Terrapin Athletics in the News
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!|
By Coach Ryan Clements
While many may have been watching the Gasparilla road races this past Saturday, the Terrapins competed in their first meet of the track and field season at Spoto High School in sunny Riverview, FL. This first meet was a chance for some athletes to try new events and others to shake off the dust and compete again. On the Girl's side, relays were the highlight. The 4x100 finished 6th, the 4x400 finished 4th and the 4x800 finished 7th. Individually, others finishing in the top 8 and in scoring position included sophomores Delany Barnard and Allie Hodorski in the high jump finishing 6th and 7th. Freshman Josie Garba was the top freshman in both the 1600m and 3200m races finishing in 5th and 4th respectively. One other standout performance was Carson Young in the 400m. She finished 8th in the prelims to make the final where she finished 5th and was the top performing sophomore in the event. Way to go ladies!
On the Boy's side, the 4x800 finished 8th and junior Jordan Payne was 6th in the 3200m. In the 200m, sophomore Jacob Solomon was less than a second away from making the finals. The coaches are excited to coach the team and help them make continuous improvements throughout the season. The next competition is Friday, March 4, at Wharton High School where over 45 teams will be in attendance. Come cheer on our Terrapins!
Congratulations to the Tampa Prep wrestlers on a great District finish!
From Coach Andy Bricker
Terrapin wrestlers competed very well at the District Tournament with all seven student-athleties advancing to the Regional Tournament in Fort Myers! Congratulations to Ben B., Aaron M., Ashton H, Anthony A. and Leo T. for winning their individual classes and John M. and Zachary W. for placing third! These incredible accomplishments brought Tampa Prep to a second_place team victory!
|Upper School wrestlers support the Middle School |
wrestlers during their matches in the morning.
|Upper School students support Middle school basketball players during their games across the street at |
University of Tampa.
Tampa Prep and Berkeley recently competed in the annual Headmasters' Challenge. Even though, Berkeley won the cup 19-1, the Terrapin fans did not let that interrupt their school spirit and pride. There was an overwhelming number of students, parents and alumni in attendancing cheering on all of the Terrapin teams.
|Student Council students provided face painting|
for Terrapin fans in the Walter Athletic Complex.
|Students made signs to help cheer|
on their favorite players!
Even though the result was not what Tampa Prep had hoped, it was wonderful to see the Upper School students supporting the Middle School students by cheering them on. Middle School students and their families stuck around to watch the Varsity games, as well!
|Students staked out their cheering spots for the basketball and soccer games!|
Thank you to all of the volunteers, student-athletes, fans and parents who made this Headmasters' Challenge a great event for both schools. The support and hospitality displayed by the Tampa Prep community showed the best version of the Terrapins. To host such a big event, the entire school community needs to come together to make it and success and this is exactly what the Terrapins accomplished!
|The Upper School Chorus performed the National Anthem to a packed |
Walter Athletic Complex at the beginning of the Varsity Boys Basketball Game!
|Coach Fenlon prepares members|
of the team for the big game.
|During halftime, Tampa Prep unveiled |
Casey Sanders' 1999 Mr. Basketball banner
in the Walter Athletic Complex.
Terrapins knew that during this basketball season, Coach Joe Fenlon would be going for his 700th win as the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. Leading up to Winter Break, the countdown was on with pictures of Coach Fenlon and players throughout his over 30 years as the coach on display in Mitchell Lobby. Over Winter Break, the Varsity Boys Basketball team competed in the annual CTC Basketball Tournament hosted by Tampa Prep. The Terrapins were hopeful that Tampa Prep's first game in the Tournament would be the 700th game! Terrapins filled the stands on Monday night as the Varsity Boys Basketball Team took on Blake High School. Coach Fenlon received his 700th win over Blake High School with the impressive score of 65-26!
|Coach Fenlon celebrates his 700th win with his players.|
This game was filled with meaningful ceremonies for Tampa Prep and Coach Fenlon. During halftime, Coach Fenlon presented Casey Sanders '99 with his Mr. Basketball banner for the Walter Athletic Complex from 1999. During the presentation, Coach Fenlon listed of Casey's impressive basketball accomplishments throughout his career. Many people remarked that it was so fitting for Coach Fenlon's humble attitude to honor a former player on the same night that he would get a milestone win as a coach.
|Coach Fenlon's mom traveled to |
Tampa to celebrate her son's
|The Varsity Basketball team made sure to take a |
group picture as soon as they were given their
"Fenlon Never Stops" T-shirts!
After the final second of the game, the crowd went wild as Coach Fenlon celebrated with his team and coaches. Mr. Kevin Plummer took to the court to congratulate Coach Fenlon, his family and players and present him with the game ball. Mr. Plummer remarked on Coach Fenlon's incredible career and said he is excited for the 800th win!
|Coach Fenlon leads one last chant to end the ceremony.||Team captain Tyson W. presents |
Coach Fenlon the game ball to
commemorate the event!
After Mr. Plummer passed off the microphone to Coach Fenlon, he encouraged his family to join him on the court, including his mother who flew down for this occasion. Coach Fenlon thanked everyone at Tampa Prep and his family for the continued support. After making many "thank you's," Coach Fenlon asked any students who have had absolutely anything to do with basketball at Tampa Prep to join him on the court for a group picture. Each attendee of the game received a "Fenlon Never Stops" shirt to commemorate the event!
|Coach Fenlon asks anyone in attendance who has ever had anything to do with Tampa Prep basketball|
to join him on the court to celebrate and be in a group picture!
TPTV Live made the entire game available via live stream for Terrapin fans who were traveling for the holidays and couldn't make it. Many people were following along on Twitter tweeting congratulations to Coach Fenlon using the hashtag #Fenlon700, so if you are on Twitter, make sure to check out the tweets! Watch the presentation for Casey Sanders and the ceremony following the game here.
There was a lot of media coverage for this event. Check out these links below to read and watch the coverage!
The Tampa Bay Times - Milestone for Tampa Prep Coach Joe Fenlon Speaks of Longevity
The Tampa Bay Times - Tampa Prep's Fenlon Reaches 700 Wins
The Tampa Tribune - Tampa Prep Coach Joe Fenlon Records 700th Career Win
FOX 13's Kevin O'Donnell - Speaking To Joe Fenlon As He Is 1 Win Away From 700