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Robinson, Alonso advance to state tourney

— Robinson High has made it to the state flag football state tournament for the third straight year. But this time, after Tuesday’s 27-0 victory against Northeast, the Knights appear more ready than ever to bring home a state title from the tournament in Tallahassee.

Robinson not only has run up a 16-0 record, but it also has dominated throughout the season, scoring 602 points (an average of 38 a game) while allowing only 12 points with 14 shutouts.

Tuesday’s victory was a case in point: Robinson scored on the third play of the game (a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by Hayden Jennewein), added a quick score on an 18-yard pass from Kylie Gorngpratum to Jennewein, and racked up a couple more touchdown passes from quarterback Erin Dorsey (her 61st and 62nd of the year).

By halftime, the score ended up being the final: 27-0.

“We played well,” Robinson coach Josh Saunders said. “Now we’ll get prepared for (Harmony, which defeated Armwood 27-18 on Tuesday).”

Defensively for the Knights, Caroline King and Jennewein each picked off a deep pass and a pitch near the goal line, and rusher Amanda Chromiak collected several sacks to help seal the shutout.

Scott Purks

Alonso cruises past Fort Pierce Westwood

— What’s the big deal about senior prom?

That’s how most of the seniors on Alonso’s flag football team are feeling about now.

Coach Matt Hernandez gave them the option of going after a state championship or going to prom after their convincing 26-0 win against Fort Pierce Westwood.

The Ravens will travel to Tallahassee to meet Seminole Ridge on Friday. If they win that one, they face a possibility of two games on Saturday for a chance to win the first state title in program history.

That means missing the prom on Saturday night. Hernandez said it was an open option for all eight of his seniors. The senior class has won the district title every year, but never captured a state title.

“There is no doubt in my mind,’’ said senior Lindsey Walker, who had four tackles in the win. “We know this doesn’t happen often, but we have other chances to go to dances. This is our last chance to win states.’’

Senior quarterback Madison Shelquist agreed that nothing was keeping her from a shot at a state title.

“This is what we’ve worked for all year,’’ Shelquist said. “There’s no doubt we are playing the games.’’

The Ravens pitched their second straight shutout and never let Westwood near the goal line.

Coming off Monday’s 12-0 win against Tarpon Springs, Alonso scored early and often.

Shelquist found Paige Lindbak for a 7-yard touchdown pass to start the scoring, the first of four touchdown passes for Shelquist.

Alonso scored just before the half, and touchdown throws from Shelquist to Christine Butler and Leah Marcus sealed it for the Ravens.

Jeff Berlinicke



— Armwood’s season came to an end with a loss against Harmony in a second-round state play-in game. Harmony advanced to Friday’s state quarterfinals against Robinson in Tallahassee.

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