Wrestling Palm Harbor University will look to defend its home turf and last year’s title this week when it hosts the ninth-annual Logan Kushner Memorial Duals. The two-day event begins Friday morning and brings together 10 programs from the tri-county area. Headlining the event is host PHU, ranked No. 3 in the state at Class 3A, Durant and Fivay, ranked tied for 10th at Class 2A.
Countryside, Mitchell and River Ridge will also run out a number of state-ranked individuals to the mats. [Periodic updates and final results from the two-day event will be posted at www.suncoastnews.com.] Saturday afternoon will feature another annual wrestling meet taking place just a short drive south from PHU. Ten other schools are scheduled to participate in the Dunedin High Falcon Duals. Joining the host Falcons will be familiar Pinellas County opponents Clearwater and Tarpon Springs, as well as state top-10 programs Kissimmee Osceola (3A), Lake Gibson (2A) and Bradenton Southeast (1A). Girls Soccer Playoff soccer begins with the girls. Friday night is championship night, with local teams vying for two district titles. The Class 5A District 7 crown is the brightest of the bunch and will feature either No. 2 East Lake or No. 3 PHU against No. 1 Steinbrenner or No. 4 Plant. That final will be determined by semifinals played Thursday night. [Check www.suncoastnews.com to find semifinal and final results, quotes and photographs.] Not as high-profile but equally important will be the District 3A-10 tournament wrapping in Largo. Similar to the 5A-7 bracket, a North Pinellas elimination match will go down in a Thursday night semifinal. No. 2 Tarpon Springs will take on No. 3 Dunedin for the opportunity to play in Friday night’s final, likely against No. 1 Largo. Basketball It’s a relatively slow week for both boys and girls basketball in North Pinellas. The PHU girls, bouncing back from last week’s home loss against district-rival St. Petersburg by toping Clearwater the next day, travel to Hillsborough County for a weekend tournament at Blake High School. Girls teams will finish jockeying for district seedings next week, leading into league tournaments which begin at the end of the month. Boys league tournaments don’t get underway until Feb. 4. North Pinellas’ top boys squad, Tarpon Springs, can wrap up District 5A-8’s top seed early with a win at Anclote High this Friday night. firstname.lastname@example.org (727) 815-1071