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Posted, 3/1/2005 11:06:39 PM

The Road to Lakeland

Class 6A - Palm Beach Lakes

State Semifinals
Region 1 vs. Region 4
Region 2 vs. Region 3

State Finals

Regional Re-caps
Quarterfinals
A big surprise in Region 1 as Boone handed Edgewater a quick end to their post season. A mild upset as Buchholz knocked off Winter Springs. Oviedo and West Orange took care of business in their wins. Region 4 offered no surprises as Miami Senior meets up with Killian. South Miami should handle Miami Springs. Region 2 offered up the biggest upset in 6A as Santaluces blind-sided Vero Beach. Palm Beach Lakes looks good to win the region now. It looks like Flanagan will be playing Boyd Anderson for the Region 3 final.

Semifinals
Well, Oviedo and West Orange meet for Region 1. I'll take Oviedo. Miami Senior and South Miami will be a great game to watch for Region 4. The question would be, Can Oviedo beat Miami Senior in the state semifinals? Region 2 was no surprise as Palm Beach Lakes will visit Santaluces to get to Lakeland next week. Palm Beach Lakes will get a great game from Region 3. Boyd Anderson slipped up and Norland moves in and Ely downs Flanagan in Region 3. So, it looks like Norland and Palm Beach Lakes are on a collision course to meet in Lakeland.

Finals

Region 1
Quarterfinals
Oviedo (20-4) vs. Mandarin (Jacksonville) (6-19)
Boone (Orlando) vs. Edgewater (Orlando) (24-3)
Buchholz (Gainesville) (20-7) vs. Winter Springs (21-7)
Winter Park (17-10) vs. West Orange (Winter Garden) (20-8)
Semifinals
Oviedo (22-4) 54, Boone (Orlando) 42
West Orange (Winter Garden) (22-8) 46, Buchholz (Gainesville) (21-8) 41
Finals

Region 4
Quarterfinals
Miami Jackson (18-7) vs. Miami Springs (18-5)
South Dade (Homestead) (17-8) vs. South Miami (15-8)
American (Hialeah) (15-8) vs. Miami Senior(20-7)
Columbus (Miami) (20-7) vs. Miami Killian (21-4)
Semifinals
South Miami (16-8) 71, Miami Springs (19-6) 52
Miami (22-7) 71, Miami Killian (22-5) 55
Finals

Region 2
Quarterfinals
Riverview (20-6) vs. Timber Creek (Orlando)
Boynton Beach (14-12) vs. Palm Beach Lakes (24-3)
Osceola (Kissimmee) (17-10) vs. Sarasota (19-9)
Vero Beach (25-2) vs. Santaluces (Lantana) (19-8)
Semifinals
Palm Beach Lakes (26-3) 68, Riverview (Sarasota) (21-7) 46
Santaluces (Lantana) (21-8) 44, Sarasota (20-10) 38
Finals

Region 3
Quarterfinals
Plantation (14-8) vs. Ely (Pompano Beach) (13-10)
North Miami Beach (19-6) vs. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines) (19-7)
Taravella (Coral Springs) (18-8) vs. Boyd Anderson (Laud. Lakes) (25-2)
McArthur (Hollywood) (18-8) vs. Miami Norland (22-4)
Semifinals
Ely (Pompano Beach) (15-10) 63, Flanagan (Pembroke Pines) (20-8) 59
Miami Norland (24-4) 52, Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes) (26-3) 50
Finals

Class 5A - Dillard

State Semifinals
Region 1 vs. Region 4
Region 2 vs. Region 3

State Finals

Regional Re-caps
Quarterfinals
As anticipated, Lake Howell cruised to a win. Choctowatchee looks to be their next victim. It would be nice to see Eau Gallie handle Wolfson. The southwest coast of Florida is not known for Class 5A basketball in Region 4. We'll see if Lely (Naples) can take down 5A favorite Dillard. W.T. Dwyer should cruise into the regional finals. We could witness the two best teams in Class 5A playing in the semifinals in Lakeland with Lake Howell and the Region 4 champs. Can Lake Region take Brandon? That is the question. Wharton moved a step closer to the Region 2 finals. A great matchup in Region 3 features Clearwater and Fort Myers. The winner will have the displeasure of playing Cape Coral in the regional final. Although, Fort Myers might like to try to get back at Cape Coral.

Semifinals
Region 1, just say Lake Howell. Can Wolfson challenge them? The bigger question is, How about a Dillard/W.T. Dwyer Region 4 final matchup? Dillard gets to travel to Palm Beach Gardens for the right to move on. Can Dwyer stop Dillard from getting to Lakeland? The Cinderella story of Wharton is gone. East Ridge moves on to challenge Brandon for Region 2. My dark horse favorite, Cape Coral, slipped up and Boca Ciega will take on Clearwater for Region 3 honors. You gotta favor Clearwater.

Finals

Region 1
Quarterfinals
Englewood (Jacksonville) (14-9) vs. Choctawhatchee (Ft. Walton Bch.) (20-7)
Melbourne (21-6) vs. Lake Howell (Winter Park) (23-4)
Fort Walton Beach (15-12) vs. Wolfson (Jacksonville) (21-4)
Lyman (Longwood) (9-19) vs. Eau Gallie (Melbourne) (17-7)
Semifinals
Lake Howell (Winter Park) (25-4) 81, Choctawhatchee (Fort Walton Beach) (21-8) 54
Wolfson (Jacksonville) (23-4) 54, Eau Gallie (Melbourne) (18-8) 48
Finals

Region 4
Quarterfinals
South Fork (Stuart) vs. Lely (Naples) (24-2)
Cooper City (5-17) vs. Dillard (Fort Lauderdale) (20-2)
Barron Collier (Naples) (16-9) vs. W.T. Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) (20-5)
Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale) (7-17) vs. South Broward (Hollywood) (12-10)
Semifinals
Dillard (Fort Lauderdale) (22-2) 63, Lely (Naples) (25-3) 56
Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) (22-5) 75, Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale) (8-18) 51
Finals

Region 2
Quarterfinals
Lake Gibson (Lakeland) (10-16) vs. East Ridge (Clermont) (19-6)
Plant (Tampa) (11-14) vs. Wharton (Tampa) (25-2)
Mitchell (New Port Richey) (16-9) vs. Lake Region (Eagle Lake) (24-4)
Sickles (Tampa) (19-8) vs. Brandon (25-2)
Semifinals
East Ridge (Clermont) (21-6) 58, Wharton (Tampa) (26-3) 51
Brandon (27-2) 72, Lake Region (Eagle Lake) (25-5) 60
Finals

Region 3
Quarterfinals
St. Petersburg (19-8) vs. Clearwater (24-1)
Fort Myers (21-6) vs. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton) (19-8)
Largo (17-10) vs. Boca Ciega (Gulfport) (16-8)
Charlotte (Punta Gorda) (15-13) vs. Cape Coral (19-6)
Semifinals
Clearwater (26-1) 71, Fort Myers (22-7) 68
Boca Ciega (Gulfport) (18-8) 49, Cape Coral (20-7) 48
Finals

Class 4A - Raines

State Semifinals
Region 1 vs. Region 4
Region 2 vs. Region 3

State Finals

Regional Re-caps
Quarterfinals
It looks like Rickards and Lincoln are destined to meet in the Region 1 finals. Suncoast shouldn't give Lakewood too much trouble in Region 4. But, Lakewood has to make the cross-state trip. An upset in the making? Ft. Pierce Westwood will be looking to get past where they ended last year. Lakewood is going to have their hands full making a run through Suncoast and Westwood. Raines and Jones are destined to meet for the Region 2 finals. Are they the best two teams in 4A? It would seem that the winner would be favored to take the Class 4A championship. A Polk county team may have something to say about who is the best team in 4A. Can Kathleen (Lakeland) get to the Region 3 finals? It would appear that Lake Wales will be waiting for them. Neither team will have to travel far for their showdown.

Semifinals
Well, who's turn is it to win? Rickards or Lincoln in Region 1? The battle for Tallahassee looks like Rickards on top. Ft. Pierce Westwood proved themselves as they now get the unenviable position of hosting Lakewood for Region 4 bragging rights. You'll find me at the gym for this game on Saturday. Raines, Jones? Who is going to win the battle in Region 2? I'll side with Raines in this one. The place should be rockin' for this game. Region 3 features an all Polk County battle between district rivals Lake Wales and Kathleen. I would like to see Kathleen keep moving on. However, a Lake Wales victory would not surprise me.

Finals

Region 1
Quarterfinals
Bay (Panama City) (19-8) vs. Woodham (Pensacola) (18-6)
North Marion (Citra) (12-12) vs. Rickards (Tallahassee) (21-4)
Washington (Pensacola) (17-7) vs. Milton (16-11)
Lincoln (Tallahassee) (19-8) vs. Gainesville (18-10)
Semifinals
Rickards (Tallahassee) (23-4) 86, Woodham (Pensacola) (19-7) 82
Lincoln (Tallahassee) (21-8) 44, Milton (17-12) 42
Finals

Region 4
Quarterfinals
Lehigh (Lehigh Acres) (18-7) vs. Booker (Sarasota) (20-7)
Washington (Miami) (12-12) vs. Fort Pierce Westwood (22-5)
Lakewood (St. Petersburg) (27-2) vs. Sebring (22-5)
Suncoast (Riviera Beach) (16-11) vs. Hallandale (10-15)
Semifinals
Fort Pierce Westwood (25-5) 72, Booker (Sarasota) (21-8) 70
Lakewood (St. Petersburg) (29-2) 75, Suncoast (Riviera Beach) (17-12) 43
Finals

Region 2
Quarterfinals
Columbia (Lake City) (19-9) vs. Raines (Jacksonville) (23-4)
Cocoa vs. Palatka (12-9)
Andrew Jackson (Jacksonville) (12-13) vs. Ridgeview (Orange Park) (20-7)
Atlantic (Port Orange) (22-3) vs. Jones (Orlando) (23-4)
Semifinals
Raines (Jacksonville) (25-4) 92, Cocoa 58
Jones (Orlando) (25-4) 66, Andrew Jackson (Jacksonville) (13-14) 58
Finals

Region 3
Quarterfinals
Gulf (New Port Richey) (15-11) vs. Citrus (Inverness) (20-6)
Lake Wales (16-8) vs. Freedom (Tampa) (12-11)
Leesburg (18-9) vs. Wesley Chapel (17-9)
Jefferson (Tampa) (11-13) vs. Kathleen (Lakeland) (23-3)
Semifinals
Lake Wales (18-8) 74, Citrus (Inverness) (21-7) 37
Kathleen (Lakeland) (25-3) 34, Leesburg (19-10) 27
Finals

Class 3A - Florida Air Academy

State Semifinals
Region 1 vs. Region 4
Region 2 vs. Region 3

State Finals

Regional Re-caps
Quarterfinals
You never hear much about Region 1. The northwest part of Florida has limited resources available to know just how good the Region 1 teams really are. East Gadsden travels to Santa Fe and Walton to Ribault. It doesn't look good for Region 1 as they get the uneviable task of playing Region 4 this year. It's a safe bet that Monsignor Pace is ready for all takers. Gulliver Prep better be ready. Look for Cardinal Gibbons to upset Belen Jesuit. Talk poor Region 1, what about Region 2? Who really wants to play Florida Air Academy? Florida Air is still undefeated. I don't know that Eustis can take them. But, you just never know. Watch out Pasco, it's going to be a long night! Region 3 features last year's runner up St. Petersburg Catholic taking on Bishop Verot. Glades Central better be careful not to look past Jesuit. It's probably safe to say neither St. Petersburg Catholic or Glades Central can take on Florida Air Academy.

Semifinals
Jacksonville is represented in Region 1, Class 3A this year with Ribault providing some quality competition. They'll travel to take on East Gadsden. Does East Gadsden have a chance? Region 4 featured Cardinal Gibbons defeating Belen Jesuit and now they must travel south to face Monsignor Pace. Good luck to Cardinal Gibbons. You're gonna need it! Good luck, Eustis! You're gonna need more luck than Gibbons to take down favorite Florida Air Academy in Region 2. Tampa Jesuit knocked off Glades Central for the upset of Class 3A. Congrats! But, don't cheer too much they have to play St. Petersburg Catholic again. Either way, who wants to play Florida Air Academy in the state semifinals?

Finals

Region 1
Quarterfinals
Florida High (Tallahassee) (11-15) vs. Walton (DeFuniak Springs) (21-6)
Bradford (Starke) (14-9) vs. Ribault (Jacksonville) (20-7)
Marianna (15-12) vs. East Gadsden (Havana) (20-8)
Bolles (Jacksonville) (14-9) vs. Santa Fe (Alachua) (20-7)
Semifinals
Ribault (Jacksonville) (22-7) 56, Walton (DeFuniak Springs) (22-7) 46
East Gadsden (Havana) (22-8) 70, Santa Fe (Alachua) (21-8) 67 (OT)
Finals

Region 4
Quarterfinals
American Heritage (Plantation) (17-10) vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Laud.) (20-5)
Key West (13-13) vs. Belen Jesuit (Miami) (24-3)
North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek) (23-3) vs. Monsignor Pace (Miami) (21-4)
Archbishop Curley (Miami) (16-12) vs. Gulliver Prep (Miami) (18-9)
Semifinals
Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale) (22-5) 73, Belen Jesuit (Miami) (25-4) 66 (OT)
Monsignor Pace (Miami) (23-4) 66, Gulliver Prep (Miami) (19-10) 54
Finals

Region 2
Quarterfinals
Wildwood (14-11) vs. West Port (Ocala)
Melbourne Central Catholic (17-10) vs. Eustis (22-5)
Williston (18-9) vs. Pasco (Dade City) (23-3)
Bishop Moore (Orlando) (19-8) vs. Florida Air (Melbourne) (27-0)
Semifinals
Eustis (24-5) 66, West Port (Ocala) 63
Florida Air (Melbourne) (29-0) 80, Pasco (Dade City) (24-4) 51
Finals

Region 3
Quarterfinals
Mulberry (14-12) vs. St. Petersburg Catholic (21-5)
Cardinal Newman (W. Palm Bch.) (19-8) vs. Bishop Verot (Fort Myers) (21-5)
Jesuit (Tampa) (18-10) vs. Hardee (Wauchula) (17-10)
North Port (18-10) vs. Glades Central (Belle Glade) (21-2)
Semifinals
St. Petersburg Catholic (23-5) 68, Bishop Verot (Fort Myers) (22-6) 60
Jesuit (Tampa) (20-10) 46, Glades Central (Belle Glade) (22-3) 45
Finals

Class 2A - Arlington Country Day

State Semifinals
Region 1 vs. Region 4
Region 2 vs. Region 3

State Finals

Regional Re-caps
Quarterfinals
I like the way Region 1 is shaping up. It would be really nice to see Maclay (Tallahassee) challenge for the regional finals. Chipley will be tough in semifinals. Ponce de Leon should handle North Florida Christian. Either way, the trouble will be the state semifinals when Region 1 matches up against Region 4. Westminster Academy beat John Carroll by a jumpshot and will enjoy being at home as Palmer Trinity comes in. A St. Andrew's and Westminster Academy final could prove interesting. Westminster just may come out on top in the region. Region 2 features Arlington Country Day. They have been nationally ranked most of the season and quite possibly are the best regardless of class in the state. So, P.K. Yonge better work hard against Providence to play the Apaches in the finals. Region 3 should offer a great semifinal of First Academy and last year's Class 2A champion Admiral Farragut. I'm not sure if Berkeley Prep or Tampa Prep have the firepower to defeat either team. The winner of the First Academy/Admiral Farragut should win the region.

Semifinals
Maclay gets a chance to prove themselves on Saturday against Ponce de Leon. Come on guys, win the Region 1 Final on Saturday. A big upset as Florida Christian and Palmer Trinity matchup for the Region 4 title. Maybe it's time for Palmer Trinity to win the matchup. Another team that is gonna need a lot of luck, P.K. Yonge. The only advantage that P.K. Yonge has is that they are at home. They need as many advantages that they can find to take down Arlington Country Day. Hey, David beat Goliath. I doubt it this time around though for Region 2. The First Academy went to Admiral Farragut and beat them. Now, they get to stay home and Tampa Prep comes to them. Taylor Young and the rest of of the team better not look past Tampa Prep. They will be staring at Arlington Country Day in Lakeland. Wow! All the luck in the world goes out to The First Academy.

Finals

Region 1
Quarterfinals
Ponce de Leon (19-8) vs. Baker
North Florida Christian (Tallahassee) (11-12) vs. Port St. Joe
Jay (14-15) vs. Chipley (22-6)
Sneads vs. Maclay (Tallahassee) (23-3)
Semifinals
Ponce de Leon (21-8) 58, North Florida Christian (Tallahassee) (12-13) 52
Maclay (Tallahassee) (25-3) 37, Chipley (23-7) 28
Finals

Region 4
Quarterfinals
Westminster Academy (Ft. Laud.) (21-6) vs. John Carroll (Fort Pierce) (23-5)
Palmer Trinity (Miami) (13-14) vs. Miami Country Day (15-11)
Benjamin (North Palm Beach) (19-8) vs. St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton) (24-3)
Hebrew (Miami Beach) (15-5) vs. Florida Christian (Miami) (19-8)
Semifinals
Palmer Trinity (Miami) (15-14) 70, Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale) (22-7) 60
Florida Christian (Miami) (21-8) 43, St. Andrew's (Boca Raton) (25-4) 37
Finals

Region 2
Quarterfinals
Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (22-4) vs. Bronson (26-1)
Father Lopez (Daytona Beach) vs. Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville) (23-3)
Lafayette (Mayo) (6-19) vs. P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) (21-6)
Providence (Jacksonville) (25-3) vs. Crescent City (17-5)
Semifinals
Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville) (25-3) 58, Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (23-5) 34
P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) (23-6) 59, Providence (Jacksonville) (26-4) 57
Finals

Region 3
Quarterfinals
McKeel (Lakeland) (14-13) vs. First Academy (Orlando) (23-4)
St. John Neumann (Naples) (16-11) vs. Admiral Farragut (St. Pete) (26-3)
Trinity Prep (Winter Park) (10-16) vs. Berkeley Prep (Tampa) (16-11)
Tampa Prep (18-8) vs. Community School (Naples) (20-3)
Semifinals
First Academy (Orlando) (25-4) 67, Admiral Farragut (St. Petersburg) (27-4) 59
Tampa Prep (18-8) 52, Berkeley Prep (Tampa) (17-12) 47
Finals

Class 1A - Northwest Christian Academy

State Semifinals
Region 1 vs. Region 4
Region 2 vs. Region 3

State Finals

Regional Re-caps
Quarterfinals
Apalachicola is back in a familiar position in Region 1 this year. They had quite a run last year until they ran into Northwest Christian in the state finals. Potter's House has quitely had a successful season. They just might come out on top in the region. State champion Northwest Christian should get a contest from Grandview Prep. It should be fun to watch Miami Christian matchup against Northwest Christian for the Region 4 finals. A lot of talk came out around the state of Florida about Florida Prep (Lake Suzy). They are proving themselves and should meet up in the Region 2 finals against Bradenton Christian. The biggest challenge will await Florida Prep in the state semifinals as a quality Pine Castle Christian team should prevail over Brevard Christian in Region 3. Although, Lake Mary Prep just may spoil Brevard Christian's thoughts of getting to Lakeland.

Semifinals
Apalachicola is staying in familiar territory in the status of the championship series. The only difference would be that they have to travel to the other side of the state ot play Potter's House. Experience could change the outcome of this Region 1game. I have a feeling Potter's House will be moving on to Lakeland next week. Grandview Prep tried, they just couldn't do it. The tough task of defeating Northwest Christian. Miami Christian will be hoping for something to change their ways when they play the visitor at Northwest Christian for Region 4. Well, it's time for all the hype to mean something for Florida Prep. They have a chance to prove themselves at home against Bradenton Christian. I like their odds of winning Region 2. How many Class 1A teams has Pine Castle Christian lost to this season? It can't be many, if any. I don't think that Brevard Christian has the firepower to win Region 3. Although, an upset by Bradenton Christian or Brevard Christian would not surprise me.

Finals

Region 1
Quarterfinals
Malone (20-7) vs. Laurel Hill (21-5)
First Coast Christian (Jacksonville) vs. Apalachicola (22-5)
Dr. Gainer (Pensacola) (18-7) vs. Graceville (21-6)
FAMU (Tallahassee) vs. Potter’s House Chr. (Jacksonville) (22-4)
Semifinals
Apalachicola (24-5) 74, Malone (22-8) 71
Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville) (24-4) 53, Graceville (22-7) 46
Finals

Region 4
Quarterfinals
Upperroom Christian (Lauderhill) (12-1) vs. Grandview Prep (Boca Raton) (19-5)
Miami MacArthur South (9-8) vs. Northwest Christian (Miami) (23-3)
Lake Worth Christian (Boynton Beach) (20-8) vs. Westlake (Davie) (4-20)
Miami Christian (16-11) vs. Island Christian (Islamorada)
Semifinals
Northwest Christian (Miami) (25-3) 67, Grandview Prep (Boca Raton) (20-6) 59
Miami Christian (18-11) 59, Lake Worth Christian (Boynton Beach) (21-9) 46
Finals

Region 2
Quarterfinals
Seffner Christian vs. St. John Lutheran (Ocala) (15-9)
Bradenton Christian (18-9) vs. Oldsmar Christian (21-4)
Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto) (13-12) vs. Evangel Christian (Lakeland) (18-6)
Cambridge (Tampa) (21-7) vs. Florida Prep (Lake Suzy) (19-8)
Semifinals
Bradenton Christian (20-9) 54, St. John Lutheran (Ocala) (16-10) 32
Florida Prep (Lake Suzy) (21-8) 87, Evangel Christian (Lakeland) (19-7) 67
Finals

Region 3
Quarterfinals
Circle Christian (Orlando) (16-12) vs. Lake Mary Prep (20-5)
Community Christian (Stuart) vs. Brevard Christian (West Melbourne) (22-6)
Orangewood Christian (Maitland) (17-8) vs. Pine Castle Christian (Orlando) (21-7)
Merritt Island Christian (15-7) vs. R.J. Hendley (Riviera Beach)
Semifinals
Brevard Christian (West Melbourne) (24-6) 78, Lake Mary Prep (21-6) 70 (OT)
Pine Castle Christian (Orlando) (23-7) 73, Merritt Island Christian (16-8) 40
Finals


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