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  • Ray Ray McCloud III gets Under Armour invite, and other recruiting notes

    Ray Ray McCloud III gets Under Armour invite, and other recruiting notes A few recruiting nuggets from the last few days: • Sickles junior ATH Ray Ray McCloud III announced his invitation to the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game. The 2,300-yard rusher holds offers from Clemson, Florida and Florida State, among others. The all-star game could have a very strong local flavor ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 2:12 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Blake's Shavar Manuel ranked No. 2 in country, receives Army invite

    Blake's Shavar Manuel ranked No. 2 in country, receives Army invite Blake's sack-happy sophomore defensive lineman Shavar Manuel doesn't graduate until 2016, but 247Sports and the U.S. Army aren't wasting any time. Manuel, a 6-foot-3, 260-pounder, was invited to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American game Wednesday, and followed that up by making a giant splash in the 247Sports latest ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Bay area well represented in ESPN 300

    Ten Tampa Bay football players in the class of 2015 made the cut for the latest ESPN 300. Armwood defensive end Byron Cowart, a five-star recruit who had 13 sacks and three fumble recoveries last season, is the highest-ranked local player at No. 5. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior boasts a ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 4:04 p.m. | Times Staff

    • Recruit: Byron Cowart
      Auburn University, Florida State University, LSU, University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Nebraska
  • Alonso ace Kayla Maxwell to sign with Houston

    Alonso pitcher Kayla Maxwell will sign Wednesday with Houston, Ravens athletic director Brian Grantham announced Tuesday afternoon. Maxwell has established herself as one of Hillsborough County’s top pitchers as a senior. She has posted a 1.15 ERA and a 15-3 record with 78 strikeouts this spring. She’s also batting .327 ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 3:20 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Vincent Testaverde picks Texas Tech, and other Jesuit signings

    Seven Jesuit athletes – including QB Vincent Testaverde – plan to sign to play college ball in a ceremony Wednesday morning, the school announced Monday morning. Testaverde – the son of Miami’s Heisman Trophy winner and former Buc – will play at Texas Tech. He helped the Tigers win the ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 3:51 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Baseball: St. Petersburg's David Phrathep signs with Milligan College

    St. Petersburg third baseman/catcher David Phrathep has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Milligan (Tenn.) College, according to coach Travis Phelps. Phelps said it is an 80 percent scholarship and that Phrathep has been recruited to play catcher. He has played mostly third base this season. Phrathep ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 1:33 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Central's Samantha Bishop signing with Lenoir Rhyne

    Central middle hitter Samantha Bishop plans to sign with Lenoir Rhyne, the Bears announced Monday. Bishop earned second-team all-North Suncoast honors as a junior, racking up almost 40 aces and more than 300 kills. Bishop will make her commitment official with a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Central. Lenoir Rhyne ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Recruiting updates from Pasco, Jefferson, Riverview and Fivay

    A few recruiting notes from this weekend: * Two Riverview athletes plan to sign Monday afternoon, the school announced. Kierra Haywood will sign to play basketball at Florida State College. The 6-foot-1 senior post led the Sharks in scoring (19.5 points per game), rebounding (13.9) and blocks (3.3). She was ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 10:13 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Miami football lands Freedom's Scott Patchan

    Freedom DE Scott Patchan has orally committed to Miami, he announced Saturday afternoon via Twitter during a trip to see the Hurricanes’ spring game. Patchan is one of Tampa Bay’s top recruits. Rivals considers the junior a four-star recruit and the country’s No. 17 strongside defensive end, and he was ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Christian Pellage lands latest Under Armour invite

    The next Under Armour All-American Game could have a large local presence. Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage became the latest area player to receive an invite to the prestigious high school all-star game, he announced Thursday night. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound tackle is a four-star recruit. He holds offers from all ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 10:17 a.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Christian Pellage
      Florida State University, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of South Florida
  • Plant OL Jake Fruhmorgen picks Clemson

    Plant OL Jake Fruhmorgen picks Clemson TAMPA — Plant offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen had nearly 30 Division I-A offers from which to choose. But all it took was one visit and one promise for the consensus four-star recruit to make up his mind. “The coach, he specifically said I’m going to hold up that (national championship) ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 7:12 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Anclote's Austin Rumer signs with Dubuque

    Anclote tight end/linebacker Austin Rumer has signed with the University of Dubuque, a Division III school. Rumer had a team-leading 111 tackles, as well as 5.5 sacks and an interception last season. On offense, he had 11 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown. Dubuque finished 5-5 in the Iowa ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 1:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay, NCT alums signing at PHSC

    Former Nature Coast volleyball star Courtney Crawford will sign with Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday. Crawford, a sophomore outside hitter at Pasco-Hernando State College, helped the Sharks make the region finals in high school. PHSC sophomore Samantha Greenlee will sign with Point University in Georgia. The East Bay alum led ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Deon Cain gets Under Armour invite, Huskers offer Ford

    Two quick recruiting updates: * Tampa Bay Tech ATH Deon Cain has been invited to play at the Under Armour All-America Game. The four-star recruit received an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month. The 6-foot-1 senior is 247Sports’ No. 2 receiver in the country, and he holds ...
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    Wed. April 09, 2014 at 9:40 a.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Deon Cain
      Florida State University, University of Florida
    • Recruit: Marques Ford
      Syracuse, University of Nebraska
  • Freedom's Folkes picks Jacksonville

    Freedom RB Andre Folkes has orally committed to Jacksonville University, Patriots coach Todd Donohoe said Wednesday morning. The shifty, 5-foot-6, 152-pound senior led Freedom in rushing last year and ran for more than 300 yards as a junior. 
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    Wed. April 09, 2014 at 9:28 a.m. | Matt Baker

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  • Ex-East Lake stars Cole, Scott making early impacts in college

    Ex-East Lake stars Cole, Scott making early impacts in college Former East Lake standouts Mason Cole of Michigan and Artavis Scott of Clemson each made a strong enough impression during  spring games that they could start in the fall as true freshmen. Cole, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman, moved quickly up the depth chart in the offseason and started at left ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Bishop McLaughlin promotes Craig Moore to head coach

    Bishop McLaughlin’s has replaced one former professional football player with another. The Hurricanes promoted assistant Craig Moore to head football coach Tuesday, the school announced. “When I first came over with Coach (Derrick) Alexander, our vision was to build a program, to really get the program to take off…” Moore ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 5:29 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Plant set to open football season in Georgia

    Plant will play Lowndes (Ga.) on Aug. 29 for its first regular-season game of the 2014 football season, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The game will be the second of a double-header played at the Vikings' Martin Stadium. Manatee and Ware County (Ga.) will play in the first game of ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Ex-Robinson QB Zain Gilmore Jr. arrested

    Former Robinson High quarterback Zain Gilmore Jr., the offensive catalyst behind the Knights’ 2012 state playoff run, was arrested in Kentucky on first-degree charges of burglary and robbery. Gilmore, who redshirted as a freshman last season at Eastern Kentucky University, was arrested by campus police and booked into the Madison ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 2:57 p.m. | Joey Knight

  • FSU great Derrick Alexander no longer Bishop head coach

    Former Florida State star Derrick Alexander is out as Bishop McLaughlin’s head football coach, the school announced Tuesday morning. Alexander left his position to spend more time with his family but will still work for the Hurricanes as a consultant, Bishop McLaughlin dean of students Joe Jasinski said. “Bishop McLaughlin ...
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    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 9:37 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Unsigned Preps qualifies for nationals, will join Team Tampa (with video)

    Unsigned Preps qualifies for nationals, will join Team Tampa (with video) Unsigned Preps’ all-star 7-on-7 team staged an unlikely rally behind Alonso’s Chris Oladokun and Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III to reach the semifinals of the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional on Sunday, clinching a second straight national championship appearance. But a timing snafu kept Unsigned Preps from bigger things. In its ...
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    Mon. March 31, 2014 at 4:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District tennis: Contenders and dark horses

    District tennis: Contenders and dark horses With district tournaments starting Monday, it looks as if the usual suspects will make a run at the state tournament. But don’t count out a few newcomers. Top contenders Countryside’s boys and East Lake’s girls won their PCAC championship matches and take momentum into postseason play. Countryside (13-0) stopped St. ...
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    Sat. March 29, 2014 at 12:08 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Four area teams take on 7-on-7 regional qualifier

    Four area teams take on 7-on-7 regional qualifier A collection of Tampa Bay’s top football talent, including the likes of Tampa Bay Tech’s Deon Cain, Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III, Hillsborough’s Dwayne Lawson and East Lake’s George Campbell, will converge in Bradenton this weekend for the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional qualifier. Four teams and more than 75 athletes ...
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    Fri. March 28, 2014 at 3:42 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Shorecrest names Steve Dudley football coach

    Shorecrest names Steve Dudley football coach It didn’t take long for Steve Dudley to get back into coaching. Just a few months after resigning as football coach at St. Petersburg Catholic, Dudley was named to the same position at Shorecrest on Thursday. He takes over for Dave Moore, who coached for two seasons at the school ...
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    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 5:41 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Deon Cain gets Army bowl invite

    Deon Cain gets Army bowl invite Tampa Bay Tech ATH Deon Cain picked up another honor Thursday. The four-star recruit earned an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Titans coach Jayson Roberts said. Cain is one of Tampa Bay’s top talents for the class of 2015. He was fifth in the Tampa Bay Times’ list ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • FHSAA formally investigates Tampa Catholic after second recruiting charge

    FHSAA formally investigates Tampa Catholic after second recruiting charge Another recruiting allegation against Tampa Catholic — including an offer “too good to pass up” — helped expand the Florida High School Athletic Association’s ongoing formal investigation into the Crusaders’ athletic department. The FHSAA notified Tampa Catholic last month that an investigator will review the school for possible violations for ...
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    Thu. March 13, 2014 at 11:01 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 1-7

    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, March 1 through Friday, March 7. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 08, 2014 at 1:02 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Updated FHSAA all-sports standings

    The Florida High School Athletic Association released its updated standings for the Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup, which honors a school’s success across all sports. You can see the full list here. Schools from the Tampa Bay area in contention are: Class 8A Palm Harbor University: No. 2 with 71.75 ...
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    Thu. March 06, 2014 at 12:58 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • CCC's James Margarella steps down as boys basketball coach

    James Margarella, who guided Clearwater Central Catholic's boys basketball program to its first postseason appearance since 2001, stepped down after three seasons as coach to spend more time with his family. "My wife is expecting and we're going to have two young children," Margerella said. "Basketball is tough and takes ...
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    Wed. March 05, 2014 at 7:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Dave Cleppe named head football coach at St. Petersburg Catholic

    Dave Cleppe has been patiently waiting to become a head football coach in Pinellas County. Now he finally gets his chance. Cleppe, 52, was named coach at St. Petersburg Catholic after four years as an assistant at the school. Cleppe started as an assistant coach at SPC in 1986 before ...
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    Tue. March 04, 2014 at 10:58 a.m. | Rodney Page

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  • Girls Basketball: FABC/Source Hoops all state teams

    The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC)/Source Hoops girls all state teams were released on Friday. Payton Walker (Seffner Christian) and Savannah Plentovich (Calvary Christian) were named to the first team in Class 3A. Aliya Gregory of Strawberry Crest was a first team selection in Class 7A. Times All Suncoast ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch's Agie Moreno earns individual 3A title

    Wiregrass Ranch sophomore Agie Moreno made North Suncoast history Friday, becoming the first player from a public Pasco County school to win an individual tennis state championship. A day after winning the team singles title and helping the Bulls tie for first as a team, he knocked off Fort Myers’ ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 2:53 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • District softball: Delay does Lakewood no favors

    ST. PETERSBURG — After securing its first playoff appearance in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals, Lakewood was looking for more in the championship game against Bradenton Bayshore. The Spartans (15-11) were confident, especially after rallying to beat the Bruins last month to secure the top seed in the district. ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 2:27 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Prep's Durham a MaxPreps All-American

    Tampa Prep star Juwan Durham has been named a first-team sophomore All-American by MaxPreps, the site announced Friday morning. It's the latest honor for Durham, a 6-foot-10 forward. He was the Tampa Bay Times' all-Suncoast player of the year this winter, averaging 21.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.7 blocks and ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • District softball roundup: East Lake regains stride at right time

    District softball roundup: East Lake regains stride at right time PINELLAS PARK — East Lake decided it would not go quietly for the rest of the season. In Thursday’s Class 7A, District 9 title game, the Eagles pitched, hit and darted around the bases. The team that struggled for traction through a miserable late regular-season stretch against district opponents regained ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 12:19 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball roundup: Durant routs Plant City for 7A-7 title

    District softball roundup: Durant routs Plant City for 7A-7 title TAMPA — The old adage states it’s tough to beat a team three times in one season. Thursday, it proved spot on. Durant’s bats stayed hot as the No. 3 seed avenged a pair of regular-season losses and defeated top-seeded Plant City 11-0 in the Class 7A, District 7 final ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 12:03 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Baseball: East Lake wins rain-shortened PCAC final


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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 11:55 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Track roundup: Brittany McGee solid as usual for Farragut

    CLEARWATER — Pinellas teams fared quite well at the Class A, Region 3 meet at Calvary Christian on Thursday. No area team could challenge the might of Melbourne Holy Trinity, but the Shorecrest girls rose as high as third (66 points) and the Indian Rocks Christian boys were the runners-up ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 11:45 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District softball roundup: Hernando survives late Nature Coast rally

    District softball roundup: Hernando survives late Nature Coast rally BROOKSVILLE — Two state-ranked foes put on a show Thursday night in the Class 5A, District 7 championship game at Tom Varn Park. After splitting the season series, Hernando bested Nature Coast 6-5 despite a final-inning scare. “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Hernando coach Kevin Bittinger said. “Things ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Track roundup: Friends, not foes, boost Plant girls

    RIVERVIEW — Anna Montgomery and Bailey Sullivan are best friends who train side-by-side for every race. And in Thursday’s Class 4A, District 7 meet, the duo’s inseparability earned the Plant girls a championship. Newsome led Plant most of the meet until Montgomery and Sullivan finished first and second, respectively, in ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 11:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: CCC coach Todd Vaughan earns 500th win

    Baseball: CCC coach Todd Vaughan earns 500th win Clearwater Central Catholic coach Todd Vaughan earned his 500th win after the Marauders beat Countryside 3-2 Thursday night. The win is also noteworthy because CCC improved to 23-0 and ensured its first undefeated regular season in school history. Vaughan, 52, is in his 26th season as CCC’s head coach. Prior ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 10:24 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • State tennis: Canterbury’s Holvoet plays through pain, claims title

    State tennis: Canterbury’s Holvoet plays through pain, claims title CASSELBERRY — Canterbury’s Evan Holvoet wasn’t sure he could make it to the Class A individual state tournament. In the district final, he faced Shorecrest’s Peter Litsky, an opponent he had never beaten. Holvoet broke that streak and carried the momentum into this week’s state tournament. The unranked senior had ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 6:42 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • State tennis: Tampa Prep’s Leavy falters in Class A final

    CASSELBERRY — While Tampa Prep’s hopes of a team championship ended Wednesday, the Terrapin girls did have two players alive for Class A individual titles Thursday at Red Bug Lake Park. In the No. 1 singles final, Paige Leavy lost 6-2, 6-4 to Allegra Hanlon of Ransom Everglades. “I know ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch boys share Class 3A title

    State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch boys share Class 3A title ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Wiregrass Ranch is bringing home its first team championship trophy, but it took a little negotiating from coach Dave Wilson. His Bulls tied Naples Barron Collier with 15 points each for the overall Class 3A team championship at Sanlando Park on Thursday. The Florida High School Athletic ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • District softball roundup: East Lake, Countryside advance to 7A-9 final

    PINELLAS PARK — Two one-run games. Just what one would expect in the balanced Class 7A, District 9 tournament. In Wednesday’s first semifinal, East Lake held off Northeast 5-4. In the second, a pitchers’ duel went the way of top-seeded Countryside, 1-0 over Seminole. Sommer Pollard (two hits, including a ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 12:42 a.m. | Chuck Frye