The Daily Feed — Aug. 17, 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

Calvary Christian’s Campos commits to Eckerd

Gabriel Campos, a center fielder/middle infielder for Calvary Christian, put his future in motion by announcing his commitment to Eckerd. 

Last season, Campos played on the junior varsity squad as a sophomore and hit .417 with 17 stolen bases. 

Basketball

Keswick Christian’s Graham picks up offer

Ava Graham, one of the top scorers from Keswick Christian’s team that made the region final last season, was offered by the University of Fort Lauderdale. 

Graham finished with an average of 16.4 points and 5.6 rebounds last season. 

Classifieds

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 Colton.Jacobs@myclearwater.com or JClemons@myclearwater.com.

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).

Football

Thursday night forecast

The regular season starts next week, and the Tampa Bay area is buzzing with excitement. Who will emerge as the top teams? Which players will make a name for themselves? How will the new coaches and transfers affect the outcomes? These are some of the questions that fans, players, and coaches are eager to answer as they prepare for the preseason games that kick off tonight. Here are the capsules on three local games, along with a prediction on each one. 

The Villages at Sunlake, 7

First-year Seahawks coach Jay Fulmer is trying to turn things around after the team lost nine straight games to close out last season. A win in the preseason would go a long way in building some confidence. The Buffalo also is looking for a strong after going 3-7 a year ago. 

Putnam’s pick: The Villages 14-13

Gulf at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

The Buccaneers have plenty of optimism after last year’s remarkable transformation in which they went 7-4 and reached the playoffs to end years of football futility. The offense is loaded with quarterback Ethan Holewski and running back Antonio Muniz both returning. That poses a good test for the Hornets’ defense, which showed improvement a year ago. 

Putnam’s pick: Gulf 28-14

Fivay at Central, 7:30

Both teams have potentially explosive offenses. The Falcons’ strength is the run game, led by a pair of productive backs in Ty Wilson and Jamarian Miller. The Bears, meanwhile, likely will lean on their passing attack with quarterback Brandon Joyner returning. 

Putnam’s pick: Central 21-20

Swimming

State meet moves to Ocala

The state swim meet has a new home. 

On Wednesday, the Florida High School Athletic Association announced this year’s swimming championships will be held at Ocala’s Florida Aquatics Swimming and Training Center (FAST).

The three-year agreement starts with the Class 2A and 1A meets Nov. 3-4 and 4A and 3A meets on Nov. 10-11. 

For more than a decade, the meet was held at Stuart’s Sail Splash Water Park. Ocala’s FAST facility, which was completed last year, has an indoor pool and can hold 800 swimmers and coaches on the pool deck and seat 2,000 spectators.