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Spring football jamborees bring mixed results for area schools

CARROLLWOOD — The North of Tampa-area public schools wrapped up spring football practices with various results at jamborees last week.

Wharton, Freedom, Leto and Chamberlain combined to score just six points in their two-quarter contests — all losses. Wharton lost to Tampa Bay Tech 26-0. Freedom, which scored on a 40-yard run by Andre Folkes after a short catch, fell 12-6 to King. Leto was routed 55-0 by Jefferson and Chamberlain fell to Hillsborough 20-0.

The Steinbrenner jamboree featured two much more competitive halves of football.

Alonso quarterback Chris Oladokun completed six of 10 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns, but Steinbrenner wide receiver Kezio Snelling was the star in Steibrenner's 22-21 victory. Snelling returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (75 and 80 yards) and also scored on a 13-yard run. The Warriors got a two-point conversion from Shyheem Barthel on the last touchdown to slip past the Ravens.

In the other half, Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud ran for 88 yards and scored twice to lead the Gryphons to a 22-14 win against rival Gaither.

Both quarterbacks performed well, as Sickles' Issac Holder completed four of five passes for 106 yards and Gaither's Alex McGough went eight-for-10, totaling 168 yards and two scoring passes.

Also, Cambridge Christian finished its spring workouts with a 27-21 win in Clearwater against Calvary Christian. The Lancers used three second-half touchdowns to erase a 21-6 deficit. Cambridge completed its comeback win with a recovered fumble in the end zone that resulted in a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Alonso's Fantroy signs track scholarship

Alonso track standout Quatasia Fantroy has signed a scholarship with Jackson State University. Fantroy captured the Class 4A state triple jump title this month. Fantroy, who captured three state track medals during her prep career, is the first Alonso girl to earn a track scholarship, according to Alonso track coaches.

Fantroy medaled in the triple and long jumps at the state meet as a junior and also was the leading scorer for the Ravens' girls basketball team as a senior.

Jackson State, a historically black college in Jackson, Miss., competes in the Division 1 Southwestern Athletic Conference.

More honors for Wharton's Hargreaves

Wharton's Vernon Hargreaves III, who will begin his collegiate football career at the University of Florida this fall, has been named the Bobby Dodd National High School Back of the Year.

The award, given by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta, honors the nation's top high school defensive back.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Hargreaves totaled more than 100 tackles and five interceptions as a senior, helping the Wildcats qualify for the playoffs.

Along the way, he earned the Guy Toph Award, given to Hillsborough County's top football player; MVP honors at the Under Armour All-American game; Parade magazine All-American honors; and the top defensive back ranking in the nation from ESPN.

New baseball coach at Cambridge

Just days after its Class 2A state semifinals loss, the Cambridge baseball program has a new coach. Sam Marsonek, who led the Lancers this past season to their third region crown in the last six years, stepped down from the position to join SCORE International Baseball, a Tampa-based instructional and training organization.

Sam Blackmon, who coached prep baseball in the Dallas area, as well as at Division 3 schools East Texas Baptist University and the University of Dallas, has been brought on as the new Cambridge coach.

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