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Athletics

Expect the Best…Beyond the Game

Mission

Shorecrest Athletics educates students in "Winning the Right Way”.

Winning the Right Way = Leadership + Service + Teamwork + Pride + Preparation + Commitment

All students will be taught that in every moment there is an opportunity to lead, serve, and impact others…by one’s actions, one’s demeanor, and one’s effort.

 

Philosophy

The above schematic reflects a circular process for a Shorecrest athlete’s developmental journey. Our students begin with the simple joy of participation at the intramural level but as they progress in our program, there is work involved. Work isn’t always fun, but it should be stimulating and purposeful with the objective of developing into a varsity caliber athlete. The finest athletes are those who train with purpose and intensity and are able to perform at the varsity level with the uninhibited joy of Lower School students playing intramurals. They have traveled full circle. These are the athletes that play with skill, instinct, intensity and joy. If we develop complete players of this type, our program will win on and off the field. "Expect the Best…Beyond the Game."

Levels of Competition and Program Development

The Athletic program’s philosophy evolves with the level of competition. It all starts with play and early involvement at the Intramural level. Play focuses on the joy of participation, fosters team camaraderie and introduces the athletes to the basics of the sport. As students advance to inter-scholastic team sports in the Middle School, the goal is playing time for all participants. Practice time becomes more structured and commitment level, therefore, also increases. All students will have a chance to play on a regular basis but that doesn’t mean that playing time is equal. Shorecrest offers many team sports where there are no cuts (e.g. Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling, etc.). However, for several of our MS team sport offerings (e.g. Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, etc.) there may be cuts depending on circumstance (this decision is based on maximum team size, skill level, facility constraints, etc.)

At the FHSAA competitive level (JV/Varsity), the focus shifts to competing and winning. Preparation, both in-season and off-season tilts more heavily toward training rather than merely practicing (athletes with greater commitment and focus eventually surpass natural athletes with early success in athletics who do not train and strive for continuous improvement).

Intramurals: Growth through participation and encouragement

Objective – To build an athletic foundation through structured and directive play. This introductory level is specifically designed to promote psychomotor and cognitive skill development, build confidence, and create a love for sports activity in a fun learning environment.

Impact – Students who participate in intramurals are able to experience challenges, obstacles and success in a safe, nurturing environment. Growth is cultivated through participation and encouragement.

Middle School: The stepping-stone to JV & Varsity athletics

Objective – To build skills development through team dynamics and competitive athletic play. Each student-athlete will get an opportunity to experience practice and game situations through committed action, response, and result activities.

Impact – Students who participate in MS sports are able to experience competition on a regular basis in a learning and encouraging environment. Development, growth, and maturity are key focuses of this educational level and MS athletics emphasizes the importance of supporting others through individual growth. This is the stepping-stone to JV/Varsity athletics.

Junior Varsity: Developing and preparing for competition at the highest level

Objective – To raise the level of commitment and development through focused training, competitive drive, and winning. Developing and preparing student-athletes to compete at the highest athletic level is the goal of JV sports. Student–athletes at this level will have access to coaching and training resources to promote team success and optimize individual development and performance.

Impact –There is no predetermined game playtime allocation for JV level student-athletes. However, the goal of JV is to provide practice discipline and practical game experience for focused development of all players. Consistent with Varsity expectations, hardwork, dedication, and performance are key components to increase chances of individual and team success.

Varsity: Competing and winning at the highest athletic level

Objective – To raise the level of commitment and development through focused training, competitive drive, and winning. Competing and winning at the highest athletic level is the goal of Varsity sports. Student–athletes at this level will have access to coaching and training resources to promote team success and optimize individual development and performance.

Impact – Athletics is a privilege, not a right. There are no game playtime guarantees for Varsity level student-athletes. Hardwork, dedication, and performance are key components to increase chances of individual and team success. Team first, individual second…life lessons taught through athletics. Seize the opportunity when given the chance to perform.

Athletic Highlights

"Fastest Woman in the State” Title Goes to Junior Assata T.
Assata T. became only the 2nd female (third overall) in Shorecrest history to win an individual state championship. With a 100m time of 12.12 (school record) she sprinted past the competition to bring home the coveted title of the "fastest woman in the state!”

Senior Jeremy Reiskind Named to the FHSAA Academic All-State Team
Jeremy Reiskind is one of 24 graduating seniors in the state recognized for excellence in both athletics and academics by being named to the FHSAA Academic All-State Team.

Junior Alex G. Swims on National Swim Team
Alex G. is swimming on the Maccabi USA National Swim Team that includes swimmers from club level to Olympic. Alex previously swam as member of the Maccabi USA Junior National Team. Alex will swim in the 19th Maccabi World Games in July. This event happens every four years and is the third largest sporting event in the world.

Alex Horden: FHSAA Student Advisory Council
Senior Alex Horden represented Shorecrest at the FHSAA student advisory council. Only a handful of high school students from across the state of Florida represent the FHSAA.

All Star Football Players: Garrett Schulte and Jake Kohler
Seniors Garrett Schulte and Jake Kohler were selected to play in the Pinellas County All Star football game on Thursday, Dec 12. They played a great game for the South team, which defeated the North 23-20.

Fifth Place Finish at Nationals for Brendan Shanahan
Senior Brendan Shanahan competed in the Singlehanded Sailing Championships against top high school sailors across the country. Eighteen races were sailed over the two-day event in Long Beach, CA, and Brendan finished in 5th place.

Junior Alex E. Named Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year
Tampa Bay Times named Alex E. Female Runner of the Year. The Times cited her as "having won every big meet against county foes.” Alex won the District title and was the Region Runner-up and third at Class A State Meet, finishing with a Pinellas County record time.

Shorecrest Named Winner of the FHSAA Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award (CLASS 3A, SECTION 3)
The award, presented annually since 1991, is named in honor of FHSAA Commissioner Emeritus Fred E. Rozelle. It is presented to one school in each classification whose total sports program best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship as demonstrated by its coaches, players and spectators. Criteria for selection of the winners includes programs and activities implemented within the school and community to promote sportsmanship;the number and type of unsportsmanlike ejections; the number and type of exceptional sportsmanship reports; and the source of the nomination. Shorecrest will receive $500and will be presented with a commemorative plaque in the Fall for this honor.

 

Fall Sports Teams Championships 2012-2013

Golf – District Third Place, Regional Qualifier
Girls Bowling – District Runner-Up, State Qualifier
Girls Swimming & Diving – Bay Conference Champions, District Champions
Boys Swimming & Diving – Bay Conference Champions, City Champions, District Champions, Regional Runner-Up, 7th Place at State
Football – Bay Conference Champions
Girls Cross Country – Bay Conference Champions, City Champions, District Champions, Regional Runner-Up, 3rd Place at State
Boys Cross Country - District Champions

 

Winter Sports Teams Championships 2012-2013

Girls Soccer – Bay Conference Champions, District Champions, Regional Finalists
Boys Soccer – Bay Conference Champions, District Runner-Up, Regional Qualifiers
Boys Basketball – Bay Conference Champions, District Runner-Up, Regional Qualifiers
Competitive Cheerleading - 4th in State in 1A Large School Division

 

Spring Sports Team Championships 2013

Softball – Bay Conference Champions, District Champions, Regional Finalists
Girls Tennis – Bay Conference Champions
Boys Tennis – Bay Conference Champions, District Runner-Up, Regional Finalists

 

2012-2013 CHARGERS BY THE NUMBERS

679 - Number of student participants in the Intramural program
233 - Number of Presidential and National Fitness Award recipients
100 - percentage of student athletes college bound
80 - percentage of students participating in MD, JV or V sports
70 - Bay Conference All Stars
49 - Bay Conference Scholar Athletes
21 - Number of Shorecrest student athletes on TBT All Pinellas County Teams
20 - Triple Crown Award Winners (lettered in three or more Varsity sports during 2012-2013 school year)
11 - Number of seniors continuing their sports careers in college
10 - Bay Conference Championships
6 - District Championships
4 - Number of seniors on the Tampa Bay Times Pinellas County All-Academic Team (only 4 could be nominated)
3 - Number of consecutive Bay Conference All Sports Championships
2 - Final Four Appearances, Individual State Runner-Ups
1 - Individual State Champion, FHSAA All-Academic Team member, FHSAA Student Board member, FHSAA Academic Team Champions, Tampa Bay Times Scholar Athlete of the Year, Runner of the Year and Coach of the Year

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