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Prime Time Preps’ all-Hillsborough County volleyball

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Player of the year

OH Kylie Stroehlein, Sr., Sickles

After a shoulder injury cut short her junior season, Kylie Stroehlein vowed to return. 

She came back stronger, more focused and injury-free. 

That helped her put up big numbers. Stroehlein led area players in hitting percentage (.496) and was tied with two other area players for second in kills per set (5.0). 

In one week, Stroehlein had a combined 113 kills and 87 digs to help the Gryphons go 6-2 . 

Her domination at the net led to some worthy praise. During that impressive eight-match stretch, Stroehlein was named the MaxPreps/American Volleyball Coaches Association state player of the week. She was the only area player to receive that honor this season. 

Better still, her play was a big reason Sickles made the playoffs for the first time since 2012. 

Coach of the year

Vanja Todorovic, Plant

Midway through the season, Plant went 3-4 during a seven-match stretch. 

No matter. Vanja Todorovic was able to get his team to rebound at the right time.

The Panthers won eight straight matches down the stretch and reached the state semifinals for the third straight season.  

First team

S Sophie Fleeger, Sr., Plant

L Sophia Kotsovolos, Jr., Plant

MH Olivia Mogridge, Jr., Steinbrenner

MH Lilou Stegeman, Sr., Steinbrenner

OH Erin Morrissey, Sr., Plant

OH Mila Yarich, Sr., Robinson

OH Gia Padilla, Sr., Carrollwood Day

OH Gracie Kiser, Sr., Tampa Prep

Second team

S Olivia Rabinowitz, Jr., Berkeley Prep

S Victoria Padilla, Fr., Sickles

L Madi Espy, Jr., Steinbrenner

MH Bella Bonatakis, Jr., Wharton

MH Jalyn Brown, Sr., Carrollwood Day

MH Becca Bach, Sr., Steinbrenner

OH Kinsley Warbritton, So., Academy of the Holy Names

OH Mallory Smith, Jr., Plant City

Honorable mention

Academy of the Holy Names: Janessa Bailey, Morgan Garlick, Camryn McClendon, Olivia Mortellaro; Armwood: Mikayla Warnell; Bayshore Christian: Emma Chapman, Marli Rose; Bloomingdale: Peyton Carter; Berkeley Prep: Camryn Carlo, Ava Swain; Brandon: Yomaris Rodriguez Castell; Carrollwood Day: Jessie Golden, Laney Higgins, Kacy Krig, Yalianie Rojas, Jasmine Welton; Durant: Paige Edson, Amari Fitts; East Bay: Kennedy Reed; Freedom: Dahlia Palacios, Isabel Rosenfeld; King: Elizabeth Branch; Leto: Kalesta Barreto, Sage Sharpe; Middleton: Madalyn Finstein, Elisa Landry, Jeilin Robinson; Newsome: Chloe Adams, Natania Fletcher, Sydney Ginaitt, Charlotte Llewellyn, Olivia Neu; Plant: Reese Friar, Lily Frierson, Bella Lee, Georgia Lowe, Sterling O’Neal; Plant City: Bailey Blanton, Eva Oyola, Brea Simmons; Riverview: Brooke Arnold, Hannah Bowers, Ariya Harris, Anise Lowe; Robinson: Casey Ingram, Katie Kemp, Jill Tanke; Sickles: Mia Holder, Tatum Pope, Gwen Tippen, Emilie Vendrone, Sheisa Villegas; Steinbrenner: Maddie Hill, Mandy Knipp, Isabel Reynolds; Strawberry Crest: Alex Friebolin, Emma Futch, Delaney Mobley, Maleea Zeto; Sumner: Coral Dastas Marcial; Tampa Bay HEAT: Olivia Balogh, Kaley Preston, Mia Saavedra, Elizabeth Southard, Candra Stephenson; Tampa SLAM: Victoria Hornedo-Diaz, Cyrianna Lee, Daylian Palermo; Tampa Bay Tech: Amari Colvin, Brooke Lewis; Tampa Catholic: Emma Hennessee, Riley Sipperly, Araceli Wakefield; Tampa Prep: Olivia Hart, Rylee Johnson, Maddie Newton, Alexandra Postlethwait, Ivanna Zojovic; Wharton: Gabby Frye, Jacquelyn Kelley, Johanally Sosa. 

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Final Tampa Bay Tech 21, Wharton 12

Final St. Petersburg Catholic 47, Bishop McLaughlin 15

Final Gibbs 50, Gulf 21

Final Countryside 28, Sunlake 7\

Final Berkeley Prep 49, New Orleans Newman 24

Final Zephyrhills Christian 30, Bradenton Christian 7

Final Boca Ciega 28, Seminole 21

Final Lakeland Christian 38, Calvary Christian 13

Final Clearwater 48, Tarpon Springs 7

Final Clearwater Central Catholic 56, Kissimmee Gateway 0

Final Northeast 21, Hollins 20

Final Sumner 14, Braden River 10

Final Legacy Charter 21, Indian Rocks Christian 14

Final Mount Dora Christian 48, Keswick Christian 0

Final Seffner Christian 62, St. Joseph Academy 16

Final Zephyrhills 35, Nature Coast 0

Final Largo 25, Sickles 7

Final Osceola 48, St. Petersburg 9

Final Steinbrenner 35, Chamberlain 21

Final Carrollwood Day 42, Cambridge Christian 7

Final Tampa Catholic 38, Winter Haven 0

Final Land O’ Lakes 36, Pasco 0

Final Jesuit 44, Blake 0

Final Armwood 41, Wiregrass Ranch 11

Final Palmetto 23, Bloomingdale 3

4th Q Alonso 52, Robinson 17

Final Plant City 31, Plant 24

Final Wesley Chapel 44, Hudson 6

Final Newsome 55, Riverview 7

Final Pinellas Park 46, Palm Harbor University 0

Final Fivay 27, Freedom 25

Final Bradenton Manatee 29, East Bay 13

Final Dunedin 48, Anclote 22

Final Spoto 46, Brandon 0

Final Durant 49, Middleton 6

Final Cypress Creek 43, Weeki Wachee 0

Final Lennard 33, Jefferson 31

Final Gaither 48, Leto 7

Final McCallie (Tenn.) 47, Clearwater Academy 14

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The Hillsborough County Football Player of the Week

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LB/S Cole Highsmith, Jr., Plant City

After becoming a starter as a sophomore last season, Cole Highsmith took on a more prominent role as one of the leaders of Plant City’s defense. 

He took on that task by making play after play. 

This season, Highsmith has recorded 73 tackles and six sacks. Those totals already surpassed what he ended up with last year. 

Against Bloomingdale two weeks ago, Highsmith had 13 tackles, two sacks and an interception to lead the Raiders to victory. 

Fans paid attention. Highsmith received 50 percent of the votes (746) in the Hillsborough County football player of the week poll to beat out Wharton’s Daveon Crouch, who had 25 percent (376 votes). 

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Thursday night football forecast

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Seffner Christian (2-3) at St. Petersburg Catholic (3-3), 7

After starting 2-0, the visiting Crusaders have lost three straight. The host Barons, meanwhile, have rebounded from a 1-2 start to win two of their last three games. 

Putnam’s prediction: St. Petersburg Catholic 30-28

Gibbs (3-3) at Tarpon Springs (3-3), 7

An important Class 5A, District 10 game for both teams not only to stay in the mix for a title but also to get above .500 for the season. 

Putnam’s prediction: Gibbs 34-21 

Clearwater (5-1) at Anclote (1-5), 7:30

The Tornadoes have won five straight and are the clear favorite to the Class 5A, District 10 title. The host Sharks are on a two-game losing streak. 

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 42-7

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