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PCAC banquet award winners announced



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The Pinellas County Athletic Conference usually holds a banquet at the end of the school year to announce award winners among coaches, athletes and administrators. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the winners were announced virtually this year. And there were no winners in spring sports because their seasons were cut short. Instead, there was a slideshow presentation to honor the seniors in those sports that was posted on the district’s website.  

Boys cross country

Steven Wilcox, Northeast

After five of his top seven runners graduated, Wilcox found reinforcements in the school hallways and assembled a team that won its second straight St. Petersburg City title and qualified for the state meet as a team for the first time in five years. 

Girls cross country

Peter Eagleson, Osceola

The nine-time coach of the year led the Warriors to conference and district titles, as well as a third-place finish in regions and a ninth-place finish at states. 

Boys golf 

Adam Stuck, Northeast

After graduating four seniors from last year’s team that won a district title, the Vikings still managed to do well in the postseason, placing fourth at districts with a young team. 

Girls golf

Mike Klapka, Largo

The first-year coach had enough girls to field a full team at the school for the first time in more than 20 years. The Packers went on to win a district title and place fifth in the region. 


Joseph Abad, St. Petersburg

In Abad’s first full season as coach, the Green Devils went 25-4, won a district title and went on to reach the region semifinals, where they lost to Fort Myers.  


Lakewood's Cory Moore

Cory Moore, Lakewood

A former standout at the school, Moore led the Spartans to their greatest season in school history, highlighted by an undefeated regular season and a state semifinal appearance. 

Boys swimming

Danielle Spurgeon, Seminole

This season, Spurgeon helped the Warhawks set two school records, a conference record and finish fourth overall at the state meet. 

Girls swimming

Scott Herndon, Countryside

The longtime coach (Tarpon Springs, Mitchell and Countryside) has had 42 All-Americans and 17 state champions during his career.  


Sam Pruitt, St. Petersburg

A former state champion at the school, Pruitt has been a fixture with the program for more than three decades. This season, he helped three of his wrestlers qualify for the region meet. 

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Britt Taylor, East Lake

The sixth-year coach guided the Eagles to their second straight conference title game appearance, their second straight district title and their first trip to the state semifinals. 

Girls basketball 

Will White, Northeast

Despite returning just three players, White guided the Vikings to a 22-6 record and the program’s sixth postseason appearance in the past seven seasons. 

Boys soccer 

Brandon Vaughan, Lakewood

In Vaughan’s third season, the Spartans made significant progress, going from five wins in 2018-19 to a region quarterfinal appearance. 

Girls soccer

Rui Farias, St. Petersburg

Though the Green Devils were young, Farias still put together a team that went 18-4-2, won the ninth district title of his coaching career and advanced to the region finals. He also had a record six players that signed college scholarships. 

RELATED: St. Petersburg has record six girls soccer signees

Henry Deck Male Athlete of the Year

Lakewood's TJ Tampa
Lakewood’s TJ Tampa

TJ Tampa, Lakewood

The two-sport star was an all-conference selection in football and basketball. He also helped the Spartans make deep postseason runs in both sports. Off the field, Tampa is active with the Heath squad at school and various community services. He has already signed to play football at Iowa State. 

Henry Deck Female Athlete of the Year

Tarpon Springs' Anabel Ellison

Anabel Ellison, Tarpon Springs

A prolific scorer, Ellison racked up 1,730 points in her basketball career. She also set school records for most points in a game (44) and highest single-season scoring average (25.2 points per game). She has already signed with Marist. 

RELATED: TJ Tampa, Anabel Ellison named Pinellas County athletes of the year

Mike McPheron Award

Stevanie Copponi, Boca Ciega

The cross country and track runner battled through anxiety and panic attacks stemming from a difficult childhood to become the school’s Salutatorian for the Class of 2020. She is going to the University of Florida and wants to become a nurse practitioner. 

Athletic Administrator of the Year Award

Jim Casey, Largo

As the school’s athletic coordinator for the past 20 years, Casey has worked with six different principals. He helped put together Largo’s Hall of Fame in 2016 and has been instrumental in hanging championship banners through the gymnasium.  

Superintendent’s Challenge Cup


Osceola: 3.502


East Lake: 3.435


Largo: 3.384

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Schedule for Kevin Durant National Hoopfest released



The Kevin Durant National Hoopfest series will make its way to the Tampa Bay area on Jan. 28-29.

The tournament, now being held at St. Petersburg High, is the last of four stops that have already been announced.

What makes the event noteworthy is that it matches teams from the area against nationally-ranked teams from across the country, giving fans a chance to root on their local school as well as check out players who will be playing for major colleges and NBA teams in the future.

Here is the schedule, which was released this weekend.

Jan. 28

AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.) vs. Ischool of Lewisville (Texas), 5

IMG Academy vs. Oldsmar Christian, 6:30

St. Pete vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 8

Jan. 29

Windemere Prep vs. Wasatch Academy (Utah), 1

Orlando Christian Prep vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 2:30

Oldsmar Christian vs. Ischool of Lewisville (Texas), 4

Tampa Catholic vs. AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.), 5:30

IMG Academy vs. St. Petersburg, 7

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Dillon Mitchell transfers to Montverde Academy



Dillon Mitchell, a four-star recruit who helped Bishop McLaughlin reach the state final for the first time this past season, has transferred to boys basketball powerhouse Montverde Academy. 

Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 senior small forward, made the announcement Thursday night on his Twitter account. 

In 2017, Montverde was named the nation’s top basketball program of the decade by USA Today. Several current NBA players went there, including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and R.J. Barrett. Two more notable alumni, Oklahoma’s Cade Cunningham and and FSU’s Scottie Barnes, are expected to be among the top five picks in this year’s NBA draft. 

The ability to mold such high-profile stars prompted Mitchell to make the move. 

“They have developed great players to be successful at the next level,” Mitchell said of Montverde. “The competition is awesome,and being able to play against the best even at practice will help me become better. I believe it’s a great move.”

This is Mitchell’s third school in as many years. 

During the 2019-20 season, Mitchell played at Sickles, averaging 12.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game with the Gryphons.

He left this past season to attend Bishop McLaughlin, where he teamed with another four-star prospect, Emanuel Sharp, to form a dynamic 1-2 scoring punch. Mitchell (featured photo above by Willie Kelly) finished the season averaging 17.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while leading the Hurricanes to the Class 3A state final. 

Mitchell is rated fourth in the state and 29th nationally in the Class of 2022 by ESPN. He has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, FSU, Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.  . 

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FHSAA releases boys basketball class and district assignments



The Florida High School Athletic Association released the classifications, districts and regions for boys basketball this coming season. The assignments are based on student enrollment numbers from October 2020. This is a one-year cycle that the FHSAA board of directors voted on. There likely will be a two-year cycle starting with the 2022-23 calendar year. The classifications and districts for the other sports will be released at a later date. Below is the list for area teams. For the full  boys basketball list click here.  

Class 7A, District 6


East Lake

Palm Harbor University




Class 7A, District 7


Lakewood Ranch


Plant City


Class 6A, District 9


Land O’ Lakes




Pinellas Park


Class 6A, District 10



Strawberry Crest

Tampa Bay Tech


Wiregrass Ranch

Class 6A, District 11


Bradenton Manatee

Braden River

East Bay




Class 5A, District 5



Lake Weir



Ocala Vanguard


Class 5A, District 6

Cypress Creek



Pasco, River Ridge

Wesley Chapel


Class 5A, District 8









Class 5A, District 9






Class 5A, District 10

Boca Ciega

Bradenton Bayshore

Bradenton Southeast


St. Petersburg

Class 4A, District 9


Crystal River


Nature Coast

South Sumter

Weeki Wachee

Class 4A, District 10





Tarpon Springs

Class 4A, District 11




Sarasota Booker


Wauchula Hardee

Class 3A, District 5

Bell Creek

Bishop McLaughlin

Brooks DeBartolo

Carrollwood Day

Seffner Christian

Tampa Catholic

Tampa Prep

Class 3A, District 6

Admiral Farragut

Berkeley Prep

Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic


St. Petersburg Catholic

Class 2A, District 9

Academy at the Lakes

Classical Prep

Hernando Christian

Seven Rivers Christian

Zephyrhills Christian

Class 2A, District 10

Bayshore Christian

Brandon Academy

Cambridge Christian

Foundation Christian

Lakeside Christian

Universal Academy

Class 2A, District 11

Bradenton Christian

Bradenton Gulf Coast HEAT


Indian Rocks Christian

Keswick Christian

Port Charlotte Community Christian

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