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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

PCAC girls soccer team

Here is the girls PCAC soccer team, as voted on by public school coaches:

Girls

First Team South County

F Alexis Hiltunen (St. Petersburg); F Rachel Dirks (Osceola); F Leah Pecora (Osceola); M Francesca Ycaza (St. Petersburg); M Devyn Nyhart (Boca Ciega); M Taylor Emmanuel (Osceola); M Kaelin Neiger (Dixie Hollins); D Katie Peterson (Osceola); D Alex Calhoun (St. Petersburg); D Josie Barnhart (St. Petersburg); D Raina Malecki (Northeast); GK Amanda Johnson (Osceola)

Second Team

F Kelly Hannigan (Boca Ciega); F Nautica Zavala (Dixie Hollins); F Caroline DeWitt (St. Petersburg); M Mikayla Thibeault (Dixie Hollins); M Sophia Masut (Osceola); M Malerie Sawicki (Osceola); M Hannah Deson (St. Petersburg); D Hannah Podoll (Pinellas Park); D Sophia Vesely (St. Petersburg); D Zouiey Solomon (Dixie Hollins); D Catherine Burke (Osceola); GK Angeline Friel (St. Petersburg)

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Pinellas-Hillsborough all-star basketball games set for Friday

The Hillsborough-Pinellas boys and girls all-star games will be held Friday at Eckerd College. The girls game starts at 6 p.m., followed by the boys. Admission is $5. The teams were selected based on their previous performance in county all-star games.

Here are the rosters for both games.

Boys

Hillsborough

Bloomingdale: Drew Bethoney; Hillsborough: Bryce Moragne; Jesuit: Stevie Darst; Newsome: Nick Stuck; Plant City: Tarik McKelphin; Sickles: Bryce Beamer; Seffner Christian: Reid Walker, Derek Webster; Tampa Prep: Amari Goulbourne; Wharton: Dae’son Barnes.

 

Pinellas

Boca Ciega: Trevor Carrier, Nate Larkins: Clearwater: Gene Culver, Noah Thorp; East Lake: Chad Kellmann: Lakewood: Tyrese Hurst; Largo: Bobby Roundtree; Cassius Tomlinson; St. Petersburg: Darius Banks, AJ Ford.

 

Girls

Hillsborough

Alonso: D’AsiaJames; Brooks-DeBartolo: Alyssa Nieves; Durant: Tamara Hanson; East Bay: Maya Reid; Freedom: Megan Clark; King: Amaka Eziakonwa; Newsome: Bailey Cross; Plant: Bella Moreno, Payton Paro; Plant City: Lacey Hargrove; Steinbrenner: M.K. Miller; Tampa Catholic: Alise Davis

 

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Florida Dairy Farmers name Kevin Knox Mr. Basketball

A standout senior year, that ended in a trip to the Class 5A title game, was enough to give Kevin Knox the edge for the state's best player.

Andres Leiva | Times

A standout senior year, that ended in a trip to the Class 5A title game, was enough to give Kevin Knox the edge for the state's best player.

Tampa Catholic forward Kevin Knox, one of the premier players in the nation, was named the Florida Dairy Farmers' Mr. Basketball on Saturday, an award given to the state’s top player regardless of classification.

Knox, a 6-foot-8 forward, is just the third player from the area to win the award and the first since Tampa Prep’s Casey Sanders in 1999. Next week, Knox will be honored by the Florida Dairy Farmers during an assembly in the school’s gymnasium.

Throughout the season, Knox made highlight-worthy plays, whether it was on thunderous dunks or what-the-heck heaves from long range. The five-star recruit averaged 28.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season while leading the Crusaders to the Class 5A state championship game.

In the state semifinals, Knox had his most memorable performance, tying a season-high with 40 points and matching a career high with 20 rebounds in a win over the Villages.

He achieved other milestones and accolades, too. Knox became Hillsborough County’s all-time leading scorer this season and was the first area player to be selected for the McDonald’s All-America game since Sickles’ John Henson in 2009. …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 4 at Jefferson

Scores

Leto 4, Bloomingdale 1 (faces Riverview at 10 a.m. in quarterfinals)

Strawberry Crest 7, Tampa Bay Tech 0

Steinbrenner 16, Chamberlain 1 (faces Jesuit at 4 p.m. in quarterfinals)

East Bay 13, Jefferson 10

Pitchers of the day

Leto starter Jakob Ryley went a complete seven innings against Bloomingdale, giving up just three hits, no earned runs, while issuing three walks and three strike outs. ... East Bay RHP Peyton Zoeller came into a game where the Indians were getting hammered 10-5 and shut Jefferson down the rest of the way. Zoeller wound up going 3.2 innings, facing 15 batters and giving up just two hits, no walks and no earned runs while striking out five.

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Saladino Tournament: Day 4 at Brandon

Scores

Plant City 3, Hillsborough 1

Plant 8, Blake 3 (faces Carrollwood Day at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals)

Carrollwood Day 5, Tampa Prep 3 (faces Plant at 7 p.m. in quarterfinals)

Brandon 9, Spoto 0

Pitchers of the day

Brandon’s BJ Carter worked five shutout innings and didn’t allow a hit through 4 2/3 innings, while striking out five. …  Andre Hevesy’s seven-inning, five-strikeout performance sealed Carrollwood Day’s berth into the quarterfinals. Hevesy worked around eight hits and allowed three unearned runs. … Plant City (3-6) senior Jake Koisa struck out six, working six innings while allowing just one run on three hits and improving to 2-0 on the season. … Plant starter Kyle Gates worked 3 2/3 innings, striking out four and allowing one unearned run to take the win for the Panthers.

Hitters of the day …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 4 at Newsome

Scores

Wharton 6, King 5

Armwood 7, Freedom 5

Riverview 8, Wesley Chapel 2 (faces Leto at 10 a.m. in quarterfinals)

Newsome 5, Robinson 2 (faces Alonso at 1 p.m. in quarterfinals)

Pitchers of the day

Newsome RHP Beau Nichols threw seven innings, allowing two hits, two runs (no earned), walking two and striking out 14 in a win over Robinson. … Wharton RHP Austin Appel came on in relief, tossing 4 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, no runs, one walk while striking out three to pick up the win for the Wildcats. … Armwood RHP Omar Ortiz threw 6 1/3 innings, nine hits, five runs (four earned), two walks while striking out four in a win over Freedom.

Hitters of the day

Freedom started off its game with back-to-back triples from Samio Uze and David Trujeque to give the Patriots a quick 1-0 lead. … For Wharton, Drew Ehrhard, Zach Sirois and Ricky Viloria each had two hits while Sirois and Viloria had an RBI apiece. … King OF Keyon Floyd went 2-for-2 at the plate adding an RBI on a single and a walk with the bases loaded. … Riverview SS Macallister Jorgensen had four RBIs in a win over Wesley Chapel.

Defensive gems of the day …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 4 at Jesuit

Lennard third baseman Yamil Varela attempts to steal home but is tagged out.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

Lennard third baseman Yamil Varela attempts to steal home but is tagged out.

Scores

Brooks DeBartolo 3, Durant 2

Alonso 19, Middleton 0 (faces Newsome at 1 p.m. in quarterfinals)

Sickles 8, Lennard 2

Jesuit 3, Gaither 1 (faces Steinbrenner at 4 p.m. in quarterfinals)

Pitchers of the day

Jesuit right-hander Jack Anderson was dominant in five innings of work, allowing no runs and one hit while striking out 10 … Gaither starter Anthony Alvarez was almost equally solid in six innings, allowing one run (unearned), five hits while striking out four. … Brooks DeBartolo’s Eric Weesner threw six innings, allowing two runs, scattering seven hits, striking out three and walking none to earn the victory. DeBartolo’s Xavier Rodriguez earned the save, shutting out the Cougars in the final inning while collecting two strikeouts …  Sickles right-hander Dylan Eskew threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out six and walking four … Alonso’s Patrick Fagan, Sehjin Daley and Sam Drumheller combined to throw a no-hitter in a game shortened to four innings against Middleton. … Durant’s Brien Johnston and Trey Brown combined to allow only two hits and eight strikeouts over six innings in the loss to Brooks DeBartolo. 

Hitters of the day …

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Tampa Catholic's Knox, Anclote's Cooper named state players of the year

The accolades keep coming for Tampa Catholic senior Kevin Knox, who was named the Class 5A Player of the Year.

Andres Leiva | Times

The accolades keep coming for Tampa Catholic senior Kevin Knox, who was named the Class 5A Player of the Year.

Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox (5A) and Anclote’s Marquez Cooper (6A) were each named the state players of the year in their respective classifications by the Florida Dairy Farmers.

Sickles’ Renaldo Garcia also was named the Class 8A coach of the year.

All three are finalists for overall player and coach of the year award.

Knox, the lone player from the area selected for the McDonald’s All-America Game, averaged 28.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season while leading the Crusaders to the state championship game. In the state semifinals, the 6-foot-8 senior forward tied a season high with 40 points and matched a career high with 20 rebounds.

Cooper, a senior, averaged 23.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Sharks, who did not make the playoffs.

Garcia, in his 15th season with the Gryphons, led the program to their first state title. It also marked the first time a Hillsborough County public school had won a state title in boys basketball in 35 years.

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Former Berkeley star Craig Bowman leaving FAMU

Former Berkeley Prep PG Craig Bowman, who helped lead the Buccaneers to a pair of state tournament berths, confirmed Wednesday he plans to transfer from Florida A&M.

Bowman, who has one season of eligibility remaining, likely would have to sit out a season unless the Rattlers -- who finished 7-23 -- are penalized for a low Academic Progress Rate (APR) score. An obvious potential destination is USF, though Bowman wouldn't speculate on his landing spot.

"I made this decision because I want to better myself as a student-athlete," Bowman said.

"After being a three-year starter I believe I have accomplished a lot here and I am thankful for that. However, I want the opportunity to compete against the best. I feel to do that, I have to separate myself from FAMU."

Bowman scored 20 points (hitting four of seven 3-pointers) with five assists and only one turnover in the Rattlers' 84-73 loss to the Bulls at the Sun Dome in early November. In 19 games this season, Bowman averaged 5.8 points.

USF, which hired Brian Gregory as coach on Tuesday, currently is down to eight scholarship players.

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Saladino Tournament: Day 3 at Brandon

Scores

Carrollwood Day 11, Spoto 1 (five innings)

Brandon 9, Tampa Prep 4

Pitchers of the day

Carrollwood Day (7-2) starting pitcher Nick Watts allowed one run on three hits, while striking out five over four innings for the Patriots and earning the win. ... Tampa Prep (2-6) took a tough loss to Brandon, but got a nice showing from freshman Lucas Harman, allowing just one earned run on two hits over three innings of work.

Hitters of the day …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 3 at Jefferson

Scores

Chamberlain 7, East Bay 4

Steinbrenner 4, Jefferson 2

Pitchers of the day

Steinbrenner RHP CJ Van Eyk took the mound Tuesday night and threw 103 pitches, using him up for the rest of the week, but the Warriors got the result they wanted, a 4-2 win over Jefferson. Despite giving up two unearned runs in the first, Van Eyk rallied to finish six complete innings, not yielding an earned run and giving up just one hit while walking three and striking out 12. ... Jefferson RHP Michael Dominguez pitched five complete innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out six. 

Hitters of the day

Chamberlain nine-hitter Mo Hanley went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, including a big fifth inning where the Chiefs rang up six runs on East Bay. ... Steinbrenner nine-hitter Anthony Cassos went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. Teammate and one-hitter Jordan Lala was 2-for-4 wth a double, an RBI and a run scored. Lala’s double in the second gave the Warriors a 3-2 advantage that they would hold the rest of the way, adding a fourth run in the fourth inning. ... Chamberlain’s Marquis Philon was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 3 at Newsome

Scores

King 5, Wesley Chapel 2

Newsome 11, Freedom 1

Pitchers of the day

King RHP Brian Lee tossed six innings, allowing six hits, two runs (two earned), three walks and striking out one in a win over Wesley Chapel. … Newsome RHP Zach Louden threw five innings, surrendering five hits, one run (one earned) while striking out four in a win. … Wesley Chapel RHP Colton Bierly pitched five innings, allowing five hits, four runs (one earned), three walks while striking out three.

Hitters of the day

King SS Dehreon Pressley had two hits, including an RBI double, to put the Lions in front by three runs in the sixth. …Newsome CF Tyler Doyle had two RBI’s, a single and a fielder’s choice while 3B Cody Shook had two RBIs as well on a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice. … For Wesley Chapel, Dariel Fregio and Bierly each had RBI singles in the top of the third to put the Wildcats ahead 2-1 for the time being. … Freedom 1B Khalil Al’mutasim blasted a solo HR over the leftfield wall in the fifth inning.

Defensive gems of the day …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 3 at Jesuit

Gaither catcher Danny Gutcher (right) greets Kenny Rodriguez at the plate moments after Rodriguez drilled a home run over the left-centerfield fence Tuesday evening against Sickles. Gutcher came back in the top of the seventh inning trailing by a run with two outs and two strikes to hit a two-run homer that help lead Gaither to a 6-4 comeback victory.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

Gaither catcher Danny Gutcher (right) greets Kenny Rodriguez at the plate moments after Rodriguez drilled a home run over the left-centerfield fence Tuesday evening against Sickles. Gutcher came back in the top of the seventh inning trailing by a run with two outs and two strikes to hit a two-run homer that help lead Gaither to a 6-4 comeback victory.

Scores

Gaither 6, Sickles 4

Jesuit 5, Lennard 2

Pitchers of the day

Gaither’s Alain Morales came in relief to throw the last four innings against Sickles, allowing one hit and no runs. Morales ended up earning the victory when the Cowboys scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning. … Jesuit senior starter Drew Martin threw six innings, allowing only two hits and two runs on three strikeouts and one walk in the victory over Lennard. 

Hitters of the day

Trailing by a run with two outs and two strikes on him in the top of the seventh inning, Gaither catcher Danny Gutcher hit a towering two-run homer to put the Cowboys up 5-4. For the game, Gutcher finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Gaither rightfielder Kenny Rodriguez drilled a home run of his own in the fourth inning, a drive that sailed over the 380-foot mark in centerfield. Rodriguez also finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. … Jesuit third baseman Thomas Bencivenga hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to give the Tigers an early 3-1 lead. Jesuit first baseman Jake Jones went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Defensive gem of the day …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 2 at Jefferson

Scores

Bloomingdale 9, Strawberry Crest 2

Leto 12, Tampa Bay Tech 3

Note: Due to the threat of inclement weather, the late games (Chamberlain at East Bay  Jefferson vs. Steinbrenner) were moved to 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tuesday's pool-play schedule (Bloomingdale vs. Leto, 10; Strawberry Crest vs. Tampa Bay Tech, 1; Steinbrenner vs. Chamberlain, 4; Jefferson vs. East Bay, 7) slides to Wednesday

Pitchers of the day

Leto RHP Felix Rosario bounced back from a rocky start against Strawberry Crest to go a full five innings against Tampa Bay Tech. Rosario gave up no earned runs on one hit, while striking out five and walking two. ... Bloomingdale starter Andrew Tubb went six complete innings against Crest, yielding no earned runs with no walks and three strike outs. 

Hitters of the day …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 2 at Jesuit

Scores

Alonso 10, Durant 0 (six innings)

Brooks DeBartolo 14, Middleton 0 (five innings)

Note: Due to the threat of inclement weather, the late games (Gaither vs. Sickles, Lennard vs. Jesuit) were moved to 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tuesday's pool-play schedule (Durant vs. Brooks DeBartolo, 10; Alonso vs. Middleton, 1; Lennard vs. Sickles, 4; Jesuit vs. Gaither, 7) slides to Wednesday

Pitchers of the day

Alonso senior Jordan Butler allowed one hit and collected 12 strikeouts in five innings of work. Alonso’s Jorge Oleaga threw the final inning of the game, allowing one hit and striking out two. … Brooks DeBartolo’s Reese Corscadden allowed two hits, struck out five and gave up no walks in 4 1/3 innings. For the final two outs in the five-inning game, the Phoenix turned to Stephaune Haylock, who recorded two straight strikeouts on nine pitches.

Hitters of the day …

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