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Player of the Year
MF Anthony Baumann, Sr., Tampa Prep
Why we picked him: He made the Terrapins go, plain and simple. The point guard of a prolific state championship offense, Baumann tallied 17 goals and a county-best 32 assists for Tampa Prep, which captured its fourth state crown in six years. He was at his best when occupying the same wavelength with longtime teammate Wes Sever (32 goals), his crisp entry passes often meeting Sever in stride near the box for prime shot opportunities. Baumann had seven assists in the playoffs alone, four on the first four goals in a 6-0 region quarterfinal blowout of Bradenton St. Stephen’s.
Most impressive accomplishment: Aside from the state title, Baumann points to a 4-3 victory over fellow private school power Jesuit in the season’s third match. Baumann had two assists and the decisive goal — on a free kick. He called it “our first test of the year to try to send a message to the county. …We had a 4-1 lead and let that go, and it was just a learning curve ever since that for myself and the team.”
Future plans: Baumann has signed with Big East program Providence, where he plans to major in business or marketing.
Did you know? A lifelong Spring Hill resident, Baumann drives 51 miles — one way — to Tampa Prep each day. The commute expands on days he competes with his club team, the Clearwater Chargers. …For no real reason, Baumann says, he is known affectionately by most teammates as “Fat Man,” though his only gluttonous endeavor occurs on game days when he devours four or five bananas to prevent cramping. …The youngest of three kids, Baumann has played organized soccer since age 4, when he joined the under-4 Road Runners in a Spring Hill youth league. Naturally, he wore No. 4.
F T.J. Roehn, Sr., Berkeley Prep: USF signee had 29 goals for region finalists
F Steven Gonzalez, Sr., Newsome: Notched consecutive hat tricks in 5A playoffs
F Wes Sever, Sr., Tampa Prep: George Mason signee had a 32-goal season
F Andrew Buckley, Sr., Tampa Catholic: 26-goal scorer has signed with University of Tampa
MF Boris Simeunovic, Sr., Sickles: Gryphons’ top goal scorer (17) added 12 assists
MF Brett Durrance, So., Jesuit: Slid up front and led Tigers in goals (16) and assists (15)
MF Joey Perfetto, Jr., Newsome: Wolves’ primary play creator notched 22 assists
D Gil Davis, Sr., Sickles: Gryphons’ four-year anchor also bound for UT
D Josh Santos, Sr., Gaither: His unit allowed only five goals in last seven matches
D Brian Steel, Jr., Tampa Prep: Steadiest defender for state-champion Terps
GK Brandon Stout, Sr., Sickles: Gave up one regulation goal in three playoff games
F Billy Fanning, Sr., Durant
F Esgar Montelongo, Sr., Plant City
F Jordan See, Jr., Gaither
F Tevin Gage, Jr., Bloomingdale
MF Fedson Hilaire, Sr., Middleton
MF Michael Bajza, Fr., Sickles
MF Tyler Hartlage, Jr., Jesuit
D Travis Simmons, Sr., Tampa Prep
D C.R. Lewis, Sr., King
D Ben Wiley, Sr., Sickles
GK John Nardozzi, Jr., Gaither
Alonso: Jay Rivera; Armwood: Jesus Torres; Berkeley Prep: Jake Felman; Blake: Winston Lightbody; Bloomingdale: Paul Snyder; Cambridge: Matt Kazanski; Durant: Jacob Brumbeloe; East Bay: Miguel Cerveleon, Derrick Miranda; Freedom: Ellis Curry, Elliot Toledo; Hillsborough: Daniel Barboto, Kofi Forkuoh; Jesuit: Chase Goodwin; King: Chris Garcia, Stephen Scrivens; Lennard: Jose Galarza; Leto: Luis Rodriguez; Newsome: Carlos Galeano, Patrick Hacker; Plant: Danny Johnson, Josh Munch; Plant City: A.J. Black; Riverview: Matt Encinoza; Robinson: Kody Thomas; Seffner Christian: Steven Cunningham; Steinbrenner: Phillip Jorge, Oli Ortiz; Tampa Catholic: Shane McCarron; Tampa Prep: Aaron Burrell; Wharton: Juan Arango, David Campbell, Alex Noble
Coach of the Year
Tony Calvo, Sickles
Calvo, who made the choice to build his program around a nucleus of promising freshmen in the fall of 2006, watched that educated risk parlay into unprecedented success this season. The Gryphons, who came within a penalty-kick round of the Class 5A state tournament, finished 23-2-3, earned a national ranking and won their first district title.