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  • East Lake's Jake Hansen commits to Iowa State

    East Lake's Jake Hansen commits to Iowa State East Lake linebacker Jake Hansen put an end to his recruiting process by committing to Iowa State this weekend. “I felt comfortable there and the coaching staff was very down to earth,” Hansen said of Iowa State. “They have great facilities as well as a nice college town.” Hansen, a ...
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    Sun. Aug. 02, 2015 at 10:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Tech WR Daquon Green picks Florida

    Tampa Bay Tech WR Daquon Green picks Florida Tampa Bay Tech wide receiver Daquon Green has committed to Florida, the rising junior announced via Twitter on Friday. Green, who was ranked fourth in this year's HomeTeam 100, is a four-star recruit who plays on both sides of the ball for the Titans. In his first two seasons, Green ...
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    Mon. July 27, 2015 at 11:31 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Berkeley Prep's Spencer Myers commits to Notre Dame

    Berkeley Prep shortstop Spencer Myers has committed to Notre Dame, Bucs coach Richie Warren said. Myers, a rising junior, had the second-best batting average on the team this past spring, hitting .267 with eight RBIs and three triples. He also led the Bucs with 14 stolen bases.  The 5-foot-11, 160-pound ...
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    Tue. July 21, 2015 at 5:27 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Robinson DE Keldric Preston picks Wisconsin

    Robinson DE Keldric Preston picks Wisconsin Robinson defensive end Keldric Preston has committed to Wisconsin, the rising senior announced on BrightHouse Sports Network on Monday night.  Preston, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound three-star recruit, chose the Badgers from among 18 offers, including ones from USF, Louisville and Miami. Despite his recruitment by some of the top programs in ...
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    Tue. July 21, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Pasco's Nick Bryant commits to Middle Tennessee State

    Pasco tight end/defensive end Nick Bryant committed to Middle Tennessee State this past weekend during his visit. “It just feels like home,” Bryant said. “The coaching staff is perfect. The campus is super nice. We just got a bunch of great recruits and a phenomenal quarterback recruit. I will be ...
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    Mon. July 20, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Hudson's Grayson Stover commits to Virginia

    Hudson's Grayson Stover commits to Virginia Grayson Stover didn’t necessarily plan it this way, but he decided to come off the recruiting market by committing to Virginia on Wednesday. “It just felt right, and (Virginia) had been filling up with offensive linemen,” Stover said. “I didn't want to miss the opportunity especially since they have been ...
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    Thu. July 02, 2015 at 2:24 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Wharton's Devontres Dukes commits to UCF

    Wharton's Devontres Dukes commits to UCF Wharton receiver Devontres Dukes announced he had committed to UCF this weekend. Dukes, rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, had five offers, including NC State and Toledo. He picked the Knights in large part because of the school’s proximity.  “The majority of my family lives in the Orlando area ...
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    Mon. June 29, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside's Wyatt Panaccione commits to FIU

    Countryside offensive lineman Wyatt Panaccione committed to Florida International on Wednesday. Panaccione, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior, picked the Panthers two days after they became the first school to extend an offer. “The coaches were great,” Panaccione said. “We could have a really good offensive line class. They really wanted me. ...
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    Thu. June 25, 2015 at 11:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • St. Petersburg Catholic's Becky Cleppe commits to William Penn

    St. Petersburg Catholic’s Becky Cleppe signed to be a thrower for William Penn’s track and field team. Cleppe, who recently graduated, throws the javelin, shot put and discus. This season, she placed fifth in the shot put and discus at the Class 1A, District 10 meet. Cleppe lettered all four ...
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    Thu. June 25, 2015 at 12:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant DB Scoop Bradshaw picks Syracuse

    Plant DB Johayward "Scoop" Bradshaw has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner said.  Bradshaw, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound rising senior, is the second Panther to commit to the Orange this month. On June 9, QB Rex Culpepper picked Syracuse over offers from Florida, Miami and Clemson, among others. Last season Bradshaw ...
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    Tue. June 23, 2015 at 2:27 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Admiral Farragut's Craig Watts commits to Wisconsin

    Admiral Farragut defensive back Craig Watts committed to the University of Wisconsin during a weekend visit to the school. Watts, who is a four-star recruit and considered the 16th best player at his position by 247sports.com, had nearly 40 offers, including Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama. ...
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    Mon. June 22, 2015 at 2:09 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Chamberlain's DJ Daniels commits to Virginia

    Chamberlain receiver DJ Daniels ended his recruitment process Thursday by committing to Virginia. Daniels, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior, picked the Cavaliers over offers from five other schools – Buffalo, Georgia, New Mexico, Purdue and USF. Last season, Daniels led the Chiefs with 407 yards receiving, which accounted for nearly half ...
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    Thu. June 18, 2015 at 12:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's John Chiaramonte commits to Air Force

    Clearwater Central Catholic linebacker John Chiaramonte committed to Air Force on Thursday. Chiaramonte made the decision despite not visiting the campus. He said he had a verbal offer from USF that could have turned into an official one this weekend. But he decided the Air Force was the best fit. ...
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    Thu. June 18, 2015 at 10:21 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Catholic's Tre McKitty commits to Miami

    Tampa Catholic's Tre McKitty commits to Miami Tampa Catholic tight end Tre McKitty announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he has committed to Miami. McKitty, a junior who transferred from Wesley Chapel in the spring, had 15 offers from schools such as Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee. He picked the Hurricanes during a visit to the Coral ...
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    Wed. June 17, 2015 at 10:16 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse

    Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The rising senior chose the Orangemen over 16 other Division I offers.  Culpepper, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, threw for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, leading Plant to a Class 8A region semifinal before the Panthers fell ...
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    Tue. June 09, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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  • Football combine this weekend at Clearwater Central Catholic

    A football combine for local high school players will be held Saturday at Clearwater Central Catholic. The combine, which is hosted by the Ultimate Stomping Ground training facility in Clearwater, runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost is $60 for players who have not pre-registered. The combine will feature timed ...
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    Tue. July 21, 2015 at 11:24 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Trio of Panthers vying to replace Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper

    On Monday afternoon, Plant’s first workout since senior quarterback Rex Culpepper tore his ACL in a weekend 7-on-7 tournament, coach Robert Weiner began the day by reminding his team that the season wasn’t over; to stay motivated out of respect for their teammate.  Culpepper, who threw for 2,016 yards and ...
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    Tue. July 21, 2015 at 10:39 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Fivay hires Hernando assistant John Diehl as head coach

    Fivay has hired John Diehl as its new football coach.  Diehl, 59, brings more than 30 years of high school coaching experience to the Falcons. He spent the spring as an assistant coach at Hernando High School, working with the offensive line. Prior to Hernando, he was the head coach ...
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    Mon. July 20, 2015 at 2:59 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Coach Bob Hudson changes mind, stays at East Lake

    Coach Bob Hudson changes mind, stays at East Lake East Lake’s Bob Hudson, who walked away as football coach two weeks ago, had a change of heart and returned to the program on Monday, athletic coordinator Tim O’Keefe said. Hudson initially announced his resignation on July 6 to take another job outside of the teaching and coaching profession. But ...
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    Mon. July 20, 2015 at 11:53 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Sling N Shoot: Clearwater continues strong offseason

    Sling N Shoot: Clearwater continues strong offseason TAMPA – In the past two seasons, Clearwater has gone from a winless program to a respectable one. Now, coming off a 4-6 season, the Tornadoes are taking the steps this offseason in 7-on-7 tournaments to become a legitimate playoff contender. For the second straight weekend, Clearwater advanced to the ...
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    Sun. July 19, 2015 at 8:53 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant QB Rex Culpepper tears ACL

    Plant QB Rex Culpepper tears ACL Plant High coach Robert Weiner confirmed that quarterback Rex Culpepper, a Syracuse commit, tore his ACL Saturday at USF’s Sling N Shoot 7-on-7 tournament and is out for the season. “Incredibly devastating,” Weiner said. “(Rex) is the most amazing kid and one of the hardest workers I have ever met. ...
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    Sun. July 19, 2015 at 5:07 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tre' McKitty becomes second Crusader to leave for IMG

    Tre' McKitty becomes second Crusader to leave for IMG Tampa Catholic tight end and Miami commit Tre' McKitty has transferred to IMG Academy, Crusaders coach Mike Gregory confirmed Friday. McKitty is the second Crusader to depart for IMG this offseason. In January, four-star defensive end and Ohio State commit Malik Barrow transferred, leaving a huge hole on Tampa Catholic's ...
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    Fri. July 17, 2015 at 3:28 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Injured Sunlake LB/FB Xavier Johnson showing improvement

    Injured Sunlake LB/FB Xavier Johnson showing improvement After 57 days at St. Joseph’s Hospital following a jet ski accident, Sunlake linebacker and fullback Xavier Johnson will likely be transferred this week to a rehabilitation hospital in Jacksonville, Seahawks coach Bill Browning said Monday. Johnson was tubing with fellow Sunlake teammate Tyler Peretti on May 16 when he ...
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    Mon. July 13, 2015 at 2:28 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Bucs receiver Louis Murphy holding free camp on Saturday

    Tampa Bay Buccaneer receiver Louis Murphy, a former standout at Lakewood, is holding a free camp for football players and cheerleaders on Saturday. The camp, held at Lakewood, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to kids ages 8-18. Online registration is closed. Those interested can register ...
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    Thu. July 09, 2015 at 1:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake coach Bob Hudson steps down after 12 seasons

    East Lake coach Bob Hudson steps down after 12 seasons East Lake football coach Bob Hudson, who led the program to the state semifinals the past two seasons, said he has stepped down after 12 seasons to pursue a career opportunity outside of the teaching and coaching worlds. “It was a tough decision, but now was the time to do ...
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    Mon. July 06, 2015 at 12:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Armwood captures Battle of the Bay title

    Armwood captures Battle of the Bay title TAMPA — Even in 7-on-7, Armwood's defense ruled the day. The Hawks rallied to win in overtime against Countryside to make it to its third straight Battle of the Bay tournament champion­ship appearance Saturday. And though it trailed host Jefferson early, Armwood made two stops and picked off Cade Weldon ...
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    Sat. June 27, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Trevor Laurent bolsters Armwood's offense

    Trevor Laurent bolsters Armwood's offense SEFFNER — They didn't really miss wide receiver Trevor Laurent, Armwood coach Sean Callahan admits thinking to himself, as his Hawks continued to roll over every regular-season opponent they faced last year. Laurent, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound rising senior whose athleticism more than makes up for his small stature, was disciplined ...
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    Fri. June 26, 2015 at 7:32 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Veteran QB Trent Chmelik gives Countryside edge

    Veteran QB Trent Chmelik gives Countryside edge Countryside already has an edge over the four other teams in the newly formed Class 7A, District 10 at one of the most important positions: quarterback. The Cougars’ Trent Chmelik, a senior, is the only quarterback in the district who is returning as a starter after St. Petersburg’s Austyn Causey ...
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    Tue. June 23, 2015 at 6:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Cambridge Christian's Richard Gouraige attends NFL Prep Academy

    Cambridge Christian's Richard Gouraige attends NFL Prep Academy Cambridge Christian DE Richard Gouraige may still be years away from a possible career in the NFL, but last week, the rising sophomore got a taste of what a career in football might look — both on and off the field. Gouraige was one of 41 rising sophomores across the ...
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    Tue. June 23, 2015 at 3:27 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Gulf's Malik Cobb, DeAndre Hopkins officially at Tarpon Springs

    Malik Cobb and DeAndre Hopkins, two of Gulf’s top playmakers, have officially enrolled at Tarpon Springs. Both arrived this week for conditioning with the Spongers. “I don’t know much about them yet, but I’m sure they can help us out,” first-year Tarpon Springs coach Mike Lube said of Cobb and ...
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    Fri. June 19, 2015 at 2:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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Other News

  • Basketball: Former Boca Ciega standout Latavia Dempsey signs with Valur club in Iceland

    Former Boca Ciega and Florida Atlantic basketball player Latavia Dempsey has signed a professional contract with Valur Club in Reykjavik, Iceland. Dempsey was a second-team all state selection in 2009 as a senior at Boca Ciega. She helped lead the Pirates to three state Final Four appearances and a state ...
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    Mon. July 27, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Indian Rocks Christian's Oakley Albinson set for baseball showcases

    Indian Rocks Christian pitcher Oakley Albinson’s stellar sophomore season has led to some prestigious invitations this summer. Albinson has been invited to the Prep Baseball Report Futures Games in Indianapolis on July 30-Aug. 1. He will also participate in the Perfect Game Underclass All-American Games in San Diego on Aug. ...
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    Tue. July 21, 2015 at 1:40 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Former CCC standout Jeff Campbell wins College Home Run Derby

    Jeff Campbell, a 2011 Clearwater Central Catholic graduate, won the College Home Run Derby on July 2 in Omaha. Campbell competed against seven other college players. He defeated Wake Forest's Will Craig in the final round, 10-5. Campbell also set a home run derby record when he hit 20 home ...
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    Thu. July 09, 2015 at 12:17 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Osceola hires Bob Patton as boys basketball coach

    Osceola announced the hiring of Gibbs assistant Bob Patton as its boys basketball coach on Thursday. Patton replaces Jeremy Crane, who stepped down in March after six seasons.  There were 52 applicants for the position. The list was whittled down to 10 finalists before a committee decided on Patton this ...
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    Fri. June 26, 2015 at 5:04 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Seminole volleyball coach Dexter Rogers set to take over at PHU

    Seminole volleyball coach Dexter Rogers is leaving the program to become the coach at Palm Harbor University. Rogers replaces Tara Kuk, who resigned as the Hurricanes coach after 12 seasons. Kuk led PHU to nine playoff appearances, including seven straight. This past season the Hurricanes were 24-5 and advanced to ...
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    Fri. June 19, 2015 at 3:34 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gaither's Samson Moore named Gatorade track athlete of the year for Florida

    Gaither's Samson Moore named Gatorade track athlete of the year for Florida Samson Moore was named the state’s Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year on Friday. Moore, who recently graduated from Gaither, is the first male athlete from the bay area to win the award since former Gibbs standout Trayvon Bromell (now at Baylor) in 2013 and the first from Hillsborough County ...
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    Fri. June 19, 2015 at 10:22 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox makes mark against international foes

    Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox makes mark against international foes Last week, Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox went to Argentina, his first trip to a foreign country. He visited the beaches in Buenos Aires before heading to Bahia Blanca to tour the Land Plaza Hotel, which is owned by San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili. Mostly, though, Knox played basketball. After ...
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    Wed. June 17, 2015 at 4:58 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Golden State's Marreese Speights wins NBA title

    Golden State's Marreese Speights wins NBA title Golden State’s Marreese Speights played a total of two minutes in the final four games of the NBA finals. He scored one point during that span. Still, the diminished role mattered little to Speights Tuesday night after the Warriors beat Cleveland to win the series 4-2. In the postgame revelry, ...
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    Tue. June 16, 2015 at 11:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Plant's Kyle Tucker, Jake Woodford sign

    Baseball: Plant's Kyle Tucker, Jake Woodford sign On June 8, Plant became the first Tampa Bay area high school to have two players selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player's draft. One week later, the Panthers are no longer draftees, but professional baseball players.  No. 5 overall pick Kyle Tucker — who ...
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    Mon. June 15, 2015 at 5:27 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • FSU's Kala Funderburk wins NCAA 400 meter-title

    FSU's Kala Funderburk wins NCAA 400 meter-title Florida State’s Kala Funderburk knew she had a difficult task to win what had been an elusive 400 meter title at the NCAA Division I track and field championships. The former Lakewood standout was assigned to lane eight, perhaps the toughest lane, in Saturday’s final. Not only would Funderburk have ...
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    Sat. June 13, 2015 at 10:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baylor's Trayvon Bromell takes second in 100, third in 200 at NCAA meet

    Baylor's Trayvon Bromell takes second in 100, third in 200 at NCAA meet By now, it has become the norm for Baylor sprinter Trayvon Bromell to run the 100 meters in under 10 seconds. After all, the former Gibbs standout had posted five sub-9.95 times this season in his signature event, including a 9.90 in Wednesday’s semifinals at the NCAA Track and Field ...
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    Sat. June 13, 2015 at 7:38 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay baseball teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay baseball teams (with video) Pinellas Pitcher of the Year: Tim Luth, Sr., Dunedin Season stats: 9-1, 0.87 ERA, 51 strikeouts in 56 innings Season highlight: Luth said there was no particular game that stood out. Instead, he said the highlight was being able to play with friends he has known since elementary school. “We’ve ...
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    Fri. June 12, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Bay Times' all-county baseball teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times' all-county baseball teams (with video) NORTH SUNCOAST Player of the Year: SS Corey Mumaw, Sr., Wesley Chapel Pitcher of the Year: RHP Nate Pearson, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin Coach of the Year: Jeff Swymer, Bishop McLaughlin First team P Branden McLeod, Sr., Wesley Chapel P Carson Ragsdale, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin P Franklin German, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin ...
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    Fri. June 12, 2015 at 2:44 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay softball teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay softball teams (with video) Pinellas Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University Why we picked her: Lilley was the veteran on a team with a combined 13 freshmen and sophomores on the roster. She provided leadership, as well as some pop at the plate. This season, Lilley hit a career-high .729 ...
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    Thu. June 11, 2015 at 6:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times' all-county softball teams (with video)

    PINELLAS COUNTY Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University Pitcher of the Year: Kama Woodall, So., Canterbury Coach of the Year: Jerry King, Osceola First team P Aubrey Ehlers, Sr., Dunedin P Corynn Miner, Jr., Admiral Farragut P Stella Preston, Jr., Countryside P Riley Randolph, Sr., Northeast C ...
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    Thu. June 11, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam