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Fri. January 29, 2010 | John C. Cotey | Email

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Don't forget to check back today at 2 p.m. for our first-ever livestream of a football player making his college decision when Gibbs' Tim Jackson picks ...well, we can't tell you who, that would ruin all the fun. That, and, well, we're not really sure.

TEAM OF THE NIGHT

The Steinbrenner girles soccer team (18-0-2) doesn't have a senior on it, so you have to imagine the future is pretty bright. But how does it get any better than this? The Warriors remained unbeaten in 20 games with a 4-2 win over Palmetto, notching the first region playoff victory in school history. Steinbrenner hasn't been tested (and apparently neither has their next opponent, Lakewood Ranch, as you can read here). In fact, it was the first time all season that the Warriors allowed more than one goal in a single game. With a sniper like CiCi Gonzalez and support like Kaitlyn and Kelsey Huntzinger, Lauren Laughlin, Carly Keene, Taylor Valley and Marley Opila (they all had a significant hand in Steinbrenner's win) the Warriors may not be done making history just yet.

PLAYER OF THE NIGHT

At 6-foot-2, Northside Christian's Kayla Walton is proving to be as dominant on the basketball court as she was on the volleyball court. Thursday, she scored 43 points -- we're guessing  career and season high -- in her team's 69-60 loss to Bradenton Christian. Despite Walton's efforts, the Mustangs saw their 10-game win streak come to an end.

BALLERS

1. East Lake's Tatiana Perez, Palm Harbor University's Catherine Brinkman, East Bay's Delaney Poli, Plant's Amy Werdine and Hudson's Brooke McKillen all scored their teams' only goal in 1-0 victories.

2. Steinbrenner's Gonzalez was a whirling dirvish in a 4-2 win over Palmetto. She scored two tricky goals, beating tight coverage both times, and almost had a few others.

3. Jerica Coley is getting ready for the postseason -- 28 points in St. Petersburg Catholic's win over 55-42 win over Lake Highland Prep.

4. Largo's Uniqueika Walker scored a season-high 31 in a 65-40 win over Osceola.

5. Justin Waters scored 20 to lead Shorecrest over arch-rival Northside Christian.

6. Norman Williams had 26 points for Boca Ciega, helping the Pirates snap a three-game losing streak.

7. Largo keeper Fontana Cogino stood on her head against East Lake. The upstart Packers gave the Eagles all they could handle and more, the only goal scored on Cogino a well-placed looping chip over her head.

8. Newsome's Liz Haumschild had three assists and two goals in the Wolves' easy 7-0 victory.

9. Hat tricks Thursday night for Tampa Prep's Colby Maffei's (she now has 40 on the year), Clearwater Central Catholic's Kaitlyn Parker and Seminole's Megan Lawrence.

10. Fore! Seminole's Sierra Lelii scored four times in the first half in a 9-0 win over Largo.

11. Kamyia Smith had 16 points and four 3-pointers to lead St. Petersburg past Countryside 55-50.

12. Christian Whiting's 23 points gave Seminole a nice little victory over Pinellas Park.

BY THE NUMBERS

6 -- players (Megan Williams, Taylor Batye, Amber Famiglietti, Samantha Newhaller, Taylor Douthitt, Maggie Gianiosis) that scored for the Berkeley Prep soccer team in an 8-0 win.

5 -- straight playoff appearances by River Ridge girls soccer. They'll be looking to get past the second round for the first time.

2 -- undefeated soccer teams remaining in longtime power PHU and rookie Steinbrenner.

33 -- points Oldsmar Christian gave up in third quarter against Findlay Prep, ranked No. 2 in the country. Oldsmar led 26-24 at halftime, but once Findlay outscored it 33-8 in the third quarter not even Rashaad Richardson's 24 could save 'em.

61 -- 3-pointers made by Indian Rocks Christian's Tori Trador, breaking the school's single-season mark of 59.

149 -- 3-pointers made by Indian Rocks Christian's Jessica Logemann, breaking the previous career record of 147.

IS IT JUST ME OR...

...have no two bigger games ever been played on back-to-back nights for a first-year school than Thursday's Steinbrenner girls region quarterfinal soccer victory and tonight's highly-anticipated boys rematch with traditional power Jesuit in the district final.

 

What did I miss? Hit me up at cotey@sptimes and I'll have this baby updated in no time.

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