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Boys soccer: Tuesday/Wednesday recap





Foundation Christian Academy 8, Zephyrhills Christian 0

Cambridge Christian 3, Bell Creek Academy 1

Brooks DeBartolo 10, Universal Academy 2

Plant City 3, Riverview 2

Strawberry Crest 6, Hillsborough 2

Bloomingdale 5, Durant 2

Freedom 4, Tampa Bay Tech 2

Lennard 5, Sumner 1

Wharton 7, Chamberlain 1

Newsome 5, Spoto 0

Middleton 1, King 0

Sickles 2, Gaither 1

Tampa Catholic 8, Tampa SLAM 0

Calvary Christian 1, Berkeley Prep 0

Tampa Prep 3, Clearwater Central Catholic 1

Fivay 2, Pasco 2

Boca Ciega 9, Gibbs 1

St. Petersburg Catholic 1, Indian Rocks Christian 1

Shorecrest 7, Sarasota Out-of-Door 1

Keswick Christian 4, Northside Christian 0

Seffner Christian 8, Sarasota Christian 0

Hollins 7, Pinellas Park 5

Prime time performers

F Javaun Barracks, Sr., Middleton: Had the lone goal of the match to beat King. 

F Jose Garcia-Calixtro, Sr., Lennard: Scored two goals in a win over Sumner. 

F/MF Stephen Gilbert, So., Newsome: Finished with two goals in a win over Spoto.

F/MF Braden Harris, Sr., Boca Ciega: Led the Pirates in scoring with two goals and an assist in a win over Gibbs. 

F/MF Graham Hughes, Sr., Calvary Christian: Had the lone goal of the match to beat Berkeley Prep. 

F Nico Leone, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Led the Crusaders in scoring with three goals and an assist in a win over Tampa SLAM.  

MF Tai Mai, Sr., Hollins: Finished with three goals and three assists in a win over Pinellas Park. 

F/MF Mohammed Hijaz, Sr., Newsome: Scored three goals in a win over Spoto. 

F Austin Moore, Sr., Hollins: Scored four goals in a win over Pinellas Park. 

F Brendan Norgaard, Fr., Wharton: Had four goals and two assists in a win over Chamberlain. 

F/MF Jared Nowak, Jr., Fivay: Scored two goals in a tie with Pasco. 

F Jack O’ Leary, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Scored two goals and had an assist in a win over Tampa SLAM. 

F Caleb Rogers, Sr., Keswick Christian: Scored two goals against Northside Christian, bringing his career total to 74, second-most in school history.  

F Tristan Ruiz de Somocurcio, Jr., Tampa Prep: Had two goals in a win over Clearwater Central Catholic. 

F JT Thomas, Jr., Shorecrest: Scored two goals in a win over Sarasota Out-of-Door. 

F Max Warburton, Jr., Shorecrest: Finished with two goals in a win over Sarasota Out-of-Door. 



Winthrope College Prep 4, Pepin Academy 4

East Bay 6, Brandon 0

Leto 2, Plant 2

Robinson 6, Jefferson 1

Bishop McLaughlin 4, Hudson 0

Nature Coast 8, Hernando 1

Jesuit 2, Bloomingdale 0

Wiregrass Ranch 2, Seminole 1

Tampa Catholic 5, Newsome 1

Lakewood 4, Admiral Farragut 2

Countryside 3, Sunlake 3

Gulf 2, Clearwater 1

Weeki 3, Citrus 1

Crystal River 9, Springstead 1

Land O’ Lakes 5, Carrollwood Day 2

Largo 2, St. Petersburg 0

Osceola 6, Cypress Creek 4

East Lake 2, Steinbrenner 1

Prime time performers

F/MF Evan Araujo, Fr., Winthrop College Prep: Scored three goals in a win over Pepin Academy. 

F/MF Logan Culver, Jr., Winthrop College Prep: Scored three goals in a win over Pepin Academy.

D Thomas DiFrank, Jr., Nature Coast: Had three goals and three assists in a win over Hernando. 

F Riley Duebel, Jr., Osceola: Scored two goals in a win over Cypress Creek. 

GK Phillip Falcon III, So., Jesuit: Recorded four saves to preserve shutout in win over Bloomingdale.

F Connor Hutchinson, So., Land O’ Lakes: Scored two goals and had an assist in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

MF Drew Kelly, Sr., Nature Coast: Had three goals and two assists in a win over Hernando. 

F/MF Jack Miller, So., Bishop McLaughlin: Had two assists in a win over Hudson. 

F John Paul Pennella, So., Land O’ Lakes: Finished with two goals in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

MF Jacob Spengler, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Scored two goals in win over Newsome.

F Ethan Sterberg, Sr., Sunlake: Led the Seahawks in scoring with two goals in a tie with Countryside. 

D Gavin Swartzwelder, Jr., Lakewood: Finished with two goals in a win over Admiral Farragut. 

F/D Marcello Valbuena, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Scored two goals in a win over Newsome. 

F Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola: Led the Warriors in scoring with three goals in a win over Cypress Creek. 

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Soccer: Marcello Valbuena and Quinn Ryan are Alvarez honorees



Tampa Catholic’s Marcello Valbuena and Plant’s Quinn Ryan were named Alvarez award winners as the top boys and girls soccer players, respectively, in Hillsborough County. 

The award presentation, now in its 37th year, was held during a dinner ceremony on Tuesday.

Valbuena became the first player from Tampa Catholic to win the Jose A. Alvarez award as the top boys player.

The University of Tampa signee, who decided to play high school soccer for the first time after spending years at the club level, took top honors after finishing the season with 36 goals and five assists. In the 3A state title match, the senior forward connected on two goals within an eight-minute span to give Tampa Catholic its first lead, one that would last the rest of the match to secure the Crusaders’ first state title in boys soccer.  

“Marcello is the type of person who makes players around him better and the type of player  coaches dream about coaching,” Tampa Catholic coach Kevin McCarron said. “Prior to this year he had always been a center back in a defensive role. But our team needed someone to step up and play forward this year, and he did without hesitation.”

Valbuena has already been named the 3A player of the year and Mr. Soccer, the two awards given to the top boys player in each class and the overall winner in the sport by the Florida Dairy Farmers. He also was selected as the Gatorade state player of the year. 

Ryan won the Janet Alvarez award as the top girls player. It is the first time a player from Plant took top honors since Caroline Bado won the award in 2013. 

As a senior midfielder, Ryan led the Panthers to an 18-2 record and a state semifinal appearance. The USF signee scored a team-high 33 goals, including six in the region finals, and had nine assists. 

“Quinn has vision of play like no other,” Plant coach Alex Venegas said. “She has plenty of anticipation and is quick to the ball. As a striker and forward she has proven that once she has the ball on her feet it’s a sure score and why also name top scorer for two years in the county.”

Ryan’s performance helped her receive plenty of recognition. She was selected to the Western Conference team and was named the Class 7A state player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

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FHSAA releases boys soccer class and district assignments



The Florida High School Athletic Association released the classifications, districts and regions for boys soccer this coming season. The assignments are based on student enrollment numbers from October 2020. This is a one-year cycle that the FHSAA board of directors voted on. There likely will be a two-year cycle starting with the 2022-23 calendar year. The classifications and districts for the other sports will be released at a later date. Below is the list for area teams. For the full  boy soccer list click here.  

Class 7A, District 6


East Lake

Palm Harbor University




Class 7A, District 7


Lakewood Ranch


Plant City


Class 6A, District 9


Land O’ Lakes




Pinellas Park


Class 6A, District 10



Strawberry Crest

Tampa Bay Tech


Wiregrass Ranch

Class 6A, District 11


Bradenton Manatee

East Bay




Class 5A, District 5





Ocala Vanguard


Class 5A, District 6

Cypress Creek




River Ridge

Wesley Chapel


Class 5A, District 8






Class 5A, District 9







Class 5A, District 10

Boca Ciega

Bradenton Bayshore

Bradenton Southeast



St. Petersburg

Class 4A, District 9




Nature Coast

South Sumter

Weeki Wachee

Class 4A, District 10







Tarpon Springs

Class 3A, District 5

Bell Creek

Brooks DeBartolo

Carrollwood Day

Lakeland Christian

Tampa Catholic

Tampa Prep

Class 3A, District 6

Berkeley Prep

Bishop McLaughlin

Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic

St. Petersburg Catholic

Class 2A, District 9

Academy at the Lakes

Bayshore Christian

Cambridge Christian


Seven Rivers Christian


Class 2A, District 10

Admiral Farragut

Bradenton Christian

Bradenton St. Stephens

Indian Rocks Christian

Keswick Christian

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PCAC boys soccer teams announced



Here are the Pinellas County Athletic Conference boys soccer teams. The players are from public schools in the county. The selections were made by the coaches. 

North division

First team

GK Shane Dever, Sr., Seminole

F Fernando Vargas-Reyes, Sr., Clearwater

F Jacob Rocha, Sr., Countryside

F Feliks Muka, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Brennan Ortega, Sr., Clearwater

MF Michael Gomes, Sr., Seminole

MF Logan Koster, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Vikrame Karkare, Sr., Largo

D Jose Pena, So., Clearwater

D Peter Michael, Sr., Countryside

D Julian Zeqiri, Sr., Countryside

D Andrew Ovalle, Sr., Seminole

Second team

GK Aheron Hirsch, Sr., Palm Harbor University

F Trevor Armstrong, Largo

F PJ Slaughter, Seminole

F Emone Barazza, Countryside

MF Danylo Akymenko, Countryside

MF Junior Maye-Ocana, Sr., Clearwater

MF Rennie Crookston, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Adam Lim, Largo

D Sebastian Vivanco, So., Clearwater

D Ty Lim, Sr., Largo

D Luke Kennedy, Sr., Palm Harbor University

D Mihailo Poljcic, Jr., Palm Harbor University

South division

First team

GK Colin Roberts, Sr., Osceola

F Omar Chafchaouni, Jr., Northeast

F Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola

F Gavin Swartzwelder, Jr., Lakewood

MF Syed Haddak, Jr., Northeast

MF Riley Pinney, Sr., Northeast

MF Alex Flores, Sr., St. Petersburg

MF Owen Noyes, Sr., St. Petersburg

D George Nikolaev, Sr., Lakewood

D Landon Levering, Sr., Osceola

D Max Bernhart, Sr., Lakewood

D Tom Precious, Sr., Northeast

Second team

GK Aidan Barnes, Jr., Lakewood

F Braden Harris, Sr., Boca Ciega

F Riley Duebel, Jr., Osceola

F Jornell Channer, Sr., St. Petersburg

MF Jake Beresford, Jr., Osceola

MF Kyle Conde, So., Lakewood

MF David Silvers, Sr., Lakewood

D Luka Savic, Sr., St. Petersburg

D Javier Santander, Jr., Northeast

D Aiden Beresford, Jr., Osceola

D Caleb Fruland, Sr., St. Petersburg

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