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Tornadoes named top seeds in 4A-7

Seeds and schedules for the boys basketball district tournaments were announced Monday. Clearwater (4A-7), Sarasota (4A-8), Bradenton Southeast (3A-11) and Sarasota-Cardinal Mooney (2A-11) were named the top seeds of the local tournaments, which begin later this week. The A-10 tournament, featuring top-seeded Keswick, began Monday.

In the 4A-7 tournament at Clearwater, both Clearwater and second-seeded Countryside received first-round byes and will not begin play until Friday. The other four 4A-7 teams play Thursday.

Northeast was named the No.

2 seed in the 4A-8 tournament at Bradenton Manatee. The Vikings and Sarasota received first-round byes and will play on Friday. Fourth-seeded Dixie Hollins plays Thursday against Riverview.

Lakewood (No.

2) and Gibbs (No.

3) were seeded behind Southeast in the 3A-11 tournament at Gibbs and Eckerd College. That means the two Pinellas powers could meet for a fourth time in the semifinals on Friday. The tournament starts Wednesday at Gibbs and moves to Eckerd on Friday.

In the 2A-10 tournament at Tampa Catholic, Clearwater Central Catholic had only a 2-3 record against 2A teams and was seeded fourth in the five-team tournament. Yet, the Marauders have defeated Mooney and No.

2-seeded Palmetto. CCC plays Tampa Catholic Thursday.

(Please see district schedules in For The Record).

Youthful Vikes were no match for Riverview

ST. PETERSBURG _ It was a night teams dread. Nothing was going right for Northeast while everything was going right for Sarasota Riverview.

The result was a 77-21 rout for Riverview in the Class 4A, District 8 girls basketball tournament final at Northeast.

Offensively, senior guard Edna Highsmith, who had a game-high 29 points in the Vikings' opening 61-51 win over Cape Coral on Thursday, had two points against Riverview. Sophomore Kisha Conway, whose 23 points paced a 56-49 upset of Bradenton Manatee on Friday, hit for only six.

Defensively, it was equally as bad for Northeast. Riverview dominated under the basket. In fact, the Rams didn't attempt a shot from outside the paint until midway through the final quarter.

"When you play three games in three nights, it boils down to you either have it or you don't," Northeast coach Marshall Gotte said. "When you're young, and we are, it's almost like, who will it be, Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?"

The Vikings started three sophomores and two seniors against Riverview.

Warhawks' one defeat was hard one to accept

ORLANDO _ For 23} games of the girls soccer season, the Seminole Warhawks wore a cloak of confidence as visible as their emerald green uniforms.

It was donned after their state runner-up campaign of last season, and it flapped for all to see during every move this year's team made.

It was still there when Seminole arrived at Orlando-Bishop Moore for the Class 4A state semifinals Friday, and it remained for the match's first 66 minutes against Altamonte Springs-Lake Brantley.

And then it disappeared.

The Warhawks lost 1-0 Friday to the eventual 4A state champions. Seminole dominated both on offense and on defense, controlling the tempo, the crowd and every statistical category but one _ goals scored.

With 13:44 left, Lake Brantley's Stephanie Sanders stole a misplayed Seminole goal kick and scored. That blew away the Warhawks' confidence along with their championship dreams.

Unused to being behind, Seminole players appeared awkward facing a deficit. Warhawks players stopped backing up teammates, passes rolled far off their intended marks, and plays that all season had worked with textbook precision began to go awry.

Seminole players, at the end of a 22-1-1 campaign, mustered the composure to congratulate the exultant Patriots (27-1-2). Then, one by one, the Warhawks tumbled to the sidelines and broke down.

Some dropped to the field and cried alone on the grass. Others embraced teammates and wept on each other's shoulders. After gathering belongings, they moved in a group toward the exit where they sought solace in the arms of their families and friends.

Forgotten for the moment were conference, district, region and section championships, and a second consecutive appearance in the state tournament.

Also forgotten momentarily were individual achievements, like Michelle Demko's 37 goals (one shy of the county record), Emily Shapiro's 25 scores, Pam Texel's 19 goals, and Kathan Gilman's 13 shutouts.

Soccer coaches meet today on all-state teams

CLEARWATER _ Florida Athletic Coaches Association-registered boys and soccer coaches are urged to attend a meeting today to nominate players for all-state teams.

The meeting will be held, starting at 7 p.m., at the Notre Dame complex on the Clearwater Central Catholic campus. All coaches who attend must be FACA members and produce their membership cards in order to vote.

For more information, call Jim Harte at 1-626-6191.