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  • Gibbs' Sajon Ford commits to Northeastern

    Gibbs' Sajon Ford announced via Twitter that he has committed to Northeastern. Ford, a 6-foot-11 power forward, picked the Huskies over nine schools, including Auburn, Butler and Virginia Tech. He will join his older brother, Quincy, a former Gladiator standout who is a starter for Northeastern. "I liked everything," Sajon ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 10:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Golden becomes Alonso's first DI girls basketball commit

    Alonso’s Angel Golden committed to play basketball at Bethune Cookman on Sunday, becoming the Ravens’ first  Division I-A commit in the sport. Golden, a 5-foot-9 guard who also plays club basketball for the Tampa Bay Thunder, averaged 19.6 points per game, 6.2 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game last season.  ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:44 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: IRC's Dan Oberst commits to Indian River State College

    Indian Rocks Christian catcher Dan Oberst has committed to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, according to coach Adam Moravick. Oberst hit .225 has a junior with a home run and nine RBIs. He was named to the Class 3A-9 All District team and was a Times Honorable Mention ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 9:32 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: PHU's Jazmine Barker commits to play sand volleyball at FAU

    Palm Harbor University senior middle blocker Jazmine Barker has committed to play sand volleyball at Florida Atlantic, according to coach Tara Kuk. Barker leads the team through four matches this season with 19 blocks. She had 114 blocks last season and 219 kills. Florida Atlantic is coached by Capri Grotowski, ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 1:09 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Northside Christian setter Hannah Artille commits to Indian River State College

    Northside Christian setter Hannah Artille has committed to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. Artille has been a four-year player on the Mustangs varsity volleyball team. Last season she led the team with 623 aces and 612 assists. She also had 233 digs. Artille is also a member of ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Seminole MH Samantha Schlesman commits to Rollins College

    Seminole senior middle hitter Samantha Schlesman has committed to Rollins College. Schlesman has been the Warhawks top hitter for the past two seasons. Last season she led the team with 228 kills. She has 51 kills in five matches this season. Schlesman was a Times first team All County selection ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 9:48 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: CCC's Sara Brown commits to play sand volleyball at LSU

    Clearwater Central Catholic senior outiside hitter Sara Brown has committed to play sand volleyball at Louisiana State. Brown has been on the varsity roster since her freshman year. Last season, she had 162 kills and 269 digs in helping the Marauders reach the Class 3A state semifinals. Brown joins fellow ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 9:38 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State

    East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State In an intensely anticipated moment, East Lake receiver George Campbell announced his commitment to Florida State on Friday, ending a frantic recruiting period over the past nine months. Campbell made the decision during a webcast on ESPN.com's Recruiting Nation. The setting was subdued, held inside an office at school with ...
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    Fri. Sept. 05, 2014 at 12:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday

    East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday After nine months of anticipation and three years of intrigue, East Lake receiver George Campbell’s recruitment comes to a conclusion Friday. It will end without much fanfare. No big stage. No room full of students and players. No cameras flashing. Instead, Campbell, one of the most popular and charismatic players ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • Baseball: Calvary Christian's Johnnie Schneider commits to Polk State

    Calvary Christian senior pitcher/infielder Johnnie Schneider has committed to Polk State College, according to coach Greg Olsen. Schneider was busy both in the field and on the mound for the Warriors last season. He hit .296 with 13 RBIs in 88 plate appearances as a junior. As a pitcher he ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 1:31 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Hudson's Joey Caruso picks up first offer

    Hudson's Joey Caruso picks up first offer Hudson quarterback Joey Caruso, who is shooting to lead his team in passing and tackles this season, has been offered by Davidson College.  Though he has played quarterback on varsity since his freshman year and passed for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns -- and scored another eight rushing -- last ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 11:41 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • East Lake swimmer Michelle Turek commits to Auburn

    East Lake's Michelle Turek has committed to swim at Auburn University. "It's a school I've always wanted to go to," Turek said. "I like the facilities and location. The campus is beautiful, and most of all I like the people." Turek, ranked 14th in the state among seniors by collegeswimming.com,  ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 8:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs' Barry Brown commits to Kansas State

    Gibbs guard Barry Brown announced on Twitter that he has committed to Kansas State. Brown's decision comes a week after he narrowed his college choices to four schools and set up official visits for next month. He was  supposed to visit Kansas State on Sept. 17. "I already knew in ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 10:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • 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

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  • Injury updates from Week 4

    Dunedin receiver Jayven Fitzpatrick will have an MRI on his knee Monday, coach Matt LePain said. Fitzpatrick was injured in the second half of Friday's game against Tarpon Springs game and did not return. LePain said Fitzpatrick did not fracture his knee. • Clearwater quarterback Garrison Bryant broke his collarbone ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:21 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Plant 20, Bloomingdale 6

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Plant 20, Bloomingdale 6 VALRICO — There were fumbles and interceptions. More fumbles and wet footballs heaved off target into the pouring rain with wet hands. More fumbles and a slew of penalties and touchdowns that didn’t count and dropped passes and more fumbles. Then there was Patrick Brooks. For three quarters, Plant and ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:27 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Springstead 6, Sunlake 0

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Springstead 6, Sunlake 0 LAND O’LAKES — When the Springstead and Sunlake defenses forced three-and-outs on the opening drives of Friday’s district game, it appeared as if each offense would have to scrap for any yards it could muster, let alone points. Springstead running back Dan Wright had a different plan Taking advantage of ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:20 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Jesuit 20, Largo 18

    LARGO — When Jesuit coach Matt Thompson saw that Friday’s forecast called for steady rain, his only hope was that it wouldn’t be enough to cancel the game against Largo. The Tigers have a run oriented offense, while Largo likes to pass the ball. “This benefitted us. I’m not going ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:10 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Football: Osceola 20, Boca Ciega 12

    SEMINOLE — George Palmer had a plan. Rotating a quartet of running backs behind QB Ryan Allan during a soggy first half, the Osceola coach decided to feature a fresh Wilan Harvey in the final 24 minutes and the senior came through. Harvey had 18 second-half carries for 126 yards, ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:06 a.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Football: Pinellas Park 10, Seminole 0

    PINELLAS PARK — On a field better suited for a slop fight, Oscee Calhoun scored the game’s only touchdown as Pinellas Park mudded its way to a 10-0 victory over Seminole in the 7A-9 district opener for both teams. With the field soaked from an all-day rain that didn’t let ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:05 a.m. | Corey Long

  • Football: East Lake 38, Clearwater 6

    EAST LAKE — East Lake used an efficient offense and stifling defense to knock off Clearwater in a game that featured a steady rain and the Eagles playing without star George Campbell. East Lake jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead and cruised. Any chance of a Tornadoes rally ended ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. | Rick Cantor

  • Football: Durant 9, Plant City 7

    PLANT CITY — It didn’t rain on Durant’s parade. Barely. Durant overcame a steady downpour, then almost proved to be its worst enemy in the final minute before defeating Plant City 9-7 Friday night in a Class 7A, District 8 opener for both teams. The Cougars nearly let a 9-0 ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:02 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Indian Rocks Christian 36, Northside Christian 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rain poured all game and so did the big plays from Indian Rocks Christian. All five of the Golden Eagles’ touchdowns came on plays of at least 40 yards as they routed the host Mustangs. Key drive: After intercepting the Mustangs late in the second quarter, ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:02 a.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • Football: Hernando 35, Weeki Wachee 0

    BROOKSVILLE — Confidence was plentiful in the rain at Tom Fisher Stadium on Friday night as Hernando shook off two losses to open the season to dominate cross-county rival Weeki Wachee. Starting with a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown less than four minutes into the game, ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:00 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Fort Meade 32, Tampa Catholic 12

    FORT MEADE — Ryan Fulse proved quite a mudder. Despite a slick field from hours of rain before and during the game, Fulse racked up 260 yards and three explosive touchdowns on 19 carries to lead Fort Meade to a 32-12 victory over Tampa Catholic on Friday night. It was ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 12:59 a.m. | The Ledger

  • Football: Strawberry Crest 9, Brandon 6

    BRANDON — The Strawberry Crest Chargers (1-3, 1-0) got their first victory and first district win of the season as they defeated the Brandon Eagles (2-2, 0-1) on a soggy night. Key drive: The Chargers put together a seven-play drive to begin the second half and Cameron Lehtola hit a ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 12:56 a.m. | J.J. Garrett

  • Football: Mitchell 27, Land O’Lakes 17

    LAND O’LAKES — The rain was letting up, and so, it appeared, was Mitchell. Down 20-0 at halftime, Land O’Lakes had just gotten its first touchdown, and after recovering a fumble on the kickoff, it quickly found itself at the Mitchell 7-yard line. But that’s when Mitchell defensive lineman Antonio ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 12:55 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Newsome 22, Alonso 21

    LITHIA — The Wolves won it on a touchdown and two-point conversion on the game’s final plays. It was a 7-7 defensive battle through three quarters. Then a power outage delayed the game with 10:04 remaining in the fourth. When the lights came back on, the offenses woke up. Alonso scored on ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 12:53 a.m. | Nathan Powell

  • Football: Armwood 28, Robinson 6

    TAMPA — Armwood fought its way through a constant downpour to improve to 4-0. Key drive: Armwood engineered a 50-yard drive midway through the second quarter that ended in a 2-yard touchdown run by Caylan Holloway. Holloway then carried in the two-point conversion to extend the Hawks’ lead to 14-0. ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 12:51 a.m. | Bailey Adams

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Other News

  • Girls golf: Gibson’s 68 helps Osceola win Mustang Invitational

    SEMINOLE — Osceola’s Haydyn Gibson made it clear from the beginning of Thursday’s Mustang Invitational that she would be the player to catch. Gibson started her round with three birdies, survived a few bogeys and finished with a 3-under 68 at Seminole Lake Country Club to win individual medalist honors ...
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    Thu. Sept. 18, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • East Lake's Joe Bloznalis steps down as basketball coach

    East Lake boys basketball coach Joe Bloznalis, who had been battling stage 3 lung cancer, has stepped down after 19 seasons. Blozanlis compiled 254 wins and guided the program to six playoff appearances. Britt Taylor, an assistant, has been promoted to head coach. “I had been thinking about it for ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Volleyball: Seminole tops East Lake in five

    EAST LAKE — Seminole started its season by winning five of six matches. But Warhawks coach Dexter Rogers was curious to see how his team would play against a quality opponent in front of a hostile crowd. Tuesday night against East Lake, he got his answer. The Warhawks clawed their ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Tampa Prep sweeps Berkeley Prep

    Volleyball: Tampa Prep sweeps Berkeley Prep TAMPA — Eleven of Berkeley Prep’s 14 players are underclassmen. Tampa Prep returned five of six starters from a 2013 region final team. On paper, the Terrapins should have run away with Tuesday’s volleyball match on their home court. But in that kind of meeting between rivals, Tampa Prep coach ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 11:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Mackenzie Bennett, female winner for Sept. 6-12

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Mackenzie Bennett, female winner for Sept. 6-12 Female Hot Shot winner: Mackenzie Bennett, Mitchell  Throughout elementary and middle school, Mackenzie Bennett focused on volleyball and played golf when she could. But when it came time to enter high school, she faced a dilemma. Volleyball and golf are both fall sports, so she could only play one. “I decided ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam 25: Volleyball slate's getting tougher

    HomeTeam 25: Volleyball slate's getting tougher Only two new teams broke into the rankings this week, but with a lot of big matchups in the coming days, things could shake up in no time. Bloomingdale and Tampa Prep, now our No. 1 team, each have a rivalry match Tuesday, with the Bulls taking on district rival ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Cross Country: Robinson boys take Villareal Memorial meet

    DADE CITY — Saturday’s Steven Villareal Memorial hosted by Dade City at Withlacoochie River Park was just the kind of meet one would expect from the rolling rural hills. It took a dirt road and winding, one-lane road to finally reach the course and when the runners shot out of ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Volleyball: Bloomingdale sweeps Newsome

    LITHIA — For Bloomingdale last season, it was all Karissa Rhoades, all the time. The outside hitter finished with a Hillsborough County-high 457 kills, more than three times as many as any Bull. At the start of the new season, first-year coach Claudia Cabrera warned her team: "If Karissa is ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 10:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Cross country: Zentmeyer lifts Sickles’ boys

    Cross country: Zentmeyer lifts Sickles’ boys TAMPA — James Zentmeyer wasn’t expecting too much early Wednesday evening when he lined up at Lake Park to run the West Hillsborough Conference Invitational. His Sickles cross country team had a brutal workout on Tuesday and left practice exhausted. He didn’t feel great warming up before the race, and ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 10:14 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Swimming: Land O’Lakes coach wins 100th girls dual

    Swimming: Land O’Lakes coach wins 100th girls dual LAND O’LAKES — Though fully aware of hitting the milestone that no Pasco County girls swimming coach had reached, Robin Hilgenberg’s reaction Wednesday was just like after any other meet. As the final race of Land O’Lakes’ 140-33 win over Anclote, the 100th dual meet win of Hilgenberg’s career, concluded ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 9:45 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Cross country: Pinellas runners to watch

    Cross country: Pinellas runners to watch The Pinellas County cross country scene took a hit with graduation, but there still is plenty of talented runners left. Here are the ones to watch this season. Girls Hayley Brahm, Northeast: The top runner for the Vikings took first place at last week’s Pirate Invitational and leads a team ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Volleyball: Clearwater Central Catholic guts out five-setter vs. Calvary Christian

    Volleyball: Clearwater Central Catholic guts out five-setter vs. Calvary Christian CLEARWATER — As the final point of Tuesday night’s Class 3A, District 9 match between Clearwater Central Catholic and Calvary Christian sailed out of bounds, some CCC players jumped for joy while others fell to the court in exhaustion. The Marauders figured they would be tested by the Warriors, but ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Hernando sweeps district rival Weeki Wachee

    Volleyball: Hernando sweeps district rival Weeki Wachee BROOKSVILLE — Hernando walked away with the Class 5A, District 7 championship last year after a four-set win over Weeki Wachee in the final. The Leopards continued that success into this season with a sweep of the Hornets, 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 Tuesday night. Hernando (4-1, 4-0) was led by the ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Volleyball: Past postseasons keep Tampa Prep focused

    Volleyball: Past postseasons keep Tampa Prep focused Sometimes before practice starts, Tampa Prep volleyball coach Andrew Wilson puts a score of 15-9 up on the board above his players’ heads, his way of reminding the Terrapins how their season ended last year in a five-set region final loss to Orlando First Academy.  But if you ask outside ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 8:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: CDS' Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: CDS' Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5 Female Hot Shot winner: Aisling Sheehan, Carrollwood Day  As the only senior on Carrollwood Day’s volleyball team, outside hitter Sheehan has been relied on a lot so far this season.  After a big offseason, coach Eric Praetorius said his star player is more than capable of fulfilling that responsibility. Along with ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 8:04 p.m. | Kelly Parsons