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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Baseball: St. Petersburg 5, Seminole 3 (11 innings)

SEMINOLE – It may only be midseason, but St. Petersburg approached Tuesday night’s Class 8A, District 7 game against Seminole as if it was the postseason. The Green Devils were 1-2 in the district and couldn’t afford to dig a deeper hole.
After falling behind early, St. Petersburg scraped its way back to tie the score in the seventh. It then scored three runs in the top of the 11th and hung on to defeat the Warhawks 5-3.

“For us to get to .500 (in the district) is huge for our mindset,’’ St. Petersburg coach Daniel Jones said. “I kind of went at this game as if it was tournament play. This one was huge for the guys.’’

Seminole (8-6) looked in control for most of the game. Starting pitcher Alex Raymonds was perfect through three innings while his teammates got him to early runs. In the first, Andrew Mills scored when John Robinson swung at the third strike in the dirt. Catcher Karson Galloway threw to first to complete the out and Mills raced home for a run. …

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Kevin Knox's long-range prowess impresses in Chicago

Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox competes in the 3-point contest at the Powerade Jam Fest, one of the events leading up to Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game.

Loren Elliott | Times

Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox competes in the 3-point contest at the Powerade Jam Fest, one of the events leading up to Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game.

CHICAGO – Kevin Knox has filled highlight videos with all sorts of dunks, from one-handed jams to two-handed alley oops.

But the Tampa Catholic forward had the spotlight Monday for his ability to shoot a basketball from long range.

Knox, a consensus five-star recruit, participated in the 3-point contest at the Powerade Jam Fest, part of the festivities in the days leading up to the McDonald’s All-American game. Knox connected on 13 3-pointers for 16 points (some baskets counted for one point, some for two), from the corners and the top of the key.

It was not enough.

Knox finished second behind Oklahoma signee Trae Young, who made 14 3s for 19 points. Young averaged 42 points per game this past season. 

“It was a great atmosphere,” Knox said. “I did a really good job in the shooting contest. I came up a little short, but I thought I did really well.”

The Jam Fest capped off a busy day for Knox, who had his second practice session Monday morning before visiting the children at the Ronald McDonald House.

“It was good time to be there and spend some time with kids who are less fortunate,” Knox said.  

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Boys PCAC Soccer Teams

Here are the boys PCAC soccer teams, as voted on by public school coaches:

South First Team

F Vedad Delcic (Boca Ciega); F Ervin Ikonovic (Northeast); F Milijan Milic (Northeast); M Nathan To (Osceola); M Joe Colleli (Northeast); M Akiley Coombs (Boca Ciega); M Jake Levy (Lakewood); D Michael Wilkins (St. Petersburg); D Cody Rettanachane; D Taso Halverson (Osceola); D Janson DeVega (Boca Ciega); GK Mike Winsor (Northeast)

South Second Team

F Patrick Ingelsby (Lakewood); F Jake Giotta (Osceola); F Ke’Shawn Wiggan (Boca Ciega); M David Weidner (Boca Ciega); M Pablo Martinez (Northeast); M Bajram Tufeckcic (Northeast); M Ethan To (Osceola); D Lee Price (Northeast); D Nelson Rodriguez; D Drew Dunkelberger (Boca Ciega); D Gavin Burroughs (Dixie Hollins); GK Sam Sharpe (Boca Ciega)

North First Team

F Hampton Lombard (PHU); F Savion Steele (Clearwater); F Dane Sands (Seminole); M Donald Patterson (PHU); M Cedric McClendon (Largo); M Kyle Frudakis (Countryside); M Obie Johnson (Seminole); D Dan Wintermeier (PHU); D Adra Fancher (Clearwater); D Kobe Hepburn (Seminole); D Ariel Perez Alonso (Largo); GK Jack Gallagher (PHU) …

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HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 10-24

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, March 10 through Friday, March 24 (extra time allowed for spring break). Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

Female nominees

Rebecca Catarelli, softball, Osceola: The sophomore was adept at hitting the long ball this week. She had a homer against Northeast and a grand slam against Seminole, both wins. Catarelli now has four homers on the season.

Jennifer Lima, track, East Lake: The senior won the 800 meters at the IMG Invitational in a personal-record two minutes, 14 seconds and set another personal record (10:48) with her sixth-place finish in the 3,200 at the FSU Relays.

Megan Pierro, softball, Steinbrenner: The junior, who has already committed to USF, went a combined 5-for-8 with eight RBIs in wins over Alonso and North Fort Myers at the Sarasota Spring Slam.

Emma Poole, softball, Wharton: The senior was 3-for-5 with three RBIs in a 10-2 win over Strawberry Crest. It was the second time she has had three hits and three RBIs in a game this season.   …

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PCAC girls soccer team

Here is the girls PCAC soccer team, as voted on by public school coaches:

Girls

First Team South County

F Alexis Hiltunen (St. Petersburg); F Rachel Dirks (Osceola); F Leah Pecora (Osceola); M Francesca Ycaza (St. Petersburg); M Devyn Nyhart (Boca Ciega); M Taylor Emmanuel (Osceola); M Kaelin Neiger (Dixie Hollins); D Katie Peterson (Osceola); D Alex Calhoun (St. Petersburg); D Josie Barnhart (St. Petersburg); D Raina Malecki (Northeast); GK Amanda Johnson (Osceola)

Second Team

F Kelly Hannigan (Boca Ciega); F Nautica Zavala (Dixie Hollins); F Caroline DeWitt (St. Petersburg); M Mikayla Thibeault (Dixie Hollins); M Sophia Masut (Osceola); M Malerie Sawicki (Osceola); M Hannah Deson (St. Petersburg); D Hannah Podoll (Pinellas Park); D Sophia Vesely (St. Petersburg); D Zouiey Solomon (Dixie Hollins); D Catherine Burke (Osceola); GK Angeline Friel (St. Petersburg)

First Team North County …

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Pinellas-Hillsborough all-star basketball games set for Friday

The Hillsborough-Pinellas boys and girls all-star games will be held Friday at Eckerd College. The girls game starts at 6 p.m., followed by the boys. Admission is $5. The teams were selected based on their previous performance in county all-star games.

Here are the rosters for both games.

Boys

Hillsborough

Bloomingdale: Drew Bethoney; Hillsborough: Bryce Moragne; Jesuit: Stevie Darst; Newsome: Nick Stuck; Plant City: Tarik McKelphin; Sickles: Bryce Beamer; Seffner Christian: Reid Walker, Derek Webster; Tampa Prep: Amari Goulbourne; Wharton: Dae’son Barnes.

 

Pinellas

Boca Ciega: Trevor Carrier, Nate Larkins: Clearwater: Gene Culver, Noah Thorp; East Lake: Chad Kellmann: Lakewood: Tyrese Hurst; Largo: Bobby Roundtree; Cassius Tomlinson; St. Petersburg: Darius Banks, AJ Ford.

 

Girls

Hillsborough

Alonso: D’AsiaJames; Brooks-DeBartolo: Alyssa Nieves; Durant: Tamara Hanson; East Bay: Maya Reid; Freedom: Megan Clark; King: Amaka Eziakonwa; Newsome: Bailey Cross; Plant: Bella Moreno, Payton Paro; Plant City: Lacey Hargrove; Steinbrenner: M.K. Miller; Tampa Catholic: Alise Davis

 

Pinellas …

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Florida Dairy Farmers name Kevin Knox Mr. Basketball

A standout senior year, that ended in a trip to the Class 5A title game, was enough to give Kevin Knox the edge for the state's best player.

Andres Leiva | Times

A standout senior year, that ended in a trip to the Class 5A title game, was enough to give Kevin Knox the edge for the state's best player.

Tampa Catholic forward Kevin Knox, one of the premier players in the nation, was named the Florida Dairy Farmers' Mr. Basketball on Saturday, an award given to the state’s top player regardless of classification.

Knox, a 6-foot-8 forward, is just the third player from the area to win the award and the first since Tampa Prep’s Casey Sanders in 1999. Next week, Knox will be honored by the Florida Dairy Farmers during an assembly in the school’s gymnasium.

Throughout the season, Knox made highlight-worthy plays, whether it was on thunderous dunks or what-the-heck heaves from long range. The five-star recruit averaged 28.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season while leading the Crusaders to the Class 5A state championship game.

In the state semifinals, Knox had his most memorable performance, tying a season-high with 40 points and matching a career high with 20 rebounds in a win over the Villages.

He achieved other milestones and accolades, too. Knox became Hillsborough County’s all-time leading scorer this season and was the first area player to be selected for the McDonald’s All-America game since Sickles’ John Henson in 2009. …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 4 at Jefferson

Scores

Leto 4, Bloomingdale 1 (faces Riverview at 10 a.m. in quarterfinals)

Strawberry Crest 7, Tampa Bay Tech 0

Steinbrenner 16, Chamberlain 1 (faces Jesuit at 4 p.m. in quarterfinals)

East Bay 13, Jefferson 10

Pitchers of the day

Leto starter Jakob Ryley went a complete seven innings against Bloomingdale, giving up just three hits, no earned runs, while issuing three walks and three strike outs. ... East Bay RHP Peyton Zoeller came into a game where the Indians were getting hammered 10-5 and shut Jefferson down the rest of the way. Zoeller wound up going 3.2 innings, facing 15 batters and giving up just two hits, no walks and no earned runs while striking out five.

Hitters of the day …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 4 at Brandon

Scores

Plant City 3, Hillsborough 1

Plant 8, Blake 3 (faces Carrollwood Day at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals)

Carrollwood Day 5, Tampa Prep 3 (faces Plant at 7 p.m. in quarterfinals)

Brandon 9, Spoto 0

Pitchers of the day

Brandon’s BJ Carter worked five shutout innings and didn’t allow a hit through 4 2/3 innings, while striking out five. …  Andre Hevesy’s seven-inning, five-strikeout performance sealed Carrollwood Day’s berth into the quarterfinals. Hevesy worked around eight hits and allowed three unearned runs. … Plant City (3-6) senior Jake Koisa struck out six, working six innings while allowing just one run on three hits and improving to 2-0 on the season. … Plant starter Kyle Gates worked 3 2/3 innings, striking out four and allowing one unearned run to take the win for the Panthers.

Hitters of the day …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 4 at Newsome

Scores

Wharton 6, King 5

Armwood 7, Freedom 5

Riverview 8, Wesley Chapel 2 (faces Leto at 10 a.m. in quarterfinals)

Newsome 5, Robinson 2 (faces Alonso at 1 p.m. in quarterfinals)

Pitchers of the day

Newsome RHP Beau Nichols threw seven innings, allowing two hits, two runs (no earned), walking two and striking out 14 in a win over Robinson. … Wharton RHP Austin Appel came on in relief, tossing 4 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, no runs, one walk while striking out three to pick up the win for the Wildcats. … Armwood RHP Omar Ortiz threw 6 1/3 innings, nine hits, five runs (four earned), two walks while striking out four in a win over Freedom.

Hitters of the day

Freedom started off its game with back-to-back triples from Samio Uze and David Trujeque to give the Patriots a quick 1-0 lead. … For Wharton, Drew Ehrhard, Zach Sirois and Ricky Viloria each had two hits while Sirois and Viloria had an RBI apiece. … King OF Keyon Floyd went 2-for-2 at the plate adding an RBI on a single and a walk with the bases loaded. … Riverview SS Macallister Jorgensen had four RBIs in a win over Wesley Chapel.

Defensive gems of the day …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 4 at Jesuit

Lennard third baseman Yamil Varela attempts to steal home but is tagged out.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

Lennard third baseman Yamil Varela attempts to steal home but is tagged out.

Scores

Brooks DeBartolo 3, Durant 2

Alonso 19, Middleton 0 (faces Newsome at 1 p.m. in quarterfinals)

Sickles 8, Lennard 2

Jesuit 3, Gaither 1 (faces Steinbrenner at 4 p.m. in quarterfinals)

Pitchers of the day

Jesuit right-hander Jack Anderson was dominant in five innings of work, allowing no runs and one hit while striking out 10 … Gaither starter Anthony Alvarez was almost equally solid in six innings, allowing one run (unearned), five hits while striking out four. … Brooks DeBartolo’s Eric Weesner threw six innings, allowing two runs, scattering seven hits, striking out three and walking none to earn the victory. DeBartolo’s Xavier Rodriguez earned the save, shutting out the Cougars in the final inning while collecting two strikeouts …  Sickles right-hander Dylan Eskew threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out six and walking four … Alonso’s Patrick Fagan, Sehjin Daley and Sam Drumheller combined to throw a no-hitter in a game shortened to four innings against Middleton. … Durant’s Brien Johnston and Trey Brown combined to allow only two hits and eight strikeouts over six innings in the loss to Brooks DeBartolo. 

Hitters of the day …

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Tampa Catholic's Knox, Anclote's Cooper named state players of the year

The accolades keep coming for Tampa Catholic senior Kevin Knox, who was named the Class 5A Player of the Year.

Andres Leiva | Times

The accolades keep coming for Tampa Catholic senior Kevin Knox, who was named the Class 5A Player of the Year.

Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox (5A) and Anclote’s Marquez Cooper (6A) were each named the state players of the year in their respective classifications by the Florida Dairy Farmers.

Sickles’ Renaldo Garcia also was named the Class 8A coach of the year.

All three are finalists for overall player and coach of the year award.

Knox, the lone player from the area selected for the McDonald’s All-America Game, averaged 28.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season while leading the Crusaders to the state championship game. In the state semifinals, the 6-foot-8 senior forward tied a season high with 40 points and matched a career high with 20 rebounds.

Cooper, a senior, averaged 23.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Sharks, who did not make the playoffs.

Garcia, in his 15th season with the Gryphons, led the program to their first state title. It also marked the first time a Hillsborough County public school had won a state title in boys basketball in 35 years.

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Former Berkeley star Craig Bowman leaving FAMU

Former Berkeley Prep PG Craig Bowman, who helped lead the Buccaneers to a pair of state tournament berths, confirmed Wednesday he plans to transfer from Florida A&M.

Bowman, who has one season of eligibility remaining, likely would have to sit out a season unless the Rattlers -- who finished 7-23 -- are penalized for a low Academic Progress Rate (APR) score. An obvious potential destination is USF, though Bowman wouldn't speculate on his landing spot.

"I made this decision because I want to better myself as a student-athlete," Bowman said.

"After being a three-year starter I believe I have accomplished a lot here and I am thankful for that. However, I want the opportunity to compete against the best. I feel to do that, I have to separate myself from FAMU."

Bowman scored 20 points (hitting four of seven 3-pointers) with five assists and only one turnover in the Rattlers' 84-73 loss to the Bulls at the Sun Dome in early November. In 19 games this season, Bowman averaged 5.8 points.

USF, which hired Brian Gregory as coach on Tuesday, currently is down to eight scholarship players.

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Saladino Tournament: Day 3 at Brandon

Scores

Carrollwood Day 11, Spoto 1 (five innings)

Brandon 9, Tampa Prep 4

Pitchers of the day

Carrollwood Day (7-2) starting pitcher Nick Watts allowed one run on three hits, while striking out five over four innings for the Patriots and earning the win. ... Tampa Prep (2-6) took a tough loss to Brandon, but got a nice showing from freshman Lucas Harman, allowing just one earned run on two hits over three innings of work.

Hitters of the day …

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Saladino Tournament: Day 3 at Jefferson

Scores

Chamberlain 7, East Bay 4

Steinbrenner 4, Jefferson 2

Pitchers of the day

Steinbrenner RHP CJ Van Eyk took the mound Tuesday night and threw 103 pitches, using him up for the rest of the week, but the Warriors got the result they wanted, a 4-2 win over Jefferson. Despite giving up two unearned runs in the first, Van Eyk rallied to finish six complete innings, not yielding an earned run and giving up just one hit while walking three and striking out 12. ... Jefferson RHP Michael Dominguez pitched five complete innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out six. 

Hitters of the day

Chamberlain nine-hitter Mo Hanley went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, including a big fifth inning where the Chiefs rang up six runs on East Bay. ... Steinbrenner nine-hitter Anthony Cassos went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. Teammate and one-hitter Jordan Lala was 2-for-4 wth a double, an RBI and a run scored. Lala’s double in the second gave the Warriors a 3-2 advantage that they would hold the rest of the way, adding a fourth run in the fourth inning. ... Chamberlain’s Marquis Philon was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. …

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