Friday, April 29, 2011
Three area softball teams remain in the state championship hunt and are in action today in the regional semfinals.
The pairings can be found below:
CLASS 4A-REGION 3
Braden River at Lakewood Ranch, 7 p.m.
UP NEXT: The winner faces either Naples or Naples Barron Collier in Tuesday's regional final.
CLASS 1A-REGION 2
Winter Haven All Saints' Academy at Bradenton Christian, 4 p.m.
UP NEXT: The winner faces either Orlando Central Florida Christian Academy or Ormond Beach Calvary Christian Academy in Tuesday's regional final.
The state semifinals and finals will be played at the National Training Center in Clermont. Class 4A plays Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 10, and Class 1A plays Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
It's been a long time coming for the area's two biggest rivals, but Southeast and Manatee won district baseball championships Thursday night.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Listed below are the area district baseball championship matchups. All of the title-game qualifiers have clinched a berth in next week's regional tournament, with the district champs hosting a quarterfinal and the runners-up hitting the road.
CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 10
Venice at Manatee, 7 p.m. Thursday
CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 10
Seminole Osceola at Lakewood Ranch, 7 p.m. Friday
CLASS 3A-DISTRICT 11
Cardinal Mooney at Southeast, 7 p.m. Thursday
CLASS 2A-DISTRICT 11
St. Petersburg Northside Christian at Out-of-Door Academy, 7 p.m. Thursday
CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 8
Bradenton Christian at Seffner Christian, 4:30 p.m. Friday
Lakewood Ranch and Braden River are each a step away from a rematch while Bradenton Christian will face a surprising opponent Friday as regional softball action gets underway this week.
The Mustangs upset the rival Pirates to claim the Class 4A-District 10 championship last Friday and host Tampa Jefferson 7 p.m. tonight in a Region 3 quarterfinal. The Pirates, who entered the district final ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A on the Miracle Sports softball poll, head to Dover Strawberry Crest.
Winners advance to Friday's semifinals, which means the East Manatee county foes could meet up again for the second time in a week.
Bradenton Christian, meanwhile, won't have to beat Hernando Christian Academy twice to advance in the Region 2 tournament. HCA, which was 25-0 and ranked third in Class 1A before losing to the Panthers in last week's Class 1A-District 8 final, fell 2-1 to Winter Haven All Saints' Academy in Tuesday's Region 2 opener.
The Panthers, who received a first-round bye because District 7 had no runner-up, host the Saints on Friday in a regional semifinal. On Tuesday, All Saints was powered by sophomore Lissette Garay, who struck out 16 and scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Garay also pitches for Puerto Rico's U16 national fast-pitch team.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Games begin at 7 p.m.
CLASS 4A-Region 3
Braden River at Dover Strawberry Crest
Tampa Jefferson at Lakewood Ranch
CLASS 3A-Region 3
Cardinal Mooney at LaBelle
Class 1A-Region 2
Bradenton Christian receives a bye and will face either Hernando Christian Academy or Winter Haven All Saints Academy in a semifinal Friday.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Alyssa Allen nabbed a state berth in the 200-meter dash by placing third with a time of 26.57.
The top four finishers in each event qualify for next Friday's Class 1A state meet at Showalter Field.
Allen, a senior, also qualified in the long jump by placing fourth with a jump of 16 feet, 6 1/2 inches. She also ran a leg on the Falcons' winning 1,600 relay team. Joining her on the team was Hannah Howell, Cassidy Whidden and Lauren Csubak.
Howell, a sophomore, also qualified in the 400 dash, where she placed second with a time of 1:00.73. She was also fourth in the 800 (2:21.65).
On the boys side, Out-of-Door Academy's Jeff Young was third in the 800 (2:00.76), and Brian Ragone was third in the 300 hurdles (40.93).
The Thunder's boys were 15th with 12 points.
Saint Stephen's boys, who had no state qualifiers, were 20th with seven points.
ODA's girls, who also had no qualifers, were 22nd with six points.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Semifinals - (5)Port Charlotte/(4) Naples Gulf Coast winner at (1) Manatee, 7 p.m. Tuesday
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Four area lifters qualified for the boys state weightlifting meet, scheduled for Friday, April 15 (Class 2A) and Saturday, April 16 (Class 1A) at the Kissimmee Civic Center.
In Class 2A, Braden River's Nathan Kirkman is seeded 10th at 219 pounds, and Manatee's Drakkar Wilson is 14th at heavyweight.
There are 18 qualifiers in each weight class, and rankings are determined by each lifter's total during the district meets.
In Class 1A, Southeast's David Pascual is 11th at 119 pounds, and Cardinal Mooney's Alex Nugent is fifth at 169 pounds.
Nugent placed first during last week's Class 1A-District 8 meet, earning him an automatic berth to state.
Kirkman, Pascual and Wilson earned at-large bids.
The top six finishers in each weight class at state earn a medal.
When the district tournament rolls around, Out-of-Door Academy's girls tennis coach, Noel Dougherty, has no idea what's coming her way.
The same can be said for the coaches at Saint Stephen's, Cardinal Mooney and Bradenton Christian, all of whom join ODA in Class 1A-District 10.
It's a unique batch of teams - aside from the locals, the league is rounded out by Cape Coral Oasis, Community School of Naples, Fort Myers Canterbury, Fort Myers Evangelical Christian, Naples First Baptist, Naples St. John Neumann and Naples Seacrest Country Day.
That's a lot of miles to cover. Consequently, the area teams never see the Naples/Fort Myers schools until the postseason.
"It's like a horse race - you're walking into it blind," said Dougherty, whose team won the district last season and trails first-place Saint Stephen's in this year's tournament, which resumes this morning at ODA. "You have no idea what they're bringing up...It makes for interesting seeding meetings, but everybody is so professional and it really works smoothly, which is delightful. In the same breath, you absolutely wish you were being exposed to some of the schools down there."
Long bus rides, the mid-season time change and the fact that few courts have lights make it hard for the teams to meet during the regular season. ODA, for example, wouldn't get to a school in Fort Myers or Naples until around 5:30 p.m. during a typical school day.
That would leave about 90 minutes of light to play five singles and two doubles matches, which are best-two-out-of-three affairs.
"We used to play Canterbury and make the trip - every other year, we'd switch on and off," Dougherty said. "But by the time we'd get down there...(and) you're driving all that distance for an eight-match pro set..."
The Thunder faced Mooney, Saint Stephen's and BCS during the regular season and filled the rest of the schedule with teams such as Braden River, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota.
Dougherty would rather see more of her district foes, especially those are the players the Thunder need to beat.
"Maybe there will come a time when somebody will get lights, and maybe we could hold a tournament," Dougherty said.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
(photo from Braden River High School Athletic Boosters)
Braden River's dominance on the softball diamond continues.
The Pirates, powered by the two-pronged pitching attack of Courtney Mirabella and Hannah Loyer, won the Diamondback Division's Gold Championship during this weekend's 11th Annual Doc4Life Varsity Showdown in Ocala.
The Pirates didn't allow a run in four games and capped their run with a 4-0 win over Dunnellon in the championship game.
Mirabella allowed four hits, struck out 13 and didn't issue a walk in the final. She began the tournament by tossing a perfect game against Satellite, striking out 15.
Mirabella also pitched 3-plus innings of perfect relief against Arch Bishop McCarthy, striking out eight.
Loyer was nearly as good, tossing a two-hit shutout and striking out 12 against Vanguard, and striking out nine, walking one and yielding three hits against Arch Bishop.
Offensively, Kenya Yancy homered and scored five runs, Jessica Cadorette homered and Jada Schopfer drove in four runs for the Pirates, who improved to 19-2.
Braden River, which won a regional playoff game for the first time in program history last year, is hoping to take the momentum into the Class 4A-District 10 tournament, which gets underway Monday, April 18.
(image from FHSAA.org)
Just another reminder the 2010-11 prep season is almost complete - here come the spring playoffs.
District tennis begins Monday, with area teams playing in tournaments around Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
The No. 1 singles and doubles champions advance to the state tournament,which begins the week of April 18.
The top two overall teams advance to regional play, which begins Tuesday, April 12.
Class 4A-District 7 at Sarasota
When: Monday (8 a.m.) and Tuesday (8:30 a.m.)
Others: North Port, Plant City, Sarasota, Riverview
Class 3A-District 10 at Punta Gorda Charlotte
When: Tuesday (8 a.m.) and Wednesday (9 a.m.)
Locals: Braden River, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto
Others: Punta Gorda Charlotte, Port Charlotte, Venice
Class 2A-District 9 at Bayshore
When: Monday (10 a.m.) and Tuesday (TBA)
Locals: Bayshore, Southeast
Others: Arcadia DeSoto, Booker, Englewood Lemon Bay, St. Petersburg Lakewood, Seminole Osceola
Class 1A-District 10 at Saint Stephen's (girls) and Out-of-Door Academy (boys)
Note: Out-of-Door Academy hosts boys and girls Tuesday
When: Monday (9 a.m.) and Tuesday (TBA)
Locals: Bradenton Christian, Cardinal Mooney, Out-of-Door Academy, Saint Stephen's
Others: Cape Coral Oasis, Community School of Naples, Fort Myers Canterbury (girls only), Fort Myers Evangelical Christian, Naples First Baptist, Naples Seacrest Country Day
Friday, April 1, 2011
Since the 2011 prep football schedules were unveiled today, we are asking you which school has the toughest road to hoe next fall. And since next year marks the first of the new district cycle, you will notice all of the teams are squaring off with some new opponents, so take a hard look at each team's schedule before making your choice.
You can vote for any of the 10 schools in our coverage area, and all voting is anonymous, so even if you don't think your favorite team has the roughest schedule, nobody has to know.
Not even me.
The Florida High School Athletic Association unveiled the 2011 football schedules Friday - roughly a month before the start of spring practice.
Here are schedules for the area teams, all of whom are looking to finish their season at the Florida Citrus Bowl - cite of the this year's state championship games.
Each school is responsible for the accuracy of each schedule.
Home games are in caps.
Sept. 2 at Tampa Catholic
Sept. 9 at Port Charlotte
Sept. 16 vs. LAKEWOOD RANCH
Sept. 23 vs. WAUCHULA HARDEE*
Sept. 30 vs. CYPRESS
Oct. 7 at Palmetto*
Oct. 14 at Braden River
Oct. 21 vs. SOUTHEAST*
Oct. 28 at Arcadia DeSoto*
Nov. 11 vs. SARASOTA
Sept. 2 vs. LAKEWOOD RANCH
Sept. 9 at North Port
Sept. 16 vs. PALMETTO
Sept. 23 at Riverview
Sept. 30 at Port Charlotte
Oct. 7 at Manatee*
Oct. 14 vs. BAYSHORE
Oct. 21 vs. SARASOTA*
Nov. 4 vs. VENICE*
Nov. 11 at Palmetto Ridge
Sept. 2 at Lakeland Christian
Sept. 9 at St. Petersburg Northside Christian
Sept. 16 vs. TAMPA CAMBRIDGE*
Sept. 23 vs. LARGO INDIAN ROCKS CHRISTIAN*
Sept. 30 at. St. Petersburg Canterbury*
Oct. 14 at. Tampa Carrollwood*
Oct. 21 at. St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut*
Oct. 28 vs. CLEARWATER CALVARY CHRISTIAN*
Nov. 4 vs. ST. PETERSBURG KEWSWICK*
Sept. 2 vs. LABELLE
Sept. 9 vs. FORT MYERS BISHOP VEROT
Sept. 16 at Lake Placid
Sept. 23 vs. ENGLEWOOD LEMON BAY
Sept. 30 at Clearwater Central Catholic
Oct. 7 vs. LAKELAND CHRISTIAN*
Oct. 14 at St. Petersburg Catholic
Oct. 21 at Frostproof*
Nov. 4 at Fort Meade*
Nov. 11 vs. OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY
Sept. 2 at Braden River
Sept. 9 vs. SOUTHEAST
Sept. 16 at Bayshore
Sept. 23 at Gulfport Boca Ciega*
Sept. 30 at Palmetto
Oct. 7 vs. TARPON SPRINGS*
Oct. 21 vs. ST. PETERSBURG DIXIE HOLLINS*
Oct. 28 at Largo*
Nov. 4 at Seminole Osceola*
Nov. 11 MANATEE
Sept. 2 at Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.)
Sept. 9 vs. RIVERVIEW
Sept. 16 vs. DON BOSCO PREP (N.J.)
Sept. 30 vs. SOUTHEAST
Oct. 7 vs. BRADEN RIVER*
Oct. 14 vs. CYPRESS BAY
Oct. 21 vs. VENICE*
Oct. 28 at Palmetto
Nov. 4 at Sarasota*
Nov. 11 at Lakewood Ranch
Sept. 2 vs. ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC
Sept. 9 vs. COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF NAPLES*
Sept. 16 vs. MOORE HAVEN*
Sept. 23 at Naples St. John Neumann*
Sept. 30 vs. FORT MYERS EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN*
Oct. 21 at Southwest Florida Christian*
Oct. 28 at First Baptist Academy*
Nov. 4 at Saint Stephen's*
Nov. 11 at Cardinal Mooney
Sept. 2 vs. RIVERVIEW
Sept. 9 at Sarasota
Sept. 16 at Braden River
Sept. 23 at Arcadia DeSoto*
Sept. 30 vs. LAKEWOOD RANCH
Oct. 7 vs. BAYSHORE*
Oct. 21 vs. WAUCHULA HARDEE*
Oct. 28 vs. MANATEE
Nov. 4 at Southeast*
Nov. 11 at Trinity Catholic
Sept. 2 at Naples St. John Neumann*
Sept. 9 vs. FIRST BAPTIST ACADEMY*
Sept. 16 vs. SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY*
Sept. 30 at. St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep
Oct. 7 at Moore Haven*
Oct. 21 at Fort Myers Evangelical Christian*
Oct. 28 at Community School of Naples*
Nov. 4 vs. OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY*
Nov. 11 vs. ST. PETERSBURG NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN
Sept. 2 vs. LARGO
Sept. 9 at Lakewood Ranch
Sept. 16 at Booker
Sept. 23 vs. SARASOTA
Sept. 30 at Manatee
Oct. 7 vs. ARCADIA DESOTO*
Oct. 14 at Riverview
Oct. 21 at Bayshore*
Oct. 28 at Wauchula Hardee*
Nov. 4 vs. PALMETTO*