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Gainesville, FL. Written By: Kyrin MayfieldWinning a state championship is difficult on its own. But when the number one team in the country stands in the way, it might seem easier to juggle five flaming chainsaws. P.K. Yonge will need to do just that on Wednesday at 10 a.m., when they take on Miami Country Day in the FHSAA Girls Basketball 4A State Semifinals. The Blue Wave made it to the state semis, last year. But this time, they’re facing a team who’s won five state championships in a row.Head coach Willie Powers has been at the helm of the...

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- Gainesville, FL. Written by: Kyrin Mayfield Defense wins championships. That might not be a 100% fact, but it certainly can change the game. Enter the Pedro Menendez Lady Falcons. Their strength lies in their offense. They were on a five-game winning streak coming into Tuesday's 6A Regional Semifinal against the Eastside Lady Rams. The Rams were on a four-game winning streak, themselves. The Falcons scored at least 51 points in each of those wins. Who needs defense with an offense like that? Well, last year both teams did. Eastside pulled out a tight 32-29 win over Menendez in the...

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- Gainesville, FL. Written by: Kyrin Mayfield   Continuing with the Class 5A district 5 tournament, the Trinity Catholic Celtics took on the South Sumter Raiders in the second game of the day. The Celtics were a pain for the Raiders earlier in the season. They won both games by a score of 75-26 and 58-38. South Sumter ended the regular season on a high note, though. They won their last three games, with their last two wins coming by an average of 25 points. Hitting their stride at the right time. However, Trinity Catholic was doing the same by...

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- Gainesville, FL. Written By: Kyrin Mayfield Writers are supposed to avoid clichés, but saving the best for last perfectly describes this matchup. In the final regular season game for both teams, the Hawthorne Hornets traveled to the P.K. Yonge Blue Wave for a battle between two of the area’s top teams. They came in with a combined 42-4 record. The Hornets entered on a 13-game winning streak, and were 21-0 against in-state opponents. The Blue Wave have won four in a row, with their last three coming by a combined eight points. They know how to close games out....

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Champions aren’t born overnight. To get positive results, players have to put in the work—and that’s exactly what the Trenton Tigers girls’ basketball team did. From long hours in the gym after school, to countless summer games, the Tigers practiced religiously. The result – a 2019 Class 1A championship. “A lot of people don’t understand,” said head coach Bryant Frye. “You don’t win ballgames in November and December. You win them in the summer time and when you’re in (the gym). If they want to get in there and work and develop it, then you’ll have success.” The results speak...

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