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Prep Report

A prep sports blog

A roundup of high school sports briefs and area athletes around the Tampa Bay region, from The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com.

Bay Area Blitz: Top 10 plays of preseason football

Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2015 at 08:37 AM
TBO.com staff

Each week we’ll countdown the top ten plays in high school football across the Tampa Bay area.

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Baseball: Jesuit’s Ortega picks Creighton

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Jesuit senior outfielder Nick Ortega has verbally committed to Creighton University, he confirmed on Thursday.

Ortega has a .297 average over two seasons as a starter for the Tigers and helped Jesuit to the Class 5A state title in 2014.

Creighton is a part of the Big East Conference and plays its home games in TD Ameritrade Park, the home of the NCAA Division I college baseball championship. Ortega said among many of the things that drew him to the university was the chance to play in the facility.

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Baseball: CDS’ Montenegro chooses Southern Miss

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Carrollwood Day senior outfielder Gabriel Montenegro has verbally committed to the University of Southern Mississippi, CDS coach Nick Rodriguez said Thursday.

Montenegro, a left-handed hitter, posted a .453 average last season, with 27 runs scored and 16 RBIs helping the Patriots to a 14-10 season and their first region playoff berth.

“Gabe is an outstanding young man and is the best pure hitter I have ever coached,” Rodriguez said.

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Alonso’s Butler named to 18U National Team

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Alonso High baseball player Jordan Butler was named to the USA Baseball 18U final roster and will travel to represent the U.S. in the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Nishinomiya, Japan.

A dual threat as a left-handed pitcher and solid hitter, Butler is verbally committed to the University of Florida and was a Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County first team selection last season.

Butler commented on Twitter: “Blessed to say that I have been selected to represent the USA in Japan. I want to thank my family and all my (supporters).”

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Messamore steps down as Gulf’s head football coach

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Tribune staff

After two seasons as Gulf’s head football coach, Jason Messamore resigned because of reoccurring back problem. Messamore had a 9-12 record and led the Buccaneers to their first playoff appearance since 2008 that ended with a near upset of Lakewood in the first round of the Class 5A postseason.

“I feel so bad for the kids,” Messamore said. “I’ve been wrestling around with the idea for a while now and I just haven’t been able to make it out to any of the practices because of my back.”

Athletic director Bruno Buonsanto, who has been assisting with practices, will take over as interim head coach for the season.

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Carter the successor of talented lineage at Hillsborough High School

Published:   |   Updated: August 18, 2015 at 03:38 PM
By NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

TAMPA — Hillsborough High has had its share of standout defensive linemen over the past decade.

Moses McCray (Florida State), Earl Moore (University of Miami) and Jordan Sherit (Florida) all graduated as high level recruits.

Now, it’s Zach Carter’s turn.

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USF has chance to land Dziagwa

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By NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

A great shooter is not an easy find in the land of basketball recruiting. South Florida men’s basketball coach Orlando Antigua understands this, and that is why he’s heavily recruiting Tampa Catholic senior guard Thomas Dziagwa.

According to Dziagwa’s father, Tampa Catholic varsity basketball coach Don Dziagwa, during USF’s current trip to Spain, Antigua sent the family a text message saying the team could have used Dziagwa’s shooting ability. A 6-foot-4 point guard, Dziagwa made 119 of 316 three-pointers last season and averaged 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game to help the Crusaders reach the Class 4A region semifinals.

Whether or not Dziagwa becomes a Bulls should be known within the next few months. Don Dziagwa said his son is planning to make a commitment and sign during the early signing period to concentrate on the 2015-2016 season.

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Hargreaves will follow older brother to University of Florida

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

There will soon be another Hargreaves playing sports at the University of Florida.

Chanelle Hargreaves, a senior libero at Wharton High and the younger sister of Florida All-American junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, who also attended Wharton, has committed to play for the Gators, her father, Vernon Hargreaves Jr., said Friday.

Hargreaves, the linebackers coach at Arkansas (which could meet Florida in SEC title game if planets align), said Chanelle will become his third child to attend UF. His oldest daughter, Carina, attended UF as a grad student and recently graduated with a degree in sports management.

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Volleyball: Hampton commits to six-time champion Penn State

Published:   |   Updated: August 14, 2015 at 08:26 PM
By NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

Berkeley Prep sophomore Jenna Hampton recently made a verbal commitment to Penn State.

Hampton announced her decision on Twitter this past Thursday.

Hampton played outside hitter for Berkeley Prep last season but will play libero at Penn State. This past summer, Hampton helped the Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy win the 15-Under AAU Volleyball Open National championship.

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Is Oladokun USF’s QB of the future?

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by nick williamsTribune staff

TAMPA — It’s no secret the quarterback position at the University of South Florida during the 2014 season was concerning, and at times, disappointing. The revolving door of quarterbacks used last season produced four wins and 11 passing touchdowns.

Sickles senior quarterback Chris Oladokun, a USF commit since his junior season, says he plans to graduate in December to enroll at USF in January, making him eligible to practice with the Bulls in the spring. Whether or not Stephen Bench or Quinton Flowers, listed as No. 1 and 2 on the depth chart to start fall camp, emerge as a leader and perform well this season, Oladokun is planning on being the Bulls quarterback of the future.

“I feel like I can give it a spark, a little swag,” Oladokun said. “I feel like some of the quarterbacks haven’t separated themselves like coach (Willie) Taggart says. He says he’s looking for a guy who can lead and everyone is going to follow them so when those guys, Stephen Bench, Quinton Flowers or the kid from UCLA, Asainti Woulard, all of them are going to have to compete and separate themselves but for me coming in, I’m going to be an early grad so I’m looking for come in the spring and compete and work hard everyday, get bigger in the weight room and give something to offer.”

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