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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

Boys soccer

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

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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

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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

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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

Rosters

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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