Although there were some solid individual performances last week, the most outstanding accomplishments among Hillsborough County high school athletes resulted from the combined efforts of seven teams driving for state championships.
The third time turned out to be the charm for the Bloomingdale girls soccer team, which won the Class 4A, Section II championship Friday with a 1-0 victory over Seminole. The past two years, Bloomingdale lost to Seminole in the sectional tournament.
Christy Reccord scored the game's only goal early in the second half.
Bloomingdale's boys soccer team (18-1-1) also moved forward by winning the 4A-5 district championship at Winter Haven. An 8-1 rout of Lakeland in the final secured a regional berth for the Bulls.
Chamberlain (16-1-1) had to go into overtime before capturing the 4A-6 boys title with a 3-1 win over Leto. The Chiefs will be host to Bloomingdale today in the 4A-Region III tournament.
Jesuit's boys won the 3A-District 10 championship Friday with a 2-1 victory over Tarpon Springs.
Berkeley Prep's boys also moved into regional soccer competition by winning the 2A-8 championship with a 2-1 victory over Lecanto.
All 19 Hillsborough County wrestling teams competed in one of four district tournaments last weekend, but Brandon and Tampa Catholic were the only district champions.
Brandon won its 18th consecutive district title, scoring 256 points in the 4A-6 meet at Leto High. The Eagles won nine individual championships and advanced 13 wrestlers to next weekend's regional tournament.
Tampa Catholic became the first local school to win a 2A district title, since this was the first year for a separate 2A competition. The Crusaders scored 229.5 points.
With no regional competition, only the top two wrestlers in each of the 14 weight divisions move forward to the 2A state tournament next weekend in New Port Richey.
The Crusaders qualified all 14 of their wrestlers.
Boys basketball: Bloomingdale's Chris Akers continues to roll up the points and remain the leading scorer in Florida prep basketball with 31.5 points per game.
Last week he added 104 points in three games to bring his total for the year to 688.
His big game was a 46-point effort in the Bulls' 83-59 win over Leto. He added 30 in an 89-75 win over Winter Haven, and 28 more in a 95-76 loss to Chamberlain.
Three Hillsborough County players surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring mark last week.
Robert Barger of East Bay scored 39 points in the Indians' 80-78 loss to Hillsborough. That brought his total to 1,007. He is currently eighth in the state this season with 518 points.
Chamberlain's Shane Vogt scored 23 in the Chiefs' 65-57 win over King and 21 more in the 95-76 win over Bloomingdale to total 461 for the year and 1,035 for his career.
Gaither's Joe Jackson scored only 15 points in the Cowboys' 87-62 win over Leto on Friday, but it was enough to make him the third player in Gaither history to score 1,000.