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  • Shane Bucenell hopes his dream of playing at next level won't be denied

    Shane Bucenell hopes his dream of playing at next level won't be denied The dream has always been the same for Shane Bucenell. The 6-foot, 195-pound Wiregrass Ranch quarterback might be undersized to play the position at the next level, but that’s never stopped him from trying to make it happen. It has, however, drawn the attention of doubters, Bucenell said, even going ...
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    Fri. Oct. 24, 2014 at 4:58 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Countryside's Summer Finke commits to FSU

    Countryside swimmer Summer Finke made her college plans official by announcing Tuesday that she has commited to Florida State. Finke, the state's eighth-ranked girls swimmer in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, picked the Seminoles over Florida and Wisconsin. "I got along really well with all the (FSU) coaching staff ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 8:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • 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

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  • Football: Lake Gibson 24, Largo 20

    LARGO — Lake Gibson got fourth-quarter touchdowns from Casey Whitaker and Thomas Boles to hold off Largo 24-20 in a non-district contest Friday night. Largo quarterback Donavan Hale threw a touchdown and ran for another as time expired. Key drive: Lake Gibson took up the majority of the third quarter ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:34 a.m. | Corey Long

  • Football: Osceola 49, Palm Harbor University 14

    SEMINOLE — Osceola wasted little time dismantling Palm Harbor University on Friday night, going up 14-0 early on two Nick Shytle scoring runs. The Warrior defense was suffocating early on, not allowing a first down until midway through the second quarter. The defense also came up with three interceptions, two ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:31 a.m. | Phillip Haywood

  • Football : St. Petersburg 49, Dixie Hollins 7

    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg got off to a slow start, but the Green Devils picked up the tempo when they got their speedster, Darius Miller, involved in the second quarter as the junior scored twice from runs of 32 and 68 yards. The Green Devils then went on to ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:29 a.m. | Justin Miller

  • Football: Boca Ciega 26, Dunedin 17

    DUNEDIN — Boca Ciega coach Max Smith beat his former team, 26-17, to spoil Dunedin’s Senior Night and keep the Pirates’ slim playoff hopes alive. Trailing 10-6 in the second quarter, Wayne Watson ran for a 21-yard touchdown to give his team the lead. A snap over Dunedin punter Dustin ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:18 a.m. | Colby Cole

  • Football: Countryside 26, Seminole 18

    CLEARWATER — Countryside earned a decisive 26-18 victory against the Seminole Warhawks, placing them as finalists for the district 7A-9 title when they try to win their first championship since 2011 against Pinellas Park next week. Key drive: Although Seminole was the first to score, Countryside had a quick and ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:15 a.m. | Christian Lemus

  • Football: Bloomingdale 34, Newsome 27

    LITHIA — Chris Wonsley’s second-effort touchdown with just more than a minute to play was the difference Friday night as Bloomingdale shook off a sluggish start to defeat Class 8A, District 6 rival Newsome 34-27. “We started off slow,” Bloomingdale quarterback Isaiah McIntyre said. “But the coaches got us right ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:13 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 44, Admiral Farragut 14

    ST. PETERSBURG — A win would have given Clearwater Central Catholic a 3A District 5 title, but the Marauders left no doubt of who was the champion after a rout of Admiral Farragut, to improve to 8-0 (3-0) on the year. Sophomore C.J. Cotman led the way, with 48 rushing ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:12 a.m. | Greg Zeck

  • Football: Armwood 39, King 0

    TAMPA — It was another decisive victory for Armwood, another blowout. But for coach Sean Callahan, Armwood’s victory over King left him frustrated. “We didn’t play a very disciplined game tonight,” he said. “We have to get 17-year old kids keyed up for this game instead of going through the ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:09 a.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Football: Plant 32, Wharton 0

    TAMPA — Friday’s game featured another slow start and another blowout win for Plant. More importantly, it secured another district championship. Led by 98 second-half rushing yards and two touchdowns from Patrick Brooks, Plant blew out Wharton 32-0. The victory secured it the 8A-6 district championship, the school’s 10th straight ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:07 a.m. | Ryan Butler

  • Football: Brandon 28, East Bay 17

    BRANDON — Keith Cook ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns as Brandon remained in control of its playoff destiny with a 28-17 victory over 7A District 8 rival East Bay on Friday. The surprising Eagles (6-2, 2-1) opened with a time-consuming drive capped by a 14-yard touchdown toss from ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:06 a.m. | Rick Cantor

  • Football: Calvary Christian 27, Quincy Notre Dame 21

    Calvary Christian held off visiting Quincy Notre Dame (Ill.) on Friday 27-21. The Raiders scored with less than three minutes to play to cut the lead to six but Warrior Josh Hancock recovered it and the Warriors were able to run out the clock. “They (Notre Dame) were more of ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Football: Steinbrenner 7, Freedom 6

    TAMPA — With both Freedom and Steinbrenner part of a tight Class 7A, District 8 race, Friday’s game was just as tight. Steinbrenner prevailed, coming from behind after 48 minutes of nonstop penalties from both sides and numerous punts and turnovers. Key drives: Freedom had nine penalties in the first ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:03 a.m. | Evan Abramson

  • Football: Lakeland Christian 37, Tampa Catholic 7

    LAKELAND — Every once in a while, a team takes on a certain glow right before making a championship run— and Lakeland Christian was shining bright from the opening kickoff Friday at Vikings Stadium. Lakeland Christian junior B.J. Sirmons returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and ignited ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:01 a.m. | The Ledger

  • Football: Hillsborough 55, Durant 49

    DURANT — Hillsborough spoiled Durant’s homecoming in a 55-49 shootout Friday behind the senior play of Dwayne Lawson, who threw four touchdowns and ran for two. The Cougars couldn’t get the Terriers off the field when it looked as if they had them corralled on third and longs. The Cougars ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:59 a.m. | J.J. Garrett

  • Football: Jefferson 55, Chamberlain 14

    TAMPA — Cade Weldon put on a show Friday, throwing seven touchdowns as Jefferson snapped a two-game losing streak with a 55-14 win over Chamberlain. Taj Jenkins and Maurice Moore caught three touchdowns apiece and Quentin Rogers had the other. Mondreas Lofton ran in the other touchdown for Jefferson (4-4, ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:59 a.m. | Darek Sharp

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  • District swimming: Plant sweeps 4A-5 meet

    TAMPA — Gearing for a deep postseason run, Plant made it back-to-back sweeps of the Class 4A, District 5 tournament Friday at the Bobby Hicks Pool. That’s something both coaches aim to make a habit. “The tradition is a big factor,” Plant girls coach Gil Gonzalez said. “They’re very aware ...
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    Fri. Oct. 24, 2014 at 7:11 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District swimming: Osceola girls take 3A-8 title

    ST. PETERSBURG — Osceola coach Karen Smalley knew she had enough returning talent for her girls to win their fourth straight Class 3A, District 8 swimming title. What she did not expect was how dominant the Warriors would be in doing so. Osceola won the meet convincingly Thursday, scoring 466 ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 11:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District volleyball roundup: Bloomingdale rallies past Wharton

    TAMPA — Featuring arguably Tampa Bay’s two best hitters in Bloomingdale’s Karissa Rhoades and Wharton’s Kathryn Attar, Thursday’s Class 8A-7 championship match promised to be a battle.  And was it ever.  The match was knotted at two sets apiece, forcing a decisive fifth set. Even that seemed like it would ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 11:09 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District volleyball: Seminole comes back to claim title

    District volleyball: Seminole comes back to claim title PINELLAS PARK — Down 2-0 and trailing 24-21 in the third game against East Lake, it looked as if Seminole would have to settle for runnerup in Class 7A, District 9. Then the Warhawks won a point. Then another. And another until they surged their way back for a 26-24 ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 11:04 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • District volleyball roundup: Sunlake nabs first title

    District volleyball roundup: Sunlake nabs first title  HUDSON — The first district championship in Sunlake history wasn’t going to come easy. Not only were the Seahawks facing the defending champ in Thursday night’s Class 5A, District 8 final, they were doing it on Fivay’s home court. In the end, Sunlake pushed aside the odds to repeat what ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 10:06 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Cross country: Jennifer Lima leads East Lake to PCAC title

    Cross country: Jennifer Lima leads East Lake to PCAC title LARGO — The fourth solar eclipse of the year ushered in a changing of the guard in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference cross country meet Thursday at Eagle Lake Park. Last week at Anclote, the East Lake girls were one runner shy of taking the team title by storm. This ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 8:48 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District volleyball: East Lake, Seminole take care of business

    PINELLAS PARK — The Class 7A, District 9 tournament did nothing to change what the regular season already proved. No. 1 seed Seminole and No. 2 East Lake are the top teams in the district after both advanced to Thursday's final. East Lake defeated No. 3 Clearwater in straight sets, 25-12, ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:52 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • District volleyball: Favored matchup a reality in 7A-7 final

    PLANT CITY — Strawberry Crest won a coin flip with Durant for the top seed in the Class 7A, District 7 tournament. Now, the Chargers will have to beat the defending champion Cougars to win their first title. “I didn’t want Plant City at Plant City,” Strawberry Crest coach Morgan ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:41 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District volleyball: Steinbrenner maintains league streak

    TAMPA — Steinbrenner had more on the line in Wednesday’s Class 7A, District 8 semifinal against Wiregrass Ranch than just a five-year district championship streak.   Steinbrenner coach Laura Praetorius recorded the scores from her team’s first matchup with the Bulls — a Warriors sweep — and gave her team ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:36 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District volleyball: Sunlake shakes off nerves, Dunedin

    HUDSON — Sunlake had to work for it, but the Seahawks are headed to the volleyball playoffs for the first time after a 26-28, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20 win over Dunedin in Wednesday’s Class 5A-8 semifinals.   “It feels great. Now, the pressure’s off and tomorrow we can return to the ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region golf: Haydyn Gibson leads Osceola to title

    SEMINOLE — A week ago, Osceola’s Haydyn Gibson cruised to an individual district title because of the competition, or lack thereof. That was not the case in Wednesday’s Class 2A, Region 6 tournament. Gibson squared off against Sebring’s Kendall Griffin, a familiar foe from years of playing together in tournaments. ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 8:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District volleyball roundup: Wharton goes the distance against Plant

    District volleyball roundup: Wharton goes the distance against Plant TAMPA — No. 3 Plant had a chance to upend No. 2 Wharton in Tuesday’s Class 8A, District 7 semifinals.  But the Wildcats held off the Panthers, advancing with a five-game win at Alonso. Top-seeded Bloomingdale swept past Riverview 25-15, 25-21, 25-13 in the other semi. “Plant hasn’t won this ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 10:43 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • District volleyball roundup: Osceola dispatches Springstead in five games

    TRINITY — To almost no one’s surprise, Tuesday’s first Class 6A-10 district semifinal went the distance.  In a match where two even teams couldn’t hold momentum for long, Osceola had it when it mattered, beating Springstead 25-15, 11-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13. The second semifinal also went as expected. Top seed ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 10:16 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District volleyball roundup: Hernando, Weeki Wachee back in final

    ZEPHYRHILLS — There will be a rematch for the Class 5A, District 7 title after Tuesday’s semifinal wins by defending champion Hernando and Weeki Wachee, last year’s runnerup. The Leopards and Hornets play for the title Thursday night at 7. Hernando (15-3) rallied from a game down for a 12-25, ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 10:08 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Cross country: Another Zentmeyer-Guyton battle in county meet

    Cross country: Another Zentmeyer-Guyton battle in county meet TAMPA — Monday’s Hillsborough County cross country meet at Al Lopez Park saw some of the fastest times of the season — with a dose of controversy.  The meet was originally set to take place at Lake Park in Lutz, then at Ed Radice Park, only to settle on Lopez ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. | Andy Warrener