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  • Plant SS Nick Cerelli commits to USF

    Plant shorstop Nick Cerelli has commited to USF, Panthers coach Dennis Braun confirmed Wednesday. Cerelli, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior, is hitting .260 this season with eight RBIs and one home run. He has also served as a relief pitcher for Plant, allowing no earned runs in three innings pitched while ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 10:36 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Brittany McGee among three AFA signees Wednesday

    Brittany McGee among three AFA signees Wednesday Throughout her high school career, Admiral Farragut's Brittany McGee has racked up all kinds of awards and state medals in track. Still, she didn’t think it would be enough to attend her favorite school, Stanford. “(Stanford) was one thing that always seemed out of grasp, “McGee said. “So I looked ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 12:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin junior Carson Ragsdale commits to USF

    Bishop McLaughlin's Carson Ragsdale has committed to play baseball at the University of South Florida. Ragsdale, a junior, is having an impressive season so far for the 19-3 Hurricanes. He is hitting .466 with 29 RBIs, eight doubles and three home runs. As a pitcher, Ragsdale is 5-2 with a ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 11:43 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Northside Christian OL Dillan Gibbons commits to Notre Dame

    Northside Christian OL Dillan Gibbons commits to Notre Dame Northside Christian offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons spent spring break visiting some of the Division I schools on his wish list. On Tuesday night, Gibbons and his dad, Shannon, stopped by Notre Dame. They spent all day Wednesday touring the school and talking with coaches. While there were other visits to ...
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    Sat. April 04, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Recruiting notebook: Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith nets D-I love

    Recruiting notebook: Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith nets D-I love Nature Coast’s DeShawn Smith has progressed as a runner with a better understanding of how to use his blockers. Once Smith sees daylight, he can make the first tackler miss, whether it’s with his elusiveness or balance or a feel for where the soft spot is in the defense. He ...
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    Wed. April 01, 2015 at 6:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention

    East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention East Bay defensive back KJ Sails is blessed with tremendous athletic ability, which helps him keep pace with the bushel of fleet receivers so common in the bay area. He is meticulous in practice, in film study and in technique.  But his play had gone largely unnoticed by college recruiters ...
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    Wed. March 11, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Recruiting roundup: Plant LB Joe Ryan nabs first offer

    Recruiting roundup: Plant LB Joe Ryan nabs first offer Plant coach Robert Weiner admits linebacker Joe Ryan slid under his radar until he made his varsity debut last season. But the 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior made his presence known with 144 tackles and a state-leading 52 tackles for loss.  Now colleges are starting to take notice, too. Weiner said Ryan ...
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    Wed. March 04, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Dunedin SS Trevor Jensen commits to St. Petersburg College

    Dunedin senior shortstop Trevor Jensen has committed to St. Petersburg College. Jensen is a slick fielding infielder who is hitting .471 through seven games for the undefeated Falcons. He also has six RBIs and four stolen bases. As a junior, Jensen hit .530 with seven doubles and 14 stolen bases. ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • 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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Latest Football News

  • Clearwater football coach Donnie Abraham steps down

    Clearwater football coach Donnie Abraham steps down Clearwater High football coach Donnie Abraham announced Monday that he is resigning to pursue other opportunities. The decision comes a week before the start of spring football. Don Mesick, an assistant coach with the Tornadoes, will take over as interim head coach. Abraham, a former player for the Tampa Bay ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay QB Challenge: Clearwater's Bryant on top

    Tampa Bay QB Challenge: Clearwater's Bryant on top TAMPA — Two years ago, Clearwater High’s Garrison Bryant finished third in the Tampa Bay Quarterback Challenge, losing top honors by just a few points. The rising senior was participating in the event for the last time Sunday. He distanced himself from the other seven quarterbacks in the finals by ...
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    Sun. April 19, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Locals show up well in college spring games

    Locals show up well in college spring games Florida State’s George Campbell (6-foot-4) is the ideal size for a receiver. But it is his other intangibles — the speed (4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash) the 37-inch vertical leap and the eye-hand coordination — that turned the former East Lake standout into one of the most prized playmakers in the ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Alonso QB Chris Oladokun transfers to Sickles

    Alonso QB Chris Oladokun transfers to Sickles Alonso quarterback and USF commit Chris Oladokun has transferred to Sickles, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday.  Oladokun was a two-year starter for the Ravens, throwing for 3,646 yards and 32 touchdowns in two seasons. Alonso struggled offensively in 2014, when it returned just one starting offensive lineman.  ...
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    Tue. April 07, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Gibbs names Plant City assistant Jon Thompson head football coach

    Jon Thompson was named football coach at Gibbs on Monday morning. He becomes the fifth head coach at the school since 2007. Thompson, 29, was an assistant coach at Plant City for two seasons. Prior to that he was an assistant for three years at Tallahassee Lincoln. “I understand the ...
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    Mon. April 06, 2015 at 12:19 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Bill to ease transfers still in play

    A bill that would make it easier for some students to transfer for athletic purposes was approved by the House Education Committee on Thursday and moves on to another committee in the House for perusal. The latest bill aimed to negate some of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Latest bill targeting FHSAA, easing transfers fires up coaches

    Tampa Bay area coaches, alarmed by the number of athletes who already switch schools seemingly at will, have long clamored for the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt a more stringent transfer policy.  But a bill that the House Education Committee is scheduled to hear Thursday does the opposite, ...
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    Wed. March 25, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach

    Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach Almost a month ago, Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory announced his resignation, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. But almost immediately, Gregory said, he began having second thoughts.  He said he never really wanted to leave, and still seeing his players every day at school ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 10:31 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Jeff Swymer takes on another sport, football at Bishop McLaughlin

    Jeff Swymer will add more coaching duties at Bishop McLaughlin. Swymer, already the head baseball coach, was named the Hurricanes’ football coach Friday.  He will take over a program that has struggled in recent seasons. The Hurricanes were 2-8 last season under coach Craig Moore. They were also 2-8 in ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 1:41 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Four-star recruit Craig Watts now at Admiral Farragut

    Four-star recruit Craig Watts now at Admiral Farragut Craig Watts, a four-star recruit with more than 20 Division I offers, has left Gibbs and is now enrolled at Admiral Farragut.  The move comes on the heels of the resignation of Gladiators head coach Rick Kravitz, though Watts said he was thinking of transferring prior to Kravitz leaving.  “I ...
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    Tue. March 17, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • FHSAA finds insufficient recruiting evidence against Tampa Catholic

    FHSAA finds insufficient recruiting evidence against Tampa Catholic After more than a year-long investigation into two Tampa Catholic athletic programs for allegations of recruiting, the Florida High School Athletic Association has found insufficient evidence to support the claims, according to a letter the FHSAA sent to principal Tom Reidy on Tuesday. Though the case was ultimately determined to ...
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    Thu. March 12, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz steps down

    Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz steps down Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz stepped down after two seasons, principal Reuben Hepburn said Friday. "It was a suprise to me, something I didn't see coming," Hepburn said. "I thought he did a good job in the time he was here. We're obviously sad to see him go." Kravitz finished 9-11 ...
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    Fri. March 06, 2015 at 2:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant City promotes Greg Meyer to head football coach

    Plant City has promoted defensive coordinator Greg Meyer to head football coach. Meyer replaces Wayne Ward, who stepped down less than a month ago after 13 years — five as head coach — with the Raiders.  Meyer, whose wife also works at Plant City, said he couldn’t be more thrilled ...
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    Thu. March 05, 2015 at 4:35 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Accident doesn’t shake friendship of Seminole teammates

    SEMINOLE — Andrew Mills and Matthew Emerick met on a baseball field. They were teammates on a developmental squad at Seminole High School. Mills was a freshman, Emerick a sophomore. But it was an incident off the field that will forever link the two.  After a Sunday practice March 2, ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 4:41 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory steps down

    Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory steps down Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory has resigned from his job after two seasons with the Crusaders, the school announced Friday. Gregory, who served as an assistant at Tampa Catholic for four years before taking his first head coaching job, cited family reasons for his resignation. His wife is expecting ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 2:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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Other News

  • Region softball: Newsome 2, Sarasota Riverview 0

    LITHIA — Two Newsome pitchers came within an inning of a combined no-hitter Thursday before Sarasota Riverview broke it up in the top of the seventh. The host Wolves settled for a one-hitter and 2-0 win. “That’s our theme this year,” Newsome coach Autumn Dunn said. “We’ve done this a lot. ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 12:07 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region track: Jesuit boys first in 2A-3; Lakewood shines

    Locals shined in the girls pole vault at Orlando First Academy on Thursday, pulling off a sweep of the top four spots: Tampa Catholic’s Nicole Carroll (12), Dunedin’s Olivia Welsh (10-6), Lakewood’s Melissa Dones’ (9-6) and Anclote’s Madelyn Nurge (9-0). Lakewood was the top girls team locally in Class 2A, ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District baseball: Jesuit 5, Robinson 4

    TAMPA — With Jesuit trailing by two runs in the fourth inning of Thursday’s Class 5A, District 9 final, Jake Jones had already mapped out an approach in his head by the time he stepped into the batter’s box. His master plan? To go after a good pitch and connect ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District baseball: Osceola 3, Mitchell 2

    SEMINOLE — After Wednesday night’s epic 10-inning victory over Largo, one that punched Osceola’s ticket into the Class 6A region tournament, a Warrior letdown in Thursday’s Class 6A, District 10 final could be forgiven. A hit batter and two throwing errors gave visiting Mitchell an early lead, but Osceola quickly ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • District baseball: Bishop McLaughlin 7, Carrollwood Day 1

    District baseball: Bishop McLaughlin 7, Carrollwood Day 1 TAMPA — Bishop McLaughlin left little doubt as to which team is tops in Class 3A, District 7.  In Thursday night’s tournament final, the top-seeded Hurricanes scored five first-inning runs and eased their way to a 7-1 win over No. 3 seed Carrollwood Day. Franklin German struck out 11 in ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 11:40 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region track: Pasco’s Steele nabs three individual titles in 2A-2

    North Suncoast athletes had a banner day individually Thursday at the Class 2A, Region 2 meet at Lake Highland Prep.  Pasco junior Alfreda Steele finished with three titles to her name, claiming first in the long jump (18-4.25), 100 (11.83 seconds) and 200 (24.36). The Pirates also won the 4x100 ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 9:27 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Region track: Hillsborough girls finish third in 3A-3

    The Hillsborough girls, highlighted by several top-three finishes from Jada Roberson, finished third overall (51 points) at the Class 3A-3 region meet at Punta Gorda Charlotte. Lakewood Ranch won the meet with 85.5 points. Roberson placed second in the long jump (19-2) and third in the both the triple jump ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 8:42 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Region softball: Tampa Catholic 9, Lakeland McKeel 3

    LAKELAND — McKeel pitcher Brandy Barquin appeared to be cruising entering the top of the fifth inning as she had retired 11 of 13 batters and had a one-hitter going through four innings. Then she couldn’t get out of the fifth inning. Tampa Catholic ripped four consecutive hits, after the ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 8:15 p.m. | The Ledger

  • Region softball: Academy at the Lakes 15, Hernando Christian 0

    TAMPA — Coaches like to say that beating a team three times in one season is no easy task. Sometimes, though, it is. Academy at the Lakes won its Class 2A region playoff opener Thursday afternoon at New Tampa Community Park, crushing Hernando Christian 15-0 in a game stopped by ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • All-state boys basketball, Class 8A and 7A

    The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops present the 2014-15 boys Class 8A and 7A all-state teams. Players were selected based on in-person evaluations, a review of all-area teams selected by media from around the state, and recognition from the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches. Class 8A FIRST ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 6:20 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Softball region quarterfinal capsules (Class 8A, 6A, 4A, 2A)

    Thursday’s region quarterfinal softball games Class 8A Plant (21-6) at Palm Harbor University (18-8): The Panthers have won 19 of their last 22 games and are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Last month, Plant won the Lady Canes Spring Tournament hosted by PHU. Both teams did ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 9:42 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District baseball: Calvary Christian, Indian Rocks Christian advance

    Johnnie Schneider pitched 5 2/3 innings, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter to earn the 4-0 Class 3A-9 semifinal win for Calvary Christian over Clerwater Central Catholic. Graham Hoffman got the save, pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. Eric Kennedy was 3-for-4 to lead ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region track: Drama to spare at 4A-2 meet

    Region track: Drama to spare at 4A-2 meet TAMPA — Wednesday’s Class 4A, Region 2 meet at Wharton fielded a pair of repeat champions. The Wharton girls won their second straight title with 97 points, comfortably out-distancing Osceola Kissimmee (56). East Lake was third (47) and Steinbrenner fourth (41).  The North Port boys won their third straight team ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:37 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Region softball: Plant City 6, Wiregrass Ranch 4

    PLANT CITY — For the second straight game, Plant City overcame an early deficit for a postseason win. The host Raiders defeated Wiregrass Ranch 6-4 in Wednesday’s Class 7A region semifinal. “This game our team showed a lot of heart and made a lot of adjustments at the plate,” Plant ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District baseball: Wesley Chapel, Central pull upsets

    BROOKSVILLE — It will be an all-underdog championship game in the Class 5A, District 7 tournament. In the first semifinal Wednesday, Wesley Chapel narrowly topped Hernando 2-1 to earn its first playoff berth since the retirement of longtime coach Chuck Yingling. “Both pitchers threw outstanding,” Wesley Chapel coach Steve Mumaw ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere