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ALONSO SS SWITCHES TO MARSHALL

Baseball

Alonso senior shortstop Tito Martinez, who originally signed with Polk State College, is now heading to play college baseball at Marshall.

Martinez was granted his release from Polk and has signed with the Thundering Herd, his father David Martinez, said in an e-mail.

Martinez, Alonso's leadoff hitter, helped the Ravens to back-to-back Class 6A state tournament appearances. Alonso won a state title in 2009.

Martinez is also the only player to make the Saladino all-tournament team three times in his high school career with two different schools.

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Football

Nature Coast standout picks UF

Nature Coast receiver Ja'Juan Story was "amazed" by the University of Florida and what it has to offer.

After his visit last week to the Gainesville campus, he decided to orally commit Monday afternoon. In a conversation with Florida assistant Dan McCarney, Story said, "Florida is a school that can help me reach my dream."

McCarney then welcomed him to the Gator family.

Story, ranked No. 3 on the St. PetersburgTimes' Fab 50 prospects list for 2011, had 28 scholarship offers including ones from schools such as Ohio State, Notre Dame, Miami and Florida State.

"I feel like I've seen everything I've needed to see," Story said. "It was amazing. I got along good with all the coaches.

"When I talked to the academic man I liked what they had in store for me. I don't even see why I should go somewhere else."

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