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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:
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

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