Jack Schifino is a Brick Wall in Net for Plant Boys
The fourth year of varsity lacrosse was highly encouraging across Hillsborough County, as the game continues to grow and local programs continue to prove they have the skill to play with programs across the state.
Thank you to our 600 student-athletes for an incredible year, and a special congratulations for our All-Western Conference Selections for the 2017 season. These players and coaches exemplified All-Star status and significantly impacted the performance of their teams throughout the season.
Western Conference Boys First Team Selection
Goalie: Jack Schifino (Plant, Jr.)
Defense: Christian Avalos (Newsome, Sr.), Eagan Baber (Plant, Sr.), Christopher Zito (Sickles, Sr.)
Midfielders: Cole Jackson (Newsome, Jr.), Michael Ciccarello (Sickles, Jr.), Collin Payton (Freedom, Sr.)
Plant High School and Newsome High School are no strangers to lacrosse success, as the ladies faced off on South Himes Avenue Tuesday night for a highly anticipated state regional semi-final. In a game many believed would come down to the wire, the Newsome Lady Wolves raced out to an early lead and handed the Lady Panthers a rare loss with a 14-8 final.
The Lady Panthers continued their steady success and head coach Jayne Chapman will certainly have her team highly competitive again next season, but this was truly a breakout game for the Newsome program. Not only does this mark their first ever win against Plant, but also sets them up against I-4 powerhouse Bishop Moore in the tourament's next round. With a match-up against one of the state's top programs, there will be heavy anticipation around Newsome's first trip to the Elite 8 of the FHSAA Lacrosse State Playoffs.
The Lady Wolves will host Bishop Moore at 7:00 p.m. on Friday April 21, 2017 at home in Lithia.
Newsome also had a big night on the boys side, but the Wolves were unable to overcome a deeply talented Berkeley Prep squad, losing to the host 13-8. Despite going into the game with a perfect 16-0 record on the season, Newsome was unable to establish themselves, falling behind 9-6 at half time and playing catch-up for the majority of the game. This was an absolutely incredible season for a Newsome program that lost 12 players from a season ago, and a team that will continue to compete at the highest level for years to come.
Best of luck to Berkeley Prep as they travel to take on a difficult out-of-county test against Lake Highland Prep on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Elite 8 of the boys bracket.