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  • CCC's Billy Atterbury commits to USF

    Clearwater Central Catholic lineman Billy Atterbury used his team's bye week to make his college decision, announcing Friday that he had committed to USF. "It just feels like home," Atterbury said. "They are my second family so that's where I want to be." Atterbury, a three-star recruit, was a Class ...
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    Sun. Sept. 21, 2014 at 9:07 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Mitchell's Lawrence Watt commits to Saint Leo

    Mitchell's Lawrence Watt announced on Twitter that he has committed to play basketball at Saint Leo. Watt, a 6-foot-4 forward, picked the Lions because they showed the most interest and were the first and only school to offer. He was close to getting another offer from Tampa and visited the ...
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    Sun. Sept. 21, 2014 at 7:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs' Sajon Ford commits to Northeastern

    Gibbs' Sajon Ford announced via Twitter that he has committed to Northeastern. Ford, a 6-foot-11 power forward, picked the Huskies over nine schools, including Auburn, Butler and Virginia Tech. He will join his older brother, Quincy, a former Gladiator standout who is a starter for Northeastern. "I liked everything," Sajon ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 10:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Golden becomes Alonso's first DI girls basketball commit

    Alonso’s Angel Golden committed to play basketball at Bethune Cookman on Sunday, becoming the Ravens’ first  Division I-A commit in the sport. Golden, a 5-foot-9 guard who also plays club basketball for the Tampa Bay Thunder, averaged 19.6 points per game, 6.2 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game last season.  ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:44 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: IRC's Dan Oberst commits to Indian River State College

    Indian Rocks Christian catcher Dan Oberst has committed to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, according to coach Adam Moravick. Oberst hit .225 has a junior with a home run and nine RBIs. He was named to the Class 3A-9 All District team and was a Times Honorable Mention ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 9:32 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: PHU's Jazmine Barker commits to play sand volleyball at FAU

    Palm Harbor University senior middle blocker Jazmine Barker has committed to play sand volleyball at Florida Atlantic, according to coach Tara Kuk. Barker leads the team through four matches this season with 19 blocks. She had 114 blocks last season and 219 kills. Florida Atlantic is coached by Capri Grotowski, ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 1:09 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Northside Christian setter Hannah Artille commits to Indian River State College

    Northside Christian setter Hannah Artille has committed to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. Artille has been a four-year player on the Mustangs varsity volleyball team. Last season she led the team with 623 aces and 612 assists. She also had 233 digs. Artille is also a member of ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Seminole MH Samantha Schlesman commits to Rollins College

    Seminole senior middle hitter Samantha Schlesman has committed to Rollins College. Schlesman has been the Warhawks top hitter for the past two seasons. Last season she led the team with 228 kills. She has 51 kills in five matches this season. Schlesman was a Times first team All County selection ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 9:48 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: CCC's Sara Brown commits to play sand volleyball at LSU

    Clearwater Central Catholic senior outiside hitter Sara Brown has committed to play sand volleyball at Louisiana State. Brown has been on the varsity roster since her freshman year. Last season, she had 162 kills and 269 digs in helping the Marauders reach the Class 3A state semifinals. Brown joins fellow ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 9:38 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State

    East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State In an intensely anticipated moment, East Lake receiver George Campbell announced his commitment to Florida State on Friday, ending a frantic recruiting period over the past nine months. Campbell made the decision during a webcast on ESPN.com's Recruiting Nation. The setting was subdued, held inside an office at school with ...
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    Fri. Sept. 05, 2014 at 12:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday

    East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday After nine months of anticipation and three years of intrigue, East Lake receiver George Campbell’s recruitment comes to a conclusion Friday. It will end without much fanfare. No big stage. No room full of students and players. No cameras flashing. Instead, Campbell, one of the most popular and charismatic players ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • Baseball: Calvary Christian's Johnnie Schneider commits to Polk State

    Calvary Christian senior pitcher/infielder Johnnie Schneider has committed to Polk State College, according to coach Greg Olsen. Schneider was busy both in the field and on the mound for the Warriors last season. He hit .296 with 13 RBIs in 88 plate appearances as a junior. As a pitcher he ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 1:31 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Hudson's Joey Caruso picks up first offer

    Hudson's Joey Caruso picks up first offer Hudson quarterback Joey Caruso, who is shooting to lead his team in passing and tackles this season, has been offered by Davidson College.  Though he has played quarterback on varsity since his freshman year and passed for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns -- and scored another eight rushing -- last ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 11:41 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • East Lake swimmer Michelle Turek commits to Auburn

    East Lake's Michelle Turek has committed to swim at Auburn University. "It's a school I've always wanted to go to," Turek said. "I like the facilities and location. The campus is beautiful, and most of all I like the people." Turek, ranked 14th in the state among seniors by collegeswimming.com,  ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 8:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs' Barry Brown commits to Kansas State

    Gibbs guard Barry Brown announced on Twitter that he has committed to Kansas State. Brown's decision comes a week after he narrowed his college choices to four schools and set up official visits for next month. He was  supposed to visit Kansas State on Sept. 17. "I already knew in ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 10:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • Gibbs' Craig Watts will miss Clearwater game

    Gibbs defensive back Craig Watts suffered an ankle sprain in the second quarter of the Gladiators' 48-14 loss to Lakewood on Monday night and will miss Friday's game against Clearwater. Watts said he plans to return for the Oct. 2 game against Tarpon Springs. Watts, considered a four-star recruit, was ...
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    Tue. Sept. 23, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Football: Admiral Farragut 40, St. Petersburg Catholic 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — Admiral Farragut entered Monday’s makeup game with St. Petersburg Catholic  with a few obstacles, like a power outage that created a slight delay.  But the Blue Jackets (1-3, 1-0) were determined to  go on with the business at hand, dismantling their Class 3A, District 5 foe 40-0. ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 11:22 p.m. | Phillip Haywood

  • CCC could be without eight starters this week

    Clearwater Central Catholic, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, could be without as many as eight starters heading into Friday's game at Ocala Trinity Catholic. "It's just peachy right now," Marauders coach John Davis said. The biggest potential loss is running back CJ Cotman, who had dental surgery last week ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 8:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Dunedin's Jayven Fitpatrick, Clearwater's Garrison Bryant both out with injuries

    Dunedin receiver Jayven Fitzpatrick and Clearwater quarterback Garrison Bryant both could miss the regular season with injuries sustained this past week. Fitzpatrick severely injured his knee in a 10-7 double-overtime loss to Tarpon Springs. He had his examined by a doctor Monday and the diagnosis was a severly swollen knee. ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 5:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Puns and pigskin, a perfect combo

    HomeTeam 25: Puns and pigskin, a perfect combo 1. (1) Armwood (4-0) Last week: Beat Robinson 28-6 This week: vs. Jefferson Lowdown: The Hawks stretched their win streak against Tampa Bay competition to 19 games, but on a rainy, rainy night, the defense was overshadowed by Noah’s arc on his throws.   2. (2) East Lake (4-0) Last ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunday Morning QB: Battling the elements once again

    Sunday Morning QB: Battling the elements once again SMQ team of the week Wiregrass Ranch: The Bulls have played varsity football since 2007 and had never beaten a Hillsborough County school. That changed with Friday’s 13-0 win over Tampa Bay Tech. Christopher Faddoul stepped in at quarterback and also kicked two field goals to help the Bulls. “I’ve ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:45 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Injury updates from Week 4

    Dunedin receiver Jayven Fitzpatrick will have an MRI on his knee Monday, coach Matt LePain said. Fitzpatrick was injured in the second half of Friday's game against Tarpon Springs game and did not return. LePain said Fitzpatrick did not fracture his knee. • Clearwater quarterback Garrison Bryant broke his collarbone ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:21 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Sept. 13-19

    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, Sept. 13 through Friday, Sept. 19. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:39 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: Tarpon Springs 10, Dunedin 7

    Pinellas Game of the Week: Tarpon Springs 10, Dunedin 7 TARPON SPRINGS — One swift kick, one 20-yard boot by Louis Zervos in the second overtime, lifted Tarpon Springs to a dramatic 10-7 victory over Dunedin in the Class 5A, District 8 opener for both teams. This was the first game-winning kick for Zervos, who is ranked among the top ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:33 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Plant 20, Bloomingdale 6

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Plant 20, Bloomingdale 6 VALRICO — There were fumbles and interceptions. More fumbles and wet footballs heaved off target into the pouring rain with wet hands. More fumbles and a slew of penalties and touchdowns that didn’t count and dropped passes and more fumbles. Then there was Patrick Brooks. For three quarters, Plant and ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:27 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Springstead 6, Sunlake 0

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Springstead 6, Sunlake 0 LAND O’LAKES — When the Springstead and Sunlake defenses forced three-and-outs on the opening drives of Friday’s district game, it appeared as if each offense would have to scrap for any yards it could muster, let alone points. Springstead running back Dan Wright had a different plan Taking advantage of ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:20 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Jesuit 20, Largo 18

    LARGO — When Jesuit coach Matt Thompson saw that Friday’s forecast called for steady rain, his only hope was that it wouldn’t be enough to cancel the game against Largo. The Tigers have a run oriented offense, while Largo likes to pass the ball. “This benefitted us. I’m not going ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:10 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Football: Osceola 20, Boca Ciega 12

    SEMINOLE — George Palmer had a plan. Rotating a quartet of running backs behind QB Ryan Allan during a soggy first half, the Osceola coach decided to feature a fresh Wilan Harvey in the final 24 minutes and the senior came through. Harvey had 18 second-half carries for 126 yards, ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:06 a.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Football: Pinellas Park 10, Seminole 0

    PINELLAS PARK — On a field better suited for a slop fight, Oscee Calhoun scored the game’s only touchdown as Pinellas Park mudded its way to a 10-0 victory over Seminole in the 7A-9 district opener for both teams. With the field soaked from an all-day rain that didn’t let ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:05 a.m. | Corey Long

  • Football: East Lake 38, Clearwater 6

    EAST LAKE — East Lake used an efficient offense and stifling defense to knock off Clearwater in a game that featured a steady rain and the Eagles playing without star George Campbell. East Lake jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead and cruised. Any chance of a Tornadoes rally ended ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. | Rick Cantor

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  • HomeTeam 25: No toppling Tampa Prep

    HomeTeam 25: No toppling Tampa Prep With three tournaments last weekend, there was a little bit of a shakeup in the rankings. Wharton’s win in its Harvest Tournament means the Wildcats are on the rise. Tampa Prep was the only Tampa Bay team to escape the Berkeley Premier with a winning record, further solidifying their stronghold ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Weather claims Outback Invite

    Weather claims Outback Invite EAST LAKE - Mitchell golf coach Rick Hyatt had the best of intentions when he scheduled Monday’s Outback Invitational for 10:30 a.m. at East Lake Woodlands Golf Club. He hoped to avoid afternoon thunderstorms after last year’s tournament was shortened to 11 holes due to rain. But heavy rains moved ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 3:20 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Swimming: Countryside boys, PHU girls take PCAC titles

    CLEARWATER — Last year, senior-laden Palm Harbor University won its 10th straight Pinellas County Aquatic Conference boys championship en route to a state title. Countryside is hoping to travel that same road now. Even without standout Cooper Hoffman (recruiting visit to LSU), the Cougars (390 points) snuck past East Lake ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:25 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Volleyball: Nation's top-ranked team takes Berkeley Premier; Tampa Prep 11th

    TAMPA — Tampa Prep’s season-long unbeaten streak ended during the Berkeley Premier with the Terrapins settling for 11th place in the 24-team tournament. Considering the competition level, that set just fine with coach Andrew Wilson. “I’m happy with it,” Wilson said of his team’s first winning record at the Berkeley ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:01 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Girls golf: Gibson’s 68 helps Osceola win Mustang Invitational

    SEMINOLE — Osceola’s Haydyn Gibson made it clear from the beginning of Thursday’s Mustang Invitational that she would be the player to catch. Gibson started her round with three birdies, survived a few bogeys and finished with a 3-under 68 at Seminole Lake Country Club to win individual medalist honors ...
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    Thu. Sept. 18, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • East Lake's Joe Bloznalis steps down as basketball coach

    East Lake boys basketball coach Joe Bloznalis, who had been battling stage 3 lung cancer, has stepped down after 19 seasons. Blozanlis compiled 254 wins and guided the program to six playoff appearances. Britt Taylor, an assistant, has been promoted to head coach. “I had been thinking about it for ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Volleyball: Seminole tops East Lake in five

    EAST LAKE — Seminole started its season by winning five of six matches. But Warhawks coach Dexter Rogers was curious to see how his team would play against a quality opponent in front of a hostile crowd. Tuesday night against East Lake, he got his answer. The Warhawks clawed their ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Tampa Prep sweeps Berkeley Prep

    Volleyball: Tampa Prep sweeps Berkeley Prep TAMPA — Eleven of Berkeley Prep’s 14 players are underclassmen. Tampa Prep returned five of six starters from a 2013 region final team. On paper, the Terrapins should have run away with Tuesday’s volleyball match on their home court. But in that kind of meeting between rivals, Tampa Prep coach ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 11:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Mackenzie Bennett, female winner for Sept. 6-12

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Mackenzie Bennett, female winner for Sept. 6-12 Female Hot Shot winner: Mackenzie Bennett, Mitchell  Throughout elementary and middle school, Mackenzie Bennett focused on volleyball and played golf when she could. But when it came time to enter high school, she faced a dilemma. Volleyball and golf are both fall sports, so she could only play one. “I decided ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam 25: Volleyball slate's getting tougher

    HomeTeam 25: Volleyball slate's getting tougher Only two new teams broke into the rankings this week, but with a lot of big matchups in the coming days, things could shake up in no time. Bloomingdale and Tampa Prep, now our No. 1 team, each have a rivalry match Tuesday, with the Bulls taking on district rival ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Cross Country: Robinson boys take Villareal Memorial meet

    DADE CITY — Saturday’s Steven Villareal Memorial hosted by Dade City at Withlacoochie River Park was just the kind of meet one would expect from the rolling rural hills. It took a dirt road and winding, one-lane road to finally reach the course and when the runners shot out of ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Volleyball: Bloomingdale sweeps Newsome

    LITHIA — For Bloomingdale last season, it was all Karissa Rhoades, all the time. The outside hitter finished with a Hillsborough County-high 457 kills, more than three times as many as any Bull. At the start of the new season, first-year coach Claudia Cabrera warned her team: "If Karissa is ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 10:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Cross country: Zentmeyer lifts Sickles’ boys

    Cross country: Zentmeyer lifts Sickles’ boys TAMPA — James Zentmeyer wasn’t expecting too much early Wednesday evening when he lined up at Lake Park to run the West Hillsborough Conference Invitational. His Sickles cross country team had a brutal workout on Tuesday and left practice exhausted. He didn’t feel great warming up before the race, and ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 10:14 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Swimming: Land O’Lakes coach wins 100th girls dual

    Swimming: Land O’Lakes coach wins 100th girls dual LAND O’LAKES — Though fully aware of hitting the milestone that no Pasco County girls swimming coach had reached, Robin Hilgenberg’s reaction Wednesday was just like after any other meet. As the final race of Land O’Lakes’ 140-33 win over Anclote, the 100th dual meet win of Hilgenberg’s career, concluded ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 9:45 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Cross country: Pinellas runners to watch

    Cross country: Pinellas runners to watch The Pinellas County cross country scene took a hit with graduation, but there still is plenty of talented runners left. Here are the ones to watch this season. Girls Hayley Brahm, Northeast: The top runner for the Vikings took first place at last week’s Pirate Invitational and leads a team ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam