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Fivay (11-1) at Nature Coast (11-5), 7:30

The Falcons, who are off to one of their best starts in school, get what they want — a challenge on the road against one of the top teams in Hernando County.

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Plant (10-2-1) at Newsome (12-2), 8

Both teams are ranked among the top 15 in the state in Class 7A by MaxPreps (the Wolves at No. 12 and the Panthers at No. 9)

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Tampa Bay Tech (4-0) at Wharton (13-3), 7

The Titans’ schedule beefs up the next few weeks, starting with a matchup against the Wildcats.

Academy of the Holy Names (11-6) at Wesley Chapel (11-3), 6:30

Cross-county matchup provides a good test for both programs before the start of district tournament play in a few weeks.

Girls soccer

Plant (10-0) at Newsome (11-1), 6

It does not get much better than this. Both teams are ranked among the top 20 in the nation, the top 11 in the state and the top four in Class 7A (the Panthers are No. 3 and the Wolves are No. 4) by MaxPreps.

The schedules

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Lakeside Christian at Canterbury, 6

Universal Academy at Cambridge Christian, 6

Strawberry Crest at Leto, 7

Steinbrenner at Sunlake, 7:30

St. Petersburg Catholic at Indian Rocks Christian, 7:30

Lakeland Christian at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Tampa Prep at Brooks DeBartolo, 7:30

Lakewood at Bradenton Southeast, 7:30

Fivay at Nature Coast, 7:30

Anclote at Mitchell, 7:30

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Lakeside Christian at Academy at the Lakes, 4

Winthrop College at Cambridge Christian, 4

Brooks DeBartolo at Tampa SLAM, 4:30

Armwood at Hillsborough, 6

Anclote at Sunlake, 6

Leto at Alonso, 6

Gulf at Zephyrhills, 6:30

Hernando at Citrus, 6:30

Shorecrest at Bradenton Christian, 7

Northside Christian at Canterbury, 7

Lakewood Ranch at Jesuit, 7

Seffner Christian at Bradenton Saint Stephen’s, 7

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Keswick Christian at Calvary Christian, 7

Pasco at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Plant at Newsome, 8

East Bay at Bloomingdale, 8

Girls basketball

Universal Academy at Cambridge Christian, 4:30

Hernando Christian at Lakeside Christian, 5

Northside Christian at Keswick Christian, 5:30

Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic at Berkeley Prep, 6

Calvary Christian at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, 6

Tampa Prep at Brooks DeBartolo, 6

Plant City at Armwood, 6:30

Academy of the Holy Names at Wesley Chapel, 6:30

Sarasota Booker at Tampa Catholic, 6:30

Tampa Bay Tech at Wharton, 7

Sumner at Strawberry Crest, 7

Orlando First Academy at Central, 7

Leto at Bloomingdale, 7

Indian Rocks Christian at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7:30

River Ridge at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Anclote at Gulf, 7:30

Sunlake at Fivay, 7:30

Girls soccer

Tampa Prep at Seffner Christian, 4

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney at St. Petersburg Catholic, 5

Crystal River at River Ridge, 5:30

Cambridge Christian at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, 6

Indian Rocks Christian at Northside Christian, 6

East Bay at Bloomingdale, 6

Plant at Newsome, 6

Central at Gulf, 6:30

Calvary Christian at Mitchell, 6:30

Land O’ Lakes at Wiregrass Ranch, 7

Cypress Creek at Tampa Catholic, 7:30

Ocala Forest at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

Nature Coast at Springstead, 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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