PALM HARBOR — Having played Lakewood Ranch in the regular season, Palm Harbor University knew it had to stop top players LaDazhia Williams and India Searls. Actually doing it proved too tough.
Williams had a game-high 21 points and Searls added 15 to help the Mustangs defeat the Hurricanes 49-42 in Friday's Class 7A region final. On Friday Lakewood Ranch (25-6) will play in the state semifinals for the first time....
Most men's basketball seasons, Eckerd College is just another team on an opponent's schedule.
This is not most seasons.
After losing the first game of the season by 10 points to Delta State, the Tritons (18-5 entering the week) rattled off 16 straight wins, including seven straight against Sunshine State Conference opponents. That was the longest win streak in school history....
Northeast football coach Jeremy Frioud said he felt stomach pains about two weeks ago and decided to seek medical help. After undergoing tests, it was determined that he had a small, cancerous mass on his kidney.
On Feb. 1, Frioud had surgery and no other cancer was detected.
“I’ll be fine,” said Frioud, who also teaches PE. “The surgery hurt like crazy. There were days where I felt like I was going to die. But I’m slowly getting better. It still hurts. I hoped to get back (to school) next week but it’s looking like it will be the week after.”...
Alex Sevillano, a former standout volleyball player at Clearwater and Florida State, has been told she will not return as St. Petersburg’s volleyball coach next season. Sevillano completed her fifth season at the school this past fall. The Green Devils were 19-11.
During the season, Sevillano, 34, told school officials that she may not be able to return as coach if she got a job with the federal government. She was offered one, but asked the school if she could have until mid-February before making a final decision....
SEFFNER — When new districts were drawn last year and both Calvary Christian and Seffner Christian were placed in Class 3A, it made Tuesday's region semifinal almost a given. Both teams have made three straight appearances in the state semifinals and both were loaded again this season. But only one team could have a chance at four straight state appearances.
Led by Chelsie Hall's 25 points, 19 of which came in the second half, and 21 from Brylee Bartram, Seffner Christian built a big third-quarter lead and hung on to defeat Calvary Christian 76-67. The Crusaders (26-3) will play Saturday at Lakeland Christian....
Matt Adams, Jr., RHP/OF, Countryside: Adams was a key player last year, both at the plate and on the mound. He will have the same role again this season. He hit .373 with 15 RBIs as a sophomore. As a starter, he was 10-2 with a 1.22 ERA in 68.2 innings.
Oakley Albinson, Jr., RHP, Indian Rocks Christian: Albinson emerged as the Golden Eagles’ ace last season. At 6-foot-6, he is a menacing right-hander with an above-average fastball. He was 10-2 with a 1.47 ERA in 71.1 innings pitched as a sophomore. He’s getting looks from schools like Georgia Tech, Duke, Stanford and Northwestern....
This week: Tuesday at Hillsborough, Thursday vs. Newsome, Saturday at Riverview
Scoop: The 2015 Saladino Tournament champions return most of last year’s talented roster, including five Ravens who hit at least .300 last season and two of its top three pitchers in Kevin Nunez (5-4, 1.64 ERA) and Jordan Butler (5-0, 1.43 ERA). This year Alonso will play in a four-team district in the new 9A classification, alongside tough opponents like Newsome, Palm Harbor University and Sarasota Riverview....
Andrea Wallace, Sunlake
Andrea Wallace didn't think much of her basketball talent when she tried out for the team as a freshman.
"I looked for my name under the JV list," the sophomore said. "I didn't think there was any way I would make varsity. But I did. There were times when I was asking myself, 'Why am I on varsity?' I didn't say a word to anyone at first. I was afraid they would bite me."...
The Pinellas vs. Pinellas girls senior all-star game will be played Saturday, March 5 at Keswick High School. Game time is 7:15 p.m. Cost is $4 for adults, $2 for students.
Here are the rosters for both teams:
Carley Plentovich, Jenny Bollinger (Calvary Christian); *Analise Walker (CCC); Monique McAbee (Clearwater); Diep Tran (Dixie Hollins); Kyra Champagne (Indian Rocks Christian); Sakhia Jones, Sarah Snell, *Khaihiqa Davidson (Lakewood); McKenzie Milligan (Northeast); Kaitlin Lindblom, Hailey McDonnell (Osceola)....
Monday is the first day for high school baseball's regular season. One of the highlights is the Steve Georgiadis Memorial tournament at Seminole. The tournament begins at 4:30 with Northeast vs. Lakewood. At 7:30, Dunedin plays Indian Rocks Christian. On Tuesday, Boca Ciega plays Osceola at 4:30 and at 7:30 Seminole plays Clearwater.
Loser's bracket games are Wednesday. Semifinal games are Thursday at 4:30 and 7:30. The third place game is 4:30 on Friday. The final is Friday at 7....
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.
Miami Lourdes scored in the 14th minute after poking a shot from Wolves' goalkeeper Madison Rowe, then withstood constant second-half pressure to hang on for a 1-0 win at Melbourne High School. Newsome scored a goal in the 42nd minute on a free kick. But after a discussion by the referees the goal was disallowed because it was an indirect kick. The refs ruled the ball did not touch another player before it went in the goal....
MELBOURNE — For the first eight minutes of East Lake's Class 4A state semifinal against Niceville, both teams appeared evenly matched. Both had a few runs at goal, both made key defensive stops.
Then things fell apart.
East Lake gave up three goals in a nine-minute span and was never able to recover in a 4-2 loss at Melbourne High School. The Eagles (19-4-1) have never won a state semifinal, also losing in 2008 and 2013. Niceville (21-0) will make its first appearance in a state final....
When Seminole coach Chris Miller first saw Brandon Walton as a sophomore, he never thought he would watch him sign a college scholarship. Not only did Walton sign on Wednesday, but he signed with Division I-A Florida Atlantic.
“When I first met him he was a teddy bear," Miller said. “But by the end of his sophomore year it just kind of clicked and he became a weight room fanatic. He’s gotten better and better. He’s a big lineman, but he’s also an athlete. He can move. I really think he can play in the pros someday."...
When it comes to Division I-A football signings, Dixie Hollins is not usually a busy place. But on Wednesday, the school’s auditorium was filled with students administrators, family and friends as Pro Wells signed his national letter of intent with Marshall University in West Virginia.
Wells is the first D-I football signee from Dixie Hollins since quarterback/defensive back Josh Brown signed with Iowa in 2006. Wells, who will likely play receiver at Marshall, picked the Thundering Herd over schools like Iowa State, South Carolina, USF and UCF....
Craig Watts admitted he only got a few hours sleep on the eve of national signing day. That’s understandable after all of the ups and downs in his recruiting process.
First there was a trip to Wisconsin. He was sure Madison was the place for him and he committed to the Badgers. But after thinking about it, he decided to re-open his recruiting process.
Then came a trip to Colorado, after which he was sure Boulder would be his new home town. But in December he started to re-think that decision and thought it would be best to decommit yet again....