TAMPA - A late night and an
early wind-chilled morning ended in deja vu fashion for the
Bloomingdale High boys soccer team Saturday.
In their first Premier pool match of the Student Sports
Invitational at the Ed Radice Sports Complex, the Bulls beat
Melbourne Central Catholic 1-0 in penalty kicks - a victory
that was a lot like a win to start last year's tournament
for Bloomingdale goalie Chris Sedlak.
The senior stopped a late breakaway chance by Melbourne
Central Catholic, then made the big save they needed in
penalty kicks. He not only turned away the fifth PK by
Melbourne Central Catholic's Declain McGrory, he also took
and made Bloomingdale's fifth penalty kick for the win.
Last season, Bloomingdale won its Student Sports
first-round match against Quartz Hill, Calif., in almost
identical fashion when Sedlak stopped a penalty kick and
made the final PK for a Bulls victory.
``I wasn't really thinking about it until about five
minutes left,'' Sedlak said. ``Then I thought about last
year. I felt pretty confident going in, though, because I've
already saved two penalty kicks this year.
``Once I made the save, I was definitely fired up to make
my shot and get out of the cold with a win.''
Bloomingdale, ranked No. 5 in the country in the National
Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas poll, played
its first match Saturday at 9 a.m. after a long night
Friday. The Bulls traveled to defeat district foe Sarasota
4-0, but the match started 1 1/2 hours late. By the time
Bloomingdale's bus arrived back at school, it was midnight.
``Some players only got a few hours of sleep,''
Bloomingdale coach Sam Isajar said. ``But they were able to
come back and play well.''
Brandon, Palm Harbor Advance In Elite Group
TAMPABrandon will face Palm Harbor on Monday for a place in
the final four of the Elite bracket in the Student Sports
Soccer Tournament after gaining four points in its first two
After losing 6-5 on penalties to Hialeah American in
their opening game after a 1-1 tie in regulation, the Eagles
faced a must win against perennial force Jacksonville Bolles
if they were to advance to the championship stage.
They did with a 2-0 win.
While both teams looked lethargic, playing their second
games in five hours, Brandon took control in the midfield
and was able to open the scoring 17 minutes in when Ryan
Teneyck finished a near-post header.
The Eagles doubled their lead nine minutes later as Andy
Skiffington finished a through ball from Cabot Brown, and
after making the Bolles defender fall down after turning him
inside out, Skiffington coolly slotted his finish past
Bolles goalkeeper Doug Tutwiler to give the Eagles a 2-0
``We'll take a win against a team like this anytime,''
Brandon coach Alan Ware said. ``The important thing is that
we control our own destiny, which is all you can ask for
when you come to a tournament like this.''
Brandon was able to use this tournament last season to
kick-start its season, one that ended with a state title.
Palm Harbor won both of its opening pool games thanks to
its calmness from the penalty spot. Palm Harbor beat Bolles
4-2 in a shootout after a 1-1 tie, then beat Hialeah
American 5-4 after a 2-2 tie to put the Hurricanes even with
Brandon with four points at the top of their group.
Berkeley Prep Reaches Outback Title Game
TAMPA - Senior guard Spiros Ferderigos scored 21
points to lead host Berkeley Prep to a 79-62 victory against
Sarasota Cardinal Mooney in a semifinal game in the
inaugural Outback Steakhouse Invitational.
Juniors Brandon Suarez and Hamilton Hunt each added 14
points for the Bucs (6-0). Steve Young led Cardinal Mooney
with a game-high 23 points. Berkeley Prep advanced to face
Kissimmee Gateway on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the tournament
``We are going to have our hands full,'' Berkeley Prep
coach Bobby Reinhart said. ``They are very athletic. They
have size, strength and lots of quickness. They are the most
athletic and physical team we'll play so far. I'm looking
forward to it. It'll be a good test to see where we are.''
Gateway shot 16-for-20 from the foul line during a 24-12
fourth quarter to defeat St. Petersburg 71-61 in the other
semifinal. Keaton Grant scored 10 of his 17 points in the
final quarter to pace Gateway (7-1).
``The free throws were very encouraging for us,'' Gateway
coach Bob Baker said. ``We've been a team in the past that
shot better from the field than the line. Our kids really
came through when they had to.''
Brian Blakely and Ricky Pena each scored 18 points to
lead St. Petersburg (6-1), which plays Cardinal Mooney in
the third-place game Monday at 5:50 p.m.
CLEARWATER 53, WHARTON 42: In the Brighthouse
Shootout, Clearwater (6-0) broke open a tight contest with a
13-2 run to take a 26-15 lead during a 5:41 stretch spanning
the first and second quarters.
Wharton's Nate Erickson made two 3-pointers within 26
seconds to pull the Wildcats (6-2) to within 26-21. But
Clearwater answered with four points in the final 1:10 of
the half to take a nine-point lead.
Clearwater hit three 3-pointers in the third to build its
lead to 14.
That lead proved to be insurmountable as Wharton managed
only 10 fourth-quarter points in dropping its second game of
Luke Postorino scored 17 points for Clearwater.
Cambridge Wins Title By Defeating Armwood
TAMPA - Cambridge staved off a late Armwood rally to
win 49-47 in the championship of the Lady Lancers Christmas
With Cambridge leading 48-44 and less than 15 seconds to
play, the Hawks' Ashley Armstrong hit a jumper to cut the
deficit to two, then stole the ball and was fouled
attempting a layup with 3.2 seconds remaining.
After making the first free throw, Armstrong bounced the
second one off the back of the rim and the Lancers' Marie
Williams rebounded to secure the win.
Monique Reynard led Armwood with 14 points, including
four 3-pointers, but she was held scoreless in the second
``I think fatigue played a small part in that,''
Cambridge coach Karim Nohra said. ``But we changed up our
presses in the second half and decided not to give them the
3-pointers, so we went to a man-to-man defense.''
The switch worked as the Lancers (7-2) held Armwood to
two third-quarter points, turning a three-point halftime
deficit into a four-point lead they would never give up.
``The third quarter was the difference,'' Nohra said.
Armwood hurt its chances with poor free-throw shooting.
The Hawks (6-4) hit three of 15.
Andrea McAdoo led Cambridge with 15 points, and
tournament MVP Alexis Walker added 14.
Members of the all-tournament team included Brandon's
Roni Carithers, Gaither's Whitney Harper, Reynard and
Willonda Windham from Armwood, and McAdoo.
In the consolation game, Gaither beat Brandon 43-42.