Of all the many high school basketball tournaments over the winter break, few can touch the Suncoast Classic at Keswick Christian in terms of longevity.
Few teams in Florida can boast the resume of Newsome High School's girls soccer team.
LAND O'LAKES — It was one of the most surprising state semifinal appearances for a Pasco County high school team — ever — in any sport. In fact, some people still can't believe Land O'Lakes made the final four in girls basketball.
Tampa Bay Offensive Player of the Year: Jeff Smith, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic
BROOKSVILLE — The Nature Coast Boys Basketball Christmas Tournament will feature two brackets this season, expanding the field from eight to 16 teams.
ST. PETERSBURG — A little extra energy provided a nice reward for Berkeley Prep.
The senior volleyball seasons of Sunlake High's Sarah Sprague, Carrollwood Day's Aisling Sheehan and Clearwater Central Catholic's Katie Moore couldn't have gone much better.
TAMPA — Tampa Prep forward Juwan Durham was busy celebrating his 17th birthday before Monday's City of Tampa Championship final against Jefferson when his teammates asked what he wanted to have as a gift.
TAMPA — Maybe Berkeley Prep coach Tim Cooper summed it up best during the awards ceremony of the Berkeley Prep Invitational.
PLANT CITY — Depth factored into Riverview winning the 19th annual Cougar Invitation on Saturday at Durant, with 13 of 14 wrestlers placing among the top six in their divisions.
TAMPA — As the pressure mounted late in the City of Tampa Championship semifinal against Tampa Catholic on Friday night, Jefferson coach Eric Hayes' confidence grew.
NEW PORT RICHEY — Topping a 22-team field for the 13th annual Gulf Holiday Duals title on Saturday, Clay continued its dominance of the event, notching a third straight team championship.
CLEARWATER — Making its only appearance of the Bright House Invitational, Lakewood put on a show Friday. But only for one half.
Pinellas County Swimmer of the Year: Cooper Hoffman, Sr., Countryside
Pinellas County Swimmer of the Year: Sydney Pickrem, Sr., East Lake
Countryside High School's Lily Truong bursts through seams no one else can see, zipping through and around defenders like a sports car in a cluster of 18-wheelers. But the diminutive whirlwind's biggest attribute is an uncanny ability to put the ball through the net.
Pinellas County boys Runner of the Year: Patrick McNamara, Sr., Admiral Farragut
After averaging only five wins per season over the past four years, Zephyrhills High School's boys basketball program has emerged as a postseason contender thanks to the scoring of a junior standout and the tutelage of a veteran coach.
When Zachary Eriksen moved from Erie, Pa., to St. Petersburg four years ago to teach world history at Boca Ciega High School, he also thought he'd get involved with soccer. He played the sport through high school and figured he could lend a helping hand.
RIVERVIEW — It's not like boys soccer coach Darik Olson hasn't enjoyed his stint at Riverview High School. There were back-to-back 12-win seasons the past two years and a pair of playoff appearances to start the century.
But this season?