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Hillsborough: News and Notes
By JOE SMITH AND KEITH NIEBUHR
Published January 9, 2008
No panic at Plant
Plant girls basketball coach Carrie Mahon caught a bad break at Christmas break. Star senior forward Kaitlyn Ostroski 10 ppg., 10 rpg. sustained a season-ending ACL injury last month when the Panthers were 12-0. The Panthers (13-4) have lost four of their last five, including a 52-50 loss to Holy Names. But three defeats came by a combined five points, and Mahon said her team is finally getting the practice time to adjust for life after Ostroski. "We've come a long way since this past weekend," Mahon said. "I think people just seem a lot more comfortable and knowledgeable in their roles."
Area wrestlers step up
Lost in the shuffle of Brandon's historic loss Saturday night was how several local wrestlers fared in the prestigious Jim Graves "Beat the Streak" Tournament. Durant took seventh, led by Christian Reed and Alex Hamm. Alonso took ninth, sparked by Kurt Ivy (5-0), Mike Roberts (4-1). Jesuit took 10th.
"We were seeded ninth - and finished ninth," Alonso coach John Moore said. "So I'm pretty happy."
Williams TC bound?
Will quarterback Doug Williams Jr. transfer from Jefferson to Tampa Catholic? TC coach Bob Henriquez said he isn't sure, but he did confirm Williams, the son of former Bucs QB Doug Williams, is "going through the application process." As of Tuesday, the younger Williams was still enrolled at Jefferson.
"No decision has been made (by TC)," Henriquez said. "I called our principal this morning and she hasn't seen the file. None of the decision makers have."
The coach added that his role in the matter at this point is limited.
Williams, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound sophomore, completed 5 of 10 passes for 40 yards and one touchdown in a backup role last fall. At TC, the Crusaders already have a pretty good quarterback. Christian Green, also a sophomore, helped lead them to the Class 2A finals by producing more than 2,000 yards of offense.
A view from the top
Because his program has held the No. 1 ranking several times during his tenure as Tampa Prep boys basketball coach, Joe Fenlon took it in stride when the Terrapins grabbed the top spot this week in the state Class 2A poll.
"To be honest," Fenlon said, "I didn't even know about it until my son saw it on the (Times) Web site (Monday night) and told me."
His son, Conner, a Tampa Prep guard, was a little more pumped.
"Boy, was he excited," the elder Fenlon said. "It's a nice thing. It's great for the kids. Unfortunately, there's only one way you can go."
Tampa Prep (13-1) plays host to Indian Rocks Christian on Thursday and Berkeley Prep, which is No. 1 in 3A, Saturday.