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"They look fantastic. They're one of the faster teams in the county, if not the fastest. There's a reason they're ranked so high."

Alonso football coach Mike Heldt's reaction to watching Spoto's defense on film. The Ravens face the Spartans tonight.

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Quote of the day II

"When you look at her, she looks as slow as paint drying. She doesn't look like she could get out of her own way. But as the race goes on, Abby just gets stronger."

Wharton cross country coach Wes Newton on No. 1 girls runner Abby Ritter, left.

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Terps coach all smiles after loss

TAMPA - Despite losing in five games to Clearwater at home Thursday night, Tampa Prep volleyball coach Mike Flynn couldn't help but smile.

"I'm going to be smiling at the toll plaza guy tonight," he said. "My team worked hard tonight. Here's your $1.75."

Clearwater, under first-year coach Joe Dixon, was looking for a good early-season match. The Tornadoes came away with exactly that, including a hard-fought win.

They came back from a 2 games to 1 deficit to beat the Terps 25-23, 24-26, 17-25, 25-23, 15-12.

"We were a little loose," Dixon said. "We thought, let's just dig in and instead of four people playing a point, five people playing a point, let's have all six people play every point."

Junior outside hitter Kelsey Soto had 15 kills for Clearwater (2-1). Junior Ericka McGriff led the Terps (1-1) with 13 kills and Savannah Cantrell added 11 kills.

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Picks to click

Five football players we expect to shine tonight:

LB Sam Jones, Tampa Bay Tech: Should easily reach double digits in tackles against run-heavy Riverview

WR/RB Jesse Anaya, Alonso: Watch for his second-half reception total to exceed his first-half production

QB Tyler Guy, Freedom: We're projecting a second consecutive four-TD contest tonight against King

QB Bennie Coney, Plant City: Raiders have big hopes for this sophomore, who threw for 170 yards last week; watch for another nice night.

RB/FS Darius Bing, Carrollwood Day: Had 59 yards rushing, a 59-yard TD catch, 85-yard kick return for a TD, 10 tackles last week. 'Nuff said.

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New soccer coach for Terps

Pam Smith, who coached the Tampa Prep girls soccer team to the Class 2A state championship two seasons ago, is no longer coaching the Terrapins.

Smith said her contract as a PE/health teacher was not renewed at the end of last school year. She was asked to return as girls soccer coach, but declined.

Tampa Prep advanced to the state tournament the past two seasons and played in the region tournament the past five years.

The school hired Cindy Schofield, a former assistant under Smith, to take over the program, assistant AD Mike Flynn confirmed. Schofield, who starred at Florida State from 1999-2002, left FSU as the school's all-time leading scorer.

Smith coaches JV volleyball at Berkeley Prep, where she graduated in 1989.

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