Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Jeff Ijjas, Clearwater Central Catholic

Boys Scholar-

Athlete of the Year

Boys Pinellas All-Academic team

Dylan Anderson


Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.7/3.94

Standardized tests: 1420 SAT, 31 ACT

Sports: Baseball, cross country, golf

Notable: Class valedictorian … MVP in golf

College: Florida

Blake Frieman


Weighted/unweighted GPA: 3.88/4.44

Standardized test: 32 ACT

Sport: Swimming

Notable: Class valedictorian … Bay Conference scholar athlete

College: North Carolina

Nick Hess

St. Petersburg Catholic

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.20/3.84

Standardized test: 1220 SAT

Sports: Basketball, football, track

Notable: Ranked fifth in his class … named SPC's male scholar athlete of the year

College: Florida

Christian Homme


Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.12/3.59

Standardized test: 1270 SAT

Sports: Cross country, track

Notable: Times all-country boys cross country runner of the year

College: North Florida

Clay Kollenbaum


Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.5/3.8

Standardized test: 1230 SAT

Sport: Baseball

Notable: Helped Dunedin win first baseball state title since 1964 … broke school record for career strikeouts (193)

College: Jacksonville

Cameron Porter


Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.2/3.9

Standardized test: 24 ACT

Sports: Football, track, wrestling

Notable: Named to FHSAA all-academic team … captain of track and wrestling teams

College: USF

Jeff Reynolds


Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.38/3.91

Standardized test: 1460 SAT

Sport: Baseball

Notable: National Merit Commended Scholar … third-team all-state … member of National Honor Society

College: Harvard

Trae Span

Keswick Christian

Unweighted GPA: 4.0

Standardized tests: 1470 SAT, 30 ACT

Sport: Football

Notable: Class valedictorian … all-conference in football

College: Air Force

Danny Speake

Northside Christian

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.4/3.8

Standardized test: 2040 SAT

Sports: Football, track, weightlifting, wrestling

Notable: Named Bay Conference scholar athlete … Wendy's High School Heisman winner

College: Sewanee: The University of the South

Tyler Stowell

Northside Christian

Unweighted GPA: 3.91

Standardized tests: 1290 SAT, 29 ACT

Sports: Basketball, football, track

Notable: State runnerup in 300 hurdles and third at state in 110 hurdles … named Bay Conference Scholar Athlete

College: USF

Jake Troyli

Pinellas Park

Unweighted GPA: 3.85

Standardized test: 1350 SAT

Sport: Basketball

Notable: Second-team all-state in basketball … led Patriots to conference title and region finals … member of National Honor Society

College: Presbyterian College

Honorable mention

Boca Ciega — Cody Hampton; Clearwater — Zach Lain; Clearwater Central Catholic — Stephen Signore; Dunedin — Ryan Schneider; East Lake — Matthew Moore, Jeff West; Keswick Christian — Dain Stebbins; Largo — Daniel DelGuidice; Northeast — Matt Adkins; Osceola — Robert Miller; Palm Harbor U. — Foday Kamara; St. Petersburg — Kevin Gates, Brandon Livrago, Trey Wright

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.21/3.88

Standardized test score: 1300 SAT

Class schedule: AP government, AP calculus, AP English, anatomy, physics, economics, speech and debate, stage craft

Sports: Baseball, football, soccer

Proudest academic achievement: Received academic all-state award from the Florida High School Athletic Association.

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning a state title in baseball and going to the state finals in soccer last season.

Other feats: First-team all-state in football … MVP in soccer

Last time he earned a grade lower than a B: Third quarter this year.

College: Duke

Did you know? Ijjas dressed as the Marauder mascot and cheered wildly at sporting events at school.

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Boys Pinellas All-Academic team 06/12/08 [Last modified: Saturday, June 14, 2008 9:43pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Florida beats LSU, wins first College World Series title


    OMAHA, Neb. — Maybe this wasn't Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan's best team. It is, however, his first national championship team.

    UF’s Nelson Maldonado, left, and Deacon Liput high-five after a run scores.
  2. As NCAA investigation continues, Baylor dances around sex-assault scandal


    In 1996, Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University lifted its 151-year-old ban and allowed dancing on its Waco, Texas campus.

  3. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up


    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  4. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.