Dallas Moore could make history. The 6-foot-1 guard has a chance to become the first player from North Florida selected in the NBA draft. The former Boca Ciega standout also could be the first bay area player drafted since John Henson (Sickles/North Carolina) was taken in the first round in 2012.
Moore, however, will not be glued to the television. In fact, Moore said he will most likely be working out at Eckerd College during the draft....
For the past two years, Kevin Knox led USA Basketball’s junior national teams to world titles.
The opportunity for a third was cut short Wednesday after Knox tweaked his hamstring during tryouts for the U19 team.
Knox, a former Tampa Catholic standout who is entering his freshman season at Kentucky, was encouraged by Wildcats coach John Calipari to return to Lexington to heal....
Tampa Catholic’s Tai Strickland transferred to St. Petersburg earlier this month.
Strickland helped the Crusaders reach the state semifinals two years ago and the state title game this past season. His departure is a blow for Tampa Catholic, which already lost Kevin Knox to graduation. Knox (28.9 points per game) and Strickland (13.2) were the only two that averaged double figures in scoring for the Crusaders last year....
Less than two weeks after committing to Minnesota, Shamaur McDowell made another big decision.
On Tuesday, the senior defensive back said he was transferring from Wiregrass Ranch to IMG Academy.
“My parents and I felt like it was the best decision,” McDowell said. “It will allow me to focus on being the best student-athlete I can be. It will also prepare me for the next stage in my life.”...
Warren Thompson was ready to commit to Oregon once he returned home from a visit last week.
The Armwood receiver loved the coaching staff and the facilities. Still, Thompson did not want to make an impulse decision. So he waited a few days.
He was weighing offers from North Carolina and FSU, the other two schools in his top three.
All signs kept pointing to the Northwest. Thompson has three tattoos of douglas firs on his left arm and he saw those trees on his visit to Eugene. For the past two months, Thompson said he also noticed some ducks that kept strolling past his front yard....
Hillsborough County Player of the Year: SS Hope Hernandez, Sr., Chamberlain
Chris Urso | Times...06/16/17Softballpreps
Player of the year: Hope Hernandez, Sr., Chamberlain
Pitcher of the year: Ashley Blessin, So., Plant City
Coach of the year: Ashley Bullion, Plant City
P Alexys Lawson, Jr., Bloomingdale
P Haley Murphy, Jr., East Bay
P Gabby Vallee, Jr., Chamberlain
P Emalee Jansen, Sr., Steinbrenner
C Chloe Boos, So., Academy of the Holy Names...06/16/17Softballpreps
Player of the year: Tia Williams, Jr., Land O'Lakes
Pitcher of the year: Callie Turner, So., Land O'Lakes
Coach of the year: Mitch Wilkins, Land O'Lakes
P Kama Woodall, Sr., Springstead
P Alexis Kilfoyl, So., Academy at the Lakes
P Jordan Almasy, Fr., Wesley Chapel
P Ali Shenefield, So., Hernando
C Paige Pfent, Jr., Springstead...06/16/17Softballpreps
Player of the year: Taylor Bump, Sr., Canterbury
Pitcher of the year: Savanna Bennett, So., Palm Harbor University
Coach of the year: Jody Moore, Canterbury
P Jordan Lewis, Sr., Countryside
P Ashley Campbell, Sr., Canterbury
P Tori Brennan, Fr., East Lake
P Savannah Farkas, Jr., Northside Christian
C Danielle Romanello, Sr., Canterbury...06/15/17Tranckandfieldpreps
Pinellas Athlete of the Year: Katie Barnett, Sr., Admiral Farragut
Why we picked her: The field event specialist defended her Class A state title in the triple jump, clearing 11.75 meters (38 feet, 6.75 inches). She also finished second in the long jump in 5.52 meters (18 feet, 1.5 inches), ran third leg on the winning 4x100 relay (48.90 seconds) and ran second leg on the third-place 4x400 relay (4:03.89). Barnett contributed to 34 of the Blue Jackets' 54 points to help the team finish as the state runnerup....06/10/17 Blog
Former Tampa Prep standout Juwan Durham announced via Twitter that he is transferring from Connecticut to Notre Dame.
Durham, a 6-foot-11 forward, left the Huskies in April after his freshman season. He visited several schools during his latest recruitment and picked the Fighting Irish over Virginia Tech and Villanova, among others.
Two years ago, Durham committed to UConn after taking his official visit to the school. At the time of his commitment, he was considered a four-star recruit and a top-25 prospect in the 2016 class by nearly every major recruiting service. He was one of the rare bay area basketball stars who committed to a national title contender in the past decade....06/09/17Softballpreps
The accolades are coming in for Land O'Lakes and Canterbury, the two bay area softball programs that won state titles this season.
Gators' pitcher Callie Turner, a sophomore who has already committed to Tennessee, was the named the Class 6A player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. Turner was 17-2 with a 0.21 ERA this season. She also had 249 strikeouts in 133 innings.
Land O'Lakes coach Mitch Wilkins was named the 6A coach of the year. In his fourth season with the program, Wilkins led the Gators to their first fast-pitch title and the first for Pasco County since Ridgewood won in 1992....06/09/17Tranckandfieldpreps
Pinellas Athlete of the Year: James Thorpe, Sr., Indian Rocks Christian
Why we picked him: A lineman in football, Thorpe became adept at throwing the shot put and discus, so much that he set school records in both events. This season he had more lofty goals. He wanted to win state titles. Thorpe accomplished that at the Class A state meet, taking first in the shot with a throw of 16.73 meters (54 feet, 10.75 inches). His throw of 17.42 meters at the region meet ranks third overall in the state. That's not all. Thorpe was the state runnerup in the discus with a mark of 46.75 meters (153.04 feet). ...06/09/17 Blog
Tampa Bay Tech defensive lineman Jonathan King announced via Twitter his commitment to Oregon, giving former USF coach Willie Taggart another top-tier recruit from the Tampa Bay area.
King, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior, is a three-star recruit. He picked the Ducks over Florida, Miami and Penn State among others.
This is the second bay area recruit Oregon has landed from the 2018 class. The other was Wesley Chapel athlete Isaiah Bolden, who switched his commitment from FSU to the Ducks in the spring....06/02/17Footballpreps
Armwood, focusing on continuity in its powerhouse football program, promoted offensive coordinator Evan Davis to coach Friday.
Davis, 31, succeeds his high school coach, Sean Callahan, who resigned after the Hawks' spring jamboree May 18.
It is a job Davis coveted.
"All I ever wanted was a shot," he said. "I turned down head coaching offers elsewhere to stay here."
Davis, who played at Armwood from 1999-2003, returned 11 years ago as an assistant coach and has been the offensive coordinator for the past seven seasons. He figured he would be considered for the top position but never imagined it would happen this quickly. ...