BlueJacket Athletics Fall 2018 Recap: Volleyball, Swimming and Diving, Cross Country, Golf, and Football

Final results and recap for athletic teams that ended in the Fall season of the 2018-19 school year.

Volleyball:  Volleyball continued to make strides as an overall program from Middle School to Varsity. The team participated in the Panther Volleyball Showcase, winning the Bronze bracket, by defeating Southeast and Gulf Coast Heat. On Senior Night the girls celebrated a big win over Brooks Debartolo. The girls had record numbers this year, worked hard, and got better every day. We are proud of the way they progressed and are excited for next year.

Swimming and Diving:  The Farragut boys and girls swim team had an outstanding season. They all worked exceedingly hard, trusted the process and ended up with many personal bests throughout their time in the pool. The girl’s team ended with a 6-2 record and the boy’s team ended with a 4-3-1 record. Our team competed in districts, having five swimmers move on to regionals, and Jillian Aprile moved on to place in the state championship. The coaching staff is extremely proud of everyone and is looking forward to next season! Go BlueJackets!

Cross Country: Farragut Cross Country had a great season. The boy’s team won the Districts, finished 3rd in the Region, and placed 5th in the State! Philip Henderson placed 10th at States, as well as, won the overall District. Alex Fiorillo competed in the FACA All-Star Classic in Lakeland. During the regular season, these accolades also occurred: St. Petersburg City Championships 3rd, Dunedin Invite 3rd, Mitchell Invite 3rd, Bradenton Invite 5th, and the Big Pirate Invite 1st. The Boys JV team also had success with the St. Petersburg City Championships 2nd, and the Pirate Invite 4th.

For the girl’s team, Saria Oi had a great season finishing 5th at Districts and moved onto the Regional Meet in Gainesville. She also finished: 2nd in the Pirate invite, 5th at the St. Petersburg City Championships, and 6th at the Bradenton Invite.

Golf: The Farragut Golf Team had a great season. At practice, the boys worked hard every day and improved tremendously as the season progressed. The BlueJackets were in mid-season form by September; defeating Indian Rocks Christian and Shorecrest in back to back matches. The teams mid-season push is largely due to senior leadership from Eiki Matsuyoshi and Evan Schlifstein. Uriah Jenkins and Kyle Smith were both stellar all season for the BlueJackets. In practice, they pushed one another to compete at their best. Following a successful regular season campaign, Uriah and Kyle posted respectable numbers at the District Championship, good enough to qualify for the 2018 Regional Championship! The boys played some great golf but narrowly missed the cut to advance to the State Final. Both Uriah and Kyle will return for the 2019 season.

Football:  Farragut Football had a historic year capturing the 2A Region 3 Championship. On their path to the title game, they finished the regular season with an 8-1 record, with convincing victories over Indian Rocks Christian, Northside Christian, and St. Pete Catholic. This helped the Football team earn the number one seed in Region 3, as well as, a first-round bye. In the State Series, they defeated Cambridge Christian 40-14 as well as Seffner Christian Academy 20-7 for the Region Championship. They fell a little short in the State Semifinal game against Champagnat Catholic 20-24, finishing 10-2.  After the season, players received individual accolades: Psaveon Reaves was named FACA District 14 2A Player of the Year, Lorenzo Valencia and Psaveon Reaves were chosen to play in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Classic, Nick Manhertz was chosen to play in the Pinellas County All-Star Game.