Weekly Sports Update: 2/1-2/5
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The Knights (16-8) advanced to Friday’s district championship game with a 98-75 win over Spoto (9-15) on Wednesday night. Robinson will head to Jesuit (21-5), looking to end the Tigers’ run of four straight district titles.
“[We need to] play hard,” Iyan Mitchell (’16) said. “Put everything on the line and have no regrets.”
Mitchell led the Knights in scoring on Wednesday with 17 points while Berton Newbill (’16) added 14.
Tipoff for Friday’s district final is set for 7 p.m.
The Lady Knights saw their season end on Thursday night in the regional quarterfinals at the hands of Booker losing 46-43. Robinson finished the season with an 18-7 record.
Last weekend, the Knights finished sixth out of 16 teams in the Live Greco Invitational, a tournament hosted by Steinbrenner. The tournament was put on for the second straight year to benefit Greco Roman Bouzakis, a five-year-old with an inoperable and fatal brain stem cancer.
Michael Brock (’17) and Jaquan Jackson (’18) both headed home with third-place finishes while Chad Heidt (’16) finished as a runner-up. Keyton McCoy (’16) took home a title belt after claiming first in his weight class.
“It was really great because we went to the tournament last year and I came in second, so it felt great to come back this year and win,” McCoy said.
Going forward, McCoy said confidence and hard work will be key to the team’s success.
“My focus needs to be on not getting in my own head and to stay confident,” he said. “The team needs to do the same and keep working hard because we’re doing very well so far.”
Robinson will compete in this weekend’s Ippolito Tournament at Brandon High School, consisting of 32 teams.
Robinson dropped their preseason opener on Wednesday night to Santa Fe Catholic by a score of 5-2. The Knights will finish up the preseason on Friday night against Haines City before opening up the regular season on Tuesday at Steinbrenner.
“Our mindset is to be better than the opponent at the things we can control,” catcher Shawn McGory (’16) said. “After a large senior class graduating last year, it’ll be interesting to see how the new starters step up. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will kick it into gear once the season rolls around.”
The Knights’ home opener is Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m against district rival Jefferson.
The Lady Knights opened up the regular season with a 3-2 loss at Riverview on Tuesday night. Claire White (’18) went 1-for-3 and drove in two runs while Olivia Longshore (’17) and Alexis Smith (’19) also finished 1-for-3 at the plate. Cassidy Renninger (’18) pitched six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out six.
Robinson’s Thursday night matchup at Newsome was rescheduled for Monday night due to rain.
“I think we showed a lot of potential [on Tuesday],” captain Katherine Kraemer (’17) said. “Last year, we lost to [Riverview] by the 10-run rule, but this year held them to 3-2. We have five freshman and two started.”
The Knights opened up the season on Monday with a 7-0 victory over Spoto before getting another 7-0 victory on Thursday due to a Blake forfeit.
Robinson picked up a win over Spoto on Monday to start the season before having Thursday’s matches rained out.
Bailey Adams is an 18-year-old senior at Robinson. He started writing about sports in May of 2013 before joining the RHS journalism staff later in the...