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Akelynn’s Angels Christian Academy (2-1) at Tampa Prep (10-8), 5

Terrapins coach Joe Fenlon is going for his 800th win. Besides hitting a major milestone, a victory would also give Tampa Prep some much-needed momentum heading into the final week of the regular season. 

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Western Conference final

Newsome (16-2) vs. Steinbrenner (13-5), 8 (at Wharton)

For the first time in 20 years, the Western Conference is deciding a Hillsborough County champion via a tournament. The final is a good one between teams both ranked among the top 25 in the state in their respective classification by MaxPreps. 

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PCAC final

Lakewood (15-3) at Clearwater (17-4), 7:45

This is a rematch from last season’s conference championship game that the Tornadoes won. The teams split their regular season meetings. The Spartans won the first, and Clearwater got payback by winning the rematch at the Keswick Suncoast Classic. 

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Western Conference final

Newsome (13-2-1) vs. Plant (13-0), 6 (at Wharton)

For the first time in 20 years, the Western Conference is deciding a Hillsborough County champion via a tournament. The final is a premier matchup between teams ranked among the top 20 overall in the state and the top six in Class 7A according to MaxPreps. 

PCAC final

St. Petersburg (7-4-1) at Palm Harbor University (11-2-1), 7

The Hurricane are the favorite to win the conference title. They are 7-0-1 in their last eight matches, including a 4-0 victory over the Green Devils two weeks ago. 

The schedules

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AACA at Tampa Prep, 5

Tampa Catholic at Windermere Prep, 5:30

Largo at Bradenton Manatee, 6

Faith Outreach at FISHS, 6

Central Baptist Christian at Ruskin Christian, 6

Spring Hill Christian at Elfers Christian, 6:30

Tampa SLAM at Bayshore Christian, 7

Schoolhouse Prep at Oldsmar Christian, 7

Sickles at Lakeland, 7

Strawberry Crest at Berkeley Prep, 7

Wharton at Freedom, 7

Carrollwood Day at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, 7

Tampa Bay Tech at Hillsborough, 7

Mitchell at Jesuit, 7:30

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s at Zephyrhills Christian, 7:30

St. Petersburg Catholic at Northside Christian, 7:30

Central at Springstead, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at Hudson, 7:30

Cambridge Christian at Keswick Christian, 7:30

Land O’ Lakes at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Nature Coast at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Life Christian at Hillsborough Baptist, 7:30

Gulf at Anclote, 7:30

Calvary Christian at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7:30

Hernando at Lecanto, 7:30

East Lake at Tarpon Springs, 7:30

Seminole at Dunedin, 7:45

Lakewood at Boca Ciega, 7:45

Gibbs at St. Petersburg, 7:45

Palm Harbor University at Northeast, 7:45

Countryside at Canterbury, 7:45

Spoto at Jefferson, 8

Durant at Sumner, 8

Robinson at Blake, 8

Bloomingdale at Brandon, 8

Lakeland Christian at Cypress Creek, 8

Chamberlain at Middleton, 8

Armwood at Plant, 8

King at Leto, 8

Riverview at Alonso, 8

East Bay at Lennard, 8

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Clearwater Central Catholic at Seminole, 6

Wiregrass Ranch at Berkeley Prep, 6:30

River Ridge at Weeki Wachee, 7

Brooks DeBartolo at Jesuit, 7

East Lake at Largo, 7

Newsome vs. Steinbrenner, 8 (at Wharton)

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Seven Rivers Christian at Hernando Christian, 5

Spring Hill Christian at Elfers Christian, 5:30

Cambridge Christian at Keswick Christian, 6

Life Christian at Hillsborough Baptist, 6

Northside Christian at St. Petersburg Catholic, 6

Palm Harbor University at Northeast, 6

Tampa Catholic at Springstead, 6

Clearwater Central Catholic at Springstead, 6

Gulf at Sunlake, 6

Armwood at Plant, 6:30

Riverview at Alonso, 6:30

Durant at Sumner, 6:30

Berkeley Prep at Tampa Prep, 6:30

East Bay at Lennard, 6:30

Spoto at Jefferson, 6:30

Chamberlain at Middleton, 6:30

Bloomingdale at Brandon, 6:30

West Hernando Christian at Oldsmar Christian, 6:30

Nature Coast at East Lake, 7

Central at Fivay, 7

Berkeley Prep at Tampa Prep, 7

Pasco at Gaither, 7

Central Baptist Christian at Ruskin Christian, 7:30

River Ridge at Mitchell, 7:30

King at Leto, 8

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Chamberlain at Gaither, 6

Pasco at Hudson, 6

Newsome vs. Plant, 6 (at Wharton)

Land O’ Lakes at Mitchell, 7

Seffner Christian at Bradenton Saint Stephen’s, 7

St. Petersburg at Palm Harbor University, 7

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Schedule for Kevin Durant National Hoopfest released



The Kevin Durant National Hoopfest series will make its way to the Tampa Bay area on Jan. 28-29.

The tournament, now being held at St. Petersburg High, is the last of four stops that have already been announced.

What makes the event noteworthy is that it matches teams from the area against nationally-ranked teams from across the country, giving fans a chance to root on their local school as well as check out players who will be playing for major colleges and NBA teams in the future.

Here is the schedule, which was released this weekend.

Jan. 28

AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.) vs. Ischool of Lewisville (Texas), 5

IMG Academy vs. Oldsmar Christian, 6:30

St. Pete vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 8

Jan. 29

Windemere Prep vs. Wasatch Academy (Utah), 1

Orlando Christian Prep vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 2:30

Oldsmar Christian vs. Ischool of Lewisville (Texas), 4

Tampa Catholic vs. AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.), 5:30

IMG Academy vs. St. Petersburg, 7

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Dillon Mitchell transfers to Montverde Academy



Dillon Mitchell, a four-star recruit who helped Bishop McLaughlin reach the state final for the first time this past season, has transferred to boys basketball powerhouse Montverde Academy. 

Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 senior small forward, made the announcement Thursday night on his Twitter account. 

In 2017, Montverde was named the nation’s top basketball program of the decade by USA Today. Several current NBA players went there, including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and R.J. Barrett. Two more notable alumni, Oklahoma’s Cade Cunningham and and FSU’s Scottie Barnes, are expected to be among the top five picks in this year’s NBA draft. 

The ability to mold such high-profile stars prompted Mitchell to make the move. 

“They have developed great players to be successful at the next level,” Mitchell said of Montverde. “The competition is awesome,and being able to play against the best even at practice will help me become better. I believe it’s a great move.”

This is Mitchell’s third school in as many years. 

During the 2019-20 season, Mitchell played at Sickles, averaging 12.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game with the Gryphons.

He left this past season to attend Bishop McLaughlin, where he teamed with another four-star prospect, Emanuel Sharp, to form a dynamic 1-2 scoring punch. Mitchell (featured photo above by Willie Kelly) finished the season averaging 17.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while leading the Hurricanes to the Class 3A state final. 

Mitchell is rated fourth in the state and 29th nationally in the Class of 2022 by ESPN. He has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, FSU, Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.  . 

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FHSAA releases boys basketball class and district assignments



The Florida High School Athletic Association released the classifications, districts and regions for boys basketball this coming season. The assignments are based on student enrollment numbers from October 2020. This is a one-year cycle that the FHSAA board of directors voted on. There likely will be a two-year cycle starting with the 2022-23 calendar year. The classifications and districts for the other sports will be released at a later date. Below is the list for area teams. For the full  boys basketball list click here.  

Class 7A, District 6


East Lake

Palm Harbor University




Class 7A, District 7


Lakewood Ranch


Plant City


Class 6A, District 9


Land O’ Lakes




Pinellas Park


Class 6A, District 10



Strawberry Crest

Tampa Bay Tech


Wiregrass Ranch

Class 6A, District 11


Bradenton Manatee

Braden River

East Bay




Class 5A, District 5



Lake Weir



Ocala Vanguard


Class 5A, District 6

Cypress Creek



Pasco, River Ridge

Wesley Chapel


Class 5A, District 8









Class 5A, District 9






Class 5A, District 10

Boca Ciega

Bradenton Bayshore

Bradenton Southeast


St. Petersburg

Class 4A, District 9


Crystal River


Nature Coast

South Sumter

Weeki Wachee

Class 4A, District 10





Tarpon Springs

Class 4A, District 11




Sarasota Booker


Wauchula Hardee

Class 3A, District 5

Bell Creek

Bishop McLaughlin

Brooks DeBartolo

Carrollwood Day

Seffner Christian

Tampa Catholic

Tampa Prep

Class 3A, District 6

Admiral Farragut

Berkeley Prep

Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic


St. Petersburg Catholic

Class 2A, District 9

Academy at the Lakes

Classical Prep

Hernando Christian

Seven Rivers Christian

Zephyrhills Christian

Class 2A, District 10

Bayshore Christian

Brandon Academy

Cambridge Christian

Foundation Christian

Lakeside Christian

Universal Academy

Class 2A, District 11

Bradenton Christian

Bradenton Gulf Coast HEAT


Indian Rocks Christian

Keswick Christian

Port Charlotte Community Christian

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