The Daily Feed — Aug. 11, 2023

Welcome to The Daily Feed, your one-stop shop for everything high school sports in the Tampa Bay area. Whether you’re looking for the latest scores, highlights, interviews, or memes, we’ve got you covered. Every day, we’ll bring you a mix of social media posts, short stories, fun facts and links on what’s happening in the local scene. You’ll get to know the players, the coaches, the fans and the rivals. So, sit back, relax and enjoy The Daily Feed.

Baseball

Major league update

Mets slugger Pete Alonso, a former standout at Plant, became the first player in franchise history to have four straight seasons of 35 or more home runs.

Another former Panthers star, Kyle Tucker, is have an MVP caliber season with the Astros. He hit a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning against the Orioles earlier this week and has 13 homers and 46 RBIs in his last 39 games.

Classifieds

Dick’s Sporting Goods has deal for athletes, coaches

Athletes, coaches and staff that belong to the Florida High School Athletic Association will receive 20 percent off their entire purchase at Dick’s Sporting Goods the next two weekends (Aug. 11-14 and 18-21). The coupon is vaild in-store only.

Free physicals this weekend

On Saturday, PT Solutions Physical Therapy, in partnership with Orthopedic Specialists, will be providing free physicals.

The event is from 9 a.m.-noon at Anclote High. Parents and guardians must be present for the physical. 

Who We Play For also will be providing free cardiac screenings. 

Click the QR codes in the ads below to claim a spot for the physical and/or pre register for the cardiac screening.  

Clearwater Academy looking to fill football schedule

Clearwater Academy needs opponents for varsity football games on Sept. 15 or Oct. 6. The Knights can host or play on the road. If interested, send a direct message on Twitter to Matthew Fleming (@CoachFleming612).

Zephyrhills Christian in search of kickoff classic

Zephyrhills Christian’s still is looking for an opponent for a football kickoff classic (preseason game). Those interested can send a direct message to the school’s athletic Twitter account (@AthleticsZca).

Wiregrass Ranch still looking for boys basketball games

Wiregrass Ranch’s boys basketball team need a few games to fill out its schedule. They available dates are on Dec. 12, Dec. 19 or Jan. 23. To inquire, send a direct message via Twitter to head coach Jeremy Calzone (@calzone32) or assistant Ross Van De Griek (@CoachRossWRHS).

Football

MaxPreps Rankings

This week, MaxPreps released its initial rankings to start the season.

Here is the list of the top 25 teams in the Tampa Bay area (Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties).

1. Clearwater Academy

2. Tampa Bay Tech

3. Clearwater Central Catholic

4. Carrollwood Day

5. Tampa Catholic

6. Jesuit

7. Calvary Christian

8. Lakewood

9. Wharton

10. Berkeley Prep

11. Armwood

12. East Lake

13. Zephyrhills

14. Plant

15. Largo

16. Mitchell

17. Steinbrenner

18. Land O’ Lakes

19. Clearwater

20. Sumner

21. Newsome

22. Gaither

23. Springstead

24. Hudson

25. Pasco

Did you know?

The NFL Hall of Fame had some local trivia on Thursday, asking people to identify a player in a photo. The answer was actor Channing Tatum, who played at Tampa Catholic and graduated in 1998.

East Bay, Strawberry Crest hosting scrimmages on Saturday

East Bay and Strawberry Crest are getting ready for the upcoming football season by hosting scrimmages on Saturday.

The scrimmages will serve as training for the West Coast Officials Association. They each start at 9:30 a.m. Below is the schedule for the two sites.

At East Bay

Lennard vs. Plant, 9:30 a.m.

East Bay vs. Plant, 10

Lennard vs. East Lake, 10:30

East Bay vs. East Lake, 11

At Strawberry Crest

Strawberry Crest vs. Brandon, 9:30

Plant City vs. Brandon, 10

Strawberry Crest vs. Hillsborough, 10:30

Plant City vs. Hillsborough, 11

Fan Votes For Top Team Continue In Each County

The fan votes, which started last month, continue with the championship rounds in HernandoPasco and Pinellas counties and the semifinals in Hillsborough County.

Vote for the top receiver in Hernando County

Check out the nominees for the top receiver in Hernando County entering the season. Voting lasts until 9 a.m. Saturday.

Golf

Stone, Cantonis shine at the US Women’s Amateur

Former Cambridge Christian standout Latanna Stone advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Women’s Amateur on Thursday.

Stone, who currently plays for LSU, completed an impressive comeback by winning with a birdie on the 20th hole to move on.

Plant’s Charlotte Cantonis, who beat the No. 2 seed in the tournament earlier this week, just missed reaching the quarterfinals.

Volleyball

Did you know?

Plant has the area’s top three returners in digs from last season. Bella Lee, a Florida commit, led the state with 1,056 digs. Teammate Maggie Dostic was right behind with 752 and Lara Matta was 27th in the state with 456.

Fan votes for top team continue in each county

The fan votes, which started last month, continue with the championship round in HernandoPasco and Pinellas counties and the semifinal round in Hillsborough County.