AT STAKE: The top two in each district advance to the state playoffs, which begin with the region quarterfinals on Feb. 12. The Class 5A, District 5 champion plays host to the Class 5A-6 runner-up, and the 5A-5 runner-up travels to the 5A-6 champion. The 4A-10 district shares a similar arrangement with 4A-9; and 3A-6 with 3A-5.
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Class 5A, District 5
WHERE: Mustang Stadium, Mitchell.
TEAMS: No. 1 Mitchell (1-0-3), No. 2 Land O'Lakes (1-1-2), No. 3 River Ridge (1-2-1).
SCHEDULE: Tuesday's semifinal _ No. 2 Land O'Lakes vs. No. 3 River Ridge, 7 p.m.; Friday's final _ No. 1 Mitchell vs. Land O'Lakes-River Ridge winner, 7 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Tournament host Mitchell has turned things around in its fourth year. Not only are the Mustangs the top seed in 5A-5, which guarantees them their first playoff berth, they have become one of the county's best teams. Only Ridgewood, the top seed in 4A-10, went longer without losing for the first time this season. Mitchell (9-2-5 before Friday's game against Pasco) is well-balanced with leading scorer Ryan Villiard, stalwart defender Mike McDevitt and standout goalkeeper Matt Wegener. While the Mustangs have a shot at advancing in the playoffs, the Land O'Lakes-River Ridge winner is not likely to get past the first round in regionals.
Class 4A, District 10
WHERE: Wildcat Stadium, Wesley Chapel.
TEAMS: No. 1 Ridgewood (8-1-1), No. 2 Wesley Chapel (6-1-3), No. 3 Hudson (6-3-1), No. 4 Tarpon Springs (3-5-2), No. 5 Gulf (3-6-1), No. 6 Zephyrhills (0-9-1).
SCHEDULE: Monday's quarterfinals _ No. 4 Tarpon Springs vs. No. 5 Gulf, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Hudson vs. No. 6 Zephyrhills, 8 p.m. Wednesday's semifinals _ No. 1 Ridgewood vs. Tarpon Springs-Gulf winner, 6 p.m.; No. 2 Wesley Chapel vs. Hudson-Zephyrhills winner, 8 p.m. Friday's final _ 7 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Wesley Chapel gets better by the season and Hudson is coming off a region final, but the Cobras have been beset by injuries and suspensions. Both could challenge front-running Ridgewood for the title with one of those teams expected, and perhaps Gulf, to join the Rams in the playoffs. Playing at home might make a difference for the Wildcats. Of the top three teams, Ridgewood has been the most consistent. Keep an eye on Gulf's Maric twins, Novica and Bosho; Wesley Chapel's Gabe Montelongo and Bryan Sumner; Ridgewood's Tanner Wolfe and Richard Jata; and Hudson's Jeremy Enix and David Connors.
Class 3A, District 6
WHERE: Tom Fisher Stadium, Hernando.
TEAMS: No. 1 Hernando (3-0-1), No. 2 Pasco (2-1-1), No. 3 Nature Coast (0-4)
SCHEDULE: Wednesday's semifinal _ No. 2 Pasco vs. No. 3 Nature Coast, 7 p.m. Friday's final _ No. 1 Hernando vs. Pasco-Nature Coast winner, 7 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Pasco (2-16-1 before Friday's game at Mitchell) must beat Nature Coast for a third time to have one last crack at Hernando, which has a 3-1 win and 2-2 tie against the Pirates. Freshman Roberto Cervantes has 17 goals and 11 assists, the bulk of Pasco's offense. For the Pirates to claim one of two playoff spots, they will need offensive help from Garibaldi Alejandre, Julio Mendez and Michael McLeod. Anthony Briscoe is Pasco's best defender and coach Barry Grayling said his starting keeper _ Jose Hernandez or Charles Wubbena _ will be a game-time decision.
_ Compiled by Steve Lee and Jamal Thalji.