Tuesday's prep news and notes
Berkeley Prep seniors Jordan Burgess and Mackenzie Dagostino, who recently helped the Buccaneers win their third consecutive and 15th overall state championship, and Riverview senior Sarah Burrington have been named to the 6th annual Under-Armour Girls Volleyball All-American Teams. Burgess, an outside hitter who has signed with Stanford University, and Burrington, a 6-foot-4 middle hitter who has signed with Florida State, were named to the first team. Dagostino, a setter who will play for the University of Maryland, was named to the second team. Burgess and Burrington are invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition which will take place at the Alamodome on Dec. 16 in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association annual convention. Cross CountryPaced by Chamberlain senior Max del Monte's 19th-place finish, area cross country runners represented Florida well in Saturday's Foot Locker South Regional Championships at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, N.C. Competing in the top boys division of the meet, the seeded race, del Monte took 19th place in a 5-kilometer time of 15 minutes, 22 seconds. That was just 20 seconds away from qualifying for the Foot Locker finals, where only the top 10 finishers in each of the four regionals advance. Del Monte, the state runner-up in Class 3A, was the second finisher from Florida, behind 11th-place Chris Godwin of Gainesville Buchholz, who was the state runner-up in Class 4A. Also running well in the boys seeded race was Plant senior Travis Christenberry, who was 33rd in 15:32, and Riverview's Michael Babinec, 52nd in 15:47. In the girls seeded race, two from Florida, Olivia Ortiz of Lakewood Ranch and Lily Williams of Tallahassee Chiles, advanced to the national meet by placing 5th and 10th, respectively. The top local girls finisher in the seeded division was Gulf's Kari Grippo, 59th in 18:22. Wiregrass Ranch's Nakita Shah was 65th in 18:36 and Plant senior Danielle Kissel was 84th in 18:49. In the girls freshman/sophomore race, Academy of the Holy Names freshman Colleen Doherty was fifth in 19:00. She was the second freshman finisher by just 1 second. Football Hillsborough junior linebacker/running back Nigel Harris suffered a broken collar bone as a result of a jarring hit he suffered from two Armwood defenders during Friday night's loss to the Hawks, Terriers coach Earl Garcia confirmed. After the hit, which came late in the second half, Harris was taken to the hospital where an X-ray revealed a broken left collar bone. The injury typically takes 6-8 weeks to heal, which means Harris will not be able to take part in the two prestigious combines he has been invited to, the U.S. Army All-American Game and Under Armour combines. Harris was one of the Terriers' leading tacklers this season but also saw regular duty on offense, as well as handling the punting chores. Harris was injured on a play where he caught a short pass out of the backfield but was sandwiched and hit immediately by Armwood lineman Beau Michel and linebacker Keionne Baines.
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