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Cambridge’s Chad Walker leaves to coach in North Carolina

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Cambridge Christian’s Chad Walker, who led the Lancers to a 2A region semifinal appearance last season, has left to become the coach at Christ School in Arden, N.C. 

Walker was introduced as the Greenies football coach last week. He takes over a program that won a state title last year. 

“I’m excited about the opportunity to not only embrace the winning tradition here and maintain that success, but also to try and raise the standard to an even higher level,” Walker said. “I’ve been blown away by the character and demeanor of everyone I’ve met and look forward to getting started.”

This will be Walker’s third head coaching job in as many years. 

In January of last year, Walker left Land O’ Lakes after two seasons to take over at Cambridge. He replaced Bob Dare, who was dismissed as a teacher and coach at Cambridge after 11 seasons.

The circumstances were difficult. A few players transferred to other schools and Walker did not have much time to get acclimated to his new players with spring practice canceled last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Nevertheless, the Lancers thrived under their new coach, going 9-2 and losing to eventual state semifinalist Seffner Christian 49-47 in the region semifinals. Both of Cambridge Christian’s losses this past season were against playoff teams and were decided by a combined six points. 

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Jesuit’s Junior Vandeross commits to Toledo

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Jesuit athlete Junior Vandeross made his college plans official by committing to Toledo. 

The three-star recruit picked the Rockets over nine other offers, including UCF, Iowa, Iowa State and Kentucky. 

Last season, Vandeross accounted for 1,215 all-purpose yards (981 receiving, 139 in punt returns and 95 rushing) and had 16 touchdowns.  His playmaking abilities helped him become an all-state selection and played a big role in helping the Tigers reach the 5A state semifinals.

Toledo has had plenty of success landing area athletes with multidimensional skills. Former Lakewood standout Bernard Reedy and former Lennard star Diontae Johnson, now with the Steelers, both excelled in that role with the Rockets.

Vandeross’ commitment marks the first area recruit and just the third overall for Toledo in the Class of 2022. It also highlights the recruiting impact of former Plant coach Robert Weiner, now in his second season as an assistant with the Rockets. 

Weiner helped land three former area standouts, Judge Culpepper (Plant/Penn State), Tucker Gleason (Plant/Georgia Tech) and Matt Landers (Admiral Farragut/St. Petersburg/Georgia), al of whom transferred to Toledo and were part of the 2021 class.  

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Football: This week’s spring game and jamboree schedule

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Here are the scheduled spring games and jamborees for this week.

Wednesday

Gulf at Fivay, 7

Osceola at Seminole, 7

Thursday

Clearwater Central Catholic vs. Cambridge Christian, 7 (@Skyway Park)

Land O’ Lakes at Cypress Creek, 7

Mount Dora at Central, 7

River Ridge at Hudson, 7

St. Petersburg Catholic at Naples St. John Neumann, 7

Springstead at Palm Harbor University, 7

Wiregrass Ranch at Berkeley Prep, 7

Jamborees

Armwood, Durant, Strawberry Crest, Plant City, 6:30 @Plant City

East Bay, Lennard, Riverview, 6:30 @Sumner

Bloomingdale, Brandon, Newsome, Spoto, 6:30 @Bloomingdale

Alonso, Gaither, Sickles, Steinbrenner, 6:30 @Alonso

Blake, Jefferson, Plant, Robinson, 6:30 @Jefferson

Chamberlain, Hillsborough, Leto, Middleton, 6:30 @Leto

Freedom, King, Tampa Bay Tech, Wharton, 6:30 @King

Friday

Nature Coast at Countryside, 7

Clearwater at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, 7

Pasco at Sunlake, 7

Largo at Calvary Christian, 7

Mitchell at Zephyrhills, 7

Hollins at Wesley Chapel, 7

Tampa Catholic at Deltona, 7

Southlake Groveland at Zephyrhills Christian, 7

Keswick Christian at Bell Creek Academy, 7

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Armwood’s Charles Montgomery commits to Marshall

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Armwood athlete Charles Montgomery put an end to a tumultuous year-long recruiting process by announcing his commitment to Marshall on Tuesday. 

The three-star recruit originally committed to Florida nearly a year ago.

With his college plans seemingly set, Montgomery focused on having a solid senior season. He did just that, leading the Hawks in receiving yards (453) and tying for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (six). 

Before the early signing period, Montgomery’s plans changed. He decommitted to the Gators, then spent the next six months in limbo wondering if he would find the right fit. 

Montgomery found it with the Thundering Herd. 

Marshall has always been an attractive landing spot for locals. There currently are four players from the bay area on the Thundering Herd’s 2021 roster Montgomery’s former Hawks teammate De’Kwan Hughes.  

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