Tampa Catholic's Mendoza heading to St. Francis



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Thu. July 15, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Tampa Catholic linebacker Brandon Mendoza will sign with St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois on Monday, the school announced.

He was a three-year starter for the Crusaders football team, was Tampa Catholic's leading tackler his senior year with 101 tackles (8.4 a game).

Mendoza, also a three-year starter on the Crusaders state semifinalist baseball team, will be reunited with his brother, former TC standout defensive lineman Marco Mendoza, who will be a junior at St. Francis this upcoming season.

Tampa Catholic left-handed pitcher T.J. Owen, who is heading to Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, will also sign on Monday at the school. Owen was 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA and 1 save in 40 innings for the Crusaders.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com)

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