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UT soccer has local flavor

The 2008 NCAA Division II men's and women's soccer championships are being played at the University of Tampa's Pepin Stadium today through Sunday. The UT men, with a roster that has several local products, are in the field. The Spartans (18-3-1) face Cal State-Dominguez Hills (17-2-4) in one national semifinal. A list of UT's area players:

Gavin Scott, MF, Gaither; Andrej Gulan, MF, Pinellas Park; Greg Sasser, F, Jesuit; Ryan Griffin, MF, Tampa Prep; Karl Swan, F, Countryside; Filipe Wolinger, F, Robinson; Francisco Colon, D, Freedom; Clete Goddard, GK, Wharton

Tebow has Plant ties

Because the Florida Gators face No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday in a clash that will send the winner to the BCS title game, it's safe to say UF quarterback Tim Tebow has a lot on his mind and probably won't be checking his cell phone Friday night for Armwood-Plant alerts. But it's a little-known fact that Tebow has pretty strong ties to the Panthers. His mother, Pam, and grandfather attended Plant.

In high school, Tebow was known to visit his maternal grandmother in South Tampa often.

When Tebow's Ponte Vedra Beach Nease squad played Armwood in the 2005 Class 4A final, Pam Tebow told the Times how excited his grandmother was that the paper had written about him: "There was an article in the St. Petersburg Times about Tim the other day," Pam Tebow said. "That made Grandma happy. She was showing everyone."

Compiled by staff writer Keith Niebuhr.

Why did Armwood slip in rankings?

Armwood (12-0) fell to No. 4 in the RivalsHigh 100 national rankings, getting jumped by Cleveland St. Ignatius (14-1). The question is, why? We asked the man who compiles the rankings, Dallas Jackson. "St. Ignatius has been playing the past three weeks in the Ohio playoffs and has gone up against three top-50 national teams," he said. St. Ignatius won the Ohio Division I state championship last week.

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Eduardo Encina can be reached at eencina@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3353. Keith Niebuhr can be reached at kniebuhr@sptimes.com or at (813) 226-3458.

Hillsborough: News and notes 12/03/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 11:12pm]

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