+ Plant City ladies strong at districts
The Plant City High School girls golf team won the district championship last week behind a strong outing from Kellyanne Hurst, who took individual honors with a 76. Kendall Johnson and Kaylee McIntosh also performed well, finishing in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Then, the girls finished second at the FHSAA Regionals Oct. 21.
Hurst finished in ninth place overall, with an 82, leading the Lady Raiders, and Johnson’s 83 put her right behind Hurst in 10th place.
The Region 5 Class 3A girls golf finals will he held Nov. 5 to 6.
+ Plant City teams continue to cruise
Plant City and Strawberry Crest are so evenly matched that their seeding for this week’s district tournament at East Bay couldn’t be decided by conventional methods.
“We had to flip a coin for second or third place because we were dead even with Strawberry Crest,” PCHS coach Jessica Thornton said. “They won and received second seed, and us, third seed.”
All targets are locked onto Durant, which happens to be the only undefeated team in Tampa Bay.
The Cougars are expected to do well in the tournament by virtually everybody, but history isn’t on their side for keeping that “zero” in their loss column. Since the volleyball format changed to best-of-five in 2003, no Tampa Bay-area team has finished with an undefeated season.
Can they make state history? The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 24.
+ Dolphins sweep final homestand
After three out of Plant City’s five divisions lost to East Bay on Oct. 12, the Dolphins wanted to rebound in a big way.
And they did, sweeping the Lakeland Eagles Oct. 20, at home. Only one of the games was close, as the Mighty Mites eked out a 14-12 win over Lakeland. And that was only the beginning of the day.
The Pee-Wee squad followed the Mites’ lead with another win, but this one came by a score of 27-19. The Midget team went even further, turning their game into a 40-14 blowout.
Junior Varsity’s offense was only able to score 12 points, the lowest total of any of the Dolphin squads, but it also was the only one to record a shutout. Finally, the Varsity team ended the day with a 22-6 victory.
There’s one game left in the regular season, and this one will have the Dolphins traveling to Lakeland to take on the Gators. The Mites will kick off the action at 8 a.m. Oct. 23.