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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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  • Football: Spoto 13, East Bay 12

    RIVERVIEW — The Spartans and Indians sloshed through a steady downpour, but Spoto controlled the ball and the clock. With their third victory the Spartans equaled their total from each of the past two seasons. Todd Sims scored the go-ahead touchdown from 25 yards on the final play in the ...
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    Fri. Sept. 19, 2014 at 10:41 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Countryside 47, Northeast 7

    CLEARWATER — Countryside got off to a quick start and dominated the first half, leading 28-0 behind two touchdown passes by Trent Chmelik and two 13-yard touchdown runs by Dante Satcher. Northeast got on the board on its first possession of the second half, getting help from two 15-yard penalties ...
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    Fri. Sept. 19, 2014 at 10:07 p.m. | Colby Cole

  • Football: Berkeley Prep 33, Lakeland Christian 28

    LAKELAND — Lakeland Christian spotted Berkeley Prep a 21-point lead and made an effort to rally, often overcoming its own mistakes. The Vikings, however, came up short in their first Class 3A, District 4 game. Berkeley Prep sacked quarterback Christian Alexander for a 3-yard loss with about 20 seconds remaining ...
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    Fri. Sept. 19, 2014 at 12:43 a.m. | The Ledger

  • Tampa Bay defensive stat leaders after Week 3

    Tampa Bay defensive stat leaders after Week 3 After three weeks of play, these are the top defensive players from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties: Tackles Player Solo Asst Total Joe Ryan, Plant 26 18 44 Trent Puleo, Seffner Christian 23 20 43 Nate Munson, Hudson 26 14 40 Donte Young, Weeki Wachee 18 19 37 Derek ...
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    Thu. Sept. 18, 2014 at 11:57 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Florida offered fresh start for East Lake’s Carson Lydon

    Florida offered fresh start for East Lake’s Carson Lydon EAST LAKE — East Lake High School linebacker Carson Lydon has made his usual assortment of eye-popping plays this season. Those hard hitting sacks on heart-stopping blitzes, game-changing interceptions or blocked punts combined with the uncanny ability to squeeze his muscular 241-pound frame into running lanes to stop a play ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 6:51 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • St. Petersburg Catholic football dealing with staph infections

    Five St. Petersburg Catholic players were diagnosed with staph infections prior to Friday night's Class 3A-5 district game at Admiral Farragut.  Barons athletic director Mike Moran said it was detected early and the players have been put on antibiotics. Coach Dave Cleppe said the five will be able to play ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Midweek Grab Bag: Blowing John C. Cotey's mind one week at a time

    Midweek Grab Bag: Blowing John C. Cotey's mind one week at a time Welcome to the Midweek Grab Bag. We suggest you pour yourself a nice cool beverage, find a comfortable place to sit, and enjoy a nice bowl of numbers soup.  Grab Bag power rankings  Here are the 20 hottest things in high school football right now. 1. (1) Pinellas County football: ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 11:23 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Another week, another HomeTeam Pick 'Em

    You know the drill: keep your name the same, and good luck. Loading...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 10:44 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Associated Press state football poll: Week 4

    The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Area teams in bold: Class 8A Record  Pts Prv 1. Dr. Phillips (12)                        3-0     154 1 ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Top boys golfers set for Outback Invitational

    Top boys golfers set for Outback Invitational Outback Invitational When/where: Monday, East Lake Woodlands Golf Club Time: 10:30 a.m. shotgun start Format: 18-hole stroke play, top four scores from each school are counted toward team score. Schools: Mitchell (black team), Mitchell (gold team), Sarasota Riverview, St. Petersburg, Sebring, Lakewood Ranch, Clearwater Central Catholic, Jesuit, Windermere Prep, Calvary ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 3:17 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Pick 'Em has a new overall leader and weekly winner

    In another tough week of picking high school football games, the top dogs struggled while allowing newcomer Malachi Strand to win the week, and David Bjelke to take the overall lead. Strand, a name we're pretty sure is borrowed from the television series Longmire, which I will now have to ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jaylen Pickett, male winner for Sept. 6-12

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jaylen Pickett, male winner for Sept. 6-12 Male Hot Shot winner: Jaylen Pickett, Zephyrhills When the going got tough for Zephyrhills running back Jaylen Pickett on Friday night, Jaylen Pickett the wide receiver and defensive back got going. Stymied in the backfield a week after rushing for 260 yards, Pickett picked off two passes on defense — ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:55 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Ridgewood's Wilson, Farria expected to play this week

    Ridgewood running backs Glass Wilson and Clarence Farria, who were both injured last week, are expected to play in Friday's game against Anclote. Wilson, the team's leading rusher, missed the second half of the loss to Land O'Lakes with a concussion. Rams coach Jay Fulmer said Wilson was being evaluated ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 3:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Large leaps, distinctive drops

    HomeTeam 25: Large leaps, distinctive drops 1. (1) Armwood (3-0) Last week: Beat Hillsborough 26-0 This week: at Robinson Lowdown: Since a bumpy opening half to the season, the defense has not allowed a point in 10 straight quarters, the first time that’s happened since 2011. 2. (2) East Lake (3-0) Last week: Beat Dunedin 36-6 ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 2:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Injury updates, personnel changes at Pinellas Park

    Pinellas Park tight end/linebacker Nathan Demint is out at least a week due to a knee injury. Patriots coach Kenny Crawford said Demint is week-to-week. Running back/linebacker Kal-El Williams is day-to-day with a high ankle sprain.  Senior quarterback Mitch Grondin, who has started the first three games, will split time ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 11:20 a.m. | Rodney Page

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Other News

  • 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

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hudson's Anderson Combs, male winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hudson's Anderson Combs, male winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5 Male Hot Shot winner: Anderson Combs, Hudson Combs, a junior, is a swimming anomaly. He doesn’t specialize in the sport. Instead of competing for a club team year round, he plays soccer in the winter and tennis in the spring. “I try to enjoy a little bit of everything,” he ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 7:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam