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Is the new volleyball playoff format a success? Find out this week

HomeTeam Hot List: We’ll learn if the first round of volleyball regionals is more competitive, and district champs in football will be crowned Friday.
Robinson volleyball coach Kylee Gorngpratum celebrates after winning a point during a 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-17 victory over Land O' Lakes in the Class 5A, District 6 title match Friday night. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times]
Published Oct. 22

A closer look at some of the high school events worth checking out this week:

Volleyball, Class 5A-7A region quarterfinals

7 p.m. Wednesday (unless noted): There are 11 area matches in this group. Perhaps the most interesting is a district semifinal rematch between No. 7 Wharton and No. 2 Plant in Class 7A. This will be the fourth meeting between the schools. Plant has won the last two, including 3-1 in the district tournament.

Class 5A

No. 5 Land O’Lakes at No. 4 Robinson

No. 8 Clearwater at No. 1 Port Charlotte

No. 6 Fivay at No. 3 Lecanto

No. 7 Springstead at No. 2 Osceola

Class 6A

No. 6 Lakeland George Jenkins at No. 3 Bloomingdale

No. 5 Viera at No. 4 Strawberry Crest

No. 6 Sunlake at No. 3 St. Petersburg

No. 5 Manatee at No. 4 Wiregrass Ranch

No. 7 East Lake at No. 2 Fort Myers

Class 7A

No. 7 Wharton at No. 2 Plant, 6

No. 5 Steinbrenner at No. 4 Kissimmee

Volleyball, Class 2A-4A region quarterfinals

7 p.m. Thursday: There are 10 area matches. Some of the more interesting ones include No. 6 Berkeley Prep at No. 3 Bishop McLaughlin (a Class 3A district final rematch) and No. 7 Weeki Wachee at No. 2 Nature Coast in Class 4A (Weeki Wachee won both regular-season matches).

Class 2A

No. 7 Academy at the Lakes at No. 2 Keswick Christian

No. 5 Naples Seacrest Country Day at No. 4 Tampa Bay HEAT

Class 3A

No. 8 Northside Christian at No. 1 Calvary Christian

No. 6 Berkeley Prep at No. 3 Bishop McLaughlin

No. 5 Clearwater Central Catholic at No. 4 Community School of Naples

No. 7 Carrollwood Day at No. 2 Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

Class 4A

No. 8 Hudson at No. 1 Academy of the Holy Names

No. 5 Tampa Catholic at No. 4 Citrus

No. 6 Tarpon Springs at No. 3 LaBelle

No. 7 Weeki Wachee at No. 2 Nature Coast

Football, Lakewood at Largo

7:30 p.m. Friday: Lakewood is 8-0 and coming off a bye week, which means the Spartans didn’t have to deal with last week’s inclement weather. Largo was set to play Osceola on Monday night, so it will be a quick turnaround. Lakewood won this game by three points last season, and it could be that close again.

Football, Pinellas Park at East Lake

7:30 p.m. Friday: The Patriots can win the Class 7A, District 9 title by beating the Eagles. They were able to play their game against Sickles on Friday night while East Lake had to wait until Monday to face Leto. Both teams can score points, so this one may be a shootout.

Football, Boca Ciega at Dixie Hollins

7:30 p.m. Friday: At 6-2, the Rebels have already secured their first winning season since 2005. That is the last time Dixie Hollins made the playoffs. A win against Class 6A, District 8 rival Boca Ciega would not only clinch the title, but snap the Rebels’ long postseason drought. The Pirates have incentive, too. They are trying to win their first district title since 2007.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Lake Wales running back Johnny Richardson races away from Sebring defender Ethan McMillan during a Class 5A region playoff game in Lake Wales on Nov. 8. PIERRE DUCHARME  |  The Ledger
    Armwood, Gaither and Jesuit may have their hands full on Friday night.
  2. USF placekicker Spencer Shrader (32) watches his missed field goal against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The Bulls have expressed support for the Newsome High alumnus since his four missed field goals Saturday.
  3. Tampa Bay Tech's Janiah Barker was among the state's top freshmen last season. Can she lead the Titans to a second straight state title? Times
    We spotlight 26 of the area’s talented players as the 2019-20 season gets underway.
  4. There's no doubt Kobe Knox and Tampa Catholic have one of the toughest boys basketball schedules in the state ... possibly the nation. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The contenders, like the Tampa Catholic boys and defending state champ Tampa Bay Tech girls, aren’t leaving their fates to just district matchups.
  5. Northside Christian did not have an answer for Seffner Christian receiver Michael Trigg, who burned the Mustangs for five touchdowns in the teams’ Class 2A, Region 3 semifinal. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    Sunday Morning Quarterback: Rematch revenge, prolific offensive outings, road warriors and more from the region semifinals.
  6. High school football teams around Tampa Bay competed in the second round of the playoffs Friday night. Times
    The Warriors take the lead for good with less than four minutes to play in knocking off top-seeded Sarasota Riverview.
  7. Northside Christian did not have an answer for Seffner Christian receiver Michael Trigg, right, during Friday's Class 2A region semifinal. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The duo accounts for five touchdowns as the Crusaders roll past Northside Christian.
  8. High school football teams around Tampa Bay competed in the second round of the playoffs Friday night. Times
    The Blue Jackets also get revenge for a regular-season loss to the Lancers.
  9. High school football teams around Tampa Bay competed in the second round of the playoffs Friday night. Times
    The Hawks and Bloomingdale both have trouble holding on to the ball, but defense again is key for Armwood.
  10. High school football teams around Tampa Bay competed in the second round of the playoffs Friday night. Times
    Everything clicks per usual for the unbeaten Spartans, who were coming off a bye week and will face Tampa Catholic next.
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