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Joel Anderson, Times Staff Writer

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson covers sports in the Hillsborough County bureau of the Tampa Bay Times. Anderson is a native of Houston and graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He has worked at the Associated Press in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Houston, the Times of Shreveport, La., and most recently, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Phone: (813) 225-3112

Email: janderson@tampabay.com

  1. Hillsborough County volleyball season preview

    Volleyball Preps

    TAMPA — At the age of 16, Courtney Vogler was on the cusp of the jet-setting life of a cover model.

    Her future could have included more photo shoots in international fashion hubs like London, Milan and Paris.

    The assignments likely would have become more prominent and more lucrative, from Kohl's and Avon to Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated.

    "If she was able to dedicate her self to full-time modeling, she definitely could go to the next level," said Ron Gerard, her Miami-based agent with Next Management modeling agency....

    Holy Names’ Courtney Vogler, who had great success during a brief modeling career, took up volleyball just two years ago and showed her coach and teammates she was all in. She announced her commitment to North Carolina this month.
  2. Badgers see enough to offer Hudson


    TAMPA — In most of the footage on Austin Hudson's brief highlight film, there are coaches and backups standing behind the offensive formation.

    There are rarely any fans in the bleachers. Most of the "opponents" are actually teammates, wearing similar uniforms. And the majority of Hudson's big plays are met with little fanfare or excitement.

    That's because most came during Plant's practices and scrimmages, rather than games....

  3. Alternatives to high school game abound


    There was some blood on his T-shirt — no one's quite sure whose it was — and little time to worry about modesty. Tyree St. Louis didn't want to miss a single repetition at the combine, so he quickly found a new shirt and slipped off the old one.

    In front of everyone.

    This was a big deal only to his uncle, Michael Brown, who observed the more subtle changes over the past few months that made St. Louis comfortable with the idea of being shirtless in front of hundreds of people....

    EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times  (12/18/2012 Tampa) Berkeley Preparatory School’s Sidney Brown is the Tampa Bay Times All-Suncoast volleyball player of the year. She is shown in the Times’ studio in Tampa on December 18, 2012. [Edmund D. Fountain, Times]
  4. Concussions halt Plant football star's career



    The high-definition MRI showed small areas of bleeding on Richy Klepal's brain, a condition commonly known as a Duret hemorrhage, and usually only discovered during autopsies.

    "The outcome is almost universally fatal," reads a summation of the hemorrhage in Imaging Science Today.

    So five days before his 18th birthday, Richy went to Florida Orthopaedic Institute with his mother and girlfriend for a followup appointment. There was much to discuss but a single important recommendation: Richy, a star offensive tackle at Plant High School who was headed to Florida State upon graduation, must stop playing football....

    Richy Klepal struggled after his last concussion and with the aftermath of his decision to quit football.
  5. Michael Snaer, Seminoles beat Clemson


    TALLAHASSEE — Go ahead and add Clemson to the list of teams victimized by the last-second heroics of Florida State's Michael Snaer.

    With the score tied and eight seconds left Thursday night, the Seminoles gave Snaer the ball and let him do what he first did against Duke and then Virginia Tech.

    The 6-foot-5 senior guard made a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the Seminoles to a 60-57 victory in a game in which they didn't lead for nearly 30 minutes....

  6. Girls basketball: Seffner Christian 63, Academy at the Lakes 45


    SEFFNER — Tatiana Manuel won the opening tap and directed the ball to Andrea Mauger, who sprinted in for an easy layup. Academy at the Lakes led Seffner Christian only four seconds into the game. It lasted for about half a minute.

    Within a few minutes Saturday, Seffner Christian showed again that its most difficult challenges are going to come from outside the bay area.

    Sophomore forward Peyton Walker scored 17 to lead four players in double figures, lifting the Crusaders to a 63-45 victory over Academy at the Lakes in a game that had been billed as a showdown between two of the area's top private-school powers....

  7. Football: Alabama commitment erases a few more doubters at U.S. Army All-American Bowl


    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — It had been a while since Derrick Henry entered a game without the burden of carrying a team on his broad shoulders.

    Henry came to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl with modest expectations, a mere role player on a team full of high school all-stars with their own impressive resumes and reputations.

    But once the game was under way Saturday, yet another team counted on the Yulee High star to make a difference....

    Yulee High running back Derrick Henry, who set the national career yardage mark, scores in the first half of the East’s victory.
  8. Freedom's Nate Godwin receives scholarship offer from USF


    TAMPA — Freedom senior defensive back Nate Godwin, who committed to Minnesota in October, announced Friday that he received a scholarship offer from USF.

    "Coach (Willie) Taggart from #USF just offered me a scholarship! 2nd offer from USF!" Godwin said via his Twitter account.

    Godwin, ranked No. 40 in the Tampa Bay Times' HomeTeam 100, had 47 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions and three touchdowns for the Patriots (3-7) this fall....

  9. Plant High grad Eric Patterson leads Ball State to Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl


    ST. PETERSBURG — The recruiting dance had been going on for a few months when Eric Patterson got a phone call from a USF assistant coach not long before signing day in 2011.

    The coach told Patterson, then a defensive back for Plant High, he was too small. The Bulls were looking for bigger cornerbacks.

    Patterson ultimately went off to Ball State with those words ringing in his ears. He remembered them — and the rejection from his hometown team— when the Mid-American Conference school hosted USF on Sept. 22....

    Ball State corner Eric Patterson goes after USF running back Lindsey Lamar. Patterson, a Plant High grad, later makes the clinching interception against the school that didn’t want him.
  10. Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback


    By the numbers

    1 Playoff victories in Newsome's first nine seasons of existence.

    2 Playoff victories for Newsome this season.

    14 Yards, the longest run for Tampa Catholic in its 10-7 loss to Clearwater Central Catholic. By comparison, CCC had seven runs longer than 14 yards.

    40 Playoff victories (including those later forfeited) for Armwood in the Sean Callahan era. Callahan made a point to tell reporters that defensive coordinator Matt Thompson has been on his coaching staff for all 40....

    Hillsborough linebacker Daltray Freelove takes a moment to gather himself after losing 9-7 to Armwood in the Class 6A playoffs.
  11. Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback


    Let's play two. Week 2 of the football postseason features four rematches of regular-season showdowns. In order of appeal, we rank them:

    1. Armwood (8-3) at Hillsborough (9-1)

    First meeting: Hillsborough 3-0 on Oct. 18

    Veteran coach Earl Garcia was moved to tears after Hillsborough handed the penalty-prone Hawks their first shutout defeat in 11 years. For Garcia, will the sequel be a replicate of Godfather II or Caddyshack II?...

  12. Bethune-Cookman and former Jefferson High QB Quentin Williams at center stage for Florida Classic


    On his first visit to the Citrus Bowl, Quentin Williams spent a good bit of time absorbing the scene around him and two teammates from Jefferson High School.

    There was the stadium, filled nearly to capacity with more than 60,000 fans. There was music, the smell of smoked meats and one of college football's most celebrated halftime shows. And many of the same things — possibly with more people, he said — were going outside the stadium....

    Quentin Williams has gone from starring at Jefferson High to leading Bethune-Cookman.
  13. Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback


    Super 7

    1. Plant (8-1): Congratulations to coach Robert Weiner, latest in the 100-victory club.

    2. Robinson (9-0): TECO doesn't possess the electricity that Jack Peters Field will have Friday (Plant-Robinson).

    3. Hillsborough (7-1): Idle Terriers still uncertain of playoff fate as they await player-eligibility investigation outcome.

    4. Durant (9-0): A win Friday at home against King clinches the Cougars' first undefeated regular season....

  14. Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback


    Sunday morning quarterback: Super 7

    1. Plant (7-1): Panthers topple Armwood for the first time since 2009 and strengthen their hold on top spot.

    2. Robinson (8-0): Knights cross the bay and come back with their record unblemished and contender credentials established.

    3. Hillsborough (7-1): Have to feel for Terriers, who won the district title on the field but may have to compete in a tiebreaker (see story at left)....

    Plant and running back Wesley Bullock beat Armwood.
  15. Hillsborough: Sunday morning quarterback


    Super 7

    1. Plant (6-1): Panthers' position atop rankings tenuous; Armwood and Robinson still loom.

    2. Robinson (7-0): Coach Mike DePue called the 47-0 win against Spoto sloppy. We should all be so unkempt.

    3. Hillsborough (6-1): And to think the Terriers blanked Armwood without Gators commitment Jordan Sherit.

    4. Armwood (6-2): Defensive shortcomings exposed at Hillsborough....

    Climbing highest Jesuit’s Travis Johnson reaches over Lakewood’s Lidell Golden Jr. (12) and Gary Sherman Jr. for a fourth-quarter score, though the rally falls short.