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Nature Coast (10-5) at Springstead (10-2), 7:30

The Sharks have been the dominant program in Hernando County for the past decade but they now have some competition. Last week, Nature Coast lost to Central. Tonight, the Sharks face another tough challenge against the Eagles, which are off to a solid start.  

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Steinbrenner (11-4) at Plant (9-2-1), 7

Both teams are ranked among the top 20 in the state in Class 7A by MaxPreps and are each trying to get the top seed in the district (7A-7). 

Wiregrass Ranch (12-3-1) at Sunlake (8-0-1), 7:30

The Seahawks enter with the better, but they have struggled against their rival. The last time Sunlake beat the Bulls was during the 2012-13 season. 

Girls basketball

Calvary Christian (8-2) at Academy of the Holy Names (10-6), 6

The Warriors, who are undefeated on the road (5-0), face their toughest away games of the season against the Jaguars. 

Durant (11-2) at Wharton (12-3), 7

The Wildcats, ranked 12th in the state in Class 7A by MaxPreps, put their undefeated record at home (6-0) on the line against the Cougars. 

The schedules

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Universal Academy at Brandon Academy, 5

Delphi Academy at Lakeside Christian, 5

Pasco at Wesley Chapel, 6

Oldsmar Christian at Clearwater Academy, 7

East Bay at King, 7

St. Petersburg Catholic at Tampa SLAM, 7

Cambridge Christian at Sarasota Out-of-Door, 7

Seffner Christian at IMG Academy, 7

Seven Rivers Christian at Hernando Christian, 7:30

Cypress Creek at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Tampa Prep at Sunlake, 7:30

Anclote at Mitchell, 7:30

Nature Coast at Springstead, 7:30

Berkeley Prep at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Indian Rocks Christian at Northside Christian, 7:30

Zephyrhills at Fivay, 7:30

Lecanto at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Central at Crystal River, 7:30

Bayshore Christian at Carrollwood Day, 7:30

Tampa Catholic at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7:30

Parrish Community at Canterbury, 7:30

Hernando at Citrus, 7:30

Zephyrhills Christian at All Saints’, 7:30

Riverview at Lennard, 8

Gaither at Hillsborough, 8

Freedom at Plant City, 8

Elevation Prep at American Collegiate, 8

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Seffner Christian at Canterbury, 5:30

Tampa Catholic at Brooks DeBartolo, 6

King at Armwood, 6

Sumner at Newsome, 6

Seffner Christian at Canterbury, 6:30

Central at Gulf, 6:30

Mitchell at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Robinson at Jefferson, 7

River Ridge at Berkeley Prep, 7

Alonso at Gaither, 7

Indian Rocks Christian at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7

Steinbrenner at Plant, 7

Keswick Christian at Northside Christian, 7

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Sickles at Leto, 7

South Sumter at Pasco, 7:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Sunlake, 7:30

Chamberlain at Hillsborough, 8

Durant at East Bay, 8

Girls basketball

Indian Rocks Christian at Northside Christian, 5

Parrish Community at Canterbury, 5:30

Cambridge Christian at Sarasota Out-of-Door, 5:30

Calvary Christian at Academy of the Holy Names, 6

Seven Rivers Christian at Hernando Christian, 6

Foundation Christian at Academy at the Lakes, 6

North Tampa Christian at Lakeside Christian, 6

Tampa Prep at Sunlake, 6

Citrus at Hernando, 6:30

Chamberlain at Newsome, 6:30

Riverview at Lennard, 6:30

River Ridge at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Gaither at Hillsborough, 6:30

Crystal River at Central, 7

Durant at Wharton, 7

King at Steinbrenner, 7

Strawberry Crest at Sickles, 7

Robinson at Sumner, 7

Zephyrhills at Hudson, 7:30

Weeki Wachee at Lecanto, 7:30

Mitchell at Gulf, 7:30

Lakeland Christian at Bell Creek Academy, 8

Girls soccer

Cambridge Christian at Academy at the Lakes, 4

Keswick Christian at Northside Christian, 5

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s at St. Petersburg Catholic, 5

Calvary Christian at Carrollwood Day, 5:30

Hillsborough at Middleton, 6

Hudson at Central, 6

Durant at East Bay, 6

Gulf at South Sumter, 7

Land O’ Lakes at Berkeley Prep, 7

Shorecrest at Sarasota Out-of-Door, 7

Zephyrhills at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Springstead at Lecanto, 7:30

Mitchell at River Ridge, 7:30

Sunlake at Wiregrass Ranch, 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. 

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. 

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

“They have developed great players to be successful at the next level,” Mitchell said of Montverde. “The 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. 

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.  . 

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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 full  boys basketball list click here.  

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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