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  • 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

  • Baseball: St. Petersburg's David Phrathep signs with Milligan College

    St. Petersburg third baseman/catcher David Phrathep has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Milligan (Tenn.) College, according to coach Travis Phelps. Phelps said it is an 80 percent scholarship and that Phrathep has been recruited to play catcher. He has played mostly third base this season. Phrathep ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 1:33 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Central's Samantha Bishop signing with Lenoir Rhyne

    Central middle hitter Samantha Bishop plans to sign with Lenoir Rhyne, the Bears announced Monday. Bishop earned second-team all-North Suncoast honors as a junior, racking up almost 40 aces and more than 300 kills. Bishop will make her commitment official with a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Central. Lenoir Rhyne ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Recruiting updates from Pasco, Jefferson, Riverview and Fivay

    A few recruiting notes from this weekend: * Two Riverview athletes plan to sign Monday afternoon, the school announced. Kierra Haywood will sign to play basketball at Florida State College. The 6-foot-1 senior post led the Sharks in scoring (19.5 points per game), rebounding (13.9) and blocks (3.3). She was ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 10:13 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Miami football lands Freedom's Scott Patchan

    Freedom DE Scott Patchan has orally committed to Miami, he announced Saturday afternoon via Twitter during a trip to see the Hurricanes’ spring game. Patchan is one of Tampa Bay’s top recruits. Rivals considers the junior a four-star recruit and the country’s No. 17 strongside defensive end, and he was ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Christian Pellage lands latest Under Armour invite

    The next Under Armour All-American Game could have a large local presence. Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage became the latest area player to receive an invite to the prestigious high school all-star game, he announced Thursday night. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound tackle is a four-star recruit. He holds offers from all ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 10:17 a.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Christian Pellage
      Florida State University, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of South Florida
  • Plant OL Jake Fruhmorgen picks Clemson

    Plant OL Jake Fruhmorgen picks Clemson TAMPA — Plant offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen had nearly 30 Division I-A offers from which to choose. But all it took was one visit and one promise for the consensus four-star recruit to make up his mind. “The coach, he specifically said I’m going to hold up that (national championship) ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 7:12 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Anclote's Austin Rumer signs with Dubuque

    Anclote tight end/linebacker Austin Rumer has signed with the University of Dubuque, a Division III school. Rumer had a team-leading 111 tackles, as well as 5.5 sacks and an interception last season. On offense, he had 11 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown. Dubuque finished 5-5 in the Iowa ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 1:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay, NCT alums signing at PHSC

    Former Nature Coast volleyball star Courtney Crawford will sign with Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday. Crawford, a sophomore outside hitter at Pasco-Hernando State College, helped the Sharks make the region finals in high school. PHSC sophomore Samantha Greenlee will sign with Point University in Georgia. The East Bay alum led ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Deon Cain gets Under Armour invite, Huskers offer Ford

    Two quick recruiting updates: * Tampa Bay Tech ATH Deon Cain has been invited to play at the Under Armour All-America Game. The four-star recruit received an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month. The 6-foot-1 senior is 247Sports’ No. 2 receiver in the country, and he holds ...
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    Wed. April 09, 2014 at 9:40 a.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Deon Cain
      Florida State University, University of Florida
    • Recruit: Marques Ford
      Syracuse, University of Nebraska
  • Freedom's Folkes picks Jacksonville

    Freedom RB Andre Folkes has orally committed to Jacksonville University, Patriots coach Todd Donohoe said Wednesday morning. The shifty, 5-foot-6, 152-pound senior led Freedom in rushing last year and ran for more than 300 yards as a junior. 
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    Wed. April 09, 2014 at 9:28 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Weeki Wachee football pair make college choices

    Weeki Wachee football pair make college choices Weeki Wachee lineman Frank Schooley signed with Adrian College on Tuesday, Hornets coach Mark Lee announced. Schooley, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound senior, was a two-way lineman for the Hornets. He helped pave the way for a ground game that averaged almost four yards per carry. Adrian College is an NCAA Division ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 2:06 p.m. | Matt Baker

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  • 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

  • Dave Cleppe named head football coach at St. Petersburg Catholic

    Dave Cleppe has been patiently waiting to become a head football coach in Pinellas County. Now he finally gets his chance. Cleppe, 52, was named coach at St. Petersburg Catholic after four years as an assistant at the school. Cleppe started as an assistant coach at SPC in 1986 before ...
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    Tue. March 04, 2014 at 10:58 a.m. | Rodney Page

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  • State tennis: Tampa Prep’s Leavy falters in Class A final

    CASSELBERRY — While Tampa Prep’s hopes of a team championship ended Wednesday, the Terrapin girls did have two players alive for Class A individual titles Thursday at Red Bug Lake Park. In the No. 1 singles final, Paige Leavy lost 6-2, 6-4 to Allegra Hanlon of Ransom Everglades. “I know ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Track roundup: Gibbs’ Jerosan Fletcher nabs triple crown

    Track roundup: Gibbs’ Jerosan Fletcher nabs triple crown TAMPA — With Tampa teams dominating the team standings Wednesday at the Class 2A, Region 3 meet at Berkeley Prep,  no individual shined brighter than Gibbs senior Jerosan Fletcher. “Last year, she broke 58s at regionals; this year when we started at 58, I knew we were progressing,” Gladiators coach ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 12:25 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District softball roundup: Nature Coast, Hernando set up anticipated final

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast and Hernando have been on a collision course since the season began. Wednesday, they officially set up a meeting in the Class 5A, District 7 final. The Sharks defeated Zephyrhills 7-1 and Hernando beat Central 4-1 in the semifinals at Tom Varn Park. They meet at ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 12:21 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Track roundup: Freshman nabs Wiregrass Ranch's lone title

    Track roundup: Freshman nabs Wiregrass Ranch's lone title TAMPA —Wiregrass Ranch’s Kerry Reilly could hardly speak following her finish in the 3,200 meters at Class 4A, District 6 track meet. But the smile on the freshman’s face showed she knew exactly what she had done. Reilly, who won in 12 minutes, 10.89 seconds, set a personal record and ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 12:19 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • State tennis: Two more titles for Plant’s Oosterhout

    Plant’s Erica Oosterhout made the most of her first opportunity to win an overall Class 4A state championship. Oosterhout, a junior who played No. 4 singles as a freshman and No. 2 as a sophomore, defeated Newsome’s Kylie Moulin 6-1, 6-1 in the overall Class 4A singles final Wednesday morning ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 9:22 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • State tennis: No one better than Bogie’s Dan Stefan in Class 2A

    Boca Ciega’s Dan Stefan left no doubt that he is the best Class 2A singles player in Florida this season. Stefan had to stick around Casselberry for another day, but the wait was worth it after defeating Chase Perez-Blanco of Miami Gulliver Prep  6-2, 6-2 Wednesday for the overall singles ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 8:52 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch boys close in on title

    The Wiregrass Ranch boys tennis team is poised to become the school’s first state championship squad after a dominating and near-perfect opening day Wednesday at the Class 3A championships in Altamonte Springs. The Bulls were sitting in first place with 11 points (out of a possible 12), while second-place and ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District softball: Holy Names, Tampa Catholic cruise into 4A-10 final

    TAMPA — Caroline Kimbler had just one at-bat all season before Academy of the Holy Names’ Class 4A, District 10 softball semifinal against Sarasota Booker. But when she stepped up in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday, the junior proved a lack of experience at the plate didn’t mean ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 10:42 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State tennis: Bogie’s Dan Stefan repeats as singles champ

    State tennis: Bogie’s Dan Stefan repeats as singles champ CASSELBERRY — Boca Ciega junior Dan Stefan needed a furious rally in his first trip to the state tournament to come away with a championship. The only drama in his return trip Tuesday centered on whether the Pirates could sweep the individual honors. Stefan cruised to the individual Class 2A ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 7:03 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State tennis: Newsome freshman, Plant junior set for singles showdown

    State tennis: Newsome freshman, Plant junior set for singles showdown ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — As one Hillsborough County tennis dynasty ended Tuesday, another might have begun. Plant’s streak of three consecutive team titles ended, but Newsome freshman Kylie Moulin made a valiant comeback to force a tiebreaker and earn the individual Class 4A singles championship at Sanlando Park. “It’s definitely one ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 4:45 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Boca Ciega, Newsome take individual singles tennis titles

    CASSELBERRY – Boca Ciega junior Dan Stefan had to sweat out his first trip to state, rallying from an early deficit to win an individual singles state title. His second trip was drama-free. Stefan split the first four games Tuesday but won the rest of the way to earn his ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 11:52 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Gulf's Rick Hohenthaner steps down as softball coach

    Gulf's Rick Hohenthaner is stepping down as softball coach after 12 seasons. The move came a day after the No. 2 seed Buccaneers were upset by Sunlake 2-1 in the Class 5A, District 8 quarterfinals. "I actually had been thinking about this for the past few years," Hohenthaner said. "We ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 11:42 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Three area athletes selected for FHSAA all-academic team

    Three bay area student athletes — Robinson's Caroline King, Canterbury's Emily McMullen and Indian Rocks Christian's Paul Parish — were named to the Florida High School Athletic Association academic all-state team. King has run cross country and played flag football, lacrosse and soccer. She is ranked ninth in her class ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 9:32 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball: Admiral Farragut nabs first playoff berth

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a ho-hum victory for Admiral Farragut, a 15-0 rout over Northside Christian that was cut short after four innings because of the mercy rule. But Monday’s win in the Class 3A, District 10 semifinals was significant for the Blue Jackets, who secured their first playoff ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 10:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State tennis: Plant girls not ready to relinquish crown

    Plant’s hopes of a fourth consecutive girls state championship will last until the final day. The Panthers are among four teams clustered at the top after the first day of the Class 4A state tournament. They’ll resume play, along with rivals Boca Raton, Orlando Dr. Phillips and Cypress Bay, today ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. | Matt Baker