Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

District Softball Preview

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

District Softball Preview

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Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union sports writer

District 5-3A

The site: Menendez.

The seeds: 1. Bartram Trail; 2. Nease; 3. Menendez; 4. Interlachen; 5. St. Augustine.

The schedule: Today -- St. Augustine vs. Interlachen, 5 p.m. Tuesday -- St. Augustine/Interlachen winner vs. Bartram Trail, 5 p.m.; Menendez vs. Nease, 7 p.m. Thursday -- Championship game, 7 p.m.

The skinny: Hardly a test for powerhouse Bartram Trail, a Class 3A state final four team last year that's currently ranked No. 2 in the state poll. Prediction: Champion Bartram Trail, runner-up Nease.

District 4-A

The site: St. Johns Country Day.

The seeds: 1. Arlington Country Day; 2. First Coast Christian; 3. St. Joseph's Academy; 4. Providence; 5. University Christian; 6. St. Johns Country Day.

The schedule: Today -- Providence vs. University Christian, 1 p.m.; St. Joseph's Academy vs. St. Johns Country Day, 4 p.m. Tuesday -- St. Joseph's/St. Johns winner vs. First Coast Christian, 1 p.m.; Providence/University Christian vs. Arlington Country Day, 4 p.m. Thursday -- Championship game, 4 p.m.

The skinny: The Class A state runner-up last year and currently ranked No. 2 in the state, Arlington Country Day has played a tough schedule this season and won't be tested here this week. The runner-up spot could be up for grabs. Prediction: Champion Arlington CD, runner-up First Coast Christian.

District 1-6A

The site: Sandalwood.

The seeds: 1. Mandarin; 2. Sandalwood; 3. White.

The schedule: Tuesday -- Sandalwood vs. White, 7 p.m. Thursday -- Championship vs. Mandarin, 7 p.m.

The skinny: The Mustangs, ranked No. 10 in the state poll, earned a bye to the final and thus an automatic spot in the regional tournament. Sandalwood is improving as the season progresses. Prediction: Champion Mandarin, runner-up Sandalwood.

District 3-5A

The site: Parker

The seeds: 1. …

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