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Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (6-1) at Bloomingdale (12-0), 7

The undefeated Bulls are in the state semifinals for the first time in school history. They are trying to do something no other Tampa Bay team (counties including Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas) has ever done: beat powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in the playoffs. 

Jesuit (13-0) at Plantation American Heritage (9-2), 7:30

The Tigers are in the state semifinals for the fifth time in the past six seasons. All five ended in losses to teams that went on to win state titles. Still, this might be the most complete team Jesuit has ever had in the semifinals, which could help reverse the trend. 

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Wharton (6-1) at Sickles (6-3), 6:30

Class 7A, District rivals meet for the first time this season. Both are on a roll. The Wildcats have won six straight while the Gryphons are on a three-game win streak. 

Girls basketball

Clearwater (7-3) at Lakewood (6-2), 7

This is a rematch from last season’s Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game the Tornadoes won. It could also be a preview of another meeting between the two in this season’s conference title game. 

Plant (6-0) at Steinbrenner (7-2), 8

The Class 7A, District 7 rivals are both ranked among the state’s top 16 in their class according to MaxPreps. The Panthers swept the series last season, winning both games by 50 or more points. 

Girls soccer

Palm Harbor University (4-1) at Plant (7-0), 6

The two area powerhouses are ranked among the top 12 in their classification, the top 30 in the state and the top 50 in the nation by MaxPreps. Don’t expect a lot of scoring. The team have allowed five goals — combined — all season. 

The schedules

Football

Class 8A state semifinal

Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas at Bloomingdale, 7

Class 5A state semifinal

Jesuit at Plantation American Heritage, 7:30

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Tampa Bay Christian at Bell Creek Academy, 4

Tampa SLAM at Elevation Prep, 6

King at Brandon, 6:30

Foundation Christian Academy at Ruskin Christian, 6:30

Blake at Sumner, 6:30

Durant at Newsome, 6:30

Wharton at Sickles, 6:30

Robinson at Middleton, 6:30

Plant at Steinbrenner, 6:30

Armwood at Strawberry Crest, 6:30

Lakeside Christian at Northside Christian, 6:30

Bloomingdale at East Bay, 6:30

Riverview at Lennard, 6:30

Chamberlain at Jefferson, 6:30

Mitchell at Freedom, 7

Tampa Bay Tech at Leto, 7

Spoto at Jesuit, 7

Westside Christian at Osceola, 7

Tarpon Springs at Dunedin, 7:30

Pasco at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Hernando Christian at Orlando First Academy, 7:30

River Ridge at Fivay, 7:30

Bayshore Christian at Cambridge Christian, 7:30

Nature Coast at Crystal River, 7:30

Zephyrhills Christian at Keswick Christian, 7:30

Countryside at Boca Ciega, 7:30

Central at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Zephyrhills at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

East Lake at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Indian Rocks Christian at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7:30

Parrish at Pinellas Park, 7:45

Seffner Christian at Clearwater, 7:45

Palm Harbor University at Hollins, 7:45

Largo at Gibbs, 7:45

Seminole at CFCA, 8

Plant City at Lakeland Kathleen, 8

Cypress Creek at Lakeland Christian, 8

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Winthrop College at Universal Academy, 4

Seven Rivers Christian at Lakeside Christian, 4

Canterbury at Seffner Christian, 4

Cambridge Christian at Brooks DeBartolo, 6

Weeki Wachee at Central, 6:30

Calvary Christian at Gulf, 6:30

Keswick Christian at Bradenton Christian, 7

Shorecrest at Northeast, 7

Land O’ Lakes at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

Tarpon Springs at River Ridge, 7:30

Zephyrhills at Pasco, 7:30

Citrus at Springstead, 7:30

Crystal River at Nature Coast, 7:30

Middleton at Strawberry Crest, 8

Boca Ciega at Clearwater, 8

Riverview at Spoto, 8

King at Tampa Bay Tech, 8

Lennard at Durant, 8

East Lake at Largo, 8

Gaither at Alonso, 8

Dunedin at Lakewood, 8

Seminole at Osceola, 8

Hillsborough at Wharton, 8

East Bay at Bloomingdale, 8

Palm Harbor University at Plant, 8

Plant City at Sumner, 8

Leto at Sickles, 8

Freedom at Armwood, 8

Girls basketball

Foundation Christian Academy at Ruskin Christian, 5

Bishop McLaughlin at Cambridge Christian, 5:30

Universal Academy at Winthrop College Prep, 5:30

Bell Creek Academy at Oasis Christian, 6

St. Petersburg Catholic at Indian Rocks Christian, 6

Hollins at Calvary Christian, 6

Northside Christian at Lakeside Christian, 6

Tampa Catholic at Academy of the Holy Names, 6

River Ridge at Hudson, 6:30

Land O’ Lakes at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Hernando Christian at Orlando First Academy, 6:30

Dunedin at Tarpon Springs, 7

Clearwater at Lakewood, 7

Wiregrass Ranch at East Lake, 7

Sarasota Booker at Countryside, 7

Weeki Wachee at Central, 7

Gulf at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Palm Harbor University at Alonso, 7:30

Hernando at Springstead, 7:30

Anclote at Mitchell, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at South Sumter, 7:30

Crystal River at Nature Coast, 7:30

Armwood at Strawberry Crest, 8

Wharton at Sickles, 8

Durant at Newsome, 8

Blake at Sumner, 8

Chamberlain at Jefferson, 8

Bloomingdale at East Bay, 8

Robinson at Middleton, 8

King at Brandon, 8

Plant at Steinbrenner, 8

Girls soccer

Brooks DeBartolo at Bishop McLaughlin, 2

Winthrop College Prep at Bishop McLaughlin, 4

Zephyrhills Christian at Northside Christian, 5

Universal Academy at Keswick Christian, 5

Keswick Christian at St. Petersburg Catholic, 5

Shorecrest at Northeast, 5

Orlando Bishop Moore at Berkeley Prep, 5

Dunedin at Lakewood, 6

Plant City at Sumner, 6

Steinbrenner at Venice, 6

Palm Harbor University at Plant, 6

Gaither at Alonso, 6

Leto at Sickles, 6

Lennard at Durant, 6

Freedom at Armwood, 6

Tarpon Springs at River Ridge, 6

King at Tampa Bay Tech, 6

East Bay at Bloomingdale, 6

Seminole at Osceola, 6

Hillsborough at Wharton, 6

Countryside at Calvary Christian, 6

Boca Ciega at Clearwater, 6

Riverview at Spoto, 6

Middleton at Strawberry Crest, 6

East Lake at Largo, 6

Central at Weeki Wachee, 6:30

Tampa Catholic at Academy of the Holy Names, 6:30

Springstead at Citrus, 7:30

Pasco at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Nature Coast at Crystal River, 7:30

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Schedule for Kevin Durant National Hoopfest released

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The Kevin Durant National Hoopfest series will make its way to the Tampa Bay area on Jan. 28-29.

The tournament, now being held at St. Petersburg High, is the last of four stops that have already been announced.

What makes the event noteworthy is that it matches teams from the area against nationally-ranked teams from across the country, giving fans a chance to root on their local school as well as check out players who will be playing for major colleges and NBA teams in the future.

Here is the schedule, which was released this weekend.

Jan. 28

AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.) vs. Ischool of Lewisville (Texas), 5

IMG Academy vs. Oldsmar Christian, 6:30

St. Pete vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 8

Jan. 29

Windemere Prep vs. Wasatch Academy (Utah), 1

Orlando Christian Prep vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 2:30

Oldsmar Christian vs. Ischool of Lewisville (Texas), 4

Tampa Catholic vs. AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.), 5:30

IMG Academy vs. St. Petersburg, 7

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Dillon Mitchell transfers to Montverde Academy

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Dillon Mitchell, a four-star recruit who helped Bishop McLaughlin reach the state final for the first time this past season, has transferred to boys basketball powerhouse Montverde Academy. 

Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 senior small forward, made the announcement Thursday night on his Twitter account. 

In 2017, Montverde was named the nation’s top basketball program of the decade by USA Today. Several current NBA players went there, including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and R.J. Barrett. Two more notable alumni, Oklahoma’s Cade Cunningham and and FSU’s Scottie Barnes, are expected to be among the top five picks in this year’s NBA draft. 

The ability to mold such high-profile stars prompted Mitchell to make the move. 

“They have developed great players to be successful at the next level,” Mitchell said of Montverde. “The competition is awesome,and being able to play against the best even at practice will help me become better. I believe it’s a great move.”

This is Mitchell’s third school in as many years. 

During the 2019-20 season, Mitchell played at Sickles, averaging 12.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game with the Gryphons.

He left this past season to attend Bishop McLaughlin, where he teamed with another four-star prospect, Emanuel Sharp, to form a dynamic 1-2 scoring punch. Mitchell (featured photo above by Willie Kelly) finished the season averaging 17.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while leading the Hurricanes to the Class 3A state final. 

Mitchell is rated fourth in the state and 29th nationally in the Class of 2022 by ESPN. He has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, FSU, Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.  . 

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FHSAA releases boys basketball class and district assignments

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The Florida High School Athletic Association released the classifications, districts and regions for boys basketball 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  boys basketball list click here.  

Class 7A, District 6

Alonso

East Lake

Palm Harbor University

Plant 

Sickles

Steinbrenner

Class 7A, District 7

Durant

Lakewood Ranch

Newsome

Plant City

Riverview

Class 6A, District 9

Gaither

Land O’ Lakes

Largo

Leto

Mitchell

Pinellas Park

Sunlake

Class 6A, District 10

Armwood

Hillsborough

Strawberry Crest

Tampa Bay Tech

Wharton

Wiregrass Ranch

Class 6A, District 11

Bloomingdale

Bradenton Manatee

Braden River

East Bay

Lennard

Palmetto

Sumner

Class 5A, District 5

Belleview

Citrus

Lake Weir

Lecanto

Leesburg

Ocala Vanguard

Springstead

Class 5A, District 6

Cypress Creek

Fivay

Gulf

Pasco, River Ridge

Wesley Chapel

Zephyrhills

Class 5A, District 8

Blake

Brandon

Freedom

Jefferson

Jesuit

King

Middleton

Robinson

Class 5A, District 9

Clearwater

Countryside

Hollins

Osceola

Seminole

Class 5A, District 10

Boca Ciega

Bradenton Bayshore

Bradenton Southeast

Northeast

St. Petersburg

Class 4A, District 9

Central

Crystal River

Hernando

Nature Coast

South Sumter

Weeki Wachee

Class 4A, District 10

Anclote

Chamberlain

Dunedin

Hudson

Tarpon Springs

Class 4A, District 11

Gibbs

Lakewood

Parrish

Sarasota Booker

Sebring

Wauchula Hardee

Class 3A, District 5

Bell Creek

Bishop McLaughlin

Brooks DeBartolo

Carrollwood Day

Seffner Christian

Tampa Catholic

Tampa Prep

Class 3A, District 6

Admiral Farragut

Berkeley Prep

Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic

Shorecrest

St. Petersburg Catholic

Class 2A, District 9

Academy at the Lakes

Classical Prep

Hernando Christian

Seven Rivers Christian

Zephyrhills Christian

Class 2A, District 10

Bayshore Christian

Brandon Academy

Cambridge Christian

Foundation Christian

Lakeside Christian

Universal Academy

Class 2A, District 11

Bradenton Christian

Bradenton Gulf Coast HEAT

Canterbury

Indian Rocks Christian

Keswick Christian

Port Charlotte Community Christian

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