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By BRYAN BURNS Times Correspondent
Published May 24, 2007
TAMPA - Hillsborough County athletic director Lanness Robinson presented the spring sports awards for 2007 at the county school board office Wednesday. Here's a look at the winners from each sport:
Andres Garcia Memorial Tennis award (boys): Dilip Kamath, Hillsborough, senior.
Kamath was the Class 3A, District 9 champion and advanced to the semifinals in the individual singles bracket of the state tournament. The four-time district champion also excels in the classroom - his 3.86 unweighted grade point average has earned him academic scholarships from Bright Futures, Drexel and George Washington.
Andres Garcia Memorial Tennis award (girls): Megan Broderick, Alonso, senior.
A two-time Class 4A state singles champion who led her team to a second-place state finish, Broderick was also named a National High School Tennis All-American, which was announced at Wednesday's ceremony. Broderick, the 2006 Class 4A state player of the year, will play for the University of Kentucky next year.
Jack and Barbara Thompson Softball player of the year: Jessica Mouse, Chamberlain, senior.
Mouse played third base for Chamberlain and sported team highs in batting average (.463) and RBIs (30) while leading the Chiefs to the state semifinals. Mouse, who will attend LSU on a full athletic scholarship, was presented with the award Wednesday morning during Chamberlain's graduation rehearsal.
Pepsi Flag Football player of the year: Michelle Trugillo, Riverview, senior.
Trugillo was the quarterback for the first Hillsborough County flag football team to reach the state tournament. She also broke a state series record for longest rush for a touchdown with a 66-yard run in the Sharks' quarterfinal win over Lakewood. A dual-threat quarterback who rushed for 961 yards and 23 touchdowns while passing for 2, 010 yards and 33 touchdowns, Trugillo was named the Western Conference's MVP.
Robinson also presented Newsome High with the overall spring sports academic award after posting a 3.31 unweighted GPA. Newsome also won academic awards for having the highest GPA in boys track (3.22) and flag football (3.61). Bloomingdale (baseball, 3.43), Wharton (softball, 3.60), King (boys tennis, 3.74), Hillsborough (girls tennis, 3.82) and Plant (girls track, 3.68) also won academic awards for each sport.