Hannah Rigali, Largo
Rigali is making an immediate impact for the Packers. The freshman striker leads the team with nine goals and six assists in the seasonís first eight games. In some of the bigger games of the season, Rigali has contributed. She had an assist in a 2-1 season-opening win over Clearwater Central Catholic. In a 2-2 tie against district rival Osceola, she had a goal. And in last weekís 1-1 tie against East Lake, Rigali had the Packersí goal.
In three games last week, she scored four.
She is part of a wave of eight freshmen who have boosted the Packers this season. Included in that group is her cousin, Kira Rigali.
"A lot of the freshmen went to middle school with us so we knew they were good," Hannah Rigali said. "Itís been a lot of fun so far. Itís pretty exciting and itís a lot different than club."
Kira plays for Tampa Bay United while Hannah plays for Strictly Soccer. The cousins did play with each other on under-8 and U12 teams. They are reunited at Largo.
The Packers have a chance to go far this season. If they do, Rigali will play a major role. She is big, fast and tough to mark, unlike the normal freshman.
"Hannah is one of those players who never stops moving," Largo coach Dan Flynn said. "Sheís going to beat you down the field. And sheís a very smart player."
Aaron Trill, Keswick Christian
The day Trill arrived at Keswick Christian, classmates were staring up at him, mostly in awe.
He was in third grade.
"Iíve always been taller than my classmates, even in elementary school," said Trill, now a 6-foot-4 sophomore forward.
His height was never the product of some wild growth spurt. Trillís development was a slow, steady climb.
It is an apt description not only of Trillís stature but of his maturation as a basketball player.
The sport was always his favorite growing up. It ran in the family. His father, Matthew, played at Lakeside Christian.
Trill played well but did not dominate. He kept working on his game.
In middle school, he became a dual-sport athlete. After playing football in the sixth and seventh grades, Trill broke his hip as an eighth-grader.
That injury was all it took for Trill give up football. Basketball was his sole focus.
"I took it seriously because I want to play in college someday," Trill said.
After playing varsity sparingly in eighth-grade, Trill became a starter as a freshman last season.
Trill is already having a breakout season. In the season opener, he scored a career-high 32 points, including six 3-pointers, and had 10 rebounds in a 71-51 win over Tampa Adventist Academy.
Trill is averaging 19 points and eight rebounds for the undefeated Crusaders (3-0).
"That opener was the best performance Iíve had," Trill said. "Iíve been working hard on my outside shot so I can become a more versatile scorer. Itís a good start."