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Gulf Coast Eight Conference softball teams announced

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The Gulf Coast Eight Conference, which is made up of county public schools in Citrus and Hernando, announced their softball team. Seven players from Hernando County were first-team selections. Nature Coast, which was 9-0 before the season was cut short, was well-represented with three selections, as well as the player and coach of the year. 

Player of the year

P Alyssa Kelly, Sr.,Nature Coast

Though the season was reduced to nine games, Kelly put together a strong start that was tough to match. The Sharks’ ace was dominant, starting — and winning — every game. The Daytona State signee also had a 1.11 ERA and 63 strikeouts.  

Coach of the year

Jug Olmstead, Nature Coast

No team in the conference was off to better start than the Sharks. Not only was Nature Coast undefeated (9-0), but it outscored opponents by a combined 97-11. 

RELATED: Saluting Nature Coast’s softball seniors

First team

P Alyssa Kelly, Sr., Nature Coast

Stats: 9-0, 1.11 ERA, 63 Ks

P Kayla Bilby, Fr., Lecanto

C Raquel Camuglia, Jr., Springstead

Stats: .727 avg., 7 RBIs, 2 HRs

1B Lexi Lendo, Jr., Nature Coast

Stats: .500, 15 RBIs, 2 3Bs

2B Shyanne Waller, Jr., Citrus

Solaris Genberg

SS Solaris Genberg, So., Hernando

Stats: .469 avg., 8 RBIs, 3 2Bs

3B Alexis Frederick, Sr., Citrus

Sydney Cline

OF Syndey Cline, Fr., Hernando

Stats: .536 avg., 13 RBIs, 2 2Bs

OF Molly Bender, So., Citrus

Morgan Johnson

OF Morgan Johnson, Sr., Nature Coast

Stats: .471 avg., 12 RBIs, 2 3Bs (nine games)

UTIL Hannah Rizzuto, Sr., Springstead

Stats: .462 avg., 4 RBIs, 4 2Bs (seven games)

Honorable Mention

Central: Ariyanna Eliopoulos, Hannah Morris

Citrus: Miranda Wilson , Ashton Lewis

Crystal River: Emma Ward, Caliann Rogers

Lecanto: Elizabeth Bochert, Bekkah Adams

Hernando: Hannah Taylor, Taliyah Dowdell

Nature Coast: Jailene Gonzalez, Tori Ratigan

Springstead: Tiana Stefanic, 

Weeki Wachee: Madison Moran

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The PTP girls lacrosse players of the week

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The fans’ pick

Avery Smith, So., Cypress Creek

As a freshman last year, Avery Smith had quite a debut, scoring 50 goals in an abbreviated 10-game season. 

The scoring continued this year, so much that Smith compiled 150 points in her high school career before her sophomore season ended. 

Entering last week, Smith ranked second in the area in goals (71) and points (90) to help the Coyotes earn the No. 1 seed in the Class 1A, District 5 tournament. She added to her total by scoring 11 more goals in three games to lead Cypress Creek to a district title. 

Fans took notice. Smith received more than 60 percent of the votes (3,141) to beat out Steinbrenner’s Taylor Lapointe (1,311 votes). 

The PTP pick

Chloe Norman, Jr., Land O’ Lakes: Led the area in goals with 88 entering the week and finished the season with 100. 

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The PTP boys lacrosse players of the week

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The fans’ pick

Nicholas Vreeland, Jr., Cypress Creek

Whenever Cypress Creek needs offensive production, it can turn to Nicholas Vreeland. 

The Coyotes’ go-to player has been consistent at putting the ball through the net. He has scored at least two goals in every game and has racked up five or more eight times this season. 

That helped Vreeland put up some impressive numbers. He finished the season with 67 goals, which currently leads the area and ranks third in the state and fourth in the nation.

Fans were impressed. Vreeland received more than 52 percent of the votes (6,531) to beat out Newsome’s Luke Haley, who had 37 percent (4,660 votes).

The PTP pick

Luke Haley, Jr., Newsome: Led the area in points with 106 and assists with 50 entering last week. 

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Saturday sports schedule

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What to watch

Berkeley Prep (18-3) at Jesuit (20-1), 1

Both teams are ranked among the top seven in the state in their respective classifications by MaxPreps (the Buccaneers are No. 7 in 3A and the Tigers are No. 1 in 5A). 

The schedules

Baseball

Shorecrest at Canterbury, 10

Jefferson at Newsome, 10

Steinbrenner at Durant, 10

Strawberry Crest at Hillsborough, 11

Clearwater at IMG Royal, 12

Freedom at King, 1

Lennard at Leto, 1

Mitchell at IMG Gray, 1

Berkeley Prep at Jesuit, 1

Softball

Naples Longshore Tournament

Calvary Christian vs. Immokalee, 10:30

Calvary Christian vs. Naples Barron Collier, 12:30

Doral Academy vs. Sickles, 12:30

Other games

Middleton at Durant, 10

Spoto at Tampa Bay Tech, 10

Wesley Chapel at Academy of the Holy Names, 12

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