The week ahead — Feb. 21-26

Baseball is back 

The baseball season starts this week with two tournaments – the 813Preps Bay Bash and Seminole’s Steve Georgiadis Memorial 

This is the debut for the 813Preps Bay Bash, which includes some of the best teams in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. All games are held at Jesuit. 

Here is the schedule for the tournament.


Northeast vs. Plant, 4

Bloomingdale vs. Jesuit, 7


Strawberry Crest vs. Osceola, 4

Bloomingdale vs. Northeast, 7


Plant vs. Jesuit, 7


Northeast vs. Strawberry Crest, 4

Osceola vs. Bloomingdale, 7


Osceola vs. Plant, 4

Strawberry Crest vs. Jesuit, 7

The Steve Georgiadis Memorial is now in its 31st year. The tournament is named after the former Seminole standout who played at Florida and died in 1990 from complications following shoulder surgery. 

Here is the schedule for the first two days of the tournament. 


St. Petersburg vs. Mitchell, 4:30

Countryside vs. IMG, 7:30


Palm Harbor University vs. Boca Ciega, 4:30

Seminole vs. Pinellas Park, 7:30.


Consolation games, 4:30 and 7:30


Semifinal games, 4:30 and 7:30


Consolation games, 4:30 and 7:30


Third place game, 4

Final, 7

Softball season starts

Technically, the softball season begins today. But because of President’s Day, area teams are not playing until Tuesday. There are plenty of quality games to check out during the opening week. Here is a list of the best.  


Sickles at Calvary Christian, 6

Palm Harbor University at Canterbury, 6

Strawberry Crest at Bloomingdale, 7

Osceola at East Lake, 7

Robinson at Durant, 7

Sunlake at Mitchell, 7:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Land O’ Lakes, 8


Berkeley Prep at Canterbury, 6

Wesley Chapel at Pasco, 7


East Lake at Palm Harbor University, 4

Northside Christian at Indian Rocks Christian, 6

Land O’ Lakes at Canterbury, 6

Mitchell at Cypress Creek, 6:30

Hernando at Springstead, 7

Robinson at Plant, 7

Wiregrass Ranch at River Ridge, 8


Dunedin at Boca Ciega, 4

Academy of the Holy Names at Land O’ Lakes, 6:30

Wharton at Steinbrenner, 7

Bull run

A Hillsborough County team has won a girls basketball state title each of the last three years. 

This week, Bloomingdale will take the first step to keep that streak intact. 

The Bulls are in the state semifinals for the first time. They face Wekiva on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Lakeland’s RP Funding Center. Both teams are ranked among the top 10 in their class by MaxPreps (the Bulls are No. 9 and the Mustangs are No. 2). 

Tampa Prep, Plant ‘play for boys soccer titles

Last week, there were five area still alive in the state semifinals. 

Now, there are local programs left competing for titles. 

Tampa Prep, ranked No. 1 in the nation, faces Miami Ransom Everglades in Thursday’s Class 3A state championship match at 1:05 p.m. at Deland’s Spec Martin Stadium. It is a battle between the two of the top three teams in the nation. 

Two days later, Plant plays Cypress Bay in Saturday’s 7A final at 4:05 p.m. at Deland’s Spec Martin Stadium. Both teams are ranked among the top five in their classification by MaxPreps (the Panthers are No. 5 and the Lightning are No. 1). This is Plant’s second straight state final appearance. The Panthers lost 1-0 in overtime to Naples Gulf Coast in last year’s title match. 

Shorecrest secures state title trip in girls soccer

Shorecrest, which made the state final in 2020, is the lone area team competing for a state title. 

The Chargers play St. John Country Day in Wednesday’s 3A final at 7:05 p.m. at Deland’s Spec Martin Stadium. It is not a rematch of the 2020 final but also a matchup between the top two teams in the class by MaxPreps (the Chargers are No. 2 and the Spartans are No. 1)

Boys basketball moves on to the region semifinals

The next round of the boys basketball playoffs is Tuesday with the region semifinals. There are 13 area teams still left in the postseason. The winners advance to Friday’s region finals. 

Here is the schedule for Tuesday’s region semifinals.  

Class 6A

Palmetto at Wharton, 7

Wiregrass Ranch at Sumner, 7

Class 5A

Bradenton Southeast at St. Petersburg, 7

Jesuit at Orlando Jones, 7

King at Leesburg, 7

Class 4A

Port Charlotte at Central, 7

Parrish Community at Gibbs, 7

Class 3A

Calvary Christian at Tampa Catholic, 7

Northside Christian at Berkeley Prep, 7

Class 2A

Canterbury at Bradenton Christian, 7

Lacrosse season continues

The boys and girls lacrosse seasons begin their second week of the regular season. Here are some of the games to check out this week. 



Plant at Steinbrenner, 5

Jesuit at Mitchell, 7


Newsome at Wharton, 5



Wiregrass Ranch at Land O’ Lakes, 5

Plant at Steinbrenner, 7


Mitchell at Land O’ Lakes, 6


Mitchell at Wiregrass Ranch, 7