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Girls soccer district tournament recap

Bob Putnam

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Feb. 1 (quarterfinals)

Class 6A, District 5 (quarterfinals)

Mitchell 5, Gaither 0

Sunlake 10, Leto 0

Class 6A, District 6 (quarterfinals)

Palmetto 3, Pinellas Park 1

St. Petersburg 8, East Bay 0

Class 5A, District 9 (quarterfinal)

Fivay 3, Gulf 1

Class 5A, District 10 (quarterfinal)

Bradenton Southeast 5, River Ridge 4

Class 4A, District 5 (quarterfinal)

South Sumter 8, Dunnellon 0

Class 4A, District 6 (quarterfinal)

Hernando 3, Zephyrhills 1

Nature Coast 8, Central 0

Class 4A, District 7 (quarterfinal)

Lakewood 2, Anclote 0

Class 2A, District 9 (semifinals)

Shorecrest 8, Keswick Christian 0

Indian Rocks Christian 4, Northside Christian 1

Prime time performers

F/MF Mia DeRonda, Sr., Nature Coast: Finished with two goals and three assists in a win over Central. 

F/MF Kaja Dionne, Fr., Shorecrest: Led the Chargers with three goals in a win over Keswick Christian. 

F/MF Maya Hinz, So., Sunlake: Recorded three goals in a win over Leto. 

D Bailey Meyer, Fr., Mitchell: Had two goals and an assist in a win over Gaither. 

MF/F Jaedyn Rodriguez, So., Indian Rocks Christian: Scored two goals in a win over Northside Christian. 

Feb. 2

Class 7A, District 7 (quarterfinals)

Steinbrenner 2, Wharton 0

Sickles 6, Alonso 0

Class 7A, District 8 (quarterfinals)

Sarasota Riverview 8, Riverview 0

Lakewood Ranch 8, Lennard 0

Class 5A, District 6 (quarterfinals)

Freedom 8, Pasco 0

Springstead 8, Chamberlain 0

Prime time performers

MF Kyla Jennings, Jr., Sickles: Finished with two goals and two assists in a win over Alonso. 

MF Elyse Thornton, So., Steinbrenner: Had a goal and an assist in a win over Wharton. 

Feb. 3 

Class 6A, District 5 (semifinals)

East Lake 2, Mitchell 1

Wiregrass Ranch 1, Sunlake 0

Class 6A, District 11 (quarterfinals)

Tampa Bay Tech 0, Armwood 0 (TBT wins in PKs)

Class 5A, District 8 (quarterfinals)

Hillsborough 8, Jefferson 0

Blake 2, Middleton 0

Class 4A, District 6 (semifinals)

Cypress Creek 6, Hernando 0

Nature Coast 3, Wesley Chapel 1

Class 4A, District 7 (semifinals)

Hudson 5, Lakewood 0

Class 3A, District 7 (quarterfinals)

Berkeley Prep 5, Calvary Christian 0

Clearwater Central Catholic 10, Brooks DeBartolo 2

Tampa Catholic 1, Tampa Prep 0

Prime time performers

MF/F Kate Anderson, 8th, Berkeley Prep: Finished with two goals and two assists in a win over Calvary Christian. 

D Jacquelyn Downey, Fr., Hudson: Had two goals in a win over Lakewood. 

GK Gabriella Gorman, Fr., Berkeley Prep: Recorded 11 saves to preserve a shutout against Calvary Christian.  

MF Natalia Kaminski, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Scored the lone goal of the match to beat Sunlake.

D/MF Paige Kemp, So., Tampa Catholic: Scored the lone goal of the match to beat Tampa Prep. 

MF/F Katie Koncal, So., East Lake: Finished with two goals in a win over Strawberry Crest. 

GK Ella McGahey, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Recorded six saves to preserve a shutout against Sunlake.

F/MF Briana Seaman, So., Nature Coast: Led the Sharks with two goals in a win over Wesley Chapel.  

F/MF Marissa Weber, Fr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Had two goals and two assists in a win over Brooks DeBartolo. 

Feb. 4

Class 7A, District 7 (semifinals)

Plant 5, Steinbrenner 1

Palm Harbor University 5, Sickles 1

Class 7A, District 8 (semifinals)

Newsome 6, Sarasota Riverview 1

Lakewood Ranch 1, Durant 0

Class 6A, District 6 (semifinals)

Largo 8, Palmetto 0

Bradenton Manatee 2, St. Petersburg 1

Class 5A, District 6 (semifinals)

Land O’ Lakes 7, Freedom 0

Lecanto 4, Springstead 2

Class 5A, District 7 (quarterfinals)

King 5, Spoto 1

Lake Gibson 8, Brandon 0

Class 5A, District 9 (semifinals)

River Ridge 8, Fivay 0

Countryside 5, Clearwater 0

Class 5A, District 10 (semifinals)

Seminole 4, Bradenton Southeast 1

Osceola 9, Northeast 1

Class 4A, District 5 (semifinals)

Citrus 8, South Sumter 0

Crystal River 2, Weeki Wachee 1

Class 2A, District 4 (semifinals)

Seven Rivers Christian 5, Lake Mary Prep 0

Bishop McLaughlin 1, Mount Dora Christian 0

Class 2A, District 9 (championship)

Shorecrest wins by forfeit

Prime time performers

F/MF McKenzie Emery, Sr., Largo: Led the Packers with four goals in a win over Palmetto. 

F/MF Kassie Fragale, Fr., Palm Harbor University: Scored three goals and had an assist in a win over Sickles. 

F Sarah Hotung, Jr., Countryside: Finished with four goals in a win over Clearwater. 

F/MF Jordyn Keene, So., Land O’ Lakes: Scored three goals in a win over Freedom. 

MF/D Marissa Randall, Jr., Osceola: Assisted on three goals in a win over Northeast. 

F/MF Cadey Ragsdale, So., Bishop McLaughlin: Scored the lone goal of the match to beat Mount Dora Christian. 

F/MF Alyssa Roller, So., River Ridge: Finished with two goals and an assist in a win over Fivay. 

MF/F Quinn Ryan, Sr., Plant: Led the Panthers with three goals in a win over Steinbrenner. 

F/MF Olivia Thomassy, So., Newsome: Scored two goals in a win over Sarasota Riverview. 

Feb. 5 

Class 6A, District 5 (championship)

Wiregrass Ranch 2, East Lake 2 (Wiregrass Ranch wins in PKs)

Class 6A, District 11 (semifinals)

Strawberry Crest 3, Tampa Bay Tech 1

Bloomingdale 1, Plant City 0

Class 5A, District 8 (semifinals)

Sumner 8, Hillsborough 3

Robinson 8, Blake 1

Class 4A, District 6 (championship)

Nature Coast 3, Cypress Creek 1

Class 3A, District 7 (semifinals)

Berkeley Prep 3, Academy of the Holy Names 0

Tampa Catholic 4, Clearwater Central Catholic 2

Class 2A, District 4 (championship)

Seven Rivers Christian 6, Bishop McLaughlin 1

Class 2A, District 7 (semifinals)

Cambridge Christian 8, Universal Academy 0

Carrollwood Day 5, Seffner Christian 1

Prime time performers

F Ezra Carpenter, So., Strawberry Crest: Had two goals in a win over Tampa Bay Tech. 

MF Kate Dingwall, Jr., Robinson: Finished with two goals and two assists in a win over Blake. 

F/MF Marissa Fabian, Jr., Tampa Catholic: Scored two goals in a win over Clearwater Central Catholic. 

GK Gabriella Gorman, Fr., Berkeley Prep: Recorded 11 saves to preserve a shutout against Academy of the Holy Names. 

F Haley Kidder, Sr., Cambridge Christian: Scored three goals and had an assist in a win over Universal Academy.

F/MF Kate Latini, 8th, Carrollwood Day: Finished with three goals in a win over Seffner Christian. 

MF/F Katie Rocha, Jr., Sumner: Led the Stingrays with four goals in a win over Hillsborough.   

F/MF Amanda Vasquez, Jr., Bloomingdale: Scored the lone goal of the match off an assist from Emily Gundin.

F/MF Kennedy Weissman, Jr., Nature Coast: Recorded two goals in a win over Cypress Creek.  

F Katie Wokurka, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Had a goal in a win over East Lake that went into penalty kicks. 

Feb. 8 

Class 6A, District 6 (championship)

Largo 2, Bradenton Manatee 0

Class 5A, District 7 (semifinals)

Auburndale 7, King 0

Lake Wales 8, Lake Gibson 0

Class 5A, District 8 (championship)

Robinson 6, Sumner 2

Class 5A, District 9 (championship)

Countryside 5, River Ridge 2

Class 5A, District 10 (championship)

Osceola 2, Seminole 1

Prime time performers

F Sara Arroyave, Sr., Robinson: Finished with three goals in a win over Sumner. 

F Sarah Hotung, Jr., Countryside: Led the Cougars with three goals in a win over River Ridge. 

MF Hannah Rigali, Sr., Largo: Assisted on both of the Packers’ goals in a win over Seminole. 

Feb. 9

Class 7A, District 7 (championship)

Plant 1, Palm Harbor University 0

Class 7A, District 8 (championship)

Newsome 4, Lakewood Ranch 0

Class 6A, District 11 (championship)

Strawberry Crest 2, Bloomingdale 0

Class 5A, District 6 (championship)

Land O’ Lakes 2, Lecanto 1

Class 4A, District 7 (championship)

Hudson 2, Tarpon Springs 2 (Hudson wins in PKs)

Class 3A, District 7 (championship)

Tampa Catholic 1, Berkeley Prep 0

Class 2A, District 7 (championship)

Carrollwood Day 2, Cambridge Christian 0

Class 2A, District 10 (semifinals)

St. Petersburg Catholic 8, Sarasota Out-of-Door 0

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s 3, Bradenton Christian 0

Prime time performers

MF/D Lena Bailey, So., Tampa Catholic: Scored the lone goal of the match to beat Berkeley Prep. 

F Ezra Carpenter, So., Strawberry Crest: Scored both of the Chargers’ goals in a win over Bloomingdale. 

GK Gabriela Cartaya, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Recorded 10 saves to preserve a shutout against Berkeley Prep. 

GK Lexi Evangelista, Sr., Plant: Recorded nine saves to preserve shutout against Palm Harbor University. 

F/MF Sage Hood, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Led the Barons with four goals and an assist in a win over Sarasota Out-of-Door. 

F/MF Teresa Rodriguez, Jr., Land O’ Lakes: Finished with a goal and an assist in a win over Lecanto. 

F/MF Tatum Tishler, So., Plant: Scored the lone goal of the match off an assist from Quinn Ryan to beat Palm Harbor University. 

F/MF Alyssa Thomassy, Sr., Newsome: Scored two goals in a win over Lakewood Ranch. 

Feb. 11

Class 2A, District 10 (championship)

St. Petersburg Catholic 2, Bradenton Saint Stephen’s 0

Prime time performers

GK Sofia Chapman, Fr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Recorded 17 saves to preserve a shutout against Bradenton Saint Stephen’s. 

F/MF Alviya Walls, Fr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Scored both of the Barons’ goals in a win over Bradenton Saint Stephen’s. 

Boys Basketball

Sharp’s shooting leads to Bishop McLaughlin to 3A state final

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Bishop McLaughlin’s burgeoning athletic program has already done some impressive things this school year. In the fall, the volleyball team reached the state semifinals and the football program played for a state title as an independent. 

On Wednesday, it was the boys basketball that had the spotlight. 

The Hurricanes, who won just two games last season, made a memorable playoff debut by reaching the state semifinals for the first time. 

When it came to postseason experience, Bishop McLaughlin was at a serious disadvantage in its matchup with Jacksonville Andrew Jackson. 

The Tigers were in the semifinals for the third straight season and were motivated to get to the championship game after losing in the finals the past two seasons. They had 10 returning players accustomed to being on basketball’s biggest stage. 

Still, the Hurricanes had something better.

They had Emanuel Sharp.

Sharp, the Class 5A state player of the year when he was at Blake last season, was among several high-profile transfers who made Bishop McLaughlin’s turnaround possible. 

Sharp took those honors because of ability to pile on the points. 

And that is just what the junior guard in the semifinals, finishing with 39 points to lead the Hurricanes to a 79-71 victory. Bishop McLaughlin will play the Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian-Miami Country Day winner in Friday’s 3A title game

And that is just what the junior guard in the semifinals, finishing with 39 points to lead the Hurricanes to a 77-71 victory. Bishop McLaughlin will play the Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian-Miami Country Day winner in Friday’s 3A title game.

From the start, Sharp dominated. He threw down emphatic dunks. He stepped back and hit NBA-range 3-pointers. He knocked down free throws.

More importantly, he rarely missed, an impressive feat for someone making his state semifinal debut. 

The vastness of Lakeland’s RP Funding Center, site of the tournament, can create problems with depth perception on long-range shots. Typically, area teams that make it there schedule a practice at USF or Eckerd College to get used to playing in a bigger arena.

Trouble was, no team was able to practice elsewhere because of the pandemic. 

That did not faze Sharp. 

He missed just two shots in the first half, going 7-of-9 in field goals and hitting all 12 of his free throw attempts. His 28 points led all scorers and helped the Hurricanes go into the half with a 38-23 lead.

Sharp’s shooting touch cooled off. He made just one of his six field goal attempts in the second half. But his first half performance — and his ability to hit some clutch free throws (21-of-22 overall from the line) — was more than enough to lead the Hurricanes into the final. 

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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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