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CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 8: Steinbrenner freshman Remi Brantley scored with less than two minutes remaining in the second overtime to give the Warriors a 2-1 win and the district title. Warriors senior Taylor Valley, who scored both goals in her team’s district semifinal victory, opened scoring in the first half. Alyssa Daniello scored for Freedom in the 50th minute.
CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 9: Plant City sophomore Ericka Lott’s goal with less than three minutes to play in the first overtime lifted the Raiders (11-4-1) to a 1-0 triumph against top-seeded East Bay, giving the hosts their second district crown. Lott’s goal, from roughly 10 yards, came off lifelong friend Tori Nizamoff’s textbook through ball near the left corner of the box that split two defenders. “It was amazing,” Lott said. “Right when she fed it, I knew it was on.”
CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 9: After 30 years, Robinson finally earned its first girls soccer district title, drumming King 6-1. Senior Charlotte Rothschild followed her three-goal performance Thursday with two goals and an assist, and freshman Sam Ishee converted two one-on-one opportunities into goals and added an assist. Freshman Laura Osorio and junior Megan Wagner each scored, and sophomore Clair Rothschild and senior Katherine King contributed one assist each.
CLASS A, DISTRICT 7: LSU signee Colby Maffei had a hat trick, while sophomore Abby Bravo added a pair of goals to lead top-seeded Tampa Prep’s 7-2 rout of Bishop McLaughlin in the district final. Alyssa Bryant and Alexandra Daley added goals for the Terrapins (16-1-4).
Down, Set, Hoops
Four local football standouts who had huge nights in high-tops Friday:
Nelson Agholor, Berkeley Prep TB/DB/SG: Agholor (16 points) beat his man off the dribble for a layup with three seconds to go, lifting the Bucs to a 58-57 win at Fort Myers Bishop Verot. Anything this kid can’t do?
Chivarsky Corbett, Tampa Catholic G/F/QB: The lanky Crusaders sophomore tallied a double double (23 points, 18 rebounds) in a 71-51 win at Sarasota Booker.
Bruce Hector, Robinson F/OL/DL: The Knights junior — a guard in football and beefy forward in hoops — came off the bench to nearly tally a double double (nine points, 11 rebounds) in a 57-46 win against Blake.
Justin Madison, Robinson F/DL: Madison scored 16 for the Knights
By the numbers
0 Games won by Armwood’s boys basketball team last season
11 Games won by the Hawks this season, including Friday’s 59-56 victory against King
8 3-pointers made by East Bay senior Stephanie Williams (24 points) in a 58-53 loss to Tampa Bay Tech
22 Goals this season for Plant City sophomore Ericka Lott, four shy of the school record
36 Days since the Wharton boys soccer team’s last loss. The Wildcats won their eighth in a row, 1-0 against Plant City, on Friday.
“Really, we’re pretty much the same team from last year, along with a couple of guys who moved up from JV. That’s really the good part about it, we’re doing it with the same guys. They pretty much improved their attitude, and we got rid of a couple of guys with bad attitudes. It’s a much better team atmosphere this year.” Armwood boys basketball coach Jeff Pafunda, on his 11-8 team
“This title gives our program validity.” Robinson girls soccer coach Billy Helms, whose team captured its first district title with its 6-1 romp of King
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Standout performances from Friday night
Tori Nizamoff, Plant City: We could just as easily recognize Ericka Lott, who actually scored the winning goal against East Bay, but Nizamoff’s feed made it happen.
Remi Brantley, Steinbrenner: Her clutch goal in overtime No. 2 gave the Warriors girls a district title.
Troy Holston, Wharton: The 6-foot-4 Wildcats junior scored 21 as the Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 50-33 win against Newsome.
Curtis Walls, Cambridge Christian: The 6-3 junior scored 17 points and sank 7 of 8 free throws in the Lancers’ 63-61 win over Academy at the Lakes.
Jawuan King, Armwood: Sophomore point guard scored 20 as the Hawks held off King’s late surge in a 59-56 triumph.
Charlotte Rothschild, Robinson. The senior had five goals in two nights in the district tournament, including two (with an assist) in a championship game triumph.
Compiled by staff writers Joey Knight and Laura. Keeley.
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