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  • Baseball: Mitchell pitcher Mike Freeman signs with North Florida

    Mitchell senior pitcher Mike Freeman didn't have impressive stats in his junior year with the Mustangs, but his performance in summer leagues was enough to impress the University of North Florida. On Wednesday, Freeman signed a letter of intent to play next year. At Mitchell, Freeman pitched 18.2 innings and ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 8:37 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: East Lake Ps Ryan Wall, Steven Plaskett sign

    East Lake senior pitchers Ryan Wall and Steve Plaskett made their college choices Wednesday. Wall signed a letter of intent with Ave Maria. Plaskett signed with the Air Force Academy. In two years as a starter for the Eagles, Wall is 14-3 with a 1.21 ERA. Last season he helped ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 11:18 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Nine Plant athletes sign

    Nine Plant athletes sign TAMPA — Athletes at Plant showed that their high school is much more than a one-sport school as players from six sports signed letters of intent Monday afternoon. The baseball team had three players sign. Jake Woodford, who has a 95 mph fastball and a 0.43 ERA last season, will ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 7:48 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • East Lake holds signing ceremony for six Division I swimmers

    East Lake holds signing ceremony for six Division I swimmers A week after coming home with a bounty of gold medals at the Class 4A state meet, East Lake held a signing ceremony for its six Division I swimmers during an assembley inside the school's gymnasium. The girls team had five Division I swimmers who all had a role in ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 5:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • PHU wrestling twins Connor and Jared Prince pick Navy

    PHU wrestling twins Connor and Jared Prince pick Navy Palm Harbor twins Connor and Jared Prince, two of the bay area's top wrestlers, gathered friends and family inside the school's cafeteria, put shirts and caps from the colleges they were considering on table and made their decision. They each stood up and announced they would be attending Navy everyone ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 4:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's George Campbell presented with Under Armour jersey

    East Lake's George Campbell presented with Under Armour jersey East Lake receiver George Campbell, the nation's top athlete in the 2015 class according to ESPN, was presented with his jersey for his selection to play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday during an assembly in the gymnasium. Campbell, a five-star recruit who committed to Florida State in ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • River Ridge has a softball and baseball signing ceremony

    River Ridge has a softball and baseball signing ceremony River Ridge had a signing day bonanza Wednesday with three softball and three baseball players making their college plans official. The three softball players were Makenzie Goluba (Binghamton), Kenzi Maguire (South Carolina) and Madisyn Palmer (Florida Atlantic). Goluba, a pitcher, went 23-4 last season with a 0.34 ERA. Maguire (.598 ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 7:36 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Gaither's Hodgens, White sign with DI programs

    Two Gaither High School seniors signed Wednesday with Division I baseball programs.   Blake Hodgens, a left-handed pitcher, signed a letter of intent with Penn State. "Penn State is getting a polished lefty who should be able to help them as a freshman," coach Nelson North said. "Blake will get ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 9:41 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Mitchell's Taylor Anderson commits to LSU

    Mitchell's Taylor Anderson commits to LSU Mitchell's Taylor Anderson, one of the bay area's premier two-sport athletes, has committed to LSU for swimming and track. Anderson, who has won two straight state swim titles in the 50-yard freestyle and is the defending state champion in the pole vault, said her preference all along was to compete ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 7:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr. signs with Miami

    Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr. signs with Miami Through AAU tournaments and high school games, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence Sr. has coached his son, Anthony Lawrence Jr. since he was 3. So it was understandable the elder Lawrence became emotional watching his son ofiicially end the recruiting process by signing with Miami. During a ceremony in the school's ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 11:18 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs' Barry Brown, Sajon Ford each sign

    Gibbs' Barry Brown, Sajon Ford each sign Gibbs’ Barry Brown and Sajon Ford sat at tables in the school’s auditorium on Wednesday. With a pair of unwavering hands, Brown and Ford each took a pen and signed their national letters of intent to play basketball at Kansas State and Northeastern, respectively. The Gladiators are the only Pinellas ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 7:20 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Springstead's Erin Blackwell to sign with Nicholls State

    Springstead senior Erin Blackwell will sign with Nicholls State for track on Nov. 12, Eagles coach Joel Myers reports.  Blackwell was on the Times' all-North Suncoast track and field first team last year with a sixth-place finish at the Class 3A state meet with a time of 2:18.75. Blackwell was also ...
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    Thu. Nov. 06, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Seffner Christian's Asia Royster commits to Saint Leo

    Seffner Christian guard Asia Royster has commited to Saint Leo, the senior announced Oct. 24 on Twitter. Last season while playing for Riverview, Royster averaged nearly 15 points and five rebounds per game, leading the Sharks to a Class 8A-7 district championship. In the offseason, Royster joined Armwood's Alyssa Nieves, ...
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    Mon. Nov. 03, 2014 at 2:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • LB Jordan Griffin commits to Wisconsin

    Armwood linebacker Jordan Griffin commited to Wisconsin on Oct. 25, choosing the Badgers from his nearly 20 Division I-A offers.  As a junior Griffin had a team-high 150 tackles for the state runner-up Hawks, 58 more than the next best defender. This season the 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker leads Armwood with ...
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    Mon. Nov. 03, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Steinbrenner's Jack Frank commits to Tampa

    Steinbrenner's Jack Frank, a 6-foot-8 post player, made his college plans official by committing to the University of Tampa on Sunday. Frank picked the Spartans over Eckerd, Lees-McRae, Saint Leo and Saint Mary's (San Antonio). Frank made his decision after visiting Tampa on Saturday and watching practice. "(Tampa) has a ...
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    Sun. Nov. 02, 2014 at 10:51 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • Region semifinal capsules: Class 8A and 7A

    Region semifinal capsules: Class 8A and 7A Region semifinals Class 8A Who: Plant (10-1) at Orlando Dr. Phillips (11-0) Winner plays: Bradenton Manatee-Vero Beach champion Know the foe: Dr. Phillips may be ranked No. 1 in Class 8A, but the Panthers proved in last week’s narrow win against Bloomingdale that they’re not unbeatable. The Bulls were able ...
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    Thu. Nov. 20, 2014 at 4:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Football always the end goal for Sunlake LB Austin Yeloushan

    Football always the end goal for Sunlake LB Austin Yeloushan LAND O’LAKES — Austin Yeloushan is a blitzer of uncommon speed on passing downs, a tackler of staggering strength against the run and a moving part so itinerant that opposing offenses find themselves playing “where’s Austin?” before they snap the ball. Yeloushan, a senior linebacker at Sunlake High School, is ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 7:24 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Artie Meza no longer Wiregrass Ranch's football coach

    Artie Meza no longer Wiregrass Ranch's football coach Artie Meza is no longer the Wiregrass Ranch football coach, athletic director Dave Wilson confirmed Wednesday.  Meza, who had spent time as an assistant at Spoto, East Bay and Zephyrhills before coming to Wiregrass Ranch, was promoted to head coach in July after serving as a Bulls assistant for one ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 7:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Playoff profile: Spoto ATH Todd Sims

    Playoff profile: Spoto ATH Todd Sims Three years ago, Spoto coach Dale Caparaso made the decision to start nine sophomores on his varsity football team. Anywhere else, those players might be competing at the JV level.  Caparaso, though, had his eye on the future.  “We knew we were going to take it on the chin,” Caparaso ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 6:24 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Playoff profile: Indian Rocks Christian DL/FB Fisher Jones

    Playoff profile: Indian Rocks Christian DL/FB Fisher Jones INDIAN ROCKS — Indian Rocks Christian’s Fisher Jones has the body of a linebacker. Except for one problem. “I can’t read a play to save my life,” said the 6-foot, 215-pounder said. But coaches could tell his desire was unmatched. So before his sophomore year, Jones was moved to the ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region semifinals capsules: Class 6A and 5A

    Region semifinals capsules: Class 6A and 5A Region semifinals All games Friday at 7:30 p.m. Class 6A Who: Armwood (11-0) at Venice (10-1) Winner plays: Gainesville-Sunlake champion Know the foe: Venice may be led by a freshman quarterback, but the youngster proved last week in the Indians’ win against Hillsborough that he’s capable of competing in the ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 6:05 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Offenses beware: Grittier Ds abound this postseason

    Offenses beware: Grittier Ds abound this postseason Every year when the high school football playoffs roll around, one thing is a given: Armwood’s defense will be nasty.  And, yes, the unbeaten Hawks are good once again, setting a school record for fewest points allowed in the regular season (23). They’re currently on a streak of five straight ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 8:12 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Playoff profile: East Lake LB Jake Hansen

    Playoff profile: East Lake LB Jake Hansen East Lake’s Jake Hansen fractured his hand at the start of the season. But that did not deter the junior linebacker from playing. Hansen wore a cast for four weeks and still leads the team in tackles this season with 111. His knack for bringing down ball carriers runs in ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 7:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Playoff profile: Jesuit RB Kevin Newman

    Playoff profile: Jesuit RB Kevin Newman With 1,694 rushing yards during the past two season, Kevin Newman is used to being Jesuit’s go-to guy.  This year, however, the senior running back is learning to share the spotlight.  Since he’s sharing it with Malik Davis, that’s perfectly fine with Newman.  Davis leads the Tigers with 1,480 yards, ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region final capsules: Class 3A and 2A

    Region final capsules: Class 3A and 2A Region finals Class 3A Who: Clearwater Central Catholic at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, 7 p.m. Friday Winner plays: Delray Beach American Heritage-Miami Westminster Christian champion Know the foe: Cardinal Mooney is in the second round for the first time since 2006 after beating Calvary Christian 17-14 in last week’s region semifinals. ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 6:55 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • River Ridge O-linemen give Chris Schwarz 2,536 reasons to love them

    River Ridge O-linemen give Chris Schwarz 2,536 reasons to love them NEW PORT RICHEY -— As much attention as River Ridge High School running back Chris Schwarz has gotten — all of it deserved — he is insistent on spreading the love to his offensive line. And Schwarz lets them feel it at every opportunity. “When he scores a touchdown, we ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Playoff profile: Plant FS/WR Scoop Bradshaw

    Playoff profile: Plant FS/WR Scoop Bradshaw Plant's playoff game against Orlando Dr. Phillips (11-0) will be its 10th straight region semifinal. For the Panthers, the postseason is nothing new.  But for one Panther in particular, Friday's game is a much-awaited first. Last season, his first as a varsity starter, Johayward "Scoop" Bradshaw missed the playoffs after getting in ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 7:25 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Playoff profile: River Ridge FB/NG Dillon O'Toole

    Playoff profile: River Ridge FB/NG Dillon O'Toole For much of the season, River Ridge (10-1) has flown under the radar. So has Dillon O'Toole. He plays two violent, unheralded positions – fullback and nose guard. O’Toole is the caddy of the offense with his timely blocks serving as a retaining wall between star running back Chris Schwarz and ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 6:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Playoff profile: Lakewood RB Tyriek Hopkins

    Playoff profile: Lakewood RB Tyriek Hopkins Ever since 2008, when Cory Moore took over as Lakewood coach, he has reserved No. 4 for a special player. It is worn in honor of a former Lakewood teammate of Moore’s, Carlos Jackson, who was stabbed to death in his junior year in 1994. This year, senior running back ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 5:50 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Daniel LaCamera, male winner for Nov. 8-14

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Daniel LaCamera, male winner for Nov. 8-14 Male Hot Shot winner: Daniel LaCamera, East Lake  East Lake has become a state title contender thanks to top-tier talent. After all, four players have committed to Division I programs. The player with perhaps the biggest impact among those major recruits is placekicker Daniel LaCamera. LaCamera has made 12 of 15 ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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Other News

  • Boys basketball: Tarpon Springs 72, Seminole 64 (OT)

    TARPON SPRINGS – Daniel Davis was the most talked about addition to Tarpon Springs’ already stellar lineup when he transferred from Gibbs this summer. But it was Davis’ younger brother, Donald, who had the biggest impact in Wednesday’s 72-64 overtime win against Seminole. Donald was a force in the middle, ...
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    Thu. Nov. 20, 2014 at 12:04 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Soccer: East Lake sweeps Seminole

    EAST LAKE — Neither frigid conditions nor feisty Seminole could slow down East Lake’s girls and boys teams Wednesday night. East Lake’s girls recorded a convincing 3-0 win over the Warhawks. The boys team followed with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.  In the girls match, East Lake took advantage of two ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 10:43 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • For the Lawrences and the Browns, basketball and friendship run deep

    For the Lawrences and the Browns, basketball and friendship run deep ST. PETERSBURG — They became friends at Lakewood High School more than 25 years ago, a bond born through basketball. Barry Brown and Anthony Lawrence remained close, even as they continued playing miles away in college (Brown at Jacksonville, Lawrence at Miami) and continents apart as professionals (Brown in Israel, ...
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    Wed. Nov. 19, 2014 at 3:07 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys soccer: Steinbrenner edges PHU 1-0

    LUTZ — The Steinbrenner boys soccer team took down district rival Palm Harbor University 1-0 on a night so chilly soccer balls felt like bowling balls. The Warriors are the defending district champions but coach Chad Ebright doesn’t carry it around on his sleeve. Ebright has just two regular starters ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 10:42 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Girls soccer: Land O’Lakes rolls past Sunlake

    LAND O’LAKES — The Sunlake-Land O’Lakes girls soccer rivalry has been marked by close, generally low-scoring contests. But that concept went quickly out the window Tuesday night. Emphasis on quick. The Gators frontline, infused by freshman Sydny Nasello, raced to a 3-0 lead within 25 minutes and Land O’Lakes went ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 10:40 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls basketball: Thirty bay area players to watch

    Girls basketball: Thirty bay area players to watch G/F Chardonay Aldrich, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Aldrich has the ability to shoot from the outside and get inside for layups. Her versatility makes the Hurricanes tough to defend. F Siyana Allen, Jr., Lakewood: Allen started as a freshman, which is rare at Lakewood. The  6-footer has averaged 18 points ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 6:28 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Nov. 8-14

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Nov. 8-14 Female Hot Shot winner: Aisling Sheehan, Carrollwood Day Eric Praetorius had coached Aisling Sheehan at Carrollwood Day since he took over in 2013. But this season, during Carrollwood’s state final four run, Praetorius learned something new about his senior outside hitter. “All four of those (playoff opponents) are super competitive ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Class 3A reigns supreme

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Class 3A reigns supreme HomeTeam 25   1. Seffner Christian (1-0) Last season: 26-2, lost to Miami Country Day in the Class 3A state championship game Outlook: The Crusaders, home to last year’s Times’ Hillsborough County Player of the Year, Peyton Walker, made it farther last season than any other Tampa Bay team, and ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Gibbs perfect in preseason after beating St. Petersburg

    After having just three days of practice with a full team, Gibbs coach Larry Murphy was curious to see how well his players would perform in the preseason. Defensively, there was little concern. The Gladiators applied the pressure, which led to turnovers and points in transition, to beat St. Petersburg ...
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    Sun. Nov. 16, 2014 at 10:58 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State swimming: AATL’s Duncan lone area champ

    STUART — Academy at the Lakes sophomore Abbey Duncan was the lone Tampa Bay swimmer to medal at Saturday’s Class A meet at Sailfish Splashpark and Aquatic Center. Duncan, a state champion a year ago as a freshman at Wesley Chapel, won the 100 back in 54.06 seconds and placed ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 11:23 p.m. | Patrick Bernadeau

  • State cross country: Sickles' Zentmeyer finishes with area's best time

    State cross country: Sickles' Zentmeyer finishes with area's best time TALLAHASSEE —With frost still clinging to the ground in low 40-degree weather at Apalachee Regional Park, Hillsborough County teams pounded through the frosty air and hilly terrain at the state meet.  The larger classes, led by region champion Sickles and region runnerup Plant, fared the best with their top runners ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 6:56 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • State cross country: Calvary Christian's Brookover leads Pinellas contingent

    State cross country: Calvary Christian's Brookover leads Pinellas contingent TALLAHASSEE — Pinellas and North Suncoast runners kept their pulses pounding and pushed the leaders on a frigid North Florida morning at Apalachee Regional Park for the state cross country meet. The best individual effort came from Calvary Christian's Hannah Brookover. Brookover, eighth at last year's meet, moved up to ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 6:22 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • State swimming: Ridgewood’s Muratovic captures elusive 100 free gold

    STUART — Emir Muratovic’s dream of winning the 100 freestyle title last year ended in the starting blocks at the district meet. That was where a judge determined the minor twitch was enough to send Muratovic back to the Ridgewood tent, disqualifying him from the rest of the postseason in ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 9:40 p.m. | Mike Readling

  • State volleyball: Steinbrenner runs into powerhouse in semis

    KISSIMMEE — Scoring a state volleyball title has been a work in progress for Steinbrenner’s volleyball team. That quest continues for the Warriors, who on Friday could not answer the athleticism and strength of longtime power Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in the Class 7A state semifinals, falling 25-12, 25-21, ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 5:56 p.m. | Jeff Gardenour

  • State cross country: Class 4A preview

    State cross country: Class 4A preview State cross country  Where: Apalachee Regional Park, Tallahassee When: Class 4A girls, 7:30 a.m.; Class 4A boys, 8:20 a.m. Saturday Admission: $9; parking is $5 Class 4A outlook: In a year with scattered prospects across the first three classes, the Class 4A meet will be stocked with Hillsborough County and ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 3:29 p.m. | Andy Warrener