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  1. High school scoreboard for Feb. 23

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    Baseball

    Calvary Chr. 12, Pinellas Park 0

    Northeast 2, Largo 1

    Carrollwood Day 4, Tampa Prep 3

    SP Catholic 10, Bradenton Chr. 2

    Countryside 9, Tarpon Springs 2

    Girls basketball

    6A semifinal: Lakewood 74, Ponte Vedra 59

    3A final: FAMU 46, Carrollwood Day …

  2. State girls basketball: Tallahassee FAMU 46, Carrollwood Day 37

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    LAKELAND — One of Carrollwood Day coach Karim Nohra's biggest fears was that his young team would actually play like freshmen at the wrong time. Those fears were realized in Thursday night's Class 3A state final against Tallahassee FAMU.

    Carrollwood Day School guard Cairah Mays (23) looks to shoot past FAMU guard Lora Harris (14) during the first half of the Class 3A State Championship final between FAMU and Carrollwood Day at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
  3. Clearwater Central Catholic gains a quarterback

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    Countryside quarterback Rory Hicks has transferred to Clearwater Central Catholic.

    The move became official Tuesday.

    Countryside High School quarterback Rory Hicks (11) tries to break a tackle against St. Petersburg High School defenders in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Oct. 21, 2016.
  4. State girls basketball: Lakewood 74, Ponte Vedra 59

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    LAKELAND — Lakewood's game plan for Thursday's Class 6A state semifinal against Ponte Vedra was all set. As the Spartans trekked up I-4 on Wednesday evening, they talked about their height advantage and how they could score easy baskets in the paint. That plan did kick in — but not until the second half.

    Lakewood High School center Samantha Douglass (4) and Ponte Vedra High School point guard Leah McCarthy (22) battle for the ball to start the first half of the Class 6A State Championship semifinal between Lakewood and Ponte Vedra at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
  5. Berkeley Prep's Bobby Reinhart steps away from basketball

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    Bobby Reinhart held dual roles as boys basketball coach and athletic director at Berkeley Prep for 17 years.

    Bobby Reinhart, 51, built the Berkeley Prep basketball program into one of the state's best. He steps away to solely focus on his athletic director duties.
  6. Hernando's female wrestlers finally earning recognition

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    What Heaven-Leigh Jackson did on the mat earlier this month not only made history for Hernando High School and its wrestling program, it also made a major impact on the advancement of girls in athletics.

    Hernando High’s Heaven-Leigh Jackson stands with her third-place medal at the Florida State Girls Championships.
  7. Regular-season district dominance not enough for Land O'Lakes

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    LAND O'LAKES — Going 10-0 in a fairly strong baseball district shouldn't serve as a painful memory.

    Land O’Lakes second baseman Dustin Harris, who hit .353 last year, is one of four players returning with averages above .300.
  8. Region basketball finals breakdown

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    All games Friday night at 7. Admission is $7.

    Class 8A

    St. Pete's Serrel Smith (10, left) goes up for a shot during the Class 8A- District 10 boys basketball final,  Countryside vs. St. Petersburg at Seminole High School on Friday, 2/10/17.
  9. High school scoreboard for Feb. 22

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    Softball

    Academy of the Holy Names 19, Brooks-DeBartolo 0

    Boys Tennis

    Dixie Hollins 7, Gibbs 0

    Girls Tennis

    Dixie Hollins 6, Gibbs 1

  10. State girls basketball: Miami Country Day 81, Seffner Christian 42

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    LAKELAND — When it comes to winning a state championship, Seffner Christian will have to wait 'til next year. Again.

    Seffner Christian’s Brylee Bartram, back, comforts teammate Hope Hunter (4) after the loss.
  11. The game's all relative for UT softball player Sahrina Cortes

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    TAMPA — For University of Tampa junior softball player Sahrina Cortes, athletics have always been a family affair.

    University of Tampa’s lead off hitter Sahrina Cortes led her team in batting last year with a .341 average and is batting .333 through the first 19 games this season.
  12. Lakewood players will certainly look the part of state contenders

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    Lakewood last appeared in the state tournament in 2013. The Spartans (20-3) last won a state championship in 2011. They are headed back to Lakeland today for a 1 p.m. state semifinal against Ponte Vedra (21-6). Here are five things to know about the Spartans and their opponent:

    Senior forward Toi Smith and her Lakewood teammates knew from Day 1 of school, not just the start of basketball season, that they wanted to put the early work in to reach the final four.
  13. State girls basketball: Carrollwood Day 73, Bradenton Christian 37

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    LAKELAND — Well, that was impressive.

    Carrollwood Day guard Tarriyonna Gary (22) drives the ball on a fast break against the Bradenton Christian defense during the first half in the Class 3A semifinal at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland on Tuesday, January 21, 2017.
  14. Region boys basketball: Seffner Christian 67, First Academy 49

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    SEFFNER — Standing in the middle of a raucous celebration on the Seffner Christian basketball court Tuesday night, senior Darius Lue announced that the Crusaders "never had a doubt!"

    SEFFNER - Seffner Christian guard Darius Lue drives toward the basket during the Class 4A regional final Tuesday night against visiting First Academy. Seffner Christian ended up winning the game 67-49 to earn its first trip to the boys state final four. Taken 2-21-17 by Scott Purks
  15. Region boys basketball: Nature Coast 70, Central 48

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    BROOKSVILLE — Tuesday night was arguably the most anticipated high school basketball game in Hernando County history, and the crowd on hand at Central backed that up.

    Nature Coast's Kaine McColley (1) sinks a free throw while Central???‚??„?s (25) Caleb Johnson watches as they close out their win during the region boys basketball semifinal with Nature Coast Technical at Central High School in Brooksville Tuesday (2/21/17).
  16. Region boys basketball: Hillsborough 37, Mitchell 34

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    TRINITY — The ball was delivered perfectly to Hillsborough's Dexter Stallworth, 18 feet from the rim. Catch and shoot, just like practice.

  17. Region boys basketball: Sickles 41, Bartow 39

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    TAMPA — Thank goodness for ninth-grade AAU basketball.

  18. Region boys basketball: Cape Coral Mariner 54, Lakewood 44

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    ST. PETERSBURG — In a game highlighted by exemplary defense, an extraordinary run made all the difference.

  19. Region boys basketball: St. Petersburg 85, Tampa Bay Tech 77

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    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg has found its groove at the right time. The Green Devils knocked off undefeated Tampa Bay Tech 85-77 in Tuesday's Class 8A region semifinals. The victory places St. Petersburg in a region final for the sixth consecutive season.

  20. Region boys basketball: Largo 93, Port Charlotte 83 (OT)

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    Largo, the defending Class 7A state finalist, erased a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Port Charlotte 93-83 in the region semifinals Tuesday in overtime.