High 5 moments 3.8.18
1. Trenton White recently won two billiards championships in three weeks. He won the Billiard Education Foundation’s 14U 9-Ball state championship in Jacksonville on Feb. 17, then won the BEF’s state 10-Ball championship in Tampa on Sunday.
2. Fire Fist Boxing Promotions fighters William Silva and Ricky Tomlinson won their March 3 fights in Clearwater. Silva’s win over Rogelio Casarez earned him the IBO Continental North American Lightweight and National Boxing Association World Lightweight championships. Tomlinson beat Ernest Hall, who was undefeated going into the fight.
3. Carlson Gracie Plant City/CrossGuard Fitness moved from its space on Collins Street to downtown Plant City, 109 E. Reynolds St., on March 3. Approximately 60 people came out to the grand opening event, which featured black belt seminars and catering from Norma’s Plant City Cuban Sandwich Shop and Dunkin’ Donuts.
4. Durant and Plant City’s baseball teams played a close game at Cougar Path on March 2 that ended with the Raiders picking up a 2-1 win. Parker Messick pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts and five hits and one walk allowed to get the win for Plant City. On the softball field, the Raiders picked up an 8-1 win over the hosting Cougars. Ashley Blessin also pitched a complete game to earn the win, striking out six and allowing four hits and two walks.
5. Five local wrestlers competed in the FHSAA 3A state championship tournament over the weekend. Strawberry Crest’s Chas Waller was the only one to place, finishing sixth overall in the 152-pound bracket. Crest teammates Jake Spray (126), Trenton Davidson (170) and Joe Hatfield (182), along with Durant’s Daniel “Reese” Haley (152), also wrestled in the tournament.