CHAMPS – AGAIN
Jesuit repeats as Class
2A State Champions
It took 71 years for a Hillsborough County school
to win a swimming State Championship.
The next one came a little more swiftly.
on Nov. 17 in Stuart, the second straight year the
Tigers have claimed the title.
breaking the county's seven-decade drought, Jesuit
third Jesuit sports team to win back-to-back State
The Tigers did it with a tremendous team effort
Robbie Shaffer '19, and Alex Caceres '19 earned the
Brendan Driscoll '19 once again was Jesuit's lone
individual State Champion. The Duke University
signee captured the 500 freestyle for the second
freestyle and swam a leg of the runner-up 400 free
Next year the Tigers will try to match 1997-98-
straight State titles.
22 JESUIT PERSPECTIVES • WINTER 2018-19
Eight Jesuit High School student-athletes
signed with the colleges of their
choice on November 14 at the annual
fall signing ceremony in the President's
Board Room at Jesuit.
at Jesuit, two more student-athletes signed
during the new football early
signing period. Established
football players a chance to
sign before the traditional
So on December 19 in Faber
prospects Larry Hodges ’19
(Miami) and Dane Belton ’19
a horde of family, friends,
classmates, and the media.
Belton, a safety, and Hodges,
a tight end, have been
centerpieces of a spectacular
run of success. The Tigers
head coach Matt Thompson,
with three Region Championships
and a trio of State
Belton and Hodges each
had dozens of scholarship
offers, and both are extraordinarily
versatile players who
performed at the highest
level in multiple positions,
excelling wherever the team
needed them. For example,
Belton also was Jesuit’s
punter, and Hodges handled
holds on PATs and FGs.
The eight November
Jimmy Clifford – baseball – Wesleyan University;
Brendan Driscoll – swimming – Duke University;
Brandon Incardona – baseball – Canisius College;
Kenny Lane – lacrosse – Salisbury University; Jeffrey
Masser – soccer – UNC Wilmington; Connor Murphy
– golf - Oglethorpe University; Trevor Stanley – soccer
– University of Tampa; and Max White – golf – Gardner
Driscoll led Jesuit to two State Championships and
Kendrick Torain '18 as Duke University student-athletes.
Clifford and Incardona helped Jesuit baseball earn its
program that has won two of the last three Division III
Masser signed with an emerging national power, as
UNC Wilmington advanced to the NCAA Division I
Soccer Tournament this year and was ranked in the
alma mater of Anthony Maccaglia '11, who won college
with Gardner-Webb, helped Jesuit golf to Region titles
three of the past four years.