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East Lake (8-0) at Clearwater (11-1), 7:30

This one likely will decide which team represents the North in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game. Both teams are ranked among the top four in their respective classifications by MaxPreps (the Eagles are No. 1 in 6A; the Tornadoes are No. 4 in 7A).  

Tampa Catholic (7-1) at IMG Academy (7-0), 7

For the second straight season, the Crusaders have a game scheduled against IMG Academy, which competes annually for a national title. The Ascenders are currently ranked third nationally by MaxPreps. But the Crusaders will not be intimidated. Last season, Tampa Catholic took IMG to double overtime before losing 76-70. 

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Wharton (8-2) at Plant (5-2-1), 7

Both teams are near the top of the standings of their division in the Western Conference and are trying to secure a spot in the final four. 

Land O’ Lakes (5-1-1) at Sunlake (6-0-1), 7:30

This is the first — and only — regular season meeting between these two fierce Pasco County rivals. 

Northeast (9-1) at Lakewood (11-3), 8

The winner of this match will likely represent the South in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference match. 

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Wharton (10-2) at Plant (12-1), 6:30

This is a good test for the Wildcats to see how well they fare against a defending state finalist. 

The schedules

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Pasco at Gulf, 12

Providence Christian at Community Christian, 6:15

Strawberry Crest at Lennard, 6:30

East Bay at Leto, 6:30

Sumner at Spoto, 6:30

Brandon at Plant City, 6:30

Tampa Prep at Northside Christian, 6:30

Keswick Christian at Lakeside Christian, 6:30

Bell Creek Academy at Seven Rivers Christian, 7

Jesuit at Chamberlain, 7

Bishop McLaughlin at Windermere Prep, 7

Tampa Catholic at IMG Academy, 7

Hillsborough Baptist at Life Christian Academy, 7:30

Zephyrhills at River Ridge, 7:30

Lakewood at Hollins, 7:30

Springstead at Crystal River, 7:30

Central at Lecanto, 7:30

Sarasota Booker at Calvary Christian, 7:30

Indian Rocks Christian at Academy at the Lakes, 7:30

Land O’ Lakes at Mitchell, 7:30

Nature Coast at Citrus, 7:30

Osceola at Canterbury, 7:30

First Academy at Hernando Christian, 7:30

Anclote at Sunlake, 7:30

Seffner Christian at Lakeland Victory Christian, 7:30

St. Petersburg Catholic at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7:30

Weeki Wachee at Hernando, 7:30

Seminole at St. Petersburg, 7:45

Pinellas Park at Palm Harbor University, 7:45

Tarpon Springs at Largo, 7:45

Bloomingdale at Hillsborough, 8

King at Tampa Bay Tech, 8

Jefferson at Robinson, 8

Middleton at Blake, 8

East Lake at Clearwater, 7:30

Armwood at Durant, 8

Wharton at Plant, 8

Alonso at Steinbrenner, 8

Gaither at Freedom, 8

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Zephyrhills Christian at Real Life Christian, 4

Bayshore Christian at Hernando Christian, 4

Seffner Christian at Tampa Prep, 5

Gulf at River Ridge, 6

Shorecrest at Berkeley Prep, 6

Fivay at Hudson, 6

Hernando at Central, 6:30

Wharton at Plant, 7

Clearwater Central Catholic at Mitchell, 7

Canterbury at Keswick Christian, 7

Universal Academy at Northside Christian, 7

Seven Rivers Christian at Admiral Farragut, 7

Nature Coast at Citrus, 7:30

Springstead at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Leto at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Land O’ Lakes at Sunlake, 7:30

Osceola at Pinellas Park, 7:30

Northeast at Lakewood, 8

Bloomingdale at Plant City, 8

Calvary Christian at Seminole, 8

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St. Petersburg Catholic at Clearwater Central Catholic, 4:30

Seffner Christian at Victory Christian Academy, 6

Sickles at Berkeley Prep, 6

First Academy at Hernando Christian, 6

Hillsborough Baptist at Life Christian Academy, 6

Tarpon Springs at River Ridge, 6

Jefferson at Robinson, 6:30

Gulf at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Armwood at Durant, 6:30

Middleton at Blake, 6:30

Boca Ciega at Bradenton Bayshore, 6:30

Wharton at Plant, 6:30

Alonso at Steinbrenner, 6:30

East Bay at Leto, 6:30

Bloomingdale at Hillsborough, 6:30

Lecanto at Central, 7

Pinellas Park at Admiral Farragut, 7

East Lake at Seminole, 7

Citrus at Nature Coast, 7:30

Crystal River at Springstead, 7:30

Academy of the Holy Names at Keswick Christian, 7:30

Hernando at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Largo at Northeast, 7:45

Strawberry Crest at Lennard, 8

Sumner at Spoto, 8

Middleton at Blake, 8

Brandon at Plant City, 8

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St. Petersburg Catholic at Seffner Christian, 4

Tampa Prep at Keswick Christian, 5

Sarasota Out-of-Door at Canterbury, 5

Universal Academy at Northside Christian, 5

Seven Rivers Christian at Admiral Farragut, 5

Indian Rocks Christian at Berkeley Prep, 5:30

Riverview at Lakeland George Jenkins, 6

Leto at Wiregrass Ranch, 6

Zephyrhills Christian at Hudson, 6

Northeast at Lakewood, 6

Central at Hernando, 6

Osceola at Pinellas Park, 6

Bloomingdale at Plant City, 6

Calvary Christian at Seminole, 6

Lake Wales at Sickles, 7

Lakeland McKeel Academy at Land O’ Lakes, 7

Weeki Wachee at Springstead, 7:30

Citrus at Nature Coast, 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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