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The Hillsborough County scholar athletes

Bob Putnam

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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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No more fans at Pasco County sporting events after COVID spike

Bob Putnam

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Pasco County has decided to limit all athletic activities to students and coaches due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases. 

That means no fans or media members in attendance. 

The new rule starts on Monday and will last until the positivity rate, which has climbed to nine percent, drops to below five percent for a rolling seven-day period. 

In the past two weeks, two county football teams — Wiregrass Ranch and Fivay — had to forfeit playoff games because of a player testing positive for coronavirus and multiple team members and coaches having to quarantine due to contact tracing. 

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Signing day roundup

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Academy of the Holy Names

Rowing

Grace Cronen: West Virginia

Jessica Reynolds: North Carolina

Softball

INF Rachael Petrarca: Providence

P/INF Belle Sardja: Florida Southwestern

Berkeley Prep

Baseball

P Will Parkinson: Columbia

P Evan Parmer: Virginia Military Institute

Lacrosse

Justyce Barber: William and Mary

Swimming

Amy Wotovich: Harvard

Volleyball

MB Camryn Carlo: Cornell

Bishop McLaughlin

Girls basketball

G Isabella Prada: Rollins

Softball

3B/C Emily Suchan: Enterprise State

Volleyball

OH Audrey Koenig: Florida State

DS/L Adrianna Lopez: Rollins

Calvary Christian

Baseball

RHP Jack Cebert: USF

RHP/OF Tyler Dietz: USF

C/1B/OF Zach Ferlita: Covenant

OF/LHP Charles Stevens: Butler

1B/OF Jackson Unice: Eckerd

Softball

SS/C Leah Jarnac: Duke

C/SS Sam Leski: Florida Gulf Coast

Track and field

Meredith Adams: Texas

Canterbury

Softball

1B/3B Sarah Young: Rollins

Clearwater Central Catholic

Soccer

F/MF Kendall Liermann: Towson

Tennis

Ryan Boland: Loyola Maryland

Emma Fernald: William & Mary

Dunedin

Baseball

OF/1B Marcus Brodil: South Florida

East Lake

Track and field

Anna Cincotta: Florida Atlantic

Jesuit

Baseball

P Dominic Castellano: Central Florida

OF B.J. Graham: Tulane

INF Nick Rodriguez: Charleston Southern

INF/C Cole Russo: Central Florida

P Alden Segui: North Carolina

P Jackson Shembekar: Tampa

P Ryan Skelly: Charleston Southern

P Joey Volini: South Florida

Largo

Girls soccer

Asti Luff: Citadel

Newsome

Softball

C Lydia Castro: South Florida

Olivia Dresser: McDaniel College

P/OF Kaitlyn Felton: Central Florida

1B Jadeyn Ruszkowski: Clemson

Osceola

Softball

UTIL Jayla Brooks: Delaware

Plant

Girls basketball

G Kendal Cheesman: Vanderbilt

G Nyla Jean: Georgia State

Volleyball

OH Erin Morrissey: Maryland

River Ridge

Softball

SS Brooke Blankenship: Florida State

C/UTIL Giulia Desiderio: South Carolina

Sunlake

Softball

OF Kendra Falby: Florida

Tampa Bay Tech

Girls basketball

G Knisha Godfrey: Mississippi State

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No test score needed for high school athletes in Class of 2021 to be eligible at D-I or II

Bob Putnam

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The NCAA Eligibility Center announced Monday that high school rising seniors will not be required to take a standardized test to be eligible to play at play at a Division I or II school.

Part of the reason is the difficulty in taking the SAT or ACT during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

”Given the continuing impact of COVID-19, the NCAA membership made this decision with the health and well-being of incoming students top of mind,” NCAA Eligibility Center Vice President Felicia Martin said in a news release. “We understand the uncertainty in the educational environment and believe these changes will help ensure students have a fair opportunity to meet the initial-eligibility standard.”

Here is what the NCAA is requiring at the each of the two levels for high-school athletes in the Class of 2021.

Division I academic eligibility.

Grade point average: 2.3 in 16 NCAA-approved core courses, with 10 core courses (seven in English, math and science) completed by the start of their seventh semester in high school (prior to senior year).

Division II academic eligibility

Grade point average: a 2.2 grade-point average in 16 NCAA-approved core courses.

* International students-athletes enrolling in a Division I or II school during the 2021-22 academic year will be academically eligible if they complete 16 core-course units with at least a 2.3 (DI) or 2.2 (DII) grade-point average in those courses.

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