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The PTP flag football players of the week

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QB/SS/KR Ava Stoller, So., St. Petersburg

Ava Stoller, a prolific scorer in basketball, averaged 32 points in the first three games before her season was cut short with a knee injury. 

She worked through the grueling stages of rehabilitation to return to the court in February before turning her attention to flag football.

Stoller is just as much of a playmaker on the gridiron. 

In three wins two weeks ago, Stoller totaled 12 touchdowns, including four (three passing, one rushing) in a 27-14 victory over Dunedin in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference title game.

Fans took notice. Stoller received 60 percent of the votes (2,861) to beat out Newsome’s Carolina McKenna, who had more than 21 percent (1,042 votes).

The PTP pick

WR/MLB Casey Contreras, Sr., Steinbrenner: Picked off a pass against Robinson to give her 40 career interceptions, a total that is believed to be a Hillsborough County record. She also is the Warriors’ all-time leader in receptions, yards, touchdowns and flag pulls.  

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Flag football: Casey Contreras named top player in Hillsborough

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Steinbrenner’s Casey Contreras had a knack for picking off opposing passers, so much that she was recognized as the top flag football player in Hillsborough County. 

The senior took home the Happy Home Goods Outstanding Flag Football Award in large part for recording a county record 40 interceptions in her career. It is the first time the Warriors had a player win the award. 

Contreras contributed in other ways, too. She served as a team mentor, particularly on the academic side. Her help is a big reason Steinbrenner is the four-time defending Class 2A academic state champions, an honor awarded to the team with the highest combined GPA.

Her leadership, loyalty and compassion played a role in a season filled with honors. 

In January, Contreras was the female winner of the Bill Minahan award, given annually to two student athletes who excel on and off the field. 

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Flag football: Robinson’s Sydney Stout named state’s top player

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Robinson quarterback Sydney Stout, who rewrote the record book as a passer while leading the program to its fifth straight state title, was named Miss Flag Football, the award given to the top overall player in the state by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

After missing last season because of the coronavirus pandemic, the senior took over as the Knights’ starter this season and shattered the state records for yards (5,086), touchdown passes (111) and completion percentage (74).  

That prolific passing attack was a big reason Robinson went 22-0, outscoring foes by a combined 876-65 en route to their fifth straight state title in Class 1A and sixth overall. 

Stout beat out Newsome quarterback/defensive back Devyn Silvestri for the top honor. Silvestri, who led the Wolves to their first state title, was named the 2A player of the year. Newsome’s Justin Shive was named the top overall coach in the state.

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Robinson’s Sydney Stout named 1A state player of the year

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Robinson quarterback Sydney Stout, who produced astonishing numbers while leading the program to its fifth straight state title, was named the Class 1A player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

The senior, who took over as the starter this season, shattered the state records for yards (5,086), touchdown passes (111) and completion percentage (74).  

That prolific passing attack was a big reason the Knights went 22-0, outscoring foes by a combined 876-65 en route to their fifth straight state title and sixth overall. 

The winners in each classification were selected through voting from a statewide panel of girls flag football coaches and media representatives. They are now eligible to be named the overall winner in the state, which will go through another round of voting and likely be announced next week. 

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