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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.

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.

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