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  • Tyree St. Louis chooses Miami

    Tyree St. Louis chooses Miami Former Tampa Bay Tech offensive lineman Tyree St. Louis, who transferred to IMG Academy following his freshman season with the Titans, orally committed Tuesday afternoon to the University of Miami. The Tampa resident, who devleoped into a 6-foot-6, 300-pound force and one of the top lineman recruits in the country, ...
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    Tue. July 29, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Two Lakewood grads sign with colleges

    Former Lakewood players Pat Jones and Adrian Davis have committed to play football in college. Jones has signed with Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. Davis has signed with Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Jones, a linebacker, had 194 total tackles as a senior. He transferred from Gibbs ...
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    Tue. July 29, 2014 at 1:23 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Sickles RB Ray Ray McCloud III commits to Clemson

    Sickles RB Ray Ray McCloud III commits to Clemson Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud III told a television audience Monday night that he would be attending Clemson for college, seemingly ending a long process that saw him evolve from a defensive back prospect too small to play running back to a highly coveted offensive weapon. But it wasn't ...
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    Mon. July 28, 2014 at 6:55 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Soccer: Three locals make college committments

    Three girls soccer players have committed to colleges. Seminole defender Layna Hatfield and Osceola senior midfielder Alison Watkins both committed to Troy University in Alabama, while Largo senior defender Ashley Blanchard chose Florida Gulf Coast. Hatfield will attend Troy in the fall. All three play club soccer at Strictly Soccer in ...
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    Mon. July 28, 2014 at 10:43 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Softball: Boca Ciega grad Mallory Allen signs with Flagler College

    Mallory Allen, a 2012 Boca Ciega grad, has signed to play softball at Flagler College. Allen recently completed two years at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, where she was an all-conference first-team and all-state second-team shortstop. As a sophomore she hit .378 with 22 RBIs. As a high ...
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    Wed. July 23, 2014 at 10:22 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • CCC grad Eric Davis to play Husson University

    Clearwater Central Catholic graduate Eric Davis will play for Husson University, a Division III school in Bangor, Maine. Davis, a running back, rushed for 633 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Husson finished 5-5 in 2013.
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    Tue. July 22, 2014 at 8:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Park RB Donte Maxson commits to Mercer

    Pinellas Park running back Donte Maxson picked up college offers throughout the spring and summer. He put an end to speculation when he committed to Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Maxson was one of the Patriots' top rushers as a junior. He gained 1,208 yards on 105 carries and scored ...
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    Tue. July 22, 2014 at 10:40 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Catholic WR Nate Craig picks Auburn

    Tampa Catholic WR Nate Craig picks Auburn Tampa Catholic wide receiver Nate Craig committed to Auburn, he announced via Twitter on Monday night.  "First off I wanna Thank God for blessing me with the talent I have, and  want to thank all the schools that recruited me!" he tweeted. "I will be taking my talents to Auburn ...
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    Mon. July 21, 2014 at 9:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • East Bay DL Marques Ford chooses Tennessee

    East Bay defenisve lineman Marques Ford committed to Tennessee on Saturday, coach Frank LaRosa confirmed. Ford, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound rising senior, made his choice during a visit to the school on its "Orange Carpet Day," choosing the Volunteers over handfuls of offers including USF, UCF and Clemson.  Ford had 10 ...
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    Mon. July 21, 2014 at 1:11 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin's Nate Pearson commits to Florida International

    Bishop McLaughlin right-handed pitcher/first baseman Nate Pearson missed most of his junior season with a broken right arm. But that didn't keep college scouts away. Despite playing only eight games last season, Pearson committed to Florida International. "He actually had several offers,'' Hurricanes coach Jeff Swymer said. "We made sure ...
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    Mon. July 21, 2014 at 11:27 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Dunedin's Sexton and Turman commit to colleges

    Dunedin left-handed pitcher/first baseman Eric Sexton and righthanded pitcher/outfielder Aaron Turman have made their college choices. Sexton has committed to play at Rollins College in Winter Park. Turman will play at South Florida State College in Avon Park. Sexton had Tommy John surgery prior to his senior season. As a ...
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    Mon. July 21, 2014 at 10:43 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Lakewood grad Donterio Fowler commits to Akron

    Lakewood graduate Donterio Fowler committed to Akron this week after attending prep school to become eligible. Fowler said he went to Atlanta Sports Academy  in order to geta composite ACT score of 18 (he scored 20).  He finishes with the prep school Friday and said he plans to enroll at ...
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    Sat. July 19, 2014 at 4:07 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Park's Rashaan Watson commits to South Alabama

    Pinellas Park cornerback Rashaan Watson decided to end his recruiting process by committing to South Alabama on Friday. "I just like where South Alabama as a football program is going," Watson said. "They're up and coming and it feels like home." South Alabama started its football program in 2009 before ...
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    Fri. July 18, 2014 at 2:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Justin Strnad commits to Wake Forest

    East Lake defensive back Justin Strnad announced via Twitter that he has committed to Wake Forest. "I liked Wake Forest because of the high level academics, the coaching staff, the campus, the people and the ACC," Strnad said. Last season, Strnad had 81 tackles and a fumble recovery. His recruiting ...
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    Fri. July 18, 2014 at 1:27 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Plant's Vaka commits to UNF

    Former Plant right-hander and outfielder Matt Vaka has committed to pitch at the University of North Florida, coach Dennis Braun said Thursday.  Vaka, who only pitched two Panther games last season and finished with a 1.00 ERA, often played designated hitter as a senior at Plant, recording a .330 batting ...
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    Fri. July 18, 2014 at 1:10 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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  • Armwood prevails in Sling N Shoot

    Armwood prevails in Sling N Shoot TAMPA — Armwood finished Day 1 of the USF Sling N Shoot 7-on-7 tournament a perfect 5-0. But Sunday morning when they returned to the field to finish pool play, the Hawks found themselves in a little bit of trouble. It was a close game with St. Petersburg Catholic, but the Hawks ...
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    Sun. July 20, 2014 at 6:56 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Jacob Lynn

  • Wiregrass Ranch football coach Mike Lawrence resigns

    Wiregrass Ranch football coach Mike Lawrence resigns Mike Lawrence has resigned after one season as head football coach at Wiregrass Ranch to take a job at a small college in Kansas, according to Bulls athletic director Dave Wilson. Lawrence told Wilson he was resigning on Monday, and Wednesday around 6 p.m. he met with parents and players ...
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    Wed. July 16, 2014 at 7:01 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 100: Players 1-10

    We watched games, attended offseason events, covered 7-on-7 tournaments, attended spring practices and watched highlight videos. Picking the best high school football players in Tampa Bay to rank was easy. Picking only 100 was hard. Putting them in order was harder. Picking a No. 1 was hardest. There was freakish ...
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    Wed. July 16, 2014 at 2:59 p.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam 100: People's choice for No. 1

    We'll be revealing our HomeTeam 100 top 10 on Wednesday. While area players seem to think Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud III is a lock for the top spot, who has your vote?  Loading...
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    Tue. July 15, 2014 at 6:03 p.m. | Times Staff

  • PHU's Dillan Gibbons transfers to Northside Christian

    Palm Harbor University offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons has transferred to Northside Christian, according to his father, Shannon. The move comes six weeks after Gibbons transferred from St. Petersburg Catholic to PHU. "That family just felt that putting Dillan back in the private school setting was the best fit for him," ...
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    Tue. July 15, 2014 at 5:12 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 100: Players 11-20

    Our third annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration. Today: players 11 through 20  Previous installments: 91-100 81-90 71-80 61-70 51-60 41-50 31-40 21-30
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    Tue. July 15, 2014 at 3:22 p.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam 100: Players 21-30

    Our third annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration. Today: players 21 through 30.  Previous installments: 91-100 81-90 71-80 61-70 51-60 41-50 31-40
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    Mon. July 14, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam 100: Players 31-40

    Our third annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration. Today: players 41 through 50.  Previous installments: 91-100 81-90 71-80 61-70 51-60 41-50
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    Fri. July 11, 2014 at 2:07 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Bloomingdale hires alum Brian Surcy as football coach

    Brian Surcy, a 1996 Bloomingdale graduate, had tried to become the head football coach at his alma mater once before, applying for the job when Corey Brinson stepped down in 2007. Surcy, then 29, was passed over. But he never gave up on the dream.  Early Friday morning — when ...
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    Fri. July 11, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • 2016 standout TJ Chase heads to IMG

    2016 standout TJ Chase heads to IMG Most things in T.J. Chase’s life revolve around football and his future in it. But when it came to making one of his biggest decisions to date, the 2016 Division I recruit had something else on the mind. Chase announced Thursday via Twitter that he transferred from Plant City to ...
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    Thu. July 10, 2014 at 12:51 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 100: Players 41-50

    Our third annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration. Today: players 41 through 50.  Previous installments: 91-100 81-90 71-80 61-70 51-60
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    Thu. July 10, 2014 at 12:39 p.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam 100: Players 51-60

    Our third annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration. Today: players 51 through 60.  Previous installments: 91-100 81-90 71-80 61-70
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    Wed. July 09, 2014 at 10:57 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Lakewood's Tyrell Hubbard-Smith transfers to Gibbs

    Lakewood athlete Tyrell Hubbard-Smith said he transferred to Gibbs this week. Smith, a senior who has been a receiver and defensive back throughout his high school career, said he will play quarterback with the Gladiators. This is the fourth time Hubbard-Smith has transferred to a school in as many years. ...
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    Wed. July 09, 2014 at 12:17 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Anclote football coach Matt Wicks named athletic director

    Anclote football coach Matt Wicks named athletic director Anclote football coach Matt Wicks added another title when he was hired as the school's athletic director Tuesday. Wicks replaces Heidi Michaels, who resigned as AD but still is teaching at the school. "I knew this was the next step," Wicks said. "We shall see (if it will be hard ...
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    Tue. July 08, 2014 at 3:37 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 100: Players 61-70

    Our third annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration. Today: players 61 through 70.  Previous installments: 91-100 81-90 71-80
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    Mon. July 07, 2014 at 5:31 p.m. | Times Staff

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  • Tucker and Chatfield to play in Perfect Game All-American Classic

    Plant outfielder Kyle Tucker and Spoto outfielder Chris Chatfield have been selected for this year's Perfect Game All-American Classic. The rising seniors will join 52 other players on the east and west teams, which will square off in a nine-inning game on Aug. 10 at Petco Park in San Diego. ...
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    Thu. July 24, 2014 at 2:46 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: IRC's Daniel Llerena and Elijah Moravick selected to MLB Breakthrough Series

    Indian Rocks Christian shortstop Daniel Llerna and outfielder Elijah Moravick were both selected to participate in Major League Baseball's Breakthrough Series event in Bradenton. The Breakthrough Series, which allows players to play in front of members of USA Baseball, is held at four locations across the country. Llerna and Moravick, ...
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    Tue. July 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Ex-Mitchell standout Conner Hale to play in Cape Cod League all-star game

    Former Mitchell infielder Conner Hale, who recently completed his junior year at LSU, was selected to play in the Cape Cod League's all-star game on July 27. Hale plays for Falmouth in the wood bat league and is currently hitting .310 with 10 runs, four doubles, three home runs and ...
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    Mon. July 21, 2014 at 3:26 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Peyton Walker steps up her game for Seffner Christian

    Peyton Walker steps up her game for Seffner Christian SEFFNER — One weekday morning in June, the Seffner Christian girls basketball team filed into the school's gymnasium for a summer workout. It wasn't even 8 a.m. yet, but the Crusaders immediately took to the court with a 3-on-3 drill. Her teammates were supposed to hit the ground running, but ...
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    Sun. July 20, 2014 at 9:18 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • River Ridge P/1B Jason Heinrich part of all-star events

    River Ridge P/1B Jason Heinrich part of all-star events As a junior this past season, River Ridge pitcher/first baseman Jason Heinrich led the North Suncoast with seven home runs.  The Times' North Suncoast Player of the Year hopes his mighty bat won't fail him this weekend.  Heinrich is the lone area player competing in Sunday's junior home run derby ...
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    Fri. July 11, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. | Times Staff

  • 10 things to know about new Jesuit baseball coach Miguel Menendez

    10 things to know about new Jesuit baseball coach Miguel Menendez On July 3, Jesuit announced Miguel Menendez as its new baseball coach. He replaces Jesuit alumus and eight-year coach Richie Warren. Here are 10 facts about the new leader of one of the Tampa Bay area's most storied high school baseball programs: 1. Talk about a homecoming. Menendez was born ...
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    Tue. July 08, 2014 at 4:52 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Jesuit hires former University of Tampa star as baseball coach

    Miguel Menendez is the head baseball coach at Jesuit, the school announced Thursday. He replaces Richie Warren, who led the team to a state title this past season. Menendez, 37, is a former University of Tampa star under coach Terry Rupp, the current athletic director at Jesuit, and was the ...
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    Thu. July 03, 2014 at 5:09 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • SEBA summer league top 12 performers

    Playing without two of its best players, including last year's leading scorer, didn't stop Jesuit from capturing the SEBA summer league championship as the Tigers cruised past Tampa Catholic 51-39 in Wednesday's final at Tampa Prep. The Tigers, who wrapped up the summer season 9-1, beat Wharton in the semifinals ...
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    Wed. July 02, 2014 at 10:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Don Dziagwa adds athletic director to hoops duties

    Tampa Catholic has hired its boys basketball coach, Don Dziagwa, as the school's new athletic director. He officially begins in his new position Tuesday. Dziagwa has been at the school for 25 years, the past 23 as the boys basketball coach. In that time, the Crusaders have won 388 games, ...
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    Mon. June 30, 2014 at 3:50 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Seffner Christian adds more power to girls basketball team

    Seffner Christian adds more power to girls basketball team The girls basketball team at Seffner Christian isn't allowed to utter the words "state championship," coach Greg Fawbush said. The Class 3A state runners-up know nothing is guaranteed; that everyone will be coming for them next season. But the Crusaders likely have an even better shot at making it back ...
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    Thu. June 26, 2014 at 5:03 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Gibbs' Daniel Davis transfers to Tarpon Springs

    Gibbs guard Daniel Davis has transferred to Tarpon Springs, Gladiators boys basketball coach Larry Murphy said. Davis, a senior, battled through injuries last season to average 11.3 points and 4.7 assists per game. Davis' younger brother, Donald, a 6-foot-3 junior who played JV last season, will also be playing for ...
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    Wed. June 25, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Kevon Woods, Terrell Burney both leave St. Petersburg

    St. Petersburg's Kevon Woods has transferred to Lakewood, Spartans basketball coach Anthony Lawrence Sr. confirmed. Woods, a 6-foot-5 guard, gives Lakewood an additional scorer to pair with Anthony Lawrence Jr., a Miami commit and the Spartans' top returning player. "I'd heard Kevon wanted to come here since the season ended," ...
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    Wed. June 25, 2014 at 1:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ male all-academic team

    Tampa Bay Times’ male all-academic team Boys Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Alex Carbonelli, East Lake Alex Carbonelli readily admits he’s competitive — whether it’s in the classroom, on the soccer field or even in his own family.  While at East Lake High School, he only received two B’s — in freshman English 2 and Spanish 5. ...
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    Thu. June 19, 2014 at 12:23 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay Times’ female all-academic team

    Tampa Bay Times’ female all-academic team Scholar-athlete of the Year: Izzy Ordorica, Chamberlain Izzy Ordorica has a catalog of hits from her four years as a starter on Chamberlain High School’s softball team. There were hard line drives that fell into gaps for doubles and mighty blasts that sailed over fences for homers. They all came ...
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    Wed. June 18, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • All-Sports Award: District dominance, playoff prowess pay off for Jesuit

    TAMPA — Before Jesuit High School’s district final soccer game against Bradenton Southeast, first-year coach Eric Sims felt he needed to give his Tigers a little extra motivation. So he used school pride to do exactly that. Jesuit had won five district titles before that Jan. 24 game, one in ...
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    Tue. June 17, 2014 at 3:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons