Kroll, Mosca win state coach awards
Three local girls basketball coaches were recognized as being among the state's best. Tampa Catholic's Nancy Kroll was named the 3A Coach of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers, making her eligible for the overall award. The winner, along with the girls Miss Basketball, will be announced in April. Kroll guided the Crusaders to a 3A state championship last month. Jefferson's Tom Mosca was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches' 4A Coach of the Year. The Dragons advanced to the final four.Boca Ciega's Will White was named 5A Coach of the Year. NEW COACH: Brandon has a new girls basketball coach. T.J. Bottiggi, a science teacher at the school, takes over a team that finished 2-18 last season. He replaces longtime coach James Smith, an ROTC instructor at Brandon who resigned to spend more time with his family. Bottiggi came to Brandon from Vermont. He was a four-year varsity high school player in Vermont, scoring more than 1,500 points and earning all-state honors as a junior and senior. Track and field Five days after breaking Tampa Catholic's 17-year-old record for the shot put, junior Hunter Joyer eclipsed it again. This time, his feat makes him the No. 1 thrower in the state. Joyer, who last week bettered the mark held by TC football coach Bob Henriquez by 1.5 inches with a toss of 55 feet, 1 inch, improved the record by more than a foot with a throw of 56-7. Softball Chamberlain sophomore SS Bianka Bell verbally committed to LSU. Bell is batting .486 this season with eight RBIs, five doubles, one triple and two home runs for the 12-2 Chiefs.