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  • Wharton's Devontres Dukes commits to UCF

    Wharton's Devontres Dukes commits to UCF Wharton receiver Devontres Dukes announced he had committed to UCF this weekend. Dukes, rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, had five offers, including NC State and Toledo. He picked the Knights in large part of the school’s proximity.  “The majority of my family lives in Orlando area so I ...
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    Mon. June 29, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside's Wyatt Panaccione commits to FIU

    Countryside offensive lineman Wyatt Panaccione committed to Florida International on Wednesday. Panaccione, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior, picked the Panthers two days after they became the first school to extend an offer. “The coaches were great,” Panaccione said. “We could have a really good offensive line class. They really wanted me. ...
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    Thu. June 25, 2015 at 11:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • St. Petersburg Catholic's Becky Cleppe commits to William Penn

    St. Petersburg Catholic’s Becky Cleppe signed to be a thrower for William Penn’s track and field team. Cleppe, who recently graduated, throws the javelin, shot put and discus. This season, she placed fifth in the shot put and discus at the Class 1A, District 10 meet. Cleppe lettered all four ...
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    Thu. June 25, 2015 at 12:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant DB Scoop Bradshaw picks Syracuse

    Plant DB Johayward "Scoop" Bradshaw has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner said.  Bradshaw, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound rising senior, is the second Panther to commit to the Orange this month. On June 9, QB Rex Culpepper picked Syracuse over offers from Florida, Miami and Clemson, among others. Last season Bradshaw ...
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    Tue. June 23, 2015 at 2:27 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Admiral Farragut's Craig Watts commits to Wisconsin

    Admiral Farragut defensive back Craig Watts committed to the University of Wisconsin during a weekend visit to the school. Watts, who is a four-star recruit and considered the 16th best player at his position by 247sports.com, had nearly 40 offers, including Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama. ...
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    Mon. June 22, 2015 at 2:09 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Chamberlain's DJ Daniels commits to Virginia

    Chamberlain receiver DJ Daniels ended his recruitment process Thursday by committing to Virginia. Daniels, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior, picked the Cavaliers over offers from five other schools – Buffalo, Georgia, New Mexico, Purdue and USF. Last season, Daniels led the Chiefs with 407 yards receiving, which accounted for nearly half ...
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    Thu. June 18, 2015 at 12:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's John Chiaramonte commits to Air Force

    Clearwater Central Catholic linebacker John Chiaramonte committed to Air Force on Thursday. Chiaramonte made the decision despite not visiting the campus. He said he had a verbal offer from USF that could have turned into an official one this weekend. But he decided the Air Force was the best fit. ...
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    Thu. June 18, 2015 at 10:21 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Catholic's Tre McKitty commits to Miami

    Tampa Catholic's Tre McKitty commits to Miami Tampa Catholic tight end Tre McKitty announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he has committed to Miami. McKitty, a junior who transferred from Wesley Chapel in the spring, had 15 offers from schools such as Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee. He picked the Hurricanes during a visit to the Coral ...
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    Wed. June 17, 2015 at 10:16 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse

    Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The rising senior chose the Orangemen over 16 other Division I offers.  Culpepper, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, threw for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, leading Plant to a Class 8A region semifinal before the Panthers fell ...
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    Tue. June 09, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Pair of Patriots commit to colleges

    Pinellas Park infielders Zachary Roberts and Ryan Griffith both committed to colleges this week. Roberts will attend Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama. Griffith will attend Milligan College in Tennessee. Roberts hit .500 in 26 games with the Patriots this season. He had nine home runs, 23 RBIs, 19 ...
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    Thu. June 04, 2015 at 10:17 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Ellis, Grubb, Taylor pick community colleges

    Plant catcher Ryan Ellis, King OF Michael Taylor and King RHP Drew Grubb have all committed to play baseball at state colleges, King coach Jim Macaluso and Plant coach Dennis Braun said. Ellis, who is headed to St. Petersburg College, hit .329 last year as a junior, adding 18 RBI ...
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    Wed. June 03, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Pinellas Park's Zachary Roberts signs with Bishop State

    Pinellas Park infielder Zachary Roberts has committed to Bishop State in Mobile, Ala. Roberts played in 26 games this season for the Patriots and hit .516 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs. He had 19 stolen bases and scored 21 runs. Aside from being named the team's most valuable ...
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    Tue. June 02, 2015 at 3:54 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Basketball recruiting: Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham on the mend

    Basketball recruiting: Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham on the mend Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Feb. 17. The injury usually takes about 10 months to fully recover. Durham, though, has accelerated his timetable, so much that the rising senior could return to full basketball activities as early as August.  “Juwan’s had tremendous progress,” ...
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    Wed. May 27, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. | Bob Putnam

    • Recruit: Juwan Durham
      Syracuse, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, Villanova University
  • Basketball recruiting: Shift from football pays off for Dunedin’s Andrew Gordon

    Basketball recruiting: Shift from football pays off for Dunedin’s Andrew Gordon Andrew Gordon’s plan all along was to play football in college. The Dunedin defensive end wreaked havoc on opposing offenses all season. In the Pinellas County senior all-star game, he was named defensive MVP.  The only hold back was academics. Gordon did not have the grade-point average or test score ...
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    Wed. May 27, 2015 at 1:42 p.m. | Bob Putnam

    • Recruit: Andrew Gordon
      Florida Gulf Coast, Memphis, Richmond , Xavier
  • Baseball: East Lake players Ryan Wall and Sawyer Wirth commit to colleges

    East Lake pitcher Ryan Wall and outfielder Sawyer Wirth recently committed to play baseball in college. Wall has committed to Ava Maria University in Fort Myers while Wirth committed to Jacksonville State in Alabama. Wall was a three year starter for the Eagles. He ended his career with a 19-5 ...
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    Tue. May 19, 2015 at 9:47 a.m. | Rodney Page

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  • Gulf's Malik Cobb, DeAndre Hopkins officially at Tarpon Springs

    Malik Cobb and DeAndre Hopkins, two of Gulf’s top playmakers, have officially enrolled at Tarpon Springs. Both arrived this week for conditioning with the Spongers. “I don’t know much about them yet, but I’m sure they can help us out,” first-year Tarpon Springs coach Mike Lube said of Cobb and ...
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    Fri. June 19, 2015 at 2:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Youth movement leading the way for Wiregrass Ranch

    One of the biggest tasks for Wiregrass Ranch is finding a replacement for quarterback Shane Bucenell, who graduated. The Bulls have no shortage of candidates. Chris Faddoul, a junior, returns after throwing for 182 yards and a touchdown last season. Another junior, Austin Sessums, transferred from Wesley Chapel, where he ...
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    Thu. June 18, 2015 at 1:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boca Ciega to hold satellite camp on Saturday

    Boca Ciega is holding a satellite camp Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Florida A&M is running the camp with coaches from Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Marshall, Massachusetts and Nebraska in attendance. Registration is from 8-9 a.m. The cost is $25 and players can pay upon arrival. Satellite camps allow coaches ...
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    Fri. June 12, 2015 at 7:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: East Lake 62, Osceola 28

    At Osceola Score East Lake 62, Osceola 28 Spring game-breakers: Despite having to replace its starting quarterback, a playing receiver and three offensive lineman, East Lake’s offense piled on the points against Osceola in a spring game for the third straight season. … The Eagles used three quarterbacks — Bobby ...
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    Fri. May 29, 2015 at 11:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Jesuit 56, Gibbs 34

    Spring football: Jesuit 56, Gibbs 34 At Gibbs Score Jesuit 56, Gibbs 34 Spring game-breakers: Jesuit quarterback Daniel Boon played the first half and looked comfortable in the Tigers’ high-tempo offense. He threw a 50-yard touchdown to Travell Harris to start the game. He completed 9 of 11 passes for 140 yards. … Harris, who Jesuit ...
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    Fri. May 29, 2015 at 10:55 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Offensive line still a strength for East Lake

    HomeTeam Huddle: Offensive line still a strength for East Lake EAST LAKE — For the past four seasons, East Lake’s road to the playoffs has been paved by a mammoth group of guys up front.    East Lake’s offensive line, the bedrock of the program, has helped clear lanes, as well as construct a path for the Eagles to make the ...
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    Tue. May 26, 2015 at 2:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Familiarity under center for Plant

    HomeTeam Huddle: Familiarity under center for Plant TAMPA — Plant may be known for its line of successful quarterbacks, but lately those quarterbacks have been one and done, starting for one year as a senior before graduating.    Rex Culpepper breaks that streak.   For the first time since Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely returned as the starter in ...
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    Mon. May 25, 2015 at 3:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Spring football: Cambridge Christian 35, Calvary Christian 0

    Spring football: Cambridge Christian 35, Calvary Christian 0 At Skyway Score Cambridge Christian 35, Calvary Christian 0  Spring game-breakers: The Lancers were dominant in every phase Saturday night, led by a quartet of rising sophomores. Quarterbacks Jaylin Jackson and Caleb Young combined to scorch the Warriors. Jackson got it done through the air, going 11-for-16 for 125 yards ...
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    Sat. May 23, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Spring football: Sunlake 10, Hernando 0

    Spring football: Sunlake 10, Hernando 0 At Hernando Score: Sunlake 10, Hernando 0 Spring game-breakers: In a performance Xavier Johnson will be proud of, the Seahawk defense held Hernando to 116 total yards and never allowed the Leopards inside their 40-yard line. …Spencer Jarvis led the linebacking effort and recovered a fumble, as did Carlos Portillo, during ...
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    Sat. May 23, 2015 at 12:04 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Spring football: Jamboree at Northeast

    At Northeast Scores Northeast 13, Boca Ciega 0 Tarpon Springs 21, Boca Ciega 14 Northeast 7, Tarpon Springs 3 Spring game-breakers: Even though his roles are still being established, athletic sophomore-to-be Jalynn Williams was a dominant force for Northeast. He torched Boca Ciega for 81 yards and a touchdown on ...
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    Fri. May 22, 2015 at 11:52 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Spring football: Clearwater 28, Clearwater Central Catholic 23

    At Clearwater Central Catholic Score Clearwater 28, Clearwater Central Catholic 23 Spring game-breakers: Clearwater running back Adarius Lemons said his idol is James Wilder Jr. On Friday night, Lemons mimicked the power and speed of the former Plant and Florida State standout, rushing for a game-high 210 yards on 17 ...
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    Fri. May 22, 2015 at 11:42 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Weeki Wachee 26, Wesley Chapel 16

    At Wesley Chapel Score Weeki Wachee 26, Wesley Chapel 16 Spring game-breakers: After an offseason filled with adversity — including the loss of several key players to transfers — Wesley Chapel showed it won’t be a pushover in the fall. But despite two forced fumbles and an interception, the Wildcats ...
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    Fri. May 22, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Spring football: Nature Coast 34, Palm Harbor University 32

    At Nature Coast  Score Nature Coast 34, Palm Harbor University 32 Spring game-breakers: Nature Coast started slowly against Palm Harbor University on Friday night, but the second quarter brought about a different team all together. Quarterback Jamison Carnegie, a rising senior, showed off his dual-threat potential at the end of ...
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    Fri. May 22, 2015 at 11:27 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Spring football: Central 35, St. Petersburg Catholic 28

    At Central Score Central 35, St. Petersburg Catholic 28 Spring game-breakers: With the Barons trailing in the second quarter 7-0, but starting with good field position at the Central 31, they took four plays to reach the end zone. Seve Saganowich connected on a 19-yard touchdown to tight end Shea ...
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    Fri. May 22, 2015 at 11:12 p.m. | Joseph Kornecki III

  • Spring football: Tampa Catholic 26, River Ridge 14

    At River Ridge Score Tampa Catholic 26, River Ridge 14 Spring game-breakers: A homecoming victory is all coach Mike Gregory wanted when he returned to River Ridge on Friday night — and that’s exactly what the 2005 Royal Knight graduate got. The Crusaders got rushing touchdowns thanks to the combined ...
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    Fri. May 22, 2015 at 10:56 p.m. | Alejandro Tamayo

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  • Seminole volleyball coach Dexter Rogers set to take over at PHU

    Seminole volleyball coach Dexter Rogers is leaving the program to become the coach at Palm Harbor University. Rogers replaces Tara Kuk, who resigned as the Hurricanes coach after 12 seasons. Kuk led PHU to nine playoff appearances, including seven straight. This past season the Hurricanes were 24-5 and advanced to ...
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    Fri. June 19, 2015 at 3:34 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gaither's Samson Moore named Gatorade track athlete of the year for Florida

    Gaither's Samson Moore named Gatorade track athlete of the year for Florida Samson Moore was named the state’s Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year on Friday. Moore, who recently graduated from Gaither, is the first male athlete from the bay area to win the award since former Gibbs standout Trayvon Bromell (now at Baylor) in 2013 and the first from Hillsborough County ...
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    Fri. June 19, 2015 at 10:22 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox makes mark against international foes

    Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox makes mark against international foes Last week, Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox went to Argentina, his first trip to a foreign country. He visited the beaches in Buenos Aires before heading to Bahia Blanca to tour the Land Plaza Hotel, which is owned by San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili. Mostly, though, Knox played basketball. After ...
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    Wed. June 17, 2015 at 4:58 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Golden State's Marreese Speights wins NBA title

    Golden State's Marreese Speights wins NBA title Golden State’s Marreese Speights played a total of two minutes in the final four games of the NBA finals. He scored one point during that span. Still, the diminished role mattered little to Speights Tuesday night after the Warriors beat Cleveland to win the series 4-2. In the postgame revelry, ...
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    Tue. June 16, 2015 at 11:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Plant's Kyle Tucker, Jake Woodford sign

    Baseball: Plant's Kyle Tucker, Jake Woodford sign On June 8, Plant became the first Tampa Bay area high school to have two players selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player's draft. One week later, the Panthers are no longer draftees, but professional baseball players.  No. 5 overall pick Kyle Tucker — who ...
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    Mon. June 15, 2015 at 5:27 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • FSU's Kala Funderburk wins NCAA 400 meter-title

    FSU's Kala Funderburk wins NCAA 400 meter-title Florida State’s Kala Funderburk knew she had a difficult task to win what had been an elusive 400 meter title at the NCAA Division I track and field championships. The former Lakewood standout was assigned to lane eight, perhaps the toughest lane, in Saturday’s final. Not only would Funderburk have ...
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    Sat. June 13, 2015 at 10:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baylor's Trayvon Bromell takes second in 100, third in 200 at NCAA meet

    Baylor's Trayvon Bromell takes second in 100, third in 200 at NCAA meet By now, it has become the norm for Baylor sprinter Trayvon Bromell to run the 100 meters in under 10 seconds. After all, the former Gibbs standout had posted five sub-9.95 times this season in his signature event, including a 9.90 in Wednesday’s semifinals at the NCAA Track and Field ...
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    Sat. June 13, 2015 at 7:38 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay baseball teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay baseball teams (with video) Pinellas Pitcher of the Year: Tim Luth, Sr., Dunedin Season stats: 9-1, 0.87 ERA, 51 strikeouts in 56 innings Season highlight: Luth said there was no particular game that stood out. Instead, he said the highlight was being able to play with friends he has known since elementary school. “We’ve ...
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    Fri. June 12, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Bay Times' all-county baseball teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times' all-county baseball teams (with video) NORTH SUNCOAST Player of the Year: SS Corey Mumaw, Sr., Wesley Chapel Pitcher of the Year: RHP Nate Pearson, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin Coach of the Year: Jeff Swymer, Bishop McLaughlin First team P Branden McLeod, Sr., Wesley Chapel P Carson Ragsdale, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin P Franklin German, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin ...
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    Fri. June 12, 2015 at 2:44 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay softball teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay softball teams (with video) Pinellas Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University Why we picked her: Lilley was the veteran on a team with a combined 13 freshmen and sophomores on the roster. She provided leadership, as well as some pop at the plate. This season, Lilley hit a career-high .729 ...
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    Thu. June 11, 2015 at 6:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times' all-county softball teams (with video)

    PINELLAS COUNTY Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University Pitcher of the Year: Kama Woodall, So., Canterbury Coach of the Year: Jerry King, Osceola First team P Aubrey Ehlers, Sr., Dunedin P Corynn Miner, Jr., Admiral Farragut P Stella Preston, Jr., Countryside P Riley Randolph, Sr., Northeast C ...
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    Thu. June 11, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • MLB Draft: Locals taken on Day 3

    A list of the current/former local high school and small college players drafted on Day 3:  RHP Tommy Peterson, River Ridge/USF (12th, 374th, Nationals) CF Trey Amburgey, St. Petersburg College (13th, 393rd, Yankees) RHP Tanner Anderson, Plant/Harvard (20th, 607th, Pirates) SS Giovanny Alfonzo, University of Tampa (21st, 626th, Marlins)  RHP ...
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    Wed. June 10, 2015 at 6:39 p.m. | Times Staff

  • MLB draft roundup: River Ridge's Heinrich taken in fifth round

    MLB draft roundup: River Ridge's Heinrich taken in fifth round The Tampa Bay area had three players taken Monday in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft: Plant OF Kyle Tucker (5th, Houston Astros), Bloomingdale alum/current Florida Gator SS Richie Martin (20th, Oakland A’s) and Plant RHP Jake Woodford (39th, St. Louis Cardinals). Here are the current/former local high school ...
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    Tue. June 09, 2015 at 3:57 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Jake Woodford makes two Plant players drafted on Day 1

    Jake Woodford makes two Plant players drafted on Day 1 Plant had a banner draft day Monday.  Right-handed pitcher Jake Woodford was picked 39th overall in the supplemental first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with Kyle Tucker's No. 5 selection by Houston, this is the first year any Tampa Bay ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Oakland takes Bloomingdale alum Richie Martin at No. 20

    Oakland takes Bloomingdale alum Richie Martin at No. 20 To say the week leading up to Monday had been difficult for Richie Martin is a little bit of an understatement. Martin, a Bloomingdale High alum, has had to battle the understandable urge to contemplate his future, while keeping his focus on his job as the Florida Gators’ starting shortstop. ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 9:07 p.m. | Antonya English