By Tamas Mondovics
Newsome High School
Newsome senior Briana Chin has committed to take her athletic talents to Monroe College, where she will play volleyball.
Soccer was also well represented by Newsome students such as Joey Gutsche (Eastern Florida State College), Tatiana Kallas (University of Tampa) and Lindsey Eaton (University of Central Florida).
Thanks to a great season, Eaton and Kallas have every reason to be proud to represent their school at the next level. Working together with their teammates under a great coaching team, the girls played a major role in leading the school to the state final four appearance for the first time since 2011.
Baseball was also represented with two seniors, Jacob Cross (St. Johns River State College) and Alec Titmus (North Carolina Wesleyan College).
By signing his commitment, Titmus is looking forward to achieving the best education he can, while playing the sport he loves.
“Baseball has created so many memories and friendships, so invest in your teammates, build relationships, do life together…it makes all the difference,” Titmus said.
Proud of their son’s success, Mary and Mike Titmus spoke highly of Alec’s choice of school.
“It’s not just about playing ball, but being in the right environment where the faculty and staff truly invests in helping students discover and pursue their purpose,” Mary said, while Mike added, “We believe NC Wesleyan will be his place to shine.”
Newsome seniors Sean Behrens and Cole Schaller will play football for Marshall University and Pitt State respectively.
“Finally signing with Marshall was rewarding,” Behrens said. “So much time is spent year round when you chase your dream of playing at the next level. The day I set foot on campus I knew it was home. I am excited to get there and get to work.”
To encourage younger athletes in participating, Behrens added, “Keep your school work in order, workout beyond your regular team workouts and, the big one; keep your social life in check.”
Proud of her son’s success and choice of school, Krista Behrens said, “We are very much looking forward to joining all the Marshall fans and continue to watch our son grow in his journey.”
As the Wolves senior quarterback, Schaller had a great season and while he is rightly pleased with his football quarterback scholarship offer from Pittsburg State University, so are his parents.
“Cole’s father, Paul, and I are very proud of him because he has trained and worked so hard to get to this point,” Tami Schaller said, adding that her son has played football since he was 4-years-old and has always loved the game.
“It has been a life-long dream of his to play major college football and we are extremely excited for him and can’t wait to travel up to see him play.”
Bloomingdale High School
Bloomingdale senior softball players Taylor Engman (State College of Florida), Tyler Farrell (Peru State College), and Alyssa Farinas (Pasco-Hernando State College) also enjoyed the spotlight and the three athletes are ready to represent their school at the next level.
Kali Clemmer will attend Mars Hill University, North Carolina and has accepted a scholarship for cross country.
Bobby McIntyre has signed with Coffeyville Community College located in Coffeyville, Kansas where he will join the Red Raven football team.
Tampa Bay Heat Homeschool-Soccer
Heat athlete Logan Beach, has also signed his letter of intent.
Beach is planning on majoring in sports management and plans to attend Trinity College of Florida where he will play his favorite sport: soccer.
“We are very excited for his future and are looking forward to attending many college games,” said Logan’s mom, Becky Beach.
For more information about Newsome and Bloomingdale’s athletics, visit www.sdhc. k12.fl.us.