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  • Girls basketball: Former Gulf standout Jalena Hawkins signs with Trinity Baptist

    Gulf's Jalena Hawkins has signed a letter of intent to play at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, according to new Gulf head coach Bruno Buonsanto. Hawkins was a four-year starter for the Buccaneers and helped them win four straight district championships. As a senior she averaged 13.4 points and six ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 2:54 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Canterbury's Kama Woodall commits to NC State

    Canterbury's Kama Woodall, the Times' Pinellas County pitcher of the year, committed to North Carolina State on Friday night. "I just fell in love the school," Woodall said. Woodall said she also had interest from Arizona State, Boston College and Stanford. NC State was the only one that had offered and ...
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    Sat. Aug. 16, 2014 at 1:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Seminole OF Jacob Silverstein commits to Bethune-Cookman

    Seminole outfielder Jacob Silverstein has committed to Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, according to Seminole coach Jeff Pincus. Silverstein was a three-year starter for the Warhawks. As a junior, Silverstein hit .324 with 11 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. As a sophomore, Silverstein hit .366 and helped the Warhawks reach ...
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    Tue. Aug. 12, 2014 at 8:40 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • St. Petersburg golfer Blake Dyer commits to Florida

    St. Petersburg's Blake Dyer has committed to play golf at the University of Florida. Dyer, the Times' Pinellas golfer of the year as a junior, becomes a second generation Gators golfer. His father, Kevin, also played at Florida. Dyer won the 3A-12 district tournament after shooting a 5-under, 66 at ...
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    Fri. Aug. 08, 2014 at 8:22 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage picks South Carolina

    Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage picks South Carolina Four years ago, Nature Coast offensive lineman Christian Pellage weighed 225 pounds. He was raw. His technique was not sound. “I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he said. Since then, Pellage has grown in size (6-foot-7, 290 pounds) and stature. On Friday, he was the big man on ...
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    Fri. Aug. 08, 2014 at 2:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Wharton WR Auden Tate picks Florida State

    Wharton WR Auden Tate picks Florida State As 2015 wide receiver Auden Tate sat flanked by his parents in the principal’s conference room at Wharton High School for his commitment ceremony Tuesday, his mother Nicki admitted to the crowd of people that spilled out into the hallway that she didn’t think the day would ever come.  It ...
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    Tue. Aug. 05, 2014 at 1:49 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Former Boca Ciega P/INF Tanner Watkins commits to HCC

    Boca Ciega pitcher/first baseman Tanner Watkins has committed to Hillsborough Community College, according to Pirates coach Ralph Rogers. Watkins pitched 69.2 innings as Boca Ciega's ace and had a 1.31 ERA and 90 strikeouts. He also hit .394 with 14 RBIs and nine doubles. Watkins will likely play both pitcher ...
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    Mon. Aug. 04, 2014 at 3:50 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage ready to select college

    Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage ready to select college Nature Coast offensive tackle Christian Pellage will announce his college commitment Friday at 2 p.m. at the school’s gym. The three-star 2015 prospect said he doesn’t have a list of finalists, but he holds more than two-dozen offers, including Florida State, Florida, Alabama and Ohio State. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Pellage ...
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    Mon. Aug. 04, 2014 at 1:22 p.m. | Matt Baker

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  • Admiral Farragut safety Jestin Green commits to Florida International

    Admiral Farragut senior safety/wide receiver Jestin Green committed to Florida International University in Boca Raton after visiting the school on Thursday, according to coach Ryan Hearn. Green, 6-foot-1, 165, has been a varsity player for the Blue Jackets since his sophomore year. Green also had interest from Connecticut, S.E. Missouri ...
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    Thu. July 31, 2014 at 7:02 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • 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

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Latest Football News

  • St. Petersburg: 2014 football preview

    St. Petersburg: 2014 football preview St. Petersburg Coach: Joe Fabrizio (ninth season, 53-33) Last season: 6-4 Class/district: 8A-7 Colors: Green and white Stadium: Stewart Field, 2501 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg Playoff history: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 Last appearance: Lost 13-10 to Venice. Season schedule Aug. 29 vs. Gibbs, 7:30 Sept. ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:56 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Newsome: 2014 football preview

    Newsome: 2014 football preview Newsome Coach: Kenneth Hiscock (ninth season, 54-32) Last season: 5-5 Class/district: 8A-6 Colors: Navy, light blue and white Stadium: Unnamed, 16550 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia  Playoff history: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 Last appearance:  Beat Gaither 52-7; beat Durant 21-14; lost 21-18 to Kissimmee Osceola. Season schedule Aug. 29 vs. Tampa Bay Tech, ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:38 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Riverview: 2014 football preview

    Riverview Coach: Mike Thornton (third season, 4-16) Last season: 2-8 Class/district: 8A-6 Colors: Royal blue, black and silver Stadium: Shark Field, 11311 Boyette Road, Riverview Playoff history: 2000, 2001, 2005 Last appearance: Beat Orlando Freedom 34-15; lost 28-7 to Palm Beach Lakes Season schedule Sept. 5 at East Bay, 7:30 Sept. ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 7:38 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Class 8A, District 7: 2014 football preview

    Class 8A, District 7: 2014 football preview We wrap up our daily district previews for all 78 varsity football teams with a mixed Bradenton/Sarasota/Pinellas league. Overview Half of the teams in this district are going to the playoffs, so there is no room for error. If there was ever a time to knock off Bradenton Manatee, it ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 7:06 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • Class 8A, District 6: 2014 district preview

    Class 8A, District 6: 2014 district preview We wrap up our daily district previews for all 78 varsity football teams with one of Hillsborough County’s most competitive leagues.  Overview This is one of Tampa Bay’s best districts, with just about every team in it a playoff contender. Plant hasn’t lost a district game in ages, and Wharton ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. | John C. Cotey and Kelly Parsons

  • Associated Press state preseason football poll

    The Associated Press Preseason Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and AP poll 2013 final rankings. Area teams in bold: Class 8A Record    Pts    Prv   1. Miramar (11)   0-0          133    2      ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 12:46 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Seminole: 2014 football preview

    Seminole: 2014 football preview Seminole Coach: Chris Miller (second season, 3-7; 10th season overall, 51-42) Last season: 3-7 Class/district: 7A-9  Colors: Orange, green and white  Stadium: Warhawk Stadium, 8401 31st St. N., Seminole Playoff history: 1972, 1976, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 Last appearance: Lost 21-20 to Clearwater. Season schedule Aug. 29 at Osceola, ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 6:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Park: 2014 football preview

    Pinellas Park: 2014 football preview Pinellas Park Coach: Kenny Crawford (sixth season, 33-21) Last season: 10-2 Class/district: 7A-9 Colors: Blue, red and white  Stadium: Richard Allen Memorial Stadium, 6305 118th Ave. N., Pinellas Park Playoff history: 1983, 1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013  Last appearance: Beat Sarasota 32-7; lost 45-0 to East Lake. Season schedule Aug. ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Northeast: 2014 football preview

    Northeast: 2014 football preview Northeast Coach: Jeremy Frioud (first season) Last season: 1-9 Class/district: 7A-9 Colors: Red and white Stadium: John Sexton Stadium, 1717 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg Playoff history: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2012 Last appearance: Lost 65-12 to Bradenton Manatee. Season schedule  Aug. 29 at ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 6:12 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • East Lake: 2014 football preview

    East Lake: 2014 football preview East Lake Coach: Bob Hudson (12th season, 78-47) Last season: 13-1 Class/district: 7A-9 Colors: Royal blue and white Stadium: East Lake Stadium, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake  Playoff history: 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Last appearance: Beat Palmetto 13-12; beat ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside: 2014 football preview

    Countryside: 2014 football preview Countryside Coach: Eric Schmitz (first season) Last season: 6-4 Class/district: 7A-9 Colors: Garnet and gold Stadium: Cougar Field, 300 State Road 580, Clearwater Playoff history: 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Last appearance: Lost 28-27 to Venice. Season schedule  Aug. 29 at Lakewood, ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Clearwater: 2014 football preview

    Clearwater: 2014 football preview Clearwater Coach: Donnie Abraham (second season) Last season: 0-10 Class/district: 7A-9 Colors: Gray and red Stadium: Jack White Stadium, 540 S. Hercules Ave., Clearwater Playoff history: 1964, 1969, 1970, 1978, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 Last appearance: Lost 39-21 to Boca Ciega Season schedule Aug. 29 at ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Class 7A, District 9: 2014 football preview

    Class 7A, District 9: 2014 football preview We’re rolling out daily district previews for all 78 varsity football teams in the area. Today we look at a six-team all-Pinellas County district. Overview This district could be one of the most competitive in the area. Five of the six teams either won or tied in their spring games. ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 4:09 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • Strawberry Crest: 2014 football preview

    Strawberry Crest: 2014 football preview Strawberry Crest Coach: John Kelly (third season, 10-10) Last season: 6-4 Class/district: 7A-8 Colors: Black, crimson and silver  Stadium: Unnamed. 4691 Gallagher Road, Dover. Playoff history: None Season schedule Aug. 29 vs. Bloomingdale, 7:30 Sept. 5 at Spoto, 7:30 Sept. 12 vs. Leon, 7:30 Sept. 19 at Brandon, 7:30 Sept. 26 at Freedom, ...
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    Mon. Aug. 18, 2014 at 11:44 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Plant City: 2014 football preview

    Plant City: 2014 football preview Plant City Coach: Wayne Ward (fifth season, 25-17) Last season: 8-3 Class/district: 7A-8 Colors: Aqua, orange and white  Stadium: Raider Stadium, One Raider Place, Plant City Playoff history: 1975, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 Last appearance: Lost 17-10 to Sickles. Season schedule  Aug. 29 vs. Steinbrenner, 7:30 Sept. 5 at Wharton, 7:30 Sept. 19 at ...
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    Mon. Aug. 18, 2014 at 11:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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Other News

  • Golf: Tampa Bay season preview

    Golf: Tampa Bay season preview This year’s high school golf season could be awfully similar to last year’s golf season. Of the six 2013 Tampa Bay Times Players of the Year in the North Suncoast and Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, five return. They are Donnie Gabrelcik (Mitchell), Kelly Harris (Sunlake), Tyler Bakich (Newsome), Terese Romeo ...
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    Sat. Aug. 16, 2014 at 8:12 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Admiral Farragut names Tom Beck baseball coach

    Tom Beck, a former assistant coach for seven years at Seminole, has been named head baseball coach at Admiral Farragut. Beck, 52, takes over for Brian Cooke, who stepped down in July. Cooke was 5-52 in his three years at AFA. “It’s going to be a challenge and that’s exactly ...
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    Wed. Aug. 13, 2014 at 3:19 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Soccer: Land O' Lakes' Pearson resigns after 16 seasons

    Land O' Lakes boys soccer coach Mark Pearson has resigned after 16 seasons, Pearson confirmed Tuesday. During 16 seasons at the helm, Pearson led the Gators to three state final four appearances, including state runnerup finishes in 1999 and 2012. Last season, the Gators were district runners up, finishing 13-8-1 ...
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    Tue. Aug. 12, 2014 at 2:55 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • River Ridge hands softball program to Kurt Goluba

    Kurt Goluba, an assistant coach for the River Ridge softball team the past two seasons as well as the father of ace Makenzie Goluba, has been hired to replace longtime coach Ernie Beck, becoming the program's third coach. Goluba, who has coached little league and travel ball teams in Pasco ...
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    Tue. Aug. 12, 2014 at 12:41 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sophomore swim class shaping up nicely for Pasco County

    Sophomore swim class shaping up nicely for Pasco County LAND O’LAKES — While most standout high school athletes will dabble in more than one sport, Sunlake’s Kara Wilkins flourishes exclusively in the pool. And it’s been that way since she was 5. It’s not that mom, Pam, who swam collegiately at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, didn’t give her options. ...
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    Tue. Aug. 12, 2014 at 10:03 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Gulf promotes girls basketball assistant Bruno Buonsanto

    Gulf High School didn't have to look very far for its new girls basketball coach. Bruno Buonsanto, an assistant coach with the program the past two years under Clare Ennis, was selected from five applicants, according to athletic director Shari McFarlane. "It was a very tough decision,'' McFarlane said. "But ...
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    Wed. Aug. 06, 2014 at 12:36 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Former Northeast coach Bill Dudley tapped for Wrestling Hall of Fame

    Former Northeast coach Bill Dudley tapped for Wrestling Hall of Fame St. Petersburg City Council chairman Bill Dudley, formerly a longtime wrestling coach at Northeast High School, will be inducted into the Florida chapter of the Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando. Dudley is one of seven who will be inducted. The ...
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    Tue. Aug. 05, 2014 at 3:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: PHU hires ex-Dunedin coach Tom Hilbert

    Tom Hilbert, who was Dunedin’s baseball coach for 16 years, accepted the same position at Palm Harbor University. PHU athletic director Larry Lopez confirmed Hilbert has been chosen to replace Joel Slawinski, who transferred to Dunedin to be an assistant football coach. Hilbert, 44, resigned as Dunedin’s coach after the ...
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    Fri. Aug. 01, 2014 at 7:06 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Baylor's Tim Holmes transfers to Florida

    Baylor's Tim Holmes, who finished fourth in the 400 hurdles at NCAA Division I track and field championships last month, has transferred to Florida. Holmes, a former standout at Lakewood, made the move to be closer to his family and because it  was a better fit for him  to excel ...
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    Thu. July 31, 2014 at 4:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • PHU names Tom Hilbert baseball coach

    Tom Hilbert, who was Dunedin's head baseball coach for 16 years, has accepted the same position at Palm Harbor University. PHU athletic director Larry Lopez confirmed that Hilbert has been chosen to replace Joel Slawinski, who transferred to Dunedin to be an assistant football coach. Hilbert, 44, resigned as Dunedin's ...
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    Thu. July 31, 2014 at 3:13 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • 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