Player of the Year: Eric Kennedy, Jr., Calvary Christian
Player of the Year: Jordan Butler, Sr., Alonso
North Suncoast Player of the Year: John Oliveira, Sr., Springstead
Player of the year: Hope Hernandez, Sr., Chamberlain
Player of the year: Tia Williams, Jr., Land O'Lakes
Player of the year: Taylor Bump, Sr., Canterbury
Brett Phillips' major-league debut was only supposed to last one day. The former Seminole High standout was called up by the Brewers from Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 5 to play against the Giants and pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
Mitch Disney has been named the new football coach at Dunedin. Disney, 33, takes over for Todd Brooks, who was 0-10 in his only season as head coach. The Falcons have lost 24 straight games dating to the 2014 season.
CLEARWATER — It's probably the toughest decision an aspiring Major League Baseball player can make — the one to no longer aspire.
Riverview High's Freddy Tarnok was the highest area selection on the second day of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft. Tarnok, who pitched and played shortstop, was taken 80th overall in the third round by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. He is being drafted as a right-handed pitcher, which is impressive …
Perhaps fittingly, junior SS Kevin Merrell — USF's resident speedster — got off the draft board with stunning fleetness Monday night.
As a senior at Bishop McLaughlin two years ago, Nate Pearson was an impressive 9-1 with 109 strikeouts in 72 innings. But he was not drafted. Two years and two colleges later, Pearson was taken in the first round of Monday night's Major League Baseball draft.
When Alex Faedo was coming out of Alonso High in 2014, the Tigers drafted him in the 40th round and pick No. 1,210.
The last time I saw Billy Turner was a few weeks ago. I'd been thinking about him. People had asked about his condition. One high school football coach asked this way:
"What's the score with Billy?"
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