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The Girls Basketball Player of the Week — Nov. 15-18



G Paige Atwater, So., Weeki Wachee

In the season opener, Paige Atwater decided the best way to score was from long range. 

So the sophomore guard stepped back and kept firing away. 

She hit one 3-pointer. Then another. 

They kept falling, so much so Atwater ended up setting a school record by making seven 3-pointers in a win over Tarpon Springs. She finished with 25 points and added five steals. 

Fans were impressed. Atwater received 75 percent of the votes (932) for the girls basketball player of the week poll from Nov. 15-18. She beat out St. Petersburg’s Ava Stoller, who had 17 percent (205 votes). 

Boys Basketball

Wednesday sports schedule — Jan. 19



What to watch

Boys basketball

Newsome (12-4) at Bloomingdale (14-5), 8

After starting 4-4, the Wolves have won nine straight. The Bulls are trying to find more consistency after going 3-2 in their last five games. 

Blake (8-4) at Leto (14-6), 8

A matchup between two up-and-coming teams. The Yellow Jackets have won four straight, including victories over Freedom and Bloomingdale. The host Falcons, meanwhile, have won eight straight, the biggest coming against Alonso last week. 

Alonso (12-5) at Plant (15-4), 8

A rematch from a game the Ravens won 63-59 last month. If the Ravens complete the regular season sweep, they will likely clinch one of the top two spots in the Class 7A, District 6 tournament. 

Freedom (9-5) at Hillsborough (13-7), 8

The Patriots are looking to get back on track after going 2-3 in their last five games. The Terriers currently are on a nice run, winning seven straight. 

Girls basketball

Newsome (14-7) at Bloomingdale (18-3), 6:30

The Wolves are coming off a loss against undefeated Sarasota Riverview on Tuesday. The schedule does not get any easier with a matchup against the Bulls, who have won seven straight. 

Brooks DeBartolo (14-4) at Lakewood (11-6), 7

The Phoenix has fared well against Pinellas County teams, beating Clearwater twice and Boca Ciega once. The Spartans are trying to recover after going 1-2 in their last three games, including a loss to Plant this past weekend. 

East Lake (12-6) at Northeast (12-6), 7

Both teams have turned things around. The Eagles have won five of their past seven games while the Vikings have won eight of their last nine. 

The schedules

Boys basketball

River Ridge at Gulf, 7

Clearwater Central Catholic at Winthrop College Prep, 7

Fivay at Mitchell, 7:30

Tarpon Springs at Clearwater, 7:30

Hollins at St. Petersburg, 7:30

Hudson at Anclote, 7:30

Hernando at Pasco, 7:30

Seminole at Pinellas Park, 7:45

Gibbs at Osceola, 7:45

Countryside at Palm Harbor University, 7:45

Spoto at Durant, 8

Tampa Bay Tech at Sickles, 8

Steinbrenner at Robinson, 8

Chamberlain at King, 8

Plant City at Lennard, 8

Sumner at Brandon, 8

Armwood at Middleton, 8

Newsome at Bloomingdale, 8

Blake at Leto, 8

Gaither at Jefferson, 8

Alonso at Plant, 8

Freedom at Hillsborough, 8

Wharton at Strawberry Crest, 8

Boys soccer

St. Petersburg at Universal Academy, 4

Lecanto at Cypress Creek, 5:30

Anclote at Hudson, 6:30

Gulf at Zephyrhills, 7

Countryside at Northeast, 7

Fivay at Crystal River, 7

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Land O’ Lakes at Pasco, 7

Leto at Sunlake, 8

Lakewood at Seminole, 8

Robinson at Tarpon Springs, 8

Riverview at Strawberry Crest, 8

Girls basketball

Winthrop College Prep at Wiregrass Ranch, 6

Tampa Bay Tech at Sickles, 6:30

Newsome at Bloomingdale, 6:30

Spoto at Durant, 6:30

Steinbrenner at Robinson, 6:30

Sumner at Brandon, 6:30

Wharton at Strawberry Crest, 6:30

Plant City at Lennard, 6:30

Armwood at Middleton, 6:30

Alonso at Plant, 6:30

Gaither at Jefferson, 6:30

Blake at Leto, 6:30

Freedom at Hillsborough, 6:30

Chamberlain at King, 6:30

Brooks DeBartolo at Lakewood, 7

Pasco at Nature Coast, 7

Osceola at Gibbs, 7

East Lake at Northeast, 7

Mitchell at Fivay, 7

Boca Ciega at Largo, 7:45

Girls soccer

Largo at Shorecrest, 5

Clearwater Central Catholic at St. Petersburg Catholic, 5

Tampa Prep at Carrollwood Day, 5

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s at Canterbury, 5

Riverview at Strawberry Crest, 6

Lakewood at Seminole, 6

Bishop Mclaughlin at Tampa Catholic, 6

St. Petersburg at Boca Ciega, 6

Leto at Sunlake, 6

Zephyrhills at Fivay, 6:30

Lecanto at Cypress Creek, 7

Robinson at Tarpon Springs, 7

Citrus at Hernando, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at Springstead, 8

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Girls basketball: County rankings — Jan. 18



Hernando County Top Three

Rankings, schoolRecord
1. Hernando13-5
2. Weeki Wachee14-6
3. Nature Coast9-6
On the bubble: Springstead (8-13)

Hillsborough County Top 15

Ranking, schoolRecord
1. Brooks DeBartolo14-4
2. Carrollwood Day16-5
3. Bloomingdale17-3
4. Plant14-4
5. Seffner Christian17-4
6. Durant15-3
7. Steinbrenner13-6
8. Tampa Bay Tech14-2
9. Riverview13-3
10. East Bay13-6
11. Newsome14-6
12. Lennard13-7
13. Academy of the Holy Names13-8
14. Berkeley Prep14-5
15. Tampa Prep 10-6
On the bubble: Cambridge Christian (11-4), Hillsborough (10-8), Armwood (7-7), Bell Creek Academy (16-3), Patel (12-4), Middleton (9-5)

Pasco Super Seven

Ranking, schoolRecord
1. Wesley Chapel13-9
2. Land O’ Lakes13-3
3. Zephyrhills14-4
4. River Ridge12-8
5. Sunlake9-7
6. Gulf12-6
7. Wiregrass Ranch3-10
On the bubble: Mitchell (4-13), Academy at the Lakes (5-8)

Pinellas County Top 10

Ranking, schoolRecord
1. Clearwater12-6
2. Boca Ciega12-4
3. Lakewood11-6
4. Calvary Christian15-4
5. Keswick Christian11-8
6. Palm Harbor University13-5
7. East Lake12-5
8. Gibbs9-5
9. Seminole8-5
10. St. Petersburg10-5
On the bubble: Northeast (13-6), Clearwater Central Catholic (10-7), Largo (9-7), Lakeside Christian (10-4)
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Boys Basketball

Tuesday sports schedule — Jan. 18



What to watch

Boys basketball

Calvary Christian (15-3) at Berkeley Prep (11-4), 7

Both teams are ranked among the top 11 in Class 3A by MaxPreps (the Warriors are No. 5 and the Buccaneers are No. 11). 

Gibbs (12-4) at Largo (10-6), 7:45

This is a rematch from a game the Gladiators won 50-46. Gibbs is looking to get back on track after losing two of their last three. The Warhawks are coming on with wins in four of their last five games. 

Wharton (16-1) at King (13-8), 8

The Wildcats have won 15 straight, currently the longest streak in the area. After starting 8-7, the Lions have won five of their last six to gain some momentum late in the regular season. 

Sickles (14-5) at Plant (14-4), 8

A rematch from a game the Gryphons won last month 65-60. If Sickles can sweep the regular season series – and extend its win streak to 11 – it can all but wrap up the top seed in the Class 7A, District 6 tournament. 

Boys soccer 

St. Petersburg (12-4-1) at Osceola (12-0-6), 6:30

Last week, the Green Devils beat Bradenton Bayshore to snap a two-match losing streak. To start a new winning streak, St. Petersburg will have to get past unbeaten Osceola, which is ranked No. 7 in Class 5A by MaxPreps. 

Western Conference semifinals

Hillsborough County has put together a final four tournament to decide its Western Conference champion in boys soccer. The semifinal matches are tonight. Here is the schedule. 

Plant (14-3-1) at Steinbrenner (10-1-2), 7

King (8-5-2) at Newsome (10-5-1), 8

Girls basketball

Zephyrhills (14-4) at Calvary Christian (15-4), 6

The Bulldogs beat Lecanto last week to snap a two-game losing streak. The Warriors, meanwhile, have won three straight, including victories over Largo and Academy of the Holy Names. 

Keswick Christian (11-8) at Academy of the Holy Names (13-8), 6:30

This matchup concludes the Crusaders stretch of tough games against teams in higher classifications. The host Jaguars are trying to find some consistency after going 1-3 in their last four games. 

River Ridge (12-8) at East Lake (12-5), 7:30

Both teams are on four-game win streaks. Five of the Royal Knights’ eight losses this season have been by five points or less. The Eagles have not been in many close games lately. Their last three wins were all decided by 18 or more points.  

Newsome (14-6) at Sarasota Riverview (14-0), 7:30

Both teams could potentially be in the same region in the postseason. The Wolves, who have won three of their last four, face a formidable opponent in the undefeated Rams, ranked No. 3 in Class 7A by MaxPreps. 

Durant (15-3) at Riverview (13-3), 8

The Cougars have won six straight, including impressive victories over Lennard and Newsome. The host Sharks are on a nice run, too, winning eight of their past nine games. 

Girls soccer

Palm Harbor University (13-1) at East Lake (9-1-3), 6

The Hurricanes, ranked No. 6A in 7A, have allowed a combined two goals during their current 11-match win streak. The rival Eagles have not lost since the season opener in November. 

River Ridge (13-2-1) at Academy of the Holy Names (9-3-1), 7:30

The Royal Knights are trying to bounce back from a loss that snapped a six-match win streak. The Jaguars have won six straight. 

Western Conference semifinals

Hillsborough County has put together a final four tournament to decide its Western Conference champion in girls soccer. The semifinal matches are tonight. Here is the schedule. 

Steinbrenner (13-1) at Sickles (12-2-5), 6

Freedom (10-0-1) at Durant (12-2-3), 6

The schedules

Boys basketball

Hillsborough Baptist at Legacy Christian, 4:30

Sarasota Christian at Brandon Academy, 5

Solid Rock Christian at West Hernando Christian, 5

Grace Christian at FISHS, 5:30

Oldsmar Christian at American Collegiate, 6:30

Indian Rocks Christian at Cambridge Christian, 6:30

Hope Christian at Elfers Christian, 6:30

Faith Christian at Geneva Classical, 7

Tampa Catholic at Bishop Mclaughlin, 7

Bayshore Christian at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7

Calvary Christian at Berkeley Prep, 7

Shorecrest at Bradenton Saint Stephen’s, 7

Wiregrass Ranch at Tampa Bay Tech, 7

South Sumter at Zephyrhills Christian, 7

Springstead at Citrus, 7:30

Bell Creek Academy at Seven Rivers Christian, 7:30

Land O’ Lakes at River Ridge, 7:30

Foundation Christian at Universal Academy, 7:30

Nature Coast at Lecanto, 7

Crystal River at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Central at Hernando, 7:30

St. Petersburg at Osceola, 7:30

Patel at Academy at the Lakes, 7:30

Community Christian at Grace Christian, 7:30

Tampa Prep at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Providence Christian at Ruskin Christian, 7:30

IMG Academy Gray at Brooks DeBartolo, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at Pasco, 7:30

Northside Christian at Keswick Christian, 7:30

Gibbs at Largo, 7:45

East Lake at Canterbury, 7:45

Clearwater at Boca Ciega, 7:45

Wharton at King, 8

Alonso at Jefferson, 8

East Bay at Plant City, 8

Armwood at Hillsborough, 8

Brandon at Spoto, 8

Chamberlain at Freedom, 8

Blake at Gaither, 8

Bloomingdale at Sumner, 8

Durant at Riverview, 8

Sickles at Plant, 8

Steinbrenner at Leto, 8

Strawberry Crest at Robinson, 8

St. Petersburg at Sarasota Military, 8

Lennard at Newsome, 8

Boys soccer

Bayshore Christian at Academy at the Lakes, 4

Bradenton Christian at Cambridge Christian, 4

Pepin Academy at Lakeside Christian, 4

Northeast at St. Petersburg Catholic, 5

Indian Rocks Christian at Largo, 6

Carrollwood Day at Shorecrest, 6

Wiregrass Ranch at North Port, 6

Calvary Christian at Brooks DeBartolo, 6

Anclote at Gulf, 6

St. Petersburg at Osceola, 6:30

Lakewood at Gibbs, 6:30

Crystal River at Central, 6:30

Keswick Christian at Canterbury, 7

Hollins at Northside Christian, 7

Sunlake at Citrus, 7

Plant at Steinbrenner, 7

Lakewood Ranch at Cypress Creek, 7

Pinellas Park at Admiral Farragut, 7

Wesley Chapel at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Tampa Prep at Palmetto, 7:30

King at Newsome, 8

Alonso at Plant City, 8

Lennard at Sickles, 8

Palm Harbor University at East Lake, 8

Spoto at Wharton, 8

Weeki Wachee at Nature Coast, 8

Girls basketball

Faith Christian at Oldsmar Christian, 4

Solid Rock Community at West Hernando Christian, 5

Hope Christian at Elfers Christian, 5

Winthrop College Prep at Winter Haven All Saints’, 5

Bradenton Christian at Shorecrest, 5:15

Genesis Prep at Geneva Classical, 5:30

Grace Christian at FISGS, 5:30

Foundation Christian at Universal Academy, 6

Bell Creek at Seven Rivers Christian, 6

Zephyrhills at Calvary Christian, 6

Providence Christian at Ruskin Christian, 6

Patel at Academy at the Lake, 6

Bradenton Bayshore at Dunedin, 6

Tampa Catholic at Clearwater Central Catholic, 6

Steinbrenner at Leto, 6

Blake at Gaither, 6:30

Wharton at King, 6:30

Strawberry Crest at Robinson, 6:30

Brandon at Spoto, 6:30

Sickles at Plant, 6:30

Alonso at Jefferson, 6:30

Chamberlain at Freedom, 6:30

Keswick Christian at Academy of the Holy Names, 6:30

East Bay at Plant City, 6:30

Armwood at Hillsborough, 6:30

Carrollwood Day at Orlando Colonial, 6:30

Bloomingdale at Sumner, 6:30

Cambridge Christian at Indian Rocks Christian, 6:30

Citrus at Springstead, 7

Countryside at Gibbs, 7

Berkeley Prep at IMG Academy, 7

Pinellas Park at Northeast, 7

Mitchell at Tarpon Springs, 7

Anclote at Fivay, 7:30

River Ridge at East Lake, 7:30

Newsome at Sarasota Riverview, 7:30

Gulf at Hudson, 7:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Sunlake, 7:30

Hernando at Central, 7:30

Lecanto at Nature Coast, 7:30

Weeki Wachee at Crystal River, 7:30

Admiral Farragut at Palm Harbor University, 7:30

St. Petersburg at Seminole, 7:45

Boca Ciega at Hollins, 7:45

Durant at Riverview, 8

Girls soccer

Academy at the Lakes at Seffner Christian, 4

Brooks DeBartolo at Tampa Prep, 4:30

Hollins at Northside Christian, 5

Keswick Christian at Canterbury, 5

Largo at Indian Rocks Christian, 5

Pinellas Park at Admiral Farragut, 5

Largo at Indian Rocks Christian, 5

Spoto at Wharton, 6

Armwood at Sumner, 6

Palm Harbor University at East Lake, 6

Leto at Middleton, 6

Cambridge Christian at Bradenton Christian, 6

Steinbrenner at Sickles, 6

Alonso at Plant City, 6

East Bay at Chamberlain, 6

Freedom at Durant, 6

Bloomingdale at Tampa Bay Tech, 6

St. Petersburg at Mitchell, 6

Lakewood at Gibbs, 6

Zephyrhills at Anclote, 6:30

Berkeley Prep at Land O’ Lakes, 6:30

Osceola at Countryside, 6:30

St. Petersburg Catholic at Carrollwood Day, 6:30

Dunedin at Boca Ciega, 7

Tampa Catholic at Calvary Christian, 7

Shorecrest at Lakeland McKeel Academy, 7

Central at Crystal River, 7

Weeki Wachee at Nature Coast, 7:30

Gulf at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

River Ridge at Academy of the Holy Names, 7:30

Wiregrass Ranch at North Port, 8

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