The week ahead
Some of the can't-miss events on the North Suncoast:
Boys basketball, Nature Coast (11-1) at Wiregrass Ranch (10-5), 7:30 tonight: This marks a huge Class 4A, District 8 battle. The Sharks have been dominant with stars Tyler Bergantino and Adam Smith in the frontcourt. The Bulls will counter with Eric Williams and James Tringali.
Girls basketball, Wiregrass Ranch (11-5) at Nature Coast (12-5), 7:30 tonight: The Sharks are in search of some offense after scoring just 28 points in each of their past two games. The Bulls have lost two of their past four, including a 49-23 loss to Winter Garden West Orange.
Girls soccer, Lakeland George Jenkins (14-0-1) at River Ridge (13-1-1), 8 Wednesday: The Royal Knights have proved to be strong on the North Suncoast. A match against a nationally ranked opponent should be a great test.
Girls soccer, Hudson (14-2-1) at Land O'Lakes (7-4-6), 7:30 Thursday: Land O'Lakes might be the most dangerous team entering districts. The Gators have six ties and have allowed just seven goals. The Cobras have won 13 in a row, including seven straight shutouts.
Girls basketball, Gulf (15-2) at Wesley Chapel (11-1), 7 Friday: This is a rematch between Class 4A, District 7 rivals. The Bucs won the first meeting 47-37 in New Port Richey. Gulf has won three straight since a loss to Tampa Catholic; Wesley Chapel has won nine straight.