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North Suncoast: The week ahead

Can't miss events on the North Suncoast

By TIMES STAFF
Published February 19, 2008


The week ahead

(Can't-miss events on the North Suncoast)

Today

Boys basketball, Pasco (21-7) at Eustis (25-4), 7 p.m.: The Pirates, seeking their first state tournament berth in 13 years, face a hot Panthers team that hasn't lost in more than a month.Boys basketball, Brandon (22-4) at Ridgewood (24-3), 7 p.m.: The Rams face arguably Hillsborough County's most athletic team. Watch for the low-post matchup between Eagles 6-8 Boston College signee Evan Ravenel and Rams 6-8 junior Lukas Poderis.Softball, Gulf (3-3) at Nature Coast (4-0), 7 p.m.: The Bucs are in the midst of a three-game losing streak coming off an 11-0 loss at Pasco. The Sharks have outscored opponents 35-4 to remain undefeated after a 2-0 win Friday at Springstead. ThursdaySoftball, Sickles (3-4) at Mitchell (3-1): The Mustangs play their second district game this week trying to make do without Florida State signee Courtney Stager, who is out with a broken knuckle. FridayBaseball, Wesley Chapel (1-1) at Tampa Catholic (0-1), 4 p.m.: New Wildcats coach Chuck Yingling faces the program he guided to a 1996 state title.