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.Full Story
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. …Full Story
Here are the Sunshine Athletic Conference softball teams as selected by the coaches.
Player of the year: Shannon Saile, Sr., Land O’Lakes
Coach of the year: Mitch Wilkins, Land O’Lakes
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
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
Player of the year: Brittney Pressler, Sr., Gulf
Coach of the year: Kurt Goluba, River Ridge
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 …Full Story
Here are the Pinellas County Athletic Conference softball selections. The teams are for public schools players and were voted on by coaches.
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
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 …Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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
Here is the Pinellas County Athletic Conference north and south division baseball teams, as voted on by public school coaches:
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)
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 …Full Story
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. Full Story
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. …Full Story
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."
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. …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, 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.
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. …Full Story
[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. …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, April 30 through Friday, May 6. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
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. …Full Story