Countryside High will shoot for its second consecutive championship and Clearwater Central Catholic its 13th in 15 years as each team enters the regional soccer playoff round today at 7 p.m.
Countryside, which last season won its first Class 4A state title, will play for its second 4A-Region IV crown today at Sarasota Riverview. The Cougars (20-0-1), No.
1 in the 4A state boys poll, thumped Dunedin 4-1 in Friday's District 7 final to extend their unbeaten streak to 40 games.
Unranked Riverview (9-8-6) topped Bradenton Manatee 1-0 for the 4A-8 title Friday.
CCC, a six-time state titlist and the top team in this week's 2A poll, will host Sarasota-Cardinal Mooney in the Region V final. The Marauders (15-5-3) beat St. Petersburg Catholic 7-0 Friday for their 16th consecutive district championship while Mooney (9-9-1) walloped Palmetto 8-2 in Friday's District 9 title game.
Admission to each game is $3.
Spurrier at banquet: The Exchange Club of West St. Petersburg will hold its 35th annual Makala Sports Banquet at 6:30 p.m. today in the banquet hall at Los Fontanas restaurant.
The guest speaker will be University of Florida football coach Steve Spurrier, who will be presented with the Makala Trophy that is awarded each February to the winner of the Florida-Florida State football game.
The Exchange Club also will honor the high school All-City Academic Football Team and All-City Academic Cheerleading Squad. Each student receives a plaque, and one football player receives a check for $500.
Students selected must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and demonstrate leadership ability on and off campus. Football players also must have started at least three games.
Named to the All-City Academic Football Team by their coaches were:
Quarterback _ Brady Ulrich, Shorecrest Prep. Running backs _ Wayne Newton, Gibbs, and Demetrius Edwards, St. Petersburg. Offensive ends _ Ben Kelly, Admiral Farragut; Daniel Wright, Lakewood, and Eric Lanctot, Shorecrest Prep. Offensive linemen _ Sean A. Kelly, Dixie Hollins; Gianni Petruccelli, Lakewood; R.J. Hale, Shorecrest Prep; Doug Seidler, Shorecrest Prep, and Aaron Ryan, St. Petersburg. Defensive backs _ Reggie Fowler, Dixie Hollins; Patrick Hawk, Dixie Hollins; Greg Thomson, Lakewood, and Keith Sams, St. Petersburg. Linebackers _ Gianni Petruccelli, Lakewood; Robert Starling, Lakewood, and Tim Ritch, Shorecrest Prep. Defensive linemen _ Scott Bosier, Northeast; R.J. Hale, Shorecrest Prep; Doug Boccuti, St. Petersburg Catholic, and Kevin Schuck, St. Petersburg Catholic. Punter _ Sean Liss, Boca Ciega. Placekicker _ Liss. Center _ Sean O'Brien, Boca Ciega.
Cheerleaders selected by their schools: Kimberly Gooch, Admiral Farragut; Christine Chumney, Boca Ciega; Tammy Pelfrey, Dixie Hollins; Melissa Duchess, Gibbs; Nyna Liniewicz, Lakewood; Christi Woodard, St. Petersburg Catholic; Mary Cappelli, St. Petersburg, and Heather Green, Shorecrest Prep.
For further information, call Hersh Bagby at 577-3123 or Bob Melsy at 381-6284.
Auto racing: A 1992 Lumina race car driven by five-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt will appear at Dimmitt Chevrolet-GEO, 25485 U.S. Highway 19, this Friday and Saturday. Hours will be from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A member of the Goodwrench Race Team also will be there. Goodwrench and Earnhardt memorabilia will be available. For more information, call 791-1818.
Tennis: Christa Grey of Seminole won the consolation final in girls 16 competition at the Bollettieri Junior Championships in Bradenton. Grey, 13, defeated Johanne Milette of Bradenton in straight sets. Grey's sister Lori, 10, reached the semifinals in the 12-and-under division.
Roller skating: Dorian Levy of the Southland Roller Skating Club won the Level 2 Division B boys singles title at a competition in Kissimmee last month. Club teammates Billy Coombs and Deanna Szura won the Level 2 Division A team dance. Also, Coombs was second in the Level 1 Division A boys figures, as was Szura in the Level 1 Division B girls figures. Levy was third in boys figures.
In the Valentine Invitational last weekend, Southland's Billy Proctor won the junior world class dance competition with Missy Moore. Proctor was second in classic men's figures. Teammates Jonathon Fellows and Virginia Midgett won the juvenile dance, and Bill Beckett and Cindy Malanga won classic dance. Beckett was second in classic men's figures.