The week ahead
A look at the top prep events across the county:
Girls basketball, Jefferson (10-0) at Sickles (10-0), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday: Hillsborough County’s top public school programs are unbeaten heading into this clash. A good chance to see Sickles star Amber Henson play against a deep Jefferson team with talent at every position.
Boys soccer, Plant City at (7-0-1) East Bay (5-1-1), 8 p.m. Tuesday: A pivotal clash in what is shaping up as a thrilling Class 5A, District 8 race, which the Raiders lead. The Indians need this one after last week’s 1-0 loss to Newsome.
Boys basketball, Plant City (4-1) at Durant (5-1), 8 p.m. Wednesday: Huge game for Plant City supremacy, not to mention Class 5A, District 8 seeding. The Cougars have won five in a row, including a 15-point triumph at Newsome, after a two-point season-opening loss to Spoto.
Girls basketball, Plant City (3-4) at Durant (6-1), 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Durant junior Eryka Williams (16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds) has led the Cougars to a fast start. Now Durant faces crosstown rival Plant City.
Girls soccer, Plant (9-1-1) at Newsome (9-0-2), 6 p.m. Thursday: The Panthers look to even the score from their only loss, a penalty kicks tournament loss to the Wolves during the season’s opening week.
Boys basketball, Plant City (4-1) at Newsome (3-1), 8 p.m. Friday: Maybe, just maybe, the 5A-8 race takes shape after this contest and Wednesday’s Plant City-Durant showdown.
Boys soccer, High School Soccer Classic Tournament at Ed Radice Sports Complex, 2 p.m. Saturday: Pool-play action in this prestigious 24-team annual event begins Saturday and continues Monday. Perhaps the most interesting first-day matchups are a 2 p.m. Gaither-Tampa Prep showdown and an 8 p.m. contest between local heavyweight Jesuit and nationally ranked New Orleans Jesuit. Berkeley Prep and Sickles are the other county entrants.
Girls soccer, Bloomingdale (5-3) at Tampa Prep, (10-2-2), 10 a.m. Saturday: The Bulls have a tough task: trying to contain Terps forward Colby Maffei, the county’s leading scorer with 24 goals.
Volleyball, Under Armour All-American Match at St. Pete Times Forum, 1 p.m. Sunday: Plant’s Maddie Martin gives this national showcase, which will feature the best high school senior volleyball players in the nation, some local flavor.