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Girls basketball: Weekend recap





St. Petersburg Catholic 39, Keswick Christian 38

Bell Creek Academy 50, Canterbury 33

Oldsmar Christian 29, FISHS 14

River Ridge 50, Gulf 18

Calvary Christian 53, Dunedin 26

Indian Rocks Christian 56, Universal Academy 6

Hillsborough 74, King 23

Sunlake 53, Tampa Catholic 45

Wharton 50, Alonso 36

Elfers Christian 40, West Hernando Christian 24

Lennard 58, Sumner 37

Jefferson 70, Spoto 21

Cypress Creek 40, Hudson 37

Plant 63, Strawberry Crest 17

East Bay 61, Brandon 14

Nature Coast 66, Central 8

Steinbrenner 51, Palm Harbor University 38

East Lake 59, Largo 47

Hollins 56, Bradenton Christian 54

Wiregrass Ranch 54, Berkeley Prep 38

Weeki Wachee 47, Citrus 12

Charlotte 66, Seffner Christian 36

Wesley Chapel 54, Zephyrhills 40

Crystal River 63, Hernando 51

Northeast 53, Osceola 9

Durant 60, Gaither 14

Prime time performers

G/F Anaiyah Allen, Sr., Steinbrenner: Recorded 20 points, five rebounds and five steals in a win over Palm Harbor University. 

F/C Lillian Barnes, Sr., Alonso: Finished with a team-high 18 points in a loss to Wharton. 

G Ka’Yanti Burden, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Had 13 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Keswick Christian.

F Kendal Cheesman, Sr., Plant: Scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a win over Strawberry Crest. 

G/F Deana Epps, Fr., Hillsborough: Led the Terriers with 26 points and 10 steals in a win over King.  

F Zoi Evans, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Had 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Berkeley Prep. 

G Ava Graham, Fr., Keswick Christian: Finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in a loss to St. Petersburg Catholic. 

F Morgan Hunt, Fr., Bell Creek Academy: Scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a win over Canterbury. 

G/F Zanaliyah Hutchinson, Sr., Jefferson: Led the Dragons with 43 points in a win over Spoto.

G Jasmine James, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven steals in a win over Citrus. 

G Joniryah Johnson, Sr., Hollins: Had a team-high 22 points in a win over Bradenton Christian. 

G Courtney Logan, Sr., East Bay: Finished with 15 points, seven steals and six rebounds in a win over Brandon.  

G Lily Meier, Fr., Sunlake: Had 18 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Tampa Catholic. 

G/F Miani Mejia, So., Durant: Scored 17 points and had 11 steals in a win over Gaither. 

G Tamara Moragne, Jr., Northeast: Led the Vikings with 17 points in a win over Osceola. 

G Halei Murrell, Jr., Lennard: Scored a team-high 34 points in a win over Sumner. 

G Zou Raine, So., Calvary Christian: Led the Warriors in scoring with 16 points in a win over Dunedin. 

F/G Marinique Reddin, Sr., Wharton: Scored a team-high 20 points in a win over Alonso. 



Naples Gulf Coast 68, Seffner Christian 32

Academy of the Holy Names 59, Northeast 32

Keswick Christian 64, Indian Rocks Christian 30

Prime time performers

F/G Carolyn Harris, Sr., Northeast: Scored a team-high 15 points in a loss to Academy of the Holy Names. 

G Sydney Jackwin, Jr., Keswick Christian: Finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a win over Indian Rocks Christian. 

G Angelie Pena, Sr., Academy of the Holy Names: Had 21 points and five rebounds in a win over Northeast. 

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Baseball: Region semifinal recap (7A-5A, 2A)



Class 7A

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Durant 7, Sarasota Riverview 0

Prime time performers

P Sean Hermann, Sr., Durant: Threw 4 ⅔ scoreless innings, allowing four hits, finishing with six strikeouts and teaming with Alex Canney on a shutout win over Sarasota Riverview. 

C/UTIL Dylan LaPointe, So., Durant: Hit two doubles and had two RBIs and a run scored in a win over Sarasota Riverview. 

C/3B Carlos Morales, Fr., Durant: Went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over Sarasota Riverview. 

Saturday’s region final schedule

Durant vs. Osceola-Lake Nona winner

Class 6A

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Bloomingdale 2, Mitchell 1

Prime time performers

INF/P Gabe Garrett, Sr., Bloomingdale: Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in a win over Mitchell. 

P/OF Jack Owens, Jr., Bloomingdale: Lasted six innings on the mound, allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out seven in a win over Mitchell. 

Saturday’s region final schedule

Bloomingdale at Naples Gulf Coast, 7

Class 5A

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Land O’ Lakes 3, Ocala Vanguard 0

Prime time performer

P Brian Holiday, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Threw a complete-game no-hitter with 20 strikeouts and was 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored in a win over Ocala Vanguard. It was career win No. 600 for Gators coach Calvin Baisley.

May 19 region final schedule

Land O’ Lakes at Jefferson, 7

Class 2A

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Seffner Christian 11, Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy 2

Bishop McLaughlin 4, Northside Christian 3 (10 innings)

Prime time performers

OF/P Andrew Duncan, So., Bishop McLaughlin: Powered the Hurricanes’ offense by going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in a win over Northside Christian.

C Andrew Ura, Sr., Seffner Christian: Hit a grand slam that ignited the offense in a win over Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy. 

Saturday’s region final schedule  

Seffner Christian at Mount Dora Christian, 7

Bishop McLaughlin at Sarasota Out-of-Door, 7

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CCC’s Stephen Shepherd leaves to take over at PHU



Stephen Shepherd, who coached Clearwater Central Catholic’s volleyball team for 11 seasons and led the program to the Class 3A state title in 2014, has stepped down to take over at Palm Harbor University. 

Shepherd, a teacher at Clearwater Fundamental, resigned last week. He said the move was a family decision. 

“My daughter is in sixth grade, and is a very good player,” Shepherd said. “She has dreamed of playing for me since she was 3 and was in our regional and state championship pictures. 

“I, however, am a teacher, and I’m unable to afford the tuition at CCC.  So it became about our family for me.  I didn’t want to miss her high school career while I’m coaching somewhere else.”

With the Marauders, Shepherd was 232-84 with six district titles, three region titles and a state title. Last season, CCC went 18-6 and lost to Carrollwood Day in the 3A region quarterfinals. 

This is the second high-profile coach the Marauders have lost in the past week. CCC baseball coach Todd Vaughan already announced he was stepping down after 33 seasons. .

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Baseball: Wednesday’s region semifinal breakdown (7A-6A, 2A)



The baseball playoffs continue Wednesday with region semifinal games in Classes 7A-6A and 2A. Admission is $7. Here is the schedule with outlooks for each area game, as well as team leaders for each matchup.

Class 7A

Durant (20-5) at Sarasota Riverview (19-9), 7

This is a rematch from the 7A-8 district final the Rams won 10-0 two weeks ago. In that game, the Cougars were unable to use ace Sean Hermann, who threw in the district semifinals. Hermann will be back on the mound and likely will be squaring off against Sarasota Riverview’s Karson Ligon or Pip Smalley in what could be a pitcher’s duel.  

Team leaders

CategoryDurantSarasota Riverview
Batting averageAustin Sewell .400Pip Smalley .425
RBIsDylan LaPointe 20Clay Russin 22
Home runsLuke Scolaro 2Four players tied with two
ERASean Hermann 0.45Pip Smalley 0.33
StrikeoutsSean Hermann 114Karson Ligon 61

Class 6A

Mitchell (22-6) at Bloomingdale (20-6), 7

The Mustangs, ranked No. 6 in the classification by MaxPreps, enter on a five-game win streak, including three victories by double digits. The Bulls have won three straight and 11 of their last 12. Their success is due in part to finding ways to pull through in close games. Bloomingdale is 3-1 in games decided by a run during this recent stretch. 

Team leaders

Batting averageAidan Miller .415Colby Shelton .409
RBIsAidan Miller 22Marlon Bowen 22
Home runsAidan Miller 4Colby Shelton 5
ERAJames Hill 0.64Jack Owens 0.89
StrikeoutsAshton Crowther 62David Eckaus 80

Class 2A

Bishop McLaughlin (19-7) at Northside Christian (15-12), 7

The visiting Hurricanes, winners of eight straight, are playing their best baseball of the season. Pitching and defense has been the key. Bishop McLaughin has posted three straight shutouts and allowed a combined five runs in their last six games. After a 2-4 stretch late in the regular season, the Mustangs have turned things around, winning five straight. Three of those victories were by a combined five runs. 

Team leaders

CategoryBishop McLaughlinNorthside Christian
Batting averageAugie Mojica .409Andrew Williamson .402
RBIsAndrew Duncan, Drew Knight 15Jake Cappock, Ryan Cerrone 17
Home runsNicholas Cucchi, Drew Knight 1Four players tied with 2
ERAEthan Burkhardt 1.35Shane McClanahan 2.85
StrikeoutsTanner Boccabello 55Robert Kocis 38

Winter Haven All Saints’ (16-7) at Seffner Christian (18-4), 4

This is a rematch of the 2A-8 district final the host Crusaders won 14-4 in five innings two weeks ago. In that game, Seffner Christian’s Andrew Ura went 4-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs and teammate Spencer Boynton hit two doubles and scored two runs. 

Team leaders

CategoryAll Saints’ Seffner Christian
Batting averageRiley Kelton .456Dylan Cheeley .416
RBIsSteele Polin 24Dylan Cheeley, Connor Loomis 18
Home runsBrock Thielen 1Spencer Boynton 2
ERALucas Perez 1.43Ben Cheek 0.25
StrikeoutsLucas Perez 158Joey Jensen 75

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