Search

Twitter



MORE from our HomeTeam writers.

More Video



Facebook

 

Recruiting

  • Alonso ace Kayla Maxwell to sign with Houston

    Alonso pitcher Kayla Maxwell will sign Wednesday with Houston, Ravens athletic director Brian Grantham announced Tuesday afternoon. Maxwell has established herself as one of Hillsborough County’s top pitchers as a senior. She has posted a 1.15 ERA and a 15-3 record with 78 strikeouts this spring. She’s also batting .327 ...
    Read more

    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 3:20 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Vincent Testaverde picks Texas Tech, and other Jesuit signings

    Seven Jesuit athletes – including QB Vincent Testaverde – plan to sign to play college ball in a ceremony Wednesday morning, the school announced Monday morning. Testaverde – the son of Miami’s Heisman Trophy winner and former Buc – will play at Texas Tech. He helped the Tigers win the ...
    Read more

    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 3:51 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Baseball: St. Petersburg's David Phrathep signs with Milligan College

    St. Petersburg third baseman/catcher David Phrathep has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Milligan (Tenn.) College, according to coach Travis Phelps. Phelps said it is an 80 percent scholarship and that Phrathep has been recruited to play catcher. He has played mostly third base this season. Phrathep ...
    Read more

    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 1:33 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Central's Samantha Bishop signing with Lenoir Rhyne

    Central middle hitter Samantha Bishop plans to sign with Lenoir Rhyne, the Bears announced Monday. Bishop earned second-team all-North Suncoast honors as a junior, racking up almost 40 aces and more than 300 kills. Bishop will make her commitment official with a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Central. Lenoir Rhyne ...
    Read more

    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Recruiting updates from Pasco, Jefferson, Riverview and Fivay

    A few recruiting notes from this weekend: * Two Riverview athletes plan to sign Monday afternoon, the school announced. Kierra Haywood will sign to play basketball at Florida State College. The 6-foot-1 senior post led the Sharks in scoring (19.5 points per game), rebounding (13.9) and blocks (3.3). She was ...
    Read more

    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 10:13 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Miami football lands Freedom's Scott Patchan

    Freedom DE Scott Patchan has orally committed to Miami, he announced Saturday afternoon via Twitter during a trip to see the Hurricanes’ spring game. Patchan is one of Tampa Bay’s top recruits. Rivals considers the junior a four-star recruit and the country’s No. 17 strongside defensive end, and he was ...
    Read more

    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Christian Pellage lands latest Under Armour invite

    The next Under Armour All-American Game could have a large local presence. Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage became the latest area player to receive an invite to the prestigious high school all-star game, he announced Thursday night. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound tackle is a four-star recruit. He holds offers from all ...
    Read more

    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 10:17 a.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Christian Pellage
      Florida State University, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of South Florida
  • Plant OL Jake Fruhmorgen picks Clemson

    Plant OL Jake Fruhmorgen picks Clemson TAMPA — Plant offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen had nearly 30 Division I-A offers from which to choose. But all it took was one visit and one promise for the consensus four-star recruit to make up his mind. “The coach, he specifically said I’m going to hold up that (national championship) ...
    Read more

    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 7:12 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Anclote's Austin Rumer signs with Dubuque

    Anclote tight end/linebacker Austin Rumer has signed with the University of Dubuque, a Division III school. Rumer had a team-leading 111 tackles, as well as 5.5 sacks and an interception last season. On offense, he had 11 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown. Dubuque finished 5-5 in the Iowa ...
    Read more

    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 1:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay, NCT alums signing at PHSC

    Former Nature Coast volleyball star Courtney Crawford will sign with Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday. Crawford, a sophomore outside hitter at Pasco-Hernando State College, helped the Sharks make the region finals in high school. PHSC sophomore Samantha Greenlee will sign with Point University in Georgia. The East Bay alum led ...
    Read more

    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Deon Cain gets Under Armour invite, Huskers offer Ford

    Two quick recruiting updates: * Tampa Bay Tech ATH Deon Cain has been invited to play at the Under Armour All-America Game. The four-star recruit received an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month. The 6-foot-1 senior is 247Sports’ No. 2 receiver in the country, and he holds ...
    Read more

    Wed. April 09, 2014 at 9:40 a.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Deon Cain
      Florida State University, University of Florida
    • Recruit: Marques Ford
      Syracuse, University of Nebraska
  • Freedom's Folkes picks Jacksonville

    Freedom RB Andre Folkes has orally committed to Jacksonville University, Patriots coach Todd Donohoe said Wednesday morning. The shifty, 5-foot-6, 152-pound senior led Freedom in rushing last year and ran for more than 300 yards as a junior. 
    Read more

    Wed. April 09, 2014 at 9:28 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Weeki Wachee football pair make college choices

    Weeki Wachee football pair make college choices Weeki Wachee lineman Frank Schooley signed with Adrian College on Tuesday, Hornets coach Mark Lee announced. Schooley, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound senior, was a two-way lineman for the Hornets. He helped pave the way for a ground game that averaged almost four yards per carry. Adrian College is an NCAA Division ...
    Read more

    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 2:06 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Basketball: Dixie Hollins' Meagan Thomas signs with Florida State College of Jacksonville

    Meagan Thomas, the Times' all-Suncoast player of the year from Dixie Hollins, has signed a letter of intent to play at Florida State College in Jacksonville. Thomas is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,385 points and helped lead the Rebels to their first district championship and region tournament appearance. ...
    Read more

    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 1:06 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Springstead's Hailey Enjeneski picks Saint Mary

    Springstead's Hailey Enjeneski picks Saint Mary Springstead guard Hailey Enjeneski has signed to play basketball at the University of Saint Mary. Enjeneski made her decision formal at a recent ceremony at Springstead. As a senior, she averaged 15.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She earned second-team all-North Suncoast honors. Saint Mary ...
    Read more

    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. | Matt Baker

Read more posts next

Latest news

Read all posts

Latest Football News

  • Ex-East Lake stars Cole, Scott making early impacts in college

    Ex-East Lake stars Cole, Scott making early impacts in college Former East Lake standouts Mason Cole of Michigan and Artavis Scott of Clemson each made a strong enough impression during  spring games that they could start in the fall as true freshmen. Cole, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman, moved quickly up the depth chart in the offseason and started at left ...
    Read more

    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Bishop McLaughlin promotes Craig Moore to head coach

    Bishop McLaughlin’s has replaced one former professional football player with another. The Hurricanes promoted assistant Craig Moore to head football coach Tuesday, the school announced. “When I first came over with Coach (Derrick) Alexander, our vision was to build a program, to really get the program to take off…” Moore ...
    Read more

    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 5:29 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Plant set to open football season in Georgia

    Plant will play Lowndes (Ga.) on Aug. 29 for its first regular-season game of the 2014 football season, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The game will be the second of a double-header played at the Vikings' Martin Stadium. Manatee and Ware County (Ga.) will play in the first game of ...
    Read more

    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Ex-Robinson QB Zain Gilmore Jr. arrested

    Former Robinson High quarterback Zain Gilmore Jr., the offensive catalyst behind the Knights’ 2012 state playoff run, was arrested in Kentucky on first-degree charges of burglary and robbery. Gilmore, who redshirted as a freshman last season at Eastern Kentucky University, was arrested by campus police and booked into the Madison ...
    Read more

    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 2:57 p.m. | Joey Knight

  • FSU great Derrick Alexander no longer Bishop head coach

    Former Florida State star Derrick Alexander is out as Bishop McLaughlin’s head football coach, the school announced Tuesday morning. Alexander left his position to spend more time with his family but will still work for the Hurricanes as a consultant, Bishop McLaughlin dean of students Joe Jasinski said. “Bishop McLaughlin ...
    Read more

    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 9:37 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Unsigned Preps qualifies for nationals, will join Team Tampa (with video)

    Unsigned Preps qualifies for nationals, will join Team Tampa (with video) Unsigned Preps’ all-star 7-on-7 team staged an unlikely rally behind Alonso’s Chris Oladokun and Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III to reach the semifinals of the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional on Sunday, clinching a second straight national championship appearance. But a timing snafu kept Unsigned Preps from bigger things. In its ...
    Read more

    Mon. March 31, 2014 at 4:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District tennis: Contenders and dark horses

    District tennis: Contenders and dark horses With district tournaments starting Monday, it looks as if the usual suspects will make a run at the state tournament. But don’t count out a few newcomers. Top contenders Countryside’s boys and East Lake’s girls won their PCAC championship matches and take momentum into postseason play. Countryside (13-0) stopped St. ...
    Read more

    Sat. March 29, 2014 at 12:08 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Four area teams take on 7-on-7 regional qualifier

    Four area teams take on 7-on-7 regional qualifier A collection of Tampa Bay’s top football talent, including the likes of Tampa Bay Tech’s Deon Cain, Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III, Hillsborough’s Dwayne Lawson and East Lake’s George Campbell, will converge in Bradenton this weekend for the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional qualifier. Four teams and more than 75 athletes ...
    Read more

    Fri. March 28, 2014 at 3:42 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Shorecrest names Steve Dudley football coach

    Shorecrest names Steve Dudley football coach It didn’t take long for Steve Dudley to get back into coaching. Just a few months after resigning as football coach at St. Petersburg Catholic, Dudley was named to the same position at Shorecrest on Thursday. He takes over for Dave Moore, who coached for two seasons at the school ...
    Read more

    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 5:41 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Deon Cain gets Army bowl invite

    Deon Cain gets Army bowl invite Tampa Bay Tech ATH Deon Cain picked up another honor Thursday. The four-star recruit earned an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Titans coach Jayson Roberts said. Cain is one of Tampa Bay’s top talents for the class of 2015. He was fifth in the Tampa Bay Times’ list ...
    Read more

    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • FHSAA formally investigates Tampa Catholic after second recruiting charge

    FHSAA formally investigates Tampa Catholic after second recruiting charge Another recruiting allegation against Tampa Catholic — including an offer “too good to pass up” — helped expand the Florida High School Athletic Association’s ongoing formal investigation into the Crusaders’ athletic department. The FHSAA notified Tampa Catholic last month that an investigator will review the school for possible violations for ...
    Read more

    Thu. March 13, 2014 at 11:01 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 1-7

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, March 1 through Friday, March 7. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
    Read more

    Sat. March 08, 2014 at 1:02 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Updated FHSAA all-sports standings

    The Florida High School Athletic Association released its updated standings for the Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup, which honors a school’s success across all sports. You can see the full list here. Schools from the Tampa Bay area in contention are: Class 8A Palm Harbor University: No. 2 with 71.75 ...
    Read more

    Thu. March 06, 2014 at 12:58 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • CCC's James Margarella steps down as boys basketball coach

    James Margarella, who guided Clearwater Central Catholic's boys basketball program to its first postseason appearance since 2001, stepped down after three seasons as coach to spend more time with his family. "My wife is expecting and we're going to have two young children," Margerella said. "Basketball is tough and takes ...
    Read more

    Wed. March 05, 2014 at 7:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Dave Cleppe named head football coach at St. Petersburg Catholic

    Dave Cleppe has been patiently waiting to become a head football coach in Pinellas County. Now he finally gets his chance. Cleppe, 52, was named coach at St. Petersburg Catholic after four years as an assistant at the school. Cleppe started as an assistant coach at SPC in 1986 before ...
    Read more

    Tue. March 04, 2014 at 10:58 a.m. | Rodney Page

Read all posts

Other News

  • Boca Ciega, Newsome take individual singles tennis titles

    CASSELBERRY – Boca Ciega junior Dan Stefan had to sweat out his first trip to state, rallying from an early deficit to win an individual singles state title. His second trip was drama-free. Stefan split the first four games Tuesday but won the rest of the way to earn his ...
    Read more

    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 11:52 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Three area athletes selected for FHSAA all-academic team

    Three bay area student athletes — Robinson's Caroline King, Canterbury's Emily McMullen and Indian Rocks Christian's Paul Parish — were named to the Florida High School Athletic Association academic all-state team. King has run cross country and played flag football, lacrosse and soccer. She is ranked ninth in her class ...
    Read more

    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 9:32 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball: Admiral Farragut nabs first playoff berth

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a ho-hum victory for Admiral Farragut, a 15-0 rout over Northside Christian that was cut short after four innings because of the mercy rule. But Monday’s win in the Class 3A, District 10 semifinals was significant for the Blue Jackets, who secured their first playoff ...
    Read more

    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 10:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State tennis: Plant girls not ready to relinquish crown

    Plant’s hopes of a fourth consecutive girls state championship will last until the final day. The Panthers are among four teams clustered at the top after the first day of the Class 4A state tournament. They’ll resume play, along with rivals Boca Raton, Orlando Dr. Phillips and Cypress Bay, today ...
    Read more

    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State tennis: Rough Day 1 for North Suncoast teams

    The Class 2A state tournament didn’t quite go as planned for the Nature Coast boys and Pasco girls. The Sharks won only one of five opening-round singles matches and lost both doubles matches at the boys team tournament at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry on Monday. Alec Lund was ...
    Read more

    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:43 p.m. | Matt Baker and Rodney Page

  • State tennis: Boca Ciega’s Stefan, East Lake’s Deng make finals

    Boca Ciega’s Dan Stefan and East Lake’s Angel Deng will both play for individual state championships today. Stefan will play for his second straight Class 2A individual state title after winning two matches at the state tournament Monday at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford. Stefan, the No. 1-seeded player in ...
    Read more

    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Winners for April 5-11

    HomeTeam Hot Shots A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week. Female Hot Shot: Assata Trader, Shorecrest Sport: Track and field   Skinny: After winning an unexpected state title in the 100 meters last season, Trader went from being an under-the-radar sprinter to the prohibitive favorite that ...
    Read more

    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Jerica Coley's career a success with or without the WNBA

    Jerica Coley's career a success with or without the WNBA She left St. Petersburg as one of its most decorated high school basketball players, an unselfish teammate with the ability to take over a game when she needed to, with a basket or an assist or a steal. But usually a basket. And yet, college coaches weren’t banging down Jerica ...
    Read more

    Sun. April 13, 2014 at 3:39 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis preview

    State tennis preview TAMPA — When Caroline Lozo made her first trip to the state tournament as a wide-eyed seventh grader, she took the experience for granted. “I didn’t necessarily know what going to states meant,”  she said. “It was my first year. I assumed we would go every year, not realizing how ...
    Read more

    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 3:13 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 5-11

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, April 5 through Friday, April 11. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
    Read more

    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 3:12 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District track: Nature Coast sweeps 2A-7

    BROOKSVILLE — For the third consecutive season, Nature Coast came into the district meet with brooms in hand. And the girls and boys swept Class 2A, District 7 on Friday at Central. Ridgewood, which finished with 112 points, took control of the boys meet in the field events. But the ...
    Read more

    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 12:44 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Baseball: Osceola clinches PCAC South

    SEMINOLE — It was senior night at Osceola, and Keith Weisenberg wasn’t about to end his stellar career with a loss. Despite not having his best stuff, he pitched a complete game in a 5-3 win over St. Petersburg. The win clinched the PCAC South title for Osceola (17-4). Its ...
    Read more

    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 12:25 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Track: Lakewood girls, boys fare well at 2A-11

    Lakewood, despite losing the bulk of its star power from last year’s state champion boys team, won its third straight district title, scoring 172 points at the 2A-11 meet to beat Gibbs by 68 at Sarasota Booker. The Spartans used nine runners in various lineups to sweep the 4x100-meter relay ...
    Read more

    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 12:24 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Countryside wins PCAC title

    ST. PETERSBURG — After a series of unforeseen scenarios, Countryside made an unexpected appearance against Northeast in Friday’s Pinellas County Athletic Conference softball title game. The Cougars didn’t secure its spot until Thursday, which didn’t give coach Kaylyn Bayly much time to decide who would start on the mound. It ...
    Read more

    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 12:21 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Plant holds off Robinson


    Read more

    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 12:19 a.m. | Kelly Parsons