The Daily Feed — Aug. 16, 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.


Matchups set for Ulrich Classic

With the teams now finalized, the Ulrich Classic was able to announce the matchups for its 13th annual shootout, held Jan. 6 at Wiregrass Ranch. 

Five of the six games are cross-county contests. Here is the schedule. 

King vs. Wesley Chapel, noon

East Lake vs. Alonso, 1:30

Plant City vs. Land O’ Lakes, 3

Gateway Charter vs. Clearwater, 4:30

Berkeley Prep vs. Sumner, 6

Leto vs. Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Check it out

Plant’s Joe Willis and Plant City’s Billy Teeden have put together a podcast called How Are You Wired? that focuses on coaching at all levels. The latest edition features an interview with Brendan Suhr, a longtime assistant for Chuck Daly who is the founder of Coaching U.


FHSAA seeks Student-Athlete Advisory Committee nominees

The Florida High School Athletic Association is looking for nominees for its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The nominations are due Aug. 24. 

TBBCA Showcase set for Sept. 9

The Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association will hold its annual showcase on Sept. 9 at the All People’s Life Center and Gymnasium in Tampa. Registration information has already been sent to all high school coaches. The girls check in at 9 a.m. the day of the showcase and are on the court from 10 a.m.-noon. The boys check in at 1 p.m. and are on the court from 2-4. Last year, 13 girls and 26 boys who attended went on to play in college. 

Girls basketball fall league needs teams

The North Greenwood Girls High School Fall League still is in search of a few teams to complete its schedule. The plan is for an eight-team league to play on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. at the North Greenwood Recreation Center starting this week and ending on Oct. 11. It costs $300 per team. For more information, contact or

Pinellas Park to host alumni baseball game in November

Pinellas Park is planning its first-ever alumni game on Nov. 4. Those interested must have played and graduated from the school. For more information contact coach Ryan Griffith via the team’s Twitter account (PPark_BB). 

IRC to hold prayer walk on Thursday

Indian Rocks Christian is having a prayer walk at 7 p.m. Thursday. The event is designed for fellowship to get ready for the varsity football program’s preseason game the following night. Players, coaches, parents, students and community members are invited. 

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.

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).


Gaither’s Henley narrows college choices

Antonio Henley, one of the area’s top defensive lineman, whittled down his offers to a top six list that includes Connecticut, Louisville, Penn State, USF, Syracuse and Western Kentucky. 

There is no timetable yet on when he will make a decision. 

Henley is coming off a monster sophomore season in which he recorded 67 tackles, 16 sacks and four forced fumbles. 

Kayleb Samuel transfers to Wiregrass Ranch

Pasco’s top receiver from last season is joining Wiregrass Ranch. 

Kayleb Samuel announced Tuesday that he has officially become a Bull. 

Samuel had a team-leading 18 catches for 260 yards and three touchdowns for the Pirates last season. 

He adds more depth to an already loaded receiving corps for Wiregrass Ranch. 


Several area stars make boys, girls ECNL All-Conference lists

The Elite Clubs National League released its all-conference boys and girls teams in each region. 

The Tampa Bay area was well-represented with plenty of players in each age group for the Florida and Southeast regions. Here is the list of locals.


First team

Matt Risso, Steinbrenner/Florida Premier/Wofford

Jacob Sams, Berkeley Prep/Tampa Bay United/Colby

Second team

Santi Jaramillo, Tampa Catholic/Florida Premier/Francis Marion

Hunter Lindsey, East Lake/Tampa Bay United

First team

Skylar Habib, Tampa Prep/Tampa Bay United

Aiden Scharmer, Palm Harbor University/Tampa Bay United

Chase Smith, River Ridge/Florida Premier

Gavin Spuler, Steinbrenner/Florida Premier

Second team

Vince Louis, Wesley Chapel/Tampa Bay United

Alex Rodriguez, Wiregrass Ranch/Florida Premier

First team

Keegan Clamp, Jesuit/Florida Premier

Tomas Londono, Florida Premier

Adam Naim, Mitchell/Florida Premier

Seth Thornton, Stinbrenner/Tampa Bay United

Second team

Luka Zujovic, Florida Premier

First team

Charlie Dowman, Jesuit/Tampa Bay United

Jaxon Hannon, Jesuit/Tampa Bay United

Will Olver, Florida Premier

Second team

Elliot Hinz, Florida Premier

Gabriel Mirza, Tampa Bay United


First team

Lena Bailey, Tampa Catholic/Tampa Bay United/Florida

Second team

Tanner Strickland, Plant/Tampa Bay United/Kentucky

First team

Kaja Dionne, Shorecrest/Tampa Bay United

Aaliyah Pitts, Steinbrenner/Tampa Bay United

First team

Lauren Anderson, Springstead/Tampa Bay United

Siena Bryan, Calvary Christian/Florida Premier

Adia Symmonds, Sunlake/Florida Premier

Second team

Sienna Hamilton-Grein, Freedom/Florida Premier

Ava Tutas, Palm Harbor University/Tampa Bay United

First team

Jordin Lewis, Florida Premier

Second team

Ella Adent, Alonso/Tampa Bay United

Camryn Clamp, Academy of the Holy Names/Florida Premier


Preseason matches started this week

The season started with preseason games on Tuesday. 

Berkeley Prep, under new coach Sarah Reiss, lost in five sets to defending Class 7A state champion Venice. 

Reiss has plenty of knowledge of the Indians. Last season, she coached Plant in a five-set region final loss to Venice.

Palm Harbor University got off to a strong start with a 2-0 victory over Robinson.

The match also was the debut for a pair of stellar freshmen, the Hurricanes’ Skylar Shepherd and the Knights’ Emmery Capra, who each are expected to have an immediate impact.