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Berkeley Prep pair named volleyball all-stars

Published Oct. 12, 2005

Berkeley Prep seniors Kelly Flannigan and Eileen Murfee were named to the all-star team after two days of grueling competition among 21 volleyball teams in the high school Challenge Tournament last weekend in Chicago.

Flannigan, a setter, made 149 kills, and Murfee, a middle hitter, had 61 in the Bucs' five games.

Berkeley went 3-2 in the competition, placing fourth after a 15-11, 15-8 loss to tournament winner Carona Delmar of Los Angeles in the semifinals and losing to third-place Wahlert of Dubuque, Iowa, in the consolations.

According to Berkeley head coach Randy Dagostino, seven of the 21 teams were ranked in the top 12 by Volleyball Monthly.

Prior to the tournament, Wahlert was ranked as the top prep team in the country by USA Today.

For their efforts in the prestigious tourney, Murfee and Flannigan are recognized for the Hillsborough County high school athletic Performance of the Week.

"Kelly and Eileen simply played flawless matches," said Dagostino. "For the first time since I have been coaching here, I can truthfully say we were beaten by better teams. But as for Kelly and Eileen, they had their best performance ever."

Football: Jesuit junior tailback Morris Harris was not intimidated by the wet field and rain when the Tigers traveled to St. Petersburg to take on Lakewood last Friday night.

He carried the ball 17 times for 157 yards and an astounding five touchdowns.

In three games this season, Harris has scored 10 touchdowns for 60 points to lead all county scorers.

Jesuit rolled to a 61-0 victory over Lakewood, extending its record to 2-0 in Class 3A, District 11 and to 3-1 overall.

"With the wet weather, we were concerned with how he would be able to do, but he had great footing and good balance all night," Jesuit head coach Dominick Ciao said of Harris. "Once he gets the football, he becomes a super competitor. Our offensive line and power backs made holes in St. Pete's defensive line all night, and once Morris got past the line he did great."

The Tigers' offensive line included Dave Meurer, Darren Garland, Brian McNulty, Clarence Johnson, Patrick Browning, Nicky Reader and Alex Simpson. Jeff Fernandez and Hezekhia Jackson played the two power back slots.

Court Wolbe, Dan Quinn, Zack Powell and Fernandez each scored one of the four other Jesuit touchdowns.

Other outstanding football performances included Hillsborough senior Corey Durant's four touchdowns in the Terriers' 27-6 win over Gaither.

Durant scored on runs of 3, 4, and 91 yards, and on an 80-yard kickoff return. He totaled 154 yards rushing.

Temple Heights senior Josh Young had 16 carries for 125 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 20-7 win over Trinity Prep Friday night. It was the Eagles' first win in four games this season.

Young's touchdowns were on runs of 19 and 4 yards. He also kicked two extra points.

Berkeley Prep senior quarterback Brett Zinober guided the Bucs to a come-from-behind 17-10 victory over St. Petersburg Catholic Friday night by passing for one touchdown and running for another.

Senior running back Alston Barrow caught the 19-yard scoring pass in the second quarter to put the Bucs out front. Zinober ran in from the 28 in the third quarter for Berkeley's final touchdown.

Bucs senior placekicker Matt Hill maintained his position as the leading kicker in the county by adding a 36-yard field goal and two extra points, bringing his total in four games to 22.