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Posted Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 
Spencer B. and Luke S. celebrate their third place
at the National Championships.
Rowers Spencer B. and Luke S. receive
recognition for an incredible race!

Luke Smith and Spencer Burdge recently competed in the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship at Mercer County Park in New Jersey. They finished 3rd in their Junior Double beating some of the best teams in the nation. Congratulations to Luke and Spencer!
Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 
 The Women's Varsity 4 compete in their final race.

From Head Coach Steven Maher
The FSRA Scull and Sweep Championships concluded in April and Prep rowers represented their teammates and work ethic with great racing and close finishes. At the FSRA Sculling Championships, sophomore Madelynn Rey raced in the heats and semifinals to earn a spot in the second of three levels of finals where she finished 6th. She was able to beat several other singles and was on the heels of the pack in what was her first weekend of racing in a new event.  Sophomore Jeremy Leeds raced in heats earning a spot in the third level final, where he finished 6th. Jeremy also picked up sculling this year and placed well as a young member of a highly competitive varsity event. Senior Josh Kravitz made the A final and separated from the pack with three other singles, finishing 3rd to the fastest rower in Florida. Not only did Josh place in the Men’s Single, he finished 1st among scholastic programs and defended his championship from last year!

 The Men's Varsity 4 last race was one of the closest
and most
exciting race of the day!

At the FSRA Sweep Championships, Prep entered four crews, a Men’s and Women’s Junior 4 and a Men’s and Women’s Varsity 4; and all evaded elimination to make it to the Sunday finals. The Women’s Varsity 4 had a rough race and finished 6th in the third level final after racing extremely well in the heats, reps and semifinals. The Women’s Junior 4 also raced well in the heats and finals and earned a 5th place finish in the second level final of their event. Without a junior or senior in these two boats, these rowers represent some of the fastest sophomores and freshmen in Florida and gained valuable racing experience that they can use in next season’s championships. The Men’s Junior 4 utilized a couple different lineups throughout their heats and finals races, but every lineup raced well as the boat finished 5th in the second level final. The Junior 4 really came together in the last 4 weeks of the season and represented the depth of the men’s team. The Men’s Varsity 4 qualified for the A final and raced in perhaps the closest and most exciting race of the day. In the final, Tampa Prep and St. Edwards went stroke for stroke for the entire one-mile race with Saint Edwards beating Tampa Prep by inches to take the Scholastic State Championship. The Varsity 4’s third place finish is one of the fastest and best in school history.

Two highlights of the season were the District Championships, where Prep finished with 2 first place crews and 2 second place crews, and the team winning more points at FSRA (94) than local rivals Hillsborough (89), Berkeley Prep (62) and Tampa Catholic (17). As Josh Kravitz, the only senior, graduates this year, the youth of this team should prove tough to beat in coming seasons. Row Red, Row Gold!

Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014 
Congratulations Carylyn W. and Oscar S.!
Congratulations to Oscar Skjaerpe and Carylyn Waite for being awarded the Heart of a Champion Scholarship. This award is a $1,000 scholarship given by Robert Gries, Jr. to a male and female high school senior athlete.

These awards are given to senior athletes, who embody the following criteria:
  • Demonstrates leadership and maturity in helping their teammates
  • A relentless work ethic in games and in practice
  • Total dedication and love for their sport
  • Being the best they can be
  • The athlete with the “most heart”

“The award is not necessarily for the best athlete. It is for the young man or woman who brings something special to their sport and teammates. While it’s difficult to describe what having “heart” means, you just know it when you see it,” said Robert Gries.

Posted Thursday, May 8, 2014 

Tampa Prep Athletics is excited to announce a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance to provide student-athletes, fans and families a positive sports experience. Through this organization, we will host guest speakers, events and more. This partnership reinforces the concepts of teamwork, discipline and respect that Tampa Prep instills in its student-athletes.

Founded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. To that end, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 675,000 youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders. Through workshops and companion online courses, PCA has impacted more than 4.5 million youth.

PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2012, PCA will conduct roughly 1,200 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting tens of thousands of other individuals via online courses at
PCA workshops and courses strive to establish these prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

  • The Double-Goal Coach®, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports
  • The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
  • The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.
PCA has the support of elite coaches and athletes on a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson.
Posted Thursday, May 8, 2014 
The Varsity Baseball Team prepares to take on Bishop McLaughlin
in the Regional Semifinals.

From Coach AJ Hendrix
The Tampa Prep Varsity Baseball Team won the Regional Semifinals on Tuesday night against Bishop McLaughlin. The Terrapins got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning with Holden Bridge and Gerardo Miranda walking on base, Matt Fulton got an infield hit to load the bases and then Matt Hodges had a base hit that cleared the bases when Bishop made a throwing error. In the fourth inning, Tampa Prep took advantage of some of Bishop's mistakes, Nick DeTringo was hit by a pitch, Matt Hodges walked and both of them came around to score on a fielder's choice by Holden Bridge with an error by Bishop. Bishop scored 1 in the 4th inning to make the score 6 to 2. Prep came back in the 6th inning and scored 2 more runs on a single by Matt Hodges, a double by Matt Hodges and a base hit by Holden Bridge. Watson Ransom threw a gem on the mound to get the win. Watson scattered 8 hits and gave up 3 runs in his complete game. He got some great help by his defense with two double plays by the middle infielders Nick DeTringo and Matt Fulton. Holden Bridge also had some impressive catches in the outfield. With this Regional Semifinal win the Terps will move on to the Regional Finals TOMORROW, Friday, May 9, against Orangewood Christian at 4:00 p.m. 

Read the Tampa Bay Times story: Region Baseball: Tampa Prep Avenges District Final Loss

Posted Wednesday, May 7, 2014 
 Oscar S. finished in second place during the 800-meter
run after a photo finish.
 Qaseem W. pushes himself during
the 4x400 relay.

From Coach Ryan Clements
Five members of the Boy’s Varsity Track squad qualified to compete in last week’s 1A State Championships. Freshman Tyler Lawrence ran in the 4x400 relay and freshman Jordan Payne in the 4x800 relay. Junior and newcomer to track Blake Dorman accompanied them in both relays. Sophomore Qaseem Wajd and Senior Oscar Skjaerpe qualified in both relays, as well as the 800-meter run. Going into the meet, the boys were seeded in the top eight in all of their events and did not disappoint, as they placed in all races. 

 Jordan P. competes in the
4x800 relay.
The day began with an 8th place finish in the 4x800 relay, which was run in heavy rain and a head wind. Despite the elements, the boys returned to the track for the 4x400 relay to earn 6th place medals and to set a new school record for the 4th time this season in the event. The highlight of the day came during a grueling 800-meter run, where the best runners of the season walked up to the line all having been clocked within a two second margin. The lead pack ran the entire race grouped quite closely through the first three quarters of the race. 

Coming off the final turn into the straight away, senior standout Oscar Skjaerpe drifted out to clear a path for himself and kicked into his highest gear, running down four competitors to earn a second place medal in a photo finish. The margin was a mere four tenths of a second between Oscar and the winner. With a time of 1:57.00, Oscar broke a fifteen-year-old school record and crossed the threshold to be designated Milesplit US Second Team Elite in the 800-meter run. This is the third school record that Oscar adds to his amazing resume.

Like true Terrapins, our five boys adapted to the unkind environment created by bad weather and emerged tied for 13th place out of 44 teams. Our team motto is “Head & Heart. Little beats big, when little is smart, first with the head, then with the heart.” The boys relied on head and heart and represented the Tampa Prep family with pride and dignity. Go Red, Go Gold!

 Blake D. competed in his first State Track
Championship in two relays.
 Tyler L. competed in the 4x400 relay
with success.

Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 
Varsity Baseball is ready to take on Bishop McLaughlin
in the Regional Semifinals!

From Coach AJ Hendrix
Tampa Prep fell behind to Lakeland Christian 3-0 in the first inning on a three-run home run. However, the team refused to quit and came back to score five runs in the third inning. The inning started with a lead-off single by Tampa Prep sophomore Gerardo Miranda. Senior Matt Fulton then followed with the at-bat of the night, an eleven-pitch effort including fouling off five pitches with two strikes on him to eventually earn a walk. After a Fielder's Choice left runners on first and third bases, junior Matt Hodges doubled just inside the third base line for an RBI double. After an intentional walk to load the bases, senior Sam Martin was hit by a pitch to score a run to close the gap to 3-2. Sophomore Holden Bridge followed by lining a pitch off the chalk of the first base line to double home two more runs and give the Terps their first lead at 4-3. A passed ball would allow the 5th and final run to score.

Senior Watson Ransom settled down on the mound after the first inning, getting stronger every inning. Helped with some great defensive plays by Sam Martin, Nick DeTringo and Matt Fulton, he went six innings striking out six players and allowing seven hits, but only one hit after the second inning. Matt Hodges pitched a scoreless 7th to earn the save and preserve the 5-3 victory. Tampa Prep is now 18-10 and will face District foe Bishop McLaughlin next Tuesday in the Regional Semifinals. Go Terrapins!

Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 

From Coach Katie Calvin
Middle School softball played Berkeley recently and played incredibly. Even though the score was 14-13 with Berkeley winning, the Terrapins played very well. Ashley Shimberg stole home plate TWICE and almost every girl got on base. Bianca Rivera-Irions did very well and scored each time she got on base. Bianca stole her way to home with super speed! The team tied it 13-13 scoring 5 runs going into the last inning. Even though Berkeley ended up winning, Coach Calvin is very proud of her super star team. Great job!


Posted Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 
The Varsity Baseball team celebrates after a 10-0 win!

From Coach AJ Hendrix
The Terrapin Baseball Team has had a successful season with a record of 17 wins and 9 losses. In recent games, the team has had a great TEAM EFFORT by all players to help propel them into the regionals. Last Thursday night, the senior class of 7 was honored for their dedication to the Tampa Prep baseball program. The seniors who have left their mark on the program are Ryan Corning, Nick DeTringo, Matt Fulton, Zach Lynn, Sam Martin, Watson Ransom and Tim Zollinger. These players will be missed by their team and coaches next year.

The team had a big 2-0 win against Calvary Christian. The atmosphere at the game was great with announcer Andrew Weiss and Owen Fulton bringing spirit and excitment to the crowd. On Tuesday, the Terps entered district play and pulled off a win of 10-0 against Seffner Christian. The baseball team will be back in action on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at Bishop McLaughlin to play for the Disctrict Championship. Good luck!

Posted Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 
The Varsity girls tennis team had a very successful season that led
to the State Tournament for some players!

From Coach Sean Lake
Although the tennis team lost some talented boys and girls players from last year, the team as a whole advanced further and had an even better record than last year. The girls team made it to the State Tournament as singles players, and Izabelle Baskette and Paige Leavy advanced as a doubles team to the semifinals. They made an impressive comeback after a loss in the first set to beat talented opponents. Paige also made it to the finals in singles. She dominated her early opponents and we look forward to next year as she continues to fine tune her skills and talent. Meaghan DaSilva played incredibly well all season, and provided quiet leadership on and off the field, setting a good example for her team. Yasmine Hamzah was already one of the strongest players on the team, but still managed to step up her play this year and take it to another level in every match. Allison Blair was one of the new additions to the team and should continue to be an important contributor to the team over the next few years. Brooke Dorman and Kataryna Restrepo played doubles and a few singles matches, and added important wins throughout the season. They too should be valuable team members in the next few years and are among the most dedicated and enthusiastic members of the team.

For the boys, Nick DeQuesada made enormous strides since last year to be a solid number one; as he continues to improve he will be a major force for the boys. He and Danny Palmer fought hard to make it to the State Tournament as a doubles team and set a high standard for the boys next year. As a team, all the players greatly improved their doubles game, an often neglected element of high school play. A great aspect of the team this year was their flexibilty as Coach Cary moved players around in doubles combinations, trying to find the right chemistry. Dawson Ladd had a great season, but really showed his ability and talent in the Regionals where he stepped up to number two and played at his highest level against a state champion opponent. Newcomer Jonathan Maya played incredibly well in every match and was among the most determined and competitive players on the team; his endurance and hard work was an excellent model for the boys. The number five player, Rajiv Kartham, provided leadership and an impeccable work ethic. His greatest strides came in winning the tie-breakers that often decided his matches. Connor Marshall is another player who models the right work ethic and dedication to the team, and he played wherever and whenever we needed him, and as he continues to develop, he has the potential to be one of the stars of the team.

There were a large number of students who came out for the team this year and we even had enough to schedule some matches for a second team of boys and girls. This was a great opportunity to develop these younger players for the future.  Coach Cary and Coach Lake were very proud of the team’s accomplishments this year and have great expectations for every individual as they develop over the off season. 

Posted Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 
Juwan scores while playing a pick-up basketball game
with teammates
in the Walter Athletic Complex.

Juwan Durham has been named a sophomore All-American by MaxPreps. Juwan was also recently named the Tampa Bay Times' all-Suncoast Player of the Year. Congratulations, Juwan!

MaxPrep: All-American Announcement
Tampa Bay Times: Tampa Prep's Durham a MaxPreps All-American

Posted Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 
 Luis M. hits the ball home
during a Tampa Prep
baseball game.
The Tampa Bay Times featured Tampa Prep baseball player Luis Medina in a story following a disappointing loss. Luis speaks about what it is like when he feels that he doesn't play his best. Even though he gets disappointed, Luis is ready to help his team fight for their third straight district title and potentially make it back to Ft. Myers for the State Finals!

Check out the article from the Tampa Bay Times:

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