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Three athletes to sign at Plant on Thursday
Posted Nov 11, 2013 by Nick Williams
Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 02:06 PM
The following athletes will sign national letters of intent on Thursday at 3:15 PM in the media center at Plant high school.
Megan Przeslawski; Norfolk State University; Softball
Stephen Chamblee; Florida Atlantic; Baseball
Madison (Madi) Butler; Converse College; Lacrosse
Jesuit/TC Notebook: Freshman RB Davis shines in spotlight
Posted Nov 9, 2013 by Bart O'Connell
Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 01:36 AM
TAMPA—In his first experience of playing in a big high school football rivalry game, Jesuit freshman RB Malik Davis appeared to be the most comfortable offensive player on the field during Friday’s 13-9 win against Tampa Catholic.
The speedy 5-foot-10 runner provided most of the Tigers’ early-game offensive spark. His first five carries all went for at least 10 yards, and he finished with 12 carries for 124 yards on the night.
“Not at all, I wasn’t surprised,” said Jesuit coach Matt Thompson of Davis. “He’s going to be one of the best backs in this area.”
Davis did not start, but came in late on Jesuit’s first offensive drive and posted back-to-back runs of 11 and 13 yards, setting up the first of two Rliett Waldron field goals.
He rushed the Tigers into field goal range again two drives later, gaining 13 and 32 yards on consecutive plays, before an interception thwarted the drive.
The Jesuit/TC games are usually decided by the best rushing team, and Davis led the Tigers to a 178-to-64 edge in rushing yards over the Crusaders.
KEEPING HEADS UP: Tampa Catholic coach Mike Gregory’s message to the team after the loss was about the future, and how beating Jesuit is not the ultimate goal his team should have.
“This is just a bump in the road,” Gregory said on the field to the players afterwards. “It stings. It’s going to hurt. If you want to cry about it on the bus, go ahead…But this is not our main goal, our objective. That starts next week.”
The Crusaders (8-2) dominated Class 3A-District 4 en route to winning the title and will host Melbourne Holy Trinity in the first round of the postseason.
“Let’s shock everybody and go win a state title,” he said.
TOP PERFORMERS: The stat sheet showed a remarkable defensive effort by Jesuit, which held Tampa Catholic to 190 total yards and sacked Crusaders QB Kyle Ploucher six times.
Parker Looney had a pair of sacks on Ploucher in the final drive, while Jack Taylor had 1.5 sacks as well as a blocked extra point.
Tampa Catholic also had some stars on defense, mainly Willie Conley, who intercepted the Tigers twice.
On offense, T.J. Harrell overcame a slow first half to rush for 83 yards and a TD on 12 carries. He had just eight yards rushing at halftime.
Ploucher finished 12-of-21 passing for 126 yards. Justin Motlow had seven receptions for 99 yards.
Jesuit finished with 232 yards of offense. In addition to Davis, Kevin Newman had 66 total yards (49 rushing, 17 receiving) and the Tigers’ lone touchdown. Ryan Black had 53 yards receiving and 13 yards rushing.
STREAK STATS: In addition to winning their 14th consecutive game in the rivalry, the Tigers have also won 22 of the last 24 since 1990. Jesuit leads the all-time series 36-11 since the rivalry began in 1965 with the first varsity meeting.
ODDS AND ENDS: Former Jesuit soccer coach Bob Bauman was honored at halftime. ... Former TC head coach and current Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez watched the game from the sidelines throughout. ... FOX 13 news anchor Kelly Ring tweeted that she served the pregame meal to Jesuit before kickoff.
Appendix surgery sidelines Jesuit QB Testaverde for TC game
Posted Nov 9, 2013 by Bart O'Connell
Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Jesuit QB Vincent Testaverde was not able to play in Friday night’s rivalry game with Tampa Catholic, after feeling discomfort in his abdominal area Thursday night that doctors said would require appendix surgery.
Testaverde is expected to miss next week’s playoff game against Auburndale, but could return for subsequent games according to Jesuit coach Matt Thompson.
Testaverde attended Friday’s senior night ceremonies, and participated in the coin toss without his pads on before the game. Prior to kickoff, he told tbo.com he was getting the surgery at around 10 p.m. Friday night.
“I’m not in much pain [physically], but emotionally I am,” he said. “I started feeling bad stomach pains last night and it carried through [Friday] morning.”
Testaverde was informed that there was a risk to playing with an inflamed appendix. If he was to get hit a certain way, the appendix may have ruptured and required emergency surgery that could have sidelined him for the remainder of the postseason. By doing surgery immediately, while the appendix remains in tact, he has a chance to return if Jesuit advances past the first round.
“If there was any way I could play with the [situation] I’m in, I would be out there for sure,” Testaverde said.
Thompson was informed at around 12 p.m. of Testaverde’s condition by the quarterback’s father Vinny, the former University of Miami and NFL quarterback who is an assistant coach with the Tigers.
Junior Trent Wessel started and played the entire game for Jesuit, which went on to win 13-9, their 14th consecutive win against Tampa Catholic in the 48-year old rivalry series.
Thompson is optimistic Testaverde will be back if Jesuit beats Auburndale next week.
“The surgery is minimally-invasive, so the recovery should be quick,” Thompson said.
Tampa Sports Commision hosts East-West baseball combine
Posted Nov 8, 2013 by Jarrett Guthrie
Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 05:41 AM
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission through a partnership with Hillsborough County, will host its sixth annual High School Baseball combine. The event, which will be hosted at Jesuit’s Hyer Family Park, takes place Saturday as 50 local high school baseball players will go through batting practice, infield/outfield and then play in a 12-inning exhibition.
The players will be split into two teams of around 25 players representing the East and West of Hillsborough County. The East team will be coached by Wharton coach Scott Hoffman and Brandon High coach Matt Stallbaumer, while the west will be coached by Alonso’s Landy Faedo and Robinson’s Kevin McCray.
The area organizer, Gaither baseball coach Frank Permuy said the combine is geared toward providing currently uncommitted upper classmen a chance to get scouts and college coaches’ attention. TBSC Multimedia Specialist Michael Farrant said the event usually draws 5-10 college coaches as well as scouts.
“The Tampa Bay Sports Commission works to recruit coaches and scouts from local colleges to attend and recruit the athletes participating in the game,” an e-mail from Farrant to the Tampa Tribune read.
The event held each year since 2008, begins at 9 a.m. with registration, with the scrimmage taking place at 11 a.m. Admission is free to parents and the public.
East Roster: Andrew Anderson (Freedom), Anthony Granpietro (Freedom), Austin Sullivan (Brandon), Manuel Aguillera (Tampa Bay Tech), Isaiah Arroyo (TBT), Scotty May (Armwood), Garrett Walderon (Armwood), Tristan DeLuna (Wharton), Darren Gooden (Wharton), Mike Wells (Plant City), Zack Mondoux (PC), Skylar Wilson (PC), Michael Stewart (King), John Hernandez (King), Luckas Douglas (Riverview), Angel Morales (Riverview), Alex Wilson (East Bay), Keaton Bruce (EB), Matt Collado (Strawberry Crest), Flabio Garcia (Strawberry Crest), Conner Crispell (Seffner Christian) and Tyler Long (Durant).
West Roster: Colin Campble (Carrollwood Day), Harry Gonzalez (CDS), Danny Lastra (Jesuit), Kaswy Radke (Jesuit), Tim Walters (Chamberlain), Shayne White (Chamberlain), Jordan Ding (Alonso), Wyatt Reid (Alonso), Chris Minor (Gaither), Tyler Tyson (Gaither), Rodney Jackson (Leto), Jonatan Alvarez (Leto), Trey Robinson (Jefferson), Jose Cuellar (Jefferson), Charlie Cole (Robinson), T.J. Cole (Robinson), Chris Figeruedo (Hillsborough), Jesus Vega (Hillsborough), Clayton Smith (Tampa Catholic), Connor Black (Tampa Catholic), Nick DeTringo (Tampa Prep), Zach Lynn (Tampa Prep).
Jesuit to honor former soccer coach Bauman at football game Friday
Posted Nov 7, 2013 by Jarrett Guthrie
Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Jesuit has announced its plan to honor former boys soccer coach Bob Bauman, who retired earlier this year to focus on his judicial campaign. The school plans to honor Bauman, who coached the Tigers for 26 years including winning five state soccer titles at a reception and ceremony Friday, November 8 during Jesuit’s football game against Tampa Catholic.
There is a reception planned to run from 5:30-7 p.m. in the school’s library, before the game and Jesuit plans to honor Bauman during halftime.
Bauman won 581 career games as Jesuit’s coach and is now pursuing the Hillsborough Circuit Court, Group 34 judgeship.
Bauman was succeeded as head soccer coach by Jesuit Hall of Fame soccer and baseball player Eric Sims. Sims, who was a member of Jesuit’s 1995 state championship team before playing two sports at the University of Tampa, was most recently the coach at Gaither High.