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  • Shane Bucenell hopes his dream of playing at next level won't be denied

    Shane Bucenell hopes his dream of playing at next level won't be denied The dream has always been the same for Shane Bucenell. The 6-foot, 195-pound Wiregrass Ranch quarterback might be undersized to play the position at the next level, but that’s never stopped him from trying to make it happen. It has, however, drawn the attention of doubters, Bucenell said, even going ...
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    Fri. Oct. 24, 2014 at 4:58 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Countryside's Summer Finke commits to FSU

    Countryside swimmer Summer Finke made her college plans official by announcing Tuesday that she has commited to Florida State. Finke, the state's eighth-ranked girls swimmer in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, picked the Seminoles over Florida and Wisconsin. "I got along really well with all the (FSU) coaching staff ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 8:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Get out of Chris Schwarz’s way or get run over

    Get out of Chris Schwarz’s way or get run over River Ridge’s first six games of the season were all been played on slippery, muddy fields. So the Royal Knights needed a workhorse back who could take over, a guy with strength, speed and indefatigability to lower his head and charge forward while gorging on yards. Chris Schwarz has thrived ...
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    Fri. Oct. 17, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake swimmer Annika Smith commits to Canisius

    East Lake's Annika Smith has committed to swim at Canisius College. Canisius, a Division I program, competes in the MAAC conference. Smith picked the Golden Griffins over Bucknell, Carroll, Franklin & Marshall, New Hampshire and Southwestern. "I really felt at home when I visited Canisius," she said. "The team and ...
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    Thu. Oct. 16, 2014 at 8:27 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon kicker Louie Zervos to have Under Armour jersey presentation Nov. 12

    Tarpon Springs kicker Louie Zervos, the nation's fifth-ranked kicker in the 2015 class, will be presented with his jersey for parcticipating in the Under Armour All-America game on Nov. 12 during a ceremony at school. After a strong performance at  a Kohl's Kicking Camp event, this summer, Zervos earned a ...
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    Wed. Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake swimmer Grant Sanders commits to Arizona

    East Lake's Grant Sanders committed to Arizona Monday night. Sanders, ranked sixth in the state in the 2015 class, picked the Wildcats over Auburn and FSU, among others. "Arizona has an outstanding academic and swimming program," Sanders said. "The coaches and swimmers made me feel very welcomed. Their facilities also ...
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    Tue. Oct. 14, 2014 at 5:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Sydney Pickrem commits to Texas A&M

    East Lake's Sydney Pickrem, the state's top-ranked swimmer in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, announced via Twitter that she has committed to Texas A&M. Pickrem made her decision after visting Texas A&M this past weekend. She picked the Aggies over Indiana and Michigan. "I just loved the school, the ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 9:35 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Alonso QB Oladokun commits to USF

    Alonso quarterback Chris Oladokun commited to USF during the weekend, the junior announced on Twitter. Oladokun, now in his second season as the Ravens' starter, threw for 2,003 yards, 23 touchdowns and had just three interceptions in Alonso's 5-5 season last year. During the summer he lit up the 7-on-7 ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 11:05 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • East Lake's Natalie Clausen commits to Tulane

    East Lake swimmer Natalie Clausen, a transfer from Wisconsin, committed to Tulane this weekend. Clausen took a recruiting trip to Tulane last month. She also visited Colorado State and Western Kentucky. "I loved the educational aspect of Tulane, especially the medical research program," Clausen said. "The school has a real ...
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    Sun. Oct. 12, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake receiver George Campbell's UA jersey presentation set for Nov. 14

    East Lake receiver George Campbell, the nation's top athlete in the 2015 class according to ESPN, will be presented with his jersey for playing in the Under Armour All-America game on Nov. 14 during a ceremony at the school. Campbell, a five-star recruit who committed to Florida State last month, ...
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    Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 at 12:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Girls basketball: Walker commits to Wofford College

    Seffner Christian forward Peyton Walker committed to Wofford College, her father Rob Walker confirmed Tuesday. Walker, the Tampa Bay Times' Hillsborough County Player of the Year in 2013, averaged 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game last season, leading the Crusaders to a state runner-up finish. She had 50 points ...
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    Wed. Oct. 08, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • PHU's Morgan Perrotti commits to Rutgers

    Palm Harbor University swimmer Morgan Perrotti committed to Rutgers on Tuesday. Perrotti, ranked 44th in 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, said she also was considering Cincinnati and Miami. The only school she visited, though, was Rutgers. "I fell in love with (Rutgers) when I was there," Perrotti said. "The coaches and ...
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    Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Emma Spilman commits to Florida

    Clearwater Central Catholic's Emma Spilman made her college plans official by announcing via Twitter that she has committed to swim at Florida. Spilman, the state's 16th ranked swimmer in the 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, picked the Gators over Ohio State and Vanderbilt. "It took a lot of time and it ...
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    Mon. Oct. 06, 2014 at 9:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Newsome's Maddie Hess commits to Duke

    Newsome's Maddie Hess, the Tampa Bay Times' Hillsborough County swimmer of the year the past two seasons, committed to Duke on Sunday. Hess, ranked third in the state and 12th nationally in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, is a two-time defending state champion in the 100 free and 100 ...
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    Sun. Oct. 05, 2014 at 7:41 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside swimmer Cooper Hoffman commits to FSU

    Countryside's Cooper Hoffman, the state's 13th ranked swimmer in the 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, committed to Florida State on Sunday. Hoffman picked the Seminoles over LSU, Indiana, Navy and Tennessee. Earlier this month, Hoffman helped the Cougars beat Palm Harbor University, snapping the Hurricanes' nine-year undefeated streak in dual meets. ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 4:56 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • Football: Bradenton Christian 42, Shorecrest 14

    ST. PETERSBURG — Shorecrest hosted just its second game of the season, facing Bradenton Christian on Thursday night. The two sides participated in a shootout in the first half with the Chargers going into the break trailing by eight before ultimately giving up 20 second-half points to fall 42-14.    ...
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    Thu. Oct. 30, 2014 at 10:48 p.m. | Justin Miller

  • Football: Cambridge Christian 48, Canterbury 15

    ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury kept things fairly close for a half, but Cambridge Christian poured on the points in the third quarter — 28 in all — to pull away with a dominating 48-15 victory Thusday night. Quarterback Garrett Young ran for two touchdowns and passed for another in the ...
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    Thu. Oct. 30, 2014 at 9:58 p.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • Rays, Doug Waechter give $5,000 check to Leshawn Williams' family

    Rays, Doug Waechter give $5,000 check to Leshawn Williams' family Northeast High lineman Leshawn Williams, who lost most of his right leg after an in-game injury last week, celebrated his 18th birthday on Thursday by hosting a steady stream of visitors at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. One of those visitors was former Northeast graduate and Rays pitcher Doug Waechter, who ...
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    Thu. Oct. 30, 2014 at 4:53 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Bucs’ Leonard Johnson visits Leshawn Williams

    Bucs’ Leonard Johnson visits Leshawn Williams The healing process continues for Leshawn Williams, the Northeast High senior defensive lineman who lost his right leg above the knee after an injury Friday night. Williams was removed from the intensive care unit at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg on Wednesday morning and is now on another floor of the ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 3:48 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Documentary on Largo coach Marcus Paschal to debut at film festival

    Documentary on Largo coach Marcus Paschal to debut at film festival USF professor Travis Bell's documentary Packer Pride, which profiles Largo coach Marcus Paschal, will debut at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Fesitval at noon Nov. 8 on LA Live. Paschal, a former NFL player who was a star at the school, was hired to coach his alma mater last ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 11:38 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Northeast lineman Leshawn Williams receives outpouring of support

    Northeast lineman Leshawn Williams receives outpouring of support ST. PETERSBURG — Leshawn Williams, the Northeast High School senior defensive lineman who lost most of his right leg after an in-game injury Friday night, continues to receive an outpouring of support. Northeast’s football program has started a fund on his behalf, with the goal of raising $50,000 to help ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 4:37 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Associated Press state football poll: Week 10

    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)   8-0          145    1       2. First Coast ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 4:08 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Seven in a row? Pasco presently dominates 9-Mile War

    Seven in a row? Pasco presently dominates 9-Mile War DADE CITY — Tom McHugh doesn’t like to talk much about Pasco High School’s six-year dominance of neighborhood rival Zephyrhills. The longtime Pirates football coach instead prefers to keep things in the present — as in Friday, when Pasco (5-3, 3-2 Class 5A, District 6) hosts the Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 1:01 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • HomeTeam 25: Do-or-die for some in Week 10

    HomeTeam 25: Do-or-die for some in Week 10 1. (1) Armwood (8-0, 7-0) Last week: Beat King 39-0 This week: vs. Chamberlain Lowdown: Armwood clinched yet another district title with its fifth shutout in eight games. At this point, it appears quite likely the Hawks’ season will end in the same place it did a year ago: the ...
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    Mon. Oct. 27, 2014 at 7:28 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Northeast lineman Leshawn Williams loses leg after football injury

    Northeast lineman Leshawn Williams loses leg after football injury ST. PETERSBURG — Northeast High School senior defensive lineman Leshawn Williams went down with a severe, yet seemingly routine knee injury in a football game Friday night. Before the weekend was over, part of the 17-year-old’s right leg had been amputated.  Bonita Copeland, Williams’ mother, did not tell her son ...
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    Mon. Oct. 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Sunday Morning QB: District titles, playoff hopefuls

    Sunday Morning QB: District titles, playoff hopefuls Team of the week River Ridge: Royal Knights’ coach Ryan Benjamin did not hide the fact that a win over Hudson would mean the school’s first playoff berth since 1998. His team responded with a decisive 46-14 win over Hudson. The win secures a district championship for a team that ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 10:57 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Oct. 18-24

    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, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 24. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:59 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Lake Gibson 24, Largo 20

    LARGO — Lake Gibson got fourth-quarter touchdowns from Casey Whitaker and Thomas Boles to hold off Largo 24-20 in a non-district contest Friday night. Largo quarterback Donavan Hale threw a touchdown and ran for another as time expired. Key drive: Lake Gibson took up the majority of the third quarter ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:34 a.m. | Corey Long

  • Football: Osceola 49, Palm Harbor University 14

    SEMINOLE — Osceola wasted little time dismantling Palm Harbor University on Friday night, going up 14-0 early on two Nick Shytle scoring runs. The Warrior defense was suffocating early on, not allowing a first down until midway through the second quarter. The defense also came up with three interceptions, two ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:31 a.m. | Phillip Haywood

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: Lakewood 49, Tarpon Springs 29

    Pinellas Game of the Week: Lakewood 49, Tarpon Springs 29 ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood locked up first place in Class 5A, District 8 with a balanced 49-29 win over Tarpon Springs on Friday. The Spartans ground out 214 yards rushing and got 169 passing yards from quarterback Ryan Davis to finish district play 4-0.  Tarpon Springs (5-3, 2-1) needs a ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:30 a.m. | Rodney Page

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  • District cross country: Wharton girls take over as champs

    District cross country: Wharton girls take over as champs TAMPA — Individually, the Class 4A, District 6 meet at Al Lopez Park took on very much the same format as the Hillsborough County meet the week prior.  Sickles’ Abigail Grant surged out in front and never looked back. Grant’s dominance never was questioned Thursday as she led every leg ...
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    Thu. Oct. 30, 2014 at 9:54 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District cross country: Gulf boys on top; Weaver romps

    BROOKSVILLE — In a repeat of last season, Gulf’s boys made their way to Nature Coast with their sights set on the Class 2A, District 7 title. A victory this year would be the fourth consecutive district championship for the Buccaneers. Much like last year, Gulf didn’t feature either of ...
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    Thu. Oct. 30, 2014 at 9:44 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Western Conference volleyball teams

    The 2014 All-Western Conference volleyball teams, as chosen by Hillsborough County's public-school coaches:   American Division First team: Avery Bradshaw, Steinbrenner, Sr.; Ayree Gallon, Alonso, Sr.; Angel Gaskin, Plant, Sr.; Ansley Gould, Plant, Jr.; Caroline Pomet, Steinbrenner, Sr.; Catia Sleet, Robinson, Jr.; Emily Draper, Robinson, So.  Second team: Kelly Addelman, ...
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    Thu. Oct. 30, 2014 at 4:54 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District cross country: Northeast girls prolong outgoing coach’s season

    District cross country: Northeast girls prolong outgoing coach’s season LARGO — Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch dominated Thursday’s Class 3A, District 10 cross country meet at Eagle Lake Park. But Pinellas is still sending three teams and five individuals to regionals  The Sailor boys won with 32 points to runnerup Lakewood Ranch’s 52, and the Sarasota girls were two places ...
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    Thu. Oct. 30, 2014 at 4:22 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Region volleyball: Seminole falters down the stretch

    SEMINOLE — For the past few weeks, Seminole has made a habit of overcoming a slow start to pull out the matches that really matter. The Warhawks kicked that habit on Wednesday night against Sarasota in a Class 7A region quarterfinal. After dropping the first game, Seminole came back to ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 11:08 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region volleyball: Steinbrenner refocuses after injury

    LUTZ — When standout setter Brooke Royals went down with what appeared to be a knee injury during the third set of Steinbrenner’s Class 7A region quarterfinal against Strawberry Crest, a brief panic washed over the Warriors still on the court. It didn’t take long, though, for the worry to ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 11:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region volleyball: First playoff win in the books for Sunlake

    LAND O’LAKES — First district title and now a first playoff victory. Sunlake’s impressive finish to Wednesday’s 25-22, 25-22, 25-13 Class 5A region quarterfinal win over Weeki Wachee has the Seahawks aiming pretty high. “Definitely, we can make it to the final four,” said Sarah Sprague, the senior who put ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 9:34 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region swimming: Wiregrass Ranch girls making a few waves this postseason

    CLEARWATER — Wiregrass Ranch’s girls swim program had done impressive things in the regular season, winning every dual meet and finishing second in the Sunshine Athletic Conference. That success has continued into the postseason. After winning their first district title last week, the Bulls won their first region title Wednesday, ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 8:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State golf: Osceola's Haydyn Gibson claims Class 2A crown

    State golf: Osceola's Haydyn Gibson claims Class 2A crown Osceola junior Haydyn Gibson won the Class 2A state championship on Wednesday at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, a title she dedicated to friend and classmate Devin Chester, who died last week after a dirt bike accident. “This is all for Devin,” Gibson said. “I was thinking about ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 8:22 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • District cross country: East Lake sophomore Jennifer Lima conquers field

    LARGO — East Lake’s Jennifer Lima, competing in just her seventh cross country race, knocked down the field at Taylor Park on Wednesday morning to claim the Class 4A, District 8 title. “We went out really fast the first 2 miles, I think I heard 12:08 at the 2-mile mark,” ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 5:12 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Volleyball: Palm Harbor University upends one-loss Bloomingdale

    VALRICO — Palm Harbor University knew it would be challenged against one-loss Bloomingdale on the road. So on Monday the Hurricanes spent the whole practice studying film and learning how to play against the hard-hitting Bulls.  “So much of their offense was to the left side. We made a little ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 9:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State golf roundup: Freedom’s Romeo finds swing on Day 1

    Freedom’s Terese Romeo is again in contention for a state golf title after Day 1 of the Class 3A state tournament at Deer Island Country Club in Tavares.  Romeo, last year’s state runnerup, shot 1-under 71 Tuesday and led second-place Selin Timur of Lake Mary by a stroke. The senior ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 9:33 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Cross country: Class 4A district preview capsules

    Cross country: Class 4A district preview capsules Class 4A-6  When/where: 5 p.m. Thursday, Al Lopez Park Teams: Alonso, Freedom, Steinbrenner, Plant, Sickles, Tampa Bay Tech, Wharton, Wiregrass Ranch Outlook: Typically runners will run for time and qualification at districts, not blasting all out. That’s not likely to happen Thursday.  James Zentmeyer of Sickles and Jack Guyton of ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 9:13 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Cross country: Class 3A district preview capsules

    Cross country: Class 3A district preview capsules Class 3A-7 When/where: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, McKethan Lake  Teams: Belleview, Citrus,  Fvay, Land O’Lakes, Lecanto, Mitchell, River Ridge, Springstead, Sunlake, Zephyrhills Outlook: The Gators, perennial district champs, graduated many of their top runners but are still a very strong team. The boys won the SAC meet, putting their top three ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Cross country: Class 2A district preview capsules

    Cross country: Class 2A district preview capsules Class 2A-7 When/where: 5:15 p.m. Thursday, at Nature Coast Teams: Central, Crystal River, Gulf, Hernando, Hudson, Nature Coast, Pasco, Ridgewood, Weeki Wachee, Wesley Chapel Outlook: After winning the Hernando-Citrus Classic, placing its top three runners in the top 10, it’s going to be hard for any team to compete with ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 4:31 p.m. | Andy Warrener