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  • Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek commits to Stanford

    Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek commits to Stanford Berkeley Prep defensive tackle Bo Peek committed to Stanford, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday. “Blessed to say I have committed to play football and further my education at Stanford University,” he tweeted. Peek, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound junior, has played varsity football at Berkeley Prep for three seasons, ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Former Boca Ciega cornerback Saivion Smith picks LSU

    Former Boca Ciega cornerback Saivion Smith picks LSU Former Boca Ciega and current IMG Academy cornerback Saivion Smith has verbally committed to LSU. Smith, considered a five-star recruit by most recruiting services, chose the Tigers over Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech, among others. During an ESPN online broadcast Tuesday afternoon, Smith named a top five, then ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 1:38 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay's 2015 non-football commitments

    Gerhard Ago, Clearwater soccer King’s College Chardonay Aldrich, Palm Harbor basketball Eastern Florida State College Arielle Allen, King volleyball HCC Lauren Arrabito, Land O’Lakes soccer Florida Gulf Coast Erin Avers, Clearwater soccer Stetson Dylan Bailey, Hernando basketball Pasco-Hernando State College  Bryce Benedict, Carrollwood baseball Sewanee Erin Blackwell, Springstead soccer Nicholls ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Tampa Bay's 2015 football commitments

    Note: Our HomeTeam 25 are here  Kenyatta Anderson, Boca Ciega FIU Azieez Al-Shaair, Hillsborough FAU Nyquel Alexander, Lakewood Baker University Bruce Anderson, Newsome North Dakota State Christian Angulu, East Bay Cincinnati Jason Baldree, Land O’Lakes Mayville State Jeremiah Baltrip, Jefferson Coffeyville CC Matthew Beadle, Plant Florida Chance Belloise, Gulf USF ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 5:55 p.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam 25, final rankings for 2015

    Player, school Position Ht/WT College 1. Byron Cowart, Armwood DE 6-4/250 Auburn 2. Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech WR 6-1/195 Clemson 3. George Campbell, East Lake WR 6-3/184 FSU 4. Ray Ray McCloud III, Sickles ATH 5-9/175 Clemson 5. Jake Fruhmorgen, Plant OT 6-5/280 Clemson 6. Ryan Davis, Lakewood WR ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 5:52 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Clemson chose TBT's Deon Cain, who returns favor

    Clemson chose TBT's Deon Cain, who returns favor Tampa Bay Tech quarterback Deon Cain was recruited as one of the top wide receivers in the nation, and the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior had more than 20 offers from which to choose. More than eight months ago Cain committed to Clemson, but that didn’t mean it was smooth sailing from ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 8:56 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • A little notoriety finally for Jesuit foursome

    A little notoriety finally for Jesuit foursome Clark Bulleit, Nick Cox, Guy Revelle and Jackson Dennis sat in a straight line in Jesuit’s president’s board room early Wednesday morning, preparing to sign letters of intent to their future college programs.  Lining up together, though, is something the foursome has grown quite accustomed to, as the small group ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 8:46 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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  • An emotional commitment for Plant's Derrick Baity

    An emotional commitment for Plant's Derrick Baity Before announcing his formal commitment to the University of Kentucky, Plant defensive back Derrick Baity stood before the crowd gathered in the school’s media center to say a few words. He used the opportunity to thank the people in his life who got him to that day, and the list ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Wiregrass Ranch's first DI football players in the books

    Wiregrass Ranch's first DI football players in the books Wiregrass Ranch made a little history Wednesday as football players Jaye Miner and Mark Hutchinson became the first from the school to sign Division I letters of intent. And while the longtime friends - it was Miner who introduced Hutchinson to playing football while the two were in seventh grade ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Zephyrhills' Jaylen Pickett 'a winner'

    Zephyrhills' Jaylen Pickett 'a winner' The commons area at Zephyrhills High School was packed just after dismissal Wednesday in anticipation of athlete Jaylen Pickett signing his letter of intent to play football at Eastern Michigan.  Head coach Reggie Roberts said during the ceremony that every college coach he spoke to said the same thing about ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 5:03 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Boca Ciega's Kenyatta Anderson ends up at Florida International

    Boca Ciega’s Kenyatta Anderson didn’t know where he was going to sign until the final day. He finally decided on Florida International and signed his letter of intent during a ceremony at the school. He was thought to be headed to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas before committing to FIU ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 5:02 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Injury didn't scare off suitors of Pinellas Park's Donte Maxson

    Pinellas Park had six players sign letters of intent at Wednesday afternoon’s signing day ceremony in the school’s media center. Kal-El Williams (Florida Atlantic), Rashaan Watson (South Alabama), Donte Maxson (Mercer), Michael McClellan (Dennison University), Andrew Thomas (Allan Hancock College) and Marcellus Ware (Coffeyville CC) all committed. Perhaps the most ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 4:14 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • CCC has massive class for signing ceremony

    CCC has massive class for signing ceremony Clearwater Central Catholic had a recruiting class befitting a program that has advanced to the Class 3A tate semifinals that past two seasons, including the first state championship game appearance in 2013. In all, the Marauders had nine football players sign, one of the largest classes in the bay area, ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 3:55 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Largo duo always wanted to play together, set for Indiana

    Largo’s Donovan Hale and Jonathan Crawford thought it would be cool to one day attend the same college. Wednesday became that day, as both signed to play football at Indiana University during a ceremony in the school’s cafeteria. “We’ve always played on the same teams growing up so when it ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 3:55 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Wharton's Auden Tate ready to build 'dynasty' at FSU

    Wharton's Auden Tate ready to build 'dynasty' at FSU TAMPA — Coaching changes at Florida and Michigan forced Wharton High receiver Auden Tate to rethink his commitment. But after some uncertainty, Tate stuck with his first instinct and signed with Florida State on Wednesday. “It was crazy …but I had fun with it,” Tate said after his signing day ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 3:48 p.m. | Matt Baker

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  • Hillsborough OC Max Warner leaves for Virginia Tech

    Former Hillsborough High offensive coordinator Max Warner has accepted a job at Virginia Tech, Terriers coach Earl Garcia confirmed Monday.  Warner, who has been at Hillsborough for four years and offensive coordinator for three, will be a quality control coach at Virginia Tech. Warner will be the second Terrier heading ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 5:18 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Former Tarpon Springs coach Atif Austin receives key to city

    Former Tarpon Springs coach Atif Austin receives key to city Former Tarpon Springs standout and coach Atif Austin, now an assistant at North Dakota State, received a key to the city after helping the Bison win the NCAA Division I-AA title. Tarpon Springs mayor David Archie presented the key to Austin at the Citizens Progress for Alliance Annual Martin Luther ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant City football coach Wayne Ward steps down

    Plant City football coach Wayne Ward steps down Plant City's Wayne Ward confirmed Tuesday that he has stepped down as head football coach.  Ward — who has coached at Plant City for 13 years, including the past five as head coach — informed his players Monday of his decision.  "That...was tough. That was the hardest thing to do, ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 4:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Darek Sharp

  • Hudson names Rob Mahler football coach

    Rob Mahler has been named the new football coach at Hudson. Mahler, a 2001 Hudson graduate, takes over for Mark Kantor, who left to coach Wiregrass Ranch. Mahler has been an assistant coach at Hudson from 2003-09 and was the offensive coordinator in 2013 and ‘14. "I feel very fortunate ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Life in the spotlight amplifies anxieties for top recruits

    Life in the spotlight amplifies anxieties for top recruits The hype surrounding Byron Cowart’s college choice plagued the five-star football recruit for months on end. On the outside, reporters and recruiting analysts begged Cowart for tidbits, anything that would hint to where the most sought-after high school player in the nation would be spending his next three or four ...
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    Sat. Feb. 07, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Antonya English

  • State girls soccer: Berkeley Prep comes up short in semis

    MELBOURNE — Berkeley Prep lacked the finishing touches Wednesday night to advance and play for a state championship. The Buccaneers fell behind in the first half and could never muster enough offense to break through against Delray Beach American Heritage, falling to the Stallions 3-0 in a Class 2A state ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 9:50 p.m. | Bill Whitehead

  • Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III tempted by USF, but sticks with Clemson (with video)

    Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III tempted by USF, but sticks with Clemson (with video) For those hoping there was something to the social media buzz claiming Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III might be changing his mind and was ready to shock the world by choosing USF, well, your window was open for about 60 seconds. McCloud said he woke up at 7 a.m., and ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Lakewood’s Ryan Davis settles on Auburn (with video)

    Lakewood’s Ryan Davis settles on Auburn (with video) Lakewood’s Ryan Davis had such a hard time deciding between Auburn and Florida that he briefly thought about flipping a coin. Davis, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound quarterback who will play receiver in college, said he didn’t fall asleep until 4 a.m., finally secure with his decision. He will attend Auburn University ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:06 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • And it's finally official: Armwood DE Byron Cowart signs with Auburn (with video)

    And it's finally official: Armwood DE Byron Cowart signs with Auburn (with video) SEFFNER — It was supposed to be over, that years-long recruiting process Armwood High School defensive end Byron Cowart — the nation’s top-ranked recruit — endured quite publicly. But even after signing a letter of intent, announcing his commitment before a packed house at the Hawks’ annual signing day ceremony ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Things to look forward to on national signing day

    Things to look forward to on national signing day Dozens of area high school football players will put their pens where their mouths were Wednesday, turning oral commitments into binding ones as they sign their letters of intent with colleges during that annual rite of passage known as national signing day.  Wednesday culminates a lengthy recruiting process for players and ...
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    Tue. Feb. 03, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Anatomy of an athlete: Quarterbacks in transition

    Anatomy of an athlete: Quarterbacks in transition Tampa Bay Tech quarterback Deon Cain has had some of the fastest feet in Tampa Bay, rushing for more than 2,600 yards the past two seasons while leading the Titans to their first region final appearance.  Lakewood quarterback Ryan Davis made a similar impact through the air, breaking the Pinellas ...
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    Mon. Feb. 02, 2015 at 7:36 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough County's fall sports award winners

    Hillsborough County's annual sports award for the fall season were annouced Thursday.  Guy Toph Award: Ray Ray McCloud III, Sickles  Jim Kynes Outstanding Lineman Award: Jake Fruhmorgen, Plant Kirkwood Volleyball Award: Karissa Rhoades, Bloomingdale Hicks Family Awards for Outstanding Swimmers: Maddie Hess, Newsome; Tyler Heath, Plant Casey Most Valuable Golfer ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 6:21 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Tarpon Springs names Countryside assistant Mike Lube football coach

    Tarpon Springs names Countryside assistant Mike Lube football coach Tarpon Springs has hired Countryside assistant Mike Lube as its new football coach, athletic director Kris Toscani confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Lube replaces Ron Hawn, who resigned after three full seasons. "Tarpon Springs is one of the dream jobs in the county," Lube said. "I'm thrilled to work with such a ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Times’ Blue Chipper of the Year: Armwood DE Byron Cowart

    SEFFNER — Armwood High School coach Sean Callahan looked out of his office door on a summer day in 2011 to see three boys and their mothers waiting to meet with him. It had become a familiar sight for Callahan, as would-be transfers often beat down his door to join ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant City's Markese Hargrove receives inaugural Bill Minahan Award

    Plant City's Markese Hargrove receives inaugural Bill Minahan Award TAMPA  — Bill Minahan’s influence did not end when his life did. The spirit of the legendary Hillsborough County football coach, who died a little more than a year ago, was palpable at the Columbia Restaurant on Monday night. Five county football players, all with inspiring qualifications, were honored as ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. | Darek Sharp

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Other News

  • State boys basketball: St. Petersburg in championship form earlier than expected

    State boys basketball: St. Petersburg in championship form earlier than expected ST. PETERSBURG — There seems to have been some misunderstanding regarding the St. Petersburg High boys basketball team’s timetable. The Green Devils were supposed to make a run at a state title next season, not this season. This season was supposed to be a write-off while St. Petersburg adjusted to ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 12:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Bloomingdale 1, Riverview 0

    VALRICO – Bloomingdale’s Lace Smith was dominant in the circle and helped scratch out a first-inning run as the Bulls knocked Riverview from the ranks of the unbeaten, defeating the visiting Sharks 1-0 Tuesday night. “It was nerve racking,” Smith said. “Every one-run game is like that but I’m proud ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 10:46 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Baseball: Hillsborough 8, King 3

    TAMPA — Before its district game against King on Tuesday night, undefeated Hillsborough was used to putting up runs early and often, coming in with 38 runs in four games. Against the Lions, Hillsborough couldn't get anything going right away.  Still, the Terriers knew the pitcher, and if past games ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 10:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Indian Rocks Christian 7, Clearwater Central Catholic 0

    SEMINOLE — Indian Rocks Christian made an early-season statement Tuesday afternoon that it will be a contender in Class 3A, District 9 after an impressive 7-0 win over Clearwater Central Catholic.  Golden Eagles sophomore right-hander Oakley Albinson pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout, and IRC scored five times in the fourth ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes

    State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes LAKELAND — Academy at the Lakes’ magical and surprising run through the playoffs ended Tuesday afternoon. The Wildcats couldn’t find their shooting range and fell behind early, and despite a handful of rallies, Orlando Agape’s speed, length and athleticism made it too tall a mountain to scale as the Saints ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • New coach signals turnaround for Springstead’s baseball program

    New coach signals turnaround for Springstead’s baseball program SPRING HILL — Last season, a formerly successful Springstead High coach was ousted amid turmoil within the baseball program. With a new face leading the team, the Eagles look rejuvenated. Despite leading Springstead to its first and only region final appearance, Jim Diven’s contract was not renewed following the 2014 ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 2:04 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State basketball: A first, final milestone for Academy at the Lakes’ Haslams

    State basketball: A first, final milestone for Academy at the Lakes’ Haslams In the pandemonium following the biggest win in school history, Academy at the Lakes boys basketball coach Tom Haslam went looking for his son, Ethan, who also happens to be his best player.  After a 10-minute search on a home court filled with raucous fans, the two found each other ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 6:58 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Ethan Haslam, male winner for Feb. 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Ethan Haslam, male winner for Feb. 14-20 Male Hot Shot winner: Ethan Haslam, Academy at the Lakes Ethan Haslam is a prolific scorer. He has more than 2,000 career points and averaged more than 20 per game each of the past two seasons. So it comes as no surprise that the Academy at the Lakes senior was ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of Feb. 23

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of Feb. 23 1. East Lake (5-0) This week: Tuesday at Clearwater, Wednesday at Dunedin, Friday at Seminole Lowdown: The Eagles have the pitching, with Kyle Caldwell, Ryan Wall, Aidan Brady, Christian James and Luis Duran. And so far they have just enough offense. Reid Zitzelberg and Sawyer Wirth have been clutch, especially ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 4:53 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Morgan Brown, female winner for Feb. 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Morgan Brown, female winner for Feb. 14-20 Female Hot Shot winner: Morgan Brown, Northside Christian No track event in the bay area is loaded with more elite talent than girls pole vault. Three defending state champions — Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson (Class 3A), Tampa Catholic’s Nicole Carroll (2A) and Indian Rocks Christian’s Bobbi LaBrant (A) — all return ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 23 1. Canterbury (4-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Hernando Christian; Saturday at St. Cloud Lowdown: With wins against Cambridge Christian (7-0) and Lecanto (16-0) last week, the Crusaders have outscored opponents by a combined 51-0. Canterbury has hit eight home runs, including three by catcher Danielle Romanello. The long-ball fever is ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 2:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region boys basketball: Tarpon Springs 68, Gainesville Eastside 60

    TARPON SPRINGS  — The clock was exhausted and Jerry Woodka awaited the inevitable, standing with his hands at his knees along the Tarpon Springs bench. He was about to become the first coach to take the Spongers boys basketball program to the state final four in 72 years. As the ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:18 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Hillsborough, Steinbrenner win Johnson invite

    TAMPA — Hillsborough’s boys team claimed its fourth straight Charles Johnson Invitational title on Saturday, led by Virginia Tech football signee Dwyane Lawson. Lawson won the triple jump (48 feet, 2.5 inches) and high jump (6-2) and was second in the long jump (21-0). Lawson and Daneesha Davidson of Hillsborough’s ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:15 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Wrestling: Pasco takes SAC title

    TRINITY — On the strength of eight finalists, Pasco wrapped up a second straight Sunshine Athletic Conference title on Saturday. The Pirates finished with 211.5 points, easily distancing themselves from runner-up Wesley Chapel (186). “This is a big accomplishment,” Pasco coach Mark DeAugustino said, “but we’ve nowhere near peaked yet. ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:12 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys basketball: Jefferson 73, Lehigh 72

    TAMPA — They had produced the unthinkable for the previous 20 seconds, but with four seconds left, everyone on Jefferson was thinking the same thing. Get the ball to Maurice Moore. And though it didn’t go exactly how Dragons coach Eric Hayes drew it up, the end result will go ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:09 a.m. | Darek Sharp