SPRING HILL — For the second straight season, Springstead High looks to be in the driver's seat heading into the Class 6A, District 6 baseball tournament, but another district title is not going to be enough to satisfy the Eagles' expectations for this season.
Northeast 3, Palm Harbor U. 1
Calvary Chr. 12, Indian Rocks Chr. 9
Wesley Chapel 6, River Ridge 1
SANFORD — After two full days of tennis at the Class A state tournament, where one Tampa Bay area player after another was eliminated, one Hillsborough County athlete survived to reach a championship match:
District 9: Boca Ciega 14, Largo 1
District 5: St. Petersburg Catholic 17, Shorecrest 15
St. Petersburg Cath. 17, Canterbury 5
SAN FRANCISCO — Former Hernando High School baseball star Christian Arroyo's major-league debut didn't go so well — 0-for-4 in the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday.
1. Calvary Christian (22-0)
This week: Tuesday at Indian Rocks Christian, Friday vs. Inspiration Academy
SPRING HILL — The key to Monday night's victory for Springstead, according to Eagles coach Shawn Laferty, was getting to the Nature Coast bullpen. Before the game was over, that seemed obvious.
Laurel Wanger Largo
Three years ago, Wanger went to the state tournament with her doubles partner.
1. Palm Harbor University (23-2)
This week: Tuesday-Thursday (Class 9A, District 8 tournament)
In one quick motion, Palm Harbor University ace Savanna Bennett extends her arms. Her right one whips around like a windmill as the ball whistles out of her hand. Her left extends enough in her delivery to show a tattoo written in cursive:
"With pain comes strength."
Carrollwood Day 5, Tampa Prep 1
Calvary Chr. 8, Tampa Jesuit 1
Wesley Chapel 14, Mitchell 8
EAST LAKE — In last week's district tournament, East Lake won both doubles matches in tiebreakers to eke out the championship against Land O'Lakes. In Thursday's Class 4A region final rematch, the Eagles didn't need to play doubles.
GULFPORT — Two years ago, Boca Ciega made one of the most improbable runs in softball. The Pirates, 4-11 entering the district tournament, won five straight to make the state semifinals for the first time.
DUNEDIN — Making it to the final of its own talent-rich tournament was rewarding all by itself. How Dunedin did it makes the achievement even more impressive.
LITHIA — Alexa Fritsch is a 16-year-old equestrian champion who has always been dear in the heart of Julie Castonguay-Iglesias, an equestrian teacher for the past 20 years.
A few significant moments come to mind.
Shorecrest 8, Canterbury 7
Tarpon Springs 15, Dixie Hollins 0
Palm Harbor U. 13, Tarpon Springs 6
Calvary Chr. 6, Carrollwood Day 0
Wesley Chapel 9, Gulf 1
Region 5 semifinal: Robinson 6, Lake Wales 1
Osceola 27, Clearwater 0
Palm Harbor U. 19, Largo 0
BROOKSVILLE — Hudson and Nature Coast have formed quite a rivalry on the court, meeting in the postseason for the past three seasons. Last year, the Cobras ousted the Sharks 4-3 with a spot in the state finals on the line.
ST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the regular season and into the postseason, St. Petersburg has relied on its depth to win matches. That pattern didn't change in Tuesday's Class 4A region semifinal against Steinbrenner at the St. Pete Tennis Center. The Green Devils won four of five singles matches to defeat the …
1. Calvary Christian (19-0)
This week: Tuesday at Carrollwood Day, Wednesday vs. St. Petersburg, Friday vs. Jesuit