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Calvary Christian (4-2) vs. East Lake (6-0), 6

The opening game of the Sun Bash tournament, held at Canterbury, is a good one featuring a pair of dynamic guards — the Warriors’ Tristan Gross and the Eagles’ Dean Gabrelcik. 

Durant (6-0) at Jesuit (7-1), 7

The was supposed to be part of the Jesuit Invitational. Now, it is just a regular season matchup with the Cougars trying to keep their perfect start intact against the host Tigers. 

Girls soccer 

Sickles (10-1) at Plant (9-0), 6

Both teams are ranked among the top 10 in Class 7A, the top 20 overall in the state and the top 35 nationally by MaxPreps. 

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City of Tampa (at Tampa Prep)

Tampa Catholic vs. Brandon Academy, 3 

Palmetto vs. Jefferson, 4:30

Plant vs. Robinson, 6

Chamberlain vs. Tampa Prep, 7:30

Sun Bash (at Canterbury)

Calvary Christian vs. East Lake, 6

IMG National vs. Jacksonville Lee, 8

Gaither at Middleton, 6:30

Hillsborough at Tampa Bay Tech, 6:30

Leto at King, 6:30

Cambridge Christian at Gulf HEAT, 6:30

Sickles at Steinbrenner, 6:30

Brandon at Bloomingdale, 6:30

Chamberlain at Newsome, 6:30

Plant City at Spoto, 6:30

Carrollwood Day at Sunlake, 6:30

Durant at Jesuit, 7

Hudson at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

Zephyrhills at Pasco, 7:30

Academy at the Lakes at Berkeley Prep, 7:30

Weeki Wachee at Nature Coast, 7:30

Palm Harbor University at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7:30

Springstead at Central, 7:30

Lecanto at Hernando, 7:30

Countryside at Largo, 7:45

Gibbs at Lakewood, 7:45

Boys soccer

Cambridge Christian at Keswick Christian, 3

Seven Rivers Christian at Universal Academy, 4

Gainesville Oak Hall at Hernando Christian, 4

Largo at Indian Rocks Christian, 7

Central at Hudson, 7

Berkeley Prep at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7

Hernando at Zephyrhills, 7

Tampa Prep at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Lemon Bay at Nature Coast, 7:30

East Bay at Plant City, 8

Tampa Bay Tech at Middleton, 8

Lennard at Newsome, 8

Wharton at King, 8

Blake at Gaither, 8

Armwood at Hillsborough, 8

Sickles at Plant, 8

Steinbrenner at Leto, 8

Countryside at Seminole, 8

Brandon at Spoto, 8

Bloomingdale at Sumner, 8

Girls basketball

Plant at Orlando Christian Prep, 3:30

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s at Bishop McLaughlin, 5:30

Northeast at Keswick Christian, 6

Tampa Catholic at Sunlake, 6

Springstead at Central, 6

Largo at Calvary Christian, 6

Anclote at Hudson, 6:30

Coral Shores at Berkeley Prep, 6:30

Hollins at Countryside, 7

Alonso at Lennard, 7

Gaither at Middleton, 7

Riverview at Armwood, 7

Pasco at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Hernando at Lecanto, 7:30

Clearwater at Mitchell, 7:30

Brandon at Bloomingdale, 8

Hillsborough at Tampa Bay Tech, 8

Plant City at Spoto, 8

Leto at King, 8

Chamberlain at Newsome, 8

Sickles at Steinbrenner, 8

Girls soccer

Cambridge at Keswick Christian, 5

Countryside at Seminole, 6

Berkeley Prep at Palm Harbor University, 6

Lakewood at Palmetto, 6

Wharton at King, 6

Lemon Bay at Nature Coast, 6

Blake at Gaither, 6

Chamberlain at Freedom, 6

Lennard at Newsome, 6

Hillsborough at Armwood, 6

Bloomingdale at Sumner, 6

Tampa Bay Tech at Middleton, 6

Hudson at Cypress Creek, 6

Brandon at Spoto, 6

Sickles at Plant, 6

Alonso at Jefferson, 6

East Bay at Plant City, 6

Steinbrenner at Leto, 6

Zephyrhills at Anclote, 6

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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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