Lakewood outside hitter Berkley Whaley, the St. Petersburg Times' 2009 Pinellas County volleyball player of the year, has given an oral commitment to Florida.
Whaley, who will be a junior this year for the Spartans, has had the Gators at the top of her list since her recruitment began, and she recently decided to commit to the school where she always saw herself playing.
"It's been the favorite college of my family. I've always wanted to go there," said Whaley, who averaged more than six kills a game as a sophomore. "Florida's close to home, which was a big part of my college decision, and it's a good school."
Florida was the first school to make an offer to the 6-foot Whaley, and she picked up another offer when she went to a volleyball camp at Florida State. Three-time defending NCAA Division I national champion Penn State, Nebraska and a handful of West Coast schools invited Whaley to their camps as well. Nebraska seemed particularly interested, flying down for one night to watch Whaley practice with her club team.
"They were really nice," Whaley said. "But Nebraska was just way too far for me."
Whaley said she's glad to have the recruiting process behind her.
"I just know Florida is where I want to go," she said.
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Largo offensive coordinator steps aside
Largo offensive coordinator Dave Angelo, who has engineered one of Tampa Bay's most prolific scoring attacks in the past five years, is stepping down as he pursues a career in administration.
He still plans on helping coach quarterbacks while assisting new offensive coordinator Ryan Taylor.Taylor, the junior varsity offensive coordinator last season, will call the plays.
Angelo was a former assistant coach at Cincinnati Moeller before joining the Packers staff in 2003. He was Largo's offensive coordinator during a recent playoff run, which includes five straight district titles and state semifinal appearances in 2007 and '08.
"Dave is a heck of guy and he's not a big ego guy at all," coach Rick Rodriguez said. "He still wants to help when he can."
OSCEOLA'S MCKINNEY, MACHASEK SIGN: Osceola running back Edwin McKinney, one of Pinellas County's leading rushers the past two seasons, ended his long recruiting process by signing with Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, Warriors coach George Palmer said.
Fort Scott went 11-1 last season and is considered one of the top junior college programs in the country.
McKinney, a first-team, all-county selection last season, rushed for more than 1,400 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.
"We're happy that Edwin is getting this opportunity," Palmer said. "He wants to play Division I football and this puts him on the right path to doing that."
McKinney's teammate, Cody Machacek, an offensive lineman, also signed. Machacek is going to Belhaven, an NAIA school in Jackson, Miss.
IRC'S GATTUSO TO DAYTONA STATE: Indian Rocks Christian pitcher Tyler Gattuso has signed with Daytona State, Golden Eagles coach Adam Moravick said. Gattuso is the first IRC baseball player to sign with a college since 2004.
This past season, Gattuso, a left-hander, was 2-6 with 38 strikeouts and a 5.60 ERA. He hit .333.
Times staff writers Bob Putnam and John C. Cotey contributed to this report.
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LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS DISTRICT TOURNAMENTS
District 5 - Today's schedule
Major baseball at Seminole: Northeast vs. Seminole, 6 p.m.; Gulf Beaches vs. Pinellas Park, 8 p.m.
Major softball at Seminole: Baypoint vs. Seminole/Northeast, 6 p.m.
Junior baseball at Seminole: Gulf Beaches vs. Azalea, 6 p.m.
District 12 - Saturday's result
9-10 baseball: Palm Harbor 13, Safety Harbor 2
Today's schedule (games 7 p.m.)
9-10 baseball: West Pasco at Holiday
9-10 softball: Tarpon Springs at East Lake; Safety Harbor vs. West Pasco at Clearwater
10-11 baseball at Largo: Palm Harbor vs. Safety Harbor; East Lake vs. Holiday
Major baseball at Holiday: Largo vs. Countryside; West Pasco vs. Dunedin
Junior baseball: Palm Harbor at Safety Harbor; Clearwater vs. Largo at Englebert Complex
Countryside at Holiday: Dunedin vs. East Lake at Englebert Complex
Junior softball at Clearwater: Tarpon Springs vs. Clearwater