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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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  • 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

  • Football : St. Petersburg 49, Dixie Hollins 7

    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg got off to a slow start, but the Green Devils picked up the tempo when they got their speedster, Darius Miller, involved in the second quarter as the junior scored twice from runs of 32 and 68 yards. The Green Devils then went on to ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:29 a.m. | Justin Miller

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Gaither 32

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Gaither 32 TAMPA — Gaither’s newfound run game had worked wonders for the Cowboys so far this season, and they asserted themselves on the ground after the very first snap Friday against Tampa Bay Tech, totaling 50 yards on the first three plays.  Before long, though, Titans quarterback Deon Cain showed them ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:24 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: River Ridge 46, Hudson 14

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: River Ridge 46, Hudson 14 NEW PORT RICHEY — Entering Friday night’s game against district foe Hudson, River Ridge had never hosted a playoff game. That all changed with a 46-14 victory over the Cobras. For the first time in the program’s 23 seasons, the Royal Knights (7-1) are on top of the mountain and ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:19 a.m. | Alejandro Tamayo

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Other News

  • 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

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Patrick McNamara, male winner for Oct. 18-24

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Patrick McNamara, male winner for Oct. 18-24 Male Hot Shot winner: Patrick McNamara, Admiral Farragut  Patrick McNamara’s footsteps keep getting faster, pounding like a drumbeat on cross country courses. From the Flrunners Invitational to the St. Petersburg City meet, the Admiral Farragut senior has won races by lengthy margins. That was to be expected. McNamara finished 21st at ...
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    Mon. Oct. 27, 2014 at 8:46 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Chelsea Chavers, female winner for Oct. 18-24

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Chelsea Chavers, female winner for Oct. 18-24 Female Hot Shot winner: Chelsea Chavers, Bloomingdale Before Bloomingdale’s volleyball season began, first-year coach Claudia Cabrera warned her team against leaning entirely on outside hitter Karissa Rhoades, last year’s Hillsborough County kill leader.  “Yeah, Karissa is a great hitter, but at the same time, we do need other hitters to ...
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    Mon. Oct. 27, 2014 at 8:46 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Cross country: Class A district preview capsules

    Cross country: Class A district preview capsules Class A-8 When/where: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Lakeland Tenoroc High  Teams: Winter Haven All Saints’, Clearwater Central Catholic, Fort Meade, Lakeland Christian, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, Lakeland Sonrise Christian, Lake Wales Vanguard Outlook: The Marauders are led by junior Tommy Green, who ran a 19:16.4 to place 12th at the CCC Invite ...
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    Mon. Oct. 27, 2014 at 8:10 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Swimming: Countryside boys take 4A-6 title

    CLEARWATER — Here is where the science of swimming bears fruit. The month-long road to state championships began Saturday at the Class 4A, District 6 meet, and athletes are tapering from a marathon of hard work in the pool and out to a sprint of fine tuning and precious rest. ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 11:01 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • District swimming: Plant sweeps 4A-5 meet

    TAMPA — Gearing for a deep postseason run, Plant made it back-to-back sweeps of the Class 4A, District 5 tournament Friday at the Bobby Hicks Pool. That’s something both coaches aim to make a habit. “The tradition is a big factor,” Plant girls coach Gil Gonzalez said. “They’re very aware ...
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    Fri. Oct. 24, 2014 at 7:11 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District swimming: Osceola girls take 3A-8 title

    ST. PETERSBURG — Osceola coach Karen Smalley knew she had enough returning talent for her girls to win their fourth straight Class 3A, District 8 swimming title. What she did not expect was how dominant the Warriors would be in doing so. Osceola won the meet convincingly Thursday, scoring 466 ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 11:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District volleyball roundup: Bloomingdale rallies past Wharton

    TAMPA — Featuring arguably Tampa Bay’s two best hitters in Bloomingdale’s Karissa Rhoades and Wharton’s Kathryn Attar, Thursday’s Class 8A-7 championship match promised to be a battle.  And was it ever.  The match was knotted at two sets apiece, forcing a decisive fifth set. Even that seemed like it would ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 11:09 p.m. | Kelly Parsons