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The Hillsborough County scholar athletes

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The Hillsborough scholar athletes are typically announced during an awards presentation. Because of COVID-19, the winners were revealed virtually this year. Each public school in the county picked a senior female and male student-athlete. The winners received a plaque and a $1,000 check.

Alonso

Alexis Gyselinck

Sports: Flag football, soccer

GPA: 7.0

SAT: 1,540

College: Central Florida

Andrew Leftwich

Sports: Basketball

GPA: 6.46

SAT: 1,240

College: USF 

Armwood

Imani Nobles

Sports: Basketball, flag football, softball, volleyball

GPA: 6.7

SAT: 1,120

College: Florida Gulf Coast

Allasio King

Sports: Baseball, football

GPA: 6.08

SAT: 1,150

College: USF

Blake

AnnaGrace Brakin

Sports: Swimming

GPA: 7.4

SAT: 1,290

College: U.S. Military Academy

Omarion Coleman

Sports: Football, track, wrestling

GPA: 4.6

SAT: 1,080

College: Benedict 

Bloomingdale

Elizabeth Knowles

Sports: Cheerleading, flag football 

GPA: 6.4

SAT: 1,320

College: Florida State

Jeramy Butler

Sports: Cross country, track

GPA: 6.45

SAT: 1,290

College: USF

Brandon

Emma Jones

Sports: Cross country, flag football track, wrestling

GPA: N/A

SAT: N/A

College: N/A

Wei-Cheng Chen

Sports: Football

GPA: 4.5

SAT: 1,120

College: Florida

Chamberlain

Kaitlyn Morrison

Sports: Swimming

GPA: 6.1

SAT: 1,230

College: South Florida

Brennan Hyde

Sports: Baseball

GPA: 5.49

SAT: 1,120

College: N/A

Durant

Rebekah Lorentzen

Sports: Lacrosse

GPA: 6.9

SAT: 1,310

College: Florida

Dalton Smith

Sports: Basketball

GPA: 6.03

SAT: 1,410

College: Air Force

East Bay

Madison Tuch

Sports: Cheerleading

GPA: 6.9

SAT: 1,270

College: Undecided

Diego Mbulo

Sports: Football

GPA: 4.89

SAT: 1,190

College: Central Florida

Freedom

Bethany Booth

Sports: Cheerleading, flag football

GPA: 6.2

SAT: 1,390

College: Florida

Owen Barno

Sports: Golf, lacrosse

GPA: 5.97

SAT: 1,240

College: Florida

Gaither

Kateri Espinosa

Sports: Swimming

GPA: 8.4

SAT: 1,380

College: Princeton 

Tyler Wilkes

Sports: Golf

GPA: 5.5

SAT: 1,180

College: Florida

Hillsborough 

Hannah Powers

Sports: Tennis

GPA: 6.6

SAT: 1,340

College: Florida or South Florida

Cantia Rahming

Sports: Basketball, track

GPA: 4.4

SAT: 1,240

College: Saint Leo

Jefferson

Chloe Crespi

Sports: Basketball, lacrosse, softball, volleyball

GPA: 5.1

SAT: 1,190

College: Florida State

Tahdell Alexander

Sports: Basketball, cross country, track

GPA: 5.1

SAT: N/A

College: Florida Atlantic

King

Lauren Sklit

Sports: Gulf, soccer, tennis

GPA: 7.0

SAT: 1,530

College: Florida

Adam Rowan

Sports: Soccer, tennis

GPA: 7.3

SAT: 1,520 (36 on ACT)

College: Columbia

Lennard

Jocelyn Diaz

Sports: Football, flag football, soccer

GPA: 5.6

SAT: 1,220

College: Florida or Florida State

Hunter Myers

Sports: Track

GPA: 4.4

SAT: 1,140

College: Kennesaw State

Leto

Karen Rodriguez-Figueredo

Sports: Cross country, tennis

GPA: 8.0

SAT: 1,260

College: South Florida

Anthony Torres

Sports: Cross country, soccer, tennis

GPA: 5.4

SAT: 1,120

College: Fire Academy at HCC

Middleton

Alyssa Suarez

Sports: Softball, volleyball

GPA: 7.4

SAT: 1,420

College: Florida

Tico Allen

Sports: Football, track

GPA: 4.7

SAT: 1,120

College: Wingate

Newsome

Payton Carter

Sports: Cheerleading, track

GPA: 8.7

SAT: 1,410

College: Florida

Jacob Brazinski

Sports: Basketball

GPA: 6.1

ACT: 31 

College: Clemson

Plant

Alixandra Rubin

Sports: Cross country, swimming, track

GPA: 10.4 

ACT: 35

College: Undecided

Ciaran O’Rourke

Sports: Soccer

GPA: 6.5

ACT: 31

College: Florida

Plant City

Emmy Shouse

Sports: Swimming

GPA: 6.7

SAT: 1,350

College: Rollins 

Christopher Rodriguez

Sports: Baseball, basketball, football

GPA: 6.6

SAT: 1,310

College: Florida

Riverview

Natalia Forero

Sports: Cheerleading, track

GPA: 7.9

SAT: 1,530

College: Columbia

Justin Moore

Sports: Swimming

GPA: 7.6

SAT: 1,430

College: Florida 

Robinson

Emily Kemp

Sports: Basketball, flag football, volleyball

GPA: 7.2

SAT: 1,430

College: Wellesley

Ethan Geiger

Sports: Cross country, track

GPA: 6.7

SAT: 1,270

College: Florida

Sickles

Maggie Fennell

Sports: Basketball

GPA: 6.1

SAT: 1,390

College: Florida

Gary Jones III

Sports: Basketball

GPA: 5.0

SAT: 1,250

College: Florida Southern

Spoto

Paige Ferguson

Sports: Soccer, softball, volleyball

GPA: 5.7

SAT: 1,140

College: Tampa

Taishawn Hampton

Sports: Baseball

GPA: 4.7

SAT: 1,210

College: Central Florida

Steinbrenner

Ava Lucke

Sports: Flag football, soccer, track

GPA: 7.1

SAT: 1,290

College: Undecided

Paul Foreman Jr.

Sports: Cross country, track

GPA: 6.9

SAT: 1,470

College: Florida 

Strawberry Crest

Megan Watson

Sports: Basketball, flag football

GPA: 4.7

SAT: 1,140

College: St. Petersburg College

Jarrett Affronti

Sports: Wrestling

GPA: 5.2

SAT: 1,270

College: Florida State

Tampa Bay Tech

Grace Allison

Sports: Cross country, swimming track

GPA: 4.9 

SAT: 1,250

College: Pittsburgh

Tommie Johnson IV

Sports: Football, track

GPA: 4.5

SAT: N/A

College: Georgia Southern or Southern Alabama

Wharton

Vanessa Lopez

Sports: Cross country, soccer, track

GPA: 6.7

SAT: 1,480

College: Florida

Zachary Godbold

Sports: Football, soccer, track

GPA: 6.1

SAT: 1,270

College: Florida

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Baseball: Region final recap

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Class 7A

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Scoreboard

Durant 2, Kissimmee Osceola 1

Prime time performers

P/1B Alex Canney, Sr., Durant: Threw 2 ⅔ scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out five in a win over Kissimmee Osceola. 

P Sean Hermann, Sr., Durant: Pitched 4 ⅓ innings in relief, allowing four hits and one unearned run while striking out six in a win over Kissimmee Osceola. 

C/UTIL Dylan LaPointe, So., Durant: Hit a solo homer in the fourth inning that proved to be the difference in a win over Kissimmee Osceola.

Friday’s state semifinal schedule

Durant vs. Spruce Creek, 10

Class 6A

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Scoreboard

Bloomingdale 4, Naples Gulf Coast 3

Prime time performers

INF/P Gabe Garrett, Sr., Bloomingdale: Ended up 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored ain a win over Naples Gulf Coast.

OF Drake Harman, Jr., Bloomingdale: Went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a win over Naples Gulf Coast.

INF Colby Shelton, Jr., Bloomingdale: Finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win over Naples Gulf Coast.

Friday’s state semifinal schedule

Bloomingdale vs. Palm Beach Dwyer, 7

Class 2A

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Scoreboard

Sarasota Out-of-Door 4, Bishop McLaughlin 1

Mount Dora Christian 5, Seffner Christian 4 (eight innings)

Prime time performers

1B/P Dylan Cheeley, Sr., Seffner Christian: Went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in a loss to Mount Dora Christian.

OF Clay Odiorne, Sr., Seffner Christian: Hit a three-run homer in a loss to Mount Dora Christian.

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Baseball: Region final breakdown (7-6A, 2A)

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The baseball playoffs continue Saturday with region final games in Classes 7A-6A and 2A. Admission is $7. Here is the schedule with outlooks for each area game, as well as team leaders for each matchup.

Class 7A

Kissimmee Osceola (20-7) at Durant (21-5), 7

Cougars ace Sean Hermann threw 53 pitches in Wednesday’s region semifinal win over Sarasota Riverview. That means he needed just two days rest under the Florida High School Athletic Association’s pitch count policy and is available for the final. Durant, which has won eight of its last nine games, does have some momentum. The Kowboys are on a similar  late-season streak, winning 10 of their last 11. 

Team leaders

CategoryKissimmee OsceolaDurant
Batting averageBryan Avila .393Dylan LaPointe .397
RBIsJosean Sanchez 21Dylan Lapointe 22
Home runsJosean Sanchez 2Luke Scolaro 2
ERAManuel Lopez 1.14Sean Hermann 0.42
StrikeoutsManuel Lopez 72Sean Hermann 120

Class 6A

Bloomingdale (21-6) at Naples Gulf Coast (16-11), 7

The Bulls are in the region final for the first time since 2014. Bloomingdale got to this point by winning close games. Two of the Bulls’ last three wins were decided by a run. The Sharks are making their first region final appearance since 2017. They have won five straight thanks to stellar pitching and defense that has posted two straight shutouts and has allowed just four runs during that stretch. 

Team leaders

CategoryBloomingdaleNaples Gulf Coast
Batting averageDrake Harman .400Jean Cuello .328
RBIsMarlon Bowen 22Lorenzo Soto 13
Home runsColby Shelton 5Three players tied with one.
ERAJack Owens 0.92Matthew Geller 0.52
StrikeoutsDavid Eckaus 82Matthew Geller 68

Class 2A

Seffner Christian (19-4) at Mount Dora Christian (21-6), 7

The Crusaders are making their first region final appearance. They have won five straight, including the past four by seven or more runs. The Bulldogs are in the region final for just the second time. They have won 13 straight and keep getting better. In the last four games, Mount Dora Christian has outscored opponents by a combined 49-3. 

Team leaders

CategorySeffner ChristianMount Dora Christian
Batting averageDylan Cheeley .405Ty Quan Wiggins .486
RBIsAndrew Ura 22Collin Priest, Ty Quan Wiggins 31
Home runsSpencer Boynton, Andrew Ura 2Collin Priest 9
ERABen Cheek 0.25Cooper Chapman 1.54
StrikeoutsJoey Jensen 80Mekai Griffin 54

Bishop McLaughlin (20-7) at Sarasota Out-of-Door (21-3), 7

The Hurricanes are in the region final for the first time since 2017 and are one game away from reaching the state semifinals for just the third time in school history. Bishop McLaughlin’s success is due in large part to finding ways to pull through in close games. Of the Hurricanes’ nine straight wins, six were decided by two runs or less, including two that went into extra innings. 

Team leaders

CategoryBishop McLaughlinSarasota Out-of-Door
Batting averageAugie Mojica .409Logan Tribble .487
RBIsAndrew Duncan 18Carter Dierdorf 30
Home runsThree players tied with one.Tanner Fairchild 5
ERAEthan Burkhardt 1.20Carter Dierdorf
StrikeoutsTanner Boccabello 55Josh Cone 60

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Baseball: Region semifinal recap (7A-5A, 2A)

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Class 7A

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Scoreboard

Durant 7, Sarasota Riverview 0

Prime time performers

P Sean Hermann, Sr., Durant: Threw 4 ⅔ scoreless innings, allowing four hits, finishing with six strikeouts and teaming with Alex Canney on a shutout win over Sarasota Riverview. 

C/UTIL Dylan LaPointe, So., Durant: Hit two doubles and had two RBIs and a run scored in a win over Sarasota Riverview. 

C/3B Carlos Morales, Fr., Durant: Went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over Sarasota Riverview. 

Saturday’s region final schedule

Durant vs. Osceola-Lake Nona winner

Class 6A

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Scoreboard

Bloomingdale 2, Mitchell 1

Prime time performers

INF/P Gabe Garrett, Sr., Bloomingdale: Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in a win over Mitchell. 

P/OF Jack Owens, Jr., Bloomingdale: Lasted six innings on the mound, allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out seven in a win over Mitchell. 

Saturday’s region final schedule

Bloomingdale at Naples Gulf Coast, 7

Class 5A

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Scoreboard

Land O’ Lakes 3, Ocala Vanguard 0

Prime time performer

P Brian Holiday, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Threw a complete-game no-hitter with 20 strikeouts and was 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored in a win over Ocala Vanguard. It was career win No. 600 for Gators coach Calvin Baisley.

May 19 region final schedule

Land O’ Lakes at Jefferson, 7

Class 2A

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Scoreboard

Seffner Christian 11, Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy 2

Bishop McLaughlin 4, Northside Christian 3 (10 innings)

Prime time performers

OF/P Andrew Duncan, So., Bishop McLaughlin: Powered the Hurricanes’ offense by going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in a win over Northside Christian.

C Andrew Ura, Sr., Seffner Christian: Hit a grand slam that ignited the offense in a win over Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy. 

Saturday’s region final schedule  

Seffner Christian at Mount Dora Christian, 7

Bishop McLaughlin at Sarasota Out-of-Door, 7

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