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Hillsborough: News and notes

It came down to the final moments, but former Plant star shortstop/pitcher Mychal Givens signed with the Baltimore Orioles late Monday.

Givens confirmed the deal via text message 75 minutes before the midnight deadline.

"Now, it's time to be the guy," Givens said via text.

The agreement comes days after the Orioles, who selected Givens with the 54th pick in June, ended negotiations. He signed a deal worth $800,000, according to Baseball America.

Givens, who possesses the ability to throw a 97 mph fastball and all-around athleticism at shortstop, entered the season as one of the top high school prospects in the nation.

He will likely report to instructional league this fall in Sarasota, where the Orioles will hold spring training starting next year. Baltimore plans to develop Givens as a shortstop.

former tiger stays in school: Former Jesuit pitcher Sam Dyson appears to be heading back to college at South Carolina.

Dyson, drafted in the 10th round by the Oakland A's, returned to the South Carolina campus Saturday. As a redshirt sophomore last season, Dyson was 9-4 with a 5.21 ERA.

new program nabs veteran: When Bayshore Christian launches its six-man football program in 2010, the Faith Warriors will be guided by a widely respected veteran of the 11-man version of the game.

Dick O'Brien, who spent three decades on Hillsborough County sidelines capped by a nine-season tenure (1984-92) at Hillsborough High, will serve as the Warriors' inaugural coach, athletic director Oscar Gonzalez confirmed.

"He's very excited," Gonzalez said, "and we're very excited to see him start the program."

O'Brien, 71, most recently appeared on the local scene as a volunteer coach at Sickles in 2007 when the Gryphons — coached by son Pat and quarterbacked by grandson Cullen — finished 7-4 and reached the playoffs.

Video series

Our preseason football video series continues with our countdown of the bay area's top teams. Hillsborough High is No. 4. Find out which team comes in at No. 3 today at highschool.tampabay.com.

Hillsborough: News and notes 08/17/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 17, 2009 11:46pm]
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