The 2014-15 prep soccer season will officially come to a close this week as the Pensacola Sports Association hosts its annual Subway High School All-Star Series games at 5p.m. on Thursday at Ashton Brosnaham Park.
A number of the area’s biggest names will team up for both the boys and girls’ events.
Both the East and West girls squads should be stacked powerhouses during the event with the East boasting players like Pace’s Hannah Abrams, Navarre’s Rylie Slaybaugh, Gulf Breeze keeper Jessie Droogsma and more.
For the West, West Florida High’s Brianna Schubeck will team with Catholic rivals Gretch Cagle and Taylor Kukes, as well as Washington’s Mallory Lurate.
The boys teams are no less loaded with the likes of Washington’s Chris Searcy teaming with Catholic’s Chandler Dixon for the West and Navarre’s Kameron Bethell joining forces with players from Pace, Milton and Class 3A State Champion Choctawhatchee.
Last season the East teams swept both games.
Three hoops team alive in postseason
Three Pensacola-area basketball teams remain alive as the postseason rolls on.
For a second-consecutive year the Pine Forest girls basketball team will make the trip to Lakeland for the Class 6A State Final Four.
The Eagles face Winter Haven at 1:30 p.m. on Friday with a repeat trip to the title game on the line.
The last two boys teams still standing will hit the road this week for their respective region semifinals on Tuesday.
Pensacola High will travel to Gainesville after the Purple Hurricanes ended Pace’s season last week. Last year, the Tigers made the same trip and defeated Gainesville at its place, 61-54, to advance to the region final.
In the 4A classification, Catholic travels to Tallahassee Godby for their own region semifinal.
Both games are at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Pace softball off to fast start, 5-1 record
The Pace softball team has exploded out of the gate to start the season.
The Patriots (5-1, 2-0 in 1-6A) have recorded 60 runs scored in their first six games of the season, including a 13-3 win against 2014 Class 1A Runner Up Jay last week.
The squad’s only loss so far this season has been a narrow 2-0 decision on the road against Tate — another team that made an appearance in last year’s state semifinals.
This same time last season, the Patriots were 3-3.
Tate, WFH softball face off this week
On the subject of softball, one of the area’s biggest regular-season meetings is on the cards for this Friday.
The 2014 Class 4A Champion West Florida High Jaguars will host 2014 Class 7A Semifinalist Tate in a meeting of two of the area’s top teams.
The Aggies have enjoyed a fast start to the season, running out to a 5-0 record, and a win against a defending state champion would be one heck of a statement.
The Jaguars are 3-1 to start the year and looking for a signature win to go with their preseason ranking as one of MaxPreps’ 2015 Florida Softball Fab 5 teams.
The teams met only once during 2014 in what turned out to be one of the best regular-season matchups of the year.
West Florida High won that meeting, 1-0.
PHS’ Cowart is PNJ Athlete of the Week
Pensacola High’s Shawndarius Cowart is the Pensacola News Journal Athlete of the Week after his big night in the Region 1-6A quarterfinal round against Oakleaf.
The freshman had a monster night, leading all scorers with 28 points, but his contributions went well beyond the stat line.
Cowart turned in 14 of the Tigers’ 22 points in the first quarter, six coming after sinking a pair of fadeaway three pointers, and also put the brakes on a fourth-quarter Knights’ rally with some clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch.