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NFHS makes rule changes to high school swimming, diving

Posted Apr 23, 2014 by Nick Williams

Updated Apr 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Effective with the 2014-15 swim and diving season, any part of a swimmer’s body must be on or above the water at the finish of the backstroke event.  Previously, a swimmer in the backstroke could submerge on the turn and/or finish.

This revision is one of eight rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee.

Three changes pertaining to diving were 1). Diving finalists may now be seeded from lowest to highest based on their individual scores through the semifinals; 2). Adjustment to the scale for judges to score divers; 3). Permitting practice dives during specified warm-up times prior to each diving session. Divers are allowed at least two practice approaches – with or without water entry – prior to the start of the diving competition. This allows divers an opportunity to warm up after a break in competition.

Another change dealing with risk minimization was Rule 8-1-5, which states that swimmers no longer may step off the starting platform when the referee says “Stand up.” Referees and starters shoulddirect swimmers to step down only when unusual circumstances occur.

Following are other changes approved by the rules committee:

·    Rule 3-3-4: Adhesives are not allowed for swimmers or divers.

·    Rule 4-3-1Note: The sounding device shall not be a pistol or closed barreled starter’s pistol.

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Nine King student-athletes to sign Thursday

Posted Apr 23, 2014 by Nick Williams

Updated Apr 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

King High will recognize the following nine student-athletes who have secured roster spots at the collegiate level during a ceremony Thursday in the school’s cafeteria at 10 a.m.

Javontee Brice – Minnesota State at Mankato
Emerson Tyler – Barton College

Edwin Josainvil – Greenville Prep, Greenville S.C.

John Hernandez – Loyola of New Orleans
Tyeler Checkley – St. Thomas Univ. Miami
Donald Terp – Emory
Jose Lopez – State College of Florida at Manatee
Kevin Buckley – State College of Florida at Manatee

Jeb Rodriguez – Anderson Broaddus Univ. Philippi, W.V.

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Rays v Twins: Moore has surgery, Fuld returns to Trop, lineups

Posted Apr 22, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 05:45 PM

ST. PETERSBURG – Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore underwent successful Tommy John surgery this afternoon to repair the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

The surgery was performed in Pensacola by Dr. James Andrews, the Rays medical director and a leader in this type of surgery.

Moore is the 13th pitcher in the major leagues to have this type of surgery since the beginning of spring training. He is the first Ray to undergo their procedure since pitcher Jason Isringhausen in 2009.

Moore is expected to miss 12 to 15 months. He will do his rehab in St. Petersburg with the Rays training staff.

In other news, CF Desmond Jennings returns to the lineup tonight after not starting for the last three games against the Yankees because of a sore groin.

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo has been reinstated from the disabled list. Oviedo, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 21 2011 because of visa issues and Tommy John surgery, said he is ready to get back on the mound. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he will ease Oviedo into the mix of relievers but expects Oviedo to be a big part of the back end of the bullpen.

Finally, former Rays OF Sam Fuld returned to the Trop today as a member of the Twins. Fuld, claimed off waivers on Sunday, joined his new team today. He called the experience of walking into the Trop “strange,” “great” and “crazy.” He said hello to his old teammates while meeting his new teammates.

Here are the lineups:

Dozier 2B
Mauer 1B
Plouffe 3B
Colabello RF
Kubel LF
Pinto DH
Suzuki C
Hicks CF
Florimon SS

Gibson RHP (3-0, 0.93)

Zobrist 2B
Jennings CF
Joyce DH
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Myers RF
DeJesus LF
Escobar SS
Molina C

Price LHP (2-1, 4.39)

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Boys Basketball: Plant’s Sanders commits to Washington University

Posted Apr 22, 2014 by Nick Williams

Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Plant senior forward Andrew Sanders has committed to play basketball at Division III powerhouse Washington University in St. Louis, head coach Michael Slonaker announced Tuesday.

Sanders averaged 17.3 ppg and 11.4 rpg for Plant this past season and finished his career ranked second all-time in rebounds and third in steals. Sanders was a Tribune All-County second-team selection and played in both the FACA and FABC all-state games.

Sanders, who owns a 6.5 GPA, plans on entering the school’s pre-Med program.

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Florida High School Softball State Poll

Posted Apr 22, 2014 by Nick Williams

Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 03:14 PM


1. Columbia (6A) 25-1

2. Ponte Vedra (5A) 24-0

3. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (7A) 24-2

4. Harmony (7A) 24-2

5. Westminster Christian (3A) 23-2

6. Pensacola West Florida (4A) 23-1

7. Lake Worth Trinity Christian (3A) 22-2

8. Ocala Forest (6A) 24-2

9. Miami Gulliver Prep (4A) 21-6

10. Gainesville P.K. Yonge (4A) 20-3


1. Oviedo Hagerty 23-4

2. Wellington 22-4

3. Orange City University 22-3

4. Tampa Alonso 21-4

5. Jupiter 22-4

6. Valrico Bloomingdale 22-3

7. Weston Cypress Bay 18-6

8. Apopka 20-4

9. Cooper City 19-6

10. Miami Coral Reef 19-6

Honorable mention: Lake Worth Park Vista 19-8; Pembroke Pines West Broward 16-6; Winter Garden West Orange 18-6; Orlando Timber Creek 18-6; Coral Springs Taravella 16-5; Winter Park 17-8



1. St. Thomas Aquinas 25-2

2. Harmony 24-2

3. Cantonment Tate 21-4

4. Bartow 22-5

5. Clermont East Ridge 20-4

6. Melbourne 23-3

7. Coconut Creek Monarch 19-3

8. Tampa Gaither 16-5

9. Bradenton Lakewood Ranch 20-7

10. Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer 19-8

Honorable mention: Tarpon Springs East Lake 16-6; Tallahassee Chiles 19-7; Plant City Durant 18-8; West Boca Raton 20-5; Clearwater Countryside 20-7; Plant City 18-6; Fort Myers 18-7; Winter Park Lake Howell 17-10



1. Columbia 25-1

2. Ocala Forest 24-2

3. Orlando East River 20-3-1

4. Lake Region 21-6

5. Tampa Chamberlain 20-3

6. Naples Barron Collier 20-6

7. Naples 19-6

8. Jacksonville Creekside 18-5

9. Milton 19-5

10. Venice 21-6

Honorable mention: Auburndale 19-7; Doral Academy 18-6; New Port Richey Mitchell 24-3; Deltona 18-3; North Fort Myers 20-5; Tampa Jefferson 15-6; Pembroke Pines Charter 16-6-1



1. Ponte Vedra 24-0

2. New Port Richey River Ridge 25-3

3. Glen St. Mary Baker County 22-3

4. Plantation American Heritage 20-6

5. Brooksville Hernando 25-2

6. Bradenton Bayshore 20-4

7. Belleview 22-5

8. Lynn Haven Mosley 15-6

9. Green Cove Springs Clay 20-7

10. Inverness Citrus 19-6

Honorable mention: Pompano Beach 16-6; Dunedin 17-6; Wauchula Hardee County 15-6-1



1. West Florida 23-1

2. Gulliver Prep 21-6

3. P.K. Yonge 20-3

4. Fort Pierce Lincoln Park 18-2

5. Montverde Academy 20-4

6. Cocoa Beach 22-5

7. Callahan West Nassau 21-5

8. Titusville Astronaut 24-3

9. Starke Bradford 18-7

10. Coral Springs Charter 20-5

Honorable mention: Winter Park Trinity Prep 17-7; Tampa Academy of the Holy Names 14-6; Miami Florida Christian 15-5-1



1. Miami Westminster Christian 23-2

2. Lake Worth Trinity Christian 22-2

3. Tallahassee North Florida Christian 16-3

4. Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy 16-3

5. Niceville Rocky Bayou Christian 14-3

6. St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut 15-3

7. Miami Country Day 13-1

8. Tampa Carrollwood Day 13-7

9. Seffner Christian 16-4

10. St. Petersburg Catholic 12-5

Honorable mention: Moore Haven 14-4-1; Melbourne Central Catholic 11-5; Lakeland Christian 17-7; Jacksonville University Christian 15-10



1. St. Petersburg Canterbury 18-6

2. Monticello Aucilla Christian 15-3

3. Sarasota Christian 13-2

4. Land O’Lakes Academy at the Lakes 14-3

5. Ocoee Central Florida Christian 19-4

6. Tampa Cambridge Christian 15-5

7. Boca Raton Grandview Prep 8-7

8. Lecanto Seven Rivers Christian 14-5

9. Pine Castle Christian 13-12

10. Lakeland Victory Christian 13-7



1. Dixie County 21-0

2. Jay 21-3

3. Sneads 24-3

4. Mayo Lafayette 18-9

5. Pierson Taylor 14-5

6. Chiefland 15-4

7. Hilliard 11-6

8. Wewahitchka 16-7

9. Port St. Joe 17-7

10. Chipley 15-7

Honorable mention: Bell 16-10; Santa Rosa South Walton 14-10

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