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Posted Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 

From Coach Sean Lake
At the State Tournament, Paige Leavy advanced to the Finals in singles, dominating her opponents so far. She won two matches yesterday and is at the peak of her play this season. Isabelle Baskette and Paige also advanced to the semifinals in doubles. They came back after losing the first set against a talented team 3-6 to win 6-0 in the second, and 10-7 in the tiebreaker. Paige and Izzy will play again on Thursday. The remaining girls and boys who made the State Tournament did not move on to the Finals, but Coach Cary and I are very pleased with their play and proud of the support they had for each other. Not every tennis team is so supportive of one another since it is such an individual sport, but Tampa Prep has cultivated a much different ethic.

Posted Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 

From Coach Ryan Clements
Last Thursday night the Varsity Track Team competed in District Championships with much success. On the girls side, Emma Goltermann stood out with a strong showing in several events. She placed 1st in the 300 hurdles, and was part of two 2nd-place relay finishes in the 4x100 and the 4x400. Joining her in both relays were Olivia Marshall, Ingrid Van Hoek and Ariana Mosley. Congratulations go out to the girls for setting a new school record in the 4x100! They advance to the Regional Championships along with Jasmin Harrell in the high jump.

On the boy's side Tyler Lawrence, Qaseem Wajd, Blake Dorman and Oscar Skjaerpe also set a new school record in the 4x400 relay (breaking a record they set earlier this season). Qaseem Wajd earned District Champion honors in the 800 placing 1st followed by Oscar Skjaerpe in 2nd. Qaseem, Oscar, Blake and Jordan Payne were able to cut an additional 8 seconds off of their 4x800 relay time for a personal best that ranks them 2nd in the state of Florida.

It was a great day to be a Terp! The team competes in Regional Championships today at Calvary Christian, so send them good thoughts as they compete for a chance to move on to the State Championship Meet.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 
Congratulations to the student-athletes, their families and coaches!

During last week’s Friday Assembly, the school honored seven senior student-athletes (along with one student-athlete who was not present*) as they signed their athletic scholarship letters. TPTV Live aired the event in realtime on the Tampa Prep website. To view the recording, visit Congratulations to Abby Bravo, Alex Daley, Nick DeTringo, Josh Kravitz, Sam Martin, Rasmus Skjaerpe, Michael Spezza and Carylyn Waite on their well-deserved achievements!

About the seniors:

Abby Bravo- Abby will attend Florida Southern College where she will play soccer for the Mocs. Florida Southern is a Division 2 School in Lakeland, Florida, that participates in Sunshine State Conference.

Alex Daley- Alex will also attend Florida Southern College where she will play soccer for the Mocs. Florida Southern is a Division 2 School in Lakeland, Florida, that participates in Sunshine State Conference. *Alex did not participate in the signing ceremony because she was competing at a Chorus competition in Washington D.C.

Nick DeTringo- Nick will attend St. Petersburg College where he will play baseball for the Titans. SPC is a Junior College in St Petersburg, Florida, that competes in the Suncoast Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Josh Kravitz- Josh will attend the United States Coast Guard Academy where he will row for the Bears. The Coast Guard Academy is a Division 1 School in New London, Connecticut, that participates in national rowing competitions.

Sam Martin- Sam will attend Tulane University where he will play baseball for the Green Wave. Tulane is a Division 1 School in New Orleans, Louisiana, that participates in Conference USA.

Michael Spezza- Michael will attend Florida Atlantic University where he will play soccer for the Owls. Florida Atlantic is a Division 1 School in Boca Raton, Florida, that participates in Conference USA.

Rasmus Skjaerpe- Rasmus will attend The University of Arizona where he will swim for the Wildcats. Arizona is a Division 1 School in Tucson, Arizona, that participates in the Pac 12 Conference.

Carylyn Waite- Carylyn will attend Assumption College where she will swim for the Greyhounds. Assumption is a Division 2 School in Worcester, Massachusetts, that participates in Northeast-10 Conference.

Posted Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 

From Coach Sean Lake
The Varsity tennis girls won easily yesterday, 7-0 and play the second round of the regionals today at 3. All the girls played very strongly, and Coach Cary and I are very proud of the season they are having. The win yesterday shows how hard they have worked, and their ability to win big when it really matters. Megan DaSilva and Paige Leavy have especially made huge strides from last year and show great leadership at every match.

The boys played All Saints and lost 0-7. All Saints is an incredibly strong team, with three top players in the state. In spite of the overall results, the boys played at their highest level all year. In particular, Dawson Ladd played the best he has all season, stepping up to replace the absent Danny Palmer in the number two slot. Also, Jack Whiting moved up to play number five for the first time this year, and also fought hard against a tough opponent. The other standout yesterday for the boys was Nick DeQuesada who played very well in his singles match.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 
The Terrapin rowers speed past their competition.

From Head Coach Steven Maher
The Florida Rowing West District, including Sarasota, Tampa, Citrus County and Ocala, harbors some of the fastest teams in the state. The teams met in Sarasota this past weekend for the District Championship. After advancing to the final, the Women’s Varsity Four (Erin Cristal, Gracie Goltermann, Alex Young, Ashley Lindo and Emily McDuffie) encountered a rowing error (or "crab") and finished 6th. However, their morning heat time was much faster and would have placed these girls in 4th or 5th place against much older competition, demonstrating how much they have come together over the past several weeks. The Women’s Junior 4 (Ally Wertheim, Maddie Dixon, Maddy Rey, Jenn Okogbaa and Wenjia Yu) finished 1st in the Women’s Junior Four, beating the next best boat by 9 seconds! The newest sculling member of the team, Madelynn Rey, executed an excellent first career singles race en route to a 6th place finish in the heats, with her time placing her ahead of 2 other singles.

On the Men’s team, the Men’s Pair (Viktor Garba and Jordan Kelby) finished 4th. These rowers had to row a replacement boat and raced well under tough circumstances. The Men’s Junior Four (Melanie Shepherd, Jeremy Leeds, Vlady Luikart, Brendan Sheils and Eli Latimer) finished a comfortable 2nd in their event behind Citrus County Rowing, and first among the scholastic programs. The Men’s Varsity Four (Audrey Carver, Rio Quintana-Hernandez, Luke Smith, Matt Leonardo, Spencer Burdge and Josh Kravitz) finished 1st by 4 seconds in the final to take the District Trophy! In Men’s sculling, Jeremy Leeds missed the final by one position in his single and Josh Kravitz raced to the finals to finish 2nd by a mere three seconds. These results, which are used for seeding at the State Championship, are the best for the Men’s and Women’s program this season and were achieved through hard work and competition at practice. They will continue to gain speed through last three weeks of the regular season to prepare for State Championship races.

Posted Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 
Jordan P. races ahead of the competition. Avery S. battles to pass her competitor.
Oscar S. pushes to stay ahead
of the competition.

From Coach Ryan Clements
The Varsity Track Team competed in the Karl Flammer Ford Invitational at Calvary Christian. The boys and girls squads put forth a strong showing in multiple events. Emma Goltermann placed 1st in the 300-meter hurdles and ran the fastest legs in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays to place in both. Joining her in the relays were Olivia Marshall (who also placed in the 200 meter dash), Ingrid van Hoek, Ariana Mosley (who also placed in the 100 meter dash) and Mackenzie Sheil. Emma is currently a mere two tenths of a second off of the school record in the 300 hurdles.

Oscar Skjaerpe posted a personal best in the 800 meter run for a second place finish and was part of the first place finishing 4x400 and 4x800 relays alongside teammates Qaseem Wajd, Blake Dorman, Tyler Lawrence and Jordan Payne. Qaseem ran a new school record (that was set earlier this season by his teammate Oscar) in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.63 seconds. Congratulations to the team for their successes and best of luck as they compete in districts on Thursday, April 10 at Calvary Christian High School.

Posted Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 
 Qaseem W. placing
in the 800 meter run.
 Ariana M. with a strong finish to
place in the 100 meter dash.
Oscar S. breaking a
16 year old school record in the
400 meter dash.

From Coach Ryan Clements
This weekend the Varsity Track and Field Team competed at the Berkeley Prep Invitational with great success! For the girls Ariana Mosley placed 2nd in the 100M dash, 6th in the long jump and was part of the 4th place finishing 4x100M relay along with Siah Prince, Ingrid van Hoek and Emma Goltermann. Emma also placed 4th in the 300M Hurdles and Jana Henson did the same in the 800M run. The girls team placed 8th out of 15 teams.

On the boys team, Oscar Skjaerpe placed 3rd in the 400M dash, breaking a 16-year-old Tampa Prep School Record and ranking him 7th in the state for Class 1A! Oscar, Qaseem Wajd, Tyler Lawrence and Blake Dorman ended the meet with a 1st place finish in the 4x400M relay and in the process broke a 27-year-old Tampa Prep School Record. This also earned them a ranking of 2nd in the state for Class 1A. Oscar, Qaseem, Blake and Jordan Payne placed 2nd in the 4x800M relay, also earning a ranking of 2nd in the state for Class 1A. Tyler Lawrence added a 5th place finish in the 100M dash and 4th in the 200M dash, while Qaseem added a 3rd place finish in the 800M run. Lastly, with a jump of 17' 5.25" Matheus Caldeira set a new PR in the long jump by almost a foot. The boys team placed 7th out of 15 teams and the combined boys and girls teams placed 8th out of 18 teams.

Up next:  Calvary Invitational this Friday at Calvary Christian High!

Posted Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 
The basketball team receives medals from Mr. Plummer and
Coach Fenlon
for their State Runner-Up Title.
Seniors accept the
State Runner-Up trophy
with Coach Fenlon.

Congratulations Varsity Boys Basketball on an incredible season! The team moved on to the State Final game after defeating Shorecrest in the State Semi-Final 64-49. Going against Sagemont was no easy task. The team finished as the 3A State Runner-Up against the undefeated powerhouse. Tampa Prep took four fan buses to the State Final, so the stands were filled with Terrapin spirit, pride and support. The boys should all be proud of a great season.
The team heads to Lakeland for the State Championship game.

Stories about the State Semi-Final
Tampa Tribune - Tampa Prep's Durham Takes Leader Role
Tampa Bay Times - Fridella Boosts Tampa Prep
Tampa Bay Times- Tampa Prep Beats Shorecrest
Bay News 9 - Tampa Prep Takes Care of Shorecrest
Tampa Tribune - Tampa Prep Advances to State Championship

Stories about the State Final
Tampa Prep Falls to Nationally-Ranked Sagemont

Posted Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 

By Coach Steven Maher
Every year the Sarasota Invitational reveals which crews from cities as far as Miami and Jacksonville are early favorites for top finishes at the end of the season. It is also the first race of the season with a full slate of events (sweep, scull, large and small boats) and 8-lane racing every 6 minutes for a whole day. The early novice events were cancelled due to bad weather, but these crews were allowed to race in the lightweight event instead. The Women’s Novice 4 (Isabel Feuer, Emily McDuffie, Lauren Leach, Stasia Chais and Piper Henthorne) finished 4th in their heat and 9th of 9 entries while the Men’s Novice 4 (Melanie Shepherd, Brendan Sheils, Viktor Garba, Vlady Luikart and Elias Latimer) finished 6th in their heat and 11th of 13 overall; both of these novice crews raced well against varsity competition in a combined event.  

In the varsity events, the Men’s Pair (Jeremy Leeds and Elias Latimer) finished 4th in their heat and 8th of 10 overall in the hardest boat to row and race. The Men’s JV Four (Audrey Carver, Vlady Luikart, Jordan Kelby, Brendan Sheils, and Viktor Garba) finished 5th in their heat and 15th of 16 overall, while the Women’s JV Four (Erin Cristal, Maddie Dixon, Gracie Goltermann, Nathalie Damm and Emily McDuffie) finished 3rd in their heat and 6th of 11 overall. Both of these JV crews demonstrated much-improved racing in tough heats with older competition.

The Women’s Varsity Four (Ally Wertheim, Jenn Okogbaa, Maddy Rey, Ashley Lindo and Wenjia Yu) finished 6th in their heat and 17th of 19 overall, and the Men’s Varsity Four (Rio Quintana-Hernandez, Luke Smith, Matt Leonardo, Spencer Burdge and Josh Kravitz) finished 1st in their heat (by open water inbetween them and the pack!) and 4th of 18 overall.

In the sculling events, Tampa Prep finished 5th, 8th, 24th and 30th of 32 entries in the Men’s Single (Josh Kravitz, Spencer Burdge, Jeremy Leeds and Jordan Kelby, respectively) while the Men’s Double (Luke Smith and Matt Leonardo) finished 2nd in their heat (to 2 national team members) and 9th of 30 overall. The team as a whole is racing better each week and several crews will be trying to catch the Men’s Varsity 4 in the weeks to come. Likewise, the Women’s Varsity 4 is getting faster as they train to jump up as many spots as possible from now until the State Championship in April. The team now begins training for the second half of the season with high hopes and great expectations! Row Red, Row Gold.

Posted Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 

By Coach Lynsey King
The 2013-2014 season for Middle School Girls Red Basketball was a great experience for a group of girls who loves the game of basketball. The girls practiced very hard and it showed when they received a season record of 15-1, one of the best seasons Middle School Girls Basketball has ever had. The team averaged about 25 points a game, and we beat almost every team by 15 points. For Middle School basketball that is quite an achievement!

From day one, the girls were ready to learn and wanted to be better basketball players. The ball handlers had their dominant hand tucked in their shorts, so the players would be forced to practice with thier non-dominant hand. A lot of sprints, lay-ups and back to backs were used in practice to urge the team to be "more aggressive." The players who continued to work the hardest gained the most this season, which proves that hard work does pay off. By not quitting, you can achieve more than you would ever think possible. The team fought through the tough practices, and ultimately they had fun and will continue to love the game of basketball. Everyone should be very proud of these girls! Great job ladies!

Posted Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 

From Lynsey King
The Middle School Girls Gold Basketball Team's 2013-2014 season was a learning experience for everyone involved. The girls worked very hard, were eager to learn and wanted to win. The team ran every bit of 100 sprints over the season, and even exhausted, they always pushed through with exceptional work ethic. Coach JC and Coach Rod helped out this season with the Gold team. Even though the team played only a few games, the girls played hard every second of it. The Gold team is the building blocks for the Middle School Girls Basketball teams with enormous potential for next year. The Gold team finished 2-2. The team had a great season and should be very proud of themselves. We would like to see all of them back next year! Great job ladies!

Posted Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 

From Coach John DeTringo
With very little experience returning from last year, the Middle School Boys Red Basketball team got off to a slow start, losing the first four games. The team then changed their approach and the athletes responded well! The team ended up winning seven of the last nine games, including beating three teams that defeated the team earlier in the season.

The highlight Game of the Year looked like it could have been a low-light early on. The team fell behind 22-2 against St. John's Episcopal at home before responding with a spirited comeback in front of a growing and raucous crowd to win 32-29 to a team that had beaten Tampa Prep by almost 20 points early in the season.

In my 21 years of coaching Middle School Basketball, I think I can honestly say that I have never been more proud of a team and what they were able to accomplish after such a slow start. The boys should be proud of how much they improved this season.

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