DUNEDIN — The Peter Barker Invite got a little surprise when it ballooned from the original 18-team slate to 22 teams. A late start forced officials to speed up the meet by setting shorter periods in matches up to the championship final and the final bouts just got in under 10 p.m. On hand Saturday were former Dunedin state champions Clarence Arrington and Kyle Goodnow, both currently serving in the military.
In the early going, Wiregrass Ranch was in the lead but Robinson put two wrestlers in the finals with 113-pounder Isaac Guillermo scoring a third-period pin over Calvary Christian’s Michael Sarron to win the title. A host of other Knights battled through wrestlebacks to stack the winning margin 178-164 over Northeast. Wiregrass Ranch was third with 145 and host Dunedin took fourth with 142.
“We’ve got a core of hard-working, young guys with experience,” Robinson coach Tommy Montero said. “The first few rounds and then the last round really did it for us, guys battling back through wrestlebacks and getting bonus points.” …Full Story
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Dec. 2. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Mickey Carney, basketball, Academy of the Holy Names: The junior scored 17 points and added 13 rebounds in a 44-40 win over district foe Brooks DeBartolo. She is averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds through eight games.
Amaka Eziakonwa, basketball, King: The senior guard did a little bit of everything in a win over Hillsborough, with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 steals.
Julia Ingram, basketball, Palm Harbor University: The senior had 33 points and nine steals as the Hurricanes beat Class 8A, District 10 foe Countryside 69-50.
Lyndsey McWhorter, basketball, Anclote: The junior scored a total of 63 points in three wins against Fivay, Wesley Chapel and Ridgewood. She scored 29 points against Wesley Chapel. …Full Story
The Hillsborough East-West All-Star game will be held Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is 6 p.m. Here are the rosters for both teams. The game is for seniors and selections came from their high school coaching staffs.
Alonso – Phillip Jackson, Cole Watts; Berkeley Prep – Dylan Brown, Sandro Maxwell; Blake – Bryant Mcloney, Jaiden Morris, Roshawn Mungin, Demetrius Powell, Gordon Sandorf; Chamberlain – Donovan Baker, Roman Franco, Eli Saunders; Gaither – Decalan Brooks, Estefano Feliciano; Hillsborough –Russell Booth, Armand Chalik, Nate Dantley, Leon Gatlin, CJ Williams; Jefferson – Alvin Baker, J’bril Glaze, Jesus Gonzalez, Terrell Jackson, Jean Marcellus; King – Alex Alhomsi, Adrian Flanning, Dwight Hopkins; Leto – Austin Harmon, Chase Kessler, Vashawn Jackson; Middleton – Daryl Anderson, Christopha Bell, Lonnie Tingle; Robinson – Anfernee Alston, Najee Fitzgerald, Eli Morris; Sickles – Dez Bessent, Josh Powell, Anthony Quintana, Jeff Ysma; Steinbrenner – Brett Bittler, Dante Coleman, Noah Ruggles.
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EAST LAKE – In the final minute of the first half, Darius Banks caught an alley-oop pass from Serrel Smith and completed a two-handed dunk.
The highlight-worthy play also was a historic one.
Bank’s jam broke the previous school record of 1,823 points set by Carlton Bryant, a former standout for the Green Devils in the early 1990s. The points continued to pile up in the second half for Banks, who finished with 24 in a 69-59 win over East Lake.
“I wasn’t really feeling it until after the game,” Banks said of setting the career points record at the school. “It was just a regular two points for me. It meant something but just not in the moment.”
What mattered more was the win. The game was a rematch of last year’s Class 7A, District 10 final. Both teams moved up in classification to 8A but are still in the same district.
“This win was very big,” Banks said. “We’re 2-0 in the district and this one was on the road. Those are way better than wins at home.”
The game also marked the return of Smith, who missed the first two games of the season with a bruised knee. Smith helped take the scoring burden off of Banks. In fact, Smith led all scorers with 30 points. …Full Story
PALM HARBOR — Both of Palm Harbor University's soccer teams maintained their perfect records Tuesday, although the boys had to work substantially harder to get it done.
While the girls got the last eight minutes off, thanks to a surprisingly lopsided 9-1 mercy-rule result over Wiregrass Ranch, the boys team had to defend like crazy for about the last 15 to hold off Wiregrass 1-0.
In fact, the visitors outplayed PHU (6-0-0) for the first half, putting on a tremendous display of possession that ended in several big-time tests for 'Canes goalie Jack Gallagher. The toughest was a rocket shot from freshman Malcolm Lewis that Gallagher parried off the crossbar in the 15th minute.
Gallagher had to make five first-half saves while PHU didn't get its first shot on goal until Daniel Wintermeier's long-range free kick in the 30th minute.
But the hosts came out with much more purpose after halftime, controlling the majority of play and getting rewarded with the lone goal in the 58th minute. After a hard foul led to a caution against Bulls standout defender Jackson Trudel, Wintermeier came up from defense and rose up to head home Hampton Lombard's 40-yard free kick. …Full Story
TAMPA – This was supposed to be the right moment for Seffner Christian’s breakthrough against Jesuit.
The stars had aligned for the Crusaders. They had a veteran team with 10 seniors on the roster, many of whom played varsity for years.
The Tigers, meanwhile, were expected to go through some growing pains after graduating three significant contributors from last season’s team that reached the Class 5A state semifinals.
What Jesuit lacked in experience, it made up for in resiliency. The Tigers overcame a five-point deficit in the second half to win 60-51 and remain undefeated.
“We thought this was going to be one of our toughest games of the year,” Jesuit coach Neal Goldman said. “We thought that was one of our best wins last year against Seffner Christian and we didn’t know how we were going to pull it off again. But we have some tough kids.”
The turning point came in the final four minutes. Lucas Uzdavinis hit one of his four 3-pointers to give the Tigers (3-0) a 48-45 lead with 3:37 remaining. Stevie Darst then hit a pair of free throws to make it 50-45 with 2:06 left. …Full Story
Know the foe: Venice (11-0)
Up next: Hosts East Lake (9-1) in a Class 7A region final Friday.
Road to the state semifinals: D. South Fort Myers 56-0; d. Braden River 64-42
Season in a snap: The Indians have four shutouts this season, and held opponents to a touchdown or less in three other games. Venice is averaging 50 points a game. … Senior Matthew Laroche more than earns the nickname “Speedy,” outrunning defenses to the tune of 2,473 yards and 33 touchdowns. He hasn’t been held under 100 yards all season, and in two games against Braden River had 634 yards and eight touchdowns. In the region semifinal, junior dual-threat quarterback Bryce Carpenter ran for 264 yards and a school-record six touchdowns. In addition to his 16 passing scores, Carpenter has 14 TDs via the ground this year. … According to the Bradenton Herald, Venice converted on 12-of-16 third downs last week against Braden River, while converting three fourth downs.
Playoff history: The Indians’ lone state title (Class 5A) came in 2000. Venice reached the region semifinals a year ago before getting dispatched by district rival Braden River. The Indians got revenge in the same round this season. …Full Story
Know the foe: Viera (9-2)
Up next: Visits Plant (11-0) in a Class 7A region final Friday
Road to the state semifinals: D. Orlando East River 41-0; d. Stuart Martin County 53-45
Season in a snap: The Hawks have some pretty gaudy stats on defense, with a whopping 75 sacks and 22 interceptions. Junior Miguel Rodriguez is responsible for 26 sacks, including four in last week’s region semifinal. Junior Colton Farrington (five) and senior William Champion (four) lead the team in quarterback picks. … Junior quarterback Tim Demorat completes 68 percent of passes, with more than 2,000 yards passing and 22 touchdowns. He threw for 534 yards and five TDs a week ago. Four receivers have more than 350 yards each. … In Viera’s 17-7 loss to Cocoa, the game was actually called because of lightning late in the third quarter. Viera’s other loss came in the second game of the season to Washington D.C.’s Gonzaga, 31-19. Demorat threw three of his eight interceptions on the season in that one.
Playoff history: The Hawks have only two postseason appearances, in 2014 and 2015. Viera was the state runnerup a year ago, losing 45-10 to state powerhouse Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. …Full Story
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 18. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Kristina Budzban, soccer, King: The junior was a scoring machine in a pair of wins this week against Gaither and Tampa Bay Tech, scoring a whopping four goals in each victory for the 4-1 Lions. She leads the team with 13 goals in five games.
Abbey Duncan, swimming, Wesley Chapel: A former state champion, Duncan returned to the area after spending last season in Ohio and took second in both the 100 fly (55.31) and the 100 back (56.98) at the Class 2A state meet.
Emily Joseph, basketball, Northeast: The junior scored a total of 46 points in three wins, including 28 against Largo. She also had 15 rebounds, 16 assists and 20 steals in that span of games.
Nicole Stambo, diving, Berkeley Prep: The sophomore easily won gold at the Class A state meet, scoring 507.95 points, 50 ahead of the runnerup. Her best dive? Likely the reverse two-and-half tuck, which few in the state attempt. …Full Story
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Nov. 5 through Friday, Nov. 11. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Reilley Bain, soccer, Weeki Wachee: The freshman had a team-leading three goals in a 5-2 win over Hernando. Bain has six goals and two assists for the Hornets entering Friday’s game vs. Fivay.
Breaunna Dailey, soccer, Largo: The junior had a combined five goals in wins over Dunedin and Bradenton Southeast this week.
Bailey Hertenstein, cross country, Riverview: The junior won her second straight state title, finishing in 17 minutes, 40.36 seconds, nearly 40 seconds ahead of her closest competitor at the Class 4A meet.
Jordyn Kadlub, soccer, Pasco: The sophomore, who is also a standout in softball, scored at least two goals in each of the Pirates’ first three games, all wins.
Olivia Rovin, cross country, Shorecrest: The senior, who battled back from cancer two years ago, capped off her high school career by finishing fourth at the Class A meet in 19 minutes, 27.83 seconds. …Full Story
Durant at East Lake
Rodney Page: Durant 23-20
Bob Putnam: East Lake 28-27
St. Petersburg at Tampa Bay Tech
Page: Tampa Bay Tech 27-21
Putnam: Tampa Bay Tech 30-16
Winter Haven at Plant
Page: Plant 38-17
Putnam: Plant 31-13
Wiregrass Ranch at Lakeland
Page: Lakeland 35-14
Putnam: Lakeland 20-19
Port Charlotte at Clearwater
Page: Clearwater 21-18
Putnam: Clearwater 24-21
Boca Ciega at Charlotte
Page: Charlotte 45-21
Putnam: Charlotte 35-21
Auburndale at Armwood
Page: Armwood 38-10
Putnam: Armwood 35-13
Hillsborough at Lake Gibson
Page: Lake Gibson 24-17
Putnam: Lake Gibson 21-14
Springstead at Ocala Vanguard
Page: Vanguard 28-7
Putnam: Vanguard 42-14
Ocala Forest at Mitchell
Page: Ocala Forest 17-16
Putnam: Mitchell 20-19
Zephyrhills at Nature Coast
Page: Nature Coast 31-21
Putnam: Nature Coast 28-24
Crystal River at River Ridge
Page: River Ridge 27-26
Putnam: River Ridge 28-20
Jefferson at Lakewood
Page: Jefferson 28-14
Putnam: Jefferson 31-14
Gibbs at Jesuit
Page: Jesuit 56-7
Putnam: Jesuit 49-13
Ocala Trinity Catholic at Tampa Catholic
Page: Tampa Catholic 27-17
Putnam: Tampa Catholic 31-21
Berkeley Prep at Orlando First Academy
Page: Berkeley Prep 20-17
Putnam: Berkeley Prep 21-13 …Full Story
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Nov. 4. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Kaylie Butts, volleyball, Plant: The senior played a big role in the Panthers’ region final win over Oviedo Hagerty. She had seven kills and a team-high six blocks.
Courtney Coleman, swimming, Shorecrest: The senior won the 100 breast (1:09.63), swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:55.55) and anchored the winning 400 free relay(3:45.43) to lead the Chargers to their 13th straight team title at districts.
Brooke Duncan, swimming, Wesley Chapel: The sprinter was first in the 100 free (54.64), took second in the 50 free (25.58) and was on the second-place 400 free relay team (4:17.06) at districts.
Chloe Grimme, swimming, Sunlake: The freshman, who was dominant throughout the postseason, took second in the 50 free (23.92) and fourth in the 100 free (52.61) at the Class 3A state meet. …Full Story
All games at 7:30 unless noted
Clearwater at East Lake
Rodney Page: East Lake 35-14
Bob Putnam: East Lake 28-14
Weeki Wachee at Springstead
Page: Springstead 42-7
Putnam: Springstead 31-13
Anclote at Central
Page: Central 28-10
Putnam: Central 31-24
Land O’Lakes at Fivay
Page: Land O’Lakes 21-17
Putnam: Land O’Lakes 27-14
Crystal River at Hudson
Page: Crystal River 35-12
Putnam: Crystal River 31-20
Zephyrhills at Pasco
Page: Zephyrhills 41-7
Putnam: Zephyrhills 35-10
Hernando at Ridgewood
Page: Ridgewood 16-14
Putnam: Hernando 21-20
River Ridge at Sunlake
Page: Sunlake 21-20
Putnam: River Ridge 28-14
Mitchell at Gulf, 7
Page: Mitchell 30-10
Putnam: Mitchell 42-6
Jesuit at Tampa Catholic, 7
Page: Jesuit 27-17
Putnam: Jesuit 28-20
Jefferson at Lennard
Page: Jefferson 26-14
Putnam: Jefferson 35-7
Armwood at Sickles
Page: Armwood 31-14
Putnam: Armwood 28-6
Berkeley Prep at Steinbrenner
Page: Steinbrenner 28-24
Putnam: Berkeley Prep 21-14
Brandon at Bloomingdale
Page: Brandon 23-21
Putnam: Bloomingdale 28-26
St. Petersburg Catholic at Carrollwood Day, 7
Page: Carrollwood Day 24-21
Putnam: St. Petersburg Catholic 27-21
Chamberlain at Wharton
Page: Chamberlain 18-17
Putnam: Wharton 24-20
Durant at King
Page: Durant 28-0 …Full Story
On what was clearly a tough day to score, Mitchell freshman Nick Gabrelcik fell down the leaderboard in Wednesday’s second round of the Class 2A state tournament in Howey-in-the-Hills.
Gabrelcik shot 10-over 82 on the Mission Inn and Resort’s El Campeon course and finished with a two-day total of 73-82--155, good to tie for 13th. He had the best finish of any local player at the tournament.
Junior Cody Carroll of Middleburg shot even-par 144 and defeated junior Ignacio Arcaya of Orlando Bishop Moore in a playoff to win the individual championship. Arcaya shot a second-round 2-under 70, the only round under par in the 95-player field.
Freshman Panormitis Karatzas of Tarpon Springs shot 83 on Wednesday and finished 20th at 159. Senior Travis Wells of Sunlake finished tied for 21st with 160.
In the team competition, Jesuit shot a second-day total of 320, 19 shots better than the first round, and finished tied for fourth in the 16-team field with a score of 659. Junior Max White shot the Tigers’ low round of the day, 7-over 79.
Mitchell shot 704 and finished 11th. Nature Coast was 14th with a 781.
American Heritage won the team title with a score of 604. …Full Story
The Associated Press top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Area teams in bold:
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Record Pts Prv
1. Apopka (13) 9-0 130 1
2. Kissimmee Osceola 10-0 116 2
3. Charles Flanagan 8-1 96 3
4. Vero Beach 8-0 84 4
5. Deerfield Beach 8-1 72 7
6. Sanford Seminole 9-0 68 6
7. Park Vista Community 9-0 48 8
8. Miami Southridge 6-2 40 9
9. Christopher Columbus Catholic 6-3 22 NR
10. Coral Gables 7-1 20 5
Others receiving votes: Sarasota Riverview 14, Sandalwood 3, Spruce Creek 2. …