SEFFNER — First-year Armwood coach Evan Davis pulled out all the stops to get his team psyched for Monday's annual grudge match against Plant.
The players watched videos from former Hawks standouts who explained what the rivalry meant to them. Armwood then raced out on to the field wearing all-black uniforms, a reward for their work throughout the season.
That reward just happened to come when Armwood played a certain team in South Tampa....
10/16/17 Swimming Preps
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Chloe Grimme, Sunlake
Two weeks ago, Grimme's coaches told her she could swim the 50-yard freestyle in 23 seconds. Grimme was skeptical, not of the suggested time but of the timing.
Last year, she finished second in the 50 free at state in 23.93 seconds. Grimme knew she was capable of swimming that fast again, but was more confident it would come later in the season, not during the Sunshine Athletic Conference meet....
Coach of the Week | Chris Harvey, Clearwater Central Catholic
The second-year coach took over the program last year from his father-in-law, John Davis. Harvey inherited the difficult position of maintaining the Marauders' deep run through the playoffs. Last year, CCC went 8-1 in the regular season and made it to the region final. This year, the Marauders have done even better. CCC is 7-0 after Friday's 23-14 win over Calvary Christian. If the Marauders beat Admiral Farragut and Sarasota Cardinal Mooney the next two weeks, they will go undefeated in the regular season for just the second time in school history. Better still, CCC is doing it without a slew of major Division I-A prospects. ...
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Oct.7-Friday, Oct. 13. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Jessica Angelo, volleyball, Palm Harbor University: The junior outside hitter had 15 kills in the final of the PCAC championship against Tarpon Springs. The Hurricanes won 2-1 for their third straight PCAC title....
CLEARWATER — The rest of the teams in Class 3A, Region 3 looked at Clearwater Central Catholic this season and engaged in some wishful thinking.
Maybe the Marauders, winners of five straight district titles, would not be able to cope with the loss of so many talented players who graduated or transferred. Maybe it would all be too much for the Marauders to handle.
Maybe the rest of the region should have known better....
Last month, Tarpon Springs coach George Kotis started questioning the status of five East Lake players.
He insisted they were living in Tarpon Springs' zone and called Pinellas County athletic director Al Bennett to check on their eligibility.
Bennett said he informed East Lake to allow the school to conduct its own investigation.
Once the investigation was completed, Bennett said he went to East Lake to double-check that the proper paperwork was in place....
ZEPHYRHILLS — Charles Harrison III lofted a 32-yard touchdown pass on his fourth attempt of the game. The Zephyrhills High senior spent the rest of the half launching left-handed strikes from wherever his swift feet would take him.
The speed. The strong arm. The improvisational skills. It is all part of Harrison's athletically divine DNA.
This football lineage bridges three generations. Harrison III shares a name, a number (12) and a position with his father and grandfather. ...
Carrollwood Day at Zephyrhills Christian, 7
Page: Zephyrhills Christian 42-7
Putnam: Zephyrhills Christian 28-14
Games at 7:30 unless noted
Ridgewood at Anclote, 6:30
Page: Anclote 44-14...
Calvary Christian High coach Todd Yoder has been waiting for this type of game — a heart-stopping, cliff-hanging, five-star, four-act drama on the football field.
The Warriors host neighboring private school power Clearwater Central Catholic (6-0) tonight. At stake for Calvary Christian (3-1) is a chance to stay among the points leaders in Class 3A, Region 3 and earn a possible first-round postseason home game....
EAST LAKE – Five days ago, East Lake traveled to Waycross, Ga., for a regular-season game. The Eagles returned from the 526-mile trip with their playoff hopes in limbo after the Florida High School Athletic Association ruled the team used an ineligible player and had to forfeit its first three games, including two wins.
The school self-reported the infraction and is appealing the decision....
Tarpon Springs football coach George Kotis does not dispute the Florida High School Athletic Association's ruling that rival East Lake used an ineligible player and has to forfeit its first three games of the season.
What Kotis has an issue with is the self-report East Lake sent to the state's governing body for sports. He said the player in question used the address of an assistant coach in order to establish residency at East Lake. ...
The Florida High School Athletic Association has ruled that East Lake used an ineligible player and must forfeit its first three games of the season, including wins over rival Palm Harbor University and Pinellas Park.
The Eagles, who were 3-3 overall and 2-0 in Class 7A, District 10 before the ruling, drop to 1-5 and 1-1 in district competition pending an appeal.
In the FHSAA letter obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, East Lake was notified on Sept. 20 that a football player was living in another school's zone. ...
1. Armwood (5-0)
Up next: at King
Skinny: The Hawks have allowed just 35 points all season. The defense is even providing points with touchdowns of their own. Markeis Colvin returned an interception 99 yards for a score, a play that was turning point in a 48-7 rout of Plant City last week. The special teams also have come up with big plays. Jerome Ford returned a kickoff for a touchdown and James Miller returned a blocked punt for a score against the Raiders. Armwood has winless King on Friday. Three days later, the Hawks host Plant in a showdown of the top two teams in the area. ...
Player of the Week | Charles Harrison III, Zephyrhills
To say the third-year starting quarterback had a career night against Anclote would be an understatement. Harrison threw for a career-best 336 yards and tied a career high with five touchdown passes by halftime of Friday's 43-28 win. His previous career high in yards was 273 against Ridgewood last year. In all, Harrison finished with 363 yards and six touchdowns. His passing yards Friday were just 145 fewer than he had the entire first half of the season. Harrison is getting better, too. He has a thrown for a combined 11 touchdowns in his past two games....
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Sept. 30-Friday, Oct. 6. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Cameron Fitzpatrick, volleyball, Clearwater Central Catholic: The senior outside hitter had 24 kills, including the final kill in the fifth game, in a 3-2 win over Tarpon Springs on Tuesday. She leads the team with 185 kills....