WHEN: Today - St. Petersburg Catholic vs. Boca Raton St. Andrew's, 2:30 p.m.; Jacksonville Ribault vs. Orlando Jones, 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Lakeland Center, Lakeland.
DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 4 East to exit 31 (Kathleen Road). Turn right on Kathleen Road and continue to Sikes Boulevard. Bear right at the yield sign and turn right at the second traffic light (Lime Street). The Lakeland Center is on the right.
ADMISSION: $9 per session; $5 parking.
RADIO: SPC's semifinal will air on 1470 AM.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Beat Florida High 70-33; beat Pensacola Catholic 53-37; beat Walton 69-67.
LAST TIME HERE: 2005, Lost in Class 3A final.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Trojans feature a front line led by McDonald's All-America candidate Gertavian Blake (6-foot-9) and 6-10 Ronnie Crummell.
SKINNY: Ribault returns once again, having made the playoffs the past 15 years in a row. Ribault won't have to deal with Florida Air, which it lost to 74-69 in the championship game last year.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Beat Mount Dora 54-41; beat Williston 86-85; beat P.K. Yonge 61-57.
LAST TIME HERE: 2005, lost in Class 4A final.
PLAYER TO WATCH: 6-foot-5 senior forward Jarvis Williams, who was a 4A first-team all-state selection in football and basketball last year, is headed to North Carolina State as a receiver. He scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds in the loss to two-time champ Lakewood.
SKINNY: Jones returns to the state final four a year after playing the Spartans tough in the championship game. It beat the No. 2-ranked team in Yonge to reach the state semifinals and possesses one of the fiercest rebounders in Williams.
BOCA RATON ST. ANDREW'S
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Beat N. Broward Prep 68-64; beat Chaminade-Madonna 64-61 (2OT); beat Cardinal Newman 47-40.
LAST TIME HERE: 1995, lost in Class 3A final, its only trip to the state final four.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Scots are led by 6-4 junior guard Xavier Perkins, who scored 22 in the win against Newman. Perkins was a third-team All-State selection in Class 2A last year.
SKINNY: While St. Andrew's lacks the tournament experience of its opponent in SPC, the Scots have shown the tenacity and poise throughout this year's playoffs it takes to win it all. St. Andrew's beat No. 5-ranked Chaminade-Madonna in double overtime, then held back a 14-point rally from Newman to advance to its second state playoffs in school history.
- CHRIS GIRANDOLA,
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
County coaches who have taken the same team to three or more state semifinals (parentheses indicate team won state):
+ Nicholas Cavallaro, CCC: 1971, ('76), '77, '80
+ Mike Wells, AFA 2000, '03, ('04)
+ Ken Walters, Clw 1954, '57, '58, '60
+ Roy King, DH (1961-62), '63
+ Roy King, Largo 1957, '58, '59
+ Frank Griffin, Dunedin 1962, '63, ('66)
+ Freddie Dyles, Gibbs (1967), ('69), '72, '89, '90
+ Dan Wright, Lakewood 1985, '92, '97, 2000, ('02), ('05)
+ Strayer "Buck" Hawk, St. Petersburg 1950, '52, '54, '55, '59
NOTE: St. Petersburg played in the Class A state semifinals 20 times from 1922-1949, but the FHSAA does not list a coach; Tarpon Springs played in the Class B state semifinals 10 times from 1924-1950.