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Hillsborough: News and notes
By JOE SMITH
Published December 5, 2007
On the Web: Dandy Dozen, audio report
Check out the first installment of our weekly ranking of the top 12 boys and top 12 girls basketball teams from the Tampa Bay area. Then tell us which teams we overlooked or overrated. Also, Tampa Catholic running back Drew Zink and assistant coaches Chris Taylor of Armwood and Matt LePain of Largo appear on our weekly audio football report at highschool.tampabay.com.
Check it out
Can't make it to Largo's state football semifinal against St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday? Catch 47 has you covered, broadcasting the game live at 7:30. There also will be live updates from the Armwood game at Miami Booker T. Washington.
Local legends earn state honor
Nine former area standouts, all of whom played in the NFL, are among those selected as the top 100 players in the first 100 years of Florida prep football by a statewide panel. The list was sponsored by the Florida High School Athletic Association.
The area picks: OL Forrest Blue (Chamberlain), DL Jerome Brown (Hernando), RB Rick Casares (Jefferson), WR Darrell Jackson (Tampa Catholic), LB Steve Kiner (Hillsborough), DL Marty Lyons (St. Petersburg Catholic), QB John Reaves (Robinson), RB Larry Smith (Robinson) and DL Ted Washington (Tampa Bay Tech).
The omissions? The first one who comes to mind is former Plant QB and 2006 Florida Mr. Football Robert Marve, who set single-season state records for passing yardage (4,343), TDs (48, since broken by successor Aaron Murray) while leading his team to the state title last season.
The complete list can be found at www.fhsaa.org.
McCray picked for game, iffy on FSU
Hillsborough senior defensive lineman Moses McCray said he was one of 80 players picked to compete in the first ESPNU All-American Game, Jan. 5 in Orlando.
ABC will televise the game live at 2 p.m., with ESPNU showing some of the practices. Players were selected by national recruiting analysts and talent evaluators from ESPN Scouts Inc.
McCray, a 6-3, 285-pound senior, sparked the Terriers (9-3), who lost to Armwood in the region playoffs. McCray is a Florida State commitment but classified it a "soft verbal." He has made visits to LSU and Miami, and told the Times on Tuesday he plans to make a visit to Ohio State. Asked if his FSU commitment is more solid, McCray said, "No comment. I'll wait until signing day."
In other Terriers news, senior linebacker Marc Thomas has been invited to play in the FACA State All-Star Game on Dec. 21 in Lakeland. So has Plant senior receiver Derek Winter (75 catches, 1,642 yards, 18 TDs). Tampa Bay Tech coach C.C. Culpepper will be an assistant on one of the teams.