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Volleyball: Class 4A region quarterfinal breakdown

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2020 FHSAA Volleyball State Championships 4A FHSAA Girls Volleyball

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Region 2

Wesley Chapel (16-5) at Crystal River (6-9)

The Wildcats posted their second straight winning season and are in the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade. They are led by sophomore Chloe Danielson, who has a team-high 185 kills and 56 blocks this season. The Pirates last had a winning season in 2016. They got hot at the right time, beating South Sumter and Dunnellon in the District 5 tournament to secure a playoff spot. Crystal River senior Jordan Williams leads the team in kills with 134. 

North Marion (8-6) at Weeki Wachee (17-0)

After years of struggling, North Marion has turned things around with their third straight winning season. Brooke McConnell, a sophomore, leads the team in assists (142) and aces (46). The Hornets, who have been a consistent playoff contender, are off to their best start in school history. They have a balanced lineup with junior Kristen Pizzano leading the team in kills (261), junior Victoria Gray leading in digs (346) and senior Nicla Gentile leading in assists (662). 

DeSoto County (12-9) at Academy of the Holy Names (15-8)

The Bulldogs are back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. They are led by junior Adriana Barrera, who has a team-high 255 digs and 50 aces this season. The Jaguars, who made it to the state semifinals last season, are poised for another deep playoff run. They are currently ranked fourth overall in Class 4A and 30th overall in the state by MaxPreps. Kinsley Warbritton, a sophomore, leads the team in kills (186) and aces (34). 

Tarpon Springs (8-9) at LaBelle (12-9)

This is a rematch of a quarterfinal match the Spongers won last season. Tarpon Springs is in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Erika Spankus, a sophomore, leads the team in kills (153) and blocks (15) while junior Gabrielle Spankus leads in assists (147) and aces (38). The Cowboys are back in the playoffs after winning the District 8 title. Their top player is senior Janna Morrisey, who has a team-leading 280 kills and 230 digs this season.  

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Football: Friday night scoreboard

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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

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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

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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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