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  • Recruiting roundup: Plant LB Joe Ryan nabs first offer

    Recruiting roundup: Plant LB Joe Ryan nabs first offer Plant coach Robert Weiner admits linebacker Joe Ryan slid under his radar until he made his varsity debut last season. But the 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior made his presence known with 144 tackles and a state-leading 52 tackles for loss.  Now colleges are starting to take notice, too. Weiner said Ryan ...
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    Wed. March 04, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Dunedin SS Trevor Jensen commits to St. Petersburg College

    Dunedin senior shortstop Trevor Jensen has committed to St. Petersburg College. Jensen is a slick fielding infielder who is hitting .471 through seven games for the undefeated Falcons. He also has six RBIs and four stolen bases. As a junior, Jensen hit .530 with seven doubles and 14 stolen bases. ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek commits to Stanford

    Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek commits to Stanford Berkeley Prep defensive tackle Bo Peek committed to Stanford, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday. “Blessed to say I have committed to play football and further my education at Stanford University,” he tweeted. Peek, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound junior, has played varsity football at Berkeley Prep for three seasons, ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Former Boca Ciega cornerback Saivion Smith picks LSU

    Former Boca Ciega cornerback Saivion Smith picks LSU Former Boca Ciega and current IMG Academy cornerback Saivion Smith has verbally committed to LSU. Smith, considered a five-star recruit by most recruiting services, chose the Tigers over Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech, among others. During an ESPN online broadcast Tuesday afternoon, Smith named a top five, then ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 1:38 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay's 2015 non-football commitments

    Gerhard Ago, Clearwater soccer King’s College Chardonay Aldrich, Palm Harbor basketball Eastern Florida State College Arielle Allen, King volleyball HCC Lauren Arrabito, Land O’Lakes soccer Florida Gulf Coast Erin Avers, Clearwater soccer Stetson Dylan Bailey, Hernando basketball Pasco-Hernando State College  Bryce Benedict, Carrollwood baseball Sewanee Erin Blackwell, Springstead soccer Nicholls ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Tampa Bay's 2015 football commitments

    Note: Our HomeTeam 25 are here  Kenyatta Anderson, Boca Ciega FIU Azieez Al-Shaair, Hillsborough FAU Nyquel Alexander, Lakewood Baker University Bruce Anderson, Newsome North Dakota State Christian Angulu, East Bay Cincinnati Jason Baldree, Land O’Lakes Mayville State Jeremiah Baltrip, Jefferson Coffeyville CC Matthew Beadle, Plant Florida Chance Belloise, Gulf USF ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 5:55 p.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam 25, final rankings for 2015

    Player, school Position Ht/WT College 1. Byron Cowart, Armwood DE 6-4/250 Auburn 2. Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech WR 6-1/195 Clemson 3. George Campbell, East Lake WR 6-3/184 FSU 4. Ray Ray McCloud III, Sickles ATH 5-9/175 Clemson 5. Jake Fruhmorgen, Plant OT 6-5/280 Clemson 6. Ryan Davis, Lakewood WR ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 5:52 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Clemson chose TBT's Deon Cain, who returns favor

    Clemson chose TBT's Deon Cain, who returns favor Tampa Bay Tech quarterback Deon Cain was recruited as one of the top wide receivers in the nation, and the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior had more than 20 offers from which to choose. More than eight months ago Cain committed to Clemson, but that didn’t mean it was smooth sailing from ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 8:56 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • A little notoriety finally for Jesuit foursome

    A little notoriety finally for Jesuit foursome Clark Bulleit, Nick Cox, Guy Revelle and Jackson Dennis sat in a straight line in Jesuit’s president’s board room early Wednesday morning, preparing to sign letters of intent to their future college programs.  Lining up together, though, is something the foursome has grown quite accustomed to, as the small group ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 8:46 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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  • An emotional commitment for Plant's Derrick Baity

    An emotional commitment for Plant's Derrick Baity Before announcing his formal commitment to the University of Kentucky, Plant defensive back Derrick Baity stood before the crowd gathered in the school’s media center to say a few words. He used the opportunity to thank the people in his life who got him to that day, and the list ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Wiregrass Ranch's first DI football players in the books

    Wiregrass Ranch's first DI football players in the books Wiregrass Ranch made a little history Wednesday as football players Jaye Miner and Mark Hutchinson became the first from the school to sign Division I letters of intent. And while the longtime friends - it was Miner who introduced Hutchinson to playing football while the two were in seventh grade ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Zephyrhills' Jaylen Pickett 'a winner'

    Zephyrhills' Jaylen Pickett 'a winner' The commons area at Zephyrhills High School was packed just after dismissal Wednesday in anticipation of athlete Jaylen Pickett signing his letter of intent to play football at Eastern Michigan.  Head coach Reggie Roberts said during the ceremony that every college coach he spoke to said the same thing about ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 5:03 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Boca Ciega's Kenyatta Anderson ends up at Florida International

    Boca Ciega’s Kenyatta Anderson didn’t know where he was going to sign until the final day. He finally decided on Florida International and signed his letter of intent during a ceremony at the school. He was thought to be headed to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas before committing to FIU ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 5:02 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Injury didn't scare off suitors of Pinellas Park's Donte Maxson

    Pinellas Park had six players sign letters of intent at Wednesday afternoon’s signing day ceremony in the school’s media center. Kal-El Williams (Florida Atlantic), Rashaan Watson (South Alabama), Donte Maxson (Mercer), Michael McClellan (Dennison University), Andrew Thomas (Allan Hancock College) and Marcellus Ware (Coffeyville CC) all committed. Perhaps the most ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 4:14 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • CCC has massive class for signing ceremony

    CCC has massive class for signing ceremony Clearwater Central Catholic had a recruiting class befitting a program that has advanced to the Class 3A tate semifinals that past two seasons, including the first state championship game appearance in 2013. In all, the Marauders had nine football players sign, one of the largest classes in the bay area, ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 3:55 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • Accident doesn’t shake friendship of Seminole teammates

    SEMINOLE — Andrew Mills and Matthew Emerick met on a baseball field. They were teammates on a developmental squad at Seminole High School. Mills was a freshman, Emerick a sophomore. But it was an incident off the field that will forever link the two.  After a Sunday practice March 2, ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 4:41 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory steps down

    Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory steps down Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory has resigned from his job after two seasons with the Crusaders, the school announced Friday. Gregory, who served as an assistant at Tampa Catholic for four years before taking his first head coaching job, cited family reasons for his resignation. His wife is expecting ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 2:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough OC Max Warner leaves for Virginia Tech

    Former Hillsborough High offensive coordinator Max Warner has accepted a job at Virginia Tech, Terriers coach Earl Garcia confirmed Monday.  Warner, who has been at Hillsborough for four years and offensive coordinator for three, will be a quality control coach at Virginia Tech. Warner will be the second Terrier heading ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 5:18 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Former Tarpon Springs coach Atif Austin receives key to city

    Former Tarpon Springs coach Atif Austin receives key to city Former Tarpon Springs standout and coach Atif Austin, now an assistant at North Dakota State, received a key to the city after helping the Bison win the NCAA Division I-AA title. Tarpon Springs mayor David Archie presented the key to Austin at the Citizens Progress for Alliance Annual Martin Luther ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant City football coach Wayne Ward steps down

    Plant City football coach Wayne Ward steps down Plant City's Wayne Ward confirmed Tuesday that he has stepped down as head football coach.  Ward — who has coached at Plant City for 13 years, including the past five as head coach — informed his players Monday of his decision.  "That...was tough. That was the hardest thing to do, ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 4:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Darek Sharp

  • Hudson names Rob Mahler football coach

    Rob Mahler has been named the new football coach at Hudson. Mahler, a 2001 Hudson graduate, takes over for Mark Kantor, who left to coach Wiregrass Ranch. Mahler has been an assistant coach at Hudson from 2003-09 and was the offensive coordinator in 2013 and ‘14. "I feel very fortunate ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Life in the spotlight amplifies anxieties for top recruits

    Life in the spotlight amplifies anxieties for top recruits The hype surrounding Byron Cowart’s college choice plagued the five-star football recruit for months on end. On the outside, reporters and recruiting analysts begged Cowart for tidbits, anything that would hint to where the most sought-after high school player in the nation would be spending his next three or four ...
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    Sat. Feb. 07, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Antonya English

  • State girls soccer: Berkeley Prep comes up short in semis

    MELBOURNE — Berkeley Prep lacked the finishing touches Wednesday night to advance and play for a state championship. The Buccaneers fell behind in the first half and could never muster enough offense to break through against Delray Beach American Heritage, falling to the Stallions 3-0 in a Class 2A state ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 9:50 p.m. | Bill Whitehead

  • Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III tempted by USF, but sticks with Clemson (with video)

    Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III tempted by USF, but sticks with Clemson (with video) For those hoping there was something to the social media buzz claiming Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III might be changing his mind and was ready to shock the world by choosing USF, well, your window was open for about 60 seconds. McCloud said he woke up at 7 a.m., and ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Lakewood’s Ryan Davis settles on Auburn (with video)

    Lakewood’s Ryan Davis settles on Auburn (with video) Lakewood’s Ryan Davis had such a hard time deciding between Auburn and Florida that he briefly thought about flipping a coin. Davis, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound quarterback who will play receiver in college, said he didn’t fall asleep until 4 a.m., finally secure with his decision. He will attend Auburn University ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:06 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • And it's finally official: Armwood DE Byron Cowart signs with Auburn (with video)

    And it's finally official: Armwood DE Byron Cowart signs with Auburn (with video) SEFFNER — It was supposed to be over, that years-long recruiting process Armwood High School defensive end Byron Cowart — the nation’s top-ranked recruit — endured quite publicly. But even after signing a letter of intent, announcing his commitment before a packed house at the Hawks’ annual signing day ceremony ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Things to look forward to on national signing day

    Things to look forward to on national signing day Dozens of area high school football players will put their pens where their mouths were Wednesday, turning oral commitments into binding ones as they sign their letters of intent with colleges during that annual rite of passage known as national signing day.  Wednesday culminates a lengthy recruiting process for players and ...
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    Tue. Feb. 03, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Anatomy of an athlete: Quarterbacks in transition

    Anatomy of an athlete: Quarterbacks in transition Tampa Bay Tech quarterback Deon Cain has had some of the fastest feet in Tampa Bay, rushing for more than 2,600 yards the past two seasons while leading the Titans to their first region final appearance.  Lakewood quarterback Ryan Davis made a similar impact through the air, breaking the Pinellas ...
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    Mon. Feb. 02, 2015 at 7:36 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough County's fall sports award winners

    Hillsborough County's annual sports award for the fall season were annouced Thursday.  Guy Toph Award: Ray Ray McCloud III, Sickles  Jim Kynes Outstanding Lineman Award: Jake Fruhmorgen, Plant Kirkwood Volleyball Award: Karissa Rhoades, Bloomingdale Hicks Family Awards for Outstanding Swimmers: Maddie Hess, Newsome; Tyler Heath, Plant Casey Most Valuable Golfer ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 6:21 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Tarpon Springs names Countryside assistant Mike Lube football coach

    Tarpon Springs names Countryside assistant Mike Lube football coach Tarpon Springs has hired Countryside assistant Mike Lube as its new football coach, athletic director Kris Toscani confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Lube replaces Ron Hawn, who resigned after three full seasons. "Tarpon Springs is one of the dream jobs in the county," Lube said. "I'm thrilled to work with such a ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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Other News

  • New blood emerges in 120-pound weight class

    New blood emerges in 120-pound weight class There are years when great rivalries emerge in wrestling, driving the athletes to new heights as they test and forge their skills against each other in the run up to the state tournament.  This year the spotlight is on the 120-pound class. At the start of the high school season, ...
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    Thu. March 05, 2015 at 12:35 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Track: Lakewood boys win host invitational

    Track: Lakewood boys win host invitational ST. PETERSBURG — Host Lakewood nearly pulled off a team sweep at the 85th Annual West Coast Invitational.  The meet began on Saturday but was postponed due to inclement weather and resumed Wednesday. The Lakewood boys led most of the meet and comfortably outdistanced runnerup Osceola 166 points to 119.  ...
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    Wed. March 04, 2015 at 11:23 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Pinellas all-star girls basketball game Saturday

    When/where: 7 p.m. Saturday, Keswick Christian Admission: adults $4, students $2 Home team roster: Laura Fizell (Northeast), Jamie Green (Osceola), Katie Horan (Osceola), Charlisa Jenkins (Admiral Farragut), Sa’Deya Jones (Gibbs), Kinza Khan (Dixie Hollins), Rodtavia McCall (St. Petersburg), Brooke Spoonheimer (Osceola), Victoria Uhatafe (St. Petersburg), Savannah Walker (Seminole), Kailynn Smith ...
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    Wed. March 04, 2015 at 1:05 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Softball: Freedom 10, Sickles 0

    TAMPA — Brandee Mull struck out in the first inning with two runners on base, and grounded out in her second at bat. So with Mull on deck and the opportunity to bypass Freedom’s leading hitter Grace Street with an intentional walk, Sickles took it. Mull was miffed. “I wanted ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 11:27 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Softball: Nature Coast 4, Hernando 1

    BROOKSVILLE — The success just keeps coming for undefeated Nature Coast. One season after losing by one run in the district championship to their county rival, the Sharks completed a regular-season sweep of Hernando with a 4-1 win Tuesday night. “We’ve been slow starters in the first inning all season,” ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 11:25 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Softball: Gaither 4, Wiregrass Ranch 2

    TAMPA — Freshman Hailee DeCicco added three more innings to her impressive scoreless streak, but on Tuesday another ninth-grader took some of the spotlight. Danielle Whaley hit her first home run on the varsity, a two-run shot in the fifth inning that gave Gaither the lead and the eventual 4-2 ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 11:14 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Baseball: Pinellas Park 5, Seminole 3

    PINELLAS PARK – In order to keep pace in the highly competitive Class 7A, District 9, Pinellas Park couldn’t afford a loss to Seminole on Tuesday night. It’s only early March, but a second straight district loss would have put the Patriots two games off the pace and likely playing ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 10:32 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Softball: Palm Harbor University, Seminole prevail

    PALM HARBOR – After playing in the Lake Mary Invitational three weeks ago, Palm Harbor University’s softball team was 2-2, with both losses coming against non-area opponents. Since then, the Hurricanes have been on a roll, winning six straight against Pinellas County teams. That streak was extended to a county-best ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 10:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • TBBCA all-star basketball game on tap for Thursday

    What: Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game (boys only) When/where: 7 p.m. Thursday at Tampa Prep, with dunk and 3-point contests at halftime. Admission: $5 East roster: Devonte Myles (Armwood),  Todd Kaiser (Bloomingdale), Dante Mitchell (Brandon), Danny Morales (Newsome), Isaiah Channer (Strawberry Crest), Payton Wilson (Tampa Bay Tech), ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 2:58 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Longtime Seffner Christian coach Greg Fawbush steps down

    Longtime Seffner Christian coach Greg Fawbush steps down Seffner Christian girls basketball coach Greg Fawbush has resigned after 20 years with the Crusaders, athletic director Andy Holmes confirmed Tuesday. Fawbush, who began working and coaching at Seffner Christian Academy when the school first started its high school basketball program, also serves as the assistant athletic director at Seffner ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 2:19 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • PCAC boys and girls soccer teams announced

    Here is the 2015 boys and girls PCAC soccer team, as voted on by coaches: Girls South County First team: F Shaura Washington (St. Petersburg); F Cassidy Reich (Osceola); F Cameron Westmoreland (Dixie Hollins); MF Angela Scamardella (St. Petersburg); MF Alison Watkins (Osceola); MF Devyn Nyhart (Boca Ciega); MF Mikayla ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 11:11 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Softball: Shannon Saile throws no-hitter as Land O’Lakes tops River Ridge 9-2

    LAND O’LAKES — One out from throwing a no-hitter, Land O’Lakes junior pitcher Shannon Saile had to retire River Ridge’s Brooke Schwaner, who carried a .625 batting average into Monday night’s game. Fortunately for Saile she was impervious to pressure. It helped that she had no idea about the no-hitter. ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 11:38 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: David Kornitzer, male winner for Feb. 21-27

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: David Kornitzer, male winner for Feb. 21-27 Male Hot Shot winner: David Kornitzer, Newsome After finishing his freshman cross country season at Newsome three years ago, David Kornitzer wanted to continue on to track and field, he just wasn't sure the track portion was for him.  Because he preferred running off the track, Kornitzer, with the help ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Brook Schwaner, female winner for Feb. 21-27

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Brook Schwaner, female winner for Feb. 21-27 Female Hot Shot winner: Brook Schwaner, River Ridge At first glance, River Ridge appeared to be in dire straits.  Kenzi Maguire, the Tampa Bay Times’ all-North Suncoast Player of the Year, tore her ACL in gym class in mid-December and is lost for the season. That seemed to spell doom, ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 6:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 2

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 2 1. Dunedin (7-1) This week: Tuesday vs. Sunlake, Friday at Land O’Lakes Lowdown: The Falcons came off a high Wednesday after beating rival East Lake 12-0 to a low on Friday by losing 3-2 to district foe River Ridge. Still, with solid pitching and an offense that is hitting .371 ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 6:26 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons