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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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Newsome’s Devyn Silvestri named 2A state player of the year

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Newsome quarterback/safety Devyn Silvestri, who led the Wolves to their first state title in flag football, was named the Class 2A state player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

Silvestri is a multi-sport athlete. She is Newsome’s top golfer and advanced to the regional tournament in the fall. 

But flag football is her true passion. 

Silvestri has been playing the sport since she was seven years old. Those years of experience have paid off. In March, she won the accuracy challenge at the Elite 11 quarterback challenge, which invited girls flag football players for the first time this year. 

As a quarterback and safety, she helped the Wolves overwhelm foes throughout the season. On offense, she threw for 3,798 yards, ran for 500 more and accounted for 67 touchdowns (54 passing, 13 rushing). Silvestri also recorded 16 interceptions on defense. 

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