Area football players have been committing to college programs left and right this summer. Here are a few recent pledges you may have missed:
TAMPA — Even in 7-on-7, Armwood's defense ruled the day.
SEFFNER — Armwood didn't really miss wide receiver Trevor Laurent, coach Sean Callahan admits thinking to himself, as his Hawks continued to roll over every regular-season opponent they faced last year.
Countryside already has an edge over the four other teams in the newly formed Class 7A, District 10 at one of the most important positions: quarterback.
TAMPA — Chris Hug spent more than a decade as an assistant in Pinellas County, learning the ropes from several head coaches along the way. Hug picked their brains, studied football philosophies and fine-tuned his coaching acumen.
Samson Moore was named the state's Gatorade track and field male athlete of the year on Friday.
Last week, Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox went to Argentina, his first trip to a foreign country. He visited the beaches in Buenos Aires before heading to Bahia Blanca to tour the Land Plaza Hotel, which is owned by San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili.
From the big-time stage of an SEC powerhouse to the lower levels of the Cardinals' minor-league system, Casey Turgeon has had success everywhere he has landed.
On June 8, Plant became the first Tampa Bay area high school to have two players selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player's draft. One week later, the Panthers are no longer draftees, but professional baseball players.
Player of the Year: SS Corey Mumaw, Sr., Wesley Chapel
Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University
Pinellas Pitcher of the Year: Tim Luth, Sr., Dunedin
Pinellas Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University
HUDSON — One send-off simply would not be enough.
This week marked the two-year anniversary of Christian Arroyo being picked by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
River Ridge outfielder Jason Heinrich said he expected to be drafted between the third and sixth rounds, so his fifth-round selection by the Orioles on Tuesday was not a surprise.
Plant QB settles on Syracuse
Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The rising senior chose the Orangemen over 16 other Division I offers.
In the garage of former Plant High School outfielder Kyle Tucker's South Tampa home are a couple of broken windows, — evidence, he says, of his and brother Preston's frequent Wiffle Ball competitions.
TAMPA — Kyle Tucker can easily recall pretending to be Ken Griffey Jr. while in the batter's box as a youngster. Or getting a hit more times than not when he stepped to the plate at the Forest Hills youth baseball park, eventually leading his Cal Ripken team to a World Series championship as a 12-year-old. …
TAMPA — Kevin Knox is only listed as a two-star recruit by verbalcommits.com. He is not even ranked by major recruiting services such as ESPN, Rivals and Scout.
Expect that to change.