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Tampa Catholic (8-2) at Jesuit (11-2), 7:30

Because of COVID restrictions, the gym will not be as packed. But that will not take away from the intensity on the court between these fierce rivals. 

St. Petersburg (10-1) at Lakewood (5-2), 7:30

Another rivalry game that ultimately will decide which team represents the South in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference title game. 

Alonso (11-3) at Wharton (10-2), 8

The Ravens are one of the few public school teams that have given the Wildcats fits in recent years. 

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Tampa Bay Invitational

The premier boys soccer continues with matches held at three sites: Jesuit, Monroe Middle and Tampa Catholic. Here is tonight’s schedule. 

River Ridge (5-2) vs. Wesley Chapel (4-8), 5:30 (at Monroe Middle/Field 4)

Gaither (2-4-1) vs. Sickles (9-1-1), 5:30 (at Monroe Middle/Field 2)

Belen Jesuit (8-2-1) vs. Plant (7-2-1), 7:30 (at Monroe Middle/Field 4)

Gulf Coast (9-1-2) vs. Bradenton Lakewood Ranch (5-2), 5:30 (at Tampa Catholic)

Mitchell (11-4) at Jesuit (5-0-1), 5:30

Tampa Prep (9-0-3) vs. Cape Coral Mariner (10-2-2), 7:30 (at Jesuit)

Palmetto (9-0-1) at Tampa Catholic (13-1), 7:30

Weeki Wachee (10-1) at Nature Coast (11-1-2), 7:30

The match of the season in Hernando County with bragging rights on the line between two teams that could make a run in the playoffs. 

Girls basketball

Zephyrhills (10-5) at Wesley Chapel (9-3), 7:30

This is a good test for the Bulldogs, who face one of the top teams in Pasco County. 

Girls soccer

Wharton (8-2) at Sickles (10-2), 6

The defenses could dominate. After all, the teams have allowed a combined 21 goals all season. 

Durant (8-3-1) at Strawberry Crest (10-0), 6

The Chargers perfect start is on the line against the rival Cougars, who are coming off an impressive performance at the Tampa Bay Invitational. 

The schedules

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Gulf at River Ridge, 12

Hernando Christian at Lakeside Christian, 5

Countryside at Clearwater, 6:15

Sumner at Lennard, 6:30

Sickles at Sarasota Riverview, 7:30

Gaither at Mitchell, 7

Newsome at Tampa Bay Tech, 7

Leto at Bloomingdale, 7

Freedom at East Lake, 7

Wiregrass Ranch at Sunlake, 7:30

Zephyrhills Christian at Bradenton Saint Stephen’s, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Lecanto at Springstead, 7:30

Wildwood at Calvary Christian, 7:30

Central at Nature Coast, 7:30

Weeki Wachee at Citrus, 7:30

Bayshore Christian at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7:30

Bell Creek Academy at Canterbury, 7:30

Crystal River at Hernando, 7:30

Universal Academy at Indian Rocks Christian, 7:30

Carrollwood Day at Tampa Prep, 7:30

St. Petersburg at Lakewood, 7:30

Keswick Christian at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7:30

Northeast at Pinellas Park, 7:45

Hollins at Boca Ciega, 7:45

Osceola at Dunedin, 7:45

Largo at Palm Harbor University, 7:45

Armwood at Plant City, 8

Middleton at Chamberlain, 8

Blake at Robinson, 8

East Bay at Brandon, 8

Cypress Creek at Tarpon Springs, 8

Hillsborough at King, 8

Alonso at Wharton, 8

Plant at Strawberry Crest, 8

Jefferson at Spoto, 8

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Mitchell at Jesuit, 5:30

St. Petersburg Catholic at Seffner Christian, 4

Crystal River at Hernando, 6

Robinson at Sumner, 6

Lakeside Christian at Seven Rivers Christian, 6

Tampa SLAM at Sunlake, 6

Central at Springstead, 6:30

Alonso at Middleton, 7

Carrollwood Day at Orangewood Christian, 7

Chamberlain at Gaither, 7

Hudson at Zephyrhills, 7

Boca Ciega at Indian Rocks Christian, 7:30

Belen Jesuit at Plant, 7:30

Palmetto at Tampa Catholic, 7:30

Tampa Prep at Cape Coral Mariner, 7:30

Weeki Wachee at Nature Coast, 7:30

Tarpon Springs at Largo, 8

Northeast at Osceola, 8

Fivay at Countryside, 8

Jefferson at Gaither, 8

Riverview at Newsome, 8

Durant at Strawberry Crest, 8

St. Petersburg at Lakewood, 8

Armwood at Brandon, 8

Palm Harbor University at Clearwater, 8

Jefferson at Hillsborough, 8

Freedom at Steinbrenner, 8

Dunedin at Seminole, 8

Lennard at Tampa Bay Tech, 8

Girls basketball

Bell Creek Academy at Canterbury, 4:30

Keswick Christian at St. Petersburg Catholic, 4:30

Gulf at River Ridge, 6

Universal Academy at Indian Rocks Christian, 6

Dunedin at Calvary Christian, 6

Blake at Robinson, 6:30

Armwood at Plant City, 6:30

Jefferson at Spoto, 6:30

Hudson at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Plant at Strawberry Crest, 6:30

Sumner at Lennard, 6:30

Alonso at Wharton, 6:30

Sunlake at Tampa Catholic, 6:30

Seffner Christian at Punta Gorda Charlotte, 6:30

Middleton at Chamberlain, 6:30

East Bay at Brandon, 6:30

Hillsborough at King, 6:30

Bradenton Christian at Hollins, 7

East Lake at Largo, 7

Bradenton Southeast at Carrollwood Day, 7

Palm Harbor University at Steinbrenner, 7

Nature Coast at Central, 7

Hernando at Crystal River, 7:30

Zephyrhills at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Berkeley Prep, 7:30

Citrus at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Springstead ar Lecanto, 7:30

Osceola at Northeast, 7:45

Durant at Gaither, 8

Girls soccer

Seffner Christian at Universal Academy, 4

Carrollwood Day at orangewood Christian, 5

Indian Rocks Christian at Bradenton Saint Stephen’s, 5

River Ridge at Countryside, 6

Riverview at Newsome, 6

Alonso at Middleton, 6

Wharton at Sickles, 6

Dunedin at Seminole, 6

Palm Harbor University at Clearwater, 6

Armwood at Brandon, 6

Freedom at Steinbrenner, 6

Spoto at King, 6

St. Petersburg at Lakewood, 6

Northeast at Osceola, 6

Lennard at Tampa Bay Tech, 6

Fivay at Gulf, 6

Tarpon Springs at Largo, 6

Durant at Strawberry Crest, 6

Nature Coast at Land O’ Lakes, 7

Tampa Catholic at Fort Myers Bishop Verot, 7

Sunlake at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Hernando at Crystal River, 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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