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The PTP softball players of the week



The fans’ pick

P/2B/3B Morgen Talley, 8th, Canterbury 

Morgen Talley has athletic bloodlines. Her mother, Monica, was a standout in volleyball at Tarpon Springs from 1987-90. Her uncle, Kris, was a star pitcher for the Spongers who went on to play for the Royals and the Yankees. 

So it was only natural Morgen became involved in sports. 

She has played in every game on Canterbury’s varsity softball squad since the sixth grade. And Morgen has steadily improved, raising her batting average from .253 her first season to a team-leading .511 this season to go along with seven home runs. 

Last week, Morgen went a combined 6-for-12 with two homers, a triple and six RBIs in helping the Crusaders go 3-1 for the week. 

Fans were impressed. Talley received more than 86 percent of the votes (232,649) to win. 

The PTP picks

3B/P/SS DaNia Brooks, So., Sickles: In six games, Brooks was a combined 12-for-20 with two doubles and three RBIs at the plate. She also was 2-0 on the mound, allowing a combined seven hits and just two earned runs while striking out 20 to help the Gryphons stay undefeated and take home the Leopard Slam title. 

SS/INF/OF Nehanda Lewis, Jr., Land O’ Lakes: Led the Gators to a 4-0 record at the Doc4Life tournament by going a combined 8-for-11 with eight RBIs, two doubles, two triples and two home runs. One of her homers came in the seventh inning to beat Wakulla. 


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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