Sunlake graduate Mike Shaver playing football at North Greenville, S.C.
LAND O’ LAKES — Mike Shaver, a 2009 Sunlake graduate, is playing football for North Greenville, a Division II school in South Carolina. He came up through the Pop Warner program, playing for the South Pasco Predators
Shaver posted several firsts for the Seahawks. He became the first Sunlake player to return a kickoff for a touchdown, as well as the first in school history to rush for 100 yards and 200 yards in a game. Shaver gained 698 yards as a senior and topped the 1,000-yard rushing career mark.
Swampfest scheduled Nov. 6-8 at Land O’ Lakes Community Center
LAND O’ LAKES — Swampfest, a fund-raiser for Land O’ Lakes High athletic programs, will take place Nov. 6-8 at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center off US 41.
The festival, highlighted by a midway and carnival rides, is the second organized by the booster club. The inaugural Swampfest was last spring at Land O’ Lakes High’s Gator Stadium. Sponsors and vendors are needed. To purchase a booth, call Darlene Harris at (813) 235-5859 or visit www.lolswampfest.com.
Bishop McLaughlin catcher T.J. Wharton commits to North Carolina Greensboro
SPRING HILL— T.J. Wharton, a junior catcher for Bishop McLaughlin, has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina Greensboro. A two-year varsity starter, he batted .428 with two home runs and 29 RBIs last season.
If he joins the Spartans in 2010, Wharton would be the first Hurricane to play in Division I.
Four Bishop McLaughlin ballplayers have gone on to the next level. That list includes Marcel Duarte, Class of 2008, Johns Hopkins; Taylor McGillis, 2009, Saint Leo; Mike Gonzalez, 2009, Carson Newman; and Jeff Pope, Oglethorpe.
— Steve Lee, Sports Editor