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Boys teams reach regional round today

High school soccer teams representing all sides of Tampa Bay will be in action tonight as boys regional championships get underway at three area high schools. Clearwater, the Class 4A, District 7 champion, will play at Sarasota High for the Region IV title. The Tornadoes (9-5-3) got a penalty kick from Mike Tennian in the fourth overtime period to nip Largo 3-2 in Friday's district final.

Sarasota, the defending Region IV champion, captured the District 8 crown with a 1-0 win over Sarasota-Riverview Friday.

In Class 3A, for the second year in a row, St. Petersburg (18-4-2) will play District 9 winner Jesuit in the Region V championship. The Green Devils, who lost 3-0 at Jesuit in last year's regional final, blanked Lakewood 4-0 Friday for the District 10 title.

Jesuit (14-6-3), which travels to St. Petersburg for this year's regional game, took the 3A-9 championship by beating Lakeland-Kathleen 1-0 on Friday.

Clearwater Central Catholic (24-1-3), the defending 2A state champion, will try to move one step closer to an unprecedented fifth state title in their Region V showdown against Palmetto.

The Marauders, who on Friday swamped Admiral Farragut 6-0 for their 14th consecutive district title, will host the Tigers, who clipped

Sarasota-Cardinal Mooney 3-1 for the 2A-9 championship.

Today's winners advance into sectional play, which begins Friday at sites to be announced. Sectional champions qualify for the state tournaments, which will be held Feb.23-24.

CCC, which won state titles in 1981, 83, 86 and 89, is trying to become the only Florida soccer team ever to win five titles. Only the Marauders and Miami-Killian have won four.

All of tonight's regional games begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $3.

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