By Tamas Mondovics
It is safe to say that the 2013-2014 athletic season will be remembered as one of the most successful at Bloomingdale High as the Bulls managed to post a number of winning programs as well as claim an impressive list of students that earned a chance to further their education at colleges and universities, near and far, while playing the sport they love.
The Bloomingdale faculty led by Principal Suzan Burket and Assistant Principal for Administration Donny Peek have been busy all year, hosting several college signing events including the most recent one, which sported seven student-athletes confirming their commitments to many schools, as well as congratulating several first ever team sport winners.
The Bulls fall football program enjoyed its first winning season in five years, which included a 24-10 victory against Newsome during the Class 8A District 6 matchup.
The accomplishment was reached, under the direction of head coach John Booth, who has been tirelessly building his team over the past four years.
The icing on the cake for Bloomingdale came this spring, with the success of three of its team sports; flag football, softball and baseball.
Under the direction of head coach Michael Langford, the Bulls Girls flag football team won its first ever district championship.
A special recognition went to the school’s softball team that brought home the season’s, and the school’s, first state title since 1993.
Bloomingdale junior pitcher Lace Smith was named 8A state top player by the Florida Dairy Farmers, while program Head Coach Mandy Schuerman was named the 8A coach of the year.
Smith led her team to a 25-2 season while posting an impressive record, which included a reported 0.79 ERA. She struck out 293 batters and hit .350.
Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia was pleased to pay a brief visit to personally thank the athletes for their fine representation of the district and hard work on and off the field.
The Bulls are looking forward to the next season, confident of maintaining winning status.
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