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Preps

Several districts in the air

By LAURA LEE
Published April 20, 2004

After the first day of play on Monday, most district tournaments are too close to call.

The boys' fight in Class 4A, District 7 at Seminole has come down to St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor University.

The teams face each other in all of today's singles finals and could meet in the doubles finals.

The girls competition is almost a dead heat. Two teams are tied for first and another two trail them by just one point. East Lake, PHU, St. Petersburg and Seminole are all within reach of taking the title today.

Countryside's girls are in control of the 3A-10 tourney Eddie C. McMullen Complex. The Cougars are playing in every singles final.

Countryside's boys could pull out the title too but the Cougars are tied for the lead with Largo and Tarpon Springs is next in line. With players from several teams playing in the singles finals, the deciding factor will likely be the doubles.

Both Lakewood teams sit in third after one day at Tampa Palms in the 2A-9 tournament. The Spartans boys trail Jesuit and Freedom, while the girls are tied with Tampa Catholic, behind Academy of the Holy Names and Freedom/

As expected, Saddlebrook advanced to all of today's girls and boys singles finals in the A-8 tourney at Berkeley Prep. Saddlebrook will match up against Tampa Prep in all five girls finals and in all but one boys final.

Clearwater Central Catholic sophomore Nick Berning was fighting for a chance to advance as an individual to state, but fell to Tampa Prep sophomore George Navas in three sets.

The Shorecrest boys look on their way to continue their undefeated season in the A-9 tourney at St. Petersburg Racquet Club. The Chargers are the only team competing in every match today. Admiral Farragut is second.

Farragut's girls advanced to every singles final and are alive in both doubles semifinals. To claim the district title, the Blue Jackets have to beat Shorecrest in almost every match today. The Chargers advanced all but one team, its No. 2 doubles. The Blue Jackets will try to make it a third win over the Chargers this season.

[Last modified April 20, 2004, 01:20:37]


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