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Athlete of the Year: Dentarius Locke, Riverview, So.
By JOEY KNIGHT
Published May 25, 2007
Why we picked him: After a promising freshman season, Locke literally burst past his local counterparts this year, accelerating from zero to 100 meters faster than anyone in the county. In the meets that counted most, he established his area supremacy - medaling in three events at the Class 4A meet - and forged an intense, friendly rivalry with Lakeland senior and University of Florida football signee Chris Rainey. Locke edged Rainey by a hundredth of a second to win the 100-meter dash in 10.63 seconds at the Class 4A, Region 2 meet, then placed third behind Rainey and Jacksonville Mandarin's Harold Howell in the state meet. But his most stunning performance was a group effort. The anchor on the Sharks' 4x100-meter relay team, he helped lead Riverview to a runnerup finish (41.58 seconds) at the 4A meet.
Most impressive accomplishment: Anchoring the 4x100 relay team's runnerup finish at state. "All year, we had problems with handoffs, and our main goal was to beat Gaither (which placed third), and we accomplished that, " Locke said. "Nobody was expecting us to come in second place or to be pulling for first place."
College plans: Whoa there, let's focus on his immediate high school plans first. Locke confirmed to the Times he plans to transfer to Chamberlain because he recently moved in with his father, who resides in the Chiefs' geographic boundary. Down the road, he said he'd like nothing more than to run track at the University of Florida.
Did you know?: Locke's winning 10.63-second effort in the 100 meters at regions is three-tenths of a second shy of the Riverview record held by Jahmile Addae, who became an all-Big East free safety at West Virginia. "I think Locke by his senior year will be running the 10.3s, " Riverview boys track coach Jason Stokes said. "He's got that kind of potential."
Quote: "He could've been Riverview's first male state champion. That hurts a lot, and we're going to miss him. He's really turned into a good leader, too, and we're going to miss that, also." - Stokes
Coach of the Year
Joe Sipp, Hillsborough
Only a year after watching his alma mater score two points at the Class 3A meet, Sipp - a stalwart at center on the University of South Florida's early football teams - led the Terriers to an 11th-place finish at state.
nthony Hill, Sr., Blake: 3A region runnerup had 6-4 effort at county meet.
Terrence Mitchell, Fr., Hillsborough: 3A region champ stumbled at state meet.
Montrael Albury, Jr., Riverview: Fifth at Class 4A meet (46-1.5).
Tyler Hamill, Sr., Plant: Class 3A region champion (13-6).
David Piccirilli, Sr., Jesuit: Region runnerup threw nearly 50 feet at 2A meet.
Torrey Davis, Sr., Armwood: Class 3A runnerup (174-02).
Luke Rorech, Sr., Plant: District champ broke 15 seconds twice in postseason.
Drew Franklin, Sr., Jefferson: County champion and 3A state qualifier.
Lovell Jackson, Jr., Plant: Highly controversial DQ at regions ended season.
Dentarius Locke, So., Riverview: County champ and 4A state placer.
Dewayn Lee, Jr., Middleton: 3A region champ broke 48 seconds at state.
Hunter Clasen, Sr., Jesuit: Personal-best 1:54.8 at UT Distance Carnival.
1, 600 meters:
Connor Revord, So., Jesuit: Class 2A runnerup (4:17.09).
3, 200 meters:
Richard Blake, Jr., Berkeley Prep: Fourth at 2A meet (9:39.93).
Charles Gadson, Kendall Brown, Mark Williams, John Foster, Hillsborough: District, region champs, third at 3A meet.
Daniel Mosquera, Gavin Carter, Kendall Brown, Mark Williams, Hillsborough : Region champs placed fourth at 3A meet (3:19).
Dentarius Locke, Montrael Albury, Malcolm Shavers, Earnest Polite, Riverview: Class 4A runnerup with school-record time (41.58).
Armwood - Corey McElveen; Berkeley Prep - Robert Livingston, Charles Klug; Blake - Anthony Hill; Brandon - Jeremy Tillman; Chamberlain - Kieth Chaptman, Sheldon Crawley, Domanike King, Francisco Llanos, Kentwonn Mentions, Mark Parrish; Durant - Vincent Governor, Kevin Jones, Khermaron Kelly, Byron Reynolds, Aaron Simmons; Gaither - Phillip Boles, Jarvis Giles, DeAaron McCann, Aaron Overton, Allen Sampson, Andrew Schnitker, Kadeem Stewart; Hillsborough - Lindsey Lamar, Tarel Sampson, Mark Thomas; Jesuit - Eric Bracy, John Ervin, Carson Holton, Evan Robinson, Logan Trimsle; Middleton - Tevin James, Jamarcus Leverett; Newsome - Keegan Bixler, Dustin Chastain, Luke Drake, Steven Lively; Plant - Thomas Parrott, Jamie Van Pelt; Riverview - Chris Luther, Raymond Nelson; Robinson - Matt Altimari, Greg Ellingson, Darin Gibson, Cody Hill, Justin Logan; Sickles - Sean Jansen, Kyle Kraft, Ciprian Mejia, Dan Wehunt, Derek Wehunt, Brett Wilson; Tampa Baptist - Greg David, Chris Lundy; Tampa Bay Tech - Leon Robinson; Tampa Prep - Thomas Coverson, Chris Friedrich; Wharton - Pedro Carela, Keyon Jones, Danny Layton, David Vasquez, Chris Watson, Kevin Williams.