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Football: Oruwariye Picks Vanderbilt

Posted Oct 24, 2013 by Nick Williams

Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Gaither senior Amani Oruwariye has verbally committed to Vanderbilt, Gaither coach Jason Stokes said.

Oruwariye, a two-way athlete, has caught seven passes for 159 yards with a touchdown and in the secondary, has collected 32 tackles with two interceptions and five pass deflections.

Oruwariye joins Armwood’s Kyle Gibson as verbal commits to the Commodores from the county.

Swimming: Tampa Prep’s Waite commits to Assumption

Posted Oct 15, 2013 by Nick Williams

Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 06:33 AM

Tampa Prep Senior Carylyn Waite has verbally committed to swim for Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, Athletic Director Mike Flynn has announced. She accepted the scholarship offer this past Thursday and will sign with the Greyhounds in November.

“I grew up in New York City before coming to Tampa and swimming at Tampa Prep for Jason Bowes, so I’m excited to be going back up north where the Greyhounds coach is expecting me to help them win a Conference championship.” Assumption College is a Division 2 School that competes in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Waite has been in the State finals in relays and individual events since she arrived in Tampa as a 7th grader. In 2008 her Medley Relay won the Consolation Finals and she was named to the Hillsborough County Swimming First Team.  In 2011 she broke the school’s 20 year 100 breaststroke record and was on the 200 Freestyle Relay that won the Bronze medal at States. She is currently on the 200 Free Relay and 200 Medley Relay teams that hold school records.

Anclote RB Willie Barrett picks up first Division I offer

Posted Oct 15, 2013 by Mike Camunas

Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 02:41 PM

Willie Barrett’s Tweet said it all with a hashtag. #finally.

Barrett, the bruising Anclote senior running back and linebacker, picked up his first, but long-awaited Division I offer today: from Marist College, a private school located in Poughkeepies, New York.

Barrett announced the offer on Twitter, posting a photo of the official letter. Barrett became one of Pasco County’s top running backs as a junior last season, rushing for 1,405 yards and 14 touchdowns to guide the Sharks to their first postseason berth. Previously, Barrett has only had interest from Division II schools, including from Black Hills State College, a Division II program in Spearfish, South Dakota.

This season, Barrett is second on the team with 503 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns, plus a touchdown reception. On defense, Barrett has a team-high 62 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks.

Anclote (3-3, 2-0 5A-7) is coming off a bye week, but has won three straight and is a contender, along with Hudson (4-2), for the program’s first district title.

Correspondent Mike Camunas can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on Twitter @MikeCamunas.

Girls Basketball: Top ranked senior Gregory has pool of offers, including USF

Posted Oct 9, 2013 by Nick Williams

Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 01:55 PM

Strawberry Crest senior guard Aliyah Gregory, ranked by several scouting services as one of the top senior guards in the country, may soon commit to one of the many schools recruiting her.

According to her head coach LaTosha Lewis, Gregory has offers from Pittsburgh, Central Florida, James Madison, South Florida, Jacksonville and South Alabama. Gregory has already visited JMU, Jacksonville and South Alabama. Lewis say Gregory may sign in November during the fall signing period.

Last season, in leading the Chargers to a 20-8 record, Gregory averaged 21.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game.

Pasco High WR Nate Craig out four weeks with ankle sprain

Posted Oct 7, 2013 by Mike Camunas

Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 08:12 PM

As if a 2-3 record through Week 6 wasn’t bad enough, now Pasco High’s football team may be without their star receiver the rest of the season.

Sophomore reciever Nate Craig told the Tampa Tribune he suffered a severe ankle sprain in Friday night’s 38-14 loss to 5A-6 district foe Bushnell South Sumter and will miss four weeks.

“Yeah it’s a bad sprain ankle injury. They (the doctors) said (they’re) surprised it’s not broken. But I’m out 4 weeks,” Craig said.

Craig, who has 16 Division-I scholarship offers including from Ohio State, Florida and Florida State and 366 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, was returning a kickoff late in the fourth quarter Friday night when he landed on his right leg funny after being tackled. Craig would have to be carted out of W.F. Edwards Stadium and has been on crutches since sustaining the injury.

Its a big blow to a Pirates offense that has not found its rhythm with players such as ATH Malik Johns and junior QB Grant Starling, while Pasco (2-3) has already found itself in a 0-2 hole in 5A-6 district play. If Craig misses four weeks, he would miss the rest of the Pirates district schedule which includes, in order, Weeki Wachee, Hernando, Central and 9-Mile War rival Zephyrhills, but could return for season finale with River Ridge.

Correspondent Mike Camunas can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on Twitter @MikeCamunas.