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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Is it OK for a coach to slap a player's helmet?

A coach slapping a player’s helmet has sparked an investigation in Broward County, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports here.

During ESPN’s broadcast of the Cypress Bay-American Heritage game, a camera caught Cypress Bay coach Mark Guandolo slapping a player’s helmet on the sidelines. You can see the video below:

School officials met with the player, his family and Guandolo on Monday morning, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Let’s use this incident as a place to start discussion. Is this much ado about nothing? Was the coach out of line? Where’s the line between getting a player’s attention and abuse? 

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Where are the local teams in state preseason polls?

Plant is the area’s top large school, according to rankings released earlier this week by

The Panthers were No. 6 in the preseason poll for teams in Class 5A-8A, behind Miami Central, St. Thomas Aquinas, Apopka, Manatee and Tallahassee Godby – Plant’s preseason opponent this weekend.

Armwood was No. 12, just ahead of East Lake in the top 20. Other big schools from the area that received votes were Largo, Pasco, Lakewood, Robinson, Jefferson, Hillsborough and Countryside.

In the small schools division, Clearwater Central Catholic was Tampa Bay’s top team, at No. 8. Tampa Catholic was 18th, and Miami Washington held the top spot.

Full disclosure: I’m one of the voters in the poll. But no need to harass me, because I ranked every team perfectly, especially yours, and I totally put your team’s rival way low. 

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North Suncoast alumni updates

A quick look at how some notable North Suncoast alumni are faring:

Ex-Mitchell RB Ricky Trinidad has transferred from Nebraska-Kearney to Colorado Mesa, his family said in a recent email. He earned honorable mention all-conference honors at UNK last fall and will be a junior at the NCAA Division II school in Grand Junction. 

Former Pasco star Janarion Grant is still impressing coaches as a true freshman receiver at Rutgers. He could see time on special teams, according to, and coach Kyle Flood said Grant “continues to make plays” for the Scarlet Knights during practice.

  His former Pirates teammate, DL Joey Ivie is among Florida’s most improved players since the spring. Here’s what our Antonya English wrote about Ivie late last week.

At Georgia Southern, Nature Coast alum Matt Breida has made it onto the depth chart at running back, according to the Statesboro Herald. The newspaper has also noted that Breida’s county rival and roommate, Hernando product Tyrail Hawkins, is lining up at cornerback. He played everything from quarterback to cornerback to running back for the Leopards in high school.  …

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FACA District 10 meeting coming later this month

The Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 10 meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Coney Island in Brooksville. The district includes all of Pasco and Hernando.

The agenda includes selecting sports chairmen, making suggestions to the FACA and FHSAA and going over the 2013-14 calendar. For more information, contact Tim Sims at (352) 279-4030 or [email protected].

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HomeTeam 100: How'd we do?

Our HomeTeam 100 countdown is over, at long last. You can see the top 10 here and (spoiler alert) East Lake’s Artavis Scott is No. 1.

To me, one of the toughest calls was where to put Pasco sophomore WR Nate Craig. He caught only 18 passes last year, but his potential, size, talent playoff performance against Robinson are too hard to overlook. We put him at No. 3, which seems about right to me.

Consider this a discussion board. How’d we do? Who was ranked too low? Should we have put someone else at No. 1?

Two quick requests: Be civil in your comments, and don’t bash other players. That’s not cool. You can make an argument why someone should have been ranked higher without knocking a kid.

So, discuss. 

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Nature Coast to hold golf fundraiser

Nature Coast will hold a golf fundraiser for its basketball and cheerleading teams on Sept. 29 at Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville. Cost is $90.

Each golfer receives a $200 gift card to Warrior Golf, a $50 Callaway gift card plus discounts and gift cards for Southern Hills, Golfsmith and Edwin Watts Golf.

For more information, contact Nature Coast boys basketball coach David Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.

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Cobi Johnson, NFL rookies and a domed stadium


A few links and notes from across the North Suncoast and beyond:

* Mitchell ace Cobi Johnson threw a perfect inning with three strikeouts in last night’s Perfect Game All-American Classic at PETCO Park. The senior right-hander has orally committed to Florida State.

* Former Pasco star Josh Johnson made his NFL debut last week in a preseason game for the Chargers. He recorded a tackle and had an eight-yard punt return.

* Former Wesley Chapel QB Greg Jenkins made his NFL debut, too, for the Raiders. He returned a punt for 11 yards and a kickoff for 51 yards.

* A suburban district outside Dallas is in talks with the Cowboys to build a domed stadium, according to The Dallas Morning News. It’d serve as an indoor practice facility for the Cowboys and would seat 12,000 fans for high school football games. Did I mention it was a dome?!?!


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What I'm reading: Transfers and Bronson Arroyo

Two interesting stories from last week’s Sports Illustrated:

* We talk a lot about high school athletes transferring schools, especially in light of the state legislation last year and new policies in Hillsborough and Pasco. SI looked at that more, focusing on top 100 basketball prospects from the last seven years

The highlight? In 2007, about a quarter of those top recruits changed high schools at least once. Last year, more than half did. And the players who transferred in high school are, not surprisingly, more likely to transfer in college. I’ll let you decide whether that’s good, bad or neither, but check out SI’s data here and a feature here.

* Also, SI recently profiled Hernando alum Bronson Arroyo, who’s still in the big leagues with the Reds.


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