Hillsborough: News and notes

By JOE SMITH and KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writers
Published January 17, 2008

Recruiting notes

Alonso junior defensive tackle Demonte McCallister said he was pleasantly surprised Wednesday when Florida State offered him a scholarship, his first offer.

- Plant senior receiver Derek Winter received a visit from Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz; Winter said he will visit Iowa on Jan. 25, one week after making a trip to Auburn.

- Jefferson senior linebacker Gorby Loreus said he'll be on the same flight Friday as Armwood defensive end Sergio Joyner to visit Middle Tennessee State.

For more recruiting news, check out blogs.tampabay.com/preps/


Nauta eyes Olympics

Chelsea Nauta's goal is to be an Olympic swimmer, and it looks like the former Tampa Prep star is well on her way. In her first season with the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, Nauta has made an immediate impact.

"It's been beyond and above all expectations," Nauta said. "My relationships with the coaches have been just phenomenal. I really lucked out coming here. I've totally clicked with them."

Nauta, who earned multiple All-America honors at Tampa Prep, typically swims the 200-yard freestyle, 500 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. She is unbeaten in her signature event, the 200 free, with a best time of 1:46.10. In March, Nauta will compete at the NCAA Championships. Three months later, the Olympic trials begin in Omaha, Neb.

Sharks player arrested on weapons charge

Riverview basketball player Montrael Albury was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of a weapon on school property. There were two Riverview students arrested, and three involved overall. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's report states Albury, 19, had in possession a knife and a BB gun. He was released on $2,000 bond.

School district spokeswomanLinda Cobbe said all three students will receive a mandatory, 10-day suspension, and for a student in a situation like Albury's (caught with a knife and BB gun), the recommendation by the area director is typically a change in schools. Cobbe said the weapons were found in a car in the parking lot.

Durant coach makes statement

Durant junior standout Aaron Garden has had to sit on his 999th career point longer than he may have thought. Garden, who averages 18.6 ppg, was suspended by the FHSAA for a week after his altercation with a Blake player in a loss to the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 5. Coach Jeff Shotwell didn't think the punishment fit the crime. So he doubled the suspension to two weeks, putting Garden out until next Wednesday's matchup vs. East Bay. The Cougars have gone 0-4 in Garden's absence, and were 8-9 through Tuesday. "We don't tolerate that kind of thing," Shotwell said.