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STARS FROM THE START

The high school season kicked off for most sports last week and there were plenty of athletes who made impressive debuts with their new schools. Here are a few.

Football

Adrian Golden, Tarpon Springs: The Gulf transfer was a star in the Spongers' backfield, accounting for 285 total yards against Palm Harbor University in the season opener. Golden also showed an ability to turn long gains into touchdowns, scoring on a 93-yard kickoff return, a 50-yard run and a 59-yard reception.

Alex Skinner, Largo: A transfer from Ottawa, Skinner made the most of his first start at quarterback for the Packers, throwing for 180 yards and four touchdowns against Dunedin in the season opener. Better still, Skinner performed well in front of his parents, who flew in from Canada to watch the game.

Volleyball

Leah Mitchell, Clearwater: The transfer from River Ridge is a middle blocker who gives the Tornadoes a strong presence at the net and played well in a season-opening win over Largo.

Golf

Dustin Vingus, Palm Harbor University: The East Lake transfer shot 81 at the East Lake Invitational, which ranked second among the Hurricanes. His score was respectable considering the meet was held at Wentworth Country Club, one of the toughest high school courses in the county.

Swimming

Jessica Piper (Shorecrest), Lauren Piper (Northeast): The sisters transferred from Sarasota Riverview but to different schools. Jessica won the 200 individual medley and 100 fly and also swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay and 400 free relay in a dual meet against St. Petersburg Catholic.

Lauren also won the 200 IM and swam legs on the winning 200 medley relay and 400 free relay in a dual meet against Seminole.

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