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Posted Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 
Congratulations to the team on their winning streak!

From Coach AJ Hendrix
The Terrapin Varsity Baseball team is currently on an eight-game winning streak! The team has put together all facets of the game - pitching, hitting and defense. Currently, the team has an 8-2 record with a big game at home TOMORROW, Friday, March 13 against District Rival Bishop McLaughlin. Next week, the team will head to Sanford for their annual Spring Break tournament.

Over the past four weeks, the team has had great wins against IMG, Carrolwood Day twice, Northside Christian, Brooks DeBartolo, Lakeland Christian, Berkeley and Lovett from Atlanta, Georgia. The game last night against Lovett turned into a 12-inning extravaganza that involved incredible plays by both teams! The Terrapins won in walk-off fashion on a base hit by Cameron Carlson that scored Chase Sanguinetti from first base. This game is worth hearing the entire play-by-play, so make sure to ask a player about it! Congratulations to the players on their winning streak!

Posted Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 
Coach AJ Hendrix poses with all of the Middle School, JV and Varsity
baseball players and PCA representatives after receiving his award.

During Assembly, Coach AJ Hendrix was awarded the Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal National Coach Award for his commitment and high standards of success for his players. Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) received over 2,000 applicants to win this honor with twenty-five winners throughout the country. The Positive Coaching Alliance described a Double-Goal Coach as a coach who understands that while winning is great, it is just as important to teach life lessons through sports. Tampa Prep could not be more proud of Coach Hendrix for receiving this honor! For more information on the award, visit
Posted Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 

From Coach Christina Bassett and Coach Steven Maher
The Plant Invitational Henley Regatta is hosted by Plant High School Rowing and managed by the participating team coaches. Tampa Prep's full team – freshman and varsity Terrapins – competed in the small boat events that raced in the afternoon. The late start to the day was a nice change and allowed for the team to start the day with a team breakfast.

The Women’s Junior Double (Jennifer Okogbaa, and Wenjia Yu) started off our racing for the day. This competitive event of 5 boats included only two scholastic crews, Tampa Prep and Plant High School. We raced a strong race and finished 4th, a full 17 seconds ahead of Plant. The Men’s Junior Double (Adam Hunter and Viktor Garba) raced immediately after the girls. Plant and Tampa Prep were again the only scholastic crews in their six-boat race. The crew finished second in their flight behind Sarasota Crew and 18 seconds ahead of third place, the Stewards Foundation. 

The Women’s Freshman 4 (Alaina Hunter, Bianca Colon, Clarissa Dixon, Amber Hottle and coxswain Audrey Carver) had to wait 40 minutes on the water after the scheduled start of their race as a strong wind on the course made it difficult for crews to get lined up at the start. Despite this, they were able to maintain their focus. The crew dominated their race down the course and finished four seconds ahead of the second-place crew.

The Men’s Varsity Double team (Luke Smith and Spencer Burdge) was not anticipating racing in the regatta and put in extra workouts during the week. By Friday when plans changed they were feeling the effects of their efforts and reported being sore and tired. Nonetheless, they managed a first-place finish 35.4 seconds ahead of second place Sarasota Crew who finished eight seconds ahead of Plant followed by the Stewards Foundation. The Men’s Junior 4 (Adam Hunter, Gareth Klotz, Viktor Garba, Connor Stec and coxswain Erin Cristal) finished Prep's racing for the day in a competitive five-boat race. The crew finished 3rd behind Sarasota and Evans and ahead of Plant and the Stewards Foundation.

This race was a great opportunity for coaches to see where the crews have made improvements and highlighted areas that need to be focused on. Their next race is the Mayor’s Cup Regatta at home on the Hillsborough River Saturday, March 21. Come out and cheer them to victory! Row Red, Row Gold.

Posted Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 
Congratulations to the team on their second-place team win!

With eight wrestlers advancing to the Regional Tournament, Tampa Prep was able to come home with four Champions (Anthony Artalona, Jacob Conrad, Ashton Habiel and Leo Tarantino), one third-place finisher (Bryan Greenbaum) and the second-place team trophy.

Congratulations Ashton H. and Anthony A. on their first-place wins!

Last year, five wrestlers advanced to the State Tournament and placed third as a team. With this season's five state qualifiers, Tampa Prep plans on coming home with more State Champions, more state placers than last season and the State Championship Team Trophy! The State Tournament is Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 14 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. Come support your Terrapin wrestlers!

Jacob C. and Leo T. are awarded first place medals for their incredible finishes!

Posted Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 
Men's Novice 4 Coxswain Audrey C. makes
adjustments to the boat as they prepare
to launch
for their race.
Coaches and fans cheer on the Men's Varsity Double
as they finish their race.

From Coach Christina Bassett and Coach Steven Maher
The Sarasota Invitational is hosted each year by the Sarasota Scullers. This is the first race for our full team – freshman, novices, and varsity Terrapins competed throughout the day.  We were greeted in the morning with rain but it didn’t last long. We had partly cloudy skies and the only evidence of the storms that were north of us were the winds that increased throughout the afternoon. A newly developed racing venue, Nathan Benderson Park, features 8-lane racing providing excellent competition for our rowers.

The Women’s Freshman 4 (Alaina Hunter, Bianca Colon, Clarissa Dixon, Amber Hottle and coxswain Erin Cristal) recovered quickly after a rough start to finish 3rd in their flight and earned a bronze. The Men’s Novice 4 (Adam Hunter, Gareth Klotz, Jonathan Luzier, Connor Stec and coxswain Audrey Carver) won their flight with a final time of 5:57.84, the fastest crew in their event, earning them a gold medal. The Men’s Double A (Luke Smith and Spencer Burdge) showed poise and determination as they recovered quickly from a mishap midway through the race to finish first in their flight and earned a gold medal. The Men’s Double B (Adam Hunter, Viktor Garba) finished 3rd in their flight and earned a bronze medal. The Women’s Double (Jennifer Okogbaa and Wenjia Yu) had a competitive race and finished 5th in their flight. 

In the afternoon, conditions had changed significantly as the wind over the course increased. This caused delays as crews struggled to line up for the start of their flights. The Women’s Varsity 4 (Jennifer Okogbaa, Bianca Colon, Alaina Hunter, Wenjia Yu and coxswain Erin Cristal) finished 5th in their flight. The Men’s Varsity 4 (Spencer Burdge, Gareth Klotz, Viktor Garba, Luke Smith and coxswain Audrey Carver) finished 4th in their flight. Both crews raced competitively against fast crews.

Coaches are pleased with the effort the crews are putting into their practices and the race results show the progress they are making. This weekend, the team will race at the Plant Invitational on the Bypass Canal where they'll see some fast crews and hope to have continued success. Row Red, Row Gold!

To view the full race results, visit

Posted Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 
Congratulations to the Wrestling team on their 2nd place at Districts!

The Terrapin wrestlers added another great performance to their season at last weekend's District Tournament. Tampa Prep hosted the 1A District 10 Wresting Tournament and took away the 2nd-place trophy! The Terrapins had eight wrestlers enter the tournament where seven of the wrestlers won their district title and one placed second, resulting in all the wrestlers advancing to the Regional Tournament March 6 and 7. Congratulations to Anthony Artalona, Jacob Conrad, Noah Garba, Bryan Greenbaum, Ashton Habeil, Michael McCloskey, Aaron Mills and Leo Tarantino! Good luck this weekend!
Posted Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 
Congratulations to Olivia for committing
to play soccer at Rhodes!
Tampa Prep senior Olivia Marshall has committed to play soccer at Rhodes College. Olivia has started in goal the last two seasons, posting a 1.35 goals against average. The four-year letter winner has helped the Terrapins to two regional final appearances and one regional semi-final appearance. Rhodes College is a division 3 school that competes in the Southern Athletic Association.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 
Congratulations to Alexa on committing
to play soccer at the next level!
Tampa Prep senior Alexa Weintraub has committed to play soccer at Brandeis University. Alexa compiled over 50 points in her Terrapin career. The four-year letter winner has helped the Terrapins to two regional final appearances and one regional semi-final appearance. Brandeis University is a Division III school that competes in the University Athletic Association conference.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 
The Men’s and Women’s Novice 4 teams celebrate
after a successful day of racing on Saturday!

From Coach Christina Bassett and Coach Steven Maher
The Novice Regatta takes place each spring in Orlando. This early race gives focus to the younger and less experienced crews and is an introduction to the racing experience. The day started with cool temperatures, a light wind and clear skies.  The sun quickly warmed things up making it a great day for racing. There was 6-lane racing every 10 minutes throughout the day with few delays – a nice surprise considering the inexperience of the crews. 

The Women’s Novice 4 (Alaina Hunter, Bianca Colon, Clarissa Dixon, Amber Hottle, and coxswain Erin Cristal) finished 4th in their flight. This crew also raced in the Women’s Freshman 4 where they finished 3rd in the flight and earned a bronze medal. The Men’s Freshmen 4 (Adam Hunter, Gareth Klotz, Jonathan Luzier, Connor Stec, and coxswain Audrey Carver) finished 2nd in their flight and earned a silver medal. The Men’s Novice Double (Adam Hunter and Viktor Garba) finished 3rd in their flight and earned a bronze medal. The Women’s Novice Double (Jennifer Okogbaa, and Wenjia Yu) finished 6th in their flight.  

The entire team has made great strides in improving both their technique and fitness over the past few weeks. The team as a whole is getting stronger and faster each week and will continue to press forward in preparation for the Sarasota Invitational where the team will race on Saturday, February 28. Row Red, Row Gold.

Posted Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 
The Wrestling team celebrates
after a great competition!
Not only was Leo T. a Tournament
Champion, but he was also named
the Most Outstanding Wrestler
for upper weights!

From Coach Andy Bricker
This past Friday and Saturday the Terrapin wrestlers ventured up to Green Cove Springs, Florida for the 15th Annual Green Cove Rotary Invitational, hosted by Clay County High School. With the field of 30 teams, this tournament was the strongest in state tournaments that Tampa Prep has competed at this season.

Eleven Terrapin wrestlers competed in the tournament and each one wrestled extremely well. Out of the eleven wrestlers seven placed in the tournament, six made the Semi-Finals and five went on to the Championship Finals (which was the most of any of the teams at the tournament). As well as having many wrestlers move on to the final round, Leo Tarantino won the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the upper weight wrestlers. 

Congratulations to Ashton H. and Donoven H. on becoming Tournament Champions!

The impressive stats don’t stop there – each Tampa Prep wrestler who made it into the Championship Final won and became tournament champions! Congratulations to Jacob Conrad 106, Ashton Habeil 113, Donoven Hough 132, Anthony Artalona 138 and Leo Tarantino 152. The other Terrapins, who performed incredibly at the Tournament, were Bryan Greenbaum 182 who placed 3rd, Michael McCloskey 160 who placed 6th, Landon Carter 145 went 3-2, Noah Garba 126 went 2-2, Aaron Mills 120 went 1-1 and Ben Buhler 106 went 0-2.

The way these young men represented Tampa Prep and stood out in the tournament had everyone talking about how Tampa Prep is in the running for the State Wrestling Tem Title this season. Coach Andy Bricker couldn’t have been happier with the performance of these young men and can’t wait to see how they finish the season.

Congratulations to Anthony A. and Jacob C. who were also Tournament Champions!
Posted Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 
 Zach W., Nick B. and Ewan A. receive medals
for their wrestling victories.
 Kristof A. receives a medal for becoming
a tournament champion.

From Coach Bruno Quattrone
This season in Middle School wrestling has been extremely rewarding and enjoyable for both the coach and the wrestlers. The team's camaraderie and sportsmanship was incredible to witness. This year's squad was nicknamed the "The Red Army" due to all the red gear and the massive presence the team had with their large roster. The boys are developing a passion for the sport and hopefully will continue to represent our program in future seasons. It has been an honor and privilege to coach these fine young men.  

The team brought home eight medals from the Tampa Bay Area Middle School Wrestling Championships on Saturday. Congratulations to Max Silva, Matt Catchur, Kristof Acs, Nick Babbitt, Zach White, Connor White, Ewan Abercrombie and Chase Renninger for receiving medals. Nick Babbitt and Kristof Acs were tournament champions!

Posted Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 
Tampa Prep alumna Carylyn Waite recently shared her story with Swim Swam about how she went from being an orphan in China to a NCAA swimmer. Check out the video here: Assumption College's Carylyn Waite Shares Her Journey From Chinese Orphan To NCAA Athlete.

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