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Boys soccer: Region playoff recap



Region quarterfinals


Class 7A

Plant 4, Sarasota Riverview 1

Newsome 2, Steinbrenner 1

Class 6A

Plant City 2, Melbourne 1

Viera 6, Bloomingdale 1

Wiregrass Ranch 1, Bradenton Manatee 0

Mitchell 3, Palmetto 1

Class 5A

Osceola 5, Countryside 0

Clearwater 0, Northeast 0 (Clearwater wins in PKs)

Pine Ridge 5, Freedom 1

Land O’ Lakes 4, Lake Minneola 1

Lake Gibson 4, Sumner 1

Jesuit 6, Auburndale 1

Class 4A

Weeki Wachee 2, Nature Coast 1

South Sumter 4, Wesley Chapel 3

Lakewood 2, LaBelle 0

Cape Coral Mariner 6, Dunedin 0

Class 3A

Tampa Catholic 4, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 0

Calvary Christian 2, Fort Myers Bishop Verot 0

Class 2A

Carrollwood Day 4, Jupiter Christian 0

Bradenton Christian 1, Shorecrest 0

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s 5, Keswick Christian 0

Prime time performers

D Max Bernhart, Sr., Lakewood: Scored both of the Spartans’ goal, each off assists from Andi Agolli, in a win over LaBelle.

F Vasilios Fotopoulos, Fr., Land O’ Lakes: Led the Gators with two goals in a win over Lake Minneola. 

GK Logan Grace, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Recorded five saves to preserve a shutout in a win over Bradenton Manatee. 

F Issac Hernandez, Jr., Sumner: Finished with the Stingrays’ lone goal in a loss to Sumner.  

F Jacob Kelly, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Led the Hornets with a goal and an assist in a win over rival Nature Coast. 

MF Andrew Knorowski, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Had the lone goal of the match to beat Bradenton Manatee.

F Adan McGlynn, So., Plant: Led the Panthers with three goals in a win over Sarasota Riverview.  

F/MF Aidan Meyer, Sr., Mitchell: Tied Paul Surkov for the team lead with a goal and an assist in a win over Palmetto. 

GK Brayden Montague, 8th, Carrollwood Day: Recorded four saves to preserve a shutout against Jupiter Christian. 

F/MF George Obregon, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Finished with a goal and an assist in a loss to South Sumter. 

F/MF David Ruiz, Sr., Plant City: Scored both of the Raiders’ goals in a win over Melbourne. 

GK Athen Slavkin, Jr., Calvary Christian: Recorded eight saves to preserve a shutout against Fort Myers Bishop Verot. 

MF Baylen Young, Jr., Jesuit: Tied Kellen Kirkpatrick-McMullen for the team lead with two goals and an assist in a win over Auburndale. 

Region semifinals


Class 7A

Plant 2, Newsome 1

Class 6A

Viera 2, Plant City 0

Mitchell 2, Wiregrass Ranch 1

Class 5A

Osceola 3, Clearwater 1

Land O’ Lakes 1, Pine Ridge 0

Jesuit 4, Lake Gibson 0

Class 4A

Weeki Wachee 2, South Sumter 1

Cape Coral Mariner 6, Lakewood 0

Class 3A

Tampa Catholic 3, Calvary Christian 3 (TC wins in PKs)

Class 2A

Vero Beach St. Edwards 2, Carrollwood Day 0

Prime time performers

GK Michael Alcete, So., Land O’ Lakes: Recorded eight saves to preserve a shutout against Pine Ridge.

MF/F Jack Bricklemyer, So., Plant: Had a goal and an assist in a win over Newsome. 

F Kai Eberhart, So., Osceola: Led the Warriors with two goals in a win over Clearwater. 

F/MF Tristan Harrigan, Jr., Mitchell: Finished with a goal and an assist in a win over rival Wiregrass Ranch.  

F Connor Hutchinson, So., Land O’ Lakes: Scored the lone goal of the match off an assist from Parker Wallace in a win over Pine Ridge. 

MF/F Kyle Johnson, Sr., Calvary Christian: Had a goal and an assist in a loss to Tampa Catholic. 

F/D Seth Tarbox, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Assisted on both of the Hornets’ goals in a win over South Sumter. 

F/D Marcello Valbuena, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Led the Crusaders with three goals in a win over Calvary Christian. 

Region finals


Class 7A

Plant 5, East Ridge 1

Class 6A

Mitchell 2,Palmetto Ridge 1

Class 5A

Jesuit 2, Land O’ Lakes 0

Class 4A

Cape Coral Mariner 3, Weeki Wachee 1

Class 3A

Tampa Catholic 4, Lakeland Christian 2

Prime time performers

GK Phillip Falcon III, So., Jesuit: Recorded four saves to preserve the shutout against Land O’ Lakes. 

F/MF Tristan Harrigan, Jr., Mitchell: Had a goal and an assist in a win over Palmetto Ridge. 

F Adan McGlynn, So., Plant: Scored a team-high three goals in win over East Ridge. 

F/D Marcello Valbuena, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Led the Crusaders with two goals in a win over Lakeland Christian. 

MF Baylen Young, Jr., Jesuit: Assisted on both of the Tigers’ goals in a win over Land O’ Lakes. 

Friday’s state semifinals

Class 7A

Lake Mary at Plant, 8

Class 6A

Niceville at Mitchell, 7

Class 5A

Jacksonville Stanton at Jesuit, 7

Class 3A

Jacksonville Bolles at Tampa Catholic, 7

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Soccer: Marcello Valbuena and Quinn Ryan are Alvarez honorees



Tampa Catholic’s Marcello Valbuena and Plant’s Quinn Ryan were named Alvarez award winners as the top boys and girls soccer players, respectively, in Hillsborough County. 

The award presentation, now in its 37th year, was held during a dinner ceremony on Tuesday.

Valbuena became the first player from Tampa Catholic to win the Jose A. Alvarez award as the top boys player.

The University of Tampa signee, who decided to play high school soccer for the first time after spending years at the club level, took top honors after finishing the season with 36 goals and five assists. In the 3A state title match, the senior forward connected on two goals within an eight-minute span to give Tampa Catholic its first lead, one that would last the rest of the match to secure the Crusaders’ first state title in boys soccer.  

“Marcello is the type of person who makes players around him better and the type of player  coaches dream about coaching,” Tampa Catholic coach Kevin McCarron said. “Prior to this year he had always been a center back in a defensive role. But our team needed someone to step up and play forward this year, and he did without hesitation.”

Valbuena has already been named the 3A player of the year and Mr. Soccer, the two awards given to the top boys player in each class and the overall winner in the sport by the Florida Dairy Farmers. He also was selected as the Gatorade state player of the year. 

Ryan won the Janet Alvarez award as the top girls player. It is the first time a player from Plant took top honors since Caroline Bado won the award in 2013. 

As a senior midfielder, Ryan led the Panthers to an 18-2 record and a state semifinal appearance. The USF signee scored a team-high 33 goals, including six in the region finals, and had nine assists. 

“Quinn has vision of play like no other,” Plant coach Alex Venegas said. “She has plenty of anticipation and is quick to the ball. As a striker and forward she has proven that once she has the ball on her feet it’s a sure score and why also name top scorer for two years in the county.”

Ryan’s performance helped her receive plenty of recognition. She was selected to the Western Conference team and was named the Class 7A state player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

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FHSAA releases boys soccer class and district assignments



The Florida High School Athletic Association released the classifications, districts and regions for boys soccer 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  boy soccer 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

East Bay




Class 5A, District 5





Ocala Vanguard


Class 5A, District 6

Cypress Creek




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




Nature Coast

South Sumter

Weeki Wachee

Class 4A, District 10







Tarpon Springs

Class 3A, District 5

Bell Creek

Brooks DeBartolo

Carrollwood Day

Lakeland Christian

Tampa Catholic

Tampa Prep

Class 3A, District 6

Berkeley Prep

Bishop McLaughlin

Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic

St. Petersburg Catholic

Class 2A, District 9

Academy at the Lakes

Bayshore Christian

Cambridge Christian


Seven Rivers Christian


Class 2A, District 10

Admiral Farragut

Bradenton Christian

Bradenton St. Stephens

Indian Rocks Christian

Keswick Christian

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PCAC boys soccer teams announced



Here are the Pinellas County Athletic Conference boys soccer teams. The players are from public schools in the county. The selections were made by the coaches. 

North division

First team

GK Shane Dever, Sr., Seminole

F Fernando Vargas-Reyes, Sr., Clearwater

F Jacob Rocha, Sr., Countryside

F Feliks Muka, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Brennan Ortega, Sr., Clearwater

MF Michael Gomes, Sr., Seminole

MF Logan Koster, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Vikrame Karkare, Sr., Largo

D Jose Pena, So., Clearwater

D Peter Michael, Sr., Countryside

D Julian Zeqiri, Sr., Countryside

D Andrew Ovalle, Sr., Seminole

Second team

GK Aheron Hirsch, Sr., Palm Harbor University

F Trevor Armstrong, Largo

F PJ Slaughter, Seminole

F Emone Barazza, Countryside

MF Danylo Akymenko, Countryside

MF Junior Maye-Ocana, Sr., Clearwater

MF Rennie Crookston, Sr., Palm Harbor University

MF Adam Lim, Largo

D Sebastian Vivanco, So., Clearwater

D Ty Lim, Sr., Largo

D Luke Kennedy, Sr., Palm Harbor University

D Mihailo Poljcic, Jr., Palm Harbor University

South division

First team

GK Colin Roberts, Sr., Osceola

F Omar Chafchaouni, Jr., Northeast

F Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola

F Gavin Swartzwelder, Jr., Lakewood

MF Syed Haddak, Jr., Northeast

MF Riley Pinney, Sr., Northeast

MF Alex Flores, Sr., St. Petersburg

MF Owen Noyes, Sr., St. Petersburg

D George Nikolaev, Sr., Lakewood

D Landon Levering, Sr., Osceola

D Max Bernhart, Sr., Lakewood

D Tom Precious, Sr., Northeast

Second team

GK Aidan Barnes, Jr., Lakewood

F Braden Harris, Sr., Boca Ciega

F Riley Duebel, Jr., Osceola

F Jornell Channer, Sr., St. Petersburg

MF Jake Beresford, Jr., Osceola

MF Kyle Conde, So., Lakewood

MF David Silvers, Sr., Lakewood

D Luka Savic, Sr., St. Petersburg

D Javier Santander, Jr., Northeast

D Aiden Beresford, Jr., Osceola

D Caleb Fruland, Sr., St. Petersburg

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