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  • Plant SS Nick Cerelli commits to USF

    Plant shorstop Nick Cerelli has commited to USF, Panthers coach Dennis Braun confirmed Wednesday. Cerelli, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior, is hitting .260 this season with eight RBIs and one home run. He has also served as a relief pitcher for Plant, allowing no earned runs in three innings pitched while ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 10:36 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Brittany McGee among three AFA signees Wednesday

    Brittany McGee among three AFA signees Wednesday Throughout her high school career, Admiral Farragut's Brittany McGee has racked up all kinds of awards and state medals in track. Still, she didn’t think it would be enough to attend her favorite school, Stanford. “(Stanford) was one thing that always seemed out of grasp, “McGee said. “So I looked ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 12:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin junior Carson Ragsdale commits to USF

    Bishop McLaughlin's Carson Ragsdale has committed to play baseball at the University of South Florida. Ragsdale, a junior, is having an impressive season so far for the 19-3 Hurricanes. He is hitting .466 with 29 RBIs, eight doubles and three home runs. As a pitcher, Ragsdale is 5-2 with a ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 11:43 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Northside Christian OL Dillan Gibbons commits to Notre Dame

    Northside Christian OL Dillan Gibbons commits to Notre Dame Northside Christian offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons spent spring break visiting some of the Division I schools on his wish list. On Tuesday night, Gibbons and his dad, Shannon, stopped by Notre Dame. They spent all day Wednesday touring the school and talking with coaches. While there were other visits to ...
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    Sat. April 04, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Recruiting notebook: Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith nets D-I love

    Recruiting notebook: Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith nets D-I love Nature Coast’s DeShawn Smith has progressed as a runner with a better understanding of how to use his blockers. Once Smith sees daylight, he can make the first tackler miss, whether it’s with his elusiveness or balance or a feel for where the soft spot is in the defense. He ...
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    Wed. April 01, 2015 at 6:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention

    East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention East Bay defensive back KJ Sails is blessed with tremendous athletic ability, which helps him keep pace with the bushel of fleet receivers so common in the bay area. He is meticulous in practice, in film study and in technique.  But his play had gone largely unnoticed by college recruiters ...
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    Wed. March 11, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • 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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Latest Football News

  • Locals show up well in college spring games

    Locals show up well in college spring games Florida State’s George Campbell (6-foot-4) is the ideal size for a receiver. But it is his other intangibles — the speed (4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash) the 37-inch vertical leap and the eye-hand coordination — that turned the former East Lake standout into one of the most prized playmakers in the ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Alonso QB Chris Oladokun transfers to Sickles

    Alonso QB Chris Oladokun transfers to Sickles Alonso quarterback and USF commit Chris Oladokun has transferred to Sickles, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday.  Oladokun was a two-year starter for the Ravens, throwing for 3,646 yards and 32 touchdowns in two seasons. Alonso struggled offensively in 2014, when it returned just one starting offensive lineman.  ...
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    Tue. April 07, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Gibbs names Plant City assistant Jon Thompson head football coach

    Jon Thompson was named football coach at Gibbs on Monday morning. He becomes the fifth head coach at the school since 2007. Thompson, 29, was an assistant coach at Plant City for two seasons. Prior to that he was an assistant for three years at Tallahassee Lincoln. “I understand the ...
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    Mon. April 06, 2015 at 12:19 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Bill to ease transfers still in play

    A bill that would make it easier for some students to transfer for athletic purposes was approved by the House Education Committee on Thursday and moves on to another committee in the House for perusal. The latest bill aimed to negate some of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Latest bill targeting FHSAA, easing transfers fires up coaches

    Tampa Bay area coaches, alarmed by the number of athletes who already switch schools seemingly at will, have long clamored for the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt a more stringent transfer policy.  But a bill that the House Education Committee is scheduled to hear Thursday does the opposite, ...
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    Wed. March 25, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach

    Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach Almost a month ago, Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory announced his resignation, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. But almost immediately, Gregory said, he began having second thoughts.  He said he never really wanted to leave, and still seeing his players every day at school ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 10:31 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Jeff Swymer takes on another sport, football at Bishop McLaughlin

    Jeff Swymer will add more coaching duties at Bishop McLaughlin. Swymer, already the head baseball coach, was named the Hurricanes’ football coach Friday.  He will take over a program that has struggled in recent seasons. The Hurricanes were 2-8 last season under coach Craig Moore. They were also 2-8 in ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 1:41 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Four-star recruit Craig Watts now at Admiral Farragut

    Four-star recruit Craig Watts now at Admiral Farragut Craig Watts, a four-star recruit with more than 20 Division I offers, has left Gibbs and is now enrolled at Admiral Farragut.  The move comes on the heels of the resignation of Gladiators head coach Rick Kravitz, though Watts said he was thinking of transferring prior to Kravitz leaving.  “I ...
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    Tue. March 17, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • FHSAA finds insufficient recruiting evidence against Tampa Catholic

    FHSAA finds insufficient recruiting evidence against Tampa Catholic After more than a year-long investigation into two Tampa Catholic athletic programs for allegations of recruiting, the Florida High School Athletic Association has found insufficient evidence to support the claims, according to a letter the FHSAA sent to principal Tom Reidy on Tuesday. Though the case was ultimately determined to ...
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    Thu. March 12, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz steps down

    Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz steps down Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz stepped down after two seasons, principal Reuben Hepburn said Friday. "It was a suprise to me, something I didn't see coming," Hepburn said. "I thought he did a good job in the time he was here. We're obviously sad to see him go." Kravitz finished 9-11 ...
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    Fri. March 06, 2015 at 2:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant City promotes Greg Meyer to head football coach

    Plant City has promoted defensive coordinator Greg Meyer to head football coach. Meyer replaces Wayne Ward, who stepped down less than a month ago after 13 years — five as head coach — with the Raiders.  Meyer, whose wife also works at Plant City, said he couldn’t be more thrilled ...
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    Thu. March 05, 2015 at 4:35 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • 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

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  • District track: East Lake girls nab third straight title

    BRADENTON — In 2011, East Lake’s girls team finished last at the district meet. Since then, the Eagles have gone through a remarkable transformation and have become consistent title contenders under coach Britt Taylor. On Thursday, East Lake won its third straight team title at the Class 4A, District 8 ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball: Boca Ciega 9, Bradenton Bayshore 3

    BRADENTON — Caylie VanAuken struck out 12, and the Boca Ciega offense capitalized on five Bradenton Bayshore errors as the visiting Pirates upset the top-seeded Bruins 9-3 on Thursday in the Class 5A, District 10 title game. Boca Ciega (7-10), the tournament’s third seed, lost to Bayshore 12-0 and 2-0 ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:43 p.m. | The Herald

  • District softball: Countryside 4, Seminole 0

    PINELLAS PARK — It wasn’t pretty, kind of like Emily Hollenbeck’s awkward slide into home plate in the seventh inning of Thursday’s Class 7A-9 final. But Countryside rode one big inning and a lot of teamwork to defeat Seminole 4-0. “It was awful,” the junior said of her landing following ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:20 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • District softball: Newsome 7, Plant 2

    District softball: Newsome 7, Plant 2 TAMPA — Newsome’s Class 8A, District 7 final against Plant began just according to the Wolves’ plan. They were happy to be the visiting team in the championship game, to have a chance at putting some runs on the board early in order to force the Panthers to play catchup. ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District softball: River Ridge 10, Tarpon Springs 3

    NEW PORT RICHEY — That River Ridge won a district softball championship isn’t earth-shaking news. But this 5A-8 crown was a little more hard-earned than most. At one point a 7-7 team, and entering the district tournament as the fourth seed, River Ridge fell behind 2-0 before rallying past No. ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:59 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District softball: Osceola 6, Mitchell 5

    District softball: Osceola 6, Mitchell 5 SEMINOLE — As Lindsey Hall stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and two on, the final between Osceola and Mitchell was assured of being a thriller regardless of who won. Hall made sure the celebration was on Osceola’s side. Her base hit ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:53 p.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • District softball: Robinson 16, Middleton 1 (four innings)

    TAMPA — Robinson dominated each of its Class 5A, District 9 games this season, blowing out opponents by at least 15 runs. Robinson stuck to that script Thursday and won its third district title in four years with a 16-1 victory over Middleton (3-17) in four innings. After the game, ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • District softball roundup: Palm Harbor U. shuts out Sarasota Riverview

    Class 8A-8 Palm Harbor University 10, Sarasota Riverview 0: The Hurricanes needed to find a way to snap out of their funk after closing out the regular season with losses in four of their past five regular-season games.  The district tournament provided the perfect tonic. PHU, which went undefeated against ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:36 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • State tennis: Titles elude locals in Class 4A and 2A

    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Courtney Hebard rallied from a big deficit despite struggling with her serve to win twice Wednesday. On Thursday, the struggle continued. But not the comebacks. The Steinbrenner senior was knocked out of the Class 4A individual girls singles championship by Cypress Creek’s Alexandra Lee, 6-4, 6-3, at ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District softball: Hernando wins a wild one over Zephyrhills

    BROOKSVILLE — After drilling two homers — a grand slam by Stephanie Mesiemore and a solo shot by Lindsey Hupp — Zephyrhills had to be confident in its chances to advance from the Class 5A, District 7 semifinals on Wednesday at Nature Coast. Hernando refused to give in to the ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:47 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District softball: Wiregrass Ranch upsets top seed in 15 innings

    District softball: Wiregrass Ranch upsets top seed in 15 innings TAMPA — It took more than three-and-a-half hours and 15 innings, but the wait for its first postseason berth was well worth it for Wiregrass Ranch in Wednesday’s Class 7A, District 8 semifinal. The fourth-seeded Bulls rallied from a two-run deficit in the fourth against No. 1-seed Freedom, then held ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District softball: Plant City's surge continues

    PLANT CITY — The ball sailed into rightfield over Emily Beauchamp’s head, a leadoff triple hit by Mak Allen that set the tone for Plant City from the first at-bat. Rebecca Sorenson followed with a double to score Allen and the turnaround continued for Plant City (15-11) with a 7-5 ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:18 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • District softball: Osceola shuts out Dixie Hollins

    SEMINOLE — Maria Kappos and Mackenzie Tolrud each scored two runs as Osceola (14-9) used a balanced attack to defeat Dixie Hollins 10-0 in their Class 6A, District 10 semifinal Wednesday. The Warriors will play Mitchell in the final. The Mustangs pulled out a 7-4 upset over top-seeded Springstead. Osceola ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:06 p.m. | Corey Long

  • District softball: Countryside, Seminole dispatch top seeds

    PINELLAS PARK — With district semifinals this good, Thursday’s final could almost be anticlimactic. In Wednesday’s Class 7A-9 playoffs at Pinellas Park, Seminole survived a pair of deficits to take down second seed Northeast 7-6 while Countryside leapt out to a big lead then held on to dispatch No. 1 ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:02 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • District track: Hillsborough girls make most of talent

    RIVERVIEW — An undermanned Hillsborough girls team made it back-to-back titles, and the Armwood boys won Wednesday in the Class 3A, District 9 meet at Spoto. The Terriers, with a roster of just 12 girls, tallied 127 points to finish with a comfortable lead over runnerup King (113). Hillsborough excelled ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 10:52 p.m. | Steve Lee