Local roundup | Palmetto boys soccer rocks Auburndale in tourney opener

December 21, 2013 

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Palmetto's Javis Paniagua works the ball past Montverde Academy defender Patrick Sarr as the Palmetto Tigers host the Montverde Academy Eagles on Monday. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald

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Tigers openwith 5-0 winin tourney

Gregorio Calvillo turned in a hat trick Friday night to lead the Palmetto boys soccer team to a 5-0 victory over Auburndale in the opening round of the Berkeley Prep Invitational in Tampa.

Hunter Brown contributed a goal and an assist for the Tigers, who improved to 12-1 and will take on Tampa Jesuit at 11 a.m. Saturday in the tournament's second round. Brian Heredia-Tovar came up with a goal, and Ben Espinal, Usiel Martinez and Eduardo Martinez had assists. Matt Simmonds and Andy Perez combined on a four-save shutout.

Girls basketball

PALMETTO 66, MANATEE 35 -- The visiting Tigers (11-3) used a balanced attack that included Tina Stephens' 11 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks. Jermisha Collins had 13 points and seven assists. Jasmine Garibay added 12 points and nine assists. Brianna Gordon chipped in with 10 points.

Boys basketball

CARDINAL MOONEY 53, BAYSHORE 41 -- Justin Najmy scored a game-high 22 points while teammate Ryan McMahon added 17 for the host Cougars, who improved to 6-2.

NORTH PORT 55, BRADEN RIVER 36 -- Vic Sinopli had 13 points for the host Bobcats who improved to 4-0 in Class 7A-District 10 play. The Pirates were led by Zechariah Kendall, who scored 11. Braden River is 1-3 in district play.

Wrestling

SOUTHSIDE DUALS -- Palmetto advanced to the championship pool of the 20-team event at Gulfport Boca Ciega High after the Tigers went 4-0.

Palmetto defeated Northeast 42-40, Lakewood Ranch 53-18, Braden River 52-21, and St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins 51-30. Aaron McDaniel (106), Anthony Viscomi (120), Cody Henson (145), Chase Washington (152), and Robert McLachlan (195) are all undefeated heading into the final day of the tournament.

Palmetto can finish no worse than fourth.

-- Herald staff reports

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