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:
Record Pts Prv
1. Christopher Columbus Catholic (14) 6-0 140 1
2. Atlantic Community 6-0 111 3
(tie)Vero Beach 6-0 111 2
4. Charles Flanagan 5-1 86 4
5. South Dade 6-0 76 6
6. West Orange 6-1 72 5
7. Mandarin 6-0 57 7
8. Apopka 6-1 40 8
9. Kissimmee Osceola 6-1 27 9
10. Lake Brantley 6-0 19 10
Others receiving votes: Deerfield Beach 15, Coral Gables 10, Boca Raton Community 3, Treasure Coast 2, Manatee 1.
1. Dwyer (12) 6-0 128 2
2. Venice 6-0 111 3
3. Braden River 6-0 96 4
4. St. Thomas Aquinas (1) 5-1 94 1
5. Kathleen 7-0 76 6
6. Columbia 5-1 54 9
7. Buchholz 5-1 50 T7
8. Oakleaf 5-1 36 T7 …Full Story
Times file (2014)
Miranda Werkmeister and Weeki Wachee have the week off to prepare for the upcoming district tourney.
1. Carrollwood Day (18-2)
This week: Tuesday vs. Wiregrass Ranch, Thursday vs. Cambridge Christian
Scoop: The Patriots had last week off, but they’ll finish their regular-season slate Thursday with a district match against the Lancers and a chance to keep their district record perfect. CDS should cruise through the upcoming district tournament as it tries to get back to the state final for a second year in a row.
2. Berkeley Prep (14-8)
This week: No matches scheduled
Scoop: The Bucs’ regular season is complete, and now they’ll just wait for a district tournament that will feature three teams — Berkeley Prep, Holy Names and Tampa Catholic — that all face a reasonable chance of coming out on top. Fortunately for the Bucs, their 5-0 district record will give them the top seed.
3. Wharton (19-2)
This week: Tuesday at Newsome, Thursday vs. Armwood
Scoop: The Wildcats have only two non-district matches left, so they’ve already locked up the No. 1 seed in next week’s 7A-8 tournament. If junior outside hitter Kathryn Attar — who has totaled 249 kills on the season — can continue averaging 4 kills per set, Wharton will likely keep their season alive for a while longer. …Full Story
JIM DAMASKE | Times
Countryside has been hot recently heading into its final district games.
1. Armwood (6-0)
This week’s opponent: vs. Brandon
Scoop: The Hawks had a close call Friday against Tampa Bay Tech, squeaking by 25-20. But they held on to retain their 27-0 streak vs.regular-season opponents and their top spot in the HomeTeam 25. A down-to-the-wire finish like that might even help the young Hawks in the long run, who still have state championship aspirations.
2. Plant (5-2)Full Story
This week’s opponent: at Gaither
Scoop: Plant’s offense struggled at times against Sickles, but most teams have against the Gryphons’ top-notch defense. The star for the Panthers lately, though, has been their defense, which held USF commit Chris Oladokun to 68 yards passing and the Gryphon running game to fewer than 3 yards per carry. The 7A-8 title is now Plant’s to lose. …
Courtesy of USC Upstate
Sarah Vande Berg was a standout tennis player at Zephyrhills High School, which she graduated from in 2012.
Former Zephyrhills High girls tennis standout Sarah Vande Berg, a district champion and three-time state qualifier for the Bulldogs, was among four University of South Carolina Upstate students killed in an automobile accident early Sunday morning.
Vande Berg, a communications major who was embarking on her senior season at USC Upstate, was 21.
"It's hit our school pretty hard," said ZHS girls coach Lorraine Hinkle, who worked with Vande Berg's mother at Stewart Middle School in Zephyrhills. …Full Story
LAND O’LAKES — Let the swan song begin for longtime Land O’Lakes swim coach Robin Hilgenberg. The Gators took the first steps in making her final postseason memorable by sweeping the Sunshine Athletic Conference championships Saturday.
The Land O’Lakes girls won a seventh straight SAC title at the New Port Richey Aquatics Center, and the boys extended their conference record to 15 consecutive championships. The boys and girls teams combined to win 13 of the 24 events, breaking five conference records in the process.
“It means a lot, winning the conference titles in my last season,” said Hilgenberg, who plans to step down after a 14-year run at the end of this season. “I’ve cried all week, but I’m excited because I’m still going to be coaching club.”
Hilgenberg, a longtime coach with Florida Elite, formerly the Land O’ Lakes Lightning, coached many of the high school swimmers she has now at younger levels. …Full Story
Andy Warrener | Special to the Times
Wiregrass Ranch's Rachel Baber and Wesley Chapel's Aaron Klingebiel receive the inaugural Keppel Courage Awards.
In Saturday's Pasco County Cross Country Championships, formerly the Sunshine Athletic Conference meet, the Land O'Lakes girls and Wiregrass Ranch boys prevailed.
The Gators, led by freshman Natalie Abernathy, topped host Wiregrass Ranch 34-48. The Bulls boys, meanwhile, edged Land O'Lakes 41-44 with Joey Salerno taking second place. Underclassmen took the top individual spots on both sides with Abernathy winning the girls title and Welsey Chapel junior Dominic Moreno winning for the boys.
Runners started down a grass field before circumnavigating a pond on the southwest side of the school, then circling back and taking a big lap around the football field, baseball field, practice field and school, finishing around the pond. One more full loop and runners finished down the same grass field and into the stadium for about a half lap around the track before the last 40-meter straightaway.
From the first loop around the pond, it was Sunlake sophomore Jamilla Cardwell and Abernathy out front with Wesley Chapel's Amber Maxwell trailing in third. Around the 2-mile mark Abernathy made her move. …Full Story
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, Oct. 3 through Friday, Oct. 9. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Jamilla Cardwell, cross country, Sunlake: The sophomore had the best North Suncoast time at the Weeki Wachee Invitational. Cardwell finished second behind Lecanto’s Claire Farnsworth in 20:17.40.
Lindsey Leadbetter, swimming, Northside Christian: The sophomore, who comes from a swimming family, won the 100 fly (1:02.06) and 100 back (1:00.25) at the St. Petersburg City Meet. She was nearly two seconds faster than her closest competitor in both events.
Jessie Mooney, volleyball, Mitchell: Mooney played a big role in the Mustangs’ five-set win over district rival Sunlake. She had 16 kills to lead the team and added 15 digs, including 13 in the fourth game alone. …Full Story
The Pinellas County Athletic Conference volleyball finals are set for Wednesday at East Lake. The top four seeds after regular-season play are No. 1 Palm Harbor University, No. 2 St. Petersburg, No. 3 East Lake and No. 4 Seminole.
The semifinals will be played at 6 p.m. PHU (17-2) faces Seminole (12-8) and St. Petersburg (13-6) plays East Lake (15-4). The finals will be held after the conclusion of the semifinal matches.
All four schools are in Class 7A-10. PHU is the top seed in the district with a 5-0 record.Full Story
DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Will Clearwater still be unbeaten after this week? Our staff writers think so.
Zephyrhills Christian at Keswick Christian
Rodney Page: Zephyrhills Christian 28-21
Kelly Parsons: Keswick Christian 24-21
Bob Putnam: Zephyrhills Christian 21-13
Land O’Lakes at Tampa Catholic
Rodney Page: Tampa Catholic 36-6
Kelly Parsons: Tampa Catholic 45-12
Bob Putnam: Tampa Catholic 28-14
Admiral Farragut at Landmark Christian
Rodney Page: Admiral Farragut 44-10
Kelly Parsons: Admiral Farragut 49-7
Bob Putnam:Admiral Farragut 56-0
Canterbury at Winter Haven All Saints’
Rodney Page: All Saints’ 35-7
Kelly Parsons: Canterbury 24-14
Bob Putnam: Canterbury 20-19
Windermere Prep at Bishop McLaughlin
Rodney Page: Windermere Prep 17-16
Kelly Parsons: Windermere Prep 32-28
Bob Putnam: Windermere Prep 28-21
Central at Citrus
Rodney Page: Central 20-17
Kelly Parsons: Citrus 14-10
Bob Putnam: Central 20-13
Zephyrhills at Ridgewood
Rodney Page: Zephryhills 46-14
Kelly Parsons: Zephyrhills 35-17
Bob Putnam:Zephyrhills 41-20
Sickles at Plant
Rodney Page: Plant 21-20
Kelly Parsons: Plant 14-7
Bob Putnam: Sickles 14-10
Northside Christian at Carrollwood Day (Oscar Cooler Park)
Rodney Page: Northside Christian 27-24
Kelly Parsons: Carrollwood Day 35-27
Bob Putnam: Northside Christian 17-16
Armwood at Tampa Bay Tech …Full Story
Seminole swimmer Brandon Christian committed to West Virginia on Tuesday.
The decision was easy. Christian said the school is where his parents met and he has a lot of family members who still live in the area.
“I have been a fan all of my life,” Christian said. “Ever since I started swimming and actually got serious about it, it has been a dream of mine to go there and swim. Once the coach contacted me and took me on an official visit, I fell in love with the team and coaching staff, as well as the campus.”
Christian, a senior, is a distance swimmer. Last year, he was fifth in the 500 free (4:34.43) and sixth in the 200 free (1:41.49) at the 4A state meet. Two weeks ago, Christian took first in the 200 free (1:42.00) and second in the 500 free (4:38.05) at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet. Full Story
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:
1. Christopher Columbus Catholic (14) 6-0 146 2
2. Vero Beach 5-0 120 3
3. Atlantic Community 5-0 116 4
4. Charles Flanagan 4-1 78 6
5. West Orange 5-1 73 10
6. South Dade (1) 5-0 65 9
7. Mandarin 5-0 62 7
8. Apopka 5-1 58 1
9. Kissimmee Osceola 5-1 44 8
10. Lake Brantley 6-0 16 NR
Others receiving votes: Fort Pierce Central 14, Plantation 10, Sandalwood 10, Coral Gables 7, Boca Raton Community 4, Manatee 1, Treasure Coast 1.
1. St. Thomas Aquinas (15) 5-0 150 1
2. Dwyer 5-0 132 2
3. Venice 6-0 121 3
4. Braden River 6-0 107 4
5. Sickles 6-0 89 5
6. Kathleen 6-0 49 10
7. Buchholz 4-1 48 T8
7. Oakleaf 5-1 48 7 …Full Story
Tampa Bay's top area runners so far this season.
1. Noah Perkins (Seffner Christian), 15:20.80; 2. Trevor Foley (Hernando), 15:34.53; 3. Luke Peterson (Shorecrest) 16:02.30; 4. Leo Ochoa (Berkeley Prep) 16:10.30; 5. Rob Leverone (Plant) 16:10.30; 6. Quasan Markowski (Plant) 16:11.90; 7. Andrew Myers (Steinbrenner) 16:37.70; 8. Walker Thomas, (Plant) 16:41.30; 9. Haftom Fliegelman (Durant) 16:41.50; 10. Ian Campbell (Steinbrenner), 16:42.70; 11. John Robbins (Jesuit) 16:46.20; 12. Hunter McCann (Admiral Farragut) 16:50.19; 13. Jack Pironti (Carrollwood Day) 16:53.10; 14. Paris Williams (Sickles), 16:54.62; 15. Joseph Salerno (Wiregrass Ranch), 16:56.60; 16. Justin Nunamaker (Northside Christian), 16:57.20; 17. Jackson Gillette (Largo), 16:57.60; 18. A.J. Jimenez (Osceola), 17:03.49; 19. Matthew Wohlwend (St. Petersburg) 17:03.90; 20. Colton Heath (Steinbrenner) 17:05.90.
Girls …Full Story
Times file (2014)
Unlike most area teams, Carrollwood Day gets a bit of a breather before districts start up.
1. Carrollwood Day (17-2)
This week: Tuesday at Seffner Christian
Scoop: The Patriots may have to shake off some rust after taking more than a week off for service missions. There is only one match this week and one next week against Wiregrass Ranch, so the Patriots are easing into postseason play.
2. Berkeley Prep (10-7)
This week: Tuesday vs. Brooks DeBartolo, Thursday vs. Shorecrest
Scoop: The Bucs went 2-4 at the Asics Challenge in Chicago over the weekend, but we’ll cut them some slack because of the level of competition they’ve faced; the Bucs’ seven losses this season have all been to highly successful teams. They should get a bit of a break against the Phoenix before playing Shorecrest in their regular-season finale.
3. Palm Harbor University (15-2)
This week: Monday vs. Tampa Catholic, Tuesday at Calvary Christian, Friday-Saturday at Dig Pink OVA Tournament
Scoop: The Hurricanes cruised to four wins last week, all in straight sets. This week is heavy as well, including the competitive Dig Pink Tournament. PHU has won six straight since the Berkeley Premier and appears to be getting better as tournament time approaches.
4. Wharton (13-1) …Full Story
Shorecrest’s boys and St. Petersburg’s girls each won team swim titles at the St. Petersburg City Meet.
The Chargers’ Dominic Hoefer was the diving champion with 356.90 and teammates Jake Andrews, Corey Cureton, Jack Lavely and Joseph Brockman were on the winning 400 free relay (3:33.09). But most of Shorecrest’s 455.50 points came from its superior depth. After all, the Chargers placed in the top four in every event.
Lakewood’s Jonathan Long won the 50 free (22.49) and 100 free (50.74). His brother, Ethan, took first in the 200 free (1:50.32) and 500 free (4:59.29). Both were part of the winning 200 medley relay (1:45.58) and 200 free relay (1:34.60) teams.
Northeast’s Colton Gray was a champion in the 200 individual medley (2:05.50) and 100 back (56.31).
On the girls side, the Green Devils won with 456 points. St. Petersburg was led by distance specialist Peyton Palsha, who followed up her dominant performance at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet by winning city titles in the 200 free (1:51.62) and the 500 free (4:56.87). The Green Devils other champion was Lauren LaPeter in diving with 421.60 points. …Full Story
MONICA HERNDON | Times
Justin Manning and Armwood may be in the top spot for the long haul.
1. Armwood (5-0)
This week’s opponent: at Tampa Bay Tech
Scoop: The Hawks haven’t given up a touchdown since a Sept. 11 game against Bloomingdale, so the defense is in good shape to take on a Tampa Bay Tech squad this week that is averaging nearly 23 points per game. By the looks of the rest of Armwood’s schedule, the Hawks’ likely won’t be giving up their top spot in the rankings any time soon.
2. Sickles (6-0)
This week’s opponent: at Plant
Scoop: Just how good is Sickles? We’ll find out this week when the Gryphons take on Plant, their toughest opponent yet. The Sickles’ defense — which is giving up just 2.3 points per game — will definitely be challenged more than it ever has this season, but we’re confident this year’s matchup will be closer than last year’s 54-6 decision in favor of the Panthers.
3. Clearwater Central Catholic (6-0)
This week’s opponent: vs. Ocala Trinity Catholic …Full Story