1. Armwood (2-0)
Up next: at Blake (Thursday)
Skinny: The Hawks have been dominant so far, beating Tampa Bay Tech and Jefferson by a combined 77-15. Those wins will likely give Armwood a lot of points in the new playoff system. October is a busy month for the Hawks — and everyone else in Hillsborough County — with six games crammed into the next four weeks. Its starts Thursday with a game against Blake followed by another Oct. 2 against Chamberlain....
Team of the Week | Armwood
The early-season schedule was supposed to give the Hawks something they wanted: a test. Tampa Bay Tech and Jefferson, the first two opponents, were both region semifinalists in their classifications last year. Each has explosive offenses that can put up points in bunches. The games turned out to be routs. Armwood won both by a combined 77-15. Friday's game against the Dragons was the first for the Hawks after a 23-day layoff. There was no rust. Armwood put together a complete performance in the first half, building a 28-3 lead en route to a 42-3 win. Brian Snead continues to be a force running the ball. And the defensive front seven, led by linemen Malcolm Lamar and Fitzroy Gardner and linebacker James Miller, have made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. ...
ST. PETERSBURG — Another Pinellas County Athletic Conference swim meet, another sweep of team titles for Palm Harbor University.
With numbers no other boys or girls team were able to match, the Hurricanes racked up the points to separate themselves from the field.
PHU’s boys team won its 11th title in the past 13 seasons, outscoring Countryside 458-346. The school’s girls team scored 474 points — 172.5 more than runnerup Osceola — to win its eighth straight conference title....
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Sept. 16-Friday, Sept. 22. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Mackenzie Dufresne, volleyball, Tarpon Springs: The junior outside hitter had a total of 30 kills and 12 aces in the Spongers’ three wins this week, which included a five-game win over Osceola. The Spongers are 9-0....
TAMPA — It had been 23 days since Armwood played a regular-season game. The lengthy layoff could have been a concern, especially with the Hawks facing Jefferson and its high-powered offense.
The sluggishness lasted about seven minutes.
The Dragons went on a time-consuming drive on the opening possession, deftly mixing the pass with the run. It ended with a 21-yard field goal by Aaron Quiambao....
All games at 7:30 unless noted
Central at Weeki Wachee, 7
Page: Central, 21-16
Putnam: Central 20-14
Crystal River at Nature Coast
Page: Nature Coast, 31-14
Putnam: Nature Coast 35-7
CLEARWATER — The offense still has a familiar feel. Short passes become big gains. Linemen drive their opponents in reverse, forcefully and repeatedly. Runs along the sideline continue to leave defenders breathlessly behind.
The outcomes are similar, too.
Clearwater High's football team keeps on winning.
On Monday night, the Tornadoes beat Countryside 35-14 to extend their regular-season win streak to 11 games, currently tops among Pinellas County schools....
09/20/17 Swimming Preps
At swim meets, Cailin Cannella would race side by side with her breaststroke competitors, their heads bobbing in near unison.
By the final turn, the synchronized swimming usually was over.
Cailin often had left everyone behind.
Nationally ranked in her age group, Cailin took on a bigger challenge. She swam with the Academy of the Holy Names high school team though she was in middle school. Two years ago, Cailin took third at the Class 3A state meet as a sixth-grader....
CLEARWATER — Two years ago, the city of Clearwater celebrated its centennial. As part of the festivities, the mayor presented a trophy to the winner of the Clearwater-Countryside matchup.
The Tornadoes won that game 35-7 to end a 13-game losing streak to one of their fiercest rivals. The score is etched in the trophy, the first of what was was supposed to became an annual tradition....
09/18/17 Swimming Preps
Academy of the Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella died Monday after a year-long battle with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that usually affects children. She was 14.
Last September, on her 13th birthday, doctors detected cancer in Cailin's knee and femur. Her ambitions of placing at the state high school swim meet were put on hold....
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Gabriela Quarles, Carrollwood Day
Quarles has been a member of the varsity volleyball team since eighth grade. That's probably not surprising since she comes from an athletic family. Her father, Shelton, played linebacker for the Buccaneers from 1997-2006 and was part of the 2002 Super Bowl team.
But Gabriela didn't really take to the sport right away....
Pete DiNovo, the former East Lake High standout who left UCF's program last month, has landed at Illinois.
DiNovo said he transferred to the Illini as a walk-on quarterback to complete his final year of eligibility. His first practice was Monday afternoon.
"I couldn't be happier with the way everything turned out," DiNovo said. "I can come up here and learn from Lovie (Smith) and everyone else on the coaching staff."...
09/18/17 Swimming Preps
Berkeley Prep's boys maintained their dominance at the Tampa Bay Classic, winning their ninth straight team title at the swim meet over the weekend.
Armed with superior depth, the Buccaneers gobbled up points, especially in the relays, to outscore Winter Park Trinity Prep 434-390....
1. Armwood (1-0)
Up next: at Jefferson
Skinny: The Hawks should have played two games already. The 35-12 opening-game win over Tampa Bay Tech was delayed nearly a week and another anticipated game against Plant will be made up Oct. 16. Armwood turns its attention to Jefferson and its high-powered offense in a game that will be a good test before the start of district play. ...
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. Because weather has interrupted a good bit of this season so far, these nominations span the start of the regular season thru Friday, Sept. 15 Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Ellie Burris, volleyball, Indian Rocks Christian: The senior had 14 blocks, four aces and 23 digs in a 3-1 win over Academy of the Holy Names on Aug. 29. She’s at 90 digs for the season....