Saturday’s Prep news and notes
Berkeley Prep was named the overall Class 4A academic team champion for the 2012-13 school year. The top 10 schools in each class and sport receive points. In the spring alone, Berkeley’s baseball, softball and boys volleyball teams led 4A in grade-point average. Other schools in the spring with the top GPA in their respective sports were Robinson in flag football (5A) and Seffner Christian in softball (3A). Hersh earns honors Former Newsome tennis player
Andy Hersh, now a senior at Division III Johns Hopkins University, was named Atlantic South Region’s Player of the Year by the International Tennis Association.
Hersh, who was a Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County first-team honoree from 2007-09, was the Class 3A individual and doubles runner-up in his senior season. Signings Seffner Christian senior girls basketball standout Tesha Hanson announced she has signed with Division I Liberty University.
This past season, Hanson helped the Crusaders reach the Class 3A state semifinals, averaging 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.1 steals. Hanson finished her prep career with 2,001 points.
Ten Steinbrenner athletes signed national letters-of-intent: Soccer players Jason Collister (University of Tampa), Enrique Barboto (Barry), Derek Gebhard (Florida Gulf Coast), football players Chandler Phillips (Wingate), Blaine Tucker (Ave Maria), Chris Harrison (Methodist), Jared Penzer (Ohio Wesleyan), cross country/track standout Lauren Garris (University of West Florida), volleyball player Natalia Campos (Valdosta State) and golfer Nic Kalolo (Maryville).
Academy of the Holy Names golfer Emmy Martin has verbally committed to Texas Christian University. Martin, a junior, was selected first-team All-Hillsborough County by the Tampa Tribune for the third straight season after winning her second straight district and region individual titles last season.
Carrollwood Day School senior receiver Nate Lewis has signed with Kentucky Christian University, an NAIA program.
Seven Plant athletes signed: football players Eliel Shines (Seton Hill), Kyle Groh (Ohio Wesleyan), Kareem Martin (Lindenwood University), Gage Stokes (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) and receiver K.J. Walker (Averett University), golfer Ryan Gendron (Saint Leo) and softball player Nikki Misner (Maine).
Riverview sprinter Chase McCoy is committing to Central Missouri and basketball player Shatisha Dukes will sign with Barton College.
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