Rest for the Mustangs, not the coach
Northside Christian had a well-timed bye week prior to an important stretch of games. The Mustangs (5-0) travel to undefeated Carrollwood Day tonight, then play at district rival Indian Rocks Christian.
Not only did the bye week allow Northside players to regroup, it also allowed coach Mike Alstott to attend the Tampa Bay Bucs' Ring of Honor ceremonies without having to worry about a Friday night game. Alstott found out about his inclusion in the Ring of Honor in June, before the schedule was solidified. He said the bye week just happened to fall during his induction ceremony. And he's glad it did....
The Pinellas County Athletic Conference volleyball finals are set for Wednesday at East Lake. The top four seeds after regular-season play are No. 1 Palm Harbor University, No. 2 St. Petersburg, No. 3 East Lake and No. 4 Seminole.
The semifinals will be played at 6 p.m. PHU (17-2) faces Seminole (12-8) and St. Petersburg (13-6) plays East Lake (15-4). The finals will be held after the conclusion of the semifinal matches....
From the beginning of the high school golf season, Seminole has had its sights set on the Class 3A state tournament. With a team full of experienced, talented players, that is certainly a realistic goal.
If the Warhawks do advance through district and regional tournaments and end up at the Mission Inn and Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills in a month, it will be because they remained motivated by a single goal....
10/06/15 Volleyball Preps
Mitchell could be without senior middle hitter Kayla Widera for at least two weeks after she sprained her ankle in a match against East Lake on Oct. 1. Widera left the East Lake game with the Mustangs leading 2-0 and up 9-4 in the third game. Mitchell (18-2) eventually lost that game in five sets.
"We just didn't have our rhythm without her in there," Mitchell coach Keith Paulk said. "It's just a shock to see her on the bench with a boot on her ankle. We know she will be out this week and probably next week as well. Our hope is to get her back for the Ridgewood game (Oct. 15). We're confident she'll be back sometime this season."...
1. Carrollwood Day (17-2)
This week: Tuesday at Seffner Christian
Scoop: The Patriots may have to shake off some rust after taking more than a week off for service missions. There is only one match this week and one next week against Wiregrass Ranch, so the Patriots are easing into postseason play.
2. Berkeley Prep (10-7)
This week: Tuesday vs. Brooks DeBartolo, Thursday vs. Shorecrest...
Asher Thompson, Keswick Christian
Thompson gets to the quarterback or ball carrier so frequently that he has compiled an impressive number of defensive statistics in his four years as a starting linebacker.
The senior has already set all kinds of records for tackles at the school. Against Winter Haven All Saints' last week, Thompson hit another milestone with 11 tackles to set the career mark of 361, breaking Brian Baxter's previous record of 358 tackles compiled from 2000-03....
Mitchell won the team championship at the SAC golf tournament Monday at Crescent Oaks Country Club in Tarpon Springs with a score of 306. Mike Spinger and Max Sabo both shot 3-over 71 to lead the Mustangs. Ben Wagner chipped in with 78 and Cody Miano shot 80.
Sunlake was second with 318. The Seahawks' Travis Wells was the individual champion with 3-under 68. He was the only player in the 15-team tournament to shoot under par. Teammate Jordan Sarhaddi shot 77 to help with the runnerup finish....
Shorecrest's Greyson Porter will take some momentum into next week's district tournament. The Chargers' senior shot a 6 under 66 at the CCC Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Belleair Country Club. His winning score was four shots better than Eric Souchak of Sarasota Riverview. This is the second 18-hole tournament win of the regular season for Porter. He also won the Mustang Invitational at Seminole Lake CC....
Team of the Week
Admiral Farragut: The season could not have started any worse. Head coach Ryan Hearn was suspended for a violation of department policy and missed the season opener, a 22-18 loss to Carrollwood Day. Since then, the Blue Jackets have won five straight.
Admiral Farragut trailed Indian Rocks Christian by 10 Friday night with two minutes to go. But a touchdown with a minute left, then a 50-yard fumble return by Dontell Green with 48 seconds remaining gave the Blue Jackets a 34-31 lead. An IRC field goal sent the game into overtime, but quarterback Austyn Causey converted a two-point pass to give his team a 42-41 win in a crucial Class 2A, District 6 game....
ST. PETERSBURG — If this is the way it's going to be in Class 2A, District 6, buckle up.
Indian Rocks Christian held a 10-point lead with two minutes remaining against Admiral Farragut on Friday in the first district game for both teams. Then the Blue Jackets stormed back to take a three-point lead, only to give up a last-second field goal to send the game into overtime.
After a Golden Eagles touchdown on the first overtime possession, the Blue Jackets scored on fourth down, then went for two points. When the pass was completed, AFA pulled out a 42-41 win....
The Clearwater Central Catholic Invitational tournament will be held on Saturday at Belleair Country Club. It is the final local 18 hole tournament before district tournaments begin on Oct. 12. There is a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
The schools participating are CCC, Mitchell, Sarasota Riverview, Calvary Christian, Northside Christian, Sebring, Countryside, Olympia, Shorecrest, East Lake, Palm Harbor University, Sickles, Spruce Creek, Tampa Prep and West Orange....
ST. PETERSBURG – Newsome’s Dhruv Patel admits he is not a very long hitter, but it didn’t take monster drives to win Thursday’s Vinoy Classic.
Patel hit most of Vinoy’s narrow fairways and nearly all of its greens in regulation on the way to 1-under 70. He was the only player to shoot under par and won the individual championship by one shot over three other players....
An old football axiom still holds true at the midpoint of the season. Teams that can run the ball tend to win games. The nine Tampa Bay teams with a running back who has gained more than 700 yards this season are a combined 28-13.
Another is that defense wins championships. The top teams in the HomeTeam 25 rankings — Armwood and Sickles — have given up 31 points combined. It's no coincidence both teams are undefeated....
At a school like Admiral Farragut, which boasts a mixture of local, national and international students, change is always expected. Each year, there is sure to be a wave of new students, mostly boarders, who enroll and take roster spots on various teams.
In the case of the football team, there was indeed plenty of change to this season's roster. But the change came from local public school players transferring to Admiral Farragut. ...
Northside Christian will host the Mustang Invitational on Friday and Saturday. It is an eight-team volleyball tournament with two pools of four teams. Admission is $5 per day.
Here are the pools and schedule for the tournament:
Pool A: Tampa Prep, Orangewood Christian, Palmer Trinity, Northeast
Friday: 4 p.m.: Tampa Prep vs. Palmer Trinity, Orangewood Christian vs. Northeast; 6 p.m.: Tampa Prep vs. Northeast, Orangewood Christian vs. Palmer Trinity....