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  • Get out of Chris Schwarz’s way or get run over

    Get out of Chris Schwarz’s way or get run over River Ridge’s first six games of the season were all been played on slippery, muddy fields. So the Royal Knights needed a workhorse back who could take over, a guy with strength, speed and indefatigability to lower his head and charge forward while gorging on yards. Chris Schwarz has thrived ...
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    Fri. Oct. 17, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake swimmer Annika Smith commits to Canisius

    East Lake's Annika Smith has committed to swim at Canisius College. Canisius, a Division I program, competes in the MAAC conference. Smith picked the Golden Griffins over Bucknell, Carroll, Franklin & Marshall, New Hampshire and Southwestern. "I really felt at home when I visited Canisius," she said. "The team and ...
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    Thu. Oct. 16, 2014 at 8:27 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon kicker Louie Zervos to have Under Armour jersey presentation Nov. 12

    Tarpon Springs kicker Louie Zervos, the nation's fifth-ranked kicker in the 2015 class, will be presented with his jersey for parcticipating in the Under Armour All-America game on Nov. 12 during a ceremony at school. After a strong performance at  a Kohl's Kicking Camp event, this summer, Zervos earned a ...
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    Wed. Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake swimmer Grant Sanders commits to Arizona

    East Lake's Grant Sanders committed to Arizona Monday night. Sanders, ranked sixth in the state in the 2015 class, picked the Wildcats over Auburn and FSU, among others. "Arizona has an outstanding academic and swimming program," Sanders said. "The coaches and swimmers made me feel very welcomed. Their facilities also ...
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    Tue. Oct. 14, 2014 at 5:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Sydney Pickrem commits to Texas A&M

    East Lake's Sydney Pickrem, the state's top-ranked swimmer in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, announced via Twitter that she has committed to Texas A&M. Pickrem made her decision after visting Texas A&M this past weekend. She picked the Aggies over Indiana and Michigan. "I just loved the school, the ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 9:35 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Alonso QB Oladokun commits to USF

    Alonso quarterback Chris Oladokun commited to USF during the weekend, the junior announced on Twitter. Oladokun, now in his second season as the Ravens' starter, threw for 2,003 yards, 23 touchdowns and had just three interceptions in Alonso's 5-5 season last year. During the summer he lit up the 7-on-7 ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 11:05 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • East Lake's Natalie Clausen commits to Tulane

    East Lake swimmer Natalie Clausen, a transfer from Wisconsin, committed to Tulane this weekend. Clausen took a recruiting trip to Tulane last month. She also visited Colorado State and Western Kentucky. "I loved the educational aspect of Tulane, especially the medical research program," Clausen said. "The school has a real ...
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    Sun. Oct. 12, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake receiver George Campbell's UA jersey presentation set for Nov. 14

    East Lake receiver George Campbell, the nation's top athlete in the 2015 class according to ESPN, will be presented with his jersey for playing in the Under Armour All-America game on Nov. 14 during a ceremony at the school. Campbell, a five-star recruit who committed to Florida State last month, ...
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    Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 at 12:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Girls basketball: Walker commits to Wofford College

    Seffner Christian forward Peyton Walker committed to Wofford College, her father Rob Walker confirmed Tuesday. Walker, the Tampa Bay Times' Hillsborough County Player of the Year in 2013, averaged 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game last season, leading the Crusaders to a state runner-up finish. She had 50 points ...
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    Wed. Oct. 08, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • PHU's Morgan Perrotti commits to Rutgers

    Palm Harbor University swimmer Morgan Perrotti committed to Rutgers on Tuesday. Perrotti, ranked 44th in 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, said she also was considering Cincinnati and Miami. The only school she visited, though, was Rutgers. "I fell in love with (Rutgers) when I was there," Perrotti said. "The coaches and ...
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    Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Emma Spilman commits to Florida

    Clearwater Central Catholic's Emma Spilman made her college plans official by announcing via Twitter that she has committed to swim at Florida. Spilman, the state's 16th ranked swimmer in the 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, picked the Gators over Ohio State and Vanderbilt. "It took a lot of time and it ...
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    Mon. Oct. 06, 2014 at 9:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Newsome's Maddie Hess commits to Duke

    Newsome's Maddie Hess, the Tampa Bay Times' Hillsborough County swimmer of the year the past two seasons, committed to Duke on Sunday. Hess, ranked third in the state and 12th nationally in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, is a two-time defending state champion in the 100 free and 100 ...
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    Sun. Oct. 05, 2014 at 7:41 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside swimmer Cooper Hoffman commits to FSU

    Countryside's Cooper Hoffman, the state's 13th ranked swimmer in the 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, committed to Florida State on Sunday. Hoffman picked the Seminoles over LSU, Indiana, Navy and Tennessee. Earlier this month, Hoffman helped the Cougars beat Palm Harbor University, snapping the Hurricanes' nine-year undefeated streak in dual meets. ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 4:56 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • IRC's Damian King waiting until January to make visits

    Indian Rocks Christian's Damian King has pushed back his scheduled visit to Missouri on Oct. 24 until January at the request of coaches. "The coaches at Missouri said it's real busy right now so it's better to just wait," King said. King has nine offers but has narrowed the list ...
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    Sun. Sept. 28, 2014 at 10:43 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Wrestling: Kyle Norstrem will join brother at Virginia Tech

    Wrestling: Kyle Norstrem will join brother at Virginia Tech Brandon junior and three-time state champion Kyle Norstrem orally committed to Virginia Tech on Tuesday. Norstrem, still with two full seasons of high school left to wrestle, elected to commit early and will be joining a program that has won the last two ACC championships and placed in the top ...
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    Wed. Sept. 24, 2014 at 8:38 p.m. | Andy Warrener

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  • Football: Osceola 48, Dixie Hollins 22

    SEMINOLE — Whether Osceola ran left, right or up the middle didn’t matter much because Dixie Hollins could not stop the run. The Warriors provided a steady dose of rushing, carrying the ball 59 times for 348 yards to secure the District 6A-7 win. Wilan Harvey led the way with ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:33 a.m. | Greg Zeck

  • Football: Gibbs 32, Boca Ciega 0

    GULFPORT — Gibbs’ defense could do no wrong in a 32-0 victory over Boca Ciega. As usual, the Gladiators got off to a slow start, and Bogie came out lethargic. Late in the first quarter D.J. Johnson used his arm and legs to engineer Gibbs’ first scoring drive, capping it ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:30 a.m. | Phillip Haywood

  • Football: Lakewood 41, Dunedin 6

    DUNEDIN — Lakewood defeated Dunedin 41-6 to clinch a playoff spot and will play Tarpon Springs at home next week for the district title. Dunedin hung in there for most of the first half and was trailing only 14-6 late in the second thanks to a 9-yard Argi Radani touchdown ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:27 a.m. | Colby Cole

  • Football: Venice 5, Largo 3

    LARGO — Standing just outside the south end zone, where just minutes earlier things went so wrong for Largo, coach Marcus Paschal addressed his team. His Packers lost 5-3 to Class 6A, District 7 opponent Venice on a blocked punt in the corner of that end zone. “We’re so close, ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:22 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Football: Bradenton Manatee 52, St. Petersburg 31

    BRADENTON — Johnnie Lang rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns as Manatee rallied from an early first half deficit to defeat St. Petersburg 52-31 Friday at Frank Hawkins Stadium. Manatee (7-1, 2-0) controls its destiny in Class 8A, District 7. They could clinch the district outright with a victory ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:12 a.m. | Corey Long

  • Football: Seminole 16, Northeast 14

    SEMINOLE — After four lead changes, Seminole was able to come out on top, with quarterback Aaron Dever leading the Warhawks to a 16-14 victory over Northeast. The senior threw a pair of touchdown passes, one in each half, and was also instrumental in getting his side into field-goal range ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:09 a.m. | Justin Miller

  • Football: Leto 18, Middleton 15

    TAMPA — Leto snapped a 32-game losing streak and extended Middleton’s skid to 10 with an 18-15 victory Friday. The Falcons held a 6-0 lead at halftime, and the second half erupted into a desperate attempt by both teams to stave off defeat. The Falcons went up on a Dallas ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Football: Wharton 18, Alonso 7

    TAMPA — A night dedicated to celebrating homecoming by featuring the Class of 2004 and shiny convertibles on parade carrying the 2014 royal court at Alonso was overshadowed by an 18-7 home loss against District 8A-6 foe Wharton. Key drive: After a first half of missed field goals and opportunities ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:01 a.m. | Christian Lemus

  • Football: Tampa Catholic 28, Berkeley Prep 14

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic had so many heroes Friday night in its 28-14 victory against previously undefeated Berkeley Prep, a win that turned the Class 3A, District 4 race into a horse race. Darius Corbett’s 25-yard touchdown reception from Kevin Knox on fourth and 9 on the first series of ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:01 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Brandon 21, Durant 18

    BRANDON — Brandon celebrated its homecoming by beating Durant 21-18. Brandon took advantage of the Cougars’ miscues in the first half, including a fourth-down stop and a fumble recovery that junior linebacker Mason Washington ran back 38 yards to the Cougars 20. The next play, Isaiah Alexander found Keith Cook ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:59 a.m. | J.J. Garrett

  • Football: Hillsborough 38, Blake 14

    TAMPA — Hillsborough quarterback Dwayne Lawson had 285 offensive yards and four touchdowns, leading the Terriers to a 38-14 win over Blake. The Terriers secured a playoff berth along with their 23rd straight winning season, a county record according to Hillsborough head coach Earl Garcia. After Blake took a 6-0 ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:57 a.m. | Ryan Butler

  • Football: Pinellas Park 28, Clearwater 21

    PINELLAS PARK — If adversity builds character, then Pinellas Park has plenty to boast about following Friday night's 28-21 win. The Patriots came back from a two-score deficit and a rough third quarter to eke out a win against Clearwater. With their record now 6-1, they must refocus and set ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:57 a.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • Football: Plant 48, Newsome 9

    TAMPA — Plant improved to 3-0 in Class 8A, District 6 after touchdown connections of 72 and 71 yards between quarterback Rex Culpepper and wide receiver Derrick Baity gave the Panthers an early 13-0 lead. Newsome’s running game kept it within reach in the first half, but Plant outscored Newsome ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:53 a.m. | Nathan Powell

  • Football: Robinson 34, Chamberlain 19

    TAMPA — Friday night at Jack Peters Field featured a district matchup between two 2-5 teams, Robinson and Chamberlain. Robinson rushed for 186 yards on its way to a 34-19 victory, its second straight. Drive of the game: Already leading 7-0 in the first, Robinson went 80 yards down the ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:51 a.m. | Bailey Adams

  • Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 49, Calvary Christian 6

    CLEARWATER — Todd Yoder was looking to get an extra shot at the ball. It might have been stolen from him instead. The Calvary Christian coach called for a surprise onside kick to open Friday night’s crucial Class 3A, District 5 tilt against rival and host Clearwater Central Catholic. The ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:49 a.m. | Chuck Frye

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Other News

  • Palm Harbor University takes PCAC volleyball crown

    EAST LAKE — Palm Harbor University put an exclamation point on its run through the Pinellas County Athletic Conference tournament with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-16 win over Seminole Wednesday night.  The Hurricanes, who earned the top seed when teams were ranked at the beginning of the season, also won in ...
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    Wed. Oct. 15, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay district volleyball preview

    Tampa Bay district volleyball preview Tampa Bay is rich with volleyball talent this season, and now that the regular season is coming to a close, the matches that matter most are up ahead for teams looking to make a playoff run. Before the postseason begins, though, teams will have to make it out of next ...
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    Wed. Oct. 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • District golf roundup: Saddlebrook boys, Cambridge Christian girls prevail

    ODESSA — Calvary Christian’s Josh Hancock took a day off from hitting running backs and receivers and spent Tuesday hitting golf balls instead.  Hancock, a linebacker for the Warriors’ football team, shot 79 at the Eagles Golf Course and won a one-hole playoff to earn individual medalist honors at the ...
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    Tue. Oct. 14, 2014 at 8:52 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • District golf roundup: East Lake boys thwart wind

    SEMINOLE — High winds greeted players Monday morning at the Class 3A, District 12 boys tournament at Seminole Lake Country Club. What was already going to be a tightly-contested match for the top three team spots turned into survival of the fittest.  East Lake did best in the conditions, shooting ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 10:07 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam volleyball 25: Closing out the regular season

    HomeTeam volleyball 25: Closing out the regular season Last week our No. 1 team dropped a match to longtime rival Berkeley Prep, a team that has showed bright spots despite its youth, and Palm Harbor University and Seminole are also on the rise after good weeks. Pretty soon, though, all that will matter is the outcome of the ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 4:34 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • PCAC volleyball tournament finals set

    The final PCAC volleyball tournament schedule has been set. All 16 teams were seeded prior to the season and each team played two rounds to earn a final seeding. The teams are broken into four pods of four teams for the finals. Games will be played on Wednesday starting at ...
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    Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Longtime Northeast coach Larry Rudisill stepping down at end of the year

    Northeast cross country and track coach Larry Rudisill announced that he is stepping down from both sports at the end of the season. Rudisill has coached in the county for 21 seasons. He said he made the move to spend more time with his family. "I know a lot of ...
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    Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 at 10:46 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Northeast's Hayley Brahm records personal record at Rebel Invitational

    Northeast's Hayley Brahm ran past the competition at the Rebel Invitational, winning the individual title in a personal best time of 20 minutes, 20 seconds. Brahm surged to the lead from the start and kicked it into another gear in the final half-mile of the race. "After I passed the ...
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    Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 at 10:06 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys golf: Mitchell nabs fourth SAC crown in a row

    ZEPHYRHILLS — Mitchell won its fourth straight Sunshine Athletic Conference boys golf tournament in record fashion, surpassing its previous best result by one stroke. Among the Mustangs’ seven SAC titles overall was the 2008 finish of plus-7. Wednesday at Silverado, they shot 294 to finish a team-record 6 under. Mitchell ...
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    Wed. Oct. 08, 2014 at 6:57 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Swimming: East Lake boys and girls top PHU

    PALM HARBOR — East Lake’s boys and girls swept the team titles in a swimming dual meet with traditional power Palm Harbor University on Tuesday. “It was definitely a milestone for this program,” Eagles coach Tim O’Keefe said. “In my seven years of coaching we haven’t beat PHU’s boys or ...
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    Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Volleyball: CCC rallies to top Northside Christian

    ST. PETERSBURG — Just two days removed from winning a highly competitive tournament in Miami, Clearwater Central Catholic was back on the court Tuesday for a Class 3A, District 9 match against Northside Christian. After fighting off fatigue, the Marauders rallied to defeat the Mustangs 17-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-12. CCC ...
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    Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Sunlake sweeps Fivay to grab top district seed

    LAND O’LAKES — Sunlake knocked off two-time defending region finalist Fivay 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 Tuesday to earn the top seed for the Class 5A, District 8 volleyball tournament. With Fivay keying on top Sunlake hitter Sarah Sprague, Kelsey Riquelme took over and recorded 17 kills for the Seahawks (17-5). “We ...
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    Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 at 10:12 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls golf: Sunlake’s Harris takes SAC again; Mitchell wins 14th straight team title

    HUDSON — Sunlake’s Kelly Harris defended her title and Mitchell extended its Sunshine Athletic Conference-record winning streak to 14 Monday at The Links. Harris, a junior, shot 75, nine strokes lower than last year’s winning score at Plantation Palms. The two-time SAC individual medalist was the conference runnerup as a ...
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    Mon. Oct. 06, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Fatima Abu-Rumman, female winner for Sept. 27-Oct. 3

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Fatima Abu-Rumman, female winner for Sept. 27-Oct. 3 Female Hot Shot winner: Fatima Abu-Rumman Osceola  Fatima Abu-Rumman knew she had a chance to become Osceola’s No. 1 runner this season. To claim that title, the junior trained over the summer by attending team conditioning and camp. But as the season began, Abu-Rumman developed a sinus infection. She labored through ...
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    Mon. Oct. 06, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam volleyball 25: Final push before playoffs

    HomeTeam volleyball 25: Final push before playoffs Though the top teams have remained the same, for the most part, all season, others are making a late-season run. Steinbrenner, which hasn’t dropped a match in more than a month, and Sunlake, led by Sarah Sprauge and her 245 kills, are both on the rise. Others, like Wharton and ...
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    Mon. Oct. 06, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons