Follow-up of star athletes in Brevard County nationally and internationally:
Kelly Slater: The 47-year-old surfer and 11-time Cocoa Beach World Champion competed in the 37th edition of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in Hawaii and will try to overtake John John Florence at the Billabong Pipe Masters to represent the United States in the historic inauguration of surfing at the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
The three events, Hawaiian Pro, Vans World Cup of Surfing and Pipe Masters, run from November 13 to December 31. 20.
Florence has not competed since breaking his ACL in Brazil four months ago and is eighth in the WSL standings with 33,220 points. Slater is 10th with 30,090 points. Californian Kolohe Andino has already been tentatively called the first male surfer to represent the United States in Japan, but second place will be determined from the world rankings after the Pipe Masters, which Slater has won seven times.
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Jamel Dean: The former Cocoa High and Auburn star had his great chance to play an entire game as cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week when Carlton Davis reportedly suffered a hip injury before the game. The rookie, who had been used primarily on special teams, recorded his first five NFL tackles in a tough 40-34 overtime loss to Seattle, but was tagged for three of Russell Wilson’s five goals. Dean had four of six assists defended against Wilson.
But on Sunday, Dean made three big plays against Arizona, picking up a rare intercepted pass thrown by Kyler Murray late in the game to set up the winning touchdown in the Bucs’ 30-27 win. Murray previously set the NFL rookie record with 178 straight assists without getting one. Dean also fended off Murray’s latest pass attempt to save the win.
Drew Parrish: The former Rockledge High and Florida State star pitcher had such an impressive performance on his minor league debut this summer that he was previously invited to attend the Kansas City Royals’ training camp in Surprise, Arizona, 25 miles northwest of Phoenix. He was 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA for the rookie Burlington Royals (NC). Currently, he is back at FSU to prepare for his university degree.
Marco Dawson: The Merritt Island resident was on his way to an outstanding finish at the PGA Champions Tour season-ending event in Phoenix, the final stop of the Charles Schwab Cup qualifiers. He qualified among 36 finalists who advanced and finished tied for eighth at under 15, six strokes behind.
Bruce Bochy: The former Melbourne High and Brevard Community College (now EFSC) wide receiver recently retired as manager of the San Francisco Giants after leading the team to three World Series titles. Destined for the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bochy’s management record was 2,003-2,029 (.497) in 25 seasons with San Diego and San Francisco, and the .239 career hitter also walks away averaging at 1,000 stick in the World Series, dropping 1: 1 as a member of the Padres against Detroit in a decisive loss in Game 5 of the series in 1984.
Another manager of Brevard, Clint Howls, of Merritt Island was let go by the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 69-92 season. He has a career management record of 1,269-1,345 and a tie (0.485) with Colorado and Pittsburgh.
Chauncey Gardner Johnson: The Cocoa rookie played the first eight games for the New Orleans Saints, who had a 7-1 start before Sunday’s loss to Atlanta, and he had 16 tackles and two assists. The defensive back also has two assists defended in each of the last two games, against the Cardinals and Bears, replacing suspended PJ Williams (violation of drug policy).
Tre Nixon: The former Viera High star had two touchdown receptions in UCF’s 44-29 win over Houston a week ago and caught five passes for 78 yards on Friday night in a 34-31 loss to Tulsa. . He now has 41 catches for 705 yards (17.2 average) and seven touchdowns for the Knights (7-3).
Javian Hawkins: The former Cocoa High star of Titusville, who now plays for Louisville (5-4), received praise during his effort on national television against Miami on Saturday. He had 15 carries for 91 yards and a 40-yard reception in a 52-27 loss. A week ago against Virginia, he ran for 136 yards and scored twice (the last from 17 yards with 2:46 remaining) as the Cardinals won 28-21. He ranks 17th in the NCAA with 978 yards (5.4 per carry) and has scored six times.
Marcus Maye: The former Holy Trinity football star made 34 tackles, including seven assists, from his free position on the safety / center field for the New York Jets (2-7), who beat the Giants 34-27 Sunday.
Jawaan Taylor: The former Cocoa High and Florida star remains a reliable starter on the five-man starting offensive line in the right tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5), who traveled to London a week ago but have lost to the Texans 26-3. They had a week off on Sundays.
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