Prep notes: Douidar, Collister named finalists for Mr. Soccer award
Tampa Prep's Shaddy Douidar and Steinbrenner's Jason Collister were named Florida Dairy Farmers' Player of the Year for their respective classes and are both finalists for the organization's Mr. Soccer award. Douidar, who led Terrapins scorers this season with 31 goals, notched the decider in Tampa Prep's Class 1A final win over North Miami Beach Scheck Hillel. Douidar, who led the Terrapins to their second straight state title and sixth since 2005, wins the 1A honors after Jordan Hayes won the award for Tampa Prep last season. Collister, who led the Warriors to their first state final appearance, scored 28 goals for Steinbrenner en route to district and region titles. Tampa Prep coach Doug Smith won Class 1A Coach of the Year honors, his second nod for the award after winning the Class 2A honos in 2010.Berkeley Prep coach Daniel Felman was the Class 2A runner-up. More awards Plant coach Roy Harrison and Sunlake coach Matt Smith were recently recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Harrison was named the 2011-12 NFHS Section 3 and Florida's Coach of the Year for girls cross country, while Smith was named Florida's Coach of the Year for boys weightlifting. Section 3 consists of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Harrison, who has coached at Plant for 30 years, was one of four Florida coaches chosen as the best in Section 3. . Harrison led the Panthers to their 26th consecutive state final appearance in November, where the team finished second in Class 4A to St. Thomas Aquinas. The team won its 17th regional championship last season and third in a row. The program has won 10 state titles. Smith was honored after leading Sunlake to a fifth-place finish in the Class 2A boys weightlifting last season. Golf Wharton senior Shannon Clark has verbally committed to play at the University of Hartford (Conn.), according to Wildcats coach Denis Vukorep. Clark was a first-team All-Western Conference selection and was the Casey Most Valuable Golfer Award recipient at last month's Hillsborough County awards ceremony. Clark, Wharton's captain and No. 1 golfer her senior season, was a region qualifier and is also a member of the school's ROTC, where she holds the rank of executive officer.