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Girls basketball: Tuesday/Wednesday recap

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Major milestone

Northeast coach Will White won the 400th game of his coaching career against Hollins on Wednesday. 

This is White’s second job coaching girls basketball in the county. For eight seasons (2002-11) he coached at Boca Ciega, compiling a 193-45 record with six district championships and seven straight 20-win seasons. He also kept intact the Pirates’ streak of making the playoffs for 19 seasons, the third-longest streak in the state at the time. In three of his final four seasons, White led Boca Ciega to the state final four.

After stepping down in 2011, White took a four-month hiatus before taking over the Vikings. He inherited a Northeast program that averaged seven win per season during its existence and made the playoffs just once in 1986.

The Vikings have won at least 16 games in each of the last eight seasons under White. He also transformed the program into a consistent title contender with a rosters mostly of girls who have played their high school career with the Vikings.

Tuesday

Scoreboard

Indian Rocks Christian 60, Canterbury 32

Lakeside Christian 42, Academy at the Lakes 22

Carrollwood Day 83, Mount Dora Christian 14

Hernando Christian 56, Meadowbrook Academy 45

St. Petersburg Catholic 52, Northside Christian 13

Bishop McLaughlin 63, North Tampa Christian Academy 40

Sarasota Christian 55, Bell Creek Academy 23

Northeast 56, Calvary Christian 53

Hudson 31, Cypress Creek 22

Tampa Prep 51, McKeel Academy 44

Seffner Christian 70, Wesley Chapel 63

Nature Coast 42, Citrus 15

Academy of the Holy Names 57, Wiregrass Ranch 28

Seminole 30, Osceola 17

St. Petersburg 63, Hollins 54

Mitchell 55, Fivay 39

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s 66, Cambridge Christian 6

River Ridge 58, Gulf 53

Lecanto 68, Central 8

Largo 63, Dunedin 39

Hillsborough 59, Bloomingdale 48

East Bay 51, Leto 34

Chamberlain 41, Robinson 26

Wharton 47, Plant City 22

Strawberry Crest 66, Brandon 2

Durant 60, Lennard 21

Riverview 59, Gaither 9

Jefferson 59, Sumner 13

Prime time performers

G Ka’Yanti Burden, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Scored a team-high 13 points in a win over Northside Christian. 

G/F Grace Garvin, Fr., Academy of the Holy Names: Had 12 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

G Kimberly Guzman, So., Lakeside Christian: Finished with 23 points in a win over Academy at the Lakes.  

G/F Zanaliyah Hutchinson, Sr., Jefferson: Scored a team-high 31 points and had 11 steals in a win over Sumner. 

G/F Esther Jackson, Sr., Hernando Christian: Scored a team-high 25 points in a win over Meadowbrook Academy. 

G Meya King, Sr., Northeast: Led all scorers with 29 points in a win over Calvary Christian. 

G Maggie Lauber, So., Durant: Scored a team-high 28 points in a win over Durant. 

G Courtney Logan, Sr., East Bay: Scored a team-high 17 points in a win over Leto. 

F/G Arianna Mosley, So., Tampa Prep: Finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds in a win over McKeel Academy. 

G Isabella Prada, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin: Finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a win over North Tampa Christian Academy. 

G Marinique Reddin, Sr., Wharton: Led the Wildcats in scoring with 12 points in a win over Plant City. 

G Ava Stoller, So., St. Petersburg: Led the Green Devils with 36 points, including four 3-pointers, in a win over Hollins.  

Wednesday

Scoreboard

East Lake 65, Tampa Catholic 57

Brooks DeBartolo 77, American Collegiate 18

Northeast 46, Hollins 35

Leto 51, Gaither 19

Plant 68, Robinson 11

Durant 64, Sickles 14

Steinbrenner 55, Spoto 35

Lennard 45, Plant City 37

Prime time performers

F Kendal Cheesman, Sr., Plant: Finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in a win over Robinson. 

G Nyla Jean, Sr., Plant: Had 18 points and five steals in a win over Robinson. 

G Meya King, Sr., Northeast: Led all scorers with 20 points in a win over Hollins.

G Tamara Moragne, Sr., Northeast: Scored 14 points, including a half-court 3-pointer as the first half expired, in a win over Hollins. 

G Whitney Rush, Sr., East Lake: Led all scorers with 41 points in a win over Tampa Catholic. 

F Cameron Siler-Nixon, Jr., Steinbrenner: Had 10 points and eight rebounds in a win over Spoto. 

G/F Ayonna Simmons, Jr., Brooks DeBartolo: Finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in a win over American Collegiate. 

G Triniti Youngblood, Sr., Brooks DeBartolo: Scored 16 points and had seven steals in a win over American Collegiate. 

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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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Thursday sports schedule (Oct. 14)

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Volleyball

Sunlake (12-5) at Wesley Chapel (13-4), 6

The Seahawks, who have won four straight, try to maintain their streak against the Wildcats in a rematch from last week that Sunlake took in five sets. 

Palm Harbor University (14-8) at Mitchell (18-0), 6:30

The Mustangs have a shot at going undefeated in the regular season. To do that, Mitchell has get the Hurricanes, who have turned things around. 

St. Petersburg (15-8) at East Lake (16-7), 7

The Pinellas County Athletic Conference final is between teams with impressive streaks. The Green Devils have won seven straight while the host Eagles have won five in a row. East Lake has owned the series this season, sweeping its rival in the previous three meetings. 

Newsome (16-7) at Bloomingdale (11-5), 7:30

Both teams have won three straight heading into their regular season finale. 

The schedules

Volleyball

Solid Rock Christian at Grace Christian, 4:30

Zephyrhills Christian at Hernando Christian, 5

Hillsborough Baptist at Foundation Christian, 5

Tampa Prep at Ocala Trinity Catholic, 5:30

Oldsmar Christian at Elfers Christian, 5:30

Brandon Academy at Universal Academy, 6

Sunlake at Wesley Chapel, 6

Tampa Bay HEAT at Shorecrest, 6

Weeki Wachee at Hernando, 6:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Anclote, 6:30

Carrollwood Day at Calvary Christian, 6:30

Citrus at Nature Coast, 6:30

Palm Harbor University at Mitchell, 6:30

St. Petersburg Catholic at Sarasota Christian, 7

Zephyrhills at Gulf, 7

Gulf Coast HEAT at Tampa SLAM, 7

Seven Rivers Christian at Cambridge Christian, 7

Alonso at Freedom, 7

Crystal River at Springstead, 7

St. Petersburg at East Lake, 7

Central at Lecanto, 7:30

Sumner at Brandon, 7:30

Cypress Creek at Pasco, 7:30

Tampa Bay Tech at Gaither, 7:30

River Ridge at Hudson, 7:30

Riverview at East Bay, 7:30

Newsome at Bloomingdale, 7:30

Spoto at Durant, 7:30

Middleton at Leto, 7:30

Plant at Robinson, 7:30

Jefferson at Armwood, 7:30

Indian Rocks Christian at Countryside, 7:30

Swimming

Plant at Berkeley Prep, 5

Tampa Prep at Berkeley Prep, 5:30

Lennard, Riverview at East Bay (Apollo Beach), 6

Blake, Leto at Hillsborough (Copeland), 6

Spoto, Tampa Bay Tech at Plant City (Plant CityYMCA), 6

Freedom at Academy of the Holy Names, 6:30

Steinbrenner, Wharton at Robinson (Bobby Hicks), 6:30

Gaither at Middleton (Cyrus Green), 6:30

Spoto, Sumner at Jefferson (Interbay), 6:30

Brandon, Tampa Bay HEAT at Bloomingdale (High five), 7

Golf 

East Bay at Riverview (boys), 2

Hillsborough at Leto (boys), 2:30

Freedom at Jesuit (boys), 2:30

Alonso at Chamberlain (boys), 3

Sickles at Jefferson (boys/girls), 3

Steinbrenner at Gaither (boys), 3

Newsome at Plant City (boys), 3

Sumner at King (boys/girls), 3:30

Plant at Robinson (boys), 3:30

Berkeley Prep at Tampa Prep, 4

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Volleyball: Hillsborough County Top 15

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The top of the rankings stays the same heading into the final week of the regular season. But there was plenty of movement in the rest of the top 15.

1. Berkeley Prep (22-2)

Up next: Idle

Last spot: No. 1

Why they stayed put: The Buccaneers, ranked fifth in the nation, closed out the regular season on a 15-match win streak, including sweeps over Newsome and Tampa Bay HEAT last week. Berkeley Prep can now focus on the ultra-competitive Class 3A, District 5 tournament, which starts on Oct. 18. 

2. Steinbrenner (21-2)

Up next: Monday at Blake; Tuesday vs. Plant

Last spot: No. 2

Why they stayed put: The Warriors, ranked No. 3 in Class 7A, have won 10 straight matches, including a sweep over Alonso in their only match last week. Steinbrenner closes out the regular season with an anticipated matchup against Plant that could serve as a preview of the Class 7A, District 7 final. 

3. Plant (18-4)

Up next: Tuesday at Steinbrenner; Wednesday vs. Clearwater Central Catholic; Thursday at Robinson

Last spot: No. 3

Why they stayed put: The Panthers, the state’s top team in 7A according to MaxPreps, have won seven straight, all via sweeps. The match against Steinbrenner is not the only tough one this week. Plant also faces Clearwater Central Catholic on Wednesday. 

4. Tampa Prep (18-5)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay HEAT; Thursday at Ocala Trinity Catholic

Last spot: No. 4

Why they stayed put: The Terrapins are on a three-match win streak after sweeping Academy of the Holy Names last week. Two of Tampa Prep’s five losses this season have come against Berkeley Prep and Plant, both ranked ahead of the Terrapins. 

5. Riverview (13-3)

Up next: Monday at Leto; Thursday at East Bay

Last spot: No. 6

Why they moved up: After starting the season 1-3, the Sharks have won 12 straight matches, including sweeps over Robinson and Durant last week. Riverview will try to keep that streak going with matches against Leto on Monday and East Bay on Thursday to close out the regular season. 

6. Academy of the Holy Names (15-8)

Up next: Tuesday at Osceola

Last spot: No. 5 

Why they moved down: The Jaguars split their two matches last week, sweeping Tampa Bay HEAT and getting swept by Tampa Prep. Academy of the Holy Names travels to Osceola on Tuesday for its regular season finale. 

7. Newsome (15-7)

Up next: Tuesday at Tampa Bay Tech; Thursday at Bloomingdale

Last spot: No. 7

Why they stayed put: The Wolves won their only match last week, sweeping Lennard. Newsome finishes the regular season with matches against Tampa Bay Tech on Tuesday and Bloomingdale on Thursday. 

8. Wharton (13-7)

Up next: Tuesday at Strawberry Crest

Why they stayed put: The Wildcats swept King to extend their win streak to five. Wharton will maintain that streak when it travels to play Strawberry Crest in Tuesday’s regular season finale. 

9. Bloomingdale (11-5)

Up next: Thursday vs. Newsome

Last spot: No. 10

Why they moved up: The Bulls had a solid week, beating Strawberry Crest in five sets and sweeping Sumner to extend their win streak to three. Another challenge comes Thursday when Bloomingdale hosts Newsome in the regular season finale. 

10. Sickles (13-10)

Up next: Monday at Wiregrass Ranch; Tuesday at Gaither

Last spot: No. 9

Why they moved down: The Gryphons split their two matches last week, sweeping Blake and getting swept by Plant. That tough schedule will help Sickles stay competitive in the Class 7A, District 7 tournament that starts Oct. 18. 

11. Plant City (8-4)

Up next: Monday at Lennard

Last spot: No. 15

Why they moved up: The Raiders have won four of their last five matches, including a sweep over East Bay in their only match last week. Plant City finishes the regular season with a match against Lennard on Monday. 

12. Strawberry Crest (12-5)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Wharton

Why they moved down: The Chargers split their two matches last week, losing in five sets to Bloomingdale and sweeping Leto. Strawberry Crest hosts Wharton on Tuesday in the regular season finale. 

13. Freedom (8-2)

Up next: Tuesday at Hillsborough; Thursday vs. Alonso

Last spot: No. 13

Why they stayed put: Though the schedule has been light, the Patriots have played well. They beat Gaither in five sets in their only match last week. Freedom’s two losses came against Wharton and Strawberry Crest. 

14. Carrollwood Day (13-10)

Up next: Tuesday at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney; Thursday at Calvary Christian

Last spot: No. 12

Why they moved down: The Patriots split their two matches last week, sweeping Patel and getting swept by Bishop McLaughlin. All of Carrollwood Day’s losses this season have come against quality opponents. 

15. Tampa Catholic (12-10)

Up next: Tuesday at Shorecrest

Last spot: No. 14

Why they moved down: The Crusaders will try to snap out of their four-match losing streak when they travel to play Shorecrest in the regular season finale. 

On the bubble: Gaither (6-3) , Sumner (8-8), Cambridge Christian (12-10)

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