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Three state soccer finalists lead prep sports week

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Brevard County high school soccer is as strong as ever, and the appearance of three teams in the state finals proves it.

Merritt Island's Samantha Parker celebrates a playoff goal.

Merritt Island’s Samantha Parker celebrates a playoff goal.

Merritt Island’s boys and girls will follow the West Shore boys this week at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand competing for titles.

West Shore will face the team it beat for its 2012 title in Class 2A, Berkeley Prep. The 19-3 Wildcats advanced past Bishop Kenny, 1-0, on Friday for their third consecutive home playoff victory of the postseason.

Brevard teams advance to state soccer finals

Both teams from Merritt Island will have early mornings to start their weekend. The 21-0-1 girls, by virtue of eliminating four-time defending champion Plantation American Heritage, face first-time state finalist Jacksonville Stanton at 10 a.m. Friday. Stanton had never advanced past a regional final before this year, while Merritt Island won Class 4A in 2010.

The boys, who had to do their work on the road after suffering their only loss in the district final, get Seabreeze at the same time on Saturday. Those Mustangs (22-1) won championships in 2009 and ’14.

Both Merritt Island wins came on the road Friday by 2-0 scores.

Meanwhile, basketball teams are making their charges toward state tournaments, which will again be in Lakeland.

Melbourne and Covenant Christian are the only remaining Brevard girls basketball teams, and both play Tuesday night at home. For the Lions, who play in 2A, the game is a regional final. With a win over Winter Park Geneva, Covenant Christian will make its second consecutive trip to the state tournament.

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Class 8A Melbourne, hosting Ocala West Port, needs two wins.

With the Bulldogs opening the boys regional playoffs at home on Thursday, Melbourne is the only Brevard school with both basketball teams still playing. Titusville, Melbourne Central Catholic and Florida Prep also have home games in the first round.

Finally, Brevard wrestlers will compete in district tournaments on Thursday at Viera or Saturday at Cocoa, depending on their classification.

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This week’s high school sports postseason events

Tuesday

Girls regional basketball

Class 8A: Ocala West Port at Melbourne, 7 p.m.

Class 2A: Winter Park Geneva at Covenant Christian, 7

Thursday

District 13-2A wrestling at Viera

Class 2A boys state soccer final, DeLand

West Shore vs. Berkeley Prep, 4

Boys regional basketball

Class 8A: Clermont East Ridge at Melbourne, 7

Class 6A: Poinciana at Titusville, 7; Rockledge at Leesburg, 7

Class 5A: McKeel at Melbourne CC, 7; Holy Trinity at Mulberry, 7

Class 2A: Merritt Island Christian at Cent. Fla. Christian, 7; Lake Wales Vanguard at Florida Prep, 7

Friday

Class 3A girls state soccer final, DeLand

Stanton vs. Merritt Island, 10 a.m.

Saturday

District 8-1A wrestling at Cocoa

Class 3A boys state soccer final, DeLand

Seabreeze vs. Merritt Island, 10

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