Team of the Week | Armwood
The early-season schedule was supposed to give the Hawks something they wanted: a test. Tampa Bay Tech and Jefferson, the first two opponents, were both region semifinalists in their classifications last year. Each has explosive offenses that can put up points in bunches. The games turned out to be routs. Armwood won both by a combined 77-15. Friday's game against the Dragons was the first for the Hawks after a 23-day layoff. There was no rust. Armwood put together a complete performance in the first half, building a 28-3 lead en route to a 42-3 win. Brian Snead continues to be a force running the ball. And the defensive front seven, led by linemen Malcolm Lamar and Fitzroy Gardner and linebacker James Miller, have made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. ...
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. 16-Friday, Sept. 22. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Mackenzie Dufresne, volleyball, Tarpon Springs: The junior outside hitter had a total of 30 kills and 12 aces in the Spongers’ three wins this week, which included a five-game win over Osceola. The Spongers are 9-0....
CLEARWATER — Trailing by two at halftime to Northeast, the message in the Clearwater Central Catholic locker room was simple: Don't worry, be happy.
"We had a talk in the locker room and we decided that everybody had to get happy,'' sophomore running back Jerzhan Newton said. "When we're mad, we don't play at our best. So we had to chill down.''
Newton and the Marauders were certainly smiling by the end of the game. CCC scored 43 second-half points, thanks mainly to the determined running of Newton, and defeated the Vikings 57-30. Newton finished with 153 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Rory Hicks threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to help the Marauders improve to 4-0....
CLEARWATER — Terry Small was right where he wanted to be Thursday night, coaching East Lake against rival Clearwater. Small took over the program a week ago, just before the Eagles were scheduled to play in the Berkeley Premier against the top team in the nation, Georgia Walton.
Matt Burns, who coached the team last year and the first few weeks of this season, resigned for personal reasons. East Lake athletic director Kris Toscani asked Small if he would take over on short notice. Small, who is a teacher at the school, last coached East Lake in 2010. He resigned prior to the 2011 season amid controversy after 14 years as head coach....
All games at 7:30 unless noted
Central at Weeki Wachee, 7
Page: Central, 21-16
Putnam: Central 20-14
Crystal River at Nature Coast
Page: Nature Coast, 31-14
Putnam: Nature Coast 35-7
Volleyball is back in full swing after Hurricane Irma, with schools playing just about every day this week. Locally, Academy of the Holy Names will host a weekend tournament. Here are the teams involved and the schedule:
Pool A: Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa Bay HEAT, Shorecrest, Robinson
Pool B: Tampa Prep, Tampa Catholic, Riverview, Sarasota
Friday: AHN vs. Shorecrest, 4; Tampa Prep vs. Riverview, 4; Tampa Bay HEAT vs. Robinson, 5:15; Tampa Catholic vs. Sarasota, 5:15; AHN vs. Robinson, 6:30; Tampa Prep vs. Sarasota, 6:30; Tampa HEAT vs. Shorecrest, 7:45; Tampa Catholic vs. Riverview, 7:45...
Lawrance Toafili was a bit of a secret when the season started. The Pinellas Park High sophomore began last year on the junior varsity and was expected to stay there the entire season. But injuries to varsity players forced his promotion for the final five games.
He carried the ball 29 times in the Patriots' wing-T formation and gained 221 yards. Not eye-popping, but enough to give coach Kenny Crawford confidence that he had his next big running back. ...
WESLEY CHAPEL – Mitchell entered Tuesday night’s match against Wesley Chapel with a bit of an advantage. The Mustangs played in the Berkeley Invitational last weekend and got in five matches against quality competition. The Bulls, on the other hand, had only one practice on Monday after a near two-week break due to Hurricane Irma.
If there was any rust, it didn’t show. Wiregrass Ranch won the first game, then gave Mitchell all it could handle before the Mustangs pulled out a 17-25, 25-16, 25-20, 27-29, 15-13 win....
09/19/17 Volleyball Preps
Matt Burns has resigned as East Lake volleyball coach 10 matches into the 2017 season, according to athletic director Kris Toscani. Toscani wrote in an email that Burns has resigned to spend time with his family and that the new coach is Terry Small.
Small is also the old coach.
Small was with the program for 15 seasons. The Eagles won the Class 5A state championship in 2010, But Small resigned after the season amid allegations of giving some student-athletes impermissible benefits. The school was eventually fined $11,250 and forced to pay the Florida High School Athletic Association $1,125 in investigative fees. ...
09/19/17 Volleyball Preps
1. Plant (2-0)
This week: Friday-Saturday at Venice tournament
The buzz: The Panthers have not played a match in September due to the hurricane. Clearly, they are anxious to get back on the court. As expected, junior Camryn Vogler is the top hitter for a potent offense that needs to shake off the rust. ...
EAST LAKE – Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford has never beaten East Lake in four previous attempts. He had his best chance on Monday night and decided to gamble.
The Patriots scored with 18 seconds left to cut the lead to one point. Instead of kicking an extra point and going to overtime, Crawford called for a two-point play. Quarterback Brandon Coppola took a shotgun snap, rolled right and passed to Lawrance Toafili. Toafili fell down 1 yard short of the end zone and East Lake escaped with a 17-16 win....
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Gabriela Quarles, Carrollwood Day
Quarles has been a member of the varsity volleyball team since eighth grade. That's probably not surprising since she comes from an athletic family. Her father, Shelton, played linebacker for the Buccaneers from 1997-2006 and was part of the 2002 Super Bowl team.
But Gabriela didn't really take to the sport right away....
Clearwater Central Catholic won the East Lake Invitational at Lansbrook Golf Club on Saturday by one shot over host East Lake's A team. The Marauders shot a team score of 304. East Lake shot 305. CCC's Clark Lea was the tournament medalist with 2-under 69. Teammate Thomas Salanito shot 1-under 70 to finish second. ...
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. Because weather has interrupted a good bit of this season so far, these nominations span the start of the regular season thru Friday, Sept. 15 Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Ellie Burris, volleyball, Indian Rocks Christian: The senior had 14 blocks, four aces and 23 digs in a 3-1 win over Academy of the Holy Names on Aug. 29. She’s at 90 digs for the season....
The 25th annual Berkeley Premier volleyball tournament will be held today and Saturday despite the hit from Hurricane Irma that closed schools for the entire week.
Berkeley Prep will host 14 schools in today’s pool play, which starts at 4 p.m. Saturday morning there will be more pool play before teams are broken into brackets. The final is scheduled for 3:30 on Saturday.
The tournament was originally scheduled to have 16 teams but some schools backed out due to the hurricane. There were some late additions to boost the field to 14....