(ran NTP edition)
During last week's final regular season games, area baseball teams solidified their positions heading into this week's district tournaments.
Leto notched its seventh win of the season, defeating Bloomingdale 9-3. The Falcons (7-17) got a double and home runs from senior outfielder Chad Hayes and sophomore outfielder Rick Jones, who has five on the season.
Chamberlain improved to 13-10 with a 12-1 drubbing of Robinson. Senior catcher Josh Nietz hit two home runs and junior pitcher Joe Simon improved to 2-3 on the season while limiting the Knights to two hits.
Gaither, which lost two quick games in the Saladino tournament, bounced back with a 5-4 victory against Plant on Tuesday. The Cowboys (13-8) got a home run from pitcher Shevin Craine, who also picked up his sixth win of the season.
Sickles ended its season at the Saladino tournament but produced the county's leading hitter, Jeff Lucas, at .531. The junior shortstop had 34 hits in 64 at bats and scored 24 runs while driving in 21 runs.
Wharton ran into tough competition from Bloomingdale and Durant during the Western Conference tournament Monday at the River Hills Golf and Country Club in Brandon.
Arguably the county's top boys squad, Bloomingdale cruised to a 12-shot victory. The Bulls' 307 led Durant at 319 and Wharton's 341.
Still, the first-year Wildcats were well-represented during the 18-hole event. Evan Van Dorsten led Wharton with an 80, followed by Jason Whittemore at 86.
Gaither's Yorgo Zoumberos was selected for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Soccer West team. Coaches selected four teams, made up of players from throughout the state, that competed April 17 and 18 at the University of Tampa. Zoumberos, a senior forward, had eight goals and 13 assists last season for the Cowboys.
Two Gaither athletes signed scholarship offers last week. Distance runner Alli Tatangelo will attend Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Tatangelo won Class 6A district and region titles last season in the mile and 2-mile events. She also placed fourth in the state in the 2-mile event.
Diver Ashley Boland signed to attend the University of West Virginia. Boland was third in the state in 6A diving the previous two seasons.