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Plant volleyball coach Vanja Todorovic leaves after four seasons

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Plant volleyball coach Vanja Todorovic, who led the program to the state semifinals each of the past three seasons, has stepped down, athletic director Lauren Otero confirmed in an email on Wednesday. 

Todorovic went 91-25 in four seasons. The Panthers reached the region final every season and made it to the state title match once (2018) during his tenure. 

Midway through this past season, Plant went 3-4 during a seven-match stretch before turning things around during an impressive late season run. 

Otero said the school is hoping to have a new coach in place by January. 

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Baseball: Region final recap

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Class 7A

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Scoreboard

Durant 2, Kissimmee Osceola 1

Prime time performers

P/1B Alex Canney, Sr., Durant: Threw 2 ⅔ scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out five in a win over Kissimmee Osceola. 

P Sean Hermann, Sr., Durant: Pitched 4 ⅓ innings in relief, allowing four hits and one unearned run while striking out six in a win over Kissimmee Osceola. 

C/UTIL Dylan LaPointe, So., Durant: Hit a solo homer in the fourth inning that proved to be the difference in a win over Kissimmee Osceola.

Friday’s state semifinal schedule

Durant vs. Spruce Creek, 10

Class 6A

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Scoreboard

Bloomingdale 4, Naples Gulf Coast 3

Prime time performers

INF/P Gabe Garrett, Sr., Bloomingdale: Ended up 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored ain a win over Naples Gulf Coast.

OF Drake Harman, Jr., Bloomingdale: Went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a win over Naples Gulf Coast.

INF Colby Shelton, Jr., Bloomingdale: Finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win over Naples Gulf Coast.

Friday’s state semifinal schedule

Bloomingdale vs. Palm Beach Dwyer, 7

Class 2A

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Scoreboard

Sarasota Out-of-Door 4, Bishop McLaughlin 1

Mount Dora Christian 5, Seffner Christian 4 (eight innings)

Prime time performers

1B/P Dylan Cheeley, Sr., Seffner Christian: Went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in a loss to Mount Dora Christian.

OF Clay Odiorne, Sr., Seffner Christian: Hit a three-run homer in a loss to Mount Dora Christian.

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Baseball: Region final breakdown (7-6A, 2A)

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The baseball playoffs continue Saturday with region final games in Classes 7A-6A and 2A. Admission is $7. Here is the schedule with outlooks for each area game, as well as team leaders for each matchup.

Class 7A

Kissimmee Osceola (20-7) at Durant (21-5), 7

Cougars ace Sean Hermann threw 53 pitches in Wednesday’s region semifinal win over Sarasota Riverview. That means he needed just two days rest under the Florida High School Athletic Association’s pitch count policy and is available for the final. Durant, which has won eight of its last nine games, does have some momentum. The Kowboys are on a similar  late-season streak, winning 10 of their last 11. 

Team leaders

CategoryKissimmee OsceolaDurant
Batting averageBryan Avila .393Dylan LaPointe .397
RBIsJosean Sanchez 21Dylan Lapointe 22
Home runsJosean Sanchez 2Luke Scolaro 2
ERAManuel Lopez 1.14Sean Hermann 0.42
StrikeoutsManuel Lopez 72Sean Hermann 120

Class 6A

Bloomingdale (21-6) at Naples Gulf Coast (16-11), 7

The Bulls are in the region final for the first time since 2014. Bloomingdale got to this point by winning close games. Two of the Bulls’ last three wins were decided by a run. The Sharks are making their first region final appearance since 2017. They have won five straight thanks to stellar pitching and defense that has posted two straight shutouts and has allowed just four runs during that stretch. 

Team leaders

CategoryBloomingdaleNaples Gulf Coast
Batting averageDrake Harman .400Jean Cuello .328
RBIsMarlon Bowen 22Lorenzo Soto 13
Home runsColby Shelton 5Three players tied with one.
ERAJack Owens 0.92Matthew Geller 0.52
StrikeoutsDavid Eckaus 82Matthew Geller 68

Class 2A

Seffner Christian (19-4) at Mount Dora Christian (21-6), 7

The Crusaders are making their first region final appearance. They have won five straight, including the past four by seven or more runs. The Bulldogs are in the region final for just the second time. They have won 13 straight and keep getting better. In the last four games, Mount Dora Christian has outscored opponents by a combined 49-3. 

Team leaders

CategorySeffner ChristianMount Dora Christian
Batting averageDylan Cheeley .405Ty Quan Wiggins .486
RBIsAndrew Ura 22Collin Priest, Ty Quan Wiggins 31
Home runsSpencer Boynton, Andrew Ura 2Collin Priest 9
ERABen Cheek 0.25Cooper Chapman 1.54
StrikeoutsJoey Jensen 80Mekai Griffin 54

Bishop McLaughlin (20-7) at Sarasota Out-of-Door (21-3), 7

The Hurricanes are in the region final for the first time since 2017 and are one game away from reaching the state semifinals for just the third time in school history. Bishop McLaughlin’s success is due in large part to finding ways to pull through in close games. Of the Hurricanes’ nine straight wins, six were decided by two runs or less, including two that went into extra innings. 

Team leaders

CategoryBishop McLaughlinSarasota Out-of-Door
Batting averageAugie Mojica .409Logan Tribble .487
RBIsAndrew Duncan 18Carter Dierdorf 30
Home runsThree players tied with one.Tanner Fairchild 5
ERAEthan Burkhardt 1.20Carter Dierdorf
StrikeoutsTanner Boccabello 55Josh Cone 60

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Softball: Region final recap

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Class 6A

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Scoreboard

Mitchell 8, Venice 0

Viera 5, Durant 0

Prime time performers

INF Sydney Fowler, Jr., Mitchell: Threw a complete-game shutout and hit a two-run homer in a win over Venice.

Friday’s state semifinal schedule

Mitchell vs. Doral Academy, 11:15 a.m.

Class 5A

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Scoreboard

Land O’ Lakes 6, Palmetto 3

Prime time performers

P/3B/CF Mia Fields, Fr., Land O’ Lakes: Allowed four hits and three earned runs to go along with five strikeouts in a win over Palmetto.

SS Nehanda Lewis, Jr., Land O’ Lakes: Stole two bases and scored two runs against Palmetto.

P/UTIL Aliana Mercado, So., Land O’ Lakes: Went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over Palmetto.

Thursday’s state semifinal schedule

Land O’ Lakes vs. Pace-Middleburg winner, 2

Class 4A 

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Scoreboard

Hernando 4, Lake Region 3

Prime time performers

P/1B Ava Braswell, Fr., Hernando: Allowed eight hits and three runs (one earned) while striking out five in a win over Lake Region.

SS Solaris Genberg, Jr., Hernando: Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a win over Lake Region.

P/1B Olivia Townsend, Sr., Hernando: Powered the Leopards’ offense by going 2-for-4, including a two-run homer, in a win over Lake Region.

Thursday’s state semifinal schedule

Hernando vs. Plantation American Heritage, noon

Class 3A 

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Scoreboard

Academy of the Holy Names 5, Lakeland McKeel Academy 0

Prime time performers

SS Rachael Petrarca, Sr., Academy of the Holy Names: Hit a homer in a win over Lakeland McKeel Academy

P/3B/2B Bella Sardja, Sr., Academy of the Holy Names: Threw a five-hit shutout with six strikeouts.

3B/RF Maisi Sigler, Fr., Academy of the Holy Names: Hit a double and a homer to go along with an RBI and two runs scored in a win over Lakeland McKeel Academy.

Wednesday’s state semifinal schedule

Academy of the Holy Names vs. Westminster Christian, 2 p.m.

Class 2A

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Scoreboard

Canterbury 9, Fort Myers Evangelical Christian 3

Mount Dora Christian Academy 10, Seffner Christian 0

Prime time performers

P/2B Mackenzie Bergstrom, Jr., Canterbury: Ended up 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in a win over Fort Myers Evangelical Christian.

RF/2B Mya Bickford, So., Canterbury: Finished 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in a win over Fort Myers Evangelical Christian.

1B Alayah Pedersen, So., Canterbury: Went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in a win over Fort Myers Evangelical.

P/2B/3B Morgen Talley, 8th, Canterbury: Hit a two-run homer in a win over Fort Myers Evangelical Christian.

Wednesday’s state semifinal schedule

Canterbury vs. Westminster Academy, TBA

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