North Pinellas Round-Up: Holiday tournament time

Pinellas County boys and girls basketball programs will keep busy this holiday season by hosting or participating in plenty of tournaments and shootouts into the New Year.

Fit2Win Kickoff Tournament

CLEARWATER – This month’s Fit2Win Kickoff Tournament was billed by host Countryside as the biggest high school wrestling tournament in Pinellas County and local wrestlers came to perform.

East Lake turned in the top Pinellas County team finish, placing second overall behind runaway champ Jesuit High. Eight Eagles placed in the top four of their divisions, with Noah Bassous (182 pounds) and Madison Davila (285) leading picking up individual titles. Jason Leggett took second at 132 pounds, Connor Tootle (120), Colton Allison (126) and Rami Goris (220) placed third and Madison Stogsdill (106) and Billy Ryder (170) placed fourth.

Dominating the lower-weight brackets fueled Jesuit’s 80.5-point victory over East Lake. Tigers wrestlers won titles at 106, 113, 120, 126, 138, 145 and 220.

Other North Pinellas programs putting multiple athletes on the podium were Palm Harbor University and Countryside. PHU finished fifth, trailing Jesuit, East Lake, Englewood Lemon Bay and Steinbrenner. Countryside wasn’t far behind in seventh.

The Cougars matched East Lake with a pair of individual champions. Defending state champ Anthony Burburija dominated the 195-pound division and transfer Steven Chopek took care of his 132-pounds competitors.

PHU’s top finisher was second-place Dylan Sparkman (106).

East Lake girls take control

 EAST LAKE – The champ is the champ until they’re finally toppled.

There’s a lot of season left to play, but East Lake made a statement when it beat Class 8A District 10 foe Countryside 55-45 to remain undefeated. The Eagles entered the holiday tournament season at 9-0 overall and 5-0 in league play.

East Lake received another big night from Summer Quigley during the Dec. 14 victory. The senior scored 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds and recorded five steals. Quigley’s season-high for points came two nights prior to the Countryside win, dropping 33 on Seminole. She’s scored 20 or more six times through nine games.

Prior to print, the Eagles will host The Lake Winter Shootout, a six-team, two-day event.

East Lake wasn’t the only North Pinellas program to enter tourney season unblemished. Clearwater, a Class 7A region finalist last year, is 7-0 and atop the District 7A-9 standings.

Pinellas b-ball busy for holidays

A lot of basketball will be played all over the Tampa Bay area from now and into the New Year. Below is a listing of tournaments either hosted by Pinellas County programs or featuring Pinellas County teams.


Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational

Host: Seffner Christian and SLAM Academy – Dec. 27-29

Pinellas teams: Clearwater


Jaguar Holiday Tournament

Host: Academy of the Holy Names – Dec. 27-29

Pinellas teams: Countryside


Suncoast Classic

Host: Keswick Christian – Dec. 27-29

Pinellas teams: Clearwater Central Catholic, Dixie Hollins, Keswick, PHU


River Ridge New Year’s Tournament

Host: River Ridge – Jan. 3-5

Pinellas teams: Tarpon Springs


Calvary Christian New Year’s Shootout

Host: Calvary Christian – Jan. 4-5

Pinellas teams: Calvary, East Lake



Nature Coast Christmas Tournament

Host: Nature Coast Tech – Dec. 27-29

Pinellas teams: Clearwater, Countryside


Suncoast Classic

Host: Keswick Christian – Dec. 27-29

Pinellas teams: Keswick, PHU, Pinellas Park


Sun Bash

Host: Carrollwood Day – Jan. 2-5

Pinellas teams: Canterbury, Gibbs, Superior Collegiate


Shorecrest New Year’s Tournament

Host: Shorecrest – Jan. 2-4

Pinellas teams: Dixie Hollins, PHU, Shorecrest


Clearwater New Year’s Tournament

Host: Clearwater – Jan. 4-5

Pinellas teams: Boca Ciega, Clearwater, Lakewood, Largo, Seminole, St. Pete


Calvary Christian New Year’s Shootout

Host: Calvary Christian – Jan. 4-5

Pinellas teams: Calvary, Countryside