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Volleyball: Class 6A region quarterfinal breakdown



2020 FHSAA Volleyball State Championships 6A FHSAA Girls Volleyball

The matchups

Region 2

Pinellas Park (8-4) at East Lake (18-8)

The Patriots, who won a combined two matches from 2016-17, have gone through a remarkable turnaround to make the playoffs. They are led by sophomore Ashlyn Going and senior Qniyah Swanigan. The Eagles, which made the region quarterfinals last season, are back in the playoffs after winning the District 7 title. Olivia Aniol leads East Lake in kills (272) and blocks (98). 

Sunlake (13-3) at St. Petersburg (12-3)

This is a rematch of last year’s region quarterfinal match the Green Devils swept in three sets. The Seahawks, who started the season 9-0, have lost three of their last seven matches. They will rely on junior Kylie Ciani (team-high 208 kills and 50 blocks) and senior Brette Haymann (team-high 177 kills and 29 aces) to get back on track. St. Petersburg, which reached the region semifinals last season, will host after winning the District 8 title. Nicole Robison leads the Green Devils in digs (230) and aces (25). 

Region 3

Armwood (3-10) at Hillsborough (13-1)

The Terriers swept the only regular season meeting (25-9, 25-12, 25-15) between the programs this season. The Hawks, who had won just three matches during the regular season, had the No. 1 seed in District 10 based on a blind draw and received a bye in the semifinals to automatically qualify for the playoffs. The Terriers come in with some momentum after winning four straight matches, including the District 9 final.   

Leto (10-5) at Plant City (12-2)

The Falcons have gone through a remarkable transformation. After going a combined 1-38 from 2016-18, Leto showed considerable improvement by winning eight matches last season and now boasts a winning record and a playoff berth. A big reason for the success has been the play of sophomore Sage Sharp, who leads the Falcons in kills (95) and blocks (70). The Raiders ended a 40-year title drought by sweeping Armwood in the District 10 final. Plant City has a balanced lineup, so much that five different players lead the team in each of the major statistical categories. Mallory Smith, a junior, has been the biggest go-to player on offense with 110 kills while fellow junior Bailey Blanton is a force at the net with 21 blocks. 

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Football: Friday night scoreboard



Final Tampa Bay Tech 21, Wharton 12

Final St. Petersburg Catholic 47, Bishop McLaughlin 15

Final Gibbs 50, Gulf 21

Final Countryside 28, Sunlake 7\

Final Berkeley Prep 49, New Orleans Newman 24

Final Zephyrhills Christian 30, Bradenton Christian 7

Final Boca Ciega 28, Seminole 21

Final Lakeland Christian 38, Calvary Christian 13

Final Clearwater 48, Tarpon Springs 7

Final Clearwater Central Catholic 56, Kissimmee Gateway 0

Final Northeast 21, Hollins 20

Final Sumner 14, Braden River 10

Final Legacy Charter 21, Indian Rocks Christian 14

Final Mount Dora Christian 48, Keswick Christian 0

Final Seffner Christian 62, St. Joseph Academy 16

Final Zephyrhills 35, Nature Coast 0

Final Largo 25, Sickles 7

Final Osceola 48, St. Petersburg 9

Final Steinbrenner 35, Chamberlain 21

Final Carrollwood Day 42, Cambridge Christian 7

Final Tampa Catholic 38, Winter Haven 0

Final Land O’ Lakes 36, Pasco 0

Final Jesuit 44, Blake 0

Final Armwood 41, Wiregrass Ranch 11

Final Palmetto 23, Bloomingdale 3

4th Q Alonso 52, Robinson 17

Final Plant City 31, Plant 24

Final Wesley Chapel 44, Hudson 6

Final Newsome 55, Riverview 7

Final Pinellas Park 46, Palm Harbor University 0

Final Fivay 27, Freedom 25

Final Bradenton Manatee 29, East Bay 13

Final Dunedin 48, Anclote 22

Final Spoto 46, Brandon 0

Final Durant 49, Middleton 6

Final Cypress Creek 43, Weeki Wachee 0

Final Lennard 33, Jefferson 31

Final Gaither 48, Leto 7

Final McCallie (Tenn.) 47, Clearwater Academy 14

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The Hillsborough County Football Player of the Week



LB/S Cole Highsmith, Jr., Plant City

After becoming a starter as a sophomore last season, Cole Highsmith took on a more prominent role as one of the leaders of Plant City’s defense. 

He took on that task by making play after play. 

This season, Highsmith has recorded 73 tackles and six sacks. Those totals already surpassed what he ended up with last year. 

Against Bloomingdale two weeks ago, Highsmith had 13 tackles, two sacks and an interception to lead the Raiders to victory. 

Fans paid attention. Highsmith received 50 percent of the votes (746) in the Hillsborough County football player of the week poll to beat out Wharton’s Daveon Crouch, who had 25 percent (376 votes). 

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Thursday night football forecast



Seffner Christian (2-3) at St. Petersburg Catholic (3-3), 7

After starting 2-0, the visiting Crusaders have lost three straight. The host Barons, meanwhile, have rebounded from a 1-2 start to win two of their last three games. 

Putnam’s prediction: St. Petersburg Catholic 30-28

Gibbs (3-3) at Tarpon Springs (3-3), 7

An important Class 5A, District 10 game for both teams not only to stay in the mix for a title but also to get above .500 for the season. 

Putnam’s prediction: Gibbs 34-21 

Clearwater (5-1) at Anclote (1-5), 7:30

The Tornadoes have won five straight and are the clear favorite to the Class 5A, District 10 title. The host Sharks are on a two-game losing streak. 

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 42-7

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