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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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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.Β 

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.Β 

The ability to mold such high-profile stars prompted Mitchell to make the move. 

β€œThey have developed great players to be successful at the next level,” Mitchell said of Montverde. β€œThe 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.Β 

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.Β  .Β 

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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 fullΒ  boys basketball list click here. Β 

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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