Terrapin Athletics in the News
|Congratulations to Morgan P. and Erykah T. for this incredible accomplishment!|
On Friday, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) of Tampa Bay recognized Morgan Peterson and Erykah Tharpe as scholarship winners for the Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Award program, presented by Deloitte. On Friday, April 29th, the Tampa Bay Rays honored these incredible student-athletes during a pre-game ceremony on the field. Winners were joined by PCA-Tampa Bay board members Matt Silverman - President of Baseball Operations for the Tampa Bay Rays, Ken Leikam - U.S. Managing Partner for Deloitte, Troy Fowler – Director of The Triad Foundation, and Mark Sakalosky – Executive Director of PCA-Tampa Bay. Following the presentation, guests were treated to a reception by the Rays and PCA-Tampa Bay in the suite section of Tropicana Field for family members and supporters from the Tampa Bay Community.
Morgan and Erykah were selected from a group of 25 finalists out of 4,600 applicants nationwide. These student-athletes were recognized for having the qualities of a Triple-Impact Competitor®; an athlete that makes themselves, their teammates and the game better. Each of these athletes are exceptional both on and off the field and serve as role
models for other students. As leaders in their schools, they have set themselves apart by how they train for their sport, perform in academics, and impact those around them for the better.
To learn more about the other Class of 2016 scholarship award winners, visit: https://positivecoach.org/the-pca-blog/triple-impact-competitor-scholarship-finalists-class-of-2016/. Congratulations, Morgan and Erykah!
|Congratulations to the Middle School Boys Tennis team
on winning the 2016 Florida West Coast League Championship!
By Coach Kerri Grosso
The Middle School Boys Tennis team had a great finish to the season, winning the 2016 Florida West Coast League Championship. Geoffrey Mello, Rocco Burdge, Trent Alexander and Sam Shear won their individual flight tournaments. All of the boys positively contributed to our winning season. The Middle School Girls Tennis team finished the season with an overall record of 3-4. Zarmeena Munir competed in the finals of the Singles #3 flight. Great job this season to all the members of the Middle School Tennis teams. Congratulations to all of these student-athletes! Go Red! Go Gold!
From Coach Jim Preston
Tampa Prep's rowing team traveled to Sarasota County this past weekend to compete in the State Rowing Championships. In Saturday morning's heats, the Boys Varsity 4 finished first and the Boys Junior 4 finished a close second, advancing both boats directly to the grand finals. The Girls Varsity 4 and Girls Freshmen 4 secured spots in the afternoon repechage, where they each moved on to Sunday's petit finals.
On Sunday, the girls Freshman 4 (Taylor Bell, Lauren Klaus, Emily Mosbaugh, Dee Gollamudi, Tori Stone and Iman Ahmed) pulled out all the stops and led the petit final down to the wire where they were edged out by less than a second to finish 8th in the State. The Boys Junior 4 was a very tight field and our boat (Adam Hunter, Jake Adkins, Grayson Mugford, Connor Stec and Lucy Keslar) fought to the end, finishing 6th in the State. The Girls Varsity 4 (Amber Hottle, Bianca Colon, Wenjia Yu, Jenn Okogbaa and Erin Cristal) had one of their best races of the season, fininshing 12th overall.
In Prep's final event, the Boys Varsity 4 (Luke Smith, Spencer Burdge, Gareth Klotz, Matt Leonardo, and Audrey Carver) was anyone's race coming into the final 500 meters, as the closely-matched crews battled down the course. Belen Jesuit secured the gold with Tampa Prep finshing second in the State, just under a second ahead of third place Plant High. Congratulations to all our athletes for a great weekend and season.
|Congratulations to the TSPD seniors on all of their achievements while at Tampa Prep!|
From Coach Jason Bowes
Last week, Tampa Prep Swim and Dive celebrated their seniors by holding their annual Senior Send Off Celebration. Each senior shared insight on their college search, what they learned about themselves throughout high school and from their experiences as a student-athlete. The seniors offered a lot of advice to the other swimmers and divers about hard work and dedication, while sharing some of their favorite memories of the team. Check out more of the photos from this event at TPSD Senior Send Off Pictures. Congratulations, Daniel Castro, Trey Fields, Kim Fulton, Meghana Kartham and Savannah Savitt!
We are proud to announce that Seniors Alyssa Moore (Track) and Aaron Mills (Wrestling) are this year's recipients from Tampa Prep for the Heart of a Champion Scholarship!
The Heart of a Champion Scholarship
The Heart Award is a $1,000 scholarship being given to one male and female high school senior athlete at each Hillsborough County School and select Hillsborough County private schools. The criteria for the award are listed below:
- Demonstrates leadership and maturity in helping their teammate
- 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.” Congratulations, Alyssa and Aaron!
|Congratulations to Luke S. and Spencer B. on winning
the Scholastic State Championship two years in a row!
By Coach Jim Preston
Last weekend, Tampa Prep Rowing competed for two days of exciting racing in the FSRA State Sculling Championship Regatta at Benderson Park in Sarasota. The high winds made racing especially challenging all weekend. Our Boys Varsity Double (Spencer Burdge and Luke Smith) finished second overall and won the Scholastic Championship for a second year in a row! Our Lightweight Double (Connor Stec and Matt Leonardo) made the petit final and finished third in an exciting race. Our Junior Double (Adam Hunter and Gareth Klotz) won the petit final. Congratulations to each of these athletes for their performances this weekend!
|Congratulations to the 19 student-athletes who commited to playing their sport in college next year
and the family members and coaches who have supported them!
Last week, Tampa Prep held an Athletic Commitment Ceremony to celebrate the 19 student-athletes who will be playing their sport at the collegiate level next year! These students participate in a wide range of sports, including soccer, basketball, rowing, baseball, swimming, tennis and our first-ever collegiate bowler! Congratulations to all of the student-athletes for this incredible accomplishment! TPTV Live aired the ceremony live and it can be viewed at 2016 Athletic Commitment Ceremony. To view all of the pictures from the ceremony, check out the Facebook album. Congratulations to our student-athletes:
Victor Arruda will attend Palm Beach Atlantic University where he will play soccer for the Sailfish. Palm Beach is a Division 2 school in Palm Beach, Florida, that participates in the Sunshine State Conference.
Holden Bridge will attend Swarthmore College where he will play baseball for the Garnet. Swarthmore is a Division 3 school in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, that participates in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Zach Brodsky will attend Sewanee where he will play baseball for the Tigers. Sewanee is a Division 3 school in Sewanee, Tennessee, that participates in the Southern Athletic Conference.
Spencer Burdge will attend Stanford University where he will row for the Cardinal. Stanford is a Division 1 school in Palo Alto, California, that participates in the Pac-12 Conference.
Dylan Carrissimo will attend Anna Maria College where he will play baseball for the Amcats. Anna Maria is a Division 3 school in Paxton, Massachusetts, that participates in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
Cameron Carlson will attend Bates College where he will play baseball for the Bobcats. Bates is a Division 3 school in Lewiston, Maine, that participates in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Jonny Corning will attend Wesleyan University where he will play baseball for the Cardinals. Wesleyan is a Division 3 school in Middletown, Connecticut, that participates in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Erin Cristal will attend the University of Washington where she will be a coxswain for the Huskies. Washington is a Division 1 school in Seattle, Washington, that participates in the Pac-12 Conference.
Nick de Quesada will attend Boston College where he will play tennis for the Eagles. Boston College is a Division 1 school in Boston, Massachusetts, that participates in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Juwan Durham will attend the University of Connecticut where he will play basketball for the Huskies. University of Connecticut is a Division 1 school in Storrs, Connecticut, that participates in the American Athletic Conference.
Michael Falcon will attend the Stevens Institute of Technology where he will play baseball for the Ducks. Stevens is a Division 3 school in Castle Point, New Jersey, that participates in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference.
Ben Hardin will attend the Wichita State University where he will bowl for the Shockers. Wichita is a Division 1 school in Wichita, Kansas, that participates in Men’s Bowling Nationally.
Paige Leavy will attend Bucknell University where she will play tennis for the Bison. Bucknell is Division 1 University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and participates in the Patriot League.
Jeremy Leeds will attend Temple University where he will row for the Owls. Temple is a Division 1 University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and participates in the East Coast Athletic Conference for Rowing.
Haillie Lower will attend the University of Florida where she will play soccer for the Gators. Florida is a Division 1 school in Gainesville, Florida, that participates in the Southeastern Conference.
Savannah Savitt will attend the University of Nebraska where she will swim for the Cornhuskers. Nebraska is a Division 1 school in Lincoln, Nebraska, that participates in the Big 10 Conference.
Jake Schaffer will attend Flagler College where he will play baseball for the Saints. Flagler is a Division 2 school in St. Augustine, Florida, that participates in the Peach Belt Conference.
Luke Smith will attend Colgate University where he will row for the Raiders. Colgate is a Division 1 school in Hamilton, New York, that participates in the Patriot League.
Tyson Ward will attend North Dakota State University where he will play Basketball for the Bison. North Dakota State is a Division 1 University in Fargo, North Dakota, that participates in the Summit League.
|Courtney Y. competes in the 100m Dash.||Joey V. starts strong in the 1600m Run.|
From Assistant Coach Mason Cathey
This past Friday, the Track and Field team competed in the Ed Wells Kiwanis Invitational at Clearwater High School. The meet was attended by twenty schools. The day started off hot and sunny and cooled off nicely for evening events. Congratulations to all of the Terrapin athletes for a great invitational!
Our Top 8 finishes, scoring points for Tampa Prep:
Josie Garba - 3200m, 1st Place, Personal Best
Delany Barnard - High Jump, 2nd Place, Personal Best
Other athletes with personal bests:
Courtney Yonker and Shakir Muhammad - 100m
Delaney Barnard, Hannah Keller and Matt Schultz - 200m
Mackenzie Shiel and Matt Schultz - 400m
Mackenzie Sheil, Isabel Rodriquez, Delany Barnard and Carson Young - 4x400m relay
Jordan Payne, Joey Valenti, Zachary White, Angela Vari and Harsheen Marwah - 1600m
Brittani Johnson PR in Long Jump
Next up is Spring Break, but we know these athletes are on a roll and will continue to train to prepare for a final meet before the District Championships.
From Coach Andy Bricker
Terrapin Strong! Tampa Prep advanced five wrestlers to the State Championship Tournament for the third time in a row. That was an amazing accomplishment for only having seven wrestlers representing the team at the end of the regular season. Terrapin Strong means much more than advancing five wrestlers – it represents how the Terrapin wrestling team competed at the State Championships. Four of the five wrestlers placed in the top three, with the fifth wrestler finishing just one match away from placing. Those five Terrapin wrestlers took the Tampa Prep team to a fourth-place finish overall in the team standings! Terrapin Strong also represents each of the Tampa Prep wrestler's individual performance at the tournament. It was not an easy road for any of the wrestlers this year, but they all broke through barriers during the State Tournament.
At 106 pounds, Ben Buhler dealt with inexperience with this being his first time at the state championship, which can be overwhelming. Ben showed that he could adapt and overcame the odds. After losing his first-round match, Ben was able to battle back and win the rest of his matches to earn a third-place finish.
Tampa Prep’s lone senior at 113 pounds, Aaron Mills, had one of the biggest obstacles that any athlete ever has to face: competing with an injury. Aaron’s injury ended his season early last year and kept him out of the first half of the season this year. As bad as the injury was, Aaron still qualified for the State Tournament and battled match after match through pain and restriction to finish just one win shy of placing in the State Tournament.
At 132 pounds, Tampa Prep eighth grader Ashton Habeil had a great run through the State Tournament. Ashton started the season at a lower weight class, but decided mid-season that he could perform better at the bigger weight class. This brought a lot of doubt from the critics who thought that he was fifth at best in his new weight class. Ashton showed them all by beating the returning State Champion and avenging last years semi-final round lost, resulting in a second-place finish at this year's State Tournament.
Two-time State Champion at 145 pounds Anthony Artalona had no distractions when it came to the big show. This year Anthony had the whole coaching staff worried when he show up the day of the State Tournament running a high fever and taking antibiotics. Anthony being the warrior he is powered through winning all the way to the championship finals, where he lost by one point in the last couple of seconds of the match to another two-time State Champion. The second-place finish was not what was expected for Anthony, but very few could have done what he did under those circumstances.
The final Terrapin competing at the State Tournament was 160 pound Leo Tarantino. Leo has already placed third and second in previous State Tournaments and had high hopes for this year's Tournament. The only obstacle Leo had was the bracketing formula the FHSAA used this year, which placed the two best wrestlers in the state against each other in the semi-final match. This was a heartbreaking match where Leo fell short, but was able to gather himself together and come back to an easy win for the third-place finish at the State Tournament.
Terrapin Strong stands for a handful of Tampa Prep student-athletes, who overcame incredible odds and obstacles to be the best they can be at any given time. These young men could not have represented Tampa Preparatory School better and we are all so proud of them! Congratulations on another great season, Wrestlers!
From Coach Shannon Hoffman and Coach Jim Preston
The 7th Annual Sarasota Invitational Regatta takes place each spring in Sarasota. This race focuses on the introduction to the true 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 were six to seven lanes racing every seven minutes throughout the day with little delays, which was a nice surprise considering the number of participants.
|Angel H., Gustavo A., Max M., Noah G. and coxswain Tori S.
finished in 4th as the Boys Novice 4 boat.
The Boy’s Novice 4 (Angel Hernandez Zapata, Gustavo Antezana Quintela, Noah Garba, Max McGeachy and coxswain Tori Stone) finished 4th in their flight. The Girl’s High School Double (Bianca Colon and Amber Hottle) finished 6th in their flight. Tampa Prep entered three boats in the Boys High School Double event. Gareth Klotz and Matthew Leonardo finished 2nd in their flight and earned a sliver medal, Connor Stec and Viktor Garba finished 4th in their flight and Spencer Burdge and Luke Smith finished 3rd in their flight and earned a bronze medal. The Girl’s Varsity 4 (Bianca Colon, Amber Hottle, Wenjia Yu, Jennifer Okogbaa and coxswain Erin Cristal) finished 5th in their flight!
|Matthew L. and Gareth K. prepare
for a great day of rowing.
|Lauren K. works with teammates to make sure
they are ready for their race.
The Girl’s Freshman 4 (Emily Mosbaugh, Lauren Klaus, Taylor Bell, Deeksha Gollamudi and coxswain Lucy Keslar) finished 8th in their flight. The Boy’s High School JV 4 (Adam Hunter, Grayson Mugford, Jake Adkins, Noah Garba and coxswain Iman Ahmed) finished 8th in their flight. The Boy’s High School Varsity 4 (Luke Smith, Spencer Burdge, Gareth Klotz, Matthew Leonardo and coxswain Audrey Carver) finished 5th in their flight. Finally, the Boys High School Varsity 8 (Luke Smith, Spencer Burdge, Viktor Garba, Matthew Leonardo, Connor Stec, Colin Kubisiak, Adam Hunter, Grayson Mugford with coxswain Audrey Carver) finish 3rd in their flight earning a bronze medal.
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 Plant Invite where the team will race on March 5th. Row Red, Row Gold.
|Congratulations to all the wrestlers moving on to the State Championship!|
By Coach Andy Bricker
The Terrapin wrestling team had another strong showing at the Regional Championships, finishing third as a team and advancing 5 of their 6 wrestlers to the State Tournament this weekend. Ashton Habeil, Anthony Artalona and Leo Tarantino all placed first in their weight classes, while Ben Buhler and Aaron Mills placed third. The Tampa Prep coaching staff has high hopes for these young men and would love to come home with five State Champions. On Saturday, make sure to follow the Tampa Prep Athletic Twitter account for State Championship updates and special live Periscopes throughout the day! Read some details from the Regional Championship in the Tampa Bay Times. The Tampa Bay Times also wrote a great story about the Terrapin wrestlers as they head into the State Championships. Check it out here: Tampa Prep Wrestling Small in Size Big on Success.
|Gilbert M. and Jeffrey O. start the process of getting their heads shaved
in support of those with cancer.
The Tampa Prep Varsity Baseball team defeated Bayshore Christian 10-1 on Saturday, but it was their efforts to beat another much more important opponent (pediatric cancer) that was the true story of the day. The game was designated as the Terrapins Vs. Cancer Foundation fundraiser event.
|Gilbert M. lost a lot of hair on the baseball field!
(See "before" picture above!)
|Holden B. mentally prepares
to have his head shaved.
The team, in conjunction with the Vs. Cancer Foundation, is raising money to help fund Children's Cancer research and also to help improve the lives of kids with cancer at Tampa General Hospital. Half of the money raised goes to the national research fund and the other half goes directly to Tampa General's Children's Oncology Center to help improve the morale and daily lives of the kids at the Center.
|Check out these great new looks for the members
of the team who chose to shave their heads!
The day started with a welcome address by Vs. Cancer Representative, Brant Masters, followed by the ceremonial First Pitch thrown by Tampa Prep senior Jonah Kornberg. At the conclusion of the game, many members of the baseball team and coaching staff lent their heads to the effort by having their heads shaved as a symbol of their support.
|Alex S. and Cameron C. join with teammates in shaving their heads
to show support of helping those suffering with cancer.
It was a wonderful day of fellowship and of Tampa Prep living the mission and showing a "Higher Purpose Than Self." The team has raised over $2,000 and are continuing to fundraise throughout the season. If you would like to contribute, please visit https://team.vs-cancer.org/fundraise/team?ftid=65125.
|Even Coach Hendrix and Coach DeTringo shaved their heads in solidarity of the cause!|