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- Land O’ Lakes boys soccer coach Mark Pearson picks up 300th career win
- Manuel signs deal with Panini Authentic
- Panini previews Gold Standard basketball
- Golf: All-Western Conference Teams
- Baseball: Jesuit OF Taylor selects Duke
- Land O’ Lakes defensive standout Shaheed Salmon picks up first offer
- Football: All-Western Conference Teams
- Rays non-tender Fuld
- Chargers WR Allen top rookie in Week 12 voting
- Collect call: 2014 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team and Hopefuls
- Panini’s Totally Certified hockey to debut in February
- Leaf releases some corny inserts
- Volleyball: Berkeley Prep’s Brown a finalist for Miss Volleyball
- Rays 2014 spring training schedule
- Proposal would ease FHSAA penalty for violating “follow the coach” law
Land O’ Lakes boys soccer coach Mark Pearson picks up 300th career win
Posted Dec 9, 2013 by Mike Camunas
Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Arguably the most successful boys soccer coach in Pasco County history has yet another milestone.
Land O’ Lakes boys soccer coach Mark Pearson picked up his 300th career win Monday evening with a 1-0 win over Class 3A-District 8 foe Pasco (6-4-1) at John Benedetto Stadium.
“I’d like to say thank you to all of the players, parents, teachers and administrators for allowing me the privilege of coaching here at Land O’ Lakes High School,” Pearson said. “It’s truly an honor to be around such fantastic young men and wonderful professionals.”
The Gators won Monday thanks to a goal from Glenn Johnson on a 35-yard free kick in the 74th minute.
Pearson is now 300-83-35 in the 16th season of his career that includes two state runner up titles, a state semifinal appearance and 13 district titles. Pearson, a University of Tampa and Chamberlain grad, became the varsity coach in 1997 after becoming a teacher at the school in 1995, a year after winning the Division II soccer national championship as an assistant with the Spartans.
In his second year (1998-99), Pearson guided the Gators to a 5A state runner up title and then a state semifinal appearance the following season. In the 2011-12 season, Pearson also guided the Gators to a 3A state runner up title.
The Gators are now 8-3 this season.
Manuel signs deal with Panini Authentic
Posted Dec 5, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Here’s some news about a Florida State quarterback that doesn’t involve a criminal investigation.
Make that a former FSU quarterback.
Panini America announced Thursday that it has signed Buffalo Bills rookie EJ Manuel to an exclusive autograph and memorabilia agreement through the company’s Panini Authentic division.
The former Seminoles star becomes the second NFL player to be signed to Panini Authentic, following Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Authentic’s roster also includes NBA stars Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin.
Memorabilia autographed by Manuel — including helmets, jerseys and photographs — will be available on the Authentic website (http://www.paniniauthentic.com) in time for Christmas shoppers.
“We’ve had a great relationship with EJ since before the 2013 NFL draft and we are extremely excited to welcome him to the Panini Authentic family,” Panini America CEO Mark Warsop said in a news release. “On the field and off, EJ is an impressive individual and someone we’re proud to have representing our brand while offering another dimension to our Panini Authentic division.”
In eight starts during his rookie season with the Bills, Manuel has thrown for 1,596 yards and nine touchdowns. He also has rushed for a TD and has gained 120 yards on 38 carries. He was the 16th overall pick in the NFL draft.
At FSU, he won four consecutive bowl games. He finished his college career as the Seminoles’ career leader in completion percentage (66.9 percent) and was second on the all-time Atlantic Coast Conference list in that category. During 2012, Manuel passed for 3,392 yards, which ranks second in school history. He also finished third in career passing yards and completions and was sixth overall in passing TDs.
In the same news release, Manuel said he was “truly honored” to be included in Panini’s Authentic division.
“Panini America is a first-class organization and the global leader in trading cards and memorabilia,” he said. “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know them [on a personal level] for almost a year now, and I’m truly honored to officially join their team in this exclusive relationship.”
Panini previews Gold Standard basketball
Posted Dec 4, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 11:12 PM
For collectors who are looking for a higher standard of basketball cards to own, Panini America’s 2013-14 Gold Standard set should whet their appetites.
There is plenty of gold to go around in this set. Collectors can find one of the 50 Solid Gold cards, which contain 14-karat gold.
Gold Standard will be released in February and will contain a 275-card base set. The interesting twist to the base set will be 25 short-printed variations that will feature players wearing the jerseys of every team they have played for.
Panini is promising that every 10-card hobby box will contain four autographs and one memorabilia card. There will be eight different autograph and three memorabilia insert subsets to chase. Four of the autograph insert cards will be numbered to 199 or less, and there will be rookie autographs and Ring Bearers — featuring cards numbered to 99 or less and signed by players who won an NBA title.
A 90-card Metal set also will be an intriguing collectible, as will Finals MVP inserts, which will be numbered to 20 or less. Lucky collectors will pull large prime memorabilia swatches in the Black Gold Threads and Bullion Brand inserts.
Golf: All-Western Conference Teams
Posted Dec 4, 2013 by Jarrett Guthrie
Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 09:02 PM
The following are the All-Western Conference (Hillsborough County Public Schools) Boys and Girls Golf Teams, as voted on by the county head coaches
First team: Claire Becker (Steinbrenner), Kelsey Holbert (Steinbrenner), Alyssa Serino (Steinbrenner), Brooke Deal (Steinbrenner) and Caroline Gilhool (Robinson).
Second team: Addison Hill (Plant), Shelby Hall (Plant), Anna Gilhool (Robinson), Ellyse Pillars (Alonso) and Katie Kimsey (Sickles).
Coach of the Year: Lisa Ceely-Derathe (Robinson)
First team: Kellyanne Hurst (Plant City), Kendall Johnson (Plant City), Tori Higgins (Durant), Krista Reinhart (Durant) and Meghna Patel (Newsome).
Second team: Kaylee McIntosh (Plant City), Samantha Rentz (Durant), Natthakran Siribun (East Bay), Elizabeth Jackson (Bloomingdale) and Taryn Runnel (Newsome).
Coach of the Year: Meg Jordan (Plant City)
First team: Terese Romeo (Freedom), Steffi Yo (King), Megan Pollenz (Freedom), Maria Horvath (Freedom) and Miranda Otto (King).
Second team: Emmely Ovalle (Freedom), Nicole Stannard (Wharton), Aly Joyner (Strawberry Crest), Melanie Parrott (King) and Ashley Spires (Chamberlain).
Coach of the Year: Richard Simard (Freedom)
First team: Chris Kern (Plant), Robbie Eisch (Plant), Andrew Skora (Robinson), Nate Kosarich (Alonso) and Zack Ishee (Steinbrenner).
Second team: Patrick Mills (Plant), Ian Kim (Jefferson), Darin Delelys (Sickles), Dillon Garcia (Steinbrenner) and Karam Paul (Robinson).
Coach of the Year: Mike Stevens (Plant)
First team: Tyler Bakich (Newsome), John Michael Coultas (Newsome), Jacob Penny (Durant), Dante Davis (Riverview) and Kyle West (Newsome).
Second team: Mark Nauert (Newsome), William George (Plant City), Chase Levesque (Durant), Darius Sanders (Riverview) and HJ Fitchett (Bloomingdale).
Coach of the Year: Jim Govreau (Newsome)
First team: Jimmy Jones (Freedom), Ajani Liggins (King), Alex Montgomery (Wharton), Norman Black (Chamberlain) and Liam Doherty (Freedom).
Second team: Sean Kim (Wharton), Joe Scicchitano (King), Charles Seward (Freedom), Greg Crandall (Strawberry Crest) and Joseph Dent (Strawberry Crest).
Coach of the Year: Mike Passarelli (Freedom)
Baseball: Jesuit OF Taylor selects Duke
Posted Dec 4, 2013 by Jarrett Guthrie
Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Jesuit junior center fielder Kennie Taylor has verbally committed to play to play at Duke according to coach Richie Warren said.
Taylor had a solid sophomore season for the Class 5A state semifinalists, hitting .344 with 20 runs scored and 15 RBI.
The commitment marks the ninth player on the Tigers current roster to make a Division I college commitment.
Warren said that Taylor is a great student and also very involved in the community, including serving as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Taylor had offers from Bethune-Cookman and William & Mary and was drawing attention from Vanderbilt and North Carolina, according to Warren, but decided Duke would offer him the best academic opportunity while giving him a chance to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Taylor will most likely be the Tigers leadoff hitter in 2014 and will return to centerfield for Jesuit.
“Kenny is very academically oriented and a tremendous young man,” Warren said. He is involved in a lot of activities within the community on top of be gifted with tremendous athletic ability. He is going to be a great gift to the Duke program.”