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North of Tampa prep notes: Carrollwood Day siblings rule the net

CARROLLWOOD

Carrollwood Day School's sibling tennis act helped the program reach some lofty heights at last week's district tournament.

Sophomore Jackie Fitz-Randolph, her eighth-grade sister Lauren and her brother Eric combined to take four Class 1A, District 8 titles.

Eric, a senior, defeated Berkeley Prep's Stephen Jordan 6-2, 6-1 for his third straight individual district championship.

Jackie Fitz-Randolph, the Patriots' No. 1 player, survived a final-set deficit and rallied to top Tampa Prep freshman Paige Leavy in a three-hour marathon match, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, to win the district title. Meanwhile, Lauren won her No. 2 singles final match for a title.

Jackie and Lauren also teamed to win a district doubles crown as well — helping the CDS girls to their second straight district championship.

The Carrollwood Day boys placed third as a team, behind Tampa Prep and Berkeley Prep.

Patriots' girls Sarah Yaffe (No. 3) and Casey Brynjolfsson (No. 5) also won singles crowns and Yaffe and Valentina Saracino won the No. 2 doubles championship.

Berkeley Prep's Stephen Jordan and Gray Aloian captured the boy's No. 1 doubles championship.

In Class 3A, District 9, Chamberlain's boys hung on for a second-place finish to advance to the region tournament. Chamberlain's Harrison Fisher and Hunter O'Brien topped King High's doubles team of Kiril Kirkov and Victor Ke, 6-3, 6-3, to lift the team into second place by one point over Hillsborough.

In Class 4A, District 6, Wharton's top singles players, Sam Chaffin and Alex Crnogorac, took crowns in their division. Wharton's boys and girls both advanced to regional tennis play.

Gaither legend retiring

Gaither baseball coach Frank Permuy has announced he will retire at the end of next season. Permuy is the only baseball coach in the history of the Gaither program. The school opened in 1984.

Permuy has more than 550 career victories, leading Gaither to eight district championships and a 2005 Class 5A state runnerup finish.

Before coming to Gaither, Permuy led Tampa Catholic to the 1982 Class 3A state title.

Collision course?

Class 7A, District 9 rivals Chamberlain and Freedom both ended the district portion of their regular-season softball schedule last week with victories.

Freedom, led by senior pitcher Katlin Hall's three-hitter, topped Steinbrenner 3-0 to improve to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in league play. Hall is 5-2 this season.

Chamberlain ended regular-season league play with an 8-2 win against Wiregrass Ranch. The Chiefs (17-6, 7-1 in 7A-9) pounded out five doubles, led by Lauren Hollbrook with two. Lindsey Hagberg added a double and a home run while Jenna Brownwell and Zalonzia Canady each had a double.

Chamberlain and Freedom split their two contests this year, with Freedom winning 7-6 on March 1 and Chamberlain winning 1-0 on March 26. Chamberlain will be the top seed by virtue of coin flip.

The district tournament begins April 16 at Freedom. Chamberlain will receive an opening round bye and play the winner of the Wiregrass Ranch-Gaither matchup.

"It doesn't matter too much," said Chamberlain coach Bob Diez. "You still got to win the Wednesday game (against the Wiregrass Ranch-Gaither winner). All these teams are pretty good and we've been in close games with Freedom this season."

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