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Hillsborough County: News and notes
By Times Staff
Published November 15, 2007
Tampa Bay Tech made a dramatic turnaround in football this year, going 6-4 after two winless seasons. The reward? The Titans will play tonight in a bowl game at Mulberry. Coach C.C. Culpepper said the reward is partly for the seniors, who didn't jump ship to the Middletons or Hillsboroughs. "They stuck with the team, and we're no longer the 'same old Tech,' " he said.
"They had pogo sticks for legs." - Merritt Island Christian volleyball coach Laurie Haines on Bayshore Christian's blocking in its state semifinal win
5 School records set by the county's leading rusher, Cambridge senior Taylor Cabral (single-game rushing, season rushing, career rushing, single-season points, career points)
Gator bait: Buc pulls signing switch
Berkeley Prep senior Jonathan Jordan, one of the bay area's top swimmers, will sign today with Florida - not Virginia.
Jordan, a silver medalist in the 500, had said Monday he would commit to Virginia, but after sleeping on the decision and talking to UF coaches, he picked his childhood favorite.
"It was a very, very tough decision," Jordan said. "But Florida offered everything I wanted plus a better team - and it's close to home."
The early signing period began Wednesday and goes through Nov. 21. Of the county signing classes, there's the firsts, Freedom's first softball signee Lisa Grant (Michigan State); the biggest (five Plant baseball players); and the unique (Sickles softball player Khrystyne Ely joining her sister, Katie, at Troy).