Terrapin Athletics in the News
|Congratulations to Marcus and Caroline on this honor!|
The Heart of a Champion Award is a $1,000.00 scholarship presented by Robert D. Gries Jr. to one male and female senior athlete at each Hillsborough County School and select Hillsborough County private schools.
The criteria for the award recipients is listed below:
- Demonstrates leadership and maturity in helping their teammate
- Demonstrates a relentless work ethic in games and in practice
- Displays total dedication and love for their sport
- Being the best they can be
- The athlete with the "most heart"
Tampa Prep is very excited that Caroline Brown and Marcus Ransom were chosen as this year's recipients. Congratulations!
|Erin C., Audrey C., Viktor G. and Connor S. tour the Penn AC
boathouse in Philadelphia.
|Luke S. and Spencer B. pose with
Head Coach Bassett after receiving
their silver medals.
From Head Coach Christina Bassett
The Terrapin's State Champion Boy’s Junior Double and Boy’s Junior Four traveled to Camden County, New Jersey, to compete for a National Championship. This was the crew’s first time racing at the venue and for all but two of our athletes, the first time for them to compete a regatta of this size or at the national level. The athletes flew into Philadelphia Airport on Thursday, May 21, only to be greeted by temperatures in the 50s and a consistent rain. Needless to say our tank tops and flip flops were not going to be needed much during our stay.
The Boy’s Junior Four (freshman: Adam Hunter, Garreth Klotz, Connor Stec; junior: Viktor Garba; Coxswains: Audrey Carver and Erin Cristal) competed against older and more experienced crews. The crew, raced in a fast heat that included the event winner from the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta (the largest scholastic regatta in the country). Nerves took precedence over the hard work they had put into preparation for the race as they finished last in their heat. Despite their disappointing finish in the heat, the crew came in 20th place overall. The crew came away from the regatta with a new respect for their sport and with a newfound confidence to return to Nationals and show that they belong there.
The Boy’s Junior Double (juniors Luke Smith, Spencer Burdge) returned to Nationals after earning a bronze medal in the event in 2014. The crew easily won their heat and posted the fastest time for the event. In finals, it was clear from the beginning of the race that the battle for first place would be between Tampa Prep and a crew from E.L. Crossley (a Canadian school). Crossley held a slight lead over Prep for most of the race and pulled away in the last 500m, winning the event and a gold medal with a time of 5:07.029. Prep claimed second place and a silver medal with a time of 5:15.778. It was a great race!
With racing finished for the weekend, the team headed into Philadelphia and historical boathouse row. The team had the opportunity to tour one of the boathouses (Penn AC) and learn a lot about the history of rowing. It was impressive and inspiring to see the trophies, medals and photos of the many Olympians that had trained at the club through the years.
The team is excited for next year and is determined to return to nationals.
Row Red! Row Gold!
|Congratulations Fernando S. on being selected to represent Florida!
Fernando Sedano-Roman was chosen to attend the 2015 Zone Diversity Camp for swimming as one of two swimmers representing the state of Florida. Fernando will participate in a three day program with pool training, motivational and education sessions and team building activities. We are very excited for Fernando to be selected to represent Florida! For more informaton, check out Florida Swimming 2015 Zone Diversity Camp.
|The Middle School softball team celebrates a great season!|
From Coach Rosa Harwell
The Middle School softball team had an amazing season of growth this year. The team ended the season with three wins and four losses and advanced to the second round of tournament playoffs. Each and every team member worked hard and stayed focused on improving skills. At the end of the season, the team was able to turn two double-plays in our final tournament game. During the season, the team evolved into a skillful bunch; learning how to be selective while batting, implementing smart base running, keeping up with the mental game and being supportive of fellow team members. These Terrapin softball players represent the best that Prep has to offer, both on the field and off. Thanks for a great season!
By Coach Bruno Quattrone
The Terrapins placed third out of eight schols at the Florida West Coast League Tournament. There was a significant gap in scores between the top three school. The difference between first and third was a matter of a couple of wins or losses, so the team was very proud of their accomplishments!
Alex Paglieri, who beat her Berkeley opponent on a tie-break, played incredibly well in the 4's Final! Her opponent seemed to have her whole extended family there to support her and the noise made it hard for Alex to concentrate. However, Alex showed true grit and from 1-5 down brought it back to 7-7. She never wavered and just kept going and played out the long rallies until her opponent faltered.
Olivia Harwood, Tampa Prep's #1 seed, played well too. According to the Berkeley coach, her opponent had her best game of the season and seldom missed a shot. It was a tough game with long rallies and the usual nail-biting points at 40-40. She finished the season with a 9-1 record!
Aili Kumpu and Emma Stephens lost their semifinal match but will benefit from the experience. Both girls have enjoyed playing tennis so much that they are planning on attending tennis camps this summer to practice their skill!
It's been an enjoyable and competitive season for the girls. Congratualations!
|Good luck to all of the swimmers and divers as they
graduate and head to college!
From Coach Jason Bowes
All TPSD Swimmers and Divers gathered together for their annual Senior Send off by the pool this past week. Traditionally, the TPSD Seniors come together at the end their school year and discuss with their teammates what schools they will be attending in the fall as well as share some moments from their years of being on the team. It is always a wonderful event for our student-athletes! The event was concluded by a small celebration and cake for the team! Our graduating TPSD Swimmers and Divers are Caroline Brown (Tulane), Hannah Campo (Rice), Hannah Fredlake (Florida), Emma Napper (Duke), Caneel Dixon (Italy) and Nick Pullara (NYU or FSU). Congratulations to all our graduating TPSD Seniors and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Your teammates, coaching staff and school are proud of the legacy you have left behind for them!
|The Boy's Junior 4 (Adam Hunter,
Gareth Klotz, Viktor Garba,
Connor Stec, Audrey Carver,
and Erin Cristal) celebrate
their win as State Champions!
From Head Coach Christina Bassett
Last weekend, Tampa Prep rowers competed at the FSRA Sweep State Championships held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. The event is a weekend full of intense racing for crews as they seek the coveted title of State Champion. For the scholastic teams, teams that field from one school, it is also a battle for a bid to the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship. The Terrapin boy’s pair and boy’s junior four both succeeded in claiming the state title. For the boy’s pair, juniors Luke Smith and Spencer Burdge, this is their second state championship title this season. Claiming the title was particularly sweet for the boy’s junior four (Freshmen: Adam Hunter, Gareth Klotz, and Connor Stec; Junior: Viktor Garba; Coxswains: Audrey Carver and Erin Cristal) as this young crew competed against more experienced crews.
After racing in heats, crews either advanced directly to finals or to repechages for another chance to qualify for grand finals. The boy’s pair kicked off the racing for the Terrapins on Saturday and easily won their heat. The commentator, impressed by their performance, announced to the crowd that it was quite a show that the rowers put on for the crowd. The pair was followed by the girl’s freshman 4 (Alaina Hunter, Bianca Colon, Clarissa Dixon, and coxswain Drew McCullough). The girls finished 4th in their heat and advanced to the repechage. Our final crew to race in the heats was the boy’s junior 4. The crew finished second in the heat and advanced directly to the grand finals.
Our last race of the day was the girl’s four repechage. Our freshman 4 launched for their race determined to join the boys in the grand finals. From the start of the race it was a fight between the crews. By the halfway point, our girls took a solid lead over the second-place crew from Ransom. Ransom would reclaim the lead just before the last 250m. This would not pay off for Ransom as our crew would come back and take the lead in the last 100m, winning the race by 3 seconds over Ransom. All of the Terrapin crews had now advanced to the grand finals.
On Sunday, racing for the Terrapins started with the boy’s junior 4. Our crew came off the start towards the back of the pack. Motivated by the high stakes of the race, the Terrapins put up a fight to the end. Their efforts paid off, and while they finished in fourth place, it was a close finish for all the crews with only 16 seconds separating the eight crews in the final. Tampa Prep was the first scholastic crew to the cross the finish line, beating Belen Jesuit by 5 seconds to win the title of State Champion and a bid to race at Nationals.
The girl’s freshman 4 was up next. The girls came off the starting line in a battle for first place with Space Coast Crew. The officials stopped the race 250 meters in because of a problem with another crew. The crews had to return to the start to restart the race, a difficult task for the most experienced crew. The crew finished in 8th place, a great finish as one of only two scholastic crews to make the grand final. Wrapping up the day for the Terrapins was the boy’s pair. The pair took a commanding lead early in the race that they maintained throughout the race. ROCCS (Rowing Organization of Citrus County Schools) challenged our crew at the end of the race but it was too late. The Terrapins won the event and earned the title as State Champions. Full race results can be found here: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/index.jsp?job_id=3777&org_id=0.
Congratulations to the entire team! Row Red, Row Gold.
|Head Coach Christina Bassett and Associate Head Coach Steve Maher
pose with the Boy's Varsity 2x, Juniors Spencer Burdge and Luke Smith,
on the award dock after they win the Scholastic State Championship Cup.
From Coach Christina Bassett
Tampa Prep scullers competed at the Florida State Rowing Association Sculling State Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. The regatta brings two days of intense racing for crews as they seek the coveted title of State Champion. For the scholastic teams, teams like ours that field from one school, it is also a battle for a bid to the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship. For Luke Smith and Spencer Burdge, this dream became reality as they claimed the title of Scholastic State Champion in the Boy’s Varsity 2 and earned a bid to Nationals where they will compete in the Boy’s Junior 2.
Despite the hot temperatures, it was a weekend full of great racing for all of our Terrapins. Racing in the Girl’s Varsity 1, Wenjia Yu placed 4th in the Petite Final, 10th overall, and 4th among scholastic crews with a time of 7:00.5. Not a bad finish for her first race in the event. Jennifer Okogbaa and Bianca Colon competed in the Girl’s Junior 2 Petite Final finishing 4th with a time of 6:09.9. Their time earned them a 7th place finish overall and 3rd among scholastic crews. Viktor Garba and Adam Hunter competed in the Boy’s Lightweight Varsity 2. The crew finished 2nd in the Petite Final with a time of 5:35.82, finishing 8th overall and 2nd among scholastic crews.
One of the most exciting races of the day was the final for the Boy’s Varsity 2. The top three crews – Southern Orlando Rowing association (SORA), Tampa Training Center (TTC) and Tampa Prep – battled for position from the start with SORA holding a slight lead. The battle continued into the last 500m as SORA started to pull away. Tampa Prep made a strong push and gained some ground coming into the last 100m only to have TTC push ahead of them at the finish. It was an exciting finish with SORA winning with a time of 5:01.00, TTC second with a time of 5:01.42, and Tampa Prep finishing with a time of 5:02.1. ROCCS who had been trailing in 4th also made a big push at the end but it was too late, they finished in 4th with a time of 5:02.67. An exciting finish with the top four crews all finishing within less than two seconds. The weekend of April 25th and 26th the team will again head to Sarasota for the FSRA Sweep Championships. Row Red, Row Gold.
Full race results can be found here:
|Congratulations to these student-athletes, families, friends and coaches!|
During last week’s Friday Assembly, the school honored seven senior student-athletes. Congratulations to Kam Beach, Claire Blumenthal, Bryan Greenbaum, Matt Hodges, Donoven Hough, Olivia Marshall, Ariana Mosley, Corey Perkins, Marcus Ransom, Andrew Samuels and Alexa Steele-Weintraub on their well-deserved achievements!Kam Beach - Kam will attend the University of Bridgeport where she will play softball for the Knights. Bridgeport is a Division 2 school in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that participates in the East Coast Conference.
Claire Blumenthal - Claire will attend the University of South Carolina where she will play volleyball for the Gamecocks. South Carolina is a Division 1 school in Columbia, South Carolina, that participates in the South Eastern Conference.
Bryan Greenbaum - Bryan will attend Belmont Abbey where he will wrestle for the Crusaders. Belmont is a Division 2 school in Belmont, North Carolina that participates in the Carolinas Conference.
Matt Hodges - Matt will attend Florence Darlington Tech where he will play baseball for the Stingers. Florence is a Division 1 Junior College in Florence, South Carolina, and participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Donoven Hough - Donoven will attend Campbell University where he will wrestle for the Camels. Campbell is a Division 1 school in Buies Creek, North Carolina, that participates in the Southern Conference.
Olivia Marshall - Olivia will attend Rhodes College where she will play soccer for the Lynx. Rhodes is a Division 3 school in Memphis, Tennessee, that participates in the Southern Athletic Association.
Ariana Mosley - Ariana will attend The Air Force Academy where she will play volleyball for the Falcons. Air Force is a Division 1 school in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that participates in the Mountain West Conference.
Corey Perkins - Corey will attend the University of Delaware where she will play volleyball for the Fighting Blue Hens. Delaware is a Division 1 school in Newark, Delaware, that participates in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Marcus Ransom - Marcus will attend Emory University where he will play basketball for the Eagles. Emory is a Division 3 school in Atlanta, Georgia, that participates in the United Athletic Association.
Andrew Samuels - Andrew will attend The University of Maryland where he will play soccer for the Terrapins. Maryland is a Division 1 school in College Park, Maryland, that participates in the Big 10 Conference.
Alexa Steele-Weintraub - Alexa will attend Brandeis University where she will play soccer for the Judges. Brandeis is a Division 3 school in Waltham, Massachusetts, that competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
|Student-athletes sign their athletic scholarship letters.|
|Congratulations to the Men's Varsity 4 for earning
a silver medal at Districts!
By Coach Christina Bassett
The Florida State Rowing Association hosts District Championships to determine seeding for the State Championships. On Saturday, Tampa Prep competed at the Western District Championships held in Sarasota. The crews arrived at the race course on Friday for a pre-race practice row that was cut short due to a storm that passed through the area. The next morning they were greeted with sunshine and a light wind. A newly developed racing venue, Nathan Benderson Park features 8-lane racing, however, it is a wide open space with little protection from the wind. The light morning wind progressed into a strong head wind that created unsafe conditions on the water. By 1 p.m., racing was suspended and later cancelled.
Two of our crews competed before the cancellation with one earning a silver medal! The Women’s Freshman 4 (Alaina Hunter, Bianca Colon, Clarissa Dixon, Amber Hottle and coxswain Drew McCullough) finished 4th with a time of 7:14.73 behind first place Academy of the Holy Names who was followed by Sarasota Crew and the Stewards Foundation. The Men’s Junior 4 (Adam Hunter, Gareth Klotz, Jonathan Luzier, Connor Stec and coxswain Erin Cristal) finished second behind Sarasota Scullers with a time of 6:00.99. It was a solid performance for this young crew that earned them a silver medal.
The team will travel back to Sarasota for the FSRA State Sculling Championships April 11-12 where they will race for a bid to Scholastic Nationals. For full race results, please https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/index.jsp?job_id=4176&org_id=0. Row Red, Row Gold!
|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!
|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 http://www.positivecoach.org/our-story/pca-in-the-news/news-detail/557/2015-double-goal-coach-award-finalists-%3E%3E?utm_source.