Sunday, August 19, 2018
Hometeam

State basketball: Scouting the Hillsborough vs. Choctawhatchee state semifinal

Class 7A: Hillsborough (25-5) vs. Choctawhatchee (26-2), 10 a.m.. Friday

How they got here: Hillsborough d. Land O'Lakes 61-46, d. Springstead 91-59, d. Daytona Beach Mainland 53-49; Choctawhatchee d. Milton 69-35, d. Crestview 71-56, d. Gainesville 54-52

Outlook: The Terriers are in the state semifinals for the first time since 1996. Ken Montgomery, a Maryland football commit, hit a key 3-pointer and made his presence known on defense in last week's win over Mainland in the region final. His father, Kenric Montgomery Sr., was a junior on Hillsborough's last semifinal team in 1996. Christian DeLeon (11.9 points per game), Myles Cowart (11.1) and Tyriq James (10.6) are all averaging double figures in scoring. The Terriers have other weapons, too. Warren Mclymont, a transfer from Tampa Bay Tech, has averaged 18 points in his past three games and had a career-high 25 against Springstead in the region semifinals. Defense, though, is Hillsborough's strength. The Terriers have held opponents to 59 points or fewer in all but one win. The Indians, ranked ninth overall in the state by MaxPreps, are in the state semifinals for the first time since 2002. Diante Smith, a 6-foot-6 forward who has offers from Miami and St. John's among others, is averaging 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds for Choctawhatchee.

Comments
Preseason football: Hillsborough 29, East Lake 23

Preseason football: Hillsborough 29, East Lake 23

TAMPA — When moving on to your third football program in four seasons, it helps to have a familiar face on the scene to help make things click faster.For Hillsborough quarterback Charlie Dean, fresh from playing for Tampa Catholic last fall, that per...
Published: 08/18/18
Preseason football: Clearwater Central Catholic 24, Wiregrass Ranch 14

Preseason football: Clearwater Central Catholic 24, Wiregrass Ranch 14

WESLEY CHAPEL — Clearwater Central Catholic, held to 11 yards rushing in the first half, turned on the power game behind senior Casey Levy, whose 120-yard performance helped carry the visiting Marauders to a 24-14 win at Wiregrass Ranch.Levy’s lone t...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 08/18/18

Preseason football: Tampa Bay Tech 54, Brandon 6

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech earned all the momentum it needed heading into next week’s sizable test at Armwood.The Titans powered by visiting Brandon 54-6 in a preseason classic on Friday night. The game was cruising along until a 20-minute lightning dela...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 08/18/18

Preseason football: Tampa Catholic 36, Robinson 15

TAMPA — First-year Tampa Catholic coach Jeris McIntyre hasn’t named a starting quarterback yet, but Dylan McCain shined in his job interview Friday, running a Crusader offense that scored 22 points in the second half on the way to a 36-15 preseason v...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 08/18/18

Preseason football: Jefferson 53, Newsome 0

LITHIA — Jefferson’s Tyler Thomas needed less than a quarter to throw down a challenge to the area teams: Catch him if you can.Unsuspecting Newsome, playing host to the preseason classic, never had a chance in the 53-0 loss on Friday.Thomas, a senior...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 08/18/18

Preseason football: Sunlake 22, Lakewood 20 (one half)

ST. PETERSBURG — Following two lengthy lightning delays, Sunlake used two blocked punts and several key defensive stops to knock off Lakewood in an abbreviated preseason game, 22-20.Matt Paduani led the way for the Seahawks, notching two touchdown ca...
Published: 08/17/18

Preseason football: Alonso 7, Countryside 6

TAMPA — The end result was a one-point decision — a 7-6 victory for Alonso over Countryside on Friday in a preseason game.First-year coach Ron Perisee preferred to dig deeper into his Ravens’ performance than the final score."I am just proud of the f...
Published: 08/17/18

Preseason football: Land O’Lakes 26, Wesley Chapel 0

LAND O’LAKES — From the very first play Friday night, Land O’Lakes asserted its presence over Wesley Chapel in preseason action.A botched snap, recovered by the Gators, set up a 27-yard flea-flicker touchdown from quarterback Ethan Forrester to Jacob...
Published: 08/17/18

Preseason football: St. Petersburg 10, Northeast 0

ST. PETERSBURG — Tonio Shavers rushed for a short touchdown as the St. Petersburg defeated Northeast, 10-0, in a shortened preseason game Friday.Lightning caused an hour-long delay at the end of the first quarter and when the teams returned they deci...
Published: 08/17/18

Preseason football: River Ridge 44, Pasco 24

NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge rode the arms of quarterbacks Kyle St. John and Travis Hawks on Friday night en route to a 44-24 preseason win over Pasco."(St. John and Hawks) both played really well tonight," River Ridge coach Ryan Benjamin said. "The...
Published: 08/17/18