Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Prep Sports Report

Girls basketball: Tampa Bay Tech heads to first final four

TAMPA — Tears flowed. Hugs were abundant. Celebration ran rampant Friday night at Tampa Bay Tech, which survived a furious Naples Gulf Coast rally to win the Class 8A region title, 55-52, and claim the first state final-four berth in school his...
Updated: 5 months ago
A lot rides on soccer for Plant Cityís Eric Ugarte

A lot rides on soccer for Plant Cityís Eric Ugarte

PLANT CITY — Eric Ugarte was beaming as he prepared to play on high school soccer's biggest stage. If nearly a full week of hoopla leading up to today's Class 5A state championship game had worn the Plant City senior out, he hid it well.Eric se...
Updated: 5 months ago

Boys basketball: With options aplenty, Hillsborough rolls

TAMPA — Inside. Outside.Inside. Outside.Time and time again, the Hillsborough boys basketball team repeated the shot pattern on offense in the first half.Land O'Lakes' zone defense withstood the dual threat for the game's first few minutes...
Updated: 5 months ago
Boys basketball: Wharton wins a wild one in final seconds

Boys basketball: Wharton wins a wild one in final seconds

TAMPA — Bartow held a one-point lead and time was ticking down — 12, 11, 10 seconds left — when Wharton guard Darin Green pulled up near the foul line and released the ball over a defender's fingers toward the hoop.Swish.Bartow got ...
Updated: 5 months ago
Boys basketball: Postseason experience pays off for St. Petersburg

Boys basketball: Postseason experience pays off for St. Petersburg

PLANT CITY — For the first time in four seasons, St. Petersburg started the playoffs on the road.It was unfamiliar territory for nearly everyone on the team. Serrel Smith was the exception.  The Mississippi signee was a freshman the last t...
Updated: 5 months ago

Boys basketball: Tampa Bay Tech knocks out Countryside

CLEARWATER — Jamarcus Robertson scored 27 points to lead Tampa Bay Tech to a 89-80 road victory against Countryside in a Class 8A boys basketball region quarterfinal Thursday.Tampa Bay Tech (22-10) will play St. Petersburg on Tuesday....
Updated: 5 months ago

Boys basketball: Tampa Catholic gets high praise from opponent

TAMPA — Even though the Tampa Catholic team he coached against last year fell one win short of a state title and included the all-time Hillsborough County leading scorer in Kevin Knox, Community School of Naples coach Greg Donahue said before t...
Updated: 5 months ago

Boys basketball: Itís all Ridgewood after halftime

NEW PORT RICHEY — First-half lulls have been an issue for Ridgewood since districts and a little bit of that returned in Thursday's Class 6A region quarterfinal against Central.Turnovers and ball movement looked to be the pr...
Updated: 5 months ago

Boys basketball: Gibbs just a step behind Mariner

ST. PETERSBURG — Maybe just one more game would have made a difference.Returning for Thursday's Class 6A region opener, Gibbs guard David Pierce exhibited quick hands and physical play against a taller, athletic Cape Coral Mariner squad. But th...
Updated: 5 months ago

Boys basketball: Nature Coast holds off Zephyrhills

BROOKSVILLE — In a game that saw multiple momentum changes and very few whistles, a frantic finished featured plenty of both.Upset-minded Zephyrhills took the lead with 13 seconds left on Cartrell Strong's first basket of the game, only for a q...
Updated: 5 months ago