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Time to vote: Softball player of the week

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Here are the nominees for the softball player of the week. Voting lasts through Wednesday. 

C Lydia Castro, Sr., Newsome: Had a combined six hits in four games last week, none bigger than the bunt single that drove home the winning run in the eighth inning against East Ridge in the Kissimmee Klassic title game. 

1B/3B Destiny DeHoyos, Sr., Robinson: Provided some pop with a combined three homers and 11 RBIs to help the Knights go 3-1 at the Kissimmee Klassic. 

P/1B Maddie Droz, Sr., Bloomingdale: Finished 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and four RBIs in a win over Sarasota and threw a two-hitter, allowing one earned run while striking out eight to beat East Bay. 

C/CF Tayten Moore, Fr., Canterbury: Ended up a combined 7-for-11 with a double and seven RBIs in wins over St. Cloud, Matanzas and Merritt Island at the Kissimmee Klassic. 

P Mariah Rivera, Sr., Osceola: Led the Warriors by going a combined 7-for-9 with two doubles, two homers and six RBIs in three wins. 

3B Mandy Schwartz, Jr., Cypress Creek: Went a combined 5-for-6 with three homers, a double and six RBIs in a loss to River Ridge and a win over Sunlake. 

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The PTP girls lacrosse players of the week

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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

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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

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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

Baseball

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

Softball

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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