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Volleyball playoffs set to begin for tribal players

Moore Haven High School’s Preslynn Baker keeps a point alive with Marley Jimmie (12) nearby. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

High school and middle school girls volleyball players from the Seminole Tribe will be in action as the playoff season starts in the coming days. Here’s a look at some of the games:

• Okeechobee High School, whose roster includes Seminoles Lexi Thomas and Yani Smith, will host Sebring on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in a Class 5A-District 13 semifinal. Okeechobee is the No. 2 seed; Sebring is No. 3. Jensen Beach, who narrowly edged Okeechobee in the regular season finale, is the top seed.

• Moore Haven High School is the No. 6 seed in the Class 2A-District 12 playoffs. The No. 6 Terriers will face No. 3 Southwest Florida Christian Academy, from Fort Myers, in a quarterfinal match Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. All playoff games in the eight-team tournament will be played at St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples. Seacrest Country Day is the No. 1 seed. Tribal members on Moore Haven are Preslynn Baker, Ayana Fonseca, Summer Gopher, Marley Jimmie and Miley Jimmie.

• Hollywood Hills High School, which features the tribe’s Jasmine Bernard-Frank, Mary Sally Osceola and Xiya Osceola, is the No. 3 seed in the Class 5A-District 15 playoffs. Hollywood Hills will meet No. 2 Pembroke Pines Charter on Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in a semifinal at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches. Archbishop McCarthy is the top seed.

• Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School earned the No. 1 seed and a first round bye in the middle school Around the Lake Tournament, which runs Oct. 17-19. PECS will host No. 4 Glades Day or No. 5 LaBelle in a semifinal Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. The other side of the bracket features No. 2 Yearling, No. 3 West Glades and No. 6 Clewiston. The championship game is scheduled to be held Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. on the home court of the highest seed remaining.

Okeechobee High School’s Lexi Thomas sets the ball during a match against Jensen Beach on Oct. 10, 2023. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School’s Kulipa Julian gets ready to receive the ball. (Photo Kevin Johnson)