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  • 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

  • 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

  • East Lake's George Campbell presented with Under Armour jersey

    East Lake's George Campbell presented with Under Armour jersey East Lake receiver George Campbell, the nation's top athlete in the 2015 class according to ESPN, was presented with his jersey for his selection to play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday during an assembly in the gymnasium. Campbell, a five-star recruit who committed to Florida State in ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • River Ridge has a softball and baseball signing ceremony

    River Ridge has a softball and baseball signing ceremony River Ridge had a signing day bonanza Wednesday with three softball and three baseball players making their college plans official. The three softball players were Makenzie Goluba (Binghamton), Kenzi Maguire (South Carolina) and Madisyn Palmer (Florida Atlantic). Goluba, a pitcher, went 23-4 last season with a 0.34 ERA. Maguire (.598 ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 7:36 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Gaither's Hodgens, White sign with DI programs

    Two Gaither High School seniors signed Wednesday with Division I baseball programs.   Blake Hodgens, a left-handed pitcher, signed a letter of intent with Penn State. "Penn State is getting a polished lefty who should be able to help them as a freshman," coach Nelson North said. "Blake will get ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 9:41 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Mitchell's Taylor Anderson commits to LSU

    Mitchell's Taylor Anderson commits to LSU Mitchell's Taylor Anderson, one of the bay area's premier two-sport athletes, has committed to LSU for swimming and track. Anderson, who has won two straight state swim titles in the 50-yard freestyle and is the defending state champion in the pole vault, said her preference all along was to compete ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 7:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr. signs with Miami

    Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr. signs with Miami Through AAU tournaments and high school games, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence Sr. has coached his son, Anthony Lawrence Jr. since he was 3. So it was understandable the elder Lawrence became emotional watching his son ofiicially end the recruiting process by signing with Miami. During a ceremony in the school's ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 11:18 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs' Barry Brown, Sajon Ford each sign

    Gibbs' Barry Brown, Sajon Ford each sign Gibbs’ Barry Brown and Sajon Ford sat at tables in the school’s auditorium on Wednesday. With a pair of unwavering hands, Brown and Ford each took a pen and signed their national letters of intent to play basketball at Kansas State and Northeastern, respectively. The Gladiators are the only Pinellas ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 7:20 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Springstead's Erin Blackwell to sign with Nicholls State

    Springstead senior Erin Blackwell will sign with Nicholls State for track on Nov. 12, Eagles coach Joel Myers reports.  Blackwell was on the Times' all-North Suncoast track and field first team last year with a sixth-place finish at the Class 3A state meet with a time of 2:18.75. Blackwell was also ...
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    Thu. Nov. 06, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Seffner Christian's Asia Royster commits to Saint Leo

    Seffner Christian guard Asia Royster has commited to Saint Leo, the senior announced Oct. 24 on Twitter. Last season while playing for Riverview, Royster averaged nearly 15 points and five rebounds per game, leading the Sharks to a Class 8A-7 district championship. In the offseason, Royster joined Armwood's Alyssa Nieves, ...
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    Mon. Nov. 03, 2014 at 2:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • LB Jordan Griffin commits to Wisconsin

    Armwood linebacker Jordan Griffin commited to Wisconsin on Oct. 25, choosing the Badgers from his nearly 20 Division I-A offers.  As a junior Griffin had a team-high 150 tackles for the state runner-up Hawks, 58 more than the next best defender. This season the 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker leads Armwood with ...
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    Mon. Nov. 03, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Steinbrenner's Jack Frank commits to Tampa

    Steinbrenner's Jack Frank, a 6-foot-8 post player, made his college plans official by committing to the University of Tampa on Sunday. Frank picked the Spartans over Eckerd, Lees-McRae, Saint Leo and Saint Mary's (San Antonio). Frank made his decision after visiting Tampa on Saturday and watching practice. "(Tampa) has a ...
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    Sun. Nov. 02, 2014 at 10:51 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Dayton Feiden, male winner for Nov. 15-21

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Dayton Feiden, male winner for Nov. 15-21 Male Hot Shot winner: Dayton Feiden, Sunlake  The scores kept coming. The deficit was mounting. By the end of the first quarter, Sunlake trailed 17-0 in last week’s Class 6A region semifinal against Gainesville. That’s when Seahawks quarterback Dayton Feiden had the rest of the offensive players gather around him. ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 6:14 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Playoff football: Tampa Bay's road warriors

    Playoff football: Tampa Bay's road warriors Four of Tampa Bay’s seven remaining playoff football teams will hit the road Friday night. Lakewood and Indian Rocks Christian have the farthest to travel by far, and the competition is stout in every matchup. Region finals 7A: Tampa Bay Tech (7-5) at Kissimmee Osceola (11-1), 7:30  Drive time: One ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 4:29 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Sunday Morning QB: Seven still standing

    Sunday Morning QB: Seven still standing Team of the week Indian Rocks Christian. The Golden Eagles have compiled the type of statistics befitting a team ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2A. Their 48-12 win over Naples First Baptist marked the 10th win this season by 35 points or more. The offensive balance was ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 7:38 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Nov. 15-21

    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. 15  through Friday, Nov. 21. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 11:26 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Playoff football schedule: Round 3

    Region finals 7A: Tampa Bay Tech at Kissimmee Osceola 7A: Fort Myers at East Lake 6A: Gainesville at Armwood 5A: Lakewood at Live Oak Suwannee 5A: Jesuit at Orlando Bishop Moore State semifinals 3A: Delray Beach American Heritage at Clearwater Central Catholic 2A: Indian Rocks Christian at Belle Glade Glades ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:16 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Lakewood 26, River Ridge 3 (with video)

    Football: Lakewood 26, River Ridge 3 (with video) ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood prepared all week to stop River Ridge running back Chris Schwarz, and for good reason. Schwarz has gained 2,536 yards this season and is the main reason the Knights advanced to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. But the Spartans also planned to put ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:11 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 20, Sickles 16

    TAMPA — Here it comes little brother …catch it. Junior Marchalo Judge made a diving reception of Deon Cain’s 30-yard touchdown pass with 48.7 seconds left to give Tampa Bay Tech a 20-16 victory over Sickles Friday night in a Class 7A thriller. It was the first regional semifinal victory ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Jesuit 18, Spoto 14

    Football: Jesuit 18, Spoto 14 TAMPA — Six weeks ago, with his team trailing in an eventual loss at Ocala Trinity Catholic, Jesuit coach Matt Thompson looked around his sideline and saw a team that looked vanquished. The second-year coach made it a point in the weeks following that he wouldn’t tolerate such behavior and ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:04 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Armwood 42, Venice 14

    VENICE — Armwood found itself in unfamiliar territory Friday night. The Hawks saw their five-game shutout streak snapped. Armwood led by a mere touchdown in the fourth quarter. And Venice scored more points on the vaunted Armwood defense than any team since the season’s opening week. But though the visiting ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: East Lake 37, Braden River 21

    Football: East Lake 37, Braden River 21 BRADENTON — For the past three weeks, East Lake was accustomed to getting big plays from its special teams and having receiver George Campbell streak down the field on long receptions. With the exception of a blocked extra point and a holding penalty that wiped out a 99-yard kickoff return ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:58 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 14, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 10

    SARASOTA — Clearwater Central Catholic earned its third straight trip to the Class 3A state semifinals Friday night, but will move on without its top player. The Marauders held off Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 14-10 and next faces Delray Beach American Heritage, a 23-7 winner over Miami Westminster Christian. CCC’s 11th ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:56 p.m. | Corey Long

  • Football: Orlando Dr. Phillips 24, Plant 10

    Football: Orlando Dr. Phillips 24, Plant 10 ORLANDO — After a lopsided first half of football that the perennial state title contenders weren’t quite used to playing, Plant came out revitalized in the second half of Friday’s Class 8A region semifinal against Dr. Phillips. Its defense forced back-to-back three-and-outs, and the offense kept up by scoring 10 ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Indian Rocks Christian 48, Naples First Baptist 12

    NAPLES — For the third year in a row, Indian Rocks Christian outrushed and overpowered an undermanned First Baptist to win Friday’s Class 2A region final 48-12 and advance to next week’s state semifinals. Stacked with talent at all skill positions, the Golden Eagles blew up the normally stout First ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:47 p.m. | John Gamba

  • Football: Gainesville 27, Sunlake 19

    Football: Gainesville 27, Sunlake 19 GAINESVILLE — Sunlake spent most of its Friday night in comeback mode, not a good place to be against a team that hasn’t lost a home playoff game in 37 years. Despite Sunlake having a chance to force overtime late, Gainesville held on for a 27-19 victory. The hosts led ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:45 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Learn from the best, be the best

    Learn from the best, be the best EAST LAKE — Julian Santos has always been big. Too big, in fact, to play football until he arrived at East Lake High as a freshman three years ago. “I didn’t play any other sports,” Santos said. “All I wanted to do was play football. But I couldn’t because I ...
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    Thu. Nov. 20, 2014 at 7:27 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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Other News

  • Boys basketball: Tampa Prep 71, Calvary Christian 49

    CLEARWATER — Juwan Durham scored 25 and sophomore guard Amari Goulbourne continued to impress, adding 16 points Monday in Tampa Prep’s 71-49 victory at Calvary Christian. The Warriors (1-2) hung around but an 8-0 Tampa Prep run midway through the third quarter was key for the Terrapins (2-0). It was ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 9:42 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys basketball: Thirty bay area players to watch

    Boys basketball: Thirty bay area players to watch G Darius Banks, So., St. Petersburg: The 6-foot-4 guard is among the area’s best in the 2017 class and will be one of the Green Devils’ top scoring options this season. G Marco Behori, Sr., Seminole: Last year, he was given player of the year consideration in Pinellas County after ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 5:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Zoi Thompson, female winner for Nov. 15-21

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Zoi Thompson, female winner for Nov. 15-21 Female Hot Shot winner: Zoi Thompson, Northeast Northeast was already going to be a good basketball team this season. The Vikings became much better, though, when 5-foot-6 guard Zoi Thompson transferred from Boca Ciega . Her family has lived in the Northeast zone for two years, but she had attended ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 5:27 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Gibbs debuts at the top

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Gibbs debuts at the top 1. Gibbs (2-0): No bay area team displays as much defensive tenacity as the Gladiators. They allowed a combined 59 points in wins against Northeast and Pinellas Park last week. Despite losing guard Daniel Davis, who transferred to Tarpon Springs, Gibbs still has depth. Barry Brown, a Kansas State commit, ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 3:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Rest for some, holiday tourneys for others

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Rest for some, holiday tourneys for others 1. Seffner Christian (4-0, 1-0) This week: No games Lowdown: Seffner Christian has proven why it’s Tampa Bay’s top team, beating its first four opponents 316-120, including a 102-6 trampling of Carrollwood Day. Five Crusaders are averaging double-digit points per game through the first four contests.  2. Calvary Christian (2-0, ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Boys basketball: Nature Coast 69, Hernando 64 (OT)

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast has been at the pinnacle of North Suncoast hoops for the past decade, but on paper, the team seemed vulnerable coming into this season. At the expense of their county and Class 5A, District 7 rival Hernando, the Sharks sent a message in their opener Friday ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:43 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • The Court Report: Basketball milestones and more

    The Court Report: Basketball milestones and more Wednesday's stars Marco Behori, Seminole: The senior guard had 37 points, including four 3-pointers, in a 72-64 overtime loss to Tarpon Springs. Juwan Durham, Tampa Prep: The four-star recruit scored a team-high 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Terrapins' 76-29 season-opening victory over Dunedin. Hannah Kriston, Mitchell: The sharpshooter ...
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    Thu. Nov. 20, 2014 at 8:57 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Tarpon Springs 72, Seminole 64 (OT)

    TARPON SPRINGS – Daniel Davis was the most talked about addition to Tarpon Springs’ already stellar lineup when he transferred from Gibbs this summer. But it was Davis’ younger brother, Donald, who had the biggest impact in Wednesday’s 72-64 overtime win against Seminole. Donald was a force in the middle, ...
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    Thu. Nov. 20, 2014 at 12:04 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Soccer: East Lake sweeps Seminole

    EAST LAKE — Neither frigid conditions nor feisty Seminole could slow down East Lake’s girls and boys teams Wednesday night. East Lake’s girls recorded a convincing 3-0 win over the Warhawks. The boys team followed with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.  In the girls match, East Lake took advantage of two ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 10:43 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • For the Lawrences and the Browns, basketball and friendship run deep

    For the Lawrences and the Browns, basketball and friendship run deep ST. PETERSBURG — They became friends at Lakewood High School more than 25 years ago, a bond born through basketball. Barry Brown and Anthony Lawrence remained close, even as they continued playing miles away in college (Brown at Jacksonville, Lawrence at Miami) and continents apart as professionals (Brown in Israel, ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 3:07 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys soccer: Steinbrenner edges PHU 1-0

    LUTZ — The Steinbrenner boys soccer team took down district rival Palm Harbor University 1-0 on a night so chilly soccer balls felt like bowling balls. The Warriors are the defending district champions but coach Chad Ebright doesn’t carry it around on his sleeve. Ebright has just two regular starters ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 10:42 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Girls soccer: Land O’Lakes rolls past Sunlake

    LAND O’LAKES — The Sunlake-Land O’Lakes girls soccer rivalry has been marked by close, generally low-scoring contests. But that concept went quickly out the window Tuesday night. Emphasis on quick. The Gators frontline, infused by freshman Sydny Nasello, raced to a 3-0 lead within 25 minutes and Land O’Lakes went ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 10:40 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls basketball: Thirty bay area players to watch

    Girls basketball: Thirty bay area players to watch G/F Chardonay Aldrich, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Aldrich has the ability to shoot from the outside and get inside for layups. Her versatility makes the Hurricanes tough to defend. F Siyana Allen, Jr., Lakewood: Allen started as a freshman, which is rare at Lakewood. The  6-footer has averaged 18 points ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 6:28 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Nov. 8-14

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Nov. 8-14 Female Hot Shot winner: Aisling Sheehan, Carrollwood Day Eric Praetorius had coached Aisling Sheehan at Carrollwood Day since he took over in 2013. But this season, during Carrollwood’s state final four run, Praetorius learned something new about his senior outside hitter. “All four of those (playoff opponents) are super competitive ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Class 3A reigns supreme

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Class 3A reigns supreme HomeTeam 25   1. Seffner Christian (1-0) Last season: 26-2, lost to Miami Country Day in the Class 3A state championship game Outlook: The Crusaders, home to last year’s Times’ Hillsborough County Player of the Year, Peyton Walker, made it farther last season than any other Tampa Bay team, and ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons