Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Palmetto's Jordan Smith earns All Tournament honors

Palmetto High product Jordan Smith earned All-Tournament honors in helping Benedict College win the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference post season basketball tournament last week.

The 6-4 guard was at his best in Benedict’s 60-58 semifinal round victory over Morehouse College when he scored a team high 20 points in draining six of 12 attempts from beyond the arc.

Smith scored 18 points in the Tigers quarterfinal victory when canned 4 of 9 three-point attempts in an 82-78 victory. He averaged 12.8 points in Benedict’s four SIAC tournament games.

Benedict College (19-11) will be in Lakeland Saturday to face Florida Southern (29-1) in an NCAA Division II South Region game.

The three day region tournament will be at Florida Southern, which is the top ranked team in NCAA Division II men’s basketball. The eight regional champions advance to the quarterfinals for the 2015 NCAA Division II Men's Elite Eight at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Manatee has five signees; Saint Stephens' Knopfke plans to sign with Boston College

Manatee High expects to have five players sign college football scholarships on Wednesday, the first day high school athletes are allowed to sign letters of intent for the 2015 collegiate season.
Manatee’s standout receiver Kelvin McKnight has committed to Samford, an FCS school in Alabama that recently hired Chris Hatcher to be its new head coach.

Hatcher, who was head coach at Murray State, replaces Pat Sullivan, former Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn.

Hatcher brings an up-tempo offense that ranked second in the nation last year (FCS) in passing averaging 327 yards per game. Murray State was 3-9 last season but averaged 36.6 points per game. Unfortunately its defense gave up 42 points per game.

Safety Antonio Henderson, who had 67 solo tackles last season, has committed to Carson-Newman, a Division II school in Tennessee. Other commitments are Zach Staton (Warner-Southern), Jamarion McDonald (Nebraska-Kearney) and Joe Robinson (New Mexico Military.

The signings will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the high school auditorium.


Saint Stephens offensive lineman Wyatt Knopfke has verbally committed to Boston College and plans to sign with the Eagles. The 6-2, 265 pounder Rivals. Com three star recruit reportedly had offers from Miami and Kentucky. He has been recruited by Todd Fitch, former USF offensive coordinator.

 Braden River receiver Justin Ross plans to sign with Northeast Oklahoma Community College. Southeast and Lakewood Ranch do not have any signings planned for Wednesday though there might be some in the future.




Friday, January 30, 2015

Boys Basketball District Tournament Schedule


Boys District Basketball Schedule:

All games at 7 pm unless otherwise noted


Class 8A-8


#3Manatee at #2 St. Petersburg

#4 Palm Harbor at #1 Riverview (Sarasota)


Final at home of higher seed


Class 7A-10


#5 Sarasota at #4 Braden River



 winner at #1 Lakewood Ranch

#3 Palmetto at #2 North Port


Final at home of higher seed


Class 5A-10


#5 Bayshore at #4 Boca Ciega


#3 Southeast at #2 St. Petersburg Lakewood

Bayshore-BC winner at #1 St. Pete Gibbs


Final at home of higher seed


Class 3A-10

All games at Out-Of-Door-Academy


#2 Bradenton Christian vs #3 ODA 5 pm

#1 Cardinal Mooney vs #4 Saint Stephens


Championship game





Monday, April 14, 2014

Southeast state tourney MVP Kewshana Robinson plans to sign with Eastern Florida State College

BRADENTON- Keshawna Robinson, who was named state tournament MVP in Southeast’s run to the 5A championship, plans to sign with Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard CC), on Tuesday.

The 5-11 Robinson turned in arguably the best back to back games of her career at the state tournament in helping the Seminoles defeat Land O’ Lakes and then Choctawatchee.

Against Land O’ Lakes she scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds while converting 10 of 13 from the free throw line.

In the state championship clinching 52-35 victory over Choctawhatchee, Robinson scored 12 points and had a game high 10 rebounds while going a perfect 4 for 4 from the charity stripe.

In her two state tournament games Robinson was 14 of 17 from the line and connected on 9 of 19 field goal attempts.

For the season, Robinson turned in eight double-double games averaged 14.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Her high game was 24 points, which she scored three times.

Her long range goal is to become a nurse.



Friday, March 28, 2014

Source: Masiello says improper paper work might have caused problems

Is Masiello a victim of paper work?
Steve Masiello believed he earned his degree from the University of Kentucky and may have completed the necessary course work, but it was submitted improperly, according to the New York Post.
Masiello accepted an offer to coach the USF basketball team earlier this week after three years as the head coach at Manhattan College.
USF rescinded the agreement after it said it learned he did not graduate from the University of Kentucky as it states on his resume.
The New York Post reported Thursday afternoon that according to an unnamed source connected with Manhattan College Masiello believed he graduated; that his predicament stemmed from paperwork involving two online classes and an independent study course, which he failed to properly submit as a senior.
Masiello never resigned from Manhattan and is now on administrative leave while he completes the process of reviewing his degree status. The school is expected to make a decision on his status soon.USF said Wednesday it was moving on in its search for another coach.  


Friday, March 21, 2014

Eric Dungy at USF should be a recruiting boost

USF head football coach Willie Taggart should get a nice boost to recruiting with Eric Dungy expected to enroll at the school.
The wide receiver from Oregon has one year of eligibility remaining. However he is scheduled to graduate in four years and would be eligible immediately.
The son of legendary coach Tony Dungy, Eric's presence is sure to create a lot of interest in the program if only because of his dad's well known connections to the NFL and what he did as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Bucs.
Eric and his dad visited the USF campus on Wednesday. Tony Dungy still lives in Tampa and has a good friendship with the Bucs new head coach Lovie Smith.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Palmetto's Rhodes; Southeast's Mays selected for FACA All-Star hoops game

Palmetto High’s Jarrid Rhodes and Bevin Mays from girls state champion Southeast have been selected to represent the area in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star basketball game Saturday at Indian River College in Ft. Pierce.

They will represent FACA District 16, which is comprised of schools from Manatee and Sarasota County. Nick Havener from Riverview is also representing the district.

A four year starter, Mays was a vital cog in sparking Southeast to the Class 5A State title and a 31-1 record. Rhodes was the leading scorer on a Palmetto team that reached the 7A-Region 3 final.

Mays averaged 11.8 points, 3.2 steals, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. She topped the Seminoles from the free throw line shooting a team high 76 percent from the charity stripe while dropping in a team leading 116 foul shots.

Rhodes led the Tigers in scoring averaging 14.8 points per game. The 6-7 swingman displayed an uncanny range from beyond the arc for a big man converting 33 percent of his attempts from 3-point land.

DeAngela Mathis, another four year starter and top scorer for Southeast during her four year career, was named the MVP of her White team in last week’s Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Association FABC all star game. She scored 17 points, had four assists and six rebounds in her team’s 83-81 victory.

Mathis played against her Southeast teammate Kewshana Robinson, who had four points and six rebounds.

Southeast head coach John Harder said Mathis received inquiries from at least six college coaches after the game. She has not signed a scholarship yet and is looking to play at Division I school.

The girls game Saturday begins at 11 am and the boys follow.