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District tournament glance

Admission for all games is $5.

By STEVE LEE
Published January 22, 2006


CLASS 6A-7

WHERE: Cougar Field, Countryside.

WHEN: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

SEEDS: No. 1 Gaither (5-0); No. 2 Countryside (4-1); No. 3 Alonso (3-2); No. 4 Sickles (1-3-1); No. 5 Mitchell (1-4); No. 6 St. Petersburg (0-4-1).

SCHEDULE: Monday - Sickles vs. Mitchell, 6 p.m.; Alonso vs. St. Petersburg, 8 p.m. Wednesday - Countryside vs. Alonso/St. Petersburg winner, 6 p.m.; Gaither vs. Sickles/Mitchell winner, 8 p.m. Friday - Championship, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK: Mitchell (12-7-3 overall) is the unluckiest team in the county, having been placed in a tough district with teams from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. In last week's girls district tourney, which included the same schools, the three-time district champion Mustangs lost in the first round. To avoid a similar fall, the Mitchell boys, led by Matt O'Shaughnessy (13 goals, 30 points) and Jonathan Koshko (12, 29), must perform better.

CLASS 5A-7

WHERE: Gator Stadium, Land O'Lakes.

WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

SEEDS: No. 1 Land O'Lakes (6-1-1); No. 2 Wesley Chapel (4-4); No. 3 Ridgewood (3-3-2); No. 4 River Ridge (3-4-1); No. 5 Central (2-6).

SCHEDULE: Tuesday - River Ridge vs. Central, 7 p.m. Wednesday - Wesley Chapel vs. Ridgewood, 6 p.m.; Land O'Lakes vs. River Ridge/Central winner, 8 p.m. Friday - Championship, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK: No county team advanced farther in last season's playoffs than Land O'Lakes, which reached a region final. The Gators are the winningest team in the district and should make the final. As for the other playoff spot, that could be decided in Wednesday's semifinal between Wesley Chapel and Ridgewood. The Wildcats and Rams, however, have had up-and-down seasons. If either falters, River Ridge might sneak in to the championship game.

CLASS 4A-8

WHERE: Bulldog Stadium, Zephyrhills.

WHEN: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

SEEDS: No. 1 Pasco (11-1); No. 2 Springstead (10-2); No. 3 Gulf (7-5); No. 4 Hudson (4-7-1); No. 5 Hernando (4-7-1); No. 6 Nature Coast (3-8-1); No. 7 Zephyrhills (2-9-1).

SCHEDULE: Monday - Springstead vs. Zephyrhills, 6 p.m. Tuesday - Hudson vs. Hernando, 5 p.m.; Gulf vs. Nature Coast, 7 p.m. Wednesday - Springstead/Zephyrhills winner vs. Gulf/Nature Coast winner, 5 p.m.; Pasco vs. Hudson/Hernando winner, 7 p.m. Friday - Championship, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK: A school record for single-season wins should be extended for Pasco (18-1-1 overall), which is loaded with club players. The Pirates, who have won two district titles and advanced to the region semifinals the past two seasons, are favored. Springstead is the only other team here that has been consistent. Gulf has an outside shot of making it two county playoff teams, but that would mean an unexpected collapse by Pasco or Springstead.

CLASS 2A-9

WHERE: Tampa Prep soccer field.

WHEN: Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

SEEDS: No. 1 Tampa Prep (4-0); No. 2 Cambridge (3-1); No. 3 Bishop McLaughlin (2-2); No. 4 Hernando Christian (1-3); No. 5 Tampa Baptist (0-4).

SCHEDULE: Monday - Hernando Christian vs. Tampa Baptist, 7 p.m. Tuesday - Cambridge vs. Bishop McLaughlin, 5 p.m.; Hernando Christian/Tampa Baptist winner vs. Tampa Prep, 7 p.m. Friday - Championship, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK: Bishop McLaughlin ended the regular season on a winning note, a 1-0 defeat of Canterbury on Chris Redfield's 10th goal. That gave the Hurricanes (7-6-3) a winning record in their inaugural season. With three-game and two-game win streaks under their belts, the Hurricanes are a legitimate contender for a district final and playoff berth.

[Last modified January 22, 2006, 01:02:19]


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