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Alonso (4-1) at Durant (3-0), 6:30

The Ravens, 11-16 last season, are already showing signs of rebounding thanks to their strong start. They face the undefeated Cougars, who have won two of their first three games by double digits. 

Jesuit (5-1) at Blake (4-0), 6:30

Last season, the Yellow Jackets pulled off the upset in the opening matchup between the two Class5A, District 9 rivals before the Tigers went on to win the next two, including the district title. 

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Largo (4-1-1) at Palm Harbor University (4-1-1), 8

Two of the top North Pinellas County teams meet with the winner still in contention for a spot in the conference title game in January. 

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Clearwater (6-3) at Bradenton Southeast (1-0), 7:30

The Tornadoes, 1-3 against non-Pinellas County opponents, are hoping to improve their record when they travel to face the Seminoles.  

Bloomingdale (4-1) at Tampa Bay Tech (2-0), 8

The Bulls’ solid start gets put to the test against the Titans, who are playing just their third game after quarantining the first week of the season because of a positive coronavirus test. 

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Largo (4-1-1) at Palm Harbor University (3-1), 6

The Packers (No. 10 in Class 6A) and the Hurricanes (No.8 in 7A) are both ranked among the top in the state in their respective classifications by MaxPreps. 

Clearwater Central Catholic (4-0-1) at East Lake (4-0-2), 6

The unbeaten Marauders,the state’s No. 3 ranked team in Class 3A according to MaxPreps, faces another undefeated team in the Eagles (No. 11 in 6A). 

The schedules

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Sunlake at Pasco, 6

Wharton at Armwood, 6:30

Alonso at Durant, 6:30

Sickles at Riverview, 6:30

Jefferson at Middleton, 6:30

Freedom at Strawberry Crest, 6:30

Sumner at Chamberlain, 6:30

East Bay at Hillsborough, 6:30

Bloomingdale at Tampa Bay Tech, 6:30

Brandon at Leto, 6:30

Steinbrenner at Plant City, 6:30

Spoto at Robinson, 6:30

Pinellas Park at Anclote, 6:30

Land O’ Lakes at Bishop McLaughlin, 6:30

Jesuit at Blake, 6:30

Admiral Farragut at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7

Gulf at Mitchell, 7:30

Sunlake at Pasco, 7:30

Hudson at Nature Coast Tech, 7:30

East Lake at Palm Harbor University, 7:45

St. Petersburg at Northeast, 7:45

Gibbs at Boca Ciega, 7:45

Tarpon Springs at Osceola, 7:45

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Dunedin at Pinellas Park, 6

Weeki Wachee at Hernando, 6:30

Nature Coast at Central, 6:30

Fivay at Anclote, 7

St. Petersburg at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Land O’ Lakes at Pasco, 7:30

Mulberry at Hudson, 7:30

Weeki Wachee at Hernando, 7:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Springstead at Lecanto, 7:30

Largo at Palm Harbor University, 8

Osceola at Boca Ciega, 8

Sickles at Riverview, 8

Countryside at East Lake, 8

Clearwater at Hollins, 8

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Tampa Catholic at Dunedin, 6

American Youth Academy at Cristo Rey Tampa, 6

Braden River at Brooks DeBartolo, 6

Gulf at Hudson, 6:30

Lakewood at Hollins, 7

Countryside at East Lake, 7

Clearwater at Bradenton Southeast, 7:30

Weeki Wachee at Hernando, 7:30

Gibbs at Largo, 7:45

East Bay at Hillsborough, 8

Sumner at Chamberlain, 8

Wharton at Armwood, 8

Spoto at Robinson, 8

Steinbrenner at Plant City, 8

Sickles at Riverview, 8

Bloomingdale at Tampa Bay Tech, 8

Jefferson at Middleton, 8

Gaither at King, 8

Alonso at Durant, 8

Brandon at Leto, 8

Girls soccer

Winthrop College Prep at Academy at the Lakes, 4

Osceola at Boca Ciega, 6

Robinson at Alonso, 6

St. Petersburg Catholic at Shorecrest, 6

Mitchell at Tarpon Springs, 6

Clearwater at Hollins, 6

Largo at Palm Harbor University, 6

Clearwater Central Catholic at East Lake, 6

Hillsborough at Blake, 6

Sickles at Riverview, 6

Central at Nature Coast, 6:30

St. Petersburg at Countryside, 7

Zephyrhills at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Lecanto at Springstead, 7:30

South Sumter at Gulf, 7:30

Hernando at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

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Former St. Petersburg star Serrel Smith Jr. commits to USF



For years, the USF men’s basketball program has tried to land a prized prospect from the bay area, extending offers to local stars such as Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox and Thomas Dziagwa, Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham and St. Petersburg’s Serrel Smith Jr..

All went elsewhere.

On Friday, one of those standouts decided to give the Bulls a chance. 

Smith Jr., who played two seasons at Maryland before transferring to East Tennessee State, announced on his Twitter page that he was committing USF.

The move comes exactly two weeks after Smith Jr. entered the transfer portal. This is Smith Jr.’s third school in as many seasons. Still, the latest stop gives the Bulls a homegrown star, something that has eluded the program for years. 

Only three other locals — Hudson’s Mark Calleja, Seminole’s Henry Beard and Oldsmar Christian’s Troy Holston, have made the USF roster in the past five seasons. Calleja and Beard were walk-ons. 

Smith Jr. was a coveted recruit who continued to receive interest from the Bulls a year ago when he transferred to East Tennessee State. 

“The way the transfer portal is now, players are constantly coming and going,” Green Devils coach Chris Blackwell Jr. said. “Their journeys are always evolving but eventually they end up playing where they should have been all along.

“I’m happy for Serrel. He’s back home, and it should be a good situation for him.”

During his two seasons at Maryland, Smith Jr. played sparingly, averaging 10 minutes and 2.6 points per game. Last season, Smith Jr. averaged seven points and 2.3 rebounds per game at East Tennessee State.   

He was a star throughout his high school career at St. Petersburg. As a senior, Smith Jr. was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 8A state player of the year after averaging 29. 3 points per game and helping the Green Devils reach the state semifinals for the third time in his four seasons with the program. 

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Tony Livingston transfers to King



Tony Livingston, a two-sport star who committed to Florida earlier this month, has transferred from Carrollwood Day to King. 

The rising senior will play football and basketball for the Lions. 

“We’re happy to have him for his last year,” said King basketball coach Chris Senoga-Zake, who previously coached at Carrollwood Day. “He’s grown a lot from the time I had him as a freshman and has been working hard this off season. I’m hoping we can change the culture at King and give him the opportunity to showcase his true talent on the court.”

Three weeks ago, Livingston became the first area player in the 2022 class to commit to the Gators. . 

Livingston (featured photo above courtesy of JJ Battle/Battle Tested Photography) is a 6-foot-6, 250 pound offensive tackle who is athletic enough to play tight end, too. The four-star recruit is rated as the 18th-best player in the state and 19-best offensive tackle in the nation in the 2022 class according to 247 Sports’ composite list.

Though Livingston’s primary sport is football, he also played a key role in helping Carrollwood Day’s basketball team win a district title and reach the Class 3A region semifinals. Earlier this month, Florida became the first school to extend offers to Livingston in both sports. 

He could end up playing both in college, much like his former Carrollwood Day teammate Mike Trigg plans to do at Southern California this coming fall.   

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City of Hoops Classic set for today



City of Hoops Classic 

Where: Bishop McLaughlin

When: Today

Schedule: Girls rising stars game, 2; Girls senior game, 3:30; 3-point/dunk contest, 5; Boys rising stars game, 6; Boys senior game, 7:30

Livestream: Florida Athletics Network


Boys senior game

Home team

G Ray Perry, St. Petersburg

F Jayven Millien, Riverview

F Ezereke Dawson, Plant City

G Dean Gabrelcik, East Lake

G Anthony Bittar, East Lake

G Mikey Shane, East Lake

F Trae Martin, Brooks DeBartolo

G Gavin Martinez, Cambridge Christian

G Oteman Delancy, Lakewood

Away team

G/F Mike Trigg, Carrollwood Day

G Mark Mulfinger, Berkeley Prep

G Christian Rolack, Robinson

G CJ Crews, Bayshore Christian

G Deon Brown, Bayshore Christian

F Tripp Burdgess, Alonso

F Matt Lentz, Durant

F/G Jaylen Wharton, Durant

G Ryan Weir, Jesuit

Boys rising stars

Home team

G Emanuel Sharp, Bishop McLaughlin

F Dillon Mitchell, Bishop McLaughlin

F Matthew Webster, Bishop McLaughlin

F/G Josh Watkins, Bishop McLaughlin

G Trent Scott, Alonso

G AJ Wright, Clearwater

G Braylon Jackson, Riverview

G CJ Lee, Clearwater

Away team

G Jason Jackson, Sarasota Riverview

F/G Tony Livingston, Carrollwood Day

G Javohn Thomas, Sickles

G George Kimble, Bishop McLaughlin

G Karter Knox, Tampa Catholic

F CJ Hawkins, Berkeley Prep

G Tristan Gross, Calvary Christian

G Kamrin Oriol, Admiral Farragut

Girls Senior Game

Home team

G O’Mariah Gordon, Braden River

G Cheyenne Stubbs, Braden River

G/F Adina Davis, Chamberlain

F Chimera Iloanya, Seffner Christian

G Jasmine Peaks, Tampa Bay Tech

F Jayla Murray, Tampa Bay Tech

F/G Tavi’yanna Habib, Armwood

G Courtni Demorest, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic

Away team

G Nyla Jean, Plant

F Kendal Cheesman, Plant

C/F Mya Lamar, Tampa Bay Tech

G Isabella Prada, Bishop McLaughlin

G Amarie Godwin, Brooks DeBartolo

G Triniti Youngblood, Brooks DeBartolo

F/G Brionna McClinton, Brooks DeBartolo

G/F Kassidy Jones, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic

Girls rising stars

Home team

G Jade Thompson, Tampa Bay Tech

G Sydney Shaw, Miami Country Day

G E’marie Lewis, Lady Drive Nation

F Nicole Carreno, Seffner Christian

F Amiya Evans, Tampa Bay Tech

G Arianna Mosley, Tampa Prep

Away team

G Olivia Delancy, Carrollwood Day

G Tanner Strickland, Plant

G/F Jaela Davis, Brooks DeBartolo

G/F Keyara Bromley, Armwood

G/F Tyra Kennedy, Hillsborough

F Leah Barnes, Carrollwood Day

G Ja’Leah Williams, Blanche Ely

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