ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's Class 3A, District 8 championship game was eerily similar to last year's contest.
TAMPA — In two regular-season defeats to Seffner Christian, the Tampa Prep Terrapins were missing a key piece.
BRANDON — Senior Kyle Norstrem won his fourth title in the 32nd Tony Ippolito Wrestling Tournament and was named one of two outstanding wrestlers Saturday as host Brandon won the team championship for a 23rd straight time and 30th overall.
ST. PETERSBURG — All season, St. Petersburg had one of the best guard combinations in the bay area with Serrel Smith and Darius Banks providing a 1-2 scoring punch.
By Anthony Salveggi
GULFPORT — Largo (19-6) came out on top in the third meeting of the season Friday to earn the Class 6A, District 9 district title over Northeast, 61-54, in a meeting between teams that split the season series.
TAMPA — Jesuit hung on for a narrow victory over Robinson, 64-61, in their Class 5A, District 9 final on Friday night, relying on solid free-throw shooting and scrappy defending down the stretch.
Gibbs made a habit this season of pulling out close games with eight wins that were decided by five points or fewer.
PALM HARBOR — Just one little opening, one sliver of space, was all Cutler Coleman needed.
TAMPA — The district tournament has been tough on Tampa Catholic the previous five years — four losses in the final and one in a semifinal.
SEFFNER — It was the biggest game of its season to date, but from the first whistle, Armwood seemed to be falling apart.
Holy Names 13, Tampa Prep 2
Sickles 6, Orlando University 2
East Lake 8, Lake Mary 0
REGION BOYS SOCCER
5A: Winter Park 3, Palm Harbor U. 1
4A: Gulf Coast 2, Bloomingdale 1
3A: Jesuit 2, Merritt Island 1 (OT)
VALRICO — Fifty-two nights after Bloomingdale had its school-record, season-opening 11-game win streak snapped by Tampa Bay Tech, the Bulls got the sweetest revenge Friday in the Class 7A, District 9 championship game — a 61-58 victory over the Titans for their first district title since 1996 and second …
TAMPA — Cedric Smith couldn't describe what his eyes had just witnessed. It was unlike anything the basketball lifer had seen.
By Rick Brown
LAND O'LAKES — The Class 2A, District 8 boys basketball final between the Academy at the Lakes Wildcats and the Bayshore Christian Faith Warriors on Friday was a battle between contrasting styles.
TAMPA — It's been quite an eventful year for Tampa Catholic and coach Kevin McCarron. For the first time in McCarron's 10-year run, the Crusaders beat Jesuit. Then they won districts. Then they won a playoff game.
LAND O'LAKES — Sunlake is heading back to the state final four for a fourth straight season under ninth-year coach Sam Koleduk with a 2-0 win over Pierson Taylor.
LAND O'LAKES — Land O'Lakes Gators didn't flinch after starting slow in the Class 6A, District 8 final Friday against Mitchell. In fact, coach David Puhalski told the team to keep doing what it was doing.
It paid off.
MELBOURNE — Newsome's exit from the Class 5A state tournament Friday night came down to a goal that could have been disallowed and a goal that was.
ZEPHYRHILLS — Jeremy Oppenheimer scored a career-high 39 points to lead Zephyrhills to a 71-52 win over Wesley Chapel in Friday's Class 5A, District 8 final. That gave the host Bulldogs a season sweep of the Wildcats and their first district title since 1998.
BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast's fifth straight district title seemed like it would be a mere formality of playing the actual game coming into Friday night's Class 5A, District 7 championship.