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Fivay’s Briannah Nemetz selected to for Australian volleyball tourney
Posted Nov 4, 2013 by Mike Camunas
Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Fivay senior outside hitter Briannah Nemetz has been selected to represent her state and country in a volleyball tournament by Down Under Sports in Australia next summer.
Nemetz, who along with her twin sister, Ashleigh, have led the Falcons (23-6) to the program’s first district title this season and a region semifinal match Tuesday with district foe Anclote, will play in a seven-day-long tournament in July and play on the team consisting of players from Florida. It will be the 16th annual volleyball tournament.
Nemetz, who helped guide the Falcons to a region finalist berth last season, is second on the team in kills (231) behind her sister, Ashleigh (247).
Land O’ Lakes, Sunlake dominate 2013 FACA District 10 All-Star Football Team
Posted Oct 24, 2013 by Mike Camunas
Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 03:54 PM
The town of Land O’ Lakes is well represented when it comes to football players.
Land O’ Lakes and Sunlake, crosstown rivals that battled into overtime just last Friday, had 13 combined players named to the 2013 Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 10 All-Star Team during Wednesday night’s meeting at Central High in Brooksville.
Zephyrhills coach Reggie Roberts was named Coach of the Year, however, just four of the 13 Pasco County public high schools were present for the voting. Hudson and Zephryhills also had players named to the Offensive and Defensive District 10 teams.
Land O’ Lakes junior southpaw QB James Pensyl, who has 1,516 passing yards and 10 touchdowns, was named the top signal caller, while Sunlake junior running back, Nathan Johnson, who has a county-high 1,158 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, was the top rusher.
Also from the Gators on offense was receiver Javin Tandy (368 yards, 3 TD), tight end Liam Heaney (452, 4 TD) and kicker Andy Dowler (43 points, 7-for-10 FGs, 22-for-24 PATs), while LB Darius Wells (6.5 sacks), DL Shaheed Salmon (6.5 sacks, 73 tackles) and DB Deionte Strozier (4 INT) were on the defensive team.
The Seahawks also had OL Tommy Speer named to the offense, while LB Ben Wood (85 tackles, 8.5 sacks), DL Zion Osborn (8.5 sacks), DB Wanya Lamar (INT, 9 pat downs) and UTL Joe Jean-Baptiste (INT, 5 PDs) were on the defensive team.
Also representing Pasco County were four players from Zephyrhills: ATH Devon Brockington (826 all-purpose yards, 10 TD), who was also MVP runner up, OL Devon Long, UTL Jordan Roberts (633 APY, 7 TD) and DL Riley Murphy.
Hudson had two players represented on the All-District 10 team: OL Robbie McCarty and DB Zach Russell (3 INT), while RB Noah Siegrist was named one of the top senior running backs in District 10, as he is fourth in Pasco County with 877 rushing yards and 8 TD.
Breaking down the Pasco County prep football playoff picture (Week 9)
Posted Oct 21, 2013 by Mike Camunas
Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM
While next week’s games may be decisive matchups that determine which Pasco County teams advance to the region tournament starting Nov. 15, there’s also this week’s games on Friday night that are pivotal precursors for Nov. 1.
Let’s take a look at what could happen this Friday (Week 9) that will, most likely, make a very exciting night on Nov. 1 (Week 10).
Starting with Class 5A-District 7, Hudson (5-2, 3-0) and Anclote (4-3, 3-0) are on a crash course for a Nov. 1 district title game, hosted by Anclote. This week, if Hudson wins hosting River Ridge (3-4, 2-1) and Anclote wins hosting Wesley Chapel (0-7, 0-3), not only do both teams clinch a playoff berth, then it will be for the 5A-7 district championship. If River Ridge were to beat Hudson, then Hudson would need to win vs. Anclote for a playoff berth, but if Anclote wins Nov. 1, as well as River Ridge beating Ridgewood (1-7, 1-2) that same week, Anclote and River Ridge advance to the postseason.
In 5A-6, Bushnell South Sumter has won the district title. Now, it’s come down to Zephyrhills (6-1, 3-1), Pasco (4-3, 2-2) and Brooksville Hernando (2-5, 2-2) as district runner up. Zephyrhills hosts Hernando on Friday night and Pasco hosts Central (0-8, 0-4). If both Pasco and Zephyrhills win, then Nov. 1’s revival of the 9-Mile war between these two teams will determine the district runner up.
However, if Zephyrhills were to lose to Hernando on Friday and Pasco were to win, all three of these teams would have 3-2 district records. That means if the Pasco won Nov. 1, it would be the district runner up, but if Zephyrhills won Nov. 1, as well as Hernando, who play Central, then Hernando would be the district runner up after holding a win over Zephyrhills from this week.
And even then, a four-way tie could happen, and to do so, Brooksville Nature Coast (2-5, 2-3) comes into the mix. This tie would happen if Pasco, Zephyrhills, Hernando and Nature Coast all have three district losses. That happens if Pasco loses to Central and beats Zephyrhills, which would also have to lose to Hernando, which would also have to lose to Central. And if that happened, Nature Coast would have to beat Weeki Wachee (3-5, 1-3) on Nov. 1.
And in 6A-6, Sunlake (7-1, 2-1) kept its postseason hopes alive with a overtime win over Land O’ Lakes (6-1, 1-1) this past Friday. Spring Hill Springstead (6-1, 2-0) beat Sunlake earlier this season, and with Sunlake idle this week, Land O’ Lakes hosts Fivay (2-4, 0-2) and needs to win to set up a pivotal game with Springstead on Nov. 1. Land O’ Lakes needs to win hosting Springstead to set up a three-way tiebreaker on Nov. 4 that includes Sunlake (as long as its beats Fivay on Nov. 1).
If Springstead wins over Land O’ Lakes, then Springstead wins the district title and Sunlake is the district runner up.
Got all that? While it is a bit complicated, the next two weeks should be fun to watch.
Tampa businessman hopes facility will help Tampa’s young athletes
Posted Oct 17, 2013 by Nick Williams
Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 09:52 PM
A Tampa businessman is trying to help Tampa Bay’s young athletes develop into the nation’s best.
Bob Gries, the former owner of the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm, is involved in efforts to bring an indoor youth sports facility in Tampa Bay area. The facility, a $25 million price tag that would be privately funded, Gries said, would be used for volleyball, wrestling, basketball, cheerleading and other indoor sports training as well as hosting youth tournaments.
“This is something sorely needed in the area,” Gries said. “We would not be looking to run facility for-profit basis. This is for the community.”
Gries said a site for the facility has yet to be determined, but is hopeful it will be resolved by the end of the year.
“There’s multi-purpose here,” Gries said. “It’s not just to be revenue generator. It’s can also just as much provide facilities so those thousands of young boys and girls in this area would have facilities where they can go and play.”
Gries, who said he also donates to Plant High School’s nationally-recognized football program and Brandon High’s nationally-recognized wrestling program, recently invested $1 million into a Tampa club volleyball organization. His investment will go towards travel expenses and a recruiting director.
“There could be lots more elite athlete who would come from Tampa Bay area and go on to big time programs,” Gries said.
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.