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Mississippi's Tim Elko holds the trophy while celebrating a win over Oklahoma in Game 2 of the College World Series baseball finals Sunday in Omaha, Neb.
When the draft didn’t work out a year ago for the Hillsborough High alum, he focused on unfinished college business.
The top-200 national recruit becomes the Gators’ top recruit in the 2023 class.
The rising junior is hopeful of playing basketball for the Panthers next season.
The championship is the first for the Warriors in softball, with freshman Morgen Talley doing a lot of the heavy lifting.

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  1. Mississippi's Tim Elko holds the trophy while celebrating a win over Oklahoma in Game 2 of the College World Series baseball finals Sunday in Omaha, Neb.
  2. Lakewood High edge rusher Isaiah Nixon flipped from UCF to the Florida Gators.
  3. Plant High 16-year-old junior Jayden Spencer (No. 1 jersey) shaves the head of Bucs vice-president of player personnel John Spytek during the team's "Cut and Color for a Cure" fundraiser June 8 at AdventHealth Training Center. Quarterback Kyle Trask (right) got his head shaved and colored at the event, which raised $117,000 for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. JOEY KNIGHT | Times
  4. Moments after the final out was made in the Class 3A state softball final Thursday night, Calvary Christian players swarm freshman pitcher Morgen Talley, hugged in center. Calvary defeated Hernando 7-4 to claim the first state softball title for the Warriors.
  5. North Broward Prep players celebrate as Berkeley Prep second baseman Anthony Castillo stops between first and second base following the final out of the Class 3A final. North Broward Prep won 5-3.
  6. A Tampa Prep volleyball player spontaneously picks up Carol Chalu, the school's athletic director, as Chalu hands out gold medals following the Terrapins' victory in the Class 2A state final in 2001. Chalu won 12 state titles in 21 seasons as Tampa Prep coach and spent more than 30 years as the school's athletic director.
  7. Jesuit rightfielder Jake Kulikowski, left front, and AJ Nessler, holding state trophy, help begin the celebration for the Tigers moments after Jesuit sealed up a 6-0 victory over Melbourne Eau Gallie in the Class 5A state title game on Saturday.
  8. Robinson won its sixth straight flag football state title Saturday in Jacksonville, defeating Choctawhatchee 18-14 in the Class A state final.
  9. Wharton coach Tommy Tonelli, left, and Bloomingdale coach Shawn Vanzant during the 2021 ceremony to retire the No. 2 jersey Vanzant wore at Wharton from 2003-2007. The first Wildcats player to have his jersey formally retired, Vanzant has been hired to replace Tonelli as Wildcats coach. Tonelli announced his retirement in April.
  10. Safety Dane Belton, a Tampa native who played at Iowa, is projected as a Day 3 pick in this week's NFL draft.
  11. Florida Gators defensive lineman Zachary Carter (6) is hoping his versatility will help him in the NFL.
  12. Byron Pringle signed with the Bears last month after spending four seasons with the Chiefs, where he won a Super Bowl and appeared in another.
  13. King High baseball players lift coach Jim Macaluso after his 600th career victory, a 5-3 triumph against Hillsborough on March 2, 2017. The school's baseball field is being named in Macaluso's honor.
  14. Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Joey Krehbiel, a Seminole High School grad, is wearing these specially designed cleats as the Rays play the Orioles this weekend. His agent connected him with Eckerd College student Abby O’Donnell, who runs a side business designing shoes.
  15. Cambridge Christian football players join their opponents in prayer after a game.
  16. Members of The Mitchell High hockey team skate during a practice at Tampa Bay Skating Academy in March. The team advanced to the USA Hockey nationals for the second time in program history.
  17. Gage Wilcox, seen here at Jefferson High in 2019, suffered a career-ending injury at Florida.
  18. Members of the Mitchell High School hockey team listen to instructions during a practice Monday at The Tampa Bay Skating Academy.
  19. Plant tops Sickles 7-6 Wednesday night for the Gold Division title in the annual Saladino Baseball Tournament.
  20. USF football coach Jeff Scott is advocating for high school coaches and teachers to be paid more.
  21. St. Petersburg coach Chris Blackwell, center, consoles junior guards Marquris Curry Jr., left, and Tristan Gross moments after the Green Devils lost 64-40 to Fort Lauderdale Stranahan in the Class 5A final Saturday at RP Funding Center in Lakeland.
  22. The Tampa Prep boys soccer team celebrates after its 2-0 victory over Miami Ransom Everglades in the Class 3A final Thursday at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand. Tampa Prep finished the season 21-0 and ranked No. 1 in the nation by Maxpreps.com.
  23. Paul Neglio poses for a portrait earlier this month at Esports Players Club in Tampa. He is trying to become the oldest drafted esports athlete in the NBA 2K League.
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