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East Lake (14-0) at St. Petersburg (11-1), 7:45

This matchup is a battle between two of the top six teams in the state in Class 6A according to Max Preps (the Eagles are No. 1 and the Green Devils are No. 6). 

Girls basketball 

Play4Kay Shootout (all games at Central Baptist)

Montverde Academy vs. Plant, 5:30

Tampa Bay Tech vs. Brooks DeBartolo, 7

Seffner Christian vs. American Heritage, 8:30

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Hope Christian at Faith Outreach Academy, 6

Sunlake at Freedom, 6

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney at St. Petersburg Catholic, 6

Tampa Catholic at Leesburg, 6:30

Ruskin Christian at Gulf Coast HEAT, 6:30

Candlelight Christian at Hillsborough Baptist, 6:45

Bradenton Bayshore at Countryside, 7

Zephyrhills at South Sumter, 7

Bishop McLaughlin at Bayshore Christian, 7

Jesuit at Spoto, 7

FISHS at Grace Christian, 7

Plant at Wharton, 7

Leto at Tampa Bay Tech, 7

Admiral Farragut at City of Life Christian, 7:15

Hudson at Tarpon Springs, 7:30

Classical Prep at Academy at the Lakes, 7:30

Berkeley Prep at Calvary Christian, 7:30

Springstead at Hernando, 7:30

Weeki Wachee at Central, 7:30

Keswick Christian at Northside Christian, 7:30

Lakeside Christian at Hernando Christian, 7:30

Northeast at Hollins, 7:30

Land O’ Lakes at Pasco, 7:30

Cypress Creek at Tampa Prep, 7:30

Crystal River at Nature Coast, 7:30

East Lake at St. Petersburg, 7:45

Bradenton Southeast at Boca Ciega, 7:45

Largo at Pinellas Park, 7:45

Osceola at Palm Harbor University, 7:45

Plant City at Riverview, 8

Seffner Christian at Cambridge Christian, 8

Hillsborough at Sickles, 8

Strawberry Crest at Armwood, 8

Wiregrass Ranch at Gaither, 8

Jefferson at Chamberlain, 8

East Bay at Bloomingdale, 8

Newsome at Durant, 8

Steinbrenner at Alonso, 8

Brandon at King, 8

Middleton at Robinson, 8

Sumner at Blake, 8

Boys soccer

Carrollwood Day at Seffner Christian, 4

Universal Academy at Berkeley Prep, 5:30

Indian Rocks Christian at Bradenton Saint Stephen’s, 6

Brooks DeBartolo at Bayshore Christian, 6

Bishop McLaughlin at Springstead, 6:30

St. Petersburg Catholic at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7

Clearwater at Fivay, 7

Osceola at Calvary Christian, 7

Hollins at Northside Christian, 7

Newsome at Sarasota Riverview, 7

Nature Coast at Tarpon Springs, 7

Cambridge Christian at Bradenton Christian, 7

Seminole at East Lake, 7

Largo at Keswick Christian, 7

Anclote at Lakewood, 7

Canterbury at Sarasota Out-of-Door, 7

Plant City at Lakeland Christian, 7

Hudson at Gibbs, 8

Dunedin at Palm Harbor University, 8

Wiregrass Ranch at South Sumter, 8

Pinellas Park at Countryside, 8:30

Girls basketball

Elfers Christian vs. Oldsmar Christian, 12

Admiral Farragut at Oasis Christian, 3:45

St. Petersburg Catholic at Calvary Christian, 4:30

Classical Prep at Academy at the Lakes, 5

Montverde Academy vs. Plant, 5:50

Lakeside Christian at Hernando Christian, 6

Keswick Christian at Northside Christian, 6

Springstead at Hernando, 6

Northeast at Hollins, 6

Gibbs at Seminole, 6

Academy of the Holy Names at Palmetto, 6

Clearwater vs. DME Sports Academy, 6:15

Hillsborough at Sickles, 6:30

Steinbrenner at Alonso, 6:30

Jefferson at Chamberlain, 6:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Gaither, 6:30

East Bay at Bloomingdale, 6:30

Carrollwood Day at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, 6:30

Newsome at Durant, 6:30

Indian Rocks Christian at Cambridge Christian, 6:30

City of Life Christian at Tampa Catholic, 6:30

American Youth Academy at Cambridge Christian, 6:30

Middleton at Robinson, 6:30

Plant City at Riverview, 6:30

Strawberry Crest at Armwood, 6:30

Sumner at Blake, 6:30

Brandon at King, 6:30

Central at Weeki Wachee, 7

Zephyrhills at Mulberry, 7

East Lake at Mitchell, 7

Brooks DeBartolo vs. Tampa Bay Tech, 7

Bishop McLaughlin at Bell Creek Academy, 7:15

Tarpon Springs at Anclote, 7:30

Nature Coast at Crystal River, 7:30

Land O’ Lakes at Fivay, 7:30

Girls soccer

Bell Creek Academy at Cambridge Christian, 4

Largo at Keswick Christian, 5

Hollins at Northside Christian, 5

Anclote at Lakewood, 5

Northeast at Seminole, 6

Gaither at East Bay, 6

Hudson at Gibbs, 6

Venice at Wiregrass Ranch, 6

Dunedin at Palm Harbor University, 6

Gulf at Countryside, 6:30

Nature Coast at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Seffner Christian at Tampa Prep, 6:30

Fivay at Zephyrhills, 7

Land O’ Lakes at Tampa Catholic, 7

Robinson at Sunlake, 7

Academy of the Holy Names at River Ridge, 7:30

Crystal River at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

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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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