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Boys district soccer
A-7, Indian Rocks Christian 1, Tampa Prep 0: Indian Rocks Christian made history with a win over Tampa Prep in the district final. It was the first time the Golden Eagles 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.”
4A-10, Seminole 3, Clearwater 2: Seminole defeated Clearwater for its first district championship in three years. It marks the 12th straight time the Warhawks have advanced to regional play. Clearwater scored early and led 1-0 at the half. But Seminole’s Tarik Salkicic scored all of his team’s goals in the second half. “That’s the best I’ve seen Clearwater play this season,” Seminole coach Rick Masi said. “They played very hard, challenged balls, ran to space. It was a very hard-fought win.”
2A-9, Berkeley Prep 3, Clearwater Central Catholic 0: Berkeley Prep defeated Clearwater Central Catholic. The Marauders will travel to Hardee High in Wauchula for the region quarterfinal.
3A-10, Palmetto 4, Dunedin 0: Dunedin fell to Palmetto. It was the fourth straight district championship for host Palmetto. The game was scoreless at halftime, but Palmetto scored 30 seconds into the second half and never looked back. Dunedin will play Jesuit in Tuesday’s region quarterfinal.
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 with an overtime win over Plant City. Jordyn Turner scored both goals for the Warhawks, including the winner in overtime.
Osceola 1, Robinson 0: The Warriors are in the region final for the first time since 2001 by playing stifling defense and getting a timely goal.
Gibbs 63, St. Petersburg 53: Gary Simon proved again that he is one of the top players in the area as he led Gibbs with 27 points. Devontay Williams added 14 for the Gladiators. Demontrae Adams led the Green Devils with 13.
Boca Ciega 67, Lakewood 53: The Pirates exacted revenge on their neighboring rival in a key district and conference game. Lakewood jumped out to an 18-11 lead in the first quarter before Boca Ciega went on a tear. Dallas Moore scored 25 and Michael Clark added 20 to lead the Pirates in scoring.
East Lake 67, Largo 55: Thanks to a quick start the Eagles cruised to clinch the North spot in the PCAC title game. East Lake led every quarter and jumped ahead 15-9 after the first. Jeremy Mogged and Blake Grimm each scored 20 for the Eagles.
Standout performances from Friday night
Patrick Mitchell, Northeast: The Vikings senior scored 22, grabbed 12 rebounds and had three blocked shots in a 72-54 win over Dixie Hollins.
Tarik Salkicic, Seminole: The Warhawks scorer came through in the second half of their district final with three goals for a 3-2 win over Clearwater.
Kasey Drayton, Lakewood: The Spartans forward was nearly unstoppable in their 61-39 PCAC win over Palm Harbor University. She scored 21, most on layups.
Dallas Moore, Boca Ciega: Moore scored 25 in a big 67-53 win over rival Lakewood.
Danny George, Countryside: In penalty kicks, George smothered three shots, including the last one to seal a victory over Palm Harbor University in the district final.
Karina White, East Lake: In the Class 5A region final, White scored to tie the score and had an assist on the winner as the Eagles beat Palm Harbor University 3-2.
Gary Simon, Gibbs: Known more as a standout in football, Simon had one of his best games this season in basketball, scoring 27, including five 3-pointers, in a win over St. Petersburg.
By the numbers
1122 Points scored by Dixie Hollins sophomore Meagan Thomas in her career. She is already Dixie’s all-time leading scorer and has made 135 3-pointers in two years of varsity play.
“When we play the way we’re supposed to play, we’re tough to beat. The problem is, I don’t know what team is going to come out of that locker room.”
Lakewood girls basketball coach Necole Tunsil
“The final 10 minutes took forever.”
Indian Rocks Christian boys soccer coach Ben Futoran, whose team defeated Tampa Prep for the first time 1-0
Compiled by staff writers Rodney Page and Bob Putnam.
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