Last week's district track and field meets featured a clean sweep, a double dip and a historic title for North of Tampa-area squads.
Freedom's girls team recorded its first-ever district crown by topping second-place Plant 166.50-144 last week in the Class 4A, District 6 event. Seniors Sandra Akachukwu and Faith Woodard led the way for the Patriots, winning five events combined.
Akachukwu, who scored 38 points by herself in the meet, won three events and placed second in a fourth. She took district medals in the 200 meters (25.35 seconds), 100 meters (12.27) and long jump (19 feet, 3 inches). Akachukwu was second in the high jump at 5-feet-8 behind teammate Woodard, who posted a 5-foot-10-inch leap. Woodard also ran to a first-place win in the 400 meters with a 58.40 time.
Senior Alexandra Mitchell also collected a title, taking first place in the 800 meters (2:23.76).
Athletes from Wharton and Alonso also performed well.
Wharton's Britainey Smith captured the pole vault title, clearing 10 feet, and Alonso's Quatasia Fantroy won the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 1.5 inches.
Meanwhile, Wharton sprinters Mikayla Barber and Tyler Watson finished first and second, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles and helped the 4x400-meter relay team to a first-place finish (4:02.28).
On the boys side, Alonso and Freedom had individual winners but placed third and fourth, respectively, in the team totals.
Alonso's William Taylor-Haynes won the high jump (6-2) and the 110 hurdles (14.65). The Ravens also won the triple jump with Brandon Robinson (41-10.75) and 400 meters with Roosevelt Lawrence (50.82).
Freedom dominated the boys relays, winning both the 4x400 meters and 4x800 meters events.
At the Class 3A, District 8 meet, Steinbrenner's boys and girls both took home team championships.
The Warriors' boys dominated the distance events, with Matt Magee, Tanner Biles, Tyler Bess-Lima and Zach Bess-Lima finishing first through fourth in the 1,600 meters. Magee also took first place in the 800 meters while Tyler Bess-Lima won the 3,200 meters.
Steinbrenner was so dominant in the distance events, it earned 71 of 139.5 points in those events.
On the girls side, Steinbrenner won just one event, but placed enough athletes in other events to post a 161-144 advantage against second-place Hillsborough.
Steinbrenner's Jazmin Sobotker won the pole vault by clearing 9 feet.
Meanwhile, Chamberlain's Andrea Aaron turned in an outstanding performance in the meet, winning both the discus (124-3) and the shot put, posting a Hillsborough County season best throw of 43-5.5.
CDS tennis has rough time at state
Carrollwood Day School's standout girls tennis team and top boys player reached the state tournament last week in Central Florida, but struggled at the event.
Eric Fitz-Randolph ended his prep career at the Class A state tournament by losing to Fort Pierce Carroll's Andrew Blair 3-6, 6-4, 10-6. Fitz-Randolph entered the tournament as his bracket's top seed.
Also, the Berkeley Prep doubles team of Stephen Jordan and Gray Aloian made an early exit with a loss to a Fort Myers Canterbury tandem.
On the girls side, the entire CDS team advanced to state but only managed two first-day victories.
The Patriots lost four singles matches before No. 5 Casey Brynjolfsson advanced with a victory. On Day 2, Brynjolfsson was eliminated 6-1, 6-2 while the doubles team Jackie and Lauren Fitz-Randolph were ousted by the same score.
The CDS girls, composed entirely of sophomores and freshmen, had one of the state tournament's toughest draws, facing tough Central and South Florida squads.
Basketball postseason awards announced
Chamberlain senior guard Reggie Hart has been named the Player of the Year by the Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association.
A 6-foot-1 player with 2,000-plus points in his prep career, Hart led the Chiefs to their third straight district title this past season.
Hart led Hillsborough County at 25 points per game, while also averaging eight rebounds and four assists.
Also, the coaches association named Alonso's Malachi Christopher, Berkley Prep's Justin Gray, Sickles' Dan Harris, Steinbrenner's Keyshawn Ingram and Wharton's C.J. McGill and Sir Patrick Reynolds to its all-star team.
Berkeley Prep's Rob Freedy and Aaron Hannon, along with Wharton's Tyler Langston, were named academic all-stars.
Meanwhile, Tommy Tonelli, who guided Wharton to its first state final four appearance in program history, was named the Class 8A Coach of the Year by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches.
Wharton finished 25-5 en route to falling in the state semifinals.
Roundup of softball district tournaments
District tournament play wrapped up last week with five North of Tampa teams advancing to regional play. And two them, Chamberlain and Carrollwood Day School, won district championships.
In Class 8A, District 7, Wharton used tournament wins against Plant and Bloomingdale to advance to the district final, where it was blanked 5-0 by Durant. Still, sixth-seeded Wharton's run was good enough to earn the runner-up region berth.
Defending Class 7A state champ Chamberlain defeated rival Freedom 4-2 to claim the Class 7A, District 9 title. The Chiefs got a one-hitter from pitcher Rachel Dwyer and RBIs from Jenna Brownell, Elizabeth Diaz and Izzy Ordorica. Both the Chiefs and Patriots move on to region play.
Despite shutout losses, both Sickles and Cambridge Christian also are moving on to regional play. Sickles lost 3-0 to Strawberry Crest in the Class 6A-11 final, mostly victimized by three errors in the sixth inning that led to two Strawberry Crest runs. Cambridge, meanwhile, struggled in the 2A-9 final, mustering only one hit while having 10 players strike out in the five-inning contest.
Meanwhile, Carrollwood Day is heading to region play on the strength of its first district crown in program history. CDS topped Seffner Christian 2-1 for the championship. CDS junior pitcher Amanda Rose threw a five-hitter, striking out 10 and giving up just two walks.