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Region girls soccer
4A, Seminole 2, Plant City 1 (OT): Throughout the playoffs, the Warhawks have battled through injuries and survived close games. Seminole did it again Friday, advancing to the region final for the fifth straight season. Jordyn Turner scored both goals for the Warhawks, including the winner in overtime.
3A, Osceola 1, Robinson 0: In a year that saw several firsts for the Knights program — first district title, first win in the region tournament — they ultimately met their match in Osceola. Four Robinson players — Caroline King, Sam Ishee, Laura Osorio and Charlotte Rothschild — finished the year with 10 or more goals to their credit.
A, Tampa Prep 4, Bradenton St. Stephen’s 0: Senior Alyssa Bryant opened the scoring for the Terrapins (18-1-4) with her first of two goals in the 27th minute. Senior Colby Maffei added another goal before the half, and sophomore Abby Bravo scored in the final frame along with Bryant.
District boys soccer
Class 5A, District 7: Bloomingdale junior Mark Updike ended a defensive grudge match, poking in a 6-yard shot off a long throw-in with roughly 17 minutes remaining to lift the Bulls (17-2-1) to a 1-0 victory against top-seeded Wharton. The triumph was the first in three consecutive district final appearances for Bulls coach Troy Smith.
Class 3A, District 9: Jesuit senior Christopher Conlon scored two goals to propel the top-seeded Tigers to a 3-1 victory against host Leto, giving the program its seventh consecutive district title. One Conlon goal came on a penalty kick, the other on a Jake Iurato assist. Junior Joseph Metzger had the other goal.
Class 2A, District 9: Berkeley Prep defeated Clearwater Central Catholic 3-0. The Marauders will now have to travel to Hardee High in Wauchula for the regional quarterfinal match.
Class A, District 7: Indian Rocks Christian made history with a 1-0 win over Tampa Prep in the district final. It was the first time the Golden Eagles have defeated Tampa Prep. IRC scored just before the 20-minute water break in the first half on a goal by Rhett Hammil. For the rest of the game, IRC (17-3-1) kept up the pressure and fought off a late Tampa Prep charge. “The last 10 minutes took forever,” IRC coach Ben Futoran said. “Tampa Prep put three forward, then four, then five. When the whistle sounded we went nuts. Every player out there worked so hard.”
A win for son, a wince for mom
Of all the teams against whom Plant senior Anthony Haynes could have had a monster game, he had to pick the one dearest to his mother’s divided heart. Haynes had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the Panthers’ 63-41 triumph Friday against Blake, where Jacqueline Haynes is principal.
Standout performances from Friday night
Cameron Roberts, Plant City: Yeah, we think five goals in a district final warrants hotshot status
Chivarsky Corbett, Tampa Catholic: The sophomore scored a game-high 22 as the Crusaders avenged last week’s 28-point loss to Berkeley Prep with a 66-53 triumph.
Jonathon Figueroa, Leto: Tallied 23 points in the Falcon boys’ 74-54 win against Hillsborough
Rachel Brier, Steinbrenner: The freshman scored a game-high 17 points as the Warriors beat Alonso 65-30
Le’area Wilkerson, Blake: The 5-foot-3 junior captain paced the Yellow Jackets with 15 points in a 55-44 upset win at Plant.
By the numbers
3 Roberts boys who have played, or will play, soccer for Palm Beach Atlantic. Cameron, a Plant City senior, is the latest. Cheyne and Caleb are the other two
4 Players who scored at least 12 points in the Carrollwood Day boys’ 67-32 win over Brooks-DeBartolo. Matthew Phillips’ 16 led the way
6 Points needed by Robinson senior Tre Leonard to reach 1,000 for his career. Leonard had 13 in the Knights’ 66-59 win Friday against Chamberlain
7 Consecutive district titles for Jesuit's soccer team
10 Consecutive wins for Plant's boys basketball team, which topped Blake by 22
“Our defense played extremely well (after halftime) My goalie (Austin Spagnola) didn’t really have to make any saves. In the second half he had to pick up a few rollers and that was it.” Bloomingdale boys soccer coach Troy Smith, giving shoutouts to defenders Carlos Tobar, Nick Buccieri, Garett Cohen, Jacob Cogger following the Bulls’ 1-0 win against Wharton
"I feel especially bad for Taylor Valley because this is her season, and she did a remarkable job for us. I'm just sad we couldn't get her more support up front because I think if we could have gotten a couple chances for her, she would have put one in." Steinbrenner coach Robert Woodard on his senior forward, an Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) University commit who finished the year with 12 goals and six assists
Compiled by staff writers Laura Keeley, Joey Knight, Bob Putnam and Rodney Page. Standout performance? Milestone achievement? Coaches are asked to call 1-800-333-7505, ext. 8123 no later than 11 each night to ensure their team is included in our roundup of memorable performances.