Pasco County: News and notes

By Times Staff
Published November 15, 2007

Four Gators sign, three with D-Is

Land O'Lakes led the county on signing day with four girls inking letters of intent and one ceremoniously celebrating her Division I commitment. This Gators class was led by senior Kayli Keough, who signed a basketball scholarship offer from Florida State. The 6-foot-2 forward/guard missed a good portion of her junior season because of mononucleosis but still averaged 22 points per game. Brittany Knipp signed a softball scholarship with Stetson while teammate Alexis Aubuchon has been commissioned to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

In volleyball, Danielle Priest and Jessica Bryant signed letters of intent to attend Pasco-Hernando Community College and Saint Leo, respectively.

"They're a pretty special group of kids, no question," Land O'Lakes athletic director Chuck Moehle said. "It's the largest group signing in more than a decade. They made their mark at Land O'Lakes, and many of them still have some unfinished business."

Pirates pair off to Saint Leo

Pasco held a celebration at the Dade City Beef O'Brady's for baseball players Aaron Brandt and Dylan Giella, both of whom signed with Saint Leo. The duo helped Pasco to 16-1 last season.

Zephyrhills' Anderton signs

Bulldogs slugger Ashley Anderton signed a letter of intent Wednesday afternoon with Eastern Illinois. The senior infielder batted .453 last season with 43 hits, 11 doubles and seven home runs. She led the Bulldogs with 39 RBIs and has started since her freshman year.

"She's been all-conference all three years," Bulldogs coach Craig Milburn said. "She plays outstanding first base. I hope we're starting something with sending more softball players. We're hoping to add three or four in next year's signing class."

Davis still on hold

Zephyrhills shortstop Jessica Davis, who orally committed to Illinois in June, has not qualified academically and likely will have to wait until the spring to sign with the Illini, Milburn said. Davis batted .453 with nine doubles, seven home runs and 25 RBIs last season.

Ridgewood's secret weapon?

In all likelihood, Ridgewood's region football quarterfinal against Daytona Beach Seabreeze on Friday will be decided by how well the Rams' power running game can help offset the Sandcrabs' high-powered spread offense. But one player who hasn't gotten a ton of press could play a big role. Senior receiver Addidas Tolliver has languished in the shadow of running back Byronell Arline but has finished strong, scoring three touchdowns in the last three games of the regular season.

Tolliver (nine catches, 181 yards, three touchdowns) has game-breaking speed, which could make him valuable against a Sandcrabs team that is very fast.

"If he was at another school that threw the ball all the time," Rams coach Chris Taylor said, "he'd be one of the best wide receivers in the county."

Izzy Gould can be reached at izzygould@gmail.com or (813) 909-4612. David Murphy can be reached at dmurphy@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1407.