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Dunedin's Gilghrest lands scholarship from B-CC

Dunedin's Matt Gilghrest showed how patience - and persistence - can pay off.

By JOE SMITH
Published April 28, 2007


Dunedin's Matt Gilghrest showed how patience - and persistence - can pay off.

The Falcons' two-sport standout admittedly was "discouraged" when a back injury forced him to miss his entire junior football season and scared away some college scouts.

But Gilghrest's strong senior season, in which he tallied 75 tackles and five interceptions, helped land him a late scholarship from Bethune-Cookman. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder, who scored on four of his six receptions last season, will play receiver for the Wildcats.

"He really flew under the radar, " Dunedin coach Mark Everett said. "He can play anywhere on the field. I'm excited for him."

Gilghrest's teammate, kicker Evan McKeon, plans to be a preferred walk-on at Louisville, where he earned a full academic scholarship, Everett said.

"Their coaches said he'll be the starting kicker in August, " Everett said. "It's his position to lose."

SOFTBALL SIGNING: Boca Ciega pitcher Christina Hughes signed with Eckerd College. Hughes boasted a 1.09 ERA with 125 strikeouts for the Pirates while hitting .406. Hughes is the second county standout to sign with the Tritons; so did Pinellas Park shortstop Jessica Pridemore.

Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8129.