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Prep notes: Plant’s Alonso to receive Boggs Award

Plant High senior infielder Pete Alonso will be presented with the Wade Boggs Athletic Achievement Award by Boggs and the Hillsborough County Commission during their regular board meeting May 15. Gaither’s Oscar Mercado and King’s Brett Morales also will be recognized with honorable mention awards. The Wade Boggs Athletic Achievement Award, named in honor of the 12-time baseball All-Star and former Tampa Bay Devil Ray who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, was established by the Hillsborough County Commission in 2005 to recognize the outstanding athletic and scholastic achievements of a high school baseball player or team. This season, Alonso, who has signed with the University of Florida, batted .387 with 29 hits, seven of which were home runs, 24 runs and 22 RBIs. Plant lost to Durant in the district tournament.
Off the field, Alonso carries a 4.06 grade-point average, is a member of the National Honor Society and performs community service at Metropolitan Ministries, youth baseball camps and mentors students on bullying, peer pressure and substance abuse. Signings Ashle Thompson, Whitney Ivy and Neena Pacholke, three players from Freedom’s girls basketball state semifinal team, will continue their careers in college. Thompson, a 5-foot-10 forward, will play for Division II Florida Tech. Thompson averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Ivy, a senior guard who averaged 6.2 points per game, will play for Johnson & Wales University, an NAIA program. Pacholke, the daughter of Patriots coach Laurie Pacholke, will be a preferred walk-on at South Florida. She averaged 3.0 points last season. Meanwhile, senior pitcher Nick Eicholtz highlighted a list of spring signings at Cambridge Christian School. Eicholtz, who signed with Alabama, was joined by Taylor Endicott (girls soccer, Clearwater Christian College); Robbie Robertson (football, Stetson University); Brandon Park (boys basketball, Berry College) and Zach Hessinger (baseball, State College of Florida). Also, Carrollwood Day senior baseball player Dominic Sicardo has accepted a baseball scholarship to Pasco-Hernando Community College.
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