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Tuesday (district quarterfinals)

Class 7A, District 7

Palm Harbor University 60, Alonso 41

Steinbrenner 61, Sickles 41

Class 7A, District 8

Lakewood Ranch 53, North Port 44

Newsome 43, Lennard 24

Class 6A, District 7

Strawberry Crest 56, Lakeland Kathleen 47

Class 6A, District 8

Bloomingdale 56, Leto 33

Hillsborough 63, King 14

Class 6A, District 9

Wiregrass Ranch 53, Gaither 9

Class 6A, District 10

Largo 37, Bradenton Manatee 33

Seminole 48, Pinellas Park 43

Class 5A, District 6

River Ridge 44, Land O’ Lakes 40

Zephyrhills 59, Pasco 23

Springstead 55, Gulf 13

Class 5A, District 9

Middleton 41, Spoto 28

Robinson 65, Sumner 24

Class 5A, District 10

Northeast 49, Countryside 40

Clearwater 66, Osceola 9

Boca Ciega 56, Bradenton Bayshore 23

Class 4A, District 6

Weeki Wachee 44, South Sumter 36

The Villages 68, Central 14

Hernando 55, Citrus 23

Class 4A, District 8

Tarpon Springs 36, Hudson 30

Anclote 61, Cypress Creek 27

Class 4A, District 10

Tampa Catholic 66, Lemon Bay 59

Lakewood 68, Dunedin 29

Academy of the Holy Names 60, Gibbs 34

Class 3A, District 9

Berkeley Prep 54, Tampa Prep 51

Class 3A, District 10

Lakeland Christian 52, Frostproof 23

Class 2A, District 6

Cambridge Christian 29, Universal Academy 22

Class 2A, District 7

Sarasota Christian 48, Lakeside Christian 41

Prime time performers

F Tegan Drinkwater, Fr., Academy of the Holy Names: Played well inside, finishing with nine rebounds, six points and four steals in a win over Gibbs. 

F/C Zoi Evans, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Finished with a team-high 18 points in a win over Gaither. 

G Liv Fuller, So., Clearwater: Led the Tornadoes with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals in a win over Osceola. 

G Syncere Jackson, Sr., Middleton: Had 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals in a win over Spoto. 

G Jasmine James, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Led the Hornets with 16 points, 12 rebounds, four rebounds and four steals. 

G Tyra Kennedy, So., Hillsborough: Scored a team-high 19 points in a win over King. 

G Meya King, Sr., Northeast: Finished with 14 points, three rebounds and three steals in a win over Countryside. 

G Kierry Kline, Fr., Palm Harbor University: Had 17 points, seven assists and four rebounds in a win over Alonso. 

G Ava Knauer, So., Bloomingdale: Had 17 points and three assists in a win over Leto. 

C Adriena Lett, Sr., Springstead: Finished with 15 points and five rebounds in a win over Gulf. 

G Julia Miller, So., Robinson: Scored 32 points, including six 3-pointers, in a win over Sumner. 

G Ashley Morrell, Sr., Anclote: Tied Breanna Ortega for the team lead in points with 24 in a win over Cypress Creek. 

G Arianna Mosley, Sr., Tampa Prep: Led all scorers with 41 points in a loss to Berkeley Prep. 

F/G Karimah Nix, Jr., Boca Ciega: Scored a team-high 13 points in a win over Bradenton Bayshore. 

F/G Sydney Sandhoff, Jr., Steinbrenner: Finished with 15 points and four rebounds in a win over Sickles. 

Wednesday (district semifinals)

Class 7A, District 7

Plant 70, Palm Harbor University 10

Steinbrenner 52, Wharton 36

Class 7A, District 8

Sarasota Riverview 66, Riverview 49

Newsome 45, Lakewood Ranch 40

Class 6A, District 7

Armwood 82, Strawberry Crest 25

Lakeland George Jenkins 54, Plant City 27

Class 6A, District 8

Tampa Bay Tech 55, Bloomingdale 33

Hillsborough 48, East Bay 46

Class 6A, District 9

Wiregrass Ranch 59, Mitchell 47

East Lake 58, Sunlake 56

Class 6A, District 10

Palmetto 41, St. Petersburg 30

Seminole 32, Largo 27

Class 5A, District 6

Fivay 43, River Ridge 36

Zephyrhills 50, Springstead 19

Class 5A, District 9

Jefferson 46, Middleton 39

Robinson 48, Chamberlain 38

Class 5A, District 10

Clearwater 70, Boca Ciega 43

Class 4A, District 6

Crystal River 49, Weeki Wachee 39

The Villages 59, Hernando 27

Class 4A, District 8

Wesley Chapel 66, Tarpon Springs 21

Anclote 48, Nature Coast 41

Class 3A, District 5

Calvary Christian 67, Indian Rocks Christian 42

St. Petersburg Catholic 41, Clearwater Central Catholic 33 

Class 3A, District 9

Brooks DeBartolo 61, Berkeley Prep 18

Carrollwood Day 80, Bishop McLaughlin 26

Prime time performers

G Kailee Burkleo, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Scored a team-high 16 points in a win over Mitchell. 

F Kendal Cheesman, Sr., Plant: Led the Panthers with 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals in a win over Palm Harbor University.

G/F Liv Fuller, So., Clearwater: Had 19 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Boca Ciega.  

G/F Brianna Gautier, So., St. Petersburg Catholic: Finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Clearwater Central Catholic. 

G/F Kaliyah Gaynor, So., Jefferson: Scored a team-high 16 points in a win over Middleton. 

F Tavi’yanna Habib, Sr., Armwood: Recorded 28 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Strawberry Crest. 

F Jania Jones, Jr., Fivay: Had 11 points and 14 rebounds in a win over River Ridge.

G Tyra Kennedy, So., Hillsborough: Finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven steals in a win over East Bay. 

F/G Brionna McClinton, Sr., Brooks DeBartolo: Led the Phoenix with 25 points and six rebounds in a win over Berkeley Prep. 

G Breanna Ortega, So., Anclote: Scored a team-high 30 points in a win over Nature Coast. 

G Bella Rodrigues, So., Robinson: Finished with 14 points and five rebounds in a win over Chamberlain.  

G Whitney Rush, Sr., East Lake: Led the Eagles with 24 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in a comeback win over Sunlake.

F/C Cameron Siler-Nixon, Jr., Steinbrenner: Had 13 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Wharton. 

G Ava Stoller, So., St. Petersburg: Finished with a team-high 21 points in a loss to Palmetto.  

G Keasia Williams, Jr., Calvary Christian: Scored a team-high 19 points in a win over Indian Rocks Christian. 

Thursday (district semifinals)

Class 3A, District 10

Seffner Christian 66, Lakeland Christian 19

Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 66, Bell Creek Academy 37

Class 2A, District 5

Hernando Christian (champion/only team in district)

Friday (district finals)

Class 7A, District 7

Plant 59, Steinbrenner 30

Class 7A, District 8

Sarasota Riverview 43, Newsome 17

Class 6A, District 7

Armwood 64, Lakeland George Jenkins 39

Class 6A, District 8

Tampa Bay Tech 52, Hillsborough 46

Class 6A, District 9

Wiregrass Ranch 41, East Lake 30

Class 6A, District 10 

Palmetto 70, Seminole 23

Class 5A, District 6

Fivay 48, Zephyrhills 43

Class 5A, District 9

Jefferson 53, Robinson 29

Class 5A, District 10

Clearwater 39, Bradenton Southeast 30

Class 4A, District 6

The Villages 71, Crystal River 47

Class 4A, District 8

Wesley Chapel 66, Anclote 30

Class 4A, District 10

Lakewood 45, Sarasota Booker 42

Class 3A, District 5

St. Petersburg Catholic 59, Calvary Christian 40

Class 3A, District 9 

Brooks DeBartolo 42, Carrollwood Day 39

Class 3A, District 10

Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 70, Seffner Christian 56

Class 2A, District 6

Foundation Christian Academy 62, Cambridge Christian 28

Class 2A, District 7

Keswick Christian 56, Sarasota Christian 37

Prime time performers

F Marielis Creque, Sr., Fivay: Led the Falcons with 24 points and nine rebounds in a win over Zephyrhills.

G Brianna Gautier, So., St. Petersburg Catholic: Finished with 13 points and four rebounds in a win over Calvary Christian. 

G/F Kaliyah Gaynor, So., Jefferson: Scored a team-high 18 points in a win over Robinson. 

G Ava Graham, Fr., Keswick Christian: Had 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and five steals in a win over Sarasota Christian.

F Emma Gregory, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Scored a team-high 14 points in a win over East Lake.

F Tavi’yanna Habib, Sr., Armwood: Led the Hawks with 21 points, 15 rebounds and nine steals in a win over Lakeland George Jenkins.   

F/G Brionna McClinton, Sr., Brooks DeBartolo: Finished with 10 points and six rebounds in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

G Nyla Jean, Sr., Plant: Led the Panthers with 23 points, nine rebounds and six steals in a win over Steinbrenner. 

C Kyleigh Welsh, Jr., Clearwater: Had 14 rebounds and five blocked shots in a win over Bradenton Southeast. 

Region quarterfinals

All games on Thursday start at 7 unless noted

Class 7A

Newsome at Plant

Steinbrenner at Sarasota Riverview

Class 6A

Seminole at Wiregrass Ranch

East Lake at Palmetto

Class 5A

Bradenton Southeast at Jefferson

Robinson at Clearwater

Zephyrhills at Orlando Jones

Lecanto at Fivay

Class 4A

Atlantic at Lakewood

Anclote at Lake Highland Prep

Eustis at Wesley Chapel

Class 3A

Seffner Christian at Brooks DeBartolo

Carrollwood Day at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s at St. Petersburg Catholic

Calvary Christian at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

Class 2A

Cambridge Christian at Hernando Christian

Naples First Baptist at Keswick Christian

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Time to vote: Softball player of the week

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Here are the nominees for the softball player of the week. Voting lasts through Tuesday. 

C Katie Bradbourne, Jr., Newsome: Went 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored in a 7A region quarterfinal win over Palm Harbor University. 

P Malia Connelly, Fr., Calvary Christian: Threw a five-hit shutout with four strikeouts in a 3A region win over Fort Myers Bishop Verot. 

UTIL Cat Durden, Fr., Pasco: Had two hits and drove in two runs in a 5A region quarterfinal win over Sumner. 

CF/INF/P Kendra Falby, Sr., Sunlake: Went 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and four runs scored in a win over Gaither in the 6A region quarterfinals. 

P/3B/CF Mia Fields, Fr., Land O’ Lakes: Threw a two-hit shutout with four strikeouts in a 5A region quarterfinal win over Seminole.

P/3B/2B Shannon Kendall, Fr., Seffner Christian: Threw a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and had a double, a homer and three RBIs at the plate in a 2A region quarterfinal win over Merritt Island Christian. 

C/3B Kadence Means, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Had two doubles, a homer and finished with six RBIs in a 4A region quarterfinal win over Dunedin. 

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Softball: Tuesday’s region semifinal breakdown

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The softball playoffs continue with Tuesday’s region semifinal games. Admission is $7.  Here is the schedule with outlooks for each area game, as well as team leaders for each matchup.

Class 7A

Newsome (26-2) at Lakewood Ranch (25-1), 7

This is more like a state championship game. After all, both teams are ranked among the top three in the classification, the top five overall in the state and the top 12 nationally by MaxPreps. They met in the 7A-12 district final. The top-ranked Mustangs handed the Wolves their only loss of the season. Newsome rebounded by beating Palm Harbor University 7-6 in last week’s region quarterfinals. Trailing 6-3, the Wolves rallied with three runs in the fifth inning to tie it and  the winning run in the seventh to advance to the region semifinals and set up the rematch. Karley Shelton and Katy Bradbourne each homered and Samantha Walz scored two runs, including the winner in the seventh.  

Team leaders

CategoryNewsomeLakewood Ranch
Batting averageJadeyn Ruszkowski .522Cassidy McLellan .517
RBIsKarley Shelton 43Ella Coiner, Cassidy McLellan 31
Home runsKarley Shelton 12Ella Coiner, Cassidy McLellan 6
ERAMaria Brooks 0.55Olivia Laney 0.63
StrikeoutsKelsey Winters 171Olivia Laney 125

Class 6A

Sunlake (10-8) at Mitchell (20-6), 7

This is the third time the teams have met this season. The Mustangs won the previous two in convincing fashion, outscoring the Seahawks by a combined 19-3 in both contests. The last meeting, Mitchell jumped out to a 6-0 lead and cruised to a 6-1 victory in the 6A-10 district final. Vanessa Neptune led the Mustangs by going 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored.  

Team leaders

CategorySunlakeMitchell
Batting averageKendra Falby .679Sydney Fowler .427
RBIsLarken Maseda 20Vanessa Neptune 23
Home runsLarken Maseda, Bella Sanchez 1Kinnah Kreidler 3
ERAMikayla Hoschak 3.50Ashley Altman 1.88
StrikeoutsMikayla Hoschak 66Sydney Fowler 99

Durant (25-3) at Bartow (17-2), 7:30

The Cougars are a combined 23-2 the past two seasons and enter the region semifinals on a nine-game win streak. That success is due in large part to an offense that is averaging 11 runs per game this year. Now comes the tough part. Durant faces the Yellow Jackets, who are ranked No. 2 in the classification and No. 4 overall in the state by MaxPreps. 

Team leaders

CategoryDurant Bartow
Batting averageShelby Allen .579Katelynn Oxley .402
RBIsEmily Smith 30Morgan Grubb 25
Home runsBricelyn Bedenbaugh, Emily Smith 4Morgan Grubb 5
ERAHaleigh Thomas 1.83Katelynn Oxley 0.75
StrikeoutsHaleigh Thomas 92Katelynn Oxley 281

Class 5A

Pasco (7-8)  at Auburndale (21-3), 7

After starting 2-6, the Pirates have won five of their last seven games, including victories over Wesley Chapel and Land O’ Lakes in the regular season and over Sumner in last week’s region quarterfinals. Mariah Bennett, Cat Durden and Kelsey Kadlub each had two hits against the Stingrays. The Bloodhounds, ranked No. 2 in the classification, have allowed just 22 runs all season. 

Team leaders

CategoryPascoAuburndale
Batting averageCat Durden .429Kassidy Pontbriant .431
RBIsKelsey Kadlub 16Johnkiria Bland 22
Home runsKelsey Kadlub 3Kassidy Pontbriant 3
ERALaci Carter 4.08Gena Stutz 0.59
StrikeoutsLaci Carter 32Gena Stutz 127

Land O’ Lakes (21-7) at River Ridge (22-5), 7

This is the third meeting between the rivals. The Royal Knights won the previous two, including a 5-3, nine-inning thriller in the 5A-5 district final. In that game, Katey Hauschen hit a walkoff, two-run homer. Both dominated their region quarterfinal games to set up another matchup. River Ridge beat Osceola 10-3 and Land O’ Lakes blanked Seminole 8-0. 

Team leaders

CategoryLand O’ LakesRiver Ridge
Batting averageNehanda Lewis .479Brooke Blankenship .556
RBIsNehanda Lewis 38Sophie Johnson 33
Home runsNehanda Lewis, Hannah Purcell 3Brooke Blankenship, Sophie Johnson 6
ERAMia Fields 1.64Jordan Sheets 1.68
StrikeoutsMia Fields 53Victoria Nearing 86

Class 4A

Wesley Chapel (13-13) at Hernando (23-4), 7

The host Leopards won the previous two matchups this season, beating the Wildcats 6-5 in eight innings two months ago and 9-0 in the 4A-9 district title game two weeks ago. Hernando reached double digits in hits in both games. The Wildcats have a powerful offense, too. They scored 12 runs to upset Nature Coast in the 4A-9 semifinals and 15 in a win over Dunedin in last week’s region quarterfinals. 

Team leaders

CategoryWesley ChapelHernando
Batting averageAshley Garrison .478Solaris Genberg .471
RBIsAshley Garrison 30Olivia Townsend 36
Home runsKadence Means 6Olivia Townsend 5
ERAGabriella Gonzalez-Villegas 3.80Ava Braswell 1.52
StrikeoutsMakenna Rice 40Ava Braswell 65

Robinson (23-4) at Lake Region (17-11), 7:30

Both teams are ranked among the top six in the classification by MaxPreps (the Thunder are No. 6 and the Knights are No. 4). Robinson has won 12 of its past 13 games. The offense is a big reason for that success. The Knights have reached double digits in runs in nine of those games. 

Team leaders

CategoryRobinsonLake Region
Batting averageJordan Stephens .544Raelyn Roland .420
RBIsDestiny DeHoyos 43Kaley Fail 19
Home runsDestiny DeHoyos 10Raelyn Roland 3
ERAAlyssa Boorom 2.60Alex Wright 1.58
StrikeoutsOlivia Van Zandt 66Alex Wright 94

Class 3A

Cypress Creek (16-5) at Lakeland McKeel Academy (19-7), 4:30

The big matchup will be Coyotes pitcher Hailey Vazquez, who has a 1.20 ERA and 165 strikeouts this season, going up against a Wildcats offense that is averaging more than nine runs per game and has scored a combined 41 runs in the last three contests. 

Team leaders

CategoryCypress CreekMcKeel Academy
Batting averageMandy Schwartz .531Charli Warren .559
RBIs Mandy Schwartz 26Kyndal Cornelius 44
Home runsMandy Schwartz 11Kerissa Howell 5
ERAHaley Vazquez 1.20Annalyse Torres 3.68
StrikeoutsHaley Vazquez 165Skyler Hodges 116

Calvary Christian (21-5) at Academy of the Holy Names (19-5), 7

This has turned into one of the most competitive rivalries in the area. The teams met three times already this season. The Jaguars hold a 3-2 in the series so far this season, though both wins were decided by a run, including a walkoff, sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh in the 3A-11 district final two weeks ago. 

Team leaders

CategoryCalvary ChristianAcademy of the Holy Names
Batting averageLeah Jarnac .642Rachael Petrarca .500
RBIsLeah Jarnac 37Camryn Feast, Annabelle Sardja 19
Home runsLeah Jarnac 5Rachael Petrarca 2
ERAMalia Connelly 2.12Keala Hollenkamp 1.47
StrikeoutsMalia Connelly 62Annabelle Sardja 73

Class 2A

Holy Trinity Episcopal (13-9) at Seffner Christian (17-6), 5

The Crusaders have on a roll, winning seven straight and 11 of their last 12. Defense and pitching are big factors in Seffner Christian posting shutouts in the last four games. Keeping the Tigers off the scoreboard could be tough considering they are averaging more than 10 runs per game. 

Team leaders

CategoryHoly TrinitySeffner Christian
Batting averageShea Dimmer .612Anna Burnside .492
RBIsShea Dimmer 41Amber Rodriguez 26
Home runsShea Dimmer 10Shannon Kendall 3
ERAShea Dimmer 3.48Shannon Kendall 3.03
StrikeoutsCali Perillo 67Shannon Kendall 113

Academy at the Lakes (17-4) at Canterbury (19-9), 6

This is the fifth straight time the teams have met in the region semifinals. The Crusaders won the first three en route to making the state semifinals. The Wildcats won the last two during their state championship seasons (2018-19). Canterbury enters as the No. 1 ranked team in the classification according to MaxPreps. 

Team leaders

CategoryAcademy at the LakesCanterbury
Batting averageMolly Blackwood .444Payton Cushman .438
RBIsMolly Blackwood 23Morgen Talley 36
Home runsMolly Blackwood, Juliana Ries 1Morgen Talley 12
ERAKatie Ferguson 2.62Mackenzie Bergstrom 2.18
StrikeoutsSydney Klein 59Morgen Talley 109

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The PTP baseball players of the week

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The fans’ pick

P Trenton Hawks, Jr., River Ridge

The two-sport star’s right arm has been a big reason the Royal Knights made the playoffs in football and baseball this season. 

As a quarterback, Hawks threw for more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

In baseball, he became one of River Ridge’s most dependable starters on the mound.

Two weeks ago, Hawks threw a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in a 5A-6 district semifinal win over Freedom, then went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in a championship game win over Land O’ Lakes to take home the title.

Fans took notice. Hawks received more than 35 percent of the votes (218) to beat out Northeast’s Sean Melanson, who had more than 32 percent (203 votes). 

The PTP pick

P Sean Melanson, Sr., Northeast: Threw a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in a 5A-9 district semifinal win over Seminole that secured a playoff and eventually help the Vikings take home the title.   

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