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Boys soccer: The week in review





Tampa Prep 5, Seffner Christian 0

River Ridge 8, Gulf 1

Shorecrest 1, Berkeley Prep 0

Plant 5, Wharton 1

Mitchell 6, Clearwater Central Catholic 1

Seven Rivers Christian 4, Admiral Farragut 1

Sunlake 2, Land O’ Lakes 1

Weeki Wachee 6, Springstead 2

Nature Coast 0, Citrus 0

Leto 2, Wiregrass Ranch 1

Osceola 8, Pinellas Park 0

Lakewood 3, Northeast 1

Calvary Christian 3, Seminole 0

Prime time performers

MF/D John Elwyn, Jr., Shorecrest: Scored the lone goal of the match off an assist from Braeden Wright to beat Berkeley Prep. 

F/MF Garret Engh, Sr., River Ridge: Had two goals and two assists in a win over Gulf.

MF/F Jon Franck, Sr., Seminole: Finished with two goals in a win over Seminole.   

MF David Garcia, Sr., Leto: Led the Falcons in scoring with two goals in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

F/MF Asher Jones, Fr., Tampa Prep: Scored two goals in a win over Seffner Christian. 

MF Hayden Judge, Jr., Plant: Finished with two goals in a win over Wharton. 

MF Mick Stauffer, Jr., Sunlake: Scored once in the Seahawks’ win over rival Land O’ Lakes. 

F Ethan Sternberg, Sr., Sunlake: Scored one of the Seahawks’ two goals in a win over rival Land O’ Lakes. 

D Gavin Swartzwelder, Jr., Lakewood: Had three goals in a win over Northeast. 

F Seth Tarbox, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Finished with four goals and an assist in a win over Springstead. 

F/MF Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola: Recorded two goals and had two assists in a Pinellas Park. 



Riverview 4, Sumner 0

Tampa Catholic 3, Wesley Chapel 1

Osceola 8, Gibbs 0

Bishop McLaughlin 6, Zephyrhills 3

Fivay 5, Anclote 0

Sunlake 2, Pasco 1

Leto 2, Robinson 1

Countryside 3, Largo 2

Plant City 8, Brandon 0

Bloomingdale 8, Spoto 0

Newsome 1, Durant 0

Strawberry Crest 2, King 2

St. Petersburg 1, Clearwater Central Catholic 0

Palm Harbor University 2, East Lake 1

Lennard 6, East Lake 1

Hillsborough 6, Tampa Bay Tech 2

Steinbrenner 3, Gaither 1

Wharton 1, Freedom 1

Clearwater 6, Pinellas Park 0

Sickles 3, Jefferson 2

Prime time performers

F/MF Wyatt Delgado, So., Osceola: Had two goals in a win over Gibbs. F Luis Malagon, Sr., Leto: Led the Falcons in scoring with two goals in a win over Robinson. 

F Jaime Herrera, Jr., Lennard: Finished with two goals and two assists in a win over East Bay. 

F/MF Mohammed Hijaz, Sr., Newsome: Scored the lone of the match to beat Durant. 

F/MF Cade McMillen, Sr., Bloomingdale: Had three goals in a win over Spoto. 

F Feliks Muka, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Scored a goal and had an assist in a win over East Lake. 

F/MF Jared Nowak, Jr., Fivay: Finished with two goals and an assist in a win over Anclote. 

F/MF Owen Noyes, Sr., St. Petersburg: Had the lone goal of the match to beat Clearwater Central Catholic. 

F/MF Justin Nunag, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin: Scored two goals in a win over Zephyrhills. 

F/MF Ruben Ortega, Sr., Strawberry Crest: Finished with two goals in a tie with King. 

F David Ruiz, Sr., Plant City: Led the Raiders with four goals and an assist in a win over Brandon. 

F/MF Fernando Vargas-Reyes, Sr., Clearwater: Recorded three goals in a win over Pinellas Park. 



Jesuit 2, Tampa Prep 2 (Tigers win on PKs)

Tampa Catholic 4, Naples Gulf Coast 0

Plant 4, King 0

Lakeside Christian 5, Pepin Academy 1

Seffner Christian 8, Academy at the Lakes 0

Mitchell 2, Mariner 0

Crystal River 9, Central 1

Wiregrass Ranch 2, South Sumter 1

Calvary Christian 2, Shorecrest 0

Keswick Christian 7, Hollins 2

Sickles 3, Wesley Chapel 0

Prime time performers

F/MF Graham Hughes, Sr., Calvary Christian: Scored a goal and had an assist in a win over Shorecrest. 

F/MF Cade McMillen, Sr., Bloomingdale: Led the Bulls in scoring with three goals in a win over previously undefeated Plant City. 

F/MF Dominic Phanco, Jr., Mitchell: Had a goal and an assist in a win over Cape Coral Mariner. 

F Caleb Rogers, Sr., Keswick Christian: Finished with three goals and three assists in a win over Hollins. 

F/D Marcello Valbuena, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Scored two goals in a win over Naples Gulf Coast. 


Tampa Bay Invitational

Wesley Chapel 6, River Ridge 2

Mitchell 1, Jesuit 1 (Mitchell wins in PKs)

Gaither 2, Sickles 2 (Sickles wins in PKs)

Plant 1, Belen Jesuit 0

Tampa Catholic 1, Palmetto 0

Cape Coral Mariner 4, Tampa Prep 3

Other matches

Bishop McLaughlin  2, Bell Creek Academy 0

Seffner Christian 5, St. Petersburg 0

Admiral Farragut 2, Hampden DuBose Academy 0

Crystal River 7, Hernando 1

Seminole 2, Dunedin 0

Alonso 1, Middleton 1

Robinson 1, Sumner 0

Carrollwood Day 1, Orangewood Christian 0

Zephyrhills 8, Hudson 0

Nature Coast 2, Weeki Wachee 1

Indian Rocks Christian 1, Boca Ciega 0

Fivay 4, Countryside 2

Palm Harbor University 1, Clearwater 1

Newsome 2, Riverview 1

Strawberry Crest 2, Durant 1

Jefferson 4, Hillsborough 2

Largo 3, Tarpon Springs 0

Osceola 7, Northeast 0

Lakewood 4, St. Petersburg 2

Armwood 3, Brandon 1

Steinbrenner 5, Freedom 1

Prime time performers

F/MF Johnathan Bohm, Sr., Fivay: Had three goals and an assist in a win over Countryside. 

F/MF Riah Brewer, Jr., Carrollwood Day: Recorded the Patriots’ lone goal in a win over Orangewood Christian. 

D Thomas DiFrank, Jr., Nature Coast: Finished with one of the Sharks’ two goals in a win over Weeki Wachee.

D Jack Guston, Jr., Seminole: Had both the Warhaws’ goals in a win over Dunedin. 

F/MF Sebastian Hallenbeck, Sr., Steinbrenner: Scored two goals in a win over Freedom. 

F/MF George Obregon, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Assisted on four goal, including two to Matthew Rivera, in a win over River Ridge. 

F/MF Ruben Ortega, Sr., Strawberry Crest: Scored both of the Chargers’ goals in a win over Durant. 

MF/F Jaxson Rivera, Jr., Zephyrhills: Led the Bulldogs with five goals in a win over Hudson. 

F Sean Siwek, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Assisted on the Crusaders’ lone goal to beat Palmetto. 

F/MF Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola: Had two goals and two assists in a win over Northeast. 


Tampa Bay Invitational

St. Ignatius Division

Fifth place match: Belen Jesuit 4, Gaither 0

Third place match: Wesley Chapel 2, King 2

Championship match: Plant 2, Sickles 0

Showcase Division

Seventh place match: Tampa Prep 3, Lakewood Ranch 0

Fifth place match: Palmetto 3, Jesuit 0

Third place match: Cape Coral Mariner 1, Naples Gulf Coast 1

Championship match: Mitchell 1, Tampa Catholic 0

Other matches

Wiregrass Ranch 1, Calvary Christian 0

Clearwater 2, Clearwater Central Catholic 1

Prime time performers

MF/F Tyler Armstrong, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Had the lone goal of the match off an assist from Andrew Knorowski to beat Calvary Christian. 

F/MF Dominic Phanco, Jr., Mitchell: Scored the lone goal of the match off an assist from AJ Misemer to beat Tampa Catholic in the final of the Tampa Bay Invitational. 

D/MF Tristan Ruiz de Somocurcio, Jr., Tampa Prep: Finished with two goals in a win over Lakewood Ranch. 

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Soccer: Marcello Valbuena and Quinn Ryan are Alvarez honorees



Tampa Catholic’s Marcello Valbuena and Plant’s Quinn Ryan were named Alvarez award winners as the top boys and girls soccer players, respectively, in Hillsborough County. 

The award presentation, now in its 37th year, was held during a dinner ceremony on Tuesday.

Valbuena became the first player from Tampa Catholic to win the Jose A. Alvarez award as the top boys player.

The University of Tampa signee, who decided to play high school soccer for the first time after spending years at the club level, took top honors after finishing the season with 36 goals and five assists. In the 3A state title match, the senior forward connected on two goals within an eight-minute span to give Tampa Catholic its first lead, one that would last the rest of the match to secure the Crusaders’ first state title in boys soccer.  

“Marcello is the type of person who makes players around him better and the type of player  coaches dream about coaching,” Tampa Catholic coach Kevin McCarron said. “Prior to this year he had always been a center back in a defensive role. But our team needed someone to step up and play forward this year, and he did without hesitation.”

Valbuena has already been named the 3A player of the year and Mr. Soccer, the two awards given to the top boys player in each class and the overall winner in the sport by the Florida Dairy Farmers. He also was selected as the Gatorade state player of the year. 

Ryan won the Janet Alvarez award as the top girls player. It is the first time a player from Plant took top honors since Caroline Bado won the award in 2013. 

As a senior midfielder, Ryan led the Panthers to an 18-2 record and a state semifinal appearance. The USF signee scored a team-high 33 goals, including six in the region finals, and had nine assists. 

“Quinn has vision of play like no other,” Plant coach Alex Venegas said. “She has plenty of anticipation and is quick to the ball. As a striker and forward she has proven that once she has the ball on her feet it’s a sure score and why also name top scorer for two years in the county.”

Ryan’s performance helped her receive plenty of recognition. She was selected to the Western Conference team and was named the Class 7A state player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

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FHSAA releases boys soccer class and district assignments



The Florida High School Athletic Association released the classifications, districts and regions for boys soccer 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  boy soccer list click here.  

Class 7A, District 6


East Lake

Palm Harbor University




Class 7A, District 7


Lakewood Ranch


Plant City


Class 6A, District 9


Land O’ Lakes




Pinellas Park


Class 6A, District 10



Strawberry Crest

Tampa Bay Tech


Wiregrass Ranch

Class 6A, District 11


Bradenton Manatee

East Bay




Class 5A, District 5





Ocala Vanguard


Class 5A, District 6

Cypress Creek




River Ridge

Wesley Chapel


Class 5A, District 8






Class 5A, District 9







Class 5A, District 10

Boca Ciega

Bradenton Bayshore

Bradenton Southeast



St. Petersburg

Class 4A, District 9




Nature Coast

South Sumter

Weeki Wachee

Class 4A, District 10







Tarpon Springs

Class 3A, District 5

Bell Creek

Brooks DeBartolo

Carrollwood Day

Lakeland Christian

Tampa Catholic

Tampa Prep

Class 3A, District 6

Berkeley Prep

Bishop McLaughlin

Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic

St. Petersburg Catholic

Class 2A, District 9

Academy at the Lakes

Bayshore Christian

Cambridge Christian


Seven Rivers Christian


Class 2A, District 10

Admiral Farragut

Bradenton Christian

Bradenton St. Stephens

Indian Rocks Christian

Keswick Christian

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PCAC boys soccer teams announced



Here are the Pinellas County Athletic Conference boys soccer teams. The players are from public schools in the county. The selections were made by the coaches. 

North division

First team

GK Shane Dever, Sr., Seminole

F Fernando Vargas-Reyes, Sr., Clearwater

F Jacob Rocha, Sr., Countryside

F Feliks Muka, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Brennan Ortega, Sr., Clearwater

MF Michael Gomes, Sr., Seminole

MF Logan Koster, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Vikrame Karkare, Sr., Largo

D Jose Pena, So., Clearwater

D Peter Michael, Sr., Countryside

D Julian Zeqiri, Sr., Countryside

D Andrew Ovalle, Sr., Seminole

Second team

GK Aheron Hirsch, Sr., Palm Harbor University

F Trevor Armstrong, Largo

F PJ Slaughter, Seminole

F Emone Barazza, Countryside

MF Danylo Akymenko, Countryside

MF Junior Maye-Ocana, Sr., Clearwater

MF Rennie Crookston, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Adam Lim, Largo

D Sebastian Vivanco, So., Clearwater

D Ty Lim, Sr., Largo

D Luke Kennedy, Sr., Palm Harbor University

D Mihailo Poljcic, Jr., Palm Harbor University

South division

First team

GK Colin Roberts, Sr., Osceola

F Omar Chafchaouni, Jr., Northeast

F Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola

F Gavin Swartzwelder, Jr., Lakewood

MF Syed Haddak, Jr., Northeast

MF Riley Pinney, Sr., Northeast

MF Alex Flores, Sr., St. Petersburg

MF Owen Noyes, Sr., St. Petersburg

D George Nikolaev, Sr., Lakewood

D Landon Levering, Sr., Osceola

D Max Bernhart, Sr., Lakewood

D Tom Precious, Sr., Northeast

Second team

GK Aidan Barnes, Jr., Lakewood

F Braden Harris, Sr., Boca Ciega

F Riley Duebel, Jr., Osceola

F Jornell Channer, Sr., St. Petersburg

MF Jake Beresford, Jr., Osceola

MF Kyle Conde, So., Lakewood

MF David Silvers, Sr., Lakewood

D Luka Savic, Sr., St. Petersburg

D Javier Santander, Jr., Northeast

D Aiden Beresford, Jr., Osceola

D Caleb Fruland, Sr., St. Petersburg

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