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  • USF first to offer Ridgewood RB Glass Wilson

    Ridgewood sophomore Glass Wilson turned a lot of heads last fall after turning in one of Tampa Bay's top regular-season rushing performances. Also taking notice? USF. The Bulls are the first to offer the running back, according to Rams coach Jay Fulmer. The Tampa Bay Times' all-North Suncoast first-teamer rushed ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 8:48 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Three Osceola athletes sign with colleges

    Three Osceola athletes sign with colleges Osceola had three athletes sign their letters of intent today during a ceremony at school. Chase Ridenour and T.J. Ryan, both captains on the basketball team, signed with Ave Maria and Franklin College, respectively. Ridenour averaged 10 points, five assists and three steals per game this past season. Ryan averaged ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Four East Lake players make college plans official

    East Lake had four players — Keon Brown, John Lepper, Dillon Zettwuch, Tristan Zullo — commit to play football in college. Brown, a defensive back, is going to Coastal Carolina as a preferred walk-on. Brown had 37 tackles and eight passes broken up as a senior. Lepper, who started on ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 5:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Swimming: Holy Names' Timmons to sign with Navy

    Academy of Holy Names swimmer Shae Timmons will sign her letter of intent to swim at the U.S. Naval Academy on Wednesday. Timmons, who also swims and is a junior coach for Tampa Bay Aquatics, holds the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke and finished third in the event and ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 4:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Soccer: Springstead's McDuff signs with West Alabama

    Springstead senior captain Haleigh McDuff has signed with the University of West Alabama in Livingston. The Division II program offered the standout midfielder a combination academic and athletic scholarship to cover her financial needs. McDuff helped the Eagles to a 13-5-2 record last season, despite a stretch where the team ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 4:19 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Plant's Andrew Sanders commits to Washington University

    Plant F Andrew Sanders has orally committed to play basketball at Washington University in St. Louis, Panthers coach Michael Slonaker announced Tuesday afternoon. Sanders earned first-team all-county honors this winter as a senior. The 6-foot-5 Sanders averaged 17.3 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. He added more than three steals ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 3:02 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Nate Craig gets invite to 2016 Under Armour game

    The 2015 Under Armour All-American Game is more than eight months away, but the high school all-star game has already invited one local athlete for the 2016 competition. Tampa Catholic WR Nate Craig has been invited to play in the 2016 game, Craig announced Tuesday via Twitter. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Nate Craig
      Auburn University, Florida State University, Ohio State University, University of Florida, University of South Florida
  • Baseball: East Lake's Cameron Churchill signs with Nova Southeastern

    East Lake pitcher/first baseball Cameron Churchill has signed a letter of intent to attend Nova Southeastern in the fall. Churchill is a four-year player who has been consistent at the plate and on the mound this season. He is hitting .327 and is 5-2 with a 1.2 ERA in 35 innings ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 11:17 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Gators' Cedrick Lowe picks Huntingdon

    Land O’Lakes S Cedrick Lowe has orally committed to play football at Huntingdon (Ala.) College, Gators coach Brian Wachtel said Monday via text message. Lowe, a 5-foot-6, 180-pound senior, was one of the Gators’ top players last fall. He ended the season with 63 tackles, one sack and two interceptions. ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 1:13 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Pasco’s Archibald takes long path to Miami commitment

    Pasco’s Archibald takes long path to Miami commitment DADE CITY — Bowman Archibald knew he was in trouble the moment he saw his coach’s face. Archibald had skipped almost every offseason workout since his freshman year ended at Pasco, and Pirates coach Tom McHugh wasn’t happy about it. McHugh rose from his chair as soon as Archibald walked ...
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    Sat. April 19, 2014 at 6:51 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Ray Ray McCloud III gets Under Armour invite, and other recruiting notes

    Ray Ray McCloud III gets Under Armour invite, and other recruiting notes A few recruiting nuggets from the last few days: • Sickles junior ATH Ray Ray McCloud III announced his invitation to the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game. The 2,300-yard rusher holds offers from Clemson, Florida and Florida State, among others. The all-star game could have a very strong local flavor ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 2:12 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Blake's Shavar Manuel ranked No. 2 in country, receives Army invite

    Blake's Shavar Manuel ranked No. 2 in country, receives Army invite Blake's sack-happy sophomore defensive lineman Shavar Manuel doesn't graduate until 2016, but 247Sports and the U.S. Army aren't wasting any time. Manuel, a 6-foot-3, 260-pounder, was invited to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American game Wednesday, and followed that up by making a giant splash in the 247Sports latest ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Bay area well represented in ESPN 300

    Ten Tampa Bay football players in the class of 2015 made the cut for the latest ESPN 300. Armwood defensive end Byron Cowart, a five-star recruit who had 13 sacks and three fumble recoveries last season, is the highest-ranked local player at No. 5. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior boasts a ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 4:04 p.m. | Times Staff

    • Recruit: Byron Cowart
      Auburn University, Florida State University, LSU, University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Nebraska
  • Alonso ace Kayla Maxwell to sign with Houston

    Alonso pitcher Kayla Maxwell will sign Wednesday with Houston, Ravens athletic director Brian Grantham announced Tuesday afternoon. Maxwell has established herself as one of Hillsborough County’s top pitchers as a senior. She has posted a 1.15 ERA and a 15-3 record with 78 strikeouts this spring. She’s also batting .327 ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 3:20 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Vincent Testaverde picks Texas Tech, and other Jesuit signings

    Seven Jesuit athletes – including QB Vincent Testaverde – plan to sign to play college ball in a ceremony Wednesday morning, the school announced Monday morning. Testaverde – the son of Miami’s Heisman Trophy winner and former Buc – will play at Texas Tech. He helped the Tigers win the ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 3:51 p.m. | Matt Baker

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  • Countryside starts spring practice Thursday

    Countryside will get a head start on the rest of the county by starting spring football practice Thursday, a week ahead of the May 1 official date. The Cougars petitioned the Florida High School Athletic Association for an earlier start because their spring game at Citrus is May 16, a ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 5:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Ex-East Lake stars Cole, Scott making early impacts in college

    Ex-East Lake stars Cole, Scott making early impacts in college Former East Lake standouts Mason Cole of Michigan and Artavis Scott of Clemson each made a strong enough impression during  spring games that they could start in the fall as true freshmen. Cole, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman, moved quickly up the depth chart in the offseason and started at left ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Bishop McLaughlin promotes Craig Moore to head coach

    Bishop McLaughlin’s has replaced one former professional football player with another. The Hurricanes promoted assistant Craig Moore to head football coach Tuesday, the school announced. “When I first came over with Coach (Derrick) Alexander, our vision was to build a program, to really get the program to take off…” Moore ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 5:29 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Plant set to open football season in Georgia

    Plant will play Lowndes (Ga.) on Aug. 29 for its first regular-season game of the 2014 football season, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The game will be the second of a double-header played at the Vikings' Martin Stadium. Manatee and Ware County (Ga.) will play in the first game of ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Ex-Robinson QB Zain Gilmore Jr. arrested

    Former Robinson High quarterback Zain Gilmore Jr., the offensive catalyst behind the Knights’ 2012 state playoff run, was arrested in Kentucky on first-degree charges of burglary and robbery. Gilmore, who redshirted as a freshman last season at Eastern Kentucky University, was arrested by campus police and booked into the Madison ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 2:57 p.m. | Joey Knight

  • FSU great Derrick Alexander no longer Bishop head coach

    Former Florida State star Derrick Alexander is out as Bishop McLaughlin’s head football coach, the school announced Tuesday morning. Alexander left his position to spend more time with his family but will still work for the Hurricanes as a consultant, Bishop McLaughlin dean of students Joe Jasinski said. “Bishop McLaughlin ...
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    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 9:37 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Unsigned Preps qualifies for nationals, will join Team Tampa (with video)

    Unsigned Preps qualifies for nationals, will join Team Tampa (with video) Unsigned Preps’ all-star 7-on-7 team staged an unlikely rally behind Alonso’s Chris Oladokun and Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III to reach the semifinals of the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional on Sunday, clinching a second straight national championship appearance. But a timing snafu kept Unsigned Preps from bigger things. In its ...
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    Mon. March 31, 2014 at 4:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District tennis: Contenders and dark horses

    District tennis: Contenders and dark horses With district tournaments starting Monday, it looks as if the usual suspects will make a run at the state tournament. But don’t count out a few newcomers. Top contenders Countryside’s boys and East Lake’s girls won their PCAC championship matches and take momentum into postseason play. Countryside (13-0) stopped St. ...
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    Sat. March 29, 2014 at 12:08 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Four area teams take on 7-on-7 regional qualifier

    Four area teams take on 7-on-7 regional qualifier A collection of Tampa Bay’s top football talent, including the likes of Tampa Bay Tech’s Deon Cain, Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III, Hillsborough’s Dwayne Lawson and East Lake’s George Campbell, will converge in Bradenton this weekend for the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional qualifier. Four teams and more than 75 athletes ...
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    Fri. March 28, 2014 at 3:42 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Shorecrest names Steve Dudley football coach

    Shorecrest names Steve Dudley football coach It didn’t take long for Steve Dudley to get back into coaching. Just a few months after resigning as football coach at St. Petersburg Catholic, Dudley was named to the same position at Shorecrest on Thursday. He takes over for Dave Moore, who coached for two seasons at the school ...
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    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 5:41 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Deon Cain gets Army bowl invite

    Deon Cain gets Army bowl invite Tampa Bay Tech ATH Deon Cain picked up another honor Thursday. The four-star recruit earned an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Titans coach Jayson Roberts said. Cain is one of Tampa Bay’s top talents for the class of 2015. He was fifth in the Tampa Bay Times’ list ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • FHSAA formally investigates Tampa Catholic after second recruiting charge

    FHSAA formally investigates Tampa Catholic after second recruiting charge Another recruiting allegation against Tampa Catholic — including an offer “too good to pass up” — helped expand the Florida High School Athletic Association’s ongoing formal investigation into the Crusaders’ athletic department. The FHSAA notified Tampa Catholic last month that an investigator will review the school for possible violations for ...
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    Thu. March 13, 2014 at 11:01 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 1-7

    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, March 1 through Friday, March 7. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 08, 2014 at 1:02 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Updated FHSAA all-sports standings

    The Florida High School Athletic Association released its updated standings for the Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup, which honors a school’s success across all sports. You can see the full list here. Schools from the Tampa Bay area in contention are: Class 8A Palm Harbor University: No. 2 with 71.75 ...
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    Thu. March 06, 2014 at 12:58 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • CCC's James Margarella steps down as boys basketball coach

    James Margarella, who guided Clearwater Central Catholic's boys basketball program to its first postseason appearance since 2001, stepped down after three seasons as coach to spend more time with his family. "My wife is expecting and we're going to have two young children," Margerella said. "Basketball is tough and takes ...
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    Wed. March 05, 2014 at 7:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • Region track: North Port barely edges out Countryside boys

    TAMPA — In one of the first events of the day at the Class 4A, Region 2 meet at Leto on Wednesday, the Countryside boys edged Bloomingdale in the 4x800 relay to win in 8:05.04. The final event of the day would see the Pinellas County excitement climax as the ...
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    Wed. April 23, 2014 at 11:47 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District baseball: Rivals Gators, Seahawks reach 5A-8 final

    HUDSON — Rivals Land O’Lakes and Sunlake will play for the District 5A-8 title after the Gators knocked out top seed River Ridge 7-2 and Sunlake dropped Tarpon Springs 13-3 in six innings. Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. district final will be their fourth meeting; LOL (17-8) took two of the first ...
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    Wed. April 23, 2014 at 10:49 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District baseball roundup: Bloomingdale’s Crouse prevails in battle of aces

    TAMPA — For the past six months, Bloomingdale coach Kris Wilken had planned for the very situation in which the Bulls found themselves Tuesday. All he wanted to do was make sure his team made the district semifinals and could put the ball in Logan Crouse’s hands. The Bloomingdale ace, ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 10:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District baseball: Bishop McLaughlin shakes off early deficit

    SPRING HILL — After a one-year absence, Bishop McLaughlin is headed back to the region playoffs. The berth comes after the Hurricanes defeated Carrollwood Day 5-3 Tuesday night in the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals. The Patriots (13-10) seemed to have things under control after jumping out to a 3-0 ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 10:19 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District baseball roundup: 'Home' field suits St. Petersburg just fine

    ST. PETERSBURG — When given the choice of playing Tuesday’s Class 8A, District 8 semifinal against Palm Harbor University at either Gibbs or spacious Huggins-Stengel Field, St. Petersburg players unanimously chose the latter. It was clearly a good decision. The Green Devils know how to play at Huggins-Stengel. Using small ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 9:27 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region softball: Sister act still intact at Dunedin

    Region softball: Sister act still intact at Dunedin For the past decade, it has become commonplace to see one of the Ehlers pitching for Dunedin. Amber started this sisterhood in softball as Dunedin’s ace from 2004-07. She went on to pitch for Hillsborough Community College. Ashley took over from 2008-11 and is currently at Saint Leo. Aubrey has ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 7:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Ace sparks Jefferson’s best season

    Region softball: Ace sparks Jefferson’s best season  TAMPA — Ask Jefferson coach Eve Soto-Suarez about senior pitcher Nikki Lopez, and Soto-Suarez begins to gush before stopping herself. “I don’t want to use the word perfect — she doesn’t like that much,” Soto-Suarez said. “But honestly, she’s up there.” It’s hard to argue with her. Lopez’s last B ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 7:03 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • District softball: PHU falls short to Sarasota Riverview in final

    Palm Harbor University’s offense continued its late-season turnaround with 11 hits in Monday’s district championship game. But it wasn’t enough as defensive miscues proved costly in a 6-5 loss to host Sarasota Riverview. The Hurricanes (17-6) will travel to Alonso in Wednesday’s region quarterfinals. Logyn Lilley had the most impact ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 6:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Plenty of pop in Mitchell’s bats

    Region softball: Plenty of pop in Mitchell’s bats NEW PORT RICHEY — Mitchell opens the Class 6A region playoffs Wednesday against a Chamberlain squad it knows little about. Fortunately, the Mustangs are secure in one bit of knowledge: Their hitting is right where it needs to be. “Absolutely, without a doubt,” said senior Kassidy Neptune, the leader of ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Winners for April 12-18

    HomeTeam Hot Shots A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week. Female Hot Shots: Alexis Franco and Laurel Wanger, Largo Sport: Tennis   Skinny: The Packers’ top doubles team played in last week’s Class 3A individual state tournament at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs. Franco and Wanger ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 3:32 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Softball: Gaither blanks Steinbrenner for 7A-8 title

    TAMPA — Pitcher Sammi Grat scattered five hits and batterymate Elizabeth Mason stole home to highlight Gaither’s 8-0 shutout of Steinbrenner in Saturday’s Class 7A, District 8 championship game. The Cowboys, district champions for the first time since 2010, scored three runs in the third inning and four in the ...
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    Sat. April 19, 2014 at 8:34 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 12-18

    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, April 12 through Friday, April 18. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 19, 2014 at 12:41 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Baseball: Pinellas district preview

    Baseball: Pinellas district preview ST. PETERSBURG — Northeast coach Rob Stanifer wanted to send a message. It was early March and the Vikings were struggling yet again, this time in a home game against Berkeley Prep. “I had enough so I saw the bats over there lined up against the fence,’’ Stanifer said. “You ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 7:50 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Drury brothers give Wiregrass competitive edge

    Baseball: Drury brothers give Wiregrass competitive edge Brothers Zach and Austin Drury have been key to Wiregrass Ranch’s success this season. The Bulls (16-6) enter next week’s district tournament as the No. 2 seed in Class 7A-8, but four teams tied for the league lead with 5-3 records. The Drurys will play a big role in how ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 6:44 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Baseball: Hillsborough district preview

    Baseball: Hillsborough district preview TAMPA — The Monday night game against Tampa Catholic, which Tampa Prep lost 8-2, had been over for nearly 15 minutes. But after his team’s postgame huddle in leftfield broke, a disappointed Luis Medina lingered. The sophomore catcher, who has a team-high .453 batting average, also had a near-flawless fielding ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 6:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons