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  • Carrollwood Day's Max Frankel commits to Lehigh

    Carrollwood Day linebacker Max Frankel committed to Lehigh on Saturday, coach Lane McLaughlin said.  Frankel, a 6-foot, 215-pounder, led the Patriots with 94 tackles while chipping in 148 yards receiving, 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Carrollwood Day finished the season 4-5, 2-3 in Class 2A, District 5.  Frankel is ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 2:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • UAB football's collapse leaves Countryside's Riley Metheney scrambling

    UAB football's collapse leaves Countryside's Riley Metheney scrambling With national signing day less than two months away, Countryside offensive lineman Riley Metheney is in his own personal limbo.  Metheny is scrambling to get a big-time scholarship after Alabama-Birmingham, the lone Division I school to offer the senior, pulled the plug on its football program. Citing a lack of ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 1:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Sickles' Isaac Holder commits to Eastern Michigan

    Sickles' Isaac Holder commits to Eastern Michigan Isaac Holder spent two seasons as Sickles’ starting quarterback, leading the Gryphons to back-to-back playoff appearances. Now, his football future appears to be at slot receiver. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder committed to Eastern Michigan on Sunday, picking the Bulls over another offer from Ball State. At Eastern Michigan he’ll likely be ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Jefferson QB Cade Weldon gets first offers

    Jefferson QB Cade Weldon gets first offers Jefferson’s sophomore quarterback may be young, but he’s already got college programs after him. On Monday, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Dragon picked up his first offers from Wake Forest and Toledo. Coach Jeremy Earle said based on Weldon’s size and his early success, he expects the offers to keep rolling in. ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:38 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Another big recruiting class for East Lake

    East Lake quarterback Jake Hudson, who threw for more than 2,300 yards and 26 touchdowns this season, picked up his first offer from Davidson on Tuesday. Hudson becomes the eighth Eagles player from the 2015 class who has either committed or has an offer. Four players, receiver George Campbell (FSU), ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Lakewood’s Ryan Davis getting more visits this week

    Lakewood’s Ryan Davis getting more visits this week College recruiters have made their way to Lakewood all season to see quarterback Ryan Davis. This week was no exception. According to coach Cory Moore, Davis was visited by Kentucky and Missouri on Tuesday. Moore said he expects to see coaches from Alabama, Florida and Florida State by the end ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:25 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Plant QB, UF recruit Rex Culpepper weighs in on coaching hire

    Plant QB, UF recruit Rex Culpepper weighs in on coaching hire Plant High School junior quarterback Rex Culpepper, who counts Florida among his 12 Division I offers, talked about the coaching change for the Gators. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder comes from a line of Florida alums. His father, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Brad Culpepper, played there, as did his grandfather. Culpepper finished ...
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    Thu. Dec. 04, 2014 at 6:23 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tennis: Boca Ciega's Dan Stefan signs with Vanderbilt

    Boca Ciega senior Dan Stefan has signed a letter of intent to play tennis at Vanderbilt. Stefan made it offical Thursday morning in a signing ceremony at the school. "I loved everything about (Vanderbilt),'' Stefan said. "I like the school a lot, the coaches are great, I fit in well ...
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    Thu. Dec. 04, 2014 at 12:59 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Potential UAB shutdown in football leaves recruits in limbo

    Sports Illustrated is reporting the University of Alabama-Birmingham will anouunce this week that is shutting down its football program. The news leaves recruits with offers from the Blazers in limbo. Countryside offensive lineman Riley Metheney is one of them. Metheny's lone Division I offer came from UAB earlier this year. ...
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    Sun. Nov. 30, 2014 at 5:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Mitchell pitcher Mike Freeman signs with North Florida

    Mitchell senior pitcher Mike Freeman didn't have impressive stats in his junior year with the Mustangs, but his performance in summer leagues was enough to impress the University of North Florida. On Wednesday, Freeman signed a letter of intent to play next year. At Mitchell, Freeman pitched 18.2 innings and ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 8:37 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: East Lake Ps Ryan Wall, Steven Plaskett sign

    East Lake senior pitchers Ryan Wall and Steve Plaskett made their college choices Wednesday. Wall signed a letter of intent with Ave Maria. Plaskett signed with the Air Force Academy. In two years as a starter for the Eagles, Wall is 14-3 with a 1.21 ERA. Last season he helped ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 11:18 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Nine Plant athletes sign

    Nine Plant athletes sign TAMPA — Athletes at Plant showed that their high school is much more than a one-sport school as players from six sports signed letters of intent Monday afternoon. The baseball team had three players sign. Jake Woodford, who has a 95 mph fastball and a 0.43 ERA last season, will ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 7:48 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Robinson standout runner Jack Rogers signs with Florida

    Robinson's Jack Rogers, who recently finished his senior cross country season by placing 17th at the Class 3A state meet in 16:00.50, signed with the University of Florida.  Rogers, frequently among the top runners in Hillsborough County this season along with Sickles' James Zentmeyer and Plant's Jack Guyton, won districts ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 7:42 p.m. | Times Staff

  • East Lake holds signing ceremony for six Division I swimmers

    East Lake holds signing ceremony for six Division I swimmers A week after coming home with a bounty of gold medals at the Class 4A state meet, East Lake held a signing ceremony for its six Division I swimmers during an assembley inside the school's gymnasium. The girls team had five Division I swimmers who all had a role in ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 5:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • PHU wrestling twins Connor and Jared Prince pick Navy

    PHU wrestling twins Connor and Jared Prince pick Navy Palm Harbor twins Connor and Jared Prince, two of the bay area's top wrestlers, gathered friends and family inside the school's cafeteria, put shirts and caps from the colleges they were considering on table and made their decision. They each stood up and announced they would be attending Navy everyone ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 4:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Tournaments on tap

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Tournaments on tap 1. Tampa Prep (6-0, 4-0) This week: Friday/Saturday at City of Tampa Championship (host) Lowdown: Won all three Class 3A, District 7 games last week by at least 26 points. Juwan Durham still leads the team in scoring with 23 points per game, but Tyson Ward has stepped up as ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 6:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tentative district assignments offer interesting new matchups for Tampa Bay teams

    Tentative district assignments offer interesting new matchups for Tampa Bay teams The Florida High School Athletic Association released its tentative district assignments for football Monday, and things are (possibly) changing quite a bit for 2015-18. In addition to assignments now being set for four years instead of two, here are some of the biggest shake-ups for Tampa Bay teams:  Tougher road ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Unsigned Preps, local players ensure Christmas is brighter for area children

    Ricky Sailor, president and founder of Unsigned Preps, remembers what it’s like not to have anything to open on Christmas morning.  On Friday, Sailor and 25 high school and college football players from around the area will help ensure some kids don’t have the same experience.  In 2003, Sailor, with ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 2:13 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State football: Miami Central tops Armwood in Class 6A final

    State football: Miami Central tops Armwood in Class 6A final ORLANDO — Armwood High School’s shot at redemption was still in progress when the very reason for it was displayed on the big screen for all in the Citrus Bowl to see.  The Hawks trailed Miami Central by four points midway through the third quarter of Saturday’s Class 6A state ...
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    Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 at 3:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Dec. 6-12

    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, Dec. 6  through Friday, Dec. 12. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 at 1:21 p.m. | Times Staff

  • A measure of toughness: ranking Armwood's defenses

    A measure of toughness: ranking Armwood's defenses We rank Armwood’s seven state final squads, in terms of defensive strength, with input from coach Sean Callahan and former defensive coordinator Matt Thompson:   1. 2011 Finish: 15-0, beat Miami Central 40-31 in the 6A title game (wins eventually were forfeited due to the use of ineligible players) Notable ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Armwood’s legacy built on stingy defenses

    Armwood’s legacy built on stingy defenses SEFFNER — Armwood coach Sean Callahan is direct about what has driven his team — one he started coaching as an assistant when the school opened in 1984 — to become one of the powerhouses of Florida high school football.  It takes talent on both sides of the ball to ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Dave Cleppe steps down at St. Petersburg Catholic

    Dave Cleppe steps down at St. Petersburg Catholic Dave Cleppe resigned as St. Petersburg Catholic's football coach on Friday after one season. Cleppe, a longtime assistant in Pinellas County, became a head coach for the first time when he was hired by the Barons in March. He finished 0-10. "The administration and I have different visions for the ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 3:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Armwood carries heavy weight of the past into title game

    Armwood carries heavy weight of the past into title game SEFFNER — Fifty-two. Try as they might, the Hawks can’t forget that number. Coach Sean Callahan won’t let them.  It has been almost a year since Armwood High School, ever the defensive juggernaut, gave up that many points against Miami Central in the Class 6A state championship game. The Rockets’ ...
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    Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • North prevails 27-0 in Pinellas County senior all-star game

    CLEARWATER – Steve Charron’s senior season was a painful one. The Palm Harbor University running back suffered a high ankle sprain, which forced him to miss five games. “I couldn’t really cut or run,” Charron said. “It was tough.” Without Charron, the Hurricanes limped to a 1-9 record. But Charron ...
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    Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 12:15 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon Springs football coach Ron Hawn steps down

    Tarpon Springs football coach Ron Hawn steps down Ron Hawn resigned Wednesday after three full seasons as Tarpon Springs’ football coach. Hawn leaves with a 20-19 record. His resignation comes eight days after the Florida High School Athletic Association suspended him for six weeks for his involvement in a fight that broke out after the Spongers' 29-28 loss ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 7:02 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Armwood vs. Central: Then and now

    Armwood vs. Central: Then and now Miami Central (13-1) vs. Armwood (14-0) Rankings: Miami Central is ranked No. 4 in Florida, No. 20 in the nation by MaxPreps; Armwood is ranked No. 6 in Florida, No. 66 in the nation. Know the foe: Miami Central may be a little bit down from last season — last ...
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    Tue. Dec. 09, 2014 at 6:22 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Armwood's Byron Cowart takes Florida Dairy Farmers' top honors for 6A

    Armwood's Byron Cowart takes Florida Dairy Farmers' top honors for 6A Armwood senior defensive end Byron Cowart, one of the top recruits in the nation for the 2015 class, was named the Florida Dairy Farmers' Class 6A player of the year on Monday.  East Lake’s Bob Hudson and Indian Rocks Christian’s Mark Buchanan also nabbed Class 7A and 2A coaching honors, ...
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    Mon. Dec. 08, 2014 at 5:51 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Defense takes over in second half of Hillsborough all-star game

    TAMPA — Sunday night’s Hillsborough County All-Star Football Game at Raymond James Stadium was a tale of two halves as the East and West teams gouged each other for big plays and points in the first half only to have the defenses take over and factor into the 17-14 West ...
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    Mon. Dec. 08, 2014 at 10:14 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Nov. 29-Dec. 5

    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, Nov. 29  through Friday, Dec. 5. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Dec. 06, 2014 at 12:50 p.m. | Times Staff

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  • Girls soccer: Land O’Lakes 3, Mitchell 2

    TRINITY — With both teams being state title contenders, and clearly the class of the North Suncoast, there was already plenty of meaning when Mitchell hosted Land O’Lakes on Monday. But the clearest indicator came about a dozen minutes in, with the loud “yeah!” let out by usually calm Mitchell ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 11:01 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Chedonio Martin, male winner for Dec. 6-2

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Chedonio Martin, male winner for Dec. 6-2 Male Hot Shot winner: Chedonio Martin, Dunedin There was nothing anyone could say to make Chedonio Martin feel better about last season’s 77-74 loss to Gulf in the Class 5A, District 8 quarterfinals. It’s no use noting the Falcons won eight games, more than their previous two seasons combined. Martin ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 6:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Leah Ford, female winner for Dec. 6-2

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Leah Ford, female winner for Dec. 6-2 Female Hot Shot winner: Leah Ford, River Ridge Leah Ford, in her fourth season on River Ridge’s varsity team, leads the Royal Knights in scoring.  But points don’t matter much to the senior. Wins, however, do. “If I don’t score a lot of points and my team wins, I’m fine ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 6:38 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: PCAC teams named

    PCAC volleyball team Here is the PCAC volleyball team, as voted on by public school coaches: South First team Brittany Taksas, Northeast Holly Welch, St. Petersburg Kaylan Marckese, St. Petersburg Katie Newman, Osceola Taylor Garbiso, Boca Ciega Kelly Frehling, St. Petersburg Second team Alyssa Valdez, Osceola Krystal White, Boca Ciega ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 4:42 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Gearing up for holiday action

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Gearing up for holiday action 1. Seffner Christian (9-0, 3-0) This week: no games Lowdown: Seffner Christian ended its slate before winter break with a 58-26 win against Indian Rocks Christian in the IRC Winter Slam final. Next up is another tournament, the Junior Orange Bowl Classic, that will likely expose the undefeated Crusaders to ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 4:39 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Boys basketball: Shorecrest 79, Calvary Christian 74 (2OT)

    CLEARWATER – Shorecrest’s Brady Grimm was held scoreless for nearly the entire second half in Friday’s pivotal Class 3A, District 9 game against Calvary Christian. Grimm, a long-range specialist, came through with the points that mattered, hitting a tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation. That gave the Chargers ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 11:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Wharton 67, Newsome 51

    TAMPA — The fourth quarter wasn't a work of art, but style points aren't of concern in Class 8A, District 7, where every win is a good one. Wharton had a very good one Friday, topping Newsome 67-51 in a matchup of unbeatens. Wharton led by four entering the final ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 44, Holy Names 33

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic got the inside track in the Class 4A, District 10 race by taking down rival Academy of the Holy Names 44-33 on its home court Friday night.  "It's always tough when you come into someone else's house and beat them, especially when it's your rival," Tampa ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:41 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Girls baskeball: Seffner Christian, Indian Rocks set to meet again

    LARGO — Indian Rocks Christian’s reward for beating Osceola 39-15 Friday night in the opening round of the IRC Winter Jam? A game against unbeaten Seffner Christian on Saturday for the tournament championship. The Crusaders buried Plant (7-3) in the opening game, 77-18. It was the eighth straight win for ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:16 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Largo standout Donavan Hale sidelined for year with injury

    Largo standout Donavan Hale sidelined for year with injury Largo two-sport star Donavan Hale will miss the remainder of the basketball season with a torn meniscus, Packers coach Phil Price said. Hale will have surgery to repair the meniscus. There also is damage to the ACL but it is unclear if it is torn, Price said. “It stinks,” Price ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 5:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: East Bay 62, Tampa Bay Tech 51

    GIBSONTON — Tampa Bay Tech came out playing aggressive and scored seven of the game’s first eight points in Thursday’s Class 7A, District 7 clash with host East Bay. The Indians pushed back en route to a 62-51 win. The Indians improved to 6-1 and remained unbeaten in the district ...
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    Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • The Court Report: A couple dozen basketball gems

    Tuesday night rewind • Dunedin’s Chedonio Martin had 34 points and 15 rebounds in a 66-65 win over River Ridge. Martin scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, including two winning free throws in the final eight seconds, to help the Falcons overcome a 25-point second-half deficit. • Seminole’s Marco ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:15 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Orlando Liberty Christian 77, Lakewood 70 (with video)

    Boys basketball: Orlando Liberty Christian 77, Lakewood 70 (with video) ST. PETERSBURG — From the moment Orlando Liberty Christian Prep's Tacko Fall ducked his head to emerge from the locker room, he was the main attraction. Cameras flashed and jaws dropped Tuesday as fans followed the big man's every elongated step. Fall, a 7-foot-6 forward who is the nation's tallest ...
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    Tue. Dec. 09, 2014 at 11:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Girls soccer: East Lake 2, Palm Harbor University 1

    PALM HARBOR — Lauren Dodge couldn’t have scripted it any better. In the final minutes of her final regular-season game against district rival Palm Harbor University, the East Lake senior sent a free kick from 30 yards soaring toward the goal. The ball hung in the air, floated just under ...
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    Tue. Dec. 09, 2014 at 11:01 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Girls soccer: Mitchell 4, Wiregrass Ranch 1

    TRINITY — It took a little bit longer than normal for Mitchell to get going Tuesday, but once the Mustangs did they were headed to very familiar territory. Mitchell took down the biggest challenger so far in its quest for a second straight perfect regular season, topping fellow unbeaten Wiregrass ...
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    Tue. Dec. 09, 2014 at 10:51 p.m. | Darek Sharp