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The PTP softball players of the week



The fans’ pick

C/1B Hannah Church, Jr., Berkeley Prep

In an abbreviated nine-game schedule last season, Hannah Church put up solid numbers at the plate, batting .552 with 18 RBIs. 

The only thing lacking was power. She hit one home run. 

Church showed off plenty of pop to start this season. In her first two games, she hit a combined three homers and four RBIs. But she was not just swinging for the fences. Church went a combined 6-for-8 in those games to help the Buccaneers beat Tarpon Springs 4-0 and Seffner Christian 14-4. 

Her early season has continued. Church currently is batting .625 with four homers and seven RBIs. Those numbers are a big reason Berkeley Prep has started the season 5-0. 

Fans were impressed. Church received more than 49 percent of the votes (1,811) to beat out Newsome’s Kelsey Winters, who had more than 34 percent (1,261 votes). 

The PTP picks

P Emily Proctor, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Has yet to allow a run in 11 innings of work and has recorded a combined 17 strikeouts to help the Gators beat Wiregrass Ranch and Academy of the Holy Names to open the season.  

P/1B Kelsey Winters, Jr., Newsome: Allowed one run and struck out a combined 25 batters in wins over Wharton and Bloomingdale. 


The PTP girls lacrosse players of the week



The fans’ pick

Avery Smith, So., Cypress Creek

As a freshman last year, Avery Smith had quite a debut, scoring 50 goals in an abbreviated 10-game season. 

The scoring continued this year, so much that Smith compiled 150 points in her high school career before her sophomore season ended. 

Entering last week, Smith ranked second in the area in goals (71) and points (90) to help the Coyotes earn the No. 1 seed in the Class 1A, District 5 tournament. She added to her total by scoring 11 more goals in three games to lead Cypress Creek to a district title. 

Fans took notice. Smith received more than 60 percent of the votes (3,141) to beat out Steinbrenner’s Taylor Lapointe (1,311 votes). 

The PTP pick

Chloe Norman, Jr., Land O’ Lakes: Led the area in goals with 88 entering the week and finished the season with 100. 

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The PTP boys lacrosse players of the week



The fans’ pick

Nicholas Vreeland, Jr., Cypress Creek

Whenever Cypress Creek needs offensive production, it can turn to Nicholas Vreeland. 

The Coyotes’ go-to player has been consistent at putting the ball through the net. He has scored at least two goals in every game and has racked up five or more eight times this season. 

That helped Vreeland put up some impressive numbers. He finished the season with 67 goals, which currently leads the area and ranks third in the state and fourth in the nation.

Fans were impressed. Vreeland received more than 52 percent of the votes (6,531) to beat out Newsome’s Luke Haley, who had 37 percent (4,660 votes).

The PTP pick

Luke Haley, Jr., Newsome: Led the area in points with 106 and assists with 50 entering last week. 

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Saturday sports schedule



What to watch

Berkeley Prep (18-3) at Jesuit (20-1), 1

Both teams are ranked among the top seven in the state in their respective classifications by MaxPreps (the Buccaneers are No. 7 in 3A and the Tigers are No. 1 in 5A). 

The schedules


Shorecrest at Canterbury, 10

Jefferson at Newsome, 10

Steinbrenner at Durant, 10

Strawberry Crest at Hillsborough, 11

Clearwater at IMG Royal, 12

Freedom at King, 1

Lennard at Leto, 1

Mitchell at IMG Gray, 1

Berkeley Prep at Jesuit, 1


Naples Longshore Tournament

Calvary Christian vs. Immokalee, 10:30

Calvary Christian vs. Naples Barron Collier, 12:30

Doral Academy vs. Sickles, 12:30

Other games

Middleton at Durant, 10

Spoto at Tampa Bay Tech, 10

Wesley Chapel at Academy of the Holy Names, 12

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