Hillsborough: News and notes

By Eduardo A. Encina and Keith Niebuhr, Times Staff Writers
Published March 1, 2008

Plant tight end draws offers

Quarterback Aaron Murray isn't the only Plant junior who is a target of major college programs. Tight end Orson Charles, who recently transferred from Riverview, has received scholarship offers from Auburn and Iowa, UCFSports.com reported Thursday.

Clemson, Florida, Miami, Tennessee and UCF are among those showing interest in the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Charles.

Auburn recently signed Plant receiver Derek Winter. The Tigers have targeted numerous county players in the Class of 2009, including several at Armwood.

Bull second in 3-point shootout

Bloomingdale guard Sean Hayes rallied at the end of the Class 5A 3-point shootout at the Lakeland Center Friday afternoon, but the 6-foot junior fell just short, placing second in the competition to Largo's Ben Patrick.

Hayes converted seven of 15 shots. Patrick connected on 10. Hayes competed against three others, each of whom reached state by advancing through district and region competition. At the district shootout, Hayes made 11 of 15 shots. He connected on 10 shots at regionals.

Hayes averaged 12 points a game for the Bulls, making 42 percent of his 3-pointers.

Panther alum gets ACC honor

Virginia's Sarah Kirkwood, a former Plant High star, has been chosen ACC scholar-athlete of the year for volleyball. To be eligible, candidates had to have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 during the past two semesters.

Kirkwood, a senior majoring in cognitive science and pre-med, was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. She was selected to the all-ACC academic volleyball team in each of the past three seasons and was named a second-team academic All-American for the 2007 season. On the court, Kirkwood earned all-ACC and AVCA all-East Region recognition in each of her final three years of competition. As a senior, Kirkwood ranked among the ACC's top five in kills, service aces and total points. She will finish her career as Virginia's all-time leader in service aces, kills and attack attempts.

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