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Nature Coast (12-1-2) at Weeki Wachee (11-2), 7:30

The Sharks won the first meeting two weeks ago and are trying to sweep the season series before the district tournament. The Hornets, meanwhile, are looking to not only exact revenge but also gain some momentum. 

Wharton (8-3-2) at Strawberry Crest (8-1-2), 8

The Chargers put their undefeated record at home on the line when they face the Wildcats in a solid matchup between two teams capable of making playoff runs. 

Girls basketball

Lakewood (12-3) at Carrollwood Day (8-3), 6

The Spartans, known for playing a tough schedule, go on the road to face the defending Class 3A state champions. 

Newsome (10-4) at Riverview (11-4), 6:30

In the first meeting the Sharks overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to win in 48-44 in overtime. A regular season sweep would likely secure a top three spot in the Class 7A, District 8 standings for Riverview. 

Wesley Chapel (13-3) at Brooks DeBartolo (7-3), 6:30

Last week the Wildcats got past Academy of the Holy Names and now face another formidable Hillsborough County opponent in the Phoenix. 

Girls soccer

Wharton (8-2-1) at Strawberry Crest (10-1), 6

After a two-week layoff the Chargers return hoping to rebound after losing for the first time this season. Scoring will be difficult considering both teams have allowed just 15 goals combined this season. 

Wiregrass Ranch (9-3-2) at Sickles (12-2-1), 6

Both teams are ranked among the top 11 in the state in their respective classification by MaxPreps (the Bulls are No. 11 in 6A and the Gryphons are No. 10 in 7A). 

The schedules

Boys basketball

Lakeside Christian at Lakewood Ranch, 4:30

Delphi Academy at Classical Prep, 5

Pinellas Park at Bradenton Manatee, 6

Grace Christian at Spring Hill Christian, 6

Brandon Academy at Spring Hill Christian, 6:30

Blake at Jesuit, 7

Armwood at Lakeland Kathleen, 7

Oldsmar Christian at DME Sports Academy, 7

Bayshore Christian at Community Christian, 7

Steinbrenner at Plant, 7

Lakeland George Jenkins at Strawberry Crest, 7

Anclote at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

Indian Rocks Christian at Keswick Christian, 7:30

Sunlake at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

AACA at Tampa Prep, 7:30

Carrollwood Day at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Springstead at Citrus, 7:30

River Ridge at Hudson, 7:30

St. Petersburg at Calvary Christian, 7:30

Central at hernando, 7:30

Zephyrhills Christian at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7:30

Tampa Catholic at Seffner Christian, 7:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Clearwater Central Catholic at Northside Christian, 7:30

Academy at the Lakes at Hernando Christian, 7:30

Nature Coast at Lecanto, 7:30

IMG Academy White at Fivay, 7:30

Crystal River at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Countryside at East Lake, 7:30

Clearwater at Gibbs, 7:45

Canterbury at Palm Harbor University, 7:45

Osceola at Largo, 7:45

Robinson at Spoto, 8

Chamberlain at Sumner, 8

Lennard at Durant, 8

Tampa Bay Tech at Bloomingdale, 8

Leto at Brandon, 8

Hillsborough at East Bay, 8

Gaither at Alonso, 8

Middleton at Jefferson, 8

King at Freedom, 8

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Academy at the Lakes at Anclote, 4

Cambridge Christian at Canterbury, 5

Calvary Christian at Northside Christian, 6

Central at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Wiregrass Ranch at The Villages, 6:30

Osceola at Keswick Christian, 7

Jesuit at Mitchell, 7

Fivay at Lecanto, 7

Sarasota Christian at Admiral Farragut, 7

Bradenton Christian at Indian Rocks Christian, 7

Lakewood at Palmetto, 7

River Ridge at Pasco, 7:30

Nature Coast at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Zephyrhills at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

Spoto at Durant, 8

Pinellas Park at Hollins, 8

Freedom at Hillsborough, 8

Gaither at Jefferson, 8

Chamberlain at King, 8

Newsome at Bloomingdale, 8

Clearwater at East Lake, 8

Wharton at Strawberry Crest, 8

Steinbrenner at Robinson, 8

Armwood at Middleton, 8

Alonso at Plant, 8

Riverview at East Bay, 8

Plant City at Lennard, 8

Girls basketball

Grace Christian at Spring Hill Christian, 5

Cambridge Christian at Lakeside Christian, 5

Central at hernando, 6

Lakewood at Carrollwood Day, 6

Tampa Catholic at Wiregrass Ranch, 6

Gibbs at St. Petersburg Catholic, 6

Academy at the Lakes at Hernando Christian, 6

Calvary Christian at Northeast, 6

Steinbrenner at Tampa Prep, 6

Osceola at Indian Rocks Christian, 6

Keswick Christian at Academy of the Holy Names, 6:30

Fivay at Nature Coast, 6:30

Chamberlain at Sumner, 6:30

Leto at Brandon, 6:30

Newsome at Riverview, 6:30

Robinson at Spoto, 6:30

Lennard at Durant, 6:30

Citrus at Springstead, 6:30

Bloomingdale at Berkeley Prep, 6:30

Wesley Chapel at Brooks DeBartolo, 6:30

Hillsborough at East Bay, 6:30

Gaither at Alonso, 6:30

Middleton at Jefferson, 6:30

Sickles at Wharton, 6:30

Largo at St. Petersburg, 7

Lakeland George Jenkins at Plant City, 7

East Lake at Gulf, 7

Zephyrhills at Pasco, 7:30

Mitchell at Sunlake, 7:30

Weeki Wachee Crystal River, 7:30

Girls soccer

Seven Rivers Christian at Seffner Christian, 4

Northside Christian at Universal Academy, 4

Berkeley Prep at Carrollwood Day, 5

Bell Creek Academy at Keswick Christian, 5

Shorecrest at Calvary Christian, 5

Sarasota Christian at Admiral Farragut, 5

Brooks DeBartolo at Cristo Rey, 5

Bradenton Christian at Indian Rocks Christian, 5

Sumner at Brandon, 6

Riverview at East Bay, 6

Wharton at Strawberry Crest, 6

Gaither at Jefferson, 6

Palmetto at Hollins, 6

Newsome at Bloomingdale, 6

Alonso at Plant, 6

Armwood at Middleton, 6

Blake at Leto, 6

Freedom at Hillsborough, 6

Chamberlain at King, 6

Steinbrenner at Robinson, 6

Spoto at Durant, 6

Plant City at Lennard, 6

Clearwater at East Lake, 6

Wiregrass Ranch at Sickles, 6

Cambridge Christian at Tampa Prep, 6

Springstead at Central, 6:30

Hernando at Gulf, 6:30

Countryside at Osceola, 6:30

Zephyrhills at Nature Coast, 6:30

Weeki Wachee at Fivay, 6:30

Cypress Creek at River Ridge, 7:30

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Bishop McLaughlin’s Emanuel Sharp commits to Houston



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



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



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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