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East Lake (10-0) at Carrollwood Day (10-1), 7

The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 6A by MaxPreps, is playing its first game in a week. The Patriots, meanwhile, have gone through plenty of tests this week, beating Calvary Christian and knocking off defending Class 2A state semifinalist Bayshore Christian. 

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Tampa Prep (11-1-3) at Tampa Catholic (16-2), 6

Both teams were in last week’s Tampa Bay Invitational but did not face each other. The defenses should dominate in this one 

Girls basketball

East Lake (14-1) at Clearwater (13-4), 7

The winner has the inside track of representing the North Division in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game. 

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Bell Creek Academy at Grace Christian, 5:30

Osceola at Shorecrest, 6

Northside Christian at Lakeside Christian, 6:30

Wesley Chapel at Land O’ Lakes, 6:30

Freedom at Wiregrass Ranch, 6:30

East Lake at Carrollwood Day, 7

Gulf at Academy at the Lakes, 7

East Bay at Tampa Bay Tech, 7

Jesuit at Robinson, 7

Clearwater Central Catholic at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, 7

Sunlake at Mitchell, 7:30

Pasco at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Springstead ar Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Boca Ciega at Countryside, 7:30

CFCA at Calvary Christian, 7:30

Gibbs at Sarasota Booker, 7:30

Lakeland Christian at Seffner Christian, 7:30

Land O’ Lakes Christian at Ruskin Christian, 7:30

Citrus at Central, 7:30

Oldsmar Christian at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, 7:30

Cambridge Christian at Berkeley Prep, 7:30

Elfers Christian at West Hernando Christian, 7:30

Nature Coast at Hernando, 7:30

Keswick Christian at Zephyrhills Christian, 7:30

Clearwater at Largo, 7:45

Tarpon Springs at Northeast, 7:45

Anclote at Dunedin, 7:45

Lakewood at Bishop McLaughlin, 7:45

Cypress Creek at Palm Harbor University, 7:45

Jefferson at Blake, 8

Sumner at Middleton, 8

Spoto at Chamberlain, 8

Bloomingdale at King, 8

Brandon at Hillsborough, 8

Plant at Newsome, 8

Alonso at Sickles, 8

Kissimmee Osceola at Tampa Catholic, 8

Wharton at Steinbrenner, 8

Lakeside Christian at Northside Christian, 8

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Cambridge Christian at North Tampa Christian Academy, 3

Hollins at St. Petersburg Catholic, 4

Hernando Christian Academy at Lakeside Christian Academy, 4

Seffner Christian at Academy at the Lakes, 4

Cambridge Christian at Keswick Christian, 5:30

Tampa Prep at Tampa Catholic, 6

Central at Wesley Chapel, 6

Gibbs at Anclote, 6:30

Indian Rocks Christian at Berkeley Prep, 7

Cambridge Christian at Northside Christian, 7

Carrollwood Day at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7

Clearwater at Dunedin, 8

Calvary Christian at Largo, 8

Boca Ciega at Seminole, 8

Land O’ Lakes at Mitchell, 8

The Villages at River Ridge, 8

Girls basketball

Bell Creek Academy at Grace Christian, 4

Sarasota at Countryside, 4:30

Hernando Christian at Classical Prep, 5

Bradenton Southeast at Seffner Christian, 6

Lakeland Christian at Cambridge Christian, 6

Land O’ Lakes at Ruskin Christian, 6

Tarpon Springs at Calvary Christian, 6

Gaither at Sunlake, 6

Lakeside Christian at Northside Christian, 6

Central at Citrus, 6:30

Plant at Newsome, 6:30

Zephyrhills at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Sumner at Middleton, 6:30

Jefferson at Blake, 6:30

Bloomingdale at King, 6:30

Lennard at Riverview, 6:30

Elfers Christian at West Hernando Christian, 6:30

Wesley Chapel at Tampa Catholic, 6:30

Spoto at Chamberlain, 6:30

Brandon at Hillsborough, 6:30

Alonso at Sickles, 6:30

Gibbs at Osceola, 7

East Lake at Clearwater, 7

Pasco at Anclote, 7

Zephyrhills at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Boca Ciega at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7:30

Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic at Lakewood, 7:30

Girls soccer

Hollins at St. Petersburg Catholic, 2

Carrollwood Day at Seffner Christian, 4

Largo at Indian Rocks Christian, 5

Bell Creek Academy at Winter Haven All Saints, 5

Berkeley Prep at Bradenton Saint Stephen’s, 5:30

Sunlake at Ocala Trinity Catholic, 6

St. Petersburg at Palm Harbor University, 6

Clearwater at Dunedin, 6

Tarpon Springs at Countryside, 6

Boca Ciega at Seminole, 6

Gibbs at Hudson, 6

Nature Coast at Fivay, 6:30

Anclote at Zephyrhills, 7

Sumner at Newsome, 7

Wiregrass Ranch at Academy of the Holy Names, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at Hernando, 7:30

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Bishop McLaughlin’s Emanuel Sharp commits to Houston

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Bishop McLaughlin’s Emanuel Sharp, who led the program to its first state title game appearance, made his college plans official by committing to Houston on Thursday. 

Sharp publicly made the decision on social media. The four-star recruit, who was rated as the 11th-best shooting guard in the nation by ESPN, picked the Cougars over offers from Florida, Georgia Tech and Louisville, among others. 

Last month, Sharp was named the state player of the year in his classification for the second straight season by the Florida Dairy Farmers.

A year ago, Sharp (featured photo above courtesy of Willie Kelly) took home 5A honors after finishing as the state’s fourth-leading scorer and ranking among the top 20 in the nation with an average of 31.9 points per game. Better still, he helped Blake go through a remarkable turnaround. The Yellow Jackets went from a losing record during the 2018-19 season to finishing 22-6 and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2011 last season. 

In the offseason, Sharp switched schools, transferring to Bishop McLaughlin to join his father, Derrick, who took over head coaching duties. After missing the first six games of the season with an injury and enduring a 17-day layoff for contact tracing related to COVID-19, Sharp found his groove. 

The junior guard finished with a team-leading 24.7 points per game and led the Hurricanes to their first state title game appearance in school history. Those numbers, coupled with the playoff run, were the main reasons Sharp won again, this time as the 3A state player of the year. 

He is the first male at Bishop McLaughlin to win a state player of the year award in the school’s classification.

Sharp is one of the prized prospects in the 2022 class for Houston, which went 28-4 and lost to eventual national champion Baylor in the Final Four this season.

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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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