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  • Garrett Young commits to Michigan Tech

    Cambridge Christian quarterback Garrett Young has committed to play football at Michigan Tech, the school announced via Twitter on Wednesday. Young, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior, led all passers in Hillsborough County last season with 2,313 yards and 27 touchdowns. Dixie Hollins' Tyrie Adams (2,802 yards, 30 TDs) was the only ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 11:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tarpon Springs K Louis Zervos commits to Ohio

    Tarpon Springs K Louis Zervos commits to Ohio Tarpon Springs kicker Louis Zervos made his college plans official, committing to Ohio on Wednesday. Zervos made his decision during an in-home visit with Bobcats coach Frank Solich and special teams coordinator Brian Haines.  “They have a new field, the atmosphere is amazing on campus and the academics are great,” ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Players aren’t only ones who change minds during recruiting process

    Players aren’t only ones who change minds during recruiting process GIBSONTON — East Bay High School defensive end Marques Ford was going about his day Jan. 20 when he received a phone call around 6 p.m. from the University of Tennessee’s defensive line coach, Steve Stripling.  Ford, a four-star recruit and Under Armour All-American, had committed in July to play ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • East Lake's Regis Steighner commits to Stetson

    East Lake defensive lineman Regis Steighner announced on his Twitter page that he committed to Stetson on Monday. "I visited (Stetson) a few times and really like their coaching staff, especially coach (Roger) Hughes," Steighner said. "He will be a great coach and mentor for the next four years. The ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 10:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Land O'Lakes GK Lauren Arrabito commits to Florida Gulf Coast

    The stress of trying to get her college future squared away ended for Land O' Lakes senior goalkeeper Lauren Arrabito on Monday. She gave her verbal commitment to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. "I'm really glad to get it out of the way while we're not too far ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 5:50 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Hudson's Joey Caruso Jr. picks Florida Tech

    The list of positions Hudson's Joey Caruso Jr. played his senior season was extensive. He was a quarterback, running back, receiver, defensive back and kick returner. Caruso found out that list will be narrowed to defensive back and kick returner at Florida Tech, the school he committed to after a ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 11:01 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Taylor Romera commits to Southeastern

    After tearing ligaments in his knee against Jesuit the third week of the season, Clearwater Central Catholic's Taylor Romera was worried the season-ending injury would derail his chances of playing in college. Those concerns were soothed once Southeastern continued to show interest. Romera ended up visiting the campus of the ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 10:33 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25 top recruits for 2015

    Tampa Bay recruits — from our four-county coverage area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando) — as ranked by Tampa Bay Times staff. Name, school Pos. Ht/Wt Schools 1. Byron Cowart, Armwood DE 6-4/250 Undecided: Florida, FSU, Auburn 2. Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech WR 6-1/195 Clemson 3. George Campbell, East Lake ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:25 p.m. | Times Staff

    • Recruit: Byron Cowart
      Auburn University, Florida State University, University of Florida
  • Area 2016 cupboard barer after top recruits flock to IMG

    Area 2016 cupboard barer after top recruits flock to IMG Take a quick glance at the Tampa Bay recruiting class for 2016, and a few big names appear to be missing.  Blake’s Shavar Manuel, ESPN’s No. 2 recruit nationally, is coming off a junior season in which he amassed a whopping 20 sacks. He’d easily be at the top of ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:23 p.m. | Rodney Page

    • Recruit: Saivion Smith
      Florida State University, LSU, University of Florida
  • Tarpon Springs' Daniel Davis commits to Garden City CC

    Tarpon Springs receiver Daniel Davis committed to Garden City Community College, Spongers coach Ron Hawn said. Davis, who transferred from Gibbs in the summer, had a breakout season as a senior with 2,259 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns. His 1,266 receiving yards and 14 touchdown receptions were both school records. ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 10:53 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay DE Marques Ford commits to Rutgers

    Just one day after East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was told there was no spot for him at Tennessee, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior committed to Rutgers. He announced the commitment via Twitter on Thursday night. "Everything happens for a reason! Now I know for sure everything is gonna work ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 9:22 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • IRC's Damian King commits to Liberty

    In the past two seasons, Indian Rocks Christian's Damian King had built up an extensive list of offers from schools such as Kansas State, Missouri, Syracuse and West Virginia. But when King broke his thumb in the third game this past season, which sidelinied him for the remainder of the ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 5:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tennis: Shorecrest's Carolyn Cureton picks Florida Southern

    Shorecrest’s Carolyn Cureton has committed to play tennis at Florida Southern. Cureton has been a varsity tennis player at Shorecrest since the eighth grade. Last season, Cureton advanced to the Class A district semifinals. She also plays in USGA junior tournaments and has a state ranking of 79 by tennisrecruiting.com.. ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Options aplenty sway top recruits away from state colleges

    Options aplenty sway top recruits away from state colleges There was a time when Sickles High School running back Ray Ray McCloud III envisioned playing for Florida State. The Seminoles were among his many suitors. But as McCloud’s recruitment picked up, along with his options, he became more open to playing at another school — including one of the ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 8:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay DE Marques Ford decommits from Tennessee

    East Bay DE Marques Ford decommits from Tennessee East Bay defensive end Marques Ford has decommitted from Tennessee, the four-star recruit announced via Twitter on Wednesday. "Due to circumstances, I am decommiting from the University of Tennessee and opening up my recruitment...," Ford tweeted. East Bay coach Frank LaRosa later confirmed that there was no spot for Ford at ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 6:52 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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  • 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

  • Northside Christian's Dillan Gibbons is named sophomore All-American

    Northside Christian's Dillan Gibbons is named sophomore All-American Northside Christian offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons was named a sophomore All-American by Tom Lemming of CBS. "It was a surprise, but it was definitely a great honor," Gibbons said. Gibbons (6-foot-5, 285 pounds), a first-team, all-state selection in Class 2A, helped the Mustangs to their first playoff appearance since 2006 ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 4:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Wiregrass Ranch names Mark Kantor football coach

    Wiregrass Ranch names Mark Kantor football coach In its eight-year existence, the Wiregrass Ranch football program has yet to take off. The Bulls have been close, athletic director Dave Wilson said, but just can’t seem to make it over the hump.  Now that former Hudson coach Mark Kantor has been hired as the fourth Wiregrass Ranch football ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • IMG snaps up Blake's Shavar Manuel, No. 2 prospect for 2016

    IMG snaps up Blake's Shavar Manuel, No. 2 prospect for 2016 Five-star defensive end Shavar Manuel is the latest in a string of top Tampa Bay area football players to transfer to IMG Academy. Former Blake coach Darryl Gordon confirmed the move Monday.  Manuel, a 6-foot-3, 262-pound junior who recorded 61 tackles and 20 sacks last season for the Yellow Jackets, ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 12:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Catholic's Malik Barrow latest standout to transfer to IMG

    Tampa Catholic's Malik Barrow latest standout to transfer to IMG Tampa Catholic defensive end Malik Barrow, a four-star recruit, is the latest in a string of Tampa Bay area players who have transferred to Bradenton's IMG Academy, Crusaders coach Mike Gregory confirmed Thursday. Barrow, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound junior, has 17 Division I-A offers, including UCLA, UCF and Georgia Tech. Though ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Dixie Hollins hires Shane Wheeler as football coach

    Dixie Hollins officially announced the hiring of Shane Wheeler as the school’s football coach Thursday. Wheeler, a defensive assistant at Cairo, Ga., replaces Shannon Brooks, who resigned in November after three seasons and was hired at St. Petersburg Catholic on Wednesday. “I’m excited about the opportunity,” Wheeler said. “It’s a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 4:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Associated Press: Class 8A, 7A football teams

    The Florida All-State Class 8A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters. Area players in bold: Class 8A  FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE  QB - De'Andre Johnson 6-1 180 Sr., Jacksonville First Coast  RB - Jacques Patrick 6-2 230 Sr.., Orlando Timber Creek  RB - Johnnie Lang 5-9 185 Jr., Bradenton Manatee  ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 9:46 a.m. | Associated Press

  • Foundation grooms football players for college

    Foundation grooms football players for college Carrollwood Day School’s Willie Parker is an explosive running back. Calvary Christian’s Stephon Williams is a versatile playmaker on both sides of the ball. Both were first-team all-state selections in their respective classifications (Parker in Class 2A, Williams in 3A) and were picked to play in Saturday’s Blue-Grey All-American Bowl ...
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    Wed. Jan. 07, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Ex-Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks takes over at St. Petersburg Catholic

    Ex-Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks takes over at St. Petersburg Catholic Former Dixie Hollins football coach Shannon Brooks was hired to take over the program at St. Petersburg Catholic. The announcement was made Wednesday, less than two months after Brooks stepped down from the Rebels. Brooks replaces Dave Cleppe, who resigned in December after an 0-10 season. "I was very pleased ...
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    Wed. Jan. 07, 2015 at 3:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Associated Press: Class 6A, 5A football teams

    The Florida All-State Class 6A and 5A teams as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters. Area players in bold: Class 6A FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE  QB - Dwayne Lawson 6-5 215 Sr., Hillsborough  RB - Quaide Weirmerskirch 6-0 200 Sr., Pace  RB - Gerold Bright 5-11 180 Sr., Pensacola Escambia  RB - ...
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    Wed. Jan. 07, 2015 at 11:02 a.m. | Associated Press

  • Associated Press: Class 4A, 3A football teams

    The Florida All-State Class 3A and 4A teams as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters. Area players in bold. Class 4A FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE QB - Maurice Alexander 6-0 170 Sr., Miami Washington RB - Mark Walton 5-11 195 Sr., Miami Washington RB - Azende Rey 6-0 190 Jr., DeFuniak Springs ...
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    Tue. Jan. 06, 2015 at 10:04 a.m. | Associated Press

  • Associated Press: Class 2A, A football teams

    The Florida All-State Class 2A and A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters. Area players in bold. Class 2A FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE  QB — Caleb Lewis 6-4 210 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian  RB — Jacquan Fuller 5-9 170 Sr., Indian Rocks Christian  RB — Daniel Duncanson 5-10 190 Sr., ...
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    Mon. Jan. 05, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. | Associated Press

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  • District girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 69, Holy Names 45

    TAMPA — As the pregame clock ticked under 13 minutes before Thursday’s Class 4A, District 10 final against Tampa Catholic, a series of muffled cheers roared from behind the Holy Names’ locker-room door. Seconds later, the Jaguars confidently burst onto the court for warmups as Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train blared ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region boys soccer: Palm Harbor University 6, Manatee 1

    PALM HARBOR — Manatee had a few too many weaknesses, ones that Palm Harbor University was more than willing to exploit. In Thursday’s battle of the Hurricanes, PHU (16-1-2) jumped on some weak backline play by the visitors and combined that with a shutdown effort on Manatee’s one-dimensional attack, rolling ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:11 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Region boys soccer: Newsome 6, Orlando Cypress Creek 1

    LITHIA — For the second time in three games, Jake Van Der Luit scored twice and Newsome tallied six goals. On Thursday night, that resulted in a 6-1 Class 5A region quarterfinal win over visiting Orlando Cypress Creek. “I’m getting a lot of help from my teammates,” said Van Der ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:51 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region boys soccer: Sunlake 7, Weeki Wachee 1

    LAND O’LAKES — The team with nothing to lose was giving the team that rarely loses cause for concern. Weeki Wachee stunned Sunlake with a goal to pull within 2-1, and nearly tied it a couple of minutes later. Then Allan Lewis and his hulking frame squashed the Hornets’ hopes ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 9:50 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch 6, Winter Haven 1

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Four minutes into Thursday’s Class 4A region quarterfinal, Wiregrass Ranch found itself in a 1-0 hole after surrendering a penalty kick. The Bulls never blinked and pounded visiting Winter Haven into submission with a resounding 6-1 victory. The Bulls next face Lakeland Kathleen, a 3-1 winner over ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 9:40 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Region boys soccer: Jesuit 8, Tarpon Springs 0

    TAMPA — Six Tigers scored as Jesuit breezed into the Class 3A region semifinals with a tidy 8-0 win against visiting Tarpon Springs in a match that lasted just more than an hour. The Tigers (21-2-2) ran their unbeaten streak to eight and haven’t been scored upon in the past ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 9:31 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region boys soccer: Calvary Christian 4, Universal Academy 1

    BRANDON — The Class A region quarterfinal between Universal Academy and Calvary Christian was tied at halftime, but technically, the Warriors hadn’t yet scored a goal when the teams broke for intermission.  Calvary Christian got on the board first in the seventh minute when a Falcon defender accidentally headed the ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 6:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District girls basketball: Lakewood’s turnaround evident

    ST. PETERSBURG — Three weeks ago, Lakewood was floundering at 7-8 after losing to Bradenton Southeast and ultimately dropping to the No. 2 seed in the Class 5A, District 10 tournament. Now, the Spartans are the hottest team in Pinellas County with nine straight wins after beating Bradenton Bayshore 50-44 ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District girls basketball: King surprises Armwood

    TAMPA — Armwood had its ticket to the Class 6, District 9 championship game all but punched as soon as it was matched up with King for Wednesday’s semifinal. The first two times the Hawks and Lions met, Armwood won by at least 30 points.  The Lions proved Wednesday, however, ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:34 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District girls basketball: Plant survives after late turnover

    TAMPA — Plant and host Alonso reached their respective destinations Wednesday, each advancing to the Class 8A, District 7 championship game. But they took different paths. Top-seeded Plant forced a turnover with four seconds remaining to preserve a 43-41 win over No. 5 Wharton; it was the Panthers’ fourth victory ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District girls basketball: Nature Coast shakes off recent turmoil

    BROOKSVILLE — The preseason favorite for the Class 5A, District 7 crown, Nature Coast has been dealing with many obstacles over the past month. But the team looked as sharp as ever during Wednesday’s semifinals. The host Sharks stamped their ticket to the state playoffs, cruising to a 60-33 victory ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:59 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District girls basketball: Dixie Hollins ousts Mitchell

    District girls basketball: Dixie Hollins ousts Mitchell TRINITY — Visiting Dixie Hollins turned the tables on host Mitchell in Wednesday’s Class 6A-10 district semifinal.  The Mustangs (14-9) took both regular-season games from the Rebels (10-11). On Wednesday, the Rebels clung to a slight lead most of the night and were tied at 32 in the fourth quarter. ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:42 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense

    District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch junior guard Trakyra Kidd picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of Wednesday’s Class 7A-8 district semifinal against Steinbrenner. It didn’t matter. Kidd stayed right there in the hip pocket of whichever Warrior player had the ball. Face to face. Feet moving. Arms flashing ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District girls basketball: Land O’Lakes, River Ridge to meet a third time

    NEW PORT RICHEY -— After sluggish starts Wednesday, the top seeds rolled to victory in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals, with No. 1 Land O’Lakes topping Fivay 51-31 and host River Ridge dropping Tarpon Springs 60-26. The district championship will be decided Friday at 7 p.m. Land O’Lakes won ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:17 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Funeral set for East Lake swimmer Vance Sanders

    Funeral set for East Lake swimmer Vance Sanders There has been an outpouring of support within the East Lake community for swimmer Vance Sanders, who died Friday.  A candlelight vigil was held Saturday at Crystal Beach to remember him. Athletes have worn T-shirts in his honor during games this week. The basketball team planned a “white out” for ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. | Bob Putnam