
 8. Christopher Columbus Catholic 1-1 44 2
 9. Vero Beach 2-0 30 10
10. Deerfield Beach 0-1 24 8
Others receiving votes: Sandalwood 6, Mandarin 4, Coral Gables 4, Lake Brantley 3, Manatee 3, Sanford Seminole 1, Boca Raton Community 1

Class 7A
  Record Pts Prv
 1. Lakeland (7) 2-0 118 1
 2. St. Thomas Aquinas (6) 1-1 117 2
 3. Braden River 1-0 98 3
 4. Dwyer 1-0 91 4
 5. Plant 1-0 86 5
 6. Venice 1-0 62 7
 7. Bartram Trail 1-0 32 8
 (tie)Buchholz 1-0 32 10
 9. Columbia 1-1 27 6
10. Viera 1-1 16 9
Others receiving votes: Tampa Bay Tech 13, Winter Haven 11, McArthur 7, Palm Beach Lakes 5. …

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Newsome's Will Worth likely to start at QB for Navy

Former Newsome High three-way star Will Worth entered his final season at Navy one injury from the Midshipmen's starting quarterback job.

That injury has surfaced.

Navy confirmed Monday that QB Tago Smith tore the ACL in his right knee early in Saturday's season opener against Fordham, meaning Worth will start this weekend's American Athletic Conference home opener against Connecticut.

Smith was hurt at the 13:12 mark of the second quarter of the Midshipmen's 52-16 victory. Worth replaced him, throwing a 57-yard touchdown pass and running for an 8-yard score.

"If Tago can't go then Will's gonna be the guy," Niumatalolo said earlier Monday on the AAC's weekly coaches teleconference. "We feel fortunate to have Will. He's been in our system just like Tago has."

The son of two Navy officers, Worth totaled nearly 2,600 yards for Newsome in 2012, earning Tampa Bay Times Offensive Player of the Year honors for Hillsborough County. Operating the Wolves' wing-T system, he totaled at least 140 yards in all 13 games, and 200 or more in all three playoff contests.

He also led Newsome in tackles (104). In his first three seasons at Navy, he had only one pass attempt and 10 total rushing yards while contributing on special teams, but totaled 100 yards on Saturday before being relieved.

"He knows what we're doing; he's a tough, hard-nosed football player, great leader," Niumatalolo said. "He's the type of guy that you look here at the academy, he's just a phenomenal leader." …

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Postponed or playing: Week 2 football slate

Hurricane Hermine is no fan of football, this much we know. Some schools seem to still be assessing whether it's safe to play tonight. Pasco County has postponed all games tonight.

Here are the games we know have been moved or canceled. A lot of the postponed games are still pending makeup dates. 

St. Petersburg Catholic at Naples St. John Neumann, 10 a.m. Saturday

Northside Christian at Calvary Christian, 7 p.m. Saturday

Arlington Country Day at Clearwater Academy, Sept. 30

Cornerstone at Zephyrhills Christian, Sept. 19

Weeki Wachee at Belleview, canceled

Springstead at Hernando, 6 p.m. Saturday

Cambridge Christian at Twiggs County (Ga.), 3 p.m. Saturday

Central at Ridgewood, canceled

Hudson at Nature Coast, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Jesuit at Ocala Trinity Catholic, canceled

Lakewood at St. Petersburg, 4 p.m. Saturday 

Tampa Bay Tech at Sickles, canceled

Admiral Farragut at Tampa Catholic, canceled

Plant at Hillsborough, canceled 

Victory Christian at Berkeley Prep, canceled 

Boca Ciega at Gibbs, canceled 

Tarpon Springs at Dixie Hollins, postponed

Palm Harbor U. at Seminole, canceled 

Pinellas Park at Northeast, canceled

Keswick Christian at Out-of-Door, 11 a.m. Saturday

Mitchell at Anclote, canceled …

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