Seminoles star Mathis commits to juco school
DeAngela Mathis always has been a meticulous person on and off the basketball court.
Keeping with that demeanor, the two-time Bradenton Herald All-Area Girls Basketball Player of The Year has verbally committed to Florida State College at Jacksonville, one of the top junior college programs in the country. She plans to sign April 8.
Mathis said she had offers from NCAA Division I schools Robert Morris (Pittsburgh) and Liberty University (Virginia), but has a desire is to play at higher level and felt this was the best way reach that goal.
"I have Division I offers, but I don't feel I have the looks that I wanted. I would like to go to a higher level. I would like to go to USF and feel this is the best way to do it," the 5-10 guard/forward said.
Mathis was named the Class 5A Player of The Year last season in helping Southeast to the 5A state championship and a 31-1 record.
She averaged 14.9 points and 6.7 rebounds along with 3.1 steals and 2.9 assists per game and finished with 473 points. She ended her career with 1,615 points averaging 16 ppg as a junior and 19 ppg her sophomore year.
FSC finished last season ranked 13th in the national junior college poll with a 24-7 record and won its second straight Mid -Florida Conference title. It set women's state tournament single game record with 124 points against Indian River.
OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY 8, BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 0 -- Austin Hoppe threw a two-hitter to put the host Thunder on the brink of clinching the top seed for the Class 3A-District 10 tournament.
Hoppe struck out 10 and allowed infield singles to Luke Darnell of the Panthers (13-6, 5-3). Trenton Radigan and Jeremy Luna each had two-run singles for ODA (12-3, 5-1), which is on a nine-game winning streak.
BAYSHORE 18, SOUTHEAST 0 (4) -- The Bruins battered the host Seminoles in their final district game for at least a share of the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
Bri Potts led the way on the mound, lasting three innings and striking out three to earn the win for Bayshore (18-2, 8-1 Class 5A-District 10).
LaShara James went 3-for-3 and blasted a grand slam. Kristin Staley added three hits and an RBI for the Bruins.
Miriam Schmoll and Maddy Ramirez each had two hits and two RBIs.
The Bruins await the result of the St. PeteLakewood/St. Pete Gibbs game. If Lakewood falls, Bayshore will earn the No. 1 seed. If Lakewood is victorious, a coin-flip will decide the district's top-seeded team.
CLASS 2A-DISTRICT 10 -- Savannah Gray, Ava Schultz, Cailin Finnegan and Haley Donahue each advanced to the singles finals at State College of Florida to put Bayshore in the lead of the team standings after the first day of competition.
All four players will go for district titles Wednesday. If Gray wins at No. 1 singles, she will advance to state. The top two teams advance to region. Girls doubles results were unavailable.
Bayshore has 13 points, six more than second-place Southeast.
In the boys competition, Booker leads with 10 points, one more than the second-place Seminoles. Jake Mattraw (No. 4 singles) and Parth Patel (No. 5 singles) advanced to the finals and will play for district titles Wednesday. Mattraw and Ryan Eberly are in the finals at No. 2 doubles.
Singles finals will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at SCF.
TAMPA CATHOLIC 15, OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY 9 --Andrew Romano led the way with five goals for the visiting Thunder in a losing effort.
-- Herald staff, wire reports