High 5 moments 5.10 18
1. Plant City Boxing Gym will host two days’ worth of Junior Olympics boxing action this Friday and Saturday. The Region 3 tournament will feature more than 50 fights and begins at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Plant City Boxing Gym is located at 607 Hitchcock Street. Tickets cost $20 per person at the gate.
2. Plant City softball picked up a 4-0 win over Steinbrenner in the May 2 8A-Region 2 quarterfinal thanks to a four-run second inning and solid pitching and defense the rest of the way. With one out and Rachel Arnold and Stephanie Bowers on base, Haley Frangioni hit an RBI single to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. With Bowers on third and Taylor Bennett up to bat, Frangioni moved to second base on a wild pitch and Bennett reached first on a walk. Two at-bats later, Emily Longoria hit a three-RBI triple to send everybody home and bring the Plant City lead up to 4-0. The win set up Wednesday night’s semifinal game at East Bay. Results were not available at press time.
3. Xavier King, of Plant City High School’s track and field team, competed in the long jump at the 2018 FHSAA state championships, held May 4-5 in Jacksonville, and placed 16th overall. Plant City’s Unified track and field teams also performed well as the girls placed second and the boys placed fourth in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
4. Newberry College baseball shortstop Colin Allman, a Plant City native, recently earned First Team All-South Atlantic Conference honors for his play in the 2017-18 season. Allman reached base in 29 consecutive games, leads the team in hits (73), doubles (13), triples (two), home runs (eight), slugging percentage (.606) and has a .388 batting average.
5. Plant City basketball guard Mackenzie Steele was recently named to the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops Class 8A all-state team. Steele, a senior, led the Raiders with 26.7 points and 2.5 assists per game last season. She will play for Florida Southern College in the fall.