Schuyler Swanton, above, Springstead's only All-American and reigning Class 2A champion at 103 pounds, has orally committed to Virginia Tech. According to Swanton's father, Chris, the state-ranked 112-pound senior met with Hokies coach Kevin Dresser and intends to join the ACC program this fall. Last season, Swanton followed his runnerup finish at 103 pounds in 2006 by pinning Naples Barron Collier's Joey Kessler in the state finals in 1:32. He moved up to 112 pounds this season with the intention of garnering more attention from college recruiters.
At the collegiate level the minimum weight class is 125 pounds, a weight Swanton should have no trouble meeting. In the summer of 2006, Swanton finished fifth at the Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D., to become the Eagles' first All-American.
Boys basketball poll
The lone North Suncoast boys basketball team to gain any state recognition was Ridgewood (14-3) in the Class 5A poll. The Rams received two votes but did not crack this week's top 10.
Compiled by Times staff writers Izzy Gould and David Murphy. Correspondents Derek J. LaRiviere and Mike Camunas contributed to this report.
Bryant makes it official
Land O'Lakes outside hitter Jessica Bryant, who orally committed to Saint Leo in the fall, was officially announced as an incoming Lion by the school Tuesday. The 5-foot-10 senior will play outside hitter for Saint Leo, which went 24-14 last season.
"Jess Bryant will add depth at the outside hitter position for us, and we are anxious to see her develop," Lions coach Sam Cibrone said. Bryant led Land O'Lakes with 172 digs and ranked third on the team in kills with 373 this season.
On the Web: Dandy dozen
Pinellas Park vaults into the top spot in our boys basketball rankings, and St. Petersburg Catholic reclaims No. 1 for the girls, all at highschool.tampabay.com.
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