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Prime Time Preps’ all-Pasco County volleyball

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Player of the year

OH Audrey Koenig, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin

The Florida State signee was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 3A state player of the year and finished second in the voting for Miss Volleyball. As a senior, Koenig led the Hurricanes to the state semifinals and finished the season with 394 kills, 207 digs and a .401 hitting percentage. She was ranked as one of the state’s top two recruits in the 2021 class and was named an Under Armour honorable mention selection.    

Coach of the year

Doug Chinchar, Bishop McLaughlin

Guided the most dominant team in Pasco County to the state semifinals for the second time in the past three seasons. During the playoffs, the Hurricanes knocked off the 2019 state champion, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, to avenge a postseason loss from the year before. 

First team

S Naomi Chinchar, Fr., Bishop McLaughlin

L Adriana Lopez, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin

MH Ezzie Thompson, So., Bishop McLaughlin

MH Kylie Ciani, Jr., Sunlake

OH Makayla Way, So., Fivay

OH Maddie Snider, So., Bishop McLaughlin

OH Jordan Danielson, Sr., Wesley Chapel

OH Brette Haymann, Sr., Sunlake

Second team

S Catie Cordova, Sr., Land O’ Lakes

L Avery Lewis, Jr., Mitchell

MH Zoi Evans, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch

MH Elizabeth McDonald, Jr., Mitchell

MH Chayla Wade, Jr., Fivay

OH Cayla Heckroth, Jr., Mitchell

OH Chloe Danielson, So., Wesley Chapel

OH Cahley Wood, So., Bishop McLaughlin

Honorable mention

Anclote: Gabrielle Horn; Cypress Creek: Leah Vrabec; Fivay: Faith Jetter; Hudson: Jillian Butler, Shelby McGee, Sydney Ramos; Fivay: Chayla Wade; Gulf: Camille Penick; Land O’ Lakes: Catie Grimes, Kaitlyn Klemm, Gracie Stanley; Mitchell: Bella Baldyga; Pasco: Laynee Marsee; River Ridge: Cheyenne Rossman, Gianna Sanfilippo; Sunlake: Alice Stryker; Wesley Chapel: Amiya Oliver; Zephyrhills: Mercedes Krueger.

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Boys basketball: Class 3A state semifinal preview

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Boys basketball state semifinals

All games at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.  Admission is $10 in advance, $13 on the day of the event. Parking is $10.

Class 3A

Bishop McLaughlin (21-6) vs. Jacksonville Andrew Jackson (19-6), 2

How they got here: Bishop McLaughlin d. Calvary Christian 62-48, d. Carrollwood Day 84-66, d. Fort Myers Canterbury 47-42. Andrew Jackson d. Florida State University 82-65, d. Jacksonville Bishop Snyder 58-37, d. Winter Park Trinity Prep 69-47. 

Top players: Bishop McLaughlin: G Emanuel Sharp, Jr. (23.6 points, 4.2 assists, 1.8 steals per game); F/G Dillon Mitchell, Jr.(18.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.0 blocks per game); F/G Anthony Davis Jr., Jr. (12.1 points, 4.3 rebounds per game). Andrew Jackson: F/G Bryce Turner, Sr. (9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds per game); C Stephon Payne, Jr. (6.6 points, 6.0 rebounds per game); F Davin Daniels, Sr. (6.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists per game). 

Outlook: Bishop McLaughlin, which won two games last season, made its playoff debut last with its first state semifinal appearance. The Hurricanes did while playing all three regional games on the road. Emanuel Sharp, the Class 5A state player of the year at Blake last season, arrived this year and has been the go-to guy-averaging a team-high 23.6 points per game. Dillon Mitchell, a four-star recruit, came from Sickles and has been an inside force for Bishop McLaughlin. The advantage in experience goes to Andrew Jackson, which is making its third straight state semifinal appearance. The Tigers are motivated, especially after losing in the state title game the past two seasons. It is a veteran team with 10 returning players from last year’s squad. 

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Tuesday night rewind: Softball

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Scoreboard

Sickles 5, Mitchell 0

Boca Ciega 7, Northeast 5

Brooks DeBartolo 5, Hernando Christian 4

Berkeley Prep 16, Admiral Farragut 1

Land O’ Lakes 13, Tarpon Springs 1

Seminole 4, Countryside 0

Hernando 11, Springstead 1

Lakeside Christian 16, Keswick Christian 3

Sumner 15, Blake 0

Newsome 9, Lennard 1

Osceola 5, Clearwater 1

Calvary Christian 17, Clearwater Central Catholic 0

St. Petersburg Catholic 7, Cambridge Christian 2

Gaither 18, Armwood 0

River Ridge 16, Fivay 0

Robinson 11, Riverview 3

East Lake 7, St. Petersburg 1

Sickles 4, Mitchell 0

Weeki Wachee 15, Central 5

Plant 11, Wharton 10

Nature Coast 12, Crystal River 0

Sunlake 17, Gulf 0

Wiregrass Ranch 19, Tampa Bay Tech 2

Wesley Chapel 17, Bishop McLaughlin 0

Prime time performers

3B/P/SS DaNia Brooks, So., Sickles: Led the Gryphons on offense by going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a win over Mitchell. 

SS Brooke Blankenship, Sr., River Ridge: Went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs in a win over Fivay. 

3B Julia Diecidue, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Went 2-for-3 with a grand slam homer in a win over Admiral Farragut. 

SS/3B Bri Duggins, Sr., Plant: Finished 4-for-4 in a win over Wharton. 

CF/INF/P Kendra Falby, Sr., Sunlake: Led the Seahawks by going 3-for-3 with two RBIs in a win over Gulf. 

P/OF Kaitlyn Felton, Sr., Newsome: Threw four scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven in a win over Lennard. 

P/3B Alexa Grande, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Threw a complete game and recorded nine strikeouts in a win over Cambridge Christian. 

P/1B Mikayla Haschak, Sr., Sunlake: Struck out all six batters she faced in a win over Gulf. 

3B/1B Jordan Herring, Sr., Boca Ciega: Went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in a win over Northeast.

P/1B Robyn Herron, Jr., Sickles: Threw a one-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts in a win over Mitchell.  

SS/C Leah Jarnac, Sr., Calvary Christian: Went 2-for-4 with four RBIs in a win over 

C/OF/1B Abbee Klinefelter, So., Clearwater: Finished 2-for-2 in a loss to Osceola. 

C/3B Kadence Means, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Hit a grand slam in a win over Bishop McLaughlin. 

C/3B/SS Madison Moran, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win over Central. 

P/INF Mariah Rivera, Sr., Osceola: Hit her third homer of the season in a win over Clearwater. 

P/1B/OF Jordan Sheets, Jr., River Ridge: Threw a three-inning no-hitter and recorded four strikeouts in a win over Gulf. 

3B/OF/P Gracie Stanley, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Went 2-for-4 at the plate and combined with Mia Fields and Aliana Mercado for a no-hitter on the mound in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

UTIL Hannah Taylor, So., Hernando: Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in a win over Springstead. 

SS Tieley Vaughn, Sr., Wharton: Led the Wildcats by going 4-for-5 with a triple and an RBI in a loss to Plant. 

OF Samantha Walz, So., Newsome: Finished 5-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs in a win over Lennard. 

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Wednesday sports schedule

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Baseball

Largo (4-2) at Hollins (4-1), 7

Since losing the season opener to Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, the Royals have won four straight, including the last three by a combined 36-2. The Packers have gone through a similar turnaround, winning four straight after an 0-2 start. 

Boys basketball

Class 3A state semifinal at Lakeland’s RP Funding Center

Andrew Jackson (19-6) vs. Bishop McLaughlin (21-6), 2

The Hurricanes, ranked fourth in 3A by MaxPreps, are in the state semifinals for the first time. They have a tough test going up Andrew Jackson, ranked second in 3A. 

Softball

Calvary Christian (3-1) at Canterbury (1-2), 6

Sure, the host Crusaders have two losses, but one was against Lakewood Ranch, the nation’s top-ranked team according to MaxPreps. The key will be how Canterbury’s pitching and defense hold up against a Warriors’ offense that is averaging more than 11 runs per game.

The schedules

Baseball

Pinellas Park at Palm Harbor University, 4

Clearwater at Carrollwood Day, 6:30

Gibbs at Osceola, 7

King at Brandon, 7

Boca Ciega at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Largo at Hollins, 7

IMG Academy White at Wiregrass Ranch, 7

Sunlake at East Lake, 7

Admiral Farragut at Anclote, 7

Fivay at Wesley Chapel, 7

Boys basketball

Class 3A state semifinal at Lakeland’s RP Funding Center

Andrew Jackson vs. Bishop McLaughlin, 2

Softball

Academy at the Lakes at Admiral Farragut, 4

Calvary Christian at Canterbury, 6

Gulf at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Countryside at Dunedin, 7

Springstead at Weeki Wachee, 7

King at Brandon, 7

Wiregrass Ranch at Zephyrhills, 7:30

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