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Girls basketball region quarterfinal recap




Class 7A

Sarasota Riverview 58, Steinbrenner 32

Class 6A

Wiregrass Ranch 62, Seminole 30

Palmetto 71, East Lake 46

Class 5A

Jefferson 43, Bradenton Southeast 36

Clearwater 61, Robinson 36

Orlando Jones 69, Zephyrhills 43

Lecanto 49, Fivay 32

Class 4A

Lakewood 44, Atlantic 37

Lake Highland Prep 88, Anclote 17

Eustis 64, Wesley Chapel 56

Class 3A

Brooks DeBartolo 74, Seffner Christian 65

Carrollwood Day 49, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 47

St. Petersburg Catholic 57, Bradenton Saint Stephen’s 31

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 58, Calvary Christian 35

Class 2A

Hernando Christian 72, Cambridge Christian 

Naples First Baptist 47, Keswick Christian 45

Prime time performers

G Ka’Yanti Burden, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Led the Barons with 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in a win over Bradenton Saint Stephen’s.  

F Zoi Evans, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Finished with a team-high 16 points in a win over Seminole. 

G/F Liv Fuller, So., Clearwater: Led the Tornadoes with 17 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Robinson. 

F/G Kaliyah Gaynor, So., Jefferson: Scored a team-high 14 points in a win over Bradenton Southeast. 

G Kailyn Gilbert, Jr., Seffner Christian: Led the Crusaders with 46 points in a loss to Brooks DeBartolo. 

G Ava Graham, Fr., Keswick Christian: Had 14 points, six rebounds and four steals in a loss to Naples First Baptist Academy. 

G/F Esther Jackson, Sr., Hernando Christian: Led the Lions with 31 points, including five 3-pointers, in a win over Cambridge Christian. 

G Whitney Rush, Sr., East Lake: Scored a team-high 28 points in a loss to Palmetto. 

G Triniti Youngblood, Sr., Brooks DeBartolo: Finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a win over Seffner Christian. 

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The Hillsborough County Football Player of the Week



LB/S Cole Highsmith, Jr., Plant City

After becoming a starter as a sophomore last season, Cole Highsmith took on a more prominent role as one of the leaders of Plant City’s defense. 

He took on that task by making play after play. 

This season, Highsmith has recorded 73 tackles and six sacks. Those totals already surpassed what he ended up with last year. 

Against Bloomingdale two weeks ago, Highsmith had 13 tackles, two sacks and an interception to lead the Raiders to victory. 

Fans paid attention. Highsmith received 50 percent of the votes (746) in the Hillsborough County football player of the week poll to beat out Wharton’s Daveon Crouch, who had 25 percent (376 votes). 

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Thursday night football forecast



Seffner Christian (2-3) at St. Petersburg Catholic (3-3), 7

After starting 2-0, the visiting Crusaders have lost three straight. The host Barons, meanwhile, have rebounded from a 1-2 start to win two of their last three games. 

Putnam’s prediction: St. Petersburg Catholic 30-28

Gibbs (3-3) at Tarpon Springs (3-3), 7

An important Class 5A, District 10 game for both teams not only to stay in the mix for a title but also to get above .500 for the season. 

Putnam’s prediction: Gibbs 34-21 

Clearwater (5-1) at Anclote (1-5), 7:30

The Tornadoes have won five straight and are the clear favorite to the Class 5A, District 10 title. The host Sharks are on a two-game losing streak. 

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 42-7

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Thursday sports schedule (Oct. 14)



What to watch


Sunlake (12-5) at Wesley Chapel (13-4), 6

The Seahawks, who have won four straight, try to maintain their streak against the Wildcats in a rematch from last week that Sunlake took in five sets. 

Palm Harbor University (14-8) at Mitchell (18-0), 6:30

The Mustangs have a shot at going undefeated in the regular season. To do that, Mitchell has get the Hurricanes, who have turned things around. 

St. Petersburg (15-8) at East Lake (16-7), 7

The Pinellas County Athletic Conference final is between teams with impressive streaks. The Green Devils have won seven straight while the host Eagles have won five in a row. East Lake has owned the series this season, sweeping its rival in the previous three meetings. 

Newsome (16-7) at Bloomingdale (11-5), 7:30

Both teams have won three straight heading into their regular season finale. 

The schedules


Solid Rock Christian at Grace Christian, 4:30

Zephyrhills Christian at Hernando Christian, 5

Hillsborough Baptist at Foundation Christian, 5

Tampa Prep at Ocala Trinity Catholic, 5:30

Oldsmar Christian at Elfers Christian, 5:30

Brandon Academy at Universal Academy, 6

Sunlake at Wesley Chapel, 6

Tampa Bay HEAT at Shorecrest, 6

Weeki Wachee at Hernando, 6:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Anclote, 6:30

Carrollwood Day at Calvary Christian, 6:30

Citrus at Nature Coast, 6:30

Palm Harbor University at Mitchell, 6:30

St. Petersburg Catholic at Sarasota Christian, 7

Zephyrhills at Gulf, 7

Gulf Coast HEAT at Tampa SLAM, 7

Seven Rivers Christian at Cambridge Christian, 7

Alonso at Freedom, 7

Crystal River at Springstead, 7

St. Petersburg at East Lake, 7

Central at Lecanto, 7:30

Sumner at Brandon, 7:30

Cypress Creek at Pasco, 7:30

Tampa Bay Tech at Gaither, 7:30

River Ridge at Hudson, 7:30

Riverview at East Bay, 7:30

Newsome at Bloomingdale, 7:30

Spoto at Durant, 7:30

Middleton at Leto, 7:30

Plant at Robinson, 7:30

Jefferson at Armwood, 7:30

Indian Rocks Christian at Countryside, 7:30


Plant at Berkeley Prep, 5

Tampa Prep at Berkeley Prep, 5:30

Lennard, Riverview at East Bay (Apollo Beach), 6

Blake, Leto at Hillsborough (Copeland), 6

Spoto, Tampa Bay Tech at Plant City (Plant CityYMCA), 6

Freedom at Academy of the Holy Names, 6:30

Steinbrenner, Wharton at Robinson (Bobby Hicks), 6:30

Gaither at Middleton (Cyrus Green), 6:30

Spoto, Sumner at Jefferson (Interbay), 6:30

Brandon, Tampa Bay HEAT at Bloomingdale (High five), 7


East Bay at Riverview (boys), 2

Hillsborough at Leto (boys), 2:30

Freedom at Jesuit (boys), 2:30

Alonso at Chamberlain (boys), 3

Sickles at Jefferson (boys/girls), 3

Steinbrenner at Gaither (boys), 3

Newsome at Plant City (boys), 3

Sumner at King (boys/girls), 3:30

Plant at Robinson (boys), 3:30

Berkeley Prep at Tampa Prep, 4

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