+ Plant City teams look strong at all year
Much has been written about Durant’s volleyball team, which has torn through all of its opponents with seemingly little effort. So, it’s easy to overlook what the other two Plant City-area teams have been doing.
As the regular season comes to a close, both Plant City and Strawberry Crest have finished with 7-3 records in Class 7A District 7. That’s absolutely cause for celebration, especially with the juggernaut Durant Cougars squad going 11-0 and only dropping one set.
The Raiders and Chargers also sported identical overall records, at 14-8, going into this week, and both teams head into their final matchups at 7 p.m. Oct. 17.
Plant City will host a tough Hillsborough squad for its finale, while Strawberry Crest will travel to Tampa to take on the struggling Blake Yellowjackets.
+ Boys compete in district tourney
Eight Tampa Bay-area schools competed in Class 3A District 13 tournament Oct. 15, at Summerfield, and Plant City schools had a decent showing.
Durant placed third overall at 58 over, behind Newsome (+8) and Riverview (+25). Plant City took fourth place with a +63, and Strawberry Crest finished in sixth with a +108.
Chase Levesque and Jacob Penny, both Cougars, finished in sixth and seventh place individually. Levesque wrapped up with a 77 overall to Penny’s 78, and Plant City’s William George (82) tied for 10th place. The three boys were the only top-10 golfers who didn’t play for Newsome or Riverview.
+ Trojans set to honor coaches
Dub Atkins has been a part of the Turkey Creek Trojans since 1997. His time with the team will be formally recognized Oct. 23, at the organization’s second Ring of Honor ceremony.
The Trojans created the event to honor coaches who have made a significant impact on the organization and players.
Fans of the team will recall that Atkins, head coach, led last year’s Trojans to a 17-0 record, a dominant 34-8 Super Bowl win over the Plant City Dolphins and the program’s first Gameday of Champions win, a 24-21 thriller over the Nuccio Jaguars.
The Trojans’ JV matchup against Antioch Oct. 23 is the final game of Turkey Creek’s season. The game will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Ring of Honor ceremony.