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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: Gaither 18, Steinbrenner 15

    LUTZ — Like anything in life, there are two sides to every story, and in tonight’s district matchup between the Steinbrenner Warriors and the Gaither Cowboys, stakes were high. For Gaither, a win over Steinbrenner combined with a Sickles loss to Tampa Bay Tech guaranteed themselves a playoff spot for ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 1:01 a.m. | Evan Abramson

  • Football: Northside Christian 32, Carrollwood Day 14

    ST. PETERSBURG — Carrollwood Day was riding a two-year playoff streak while Northside Christian has not made the playoffs since 2006. But after Friday, the Patriots will be home for the postseason and the Mustangs are in great position to make it after a tremendous defensive stand in the second ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 1:01 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Football: Springstead 20, Land O’Lakes 7

    SPRING HILL — Playing without star running back Daniel Wright, who was lost for the rest of the season due to a torn MCL, the Eagles (6-3, 3-1) kept their playoff hopes alive with a 20-7 win over district foe Land O’Lakes (4-5, 1-3). With Sunlake also winning Friday night, ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:57 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Bloomingdale 27, Wharton 14

    TAMPA — Isaiah McIntyre wasn’t concerned with the playoffs just yet. He just wanted to beat Wharton. And after throwing for 260 yards and a touchdown, that’s exactly what happened, as the Bulls (8-1) topped Wharton and snagged second spot in Class 8A, District 6. The win secured the Bulls’ ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:57 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Nature Coast 58, Weeki Wachee 7

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast routed county rival Weeki Wachee 58-7 at the Shark Tank on Friday night. The Sharks (5-4, 4-2) also got help from Pasco’s 35-34 thrilling overtime victory over Zephyrhills, which puts the Sharks in a three-way tiebreaker for the runnerup spot in 5A-6 on Monday for a ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:54 a.m. | Joseph Kornecki III

  • Football: Calvary Christian 35, St. Petersburg Catholic 14

    ST. PETERSBURG — In only his second season at the helm for Calvary Christian, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer tight end Todd Yoder has officially led the Warriors to the first playoff berth in school history. Play of the game: It didn’t take long for the Warriors (7-2, 2-1) to take ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:54 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: King 28, Leto 7

    TAMPA — The Lions secured a .500 record, ending their season with a road victory. Mario Brisbon threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and sophomore QB Terrell Greene came in late to get his first TD throw for the Lions (5-5). Gabriel Luyanda caught both scoring passes and ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:52 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: River Ridge 42, Ridgewood 14

    NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge continued its historic season by dispatching district foe Ridgewood 42-14 on its Homecoming night. By winning its eighth game this season the Royal Knights (8-1, 5-0) have set yet another school record for most wins in a single season with at least two more ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:51 a.m. | Alejandro Tamayo

  • Football: Spoto 24, Lennard 13

    RUSKIN — While Jesuit’s victory clinched a place in the Class 5A playoffs for Spoto, the Spartans put together an effort that might show they could do some damage this postseason. The Spartans (6-3) blanked the high-powered Longhorns (7-3) in the second half, and Todd Sims put the game away ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:49 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Gulf 36, Wesley Chapel 19

    WESLEY CHAPEL — The frustration began to boil over for second-year Gulf coach Jason Messamore with 39 seconds left in the second quarter Friday night. Despite his team’s 13-6 lead over Wesley Chapel, the Buccaneers’ offense was lackadaisical at times, including responding to a nine-play, 84-yard Wildcat scoring drive with ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:48 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Hudson 35, Anclote 21

    HUDSON — For a stretch Friday night, it looked as if Anclote was finally going to find a way into the win column. Battle-tested Hudson bounced back to hand the Sharks another loss in what has been a disappointing campaign. Play of the game: On the first play of the ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:47 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Freedom 28, Wiregrass Ranch 20

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Freedom senior cornerback Aaron Cox stopped Wiregrass Ranch’s final drive with an interception of a Zach Davidson pass in the final minute as the Patriots won a penalty-filled game 28-20 Friday night, spoiling the Bulls’ homecoming in a Class 7A, District 7 matchup. Cox’s pick near the ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:45 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Hernando 29, Central 6

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando (2-6, 2-4) shrugged off a slow start to defeat its county rival convincingly Friday night at the Bear Den. Play of the game: After a scoreless first quarter, Hernando found the end zone on a 59-yard run by D’Angelo Fagin for a 7-0 advantage over the Bears ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:43 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Tarpon Springs 27, Boca Ciega 12

    GULFPORT — Tarpon Springs came into Friday needing a win to get to the playoffs and that’s exactly what the Spongers (6-3, 3-1 Class 5A, District 8) got. But they started a little flat. Midway through the opening quarter, they executed a long drive — converting on a third and ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:41 a.m. | Phillip Haywood

  • Football: Sunlake 46, Fivay 0

    LAND O’LAKES — If Sunlake’s upcoming tiebreaker first quarter is anywhere near as good as Friday’s, the Seahawks have nothing to worry about. Sunlake rolled to a 22-0 lead in the opening period and handled Fivay, 46-0. Sunlake (8-1, 3-1) will host a three-way tiebreaker with Mitchell and Springstead on ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. | Darek Sharp

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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