High School Sports

Prep roundup: Saint Stephen’s advances thanks to Connor Davis’ last-second shot

Editor’s note: The prep roundup is compiled from emails sent by coaches or scorekeepers to sports@bradenton.com.


Saint Stephen’s 57, Out-of-Door Academy 56: The host Falcons (20-5) withstood a furious rally from the Thunder on Tuesday and won the Class 3A-District 5 semifinal on a layup by Connor Davis in the closing seconds.

Saint Stephen’s will host Port Charlotte Community Christian in Friday’s 7 p.m. district championship game. The Mustangs defeated Bradenton Christian 57-48 in Tuesday’s other semifinal.

Standouts for the Falcons included Ty Barker (17 points, six rebounds), Cade Westberry (15 points) and Ben Schnur (15 points, six rebounds). ODA (9-10) was led by Tyler O’Donoghue (16 points) and Ryan Kelly (15).

It was the second straight one-point game for ODA, which defeated Sarasota Christian 43-42 in a quarterfinal Monday. Tyler Beasley and O’Donoghue each had 14 points for the Thunder.


Manatee 7, Sarasota Christian 0: The host Hurricanes opened the season with a convincing win at King Middle School.

Results included: No. 1 Singles: Perri Howard def. Nicole Hirt 8-0; No. 2 Singles: Alyssa Ely def. Auliyah Hirt 8-0; No. 3 Singles: Sabrina Coloco def. Kendall Campion 8-2; No. 4 Singles: Tamara Clemann def. Brooke Hough 8-1; No. 5 Singles: Hannah Ferrara def. Marci Voight 8-1; No. 1 Doubles: Coloco-Clemann def. Hirt-Hirt 9-7; No. 2 Doubles: Ferrara-Ely def. Campion-Hough 8-1.

Saint Stephen’s 6, Bradenton Christian 1: The Falcons defeated the rival Panthers in the season opener Tuesday at Falcons Tennis Center.

Results included: No. 1 Singles: Paradise Traub def. Maxence Lippens 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 Singles: Laura Perazzolo def. Manson Lippens 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Maria Petrova def. Ruby Broadfoot 6-2, 6-3; No. 4: Ella Dalzell def. Brooke Wilt 6-3, 6-2; No. 5: Mia Ferdinand def. Pasley Smith 6-0, 6-0; No. 1 Doubles: Lippens-Lippens (ODA) def. Laura Martins and Laura Perazzolo 8-4; No. 2 Doubles: SSES wins 8-0.


Manatee High: Seniors Erik Polin and Lane Bowers opened the 2019 boys tennis season with victories over Sarasota Christian on Tuesday afternoon at King Middle School’s Brian McAllister Tennis Courts.

Polin (No. 1 singles) and Bowers (No. 2 singles) both posted 8-3 victories over Nathan DiMartino and Donovan Beita, respectively. Polin and Bowers teamed for an 8-1 win over DiMartino and Jack Gamble at No. 1 doubles.

With just two players on the current roster, Manatee is looking to add players to compete this year as a team. MHS students interested in playing, please contact Michael Polin at (941) 447-8354. All tennis levels accepted.

Alan Bellittera is the print liaison for the Bradenton Herald and also helps with breaking news and high school sports coverage. Alan graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2000 and is a lifelong Florida resident.