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Berkeley Prep (13-2) at Brooks DeBartolo (10-3), 7:30

The Buccaneers’ two losses this season have been by a combined 10 points to a pair of quality programs, Orlando Evans and Tampa Catholic. The Phoenix, meanwhile, have won five of six, the lone loss coming against Tampa SLAM in overtime during that span. 

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Riverview (11-4) at Steinbrenner (15-6), 6:30

The Sharks have been on a roll, winning five of their last six, the only by two points to Sarasota Riverview. The Warriors also have plenty of momentum with five of their last six wins decided by double digits.

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Palm Harbor University (10-2) at River Ridge (12-1-2), 6

The Royal Knights are averaging nearly five goals per game. But they likely will have a tough time scoring against a Hurricanes’ defense that posted four straight shutouts and has allowed just seven goals all season. 

Land O’ Lakes (11-2-1) at Academy of the Holy Names (8-3), 7

Both teams are ranked among the top five in the state in their respective classifications by MaxPreps (the Gators are No. 2 in 5A and the Jaguars are No. 5 in 3A). 

The schedules

Boys basketball

Hudson at Gulf, 12

Clearwater Academy at IMG Academy Blue, 5:30

Admiral Farragut at East Lake, 6

Pepin Academy at Cristo Rey Tampa, 7

Wiregrass Ranch at Mitchell, 7:30

Fivay at River Ridge, 7:30

Zephyrhills at Lakeland George Jenkins, 7:30

Countryside at Tarpon Springs, 7:30

Carrollwood Day at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7:30

Berkeley Prep at Brooks DeBartolo, 7:30

Steinbrenner at Anclote, 7:30

Seminole at Gibbs, 7:45

Northeast at Largo, 7:45

Strawberry Crest at Bloomingdale, 8

Alonso at Armwood, 8

Wharton at Gaither, 8

Plant City at Sumner, 8

Lennard at Robinson, 8

Chamberlain at Plant, 8

King at Sickles, 8

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Bayshore Christian at Bell Creek Academy, 5

Berkeley Prep at Carrollwood Day, 6

Brooks DeBartolo at Tampa Prep, 6:30

Hudson at Cypress Creek, 6:30

St. Petersburg at Tarpon Springs, 7

Gibbs at Northeast, 7

St. Petersburg Catholic at Parrish Community, 7

Sunlake at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Palm Harbor University at River Ridge, 7:30

Dunedin at Countryside, 8

Pinellas Park at Boca Ciega, 8

Girls basketball

Universal Academy at Classical Prep, 5

Riverview at Steinbrenner, 6:30

Alonso at Armwood, 6:30

Chamberlain at Plant, 6:30

Plant City at Sumner, 6:30

Wharton at Gaither, 6:30

Strawberry Crest at Bloomingdale, 6:30

King at Sickles, 6:30

Fivay at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Lennard at Robinson, 6:30

Spoto at Durant, 7

Hudson at Central, 7

Pinellas Park at Seminole, 7

Dunedin at Hollins, 7

Tarpon Springs at East Lake, 7

Middleton at Brandon, 7

River Ridge at Sunlake, 7:30

Lecanto at Nature Coast, 7:30

Boca Ciega at Palm Harbor University, 7:45

Girls soccer

St. Petersburg Catholic at Parrish Community, 5

Sumner at Riverview, 6

Nature Coast at Weeki Wachee, 6

Sunlake at Central, 6

Palm Harbor University at River Ridge, 6

Dunedin at Countryside, 6

Seminole at Clearwater Central Catholic, 6:30

Shorecrest at Largo, 6:30

Land O’ Lakes at Academy of the Holy Names, 7

Lakeland McKeel Academy at Newsome, 7

Lakewood at Gibbs, 7

Lakeland George Jenkins at Tampa Catholic, 7:30

Pasco at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

Mitchell at East Lake, 8

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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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City of Hoops Classic set for today

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City of Hoops Classic 

Where: Bishop McLaughlin

When: Today

Schedule: Girls rising stars game, 2; Girls senior game, 3:30; 3-point/dunk contest, 5; Boys rising stars game, 6; Boys senior game, 7:30

Livestream: Florida Athletics Network

Rosters

Boys senior game

Home team

G Ray Perry, St. Petersburg

F Jayven Millien, Riverview

F Ezereke Dawson, Plant City

G Dean Gabrelcik, East Lake

G Anthony Bittar, East Lake

G Mikey Shane, East Lake

F Trae Martin, Brooks DeBartolo

G Gavin Martinez, Cambridge Christian

G Oteman Delancy, Lakewood

Away team

G/F Mike Trigg, Carrollwood Day

G Mark Mulfinger, Berkeley Prep

G Christian Rolack, Robinson

G CJ Crews, Bayshore Christian

G Deon Brown, Bayshore Christian

F Tripp Burdgess, Alonso

F Matt Lentz, Durant

F/G Jaylen Wharton, Durant

G Ryan Weir, Jesuit

Boys rising stars

Home team

G Emanuel Sharp, Bishop McLaughlin

F Dillon Mitchell, Bishop McLaughlin

F Matthew Webster, Bishop McLaughlin

F/G Josh Watkins, Bishop McLaughlin

G Trent Scott, Alonso

G AJ Wright, Clearwater

G Braylon Jackson, Riverview

G CJ Lee, Clearwater

Away team

G Jason Jackson, Sarasota Riverview

F/G Tony Livingston, Carrollwood Day

G Javohn Thomas, Sickles

G George Kimble, Bishop McLaughlin

G Karter Knox, Tampa Catholic

F CJ Hawkins, Berkeley Prep

G Tristan Gross, Calvary Christian

G Kamrin Oriol, Admiral Farragut

Girls Senior Game

Home team

G O’Mariah Gordon, Braden River

G Cheyenne Stubbs, Braden River

G/F Adina Davis, Chamberlain

F Chimera Iloanya, Seffner Christian

G Jasmine Peaks, Tampa Bay Tech

F Jayla Murray, Tampa Bay Tech

F/G Tavi’yanna Habib, Armwood

G Courtni Demorest, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic

Away team

G Nyla Jean, Plant

F Kendal Cheesman, Plant

C/F Mya Lamar, Tampa Bay Tech

G Isabella Prada, Bishop McLaughlin

G Amarie Godwin, Brooks DeBartolo

G Triniti Youngblood, Brooks DeBartolo

F/G Brionna McClinton, Brooks DeBartolo

G/F Kassidy Jones, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic

Girls rising stars

Home team

G Jade Thompson, Tampa Bay Tech

G Sydney Shaw, Miami Country Day

G E’marie Lewis, Lady Drive Nation

F Nicole Carreno, Seffner Christian

F Amiya Evans, Tampa Bay Tech

G Arianna Mosley, Tampa Prep

Away team

G Olivia Delancy, Carrollwood Day

G Tanner Strickland, Plant

G/F Jaela Davis, Brooks DeBartolo

G/F Keyara Bromley, Armwood

G/F Tyra Kennedy, Hillsborough

F Leah Barnes, Carrollwood Day

G Ja’Leah Williams, Blanche Ely

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