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Investor pledges $1M to Tampa AAU volleyball program
Posted Sep 5, 2013 by Nick Williams
Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Former Tampa Bay Storm owner Bob Gries announced Thursday he will commit $1 million towards a joint youth volleyball club program with Tampa United Volleyball Club.
“Our goal with Tampa United will be to create an atmosphere for elite athletes to have opportunities that have not existed in the past,” Gries said in a release. “The club will continue to assist all athletes in obtaining college scholarships and, to that end, will be hiring a college recruiting coordinator. We will have the finest coaches, facilities and resources.”
Tampa United alumni include former Plant High state champions and standouts Kellie Catanach and Danielle Erb. Catanach, the daughter of University of Tampa women’s volleyball coach Chris Catanach, went on to star at Duke University, while Erb, who recently was voted the new face of Hawaiian Tropic, played at James Madison.
The joint project also includes Tampa United and any other club volleyball programs using a youth facility Griese is currently developing. The facility is expected to include beach volleyball training, strength conditioning, video production and specialty camps.
High school sports participation numbers continue to rise
Posted Aug 22, 2013 by Nick Williams
Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Participation in high school sports increased for the 24th consecutive year in 2012-13 and passed the 7.7 million mark for the first time, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
According to a press release, sports participation for the 2012-13 school year reached an all-time high of 7,713,577 participants – an increase of 21,057 from the previous year.
An additional 15,190 girls participated in high school sports last year, moving the girls all-time record to 3,222,723 and marking the 24th consecutive year for an increase in the number of female participants. After its first decrease in 20 years last year, boys participation started on the upswing again with an additional 5,867 participants. The boys total of 4,490,854 is second all-time to the 4,494,406 in 2010-11.
The top 10 states by participants remained in the same order as last year, with Texas and California topping the list with 798,333 and 777,545, respectively. The remainder of the top 10 was New York (389,475), Illinois (339,944), Ohio (327,919), Pennsylvania (315,492), Michigan (304,438), New Jersey (270,423), Florida (243,397) and Minnesota (230,421). Although only one of the top 10 states registered an increase in participation (New Jersey), overall, 30 states reported higher figures from the previous year.
Florida High School Football Poll
Posted Aug 22, 2013 by Nick Williams
Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 09:19 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FloridaHSFootball.com is please to release the Preseason Rankings of its inaugural Media Poll. 22 Pollsters from around the state took part of the first vote in the new Media Poll making the debut a huge success. Below you will find the Florida HS Football Media Poll Preseason Rankings for both the Large Schools and Small Schools.
Large Schools Division (Classes 5A-8A)
Ranking, Team, Points, First Place Votes, 2012 Record
1. Miami Central, 418 (19), 12-2
2. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, 408 (2), 13-2
3. Apopka, 403 (1), 13-2
4. Bradenton Manatee, 315, 13-1
5. Tallahassee Godby, 312, 14-1
6. Tampa Plant, 255, 10-2
7. Gainesville, 238, 14-1
8. Orlando Dr. Phillips, 188, 13-1
9. Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, 168, 9-3
10. Jacksonville First Coast, 149, 10-1
11. Weston Cypress Bay, 148, 13-2
12. Seffner Armwood, 123, 9-3
13. Tarpon Springs East Lake, 111, 11-2
14. Tallahassee Lincoln, 107, 12-2
15. Oviedo, 98, 11-2
16. Miami Northwestern, 97, 9-3
17. Kissimmee Osceola, 96, 13-1
18. Miami Jackson, 91, 9-5
19. Immokalee, 80, 11-4
20. Lake City Columbia, 78, 11-2
Other Teams Receiving Votes: Lakeland Lake Gibson, 62; Naples, 61; Largo, 59; Miramar, 44; Plantation American Heritage, 38; Pensacola Catholic, 34; Crawfordville Wakulla, 33; Lakeland, 31; Dade City Pasco, 30; Fort Pierce Central, 28; Winter Haven, 22; St. Petersburg Lakewood, 21; Southwest Miami, 21; Orlando Timber Creek, 19; Venice, 19; Tampa Robinson, 17; Miami Columbus, 15; Navarre, 15; Homestead South Dade, 15; Neptune Beach Fletcher, 14; St. Augustine, 14; Jacksonville Sandalwood, 12; Wellington Palm Beach Central, 11; Mount Dora, 9; South Fort Myers 9; Daytona Beach Mainland 6; Tampa Jefferson, 6; Lake Worth Park Vista, 6; Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson, 5; Palm Bay Heritage, 4; Orlando Evans 3; Fort Myers, 3; Tampa Hillsborough, 3; Orlando Bishop Moore, 2; Clearwater Countryside, 2; Miami Carol City, 2; Vero Beach, 2; Miami Coral Reef, 2; Palmetto, 1
Small Schools Division (Classes 1A-4A)
Ranking, Team, Points, First Place Votes, 2012 Record
1. Miami Booker T. Washington, 440 (22), 13-1
2. University School Suns, 392, 12-0
3. Madison County, 343, 12-2
4. Jacksonville Bolles, 316, 12-2
5. Cocoa, 301, 10-3
6. Delray Beach American Heritage, 267, 11-1
7. Jacksonville University Christian, 259, 13-1
8. Clearwater Central Catholic, 257, 11-2
9. Jacksonville Trinity Christian, 215, 9-2
10. Jacksonville Raines, 214, 8-3
11. South Daytona Warner Christian, 172, 11-2
12. Ocala Trinity Catholic, 154, 8-4
13. Bratt Northview, 134, 11-3
14. Belle Glade Glades Central Raiders, 126, 8-5
15. Miami Dade Christian, 115, 13-1
16. Orlando The First Academy, 110, 12-1
17. Trenton, 81, 13-1
18. Tampa Catholic, 80, 8-4
19. Tallahassee North Florida Christian, 77, 7-4
20. Union County, 71, 11-1
Other Teams Receiving Votes: Havana East Gadsden, 67; West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, 48; Naples First Baptist, 48; Fort Meade, 41; Bristol Liberty County, 38; Miami Westminster Christian, 35; Belle Glade Glades Day, 30; Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, 27; Mayo Lafayette, 27; Tampa Carrollwood Day, 23; Moore Haven, 12; Blountstown, 11; Pinecrest Gulliver Prep, 10; Orlando Jones, 10; Miami Monsignor Pace, 8; Pahokee, 8; Berkeley Prep, 7; Perry Taylor County, 7; Frostproof, 6; Newberry, 6; Tallahassee FAMU DRS, 5; Graceville, 5; Lakeland Christian, 5; Port St. Joe, 4; Melbourne Holy Trinity, 4; Delray Beach Village Academy, 4; Hialeah Champagnat, 3; Chipley, 2; Cross City Dixie County, 1; Tallahassee Maclay, 1.
Mitchell ace Cobi Johnson to play in Rawlings Perfect Game All-American Classic on Aug. 11
Posted Jul 17, 2013 by Mike Camunas
Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Mitchell ace Cobi Johnson is going to have a busy month of August.
Not only will the Florida State commit be preparing for his senior year, but he’ll be playing in now two games that highlight some of the nation’s best high school baseball players.
Johnson was selected to represent the East team in the Rawlings Perfect Game All-American Classic, which will be played Aug. 11 in San Diego at PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres.
“Honored to be named a @PGAllAmerican! Very grateful for this opportunity. #EastSquad,” Johnson tweeted Wednesday evening.
Johnson was the only player from the Tampa Bay area picked on a selection show on Wednesday evening and will be part of a 25-man roster that will play a West team comprised of the same number of players.
Johnson will also play in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which is Aug. 24 at the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field.
Johnson joins some prestigious Perfect Game alum. In the past, now Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (2004) and former Alonso and current Miami Marlins All Star Jose Fernandez (2010) have also played in the All-American Classic.
Johnson, a 6-foot-4 catcher, infielder and pitcher, was named Sunshine Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Year after helping lead the Mustangs (24-6) to the program’s first region final that it eventually lost to King. Johnson was also named the Tampa Tribune‘s Pasco County Baseball Player of the Year.
Johnson was both stellar at the plate and on the mound for the Mustangs, batting .426 with 43 hits, 41 runs scored, 34 RBIs, 16 doubles and two homers and going 10-2 with 1.68 ERA and 103 strikeouts as a pitcher.
Correspondent Jarrett Guthrie contributed to this report.
Former Plant DB Bostick to redshirt at Georgia
Posted Jun 28, 2013 by Nick Williams
Updated Jun 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Plant graduate Paris Bostick, a freshman and cornerback at the University of Georgia, will medically redshirt this upcoming season after undergoing recent surgery to repair a chronic left great toe injury he sustained during his senior year at Plant, UGA officials announced.
Bostick finished his senior year at Plant with 106 tackles and one interception.
Bostick is expected to make a full recovery, according to UGA Senior Associate Athletic Director and Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson.