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Nature Coast (13-7) at Central (11-8), 7:30

Three weeks ago, the Bears beat their rival in a 44-43 thriller. The Sharks are trying to avoid being swept — and maintaining their dominance in Hernando County. 

Carrollwood Day (13-2) at Berkeley Prep (14-4), 7:30

The Buccaneers have lost two of their last three games. To rebound, they have get past the Patriots, who have won seven of their last eight. 

Wharton (15-3) at Alonso (16-3), 8

Both teams are ranked among the state’s top 10 in Class 7A. The Ravens won the first meeting and a regular season sweep would likely give them the top seed in 7A-7 district tournament, 

Boys soccer

Western Conference semifinals

For the first time in more than 20 years the Western Conference will have a tournament to decide the Hillsborough County champion among public schools starting tonight with the semifinals. Here is the schedule. 

Newsome (15-2) at Plant City (12-1-1), 8

Steinbrenner (12-5) at Strawberry Crest (9-1-2), 8 

Tampa Prep (11-2-3) at Wiregrass Ranch (14-4-2), 6:30

A premier matchup between teams ranked among the top overall in the state by MaxPreps and among the top four in their respective classification by MaxPreps (the Terrapins are No. 3 in 3A and the Bulls are No. 4 in 6A). 

Girls basketball

Durant (13-5) at Riverview (13-5), 6:30

A key meeting between Class 7A, District 8 rivals that are trying to move up in the standings to gain one of the top two seeds before the district tournament, 

Steinbrenner (17-6) at Bishop McLaughlin (8-0), 7

The undefeated Hurricanes face their toughest test of the season against the Warriors, who have won eight of their last nine. 

Girls soccer

Springstead (14-2) at Land O’ Lakes (12-3-1)

Both teams are stellar defensively, allowing less than a goal per match. 

The schedules

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Cambridge Christian at Brandon Academy, 5

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s at Lakeside Christian, 5:30

Clearwater Central Catholic at Lakewood Ranch, 6:30

IMG Academy Blue at Wiregrass Ranch, 7

Universal Academy at Winthrop College Prep, 7

Gibbs at Bradenton Bayshore, 7

Sarasota Christian at North Tampa Christian, 7

Plant at Sickles, 7

Tampa Bay Tech at Brandon, 7

Inverness Christian at West Hernando Christian, 7

Strawberry Crest at Lakeland, 7

Chamberlain at Jesuit, 7

Potter’s House Christian at Oldsmar Christian, 7

Hernando at Crystal River, 7:30

Providence Christian at Ruskin Christian, 7:30

Palmetto at St. Petersburg, 7:30

River Ridge at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney at Seffner Christian, 7:30

Tampa Prep at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, 7:30

Grace Christian at FISHS, 7:30

Zephyrhills at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Fivay at Hudson, 7:30

Calvary Christian at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7:30

Brooks DeBartolo at Lakeland Christian, 7:30

Tampa Catholic at Sebring, 7:30

Gulf at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

Citrus at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Nature Coast at Central, 7:30

North Tampa Christian at Keswick Christian, 7:30

Carrollwood Day at Berkeley Prep, 7:30

Springstead at Lecanto, 7:30

Northside Christian at Indian Rocks Christian, 7:35

Hollins at Countryside, 7:45

East Lake at Largo, 7:45

Bloomingdale at Gaither, 8

Spoto at Sumner, 8

Lennard at Newsome, 8

Robinson at Jefferson, 8

King at East Bay, 8

Leto at Hillsborough, 8

Lakeland Kathleen at Plant City, 8

Durant at Riverview, 8

Wharton at Alonso, 8

Blake at Middleton, 8

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Academy at the Lakes at Cambridge Christian, 4

Calvary Christian at Seffner Christian, 4

Weeki Wachee at Crystal River, 6

Berkeley Prep at Lakeland, 6

Tampa Prep at Wiregrass Ranch, 6:30

Springstead at Hernando, 6:30

Central at Fivay, 6:30

Osceola at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Hollins at Admiral Farragut, 7

Lakewood at Shorecrest, 7

Largo at Northside Christian, 7

Bell Creek Academy at Sarasota Christian, 7

Brooks DeBartolo at Carrollwood Day, 7

Keswick Christian at Canterbury, 7

Land O’ Lakes at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

The Villages at Mitchell, 7:30

King at East Bay, 8

Leto at Riverview, 8

Spoto at Armwood, 8

Hillsborough at Plant, 8

Chamberlain at Alonso, 8

Tampa Bay Tech at Sumner, 8

Steinbrenner at Strawberry Crest, 8

Newsome at Plant City, 8

Freedom at Jefferson, 8

Boca Ciega at Dunedin, 8

Sickles at Bloomingdale, 8

Girls basketball

Cambridge Christian at Admiral Farragut, 5

Inverness Christian at West Hernando Christian, 5:30

Universal Academy at Winthrop College Prep, 5:30

Tampa Prep at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, 6

Bell Creek Academy at Academy at the Lakes, 6

Providence Christian at Ruskin Christian, 6

Wharton at Alonso, 6:30

King at East Bay, 6:30

Lennard at Newsome, 6:30

Bloomingdale at Gaither, 6:30

Plant at Plant City, 6:30

Central at South Sumter, 6:30

East Lake at Palm Harbor University, 6:30

Leto at Hillsborough, 6:30

Robinson at Jefferson, 6:30

Spoto at Sumner, 6:30

Durant at Riverview, 6:30

Berkeley Prep at Academy of the Holy Names, 6:30

Gulf at Nature Coast, 6:30

Keswick Christian (JV) at Canterbury, 6:30

Largo at Tarpon Springs, 7

Osceola at Dunedin, 7

Steinbrenner at Bishop McLaughlin, 7

Hollins at Keswick Christian, 7:30

Sunlake at Pasco, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at River Ridge, 7:30

Cypress Creek at Springstead, 7:30

Girls soccer

Berkeley Prep at Universal Academy, 4

Largo at Northside Christian, 5

Osceola at St. Petersburg Catholic, 5

Bell Creek Academy at Sarasota Christian, 5

Seffner Christian at Brooks DeBartolo, 5

Hollins at Admiral Farragut, 5

Tampa Prep at Carrollwood Day, 5

Keswick Christian at Canterbury, 5

Newsome at Strawberry Crest, 6

Steinbrenner at Bloomingdale, 6

Spoto at Armwood, 6

Tampa Bay Tech at Sumner, 6

Chamberlain at Alonso, 6

King at East Bay, 6

Boca Ciega at Dunedin, 6

Cypress Creek at Academy of the Holy Names, 6

Gulf at Central, 6:30

Springstead at Land O’ Lakes, 6:30

Fivay at Calvary Christian, 7

Nature Coast at Crystal River, 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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