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Girls basketball: Weekend roundup





Lakewood 55, Clearwater 41

Foundation Christian Academy 34, Ruskin Christian 30

Winthrop College Prep 34, Universal Academy 32

Bishop McLaughlin 63, Cambridge Christian 5

St. Petersburg Catholic 30, Indian Rocks Christian 29

Academy of the Holy Names 67, Tampa Catholic 32

Calvary Christian 63, Hollins 27

Bell Creek Academy 45, Oasis Christian 18

Land O’ Lakes 49, Cypress Creek 8

Hernando Christian 54, Orlando First Academy 21

Sarasota Booker 49, Countryside 38

Tarpon Springs 51, Dunedin 39

East Lake 61, Wiregrass Ranch 57

Zephyrhills 68, Gulf 16

Crystal River 58, Nature Coast 28

Hernando 56, Springstead 32

Mitchell 68, Anclote 43

River Ridge 58, Hudson 17

Palm Harbor University 45, Alonso 37

Wesley Chapel 57, South Sumter 16

Robinson 38, Middleton 36

Plant 77, Steinbrenner 20

King 35, Brandon 9

Wharton 46, Sickles 32

Jefferson 35, Chamberlain 22

East Bay 42, Bloomingdale 30

Durant 34, Newsome 32

Prime time players

F/C Lillian Barnes, Sr., Alonso: Had 20 points and five rebounds in a loss to Palm Harbor University. 

F Kendal Cheesman, Sr., Plant: Finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and five steals in a win over Steinbrenner. 

F/G Sy Crowley, Jr., Hernando: Led the Leopards with 19 points, six steals and five rebounds in a win over Springstead. 

F Tegan Drinkwater, Fr., Academy of the Holy Names: Scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win over Tampa Catholic. 

G Liv Fuller, So., Clearwater: Had 13 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Lakewood. 

F/G Esther Jackson, Sr., Hernando Christian: Finished with a team-high 19 points in a win over Orlando First Academy. 

G Nyla Jean, Sr., Plant: Had 20 points and seven steals in a win over Steinbrenner. 

F/G China Jenkins, Jr., Lakewood: Recorded 10 points, eight rebounds and eight steals in a win over Clearwater. 

G Maggie Lauber, So., Durant: Scored a team-high 13 points in a win over Newsome. 

G Maya Llanes, Jr., Zephyrhills: Led the Bulldogs with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and five assists in a win over Gulf.

G Courtney Logan, Sr., East Bay: Had 18 points and five rebounds in a win over Bloomingdale. 

G Mak Moore, So., Calvary Christian: Scored a team-high 17 points in a win over Hollins. 

G Breanna Ortega, So., Anclote: Finished with a team-high 18 points in a loss to Mitchell. 

G Lexi Pizarro, So., Sickles: Had a team-high 23 points in a loss to Wharton. 

G Isabella Prada, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin: Scored a team-high 20 points in a win over Cambridge Christian. 

G/F Marinique Reddin, Sr., Wharton: Finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Sickles. 

G Whitney Rush, Sr., East Lake: Led the Eagles with 38 points, seven rebounds and four steals in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

G/F Nauvi Williams, Sr., Lakewood: Had eight points, seven rebounds and seven steals in a win over Clearwater.  



Bishop McLaughlin 57, Berkeley Prep 35

Plant 67, Brooks DeBartolo 46

Prime time performers

F Kendal Cheesman, Sr., Plant: Led the Panthers with 27 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Brooks DeBartolo. 

G Isabella Prada, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin: Scored a team-high 25 points in a win over Berkeley Prep. 

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FHSAA releases softball class and district assignments



The Florida High School Athletic Association released the classifications, districts and regions for softball 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 earlier this year. There likely will be a two-year cycle starting with the 2022-23 calendar year. Below is the list for area teams. For the full  boys softball list click here.

Class 7A, District 6



Plant City


Class 7A, District 7


East Lake


Palm Harbor University


Class 6A, District 5


Land O’ Lakes





Class 6A, District 6


Strawberry Crest

Tampa Bay Tech


Wiregrass Ranch

Class 6A, District 7


Bradenton Manatee



Class 5A, District 5



River Ridge



Class 5A, District 6


Groveland South Lake

Lakeland Kathleen


Class 5A, District 9






Class 5A, District 10



Pinellas Park


Class 5A, District 11

Boca Ciega



St. Petersburg

Class 5A, District 12

Braden River

Bradenton Southeast


East Bay


Class 4A, District 9

Cypress Creek


Nature Coast

Wesley Chapel


Class 4A, District 10





Tarpon Springs

Class 4A, District 11


Lake Region




Class 3A, District 6



South Sumter

Weeki Wachee

Class 3A, District 9

Academy of the Holy Names

Berkeley Prep

Brooks DeBartolo

Lakeland McKeel

Tampa Catholic

Class 3A, District 11

Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic



Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

Class 2A, District 6

Bishop McLaughlin

Hernando Christian

Mount Dora Christian

Ocala Trinity Catholic

Seven Rivers Christian

Class 2A, District 9

Academy at the Lakes

Cambridge Christian

Carrollwood Day

Foundation Christian

Lakeside Christian

Seffner Christian

Class 2A, District 10

Admiral Farragut


Indian Rocks Christian

Northside Christian


St. Petersburg Catholic

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Former Largo and Illinois standout Bobby Roundtree dies



Bobby Roundtree, the former Largo High and Illinois standout defensive lineman who became an inspiration for many by vowing to walk again after suffering a spinal cord injury, died Friday afternoon, the family confirmed. He was 23. 

No other details were provided. 

A candlelight vigil will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest YMCA. Those in attendance are encouraged to wear their 97Strong apparel.

Roundtree’s death came two weeks after he received the Bruce Capel Award for Courage, an honor given annually by the Illinois football program. 

Less than 24 hours ago before he passed, Roundtree posted a message on his Twitter page.

More than two years ago, Rountree was in a hospital bed, the result of a swimming accident near the docks off John’s Pass that required spinal cord surgery. It left him in a wheelchair. 

Before the accident, the goals were all related to football. A former two-sport star, Roundtree developed into a ferocious pass-rusher, first at Largo, then at Illinois. As a sophomore in 2018, he won the Dick Butkus Outstanding Defensive Player award after leading the Illini in tackles for loss (12.5), sacks (7.5) and pass breakups (7). His play made him a viable NFL draft pick.

Photos courtesy of Illinois Athletics

Since then, the ambitions have been different. 

Roundtree wanted to be independent. He wanted to travel. He wanted to coach, maybe even start his own rehabilitation center. 

Most of all, he wanted to walk again. 

“I just want to show everybody that anything’s possible,” Roundtree recently said last year in his first interview (via Zoom) with reporters since the accident. “You can be on top of the world and something happens, things might not go as planned, but there’s something out there for everybody.

“This injury isn’t going to overcome me. I’m going to beat this and be successful.”

After the accident, once the surgery was over, Roundtree woke up to machines beeping in every corner of the room. His mother, Jacqueline Hearns, kept saying he was special, that he was beating the odds. 

Friends and teammates were there, too, including former East Lake standout Jake Hansen, now a starting linebacker with the Illini. 

The coaching staff also came to the Tampa Bay area to be by Roundtree’s side. Illinois head coach Lovie Smith practically lived at the hospital, even while preparing for the 2019 season. 

The bond between the player and coach has always been strong. After all, Roundtree was one of the marquee names in Smith’s first recruiting classes. 

“Everything that Lovie said during the recruiting process, about being a family, he stuck by,” Packers coach Marcus Paschal said last year. “You could see it during Bobby’s injury and hospital stay. I don’t know of too many other college coaches who would have done what he did. That was big.”

In June of 2019, Rountree was transported to a rehabilitation center in Chicago. He had lost 70 pounds. He could barely raise his right hand, much less do push ups, after the surgery. 

Roundtree ignored conservative prescriptions for recovery, continuingly defying odds. Before long, he was manually pushing himself in a wheelchair. His triceps muscles were developing.

None of this came as a surprise to Jeremy Busch, the head athletic trainer for Illinois football. 

“After this injury you watched a person that eventually was at the worst point in his life, and yet he doesn’t acknowledge that to where it beats him, but he acknowledges it to motivate him,” Busch said last year of Roundtree. “He’s truly your idea of hope and inspiration on a daily basis. He’s gone from the simplest of struggles to absolutely overcoming everything that you put in front of him.”

Roundtree also was determined not to stay in football exile. He kept in contact with teammates. The coaching staff included him in meetings, virtually. 

The grit Roundtree showed through the grueling stages gave the Illini inspiration. A sign was displayed on the top of a tunnel that the players would touch before heading out to Memorial Stadium. It read: 97 Strong (referring to Roundtree’s number).

Illinois became the feel-good team of college football in 2019. The wins kept coming, often in dramatic ways. 

A field goal as time expired was the difference when the Illini handed the Badgers, ranked No. 6 at the time, their first loss in October of last season. It was the Illini’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2011. Afterward, Illinois players recorded videos of their celebration and sent them to Roundtree.

Three weeks later, the Illini rallied from a 21-point third quarter deficit to beat Michigan State 37-34. 

“I would do anything for the kid,” Hansen said last year of Roundtree. “He’s been a huge inspiration.”

Roundtree attended the 2019 regular season finale, his first game at Memorial Stadium since the injury. He led the team in a pregame prayer. 

And Roundtree remained part of the team. His locker was untouched. 

“Having the team I have now I wouldn’t trade them for anything,” Roundtree said last year. “They’ve been very supportive. They know I’m going to work. I know they’re going to work. We’ve got each other’s backs.”

The Illini faithful have shown financial support, too, pledging money to help offset some of Roundtree’s medical expenses. 

“With everybody so behind me and pushing me, that makes me want to go harder,” Roundtree said last year. “The support of everybody fundraising and everybody donating that means a lot having that support. I don’t have a million dollars to help me through this all. People are giving their last pennies to help me out. That’s just a lot of love right there, and I appreciate everybody for that.”

Roundtree spent the past year at home in Largo rehabilitating. He kept posting video messages of his progress. He bench pressed. He did core work. He rolled on to his side, even tried to stand up with the aid of athletic trainers.  

The final steps Roundtree wanted to take were on his own. 

“When somebody tells me I can’t do something I’m going to prove them wrong and show that I’ll be able to do it,” Roundtree said last year. “It might take me a couple of tries, but I’m going to do it.

“I want to show everybody that anything is possible, no matter the situation.”

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College Football

Lakewood’s Amari Niblack commits to Alabama



Lakewood’s Amari Niblack had offers from 15 schools entering this week, including Florida, Florida State, Georgia and LSU. 

Then Niblack went to a camp at Alabama and picked up an offer from the Crimson Tide. 

That was all the three-star prospect needed to make up his mind. 

On Thursday, Niblack announced on social media that he committed to Alabama. 

A 6-foot-4 pass catching target, Niblack can play receiver or tight end. This past season, he had seven receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns according to the stats listed on MaxPreps. 

This is the second straight season Alabama has landed an area receiver and the third time in the past five seasons the Crimson Tide has picked a local skill player.

Agiye Hall, who starred at Armwood and Bloomingdale, was part of the 2021 class. He was an early enrollee and has already made an impact with several highlight-worthy catches in the spring game. 

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