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The PTP girls soccer players of the week

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The PTP pick

MF Kali Vician, Sr., Strawberry Crest

The four-year starter had a career-best four goals on Senior Night against Middleton. That total increased her all-time Strawberry Crest girls soccer scoring record to 29. 

She also had an assist on senior night, adding to the school career assists record (31) she already owns.

Vician, who will play at Montreat College in North Carolina next year, has helped the Chargers go 8-0 entering Friday night’s match against Tampa Bay Tech. It is the best start in school history. So far, Vician has 11 goals and 11 assists, both tops among the team.  

The fans’ pick

F Madison Paster, Sr., East Lake

Whenever the Eagles need a boost on offense, they turn to Paster. 

The proof is in the stats. 

She has 15 goals in 10 games. No other player on the team has more than three. 

Last week, Paster was a consistent scorer, finishing with two goals in each of East Lake’s three wins. Against Largo, she scored both of the Eagles’ goals in a 2-1 victory over Largo. 

The South Alabama signee’s performance proved to be a fan favorite. Paster received more than 60 percent of the votes (620) to beat out Strawberry Crest’s Kali Vician, who had more than 31 percent (317). 

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Weekend recap: Boys basketball

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Thursday

Scoreboard

North Tampa Christian 55, Winter Haven All Saints’ 47

Canterbury 69, Lakeside Christian 64

Cambridge Christian 62, Universal Academy 60

Strawberry Crest 74, Leto 64

Mitchell 73, Anclote 65

Fivay 63, Nature Coast 62

Brooks DeBartolo 58, Tampa Prep 38

St. Petersburg Catholic 70, Indian Rocks Christian 43

Sunlake 62, Steinbrenner 59

Prime time performers

G/F Armoni Gacanica, Fr., North Tampa Christian: Had 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a win over Winter Haven All Saints. 

G Eric Howard, Sr., Fivay: led the Falcons with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a win over Nature Coast. 

G Framecio Little, Jr., Anclote: Recorded a team-high 17 points in a loss to Mitchell. 

G Percy Pederson, Sr., Canterbury: Finished with 31 points and seven rebounds in a win over Lakeside Christian.

F/C Tim Reilly, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Scored 18 points and had eight rebounds in a win over Indian Rocks Christian.  

F Jakob Stiglich, Sr., Tampa Prep: Had 15 points and seven rebounds in a loss to Brooks DeBartolo. 

G Jasiah Taylor, Jr., Strawberry Crest: Led the Chargers in scoring with 32 points in a win over Leto. 

Friday

Scoreboard

Grace Christian 38, Bell Creek Academy 28

Shorecrest 50, Osceola 48

Wiregrass Ranch 53, Freedom 51

Land O’ Lakes 57, Wesley Chapel 45

Gulf 62, Academy at the Lakes 61

East Lake 84, Carrollwood Day 75

Jesuit 69, Robinson 66

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 50, Clearwater Central Catholic 43

Tampa Bay Tech 64, East Bay 56

Zephyrhills 61, Pasco 24

CFCA 84, Calvary Christian 72

Berkeley Prep 66, Cambridge Christian 36

Mitchell 78, Sunlake 76

West Hernando Christian 51, Elfers Christian 49

St. Petersburg Catholic 60, Tampa Prep 50

Springstead 74, Weeki Wachee 26

Citrus 66, Central 60

Lakeland Christian 63, Seffner Christian 62

Oldsmar Christian 68, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 59

Boca Ciega 65, Countryside 58

Sarasota Booker 60, Gibbs 35

Northeast 46, Tarpon Springs 43

Palm Harbor University 62, Cypress Creek 46

Clearwater 70, Largo 51

Alonso 81, Sickles 64

Blake 71, jefferson 46

Bloomingdale 45, King 38

Wharton 60, Steinbrenner 45

Northside Chrisyian 86, Lakeside Christian 57

Chamberlain 68, Spoto 51

Kissimmee Osceola 74, Tampa Catholic 62

Plant 50, Newsome 33

Prime time performers

G Saquan Carswell, Jr., Springstead: Had 16 points and 10 steals in a win over Weeki Wachee. 

G Carter Clark, Sr., Shorecrest: Scored a team-high 15 points in a win over Osceola. 

G/F Lazzaro Ford, Fr., Jefferson: Recorded 23 points in a loss to Blake. 

G Tyrel Gray, Sr., Robinson: Finished with a team-high 19 points in a loss to Jesuit. 

F Valentino Hart, Sr., Tampa Prep: Recorded 16 points and eight rebounds in a loss to St. Petersburg Catholic. 

G Ronnie Johnson, Sr., Oldsmar Christian: Had 14 points and seven assists in a win over Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic. 

G/F Willie Jones, Sr., Seffner Christian: Scored 15 points and had seven rebounds in a loss to Lakeland Christian. 

G Karter Knox, Fr., Tampa Catholic: Finished with 24 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Kissimmee Osceola. 

G Jaden Louden, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Had a team-high 19 points in a loss to Land O’ Lakes. 

G Hayden McCain, So., Northside Christian: Finished with 24 points, five rebounds and five assists in a win over Lakeside Christian. 

F/G Michael McLaughlin, Jr., Clearwater: Hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points in a win over Largo. 

G Nate Santana, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Finished with 20 points, six steals and five rebounds in a win over Wesley Chapel. 

G Trent Scott, Jr., Alonso: Had 30 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a win over Sickles. 

G Mikey Shane, Sr., East Lake: Led the Eagles with 28 points, four assists and four steals in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

G Quincy Smith, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Had 20 points and seven rebounds in a win over Freedom. 

G/F Nelson Taylor, Sr., Clearwater: Finished with 22 points and seven rebounds in a win over Largo.  

G Ryan Weir, Sr., Jesuit: Hit a pair of crucial free throws down the stretch and finished with 22 points in a win over Robinson. 

G Caleb Yann, Sr., Academy at the Lakes: Finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Gulf. 

Saturday

Scoreboard

St. Petersburg Catholic 58, Northeast 52

Palm Harbor University 85, Academy at the Lakes 71

Canterbury 63, Sarasota Christian 59

Mount Dora 76, Weeki Wachee 43

Jesuit 59, Middleton 23

Strawberry Crest 77, Jefferson 48

Tampa Catholic 82, Ridge Community 58

Bayshore Christian 63, Shorecrest 41

East Lake 68, Lake City Columbia 47

Citrus 75, Steinbrenner 61

Wiregrass Ranch 75, Hillsborough 67

Seminole 77, Osceola 47

Wharton 47, Springstead 45

The Villages 75, King 29

Calvary Christian 85, Northside Christian 65

Lecanto 78, River Ridge 36

Seffner Christian 71, Faith Christian 66

Largo 80, Sebring 78 

Prime time performers

G Anthony Bittar, Sr., East Lake: Finished with a team-high 21 points in a win over Ridge Community. 

G Jalen Brown, Sr., Academy at the Lakes: Had 27 points and five assists in a loss to Palm Harbor University. 

G Dean Gabrelcik, Sr., East Lake: Scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds in a win over Ridge Community. 

G Tristan Gross, So., Calvary Christian: Recorded a team-high 20 points in a win over Northside Christian. 

G Jalen Harris, Sr., Hillsborough: Finished with a team-high 31 points in a loss to Wiregrass Ranch. 

G Karter Knox, Fr., Tampa Catholic: Led the Crusaders with 19 points and nine rebounds in a win over Ridge Community. 

G Isaiah Reed, Sr., Seffner Christian: Scored a team-high 22 points in a win over Faith Christian. 

F/C Tim Reilly, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Led the Barons with 24 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Northeast. 

G Quincy Smith, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Had 24 points and eight rebounds in a win over Hillsborough. 

G Jasiah Taylor, Jr., Strawberry Crest: Finished with 30 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals in a win over Jefferson.

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The PTP boys basketball players of the week

Bob Putnam

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G/F Dillon Mitchell, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin

With Emanuel Sharp out the first six games with an injury, Mitchell, a transfer from Sickles, knew he would end up being the focal point on offense at the start of the season. 

Mitchell provided the points — and the rebounding production.

Two weeks ago, he had perhaps his best performance of the season in the Hurricanes’ biggest game. Mitchell finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots to lead Bishop McLaughlin to a 76-71 overtime victory over previously undefeated Tampa Catholic. 

In eight games, Mitchell is averaging 20.9 points, 11 rebounds and five assists per game. 

The fans’ pick

G Dean Gabrelcik, Sr., East Lake

Entering this season, Gabrelcik had never hit more than six 3-pointers in a game. 

Two weeks ago, Gabrelcik made 11 3-pointers — in the first half. 

Better still, he never missed. 

His perfect touch from long range helped him rack up 37 points by halftime. He finished with a school record 42 points — in just 17 minutes of action — to lead the Eagles in a rout over Palm Harbor University. 

For the season, Gabrelcik is averaging 19.5 points per game and has helped East Lake get off to an 8-0 start this season. 

Knocking down that many faraway shots won over the fans. Gabrelcik received 50 percent of the votes (902) to beat Durant’s Robert Sanders, who had 38 percent (686 votes). 

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The PTP girls basketball players of the week

Bob Putnam

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F Kendal Cheesman, Sr., Plant

After helping the Panthers reach the state final last season, Cheesman and her senior teammates are determined to not just make it back to the title game.

This time, they want to finish as champions. 

To do that, Plant has put together a challenging schedule that yields few easy nights. 

Last week, the Panthers played Steinbrenner and Brooks DeBartolo in consecutive games.

Cheesman did her part to make sure Plant prevailed in each one. 

The Vanderbilt signee averaged 27 points and 10 rebounds in those games to help Plant remain undefeated (now 9-0). 

The fans’ pick

G Whitney Rush, Sr., East Lake

In her first two seasons, Rush showed steady improvement as a scorer with the Eagles, going from averaging nine points a game as a sophomore to 15.4 as a junior last season. 

Now, the veteran is East Lake’s go-to player. 

Rush is averaging a state-leading 28.1 points per game. The numbers come from consistency. After all, Rush has scored at 20 points in eight straight games. 

Last week was her best performance of the season. Rush averaged 31 points per game in wins over Gaither and Calvary Christian. That helped her surpass the 1,000-point career plateau this week. 

Rush had the approval from fans. She received more than 70 percent of the votes (82) to beat out Plant’s Kendal Cheesman, who had more than 25 percent (30 votes). 

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