May 31, 2013 


Caroline Dailey, sr., Out-of-Door Academy

To her credit: Dailey seemed destined to cap a staggering career with a fourth state championship to cement her status as one of the best girls tennis player to come from this area before a knee injury derailed her in the state semifinal. Dailey won the girls individual singles title from the No. 1 position as an eighth-grader, freshman and sophomore. She stepped aside as a junior to focus on gaining a collegiate offer, which she did. Dailey's return to the Thunder tennis program this season witnessed the star lead ODA to the state tournament as a team. She racked up a 14-0 singles record and 8-0 doubles record.

Fast fact: During her career, Dailey earned two overall singles titles, competing against champions of other classes, to go with the three individual state championships.

Up next: Dailey is headed to the University of South Carolina to play tennis.

Honorable mention

Lakewood Ranch -- Ashley Bongart, soph.; Casey Rowe, sr.; Hannah Kneeland, sr.; Lindsey Rechcigl, sr.

Out-of-Door Academy -- Maria Ross, 8th.; Alana Sherman, frosh.; M'Balia Bangoura, frosh.; Savannah Sleight, sr.; Morgan Woods, soph.; Cheyenne Kerekes, sr.

Saint Stephen's -- Jennifer Sundstrom, sr; Annie Brey, frosh.; Hailey Nicklin, sr.; Danning Feng, frosh.; Lidia Kurgenov, sr.; Liyin Xu, jr.


Bernardo Sanson, sr., Saint Stephen's

To his credit: Sanson only played one season for the Falcons, but it was a memorable one. He ran through the regular season unbeaten and kept that form going into the postseason. He won twice at districts, two more matches in regionals and an additional two matches at the state tournament before losing for the first time to Florida State University-bound Jacob Albo in the No. 1 singles final.

Fast fact: Despite training at IMG Academy for what he hopes will be a pro career, Sanson is proud of his season as a Falcon.

Up next: Sanson is heading to the University of Dayton to play tennis.

Honorable mention

Saint Stephen's -- William DeQuant, sr.; Zach Bessette, soph.; Peter Moore, sr.; Brian Berdusco, 8th.


Gage Takacs, jr., Southeast

Weight class: 199

To his credit: Months after undergoing surgery in both knees, Takacs took home the gold at the Class 1A state meet. Takacs finished with a total lift of 670 pounds -- 355 in the bench, 315 in the clean -- to beat runner-up Phillip James of Bradford. James totaled 645. Takacs became the first Southeast boys lifter to win a state title under head coach K.C. Dunlop and the ninth male Seminole to win a state lifting title overall.

Fast fact: Takacs' favorite food is steak, and his favorite song is "Droppin' Plates" by Disturbed.

Up next: After losing most of his wrestling season to injury, Takacs plans on returning to the mat next year and winning a state title. He also plans on repeating as a state weightlifting champ and will be working on both sports over the summer.

Honorable mention

Cardinal Mooney -- Anthony Caiazzo, sr., 154 lbs.

Manatee -- Dylan Beauchamp, jr., heavyweight.

Southeast -- Thomas Wilkinson, sr., 169.


Brandon Carnes, sr., Manatee

To his credit: The sprinter excelled for the Hurricanes, returning to state for the third time. Carnes performed at a level that should get his name etched in the pantheon of Manatee greats.

Fast fact: The senior took third place in the 100-meter dash at the state meet with a time of 10.82 seconds, came in third in the 200 dash at 21.62 seconds and was a key cog in Manatee's 400 relay team that placed third.

Up next: Carnes is undecided about which college he will attend.

Honorable mention

Braden River -- Zac Durso, sr., pole vault.

Palmetto -- Josh Hicks, jr., sprints; Broddrick Waters, jr., sprints; Shaq Harris, sr., jumps, middle distance; E.J. Burston, sr., sprints; Jacquill Daniel, jr., sprints.

Manatee -- Derrick Calloway, sr., shot put; Darryl Brookins, jr., hurdles; Ja'Juan Pollock, sr., sprints; Daren Ardis, sr., sprints; Dentrell Muller, sr., sprints.

Southeast -- Keith Timmons, soph., sprints.

Cardinal Mooney -- Demardre Patterson, jr., sprints.

Out-of-Door Academy -- Tre Gregory, soph., pole vault.

-- Herald staff reports

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