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Boys soccer

Plant (4-1-1) at Steinbrenner (8-3), 8

The two of the top teams in the area — and state — in a pivotal Class 7A, District 7 contest. 

Girls basketball

Riverview (6-0) at Wharton (6-1), 8

Both teams are ranked among the top 20 in the state in Class 7A (the Sharks are No. 14; the Wildcats are No. 19). The winner can gain an edge in the district (7A-7) standings. 

Girls soccer

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

Goals will be at a premium with the two teams allowing a combined 11 goals all season. 

The schedules

Boys basketball

Lakeside Christian at Delphi Academy, 4

Classical Prep at Land O’ Lakes Christian, 5:30

Plant at Strawberry Crest, 6:30

Newsome at Alonso, 6:30

Sumner at Jefferson, 6:30

Spoto at Blake, 6:30

Brandon at Tampa Bay Tech, 6:30

Bloomingdale at Lennard, 6:30

Hillsborough at Leto, 6:30

Chamberlain at Robinson, 6:30

Riverview at Wharton, 6:30

Freedom at Steinbrenner, 6:30

Plant City at Durant, 6:30

Inverness Christian Academy at Spring Hill Christian Academy, 6:30

Winthrop College Prep at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7

Covenant Prep at Oldsmar Christian, 7

Zephyrhills at Lake Gibson, 7:30

Fivay at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Palm Harbor University at Countryside, 7:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at Nature Coast, 7:30

Hudson at River Ridge, 7:30

Gibbs at Hollins, 7:45

East Lake at Seminole, 7:45

Largo at St. Petersburg, 7:45

Northeast at Osceola, 7:45

Dunedin at Boca Ciega, 7:45

Boys soccer

Bishop McLaughlin at Foundation Christian Academy, 4

Lakeside Christian at Bayshore Christian, 6

Hernando at Springstead, 6:30

Citrus at Central, 6:30

Lecanto at Nature Coast, 7:30

Sunlake at Hudson, 7:30

Robinson at Sickles, 8

Gaither at Freedom, 8

Plant at Steinbrenner, 8

Riverview at Brandon, 8

Gibbs at Dunedin, 8

Spoto at Sumner, 8

Strawberry Crest at Tampa Bay Tech, 8

Middleton at Wharton, 8

Hillsborough at Chamberlain, 8

Newsome at East Bay, 8

Lakewood at Hollins, 8

Countryside at Clearwater, 8

King at Armwood, 8

Jefferson at Blake, 8

Girls basketball

Classical Prep at Land O’ Lakes Christian, 4:30

Inverness Christian Academy at Spring Hill Christian Academy, 5:30

Hollins at Gibbs, 5:30

Wesley Chapel at Nature Coast, 6

Cypress Creek at Fivay, 6:30

Springstead at Citrus, 6:30

East Lake at Gulf, 7

Lakewood at Boca Ciega, 7

Armwood at Middleton, 7

Academy of the Holy Names at Lakeland McKeel Academy, 7

Sickles at Gaither, 7

Zephyrhills at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Sunlake at Anclote, 7:30

St. Petersburg at Keswick Christian, 7:30

River Ridge at Pasco, 7:30

Crystal River at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Spoto at Blake, 8

Bloomingdale at Lennard, 8

Riverview at Wharton, 8

Plant City at Durant, 8

Brandon at Tampa Bay Tech, 8

East Bay at King, 8

Hillsborough at Leto, 8

Chamberlain at Robinson, 8

Sumner at Jefferson, 8

Newsome at Alonso, 8

Girls soccer

King at Armwood, 6

Hillsborough at Chamberlain, 6

Jefferson at Blake, 6

Gaither at Freedom, 6

Gibbs at Dunedin, 6

Spoto at Sumner, 6

Riverview at Brandon, 6

Robinson at Sickles, 6

Strawberry Crest at Tampa Bay Tech, 6

Middleton at Wharton, 6

Countryside at Clearwater, 6

Plant at Steinbrenner, 6

Academy of the Holy Names at Wesley Chapel, 6

Leto at Alonso, 6

Newsome at East Bay, 6

Central at Citrus, 6

Gibbs at Dunedin, 7

Springstead at Hernando, 7:30

Nature Coast at Lecanto, 8

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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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