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  • Baseball: IRC's Dan Oberst commits to Indian River State College

    Indian Rocks Christian catcher Dan Oberst has committed to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, according to coach Adam Moravick. Oberst hit .225 has a junior with a home run and nine RBIs. He was named to the Class 3A-9 All District team and was a Times Honorable Mention ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 9:32 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: PHU's Jazmine Barker commits to play sand volleyball at FAU

    Palm Harbor University senior middle blocker Jazmine Barker has committed to play sand volleyball at Florida Atlantic, according to coach Tara Kuk. Barker leads the team through four matches this season with 19 blocks. She had 114 blocks last season and 219 kills. Florida Atlantic is coached by Capri Grotowski, ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 1:09 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Northside Christian setter Hannah Artille commits to Indian River State College

    Northside Christian setter Hannah Artille has committed to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. Artille has been a four-year player on the Mustangs varsity volleyball team. Last season she led the team with 623 aces and 612 assists. She also had 233 digs. Artille is also a member of ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Seminole MH Samantha Schlesman commits to Rollins College

    Seminole senior middle hitter Samantha Schlesman has committed to Rollins College. Schlesman has been the Warhawks top hitter for the past two seasons. Last season she led the team with 228 kills. She has 51 kills in five matches this season. Schlesman was a Times first team All County selection ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 9:48 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: CCC's Sara Brown commits to play sand volleyball at LSU

    Clearwater Central Catholic senior outiside hitter Sara Brown has committed to play sand volleyball at Louisiana State. Brown has been on the varsity roster since her freshman year. Last season, she had 162 kills and 269 digs in helping the Marauders reach the Class 3A state semifinals. Brown joins fellow ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 9:38 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State

    East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State In an intensely anticipated moment, East Lake receiver George Campbell announced his commitment to Florida State on Friday, ending a frantic recruiting period over the past nine months. Campbell made the decision during a webcast on ESPN.com's Recruiting Nation. The setting was subdued, held inside an office at school with ...
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    Fri. Sept. 05, 2014 at 12:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday

    East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday After nine months of anticipation and three years of intrigue, East Lake receiver George Campbell’s recruitment comes to a conclusion Friday. It will end without much fanfare. No big stage. No room full of students and players. No cameras flashing. Instead, Campbell, one of the most popular and charismatic players ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • Baseball: Calvary Christian's Johnnie Schneider commits to Polk State

    Calvary Christian senior pitcher/infielder Johnnie Schneider has committed to Polk State College, according to coach Greg Olsen. Schneider was busy both in the field and on the mound for the Warriors last season. He hit .296 with 13 RBIs in 88 plate appearances as a junior. As a pitcher he ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 1:31 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Hudson's Joey Caruso picks up first offer

    Hudson's Joey Caruso picks up first offer Hudson quarterback Joey Caruso, who is shooting to lead his team in passing and tackles this season, has been offered by Davidson College.  Though he has played quarterback on varsity since his freshman year and passed for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns -- and scored another eight rushing -- last ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 11:41 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • East Lake swimmer Michelle Turek commits to Auburn

    East Lake's Michelle Turek has committed to swim at Auburn University. "It's a school I've always wanted to go to," Turek said. "I like the facilities and location. The campus is beautiful, and most of all I like the people." Turek, ranked 14th in the state among seniors by collegeswimming.com,  ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 8:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs' Barry Brown commits to Kansas State

    Gibbs guard Barry Brown announced on Twitter that he has committed to Kansas State. Brown's decision comes a week after he narrowed his college choices to four schools and set up official visits for next month. He was  supposed to visit Kansas State on Sept. 17. "I already knew in ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 10:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Girls basketball: Former Gulf standout Jalena Hawkins signs with Trinity Baptist

    Gulf's Jalena Hawkins has signed a letter of intent to play at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, according to new Gulf head coach Bruno Buonsanto. Hawkins was a four-year starter for the Buccaneers and helped them win four straight district championships. As a senior she averaged 13.4 points and six ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 2:54 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Canterbury's Kama Woodall commits to NC State

    Canterbury's Kama Woodall, the Times' Pinellas County pitcher of the year, committed to North Carolina State on Friday night. "I just fell in love the school," Woodall said. Woodall said she also had interest from Arizona State, Boston College and Stanford. NC State was the only one that had offered and ...
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    Sat. Aug. 16, 2014 at 1:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Seminole OF Jacob Silverstein commits to Bethune-Cookman

    Seminole outfielder Jacob Silverstein has committed to Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, according to Seminole coach Jeff Pincus. Silverstein was a three-year starter for the Warhawks. As a junior, Silverstein hit .324 with 11 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. As a sophomore, Silverstein hit .366 and helped the Warhawks reach ...
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    Tue. Aug. 12, 2014 at 8:40 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • St. Petersburg golfer Blake Dyer commits to Florida

    St. Petersburg's Blake Dyer has committed to play golf at the University of Florida. Dyer, the Times' Pinellas golfer of the year as a junior, becomes a second generation Gators golfer. His father, Kevin, also played at Florida. Dyer won the 3A-12 district tournament after shooting a 5-under, 66 at ...
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    Fri. Aug. 08, 2014 at 8:22 p.m. | Rodney Page

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  • Football: Clearwater 30, Palm Harbor University 23

    PALM HARBOR — Clearwater won for the first time since the 2012 regular season in a wild contest that included two weather delays, numerous penalties and turnovers, and a dramatic final few minutes. The game also featured a duel between Tornadoes quarterback Garrison Bryant and Hurricanes signalcaller Brandon Swift, who ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 2:00 a.m. | Rick Cantor

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Armwood 26, Hillsborough 0

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Armwood 26, Hillsborough 0 SEFFNER — Hillsborough had its chances.  Just like it did the last time it was truly tested in a preseason loss to Plant, Armwood made mistakes. The Hawks had fewer yards of offense, fewer first downs and more penalties than the Terriers in the first half.  Still, Hillsborough couldn’t capitalize. ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:53 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: East Lake 36, Dunedin 6

    DUNEDIN — East Lake shook off a slow start to defeat Dunedin on the road. East Lake pinned Dunedin at its 9 and forced a fumble by quarterback Argi Radani which was recovered by Carson Lydon in the end zone. East Lake extended the lead to 14-0 on Lydon’s 12-yard ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:47 a.m. | Colby Cole

  • Football: Countryside 15, Palmetto 14

    PALMETTO — Countryside blocked two punts that resulted in 12 points en route to the victory.  First, Scotty Dailey snagged a Palmetto punt out of the air and ran it in with 7:44 left in the first half.  “That’s something we practice,” Cougars coach Eric Schmitz said, “getting into the ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:47 a.m. | The Herald

  • Football: River Ridge 42, Wiregrass Ranch 21

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Wiregrass Ranch opened the game in shocking fashion with a kickoff return and fumble return for a score in the opening minute. Then the game was delayed for one hour and it was exactly what River Ridge needed. Lead by bruising junior running back Chris Schwarz ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:44 a.m. | Alejandro Tamayo

  • Football: Pasco 37, Wesley Chapel 13

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco extended its winning streak over Wesley Chapel to seven in handing the Wildcats their 14th straight loss overall. The Pirates also continued their season-long penchant for excessive penalties with 19 for 155 yards as well as their dominance on defense by holding Wesley Chapel to a ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:40 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Football: Land O'Lakes 22, Ridgewood 19

    NEW PORT RICHEY — After falling behind 19-6 at the end of the first half, Land O’Lakes dominated. James Pensyl completed 21 of 32 passes for 274 yards to lead the Gators (2-1). Pensyl added a 43-yard run late to set up Larenz Scroggins’ putaway TD run. Key drive: Starting ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:37 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Largo 13, Gibbs 6

    ST. PETERSBURG — Defense can make a game look really ugly. Add water and a one-hour lightning delay and things can get downright hideous. Neither Gibbs nor Largo could get its offenses together in the first half Friday, taking 13 ½ minutes just to register the game’s initial first down. ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:26 a.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Football: Pinellas Park 10, Osceola 7

    In a game delayed nearly an hour and a half because of bad weather, the Patriots defense came up big on two consecutive drives to win a close game at home over the Warriors. Key drive: Down by 3 with less than six minutes remaining, Osceola drove from its own ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:25 a.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • Football: Springstead 23, Nature Coast 20

    Football: Springstead 23, Nature Coast 20 SPRING HILL — If you were looking for the perfect example of a workhorse running back, look no farther than Springstead’s Daniel Wright. Riding their senior back the entire game, the Eagles came back to beat rival Nature Coast 23-20 Friday night at Booster Stadium. “(Nature Coast) did a good ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:20 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Indian Rocks Christian 21, Admiral Farragut 7

    ST. PETERSBURG — In a gritty game won in the trenches, Indian Rocks Christian won thanks to 271 yards rushing, 205 more than host Admiral Farragut. The Blue Jackets had an early 7-0 lead but couldn’t hold on as the Golden Eagles wore them down. Key Drive: Indian Rocks Christian’s ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:19 a.m. | Greg Zeck

  • Football: Berkeley Prep 22, Sarasota Booker 12

    TAMPA — With one of its main offensive weapons sidelined with an injury, Berkeley Prep went back to the basics in a win over Sarasota Booker. The Buccaneers used a stifling run defense led by linebacker Joe Schiano and defensive tackle Bo Peek, tying the Tornadoes’ hands behind their backs ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:14 a.m. | Doug Pugh

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Zephyrhills 45, Mitchell 14 (with video)

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Zephyrhills 45, Mitchell 14 (with video) TRINITY — Reggie Roberts’ team scored 45 points Friday night, but he wasn’t talking afterwards about the big plays or touchdown passes or long runs. He was talking defense. Like only a Zephyrhills Bulldog can. Woof! “The Bulldogs have always played defense,” said a fired-up Roberts, and they used that defense to ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:05 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Football: Sickles 27, Newsome 14

    TAMPA — Despite not having head coach Brian Turner on the field due to a two-game suspension, Sickles won its home game under the direction of 49-year coach Billy Turner, Brian’s father. Key drive: Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud III proved why he is HomeTeam’s No. 1 rated player ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:03 a.m. | Christian Lemus

  • Football: Plant 37, Gaither 10

    TAMPA — After a lackadaisical first three quarters, Plant came alive in the fourth, breaking open a close game. With the score tied at 10 entering the fourth, Plant senior Patrick Brooks ran for the go-ahead, 38-yard touchdown. The Panthers went on to score 27 unanswered points. Key Drive: With ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 12:59 a.m. | Ryan Butler

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Other News

  • Volleyball: Bloomingdale sweeps Newsome

    LITHIA — For Bloomingdale last season, it was all Karissa Rhoades, all the time. The outside hitter finished with a Hillsborough County-high 457 kills, more than three times as many as any Bull. At the start of the new season, first-year coach Claudia Cabrera warned her team: "If Karissa is ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 10:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Cross country: Zentmeyer lifts Sickles’ boys

    Cross country: Zentmeyer lifts Sickles’ boys TAMPA — James Zentmeyer wasn’t expecting too much early Wednesday evening when he lined up at Lake Park to run the West Hillsborough Conference Invitational. His Sickles cross country team had a brutal workout on Tuesday and left practice exhausted. He didn’t feel great warming up before the race, and ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 10:14 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Swimming: Land O’Lakes coach wins 100th girls dual

    Swimming: Land O’Lakes coach wins 100th girls dual LAND O’LAKES — Though fully aware of hitting the milestone that no Pasco County girls swimming coach had reached, Robin Hilgenberg’s reaction Wednesday was just like after any other meet. As the final race of Land O’Lakes’ 140-33 win over Anclote, the 100th dual meet win of Hilgenberg’s career, concluded ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 9:45 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Cross country: Pinellas runners to watch

    Cross country: Pinellas runners to watch The Pinellas County cross country scene took a hit with graduation, but there still is plenty of talented runners left. Here are the ones to watch this season. Girls Hayley Brahm, Northeast: The top runner for the Vikings took first place at last week’s Pirate Invitational and leads a team ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Volleyball: Clearwater Central Catholic guts out five-setter vs. Calvary Christian

    Volleyball: Clearwater Central Catholic guts out five-setter vs. Calvary Christian CLEARWATER — As the final point of Tuesday night’s Class 3A, District 9 match between Clearwater Central Catholic and Calvary Christian sailed out of bounds, some CCC players jumped for joy while others fell to the court in exhaustion. The Marauders figured they would be tested by the Warriors, but ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Hernando sweeps district rival Weeki Wachee

    Volleyball: Hernando sweeps district rival Weeki Wachee BROOKSVILLE — Hernando walked away with the Class 5A, District 7 championship last year after a four-set win over Weeki Wachee in the final. The Leopards continued that success into this season with a sweep of the Hornets, 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 Tuesday night. Hernando (4-1, 4-0) was led by the ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Volleyball: Past postseasons keep Tampa Prep focused

    Volleyball: Past postseasons keep Tampa Prep focused Sometimes before practice starts, Tampa Prep volleyball coach Andrew Wilson puts a score of 15-9 up on the board above his players’ heads, his way of reminding the Terrapins how their season ended last year in a five-set region final loss to Orlando First Academy.  But if you ask outside ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 8:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: CDS' Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: CDS' Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5 Female Hot Shot winner: Aisling Sheehan, Carrollwood Day  As the only senior on Carrollwood Day’s volleyball team, outside hitter Sheehan has been relied on a lot so far this season.  After a big offseason, coach Eric Praetorius said his star player is more than capable of fulfilling that responsibility. Along with ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 8:04 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hudson's Anderson Combs, male winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hudson's Anderson Combs, male winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5 Male Hot Shot winner: Anderson Combs, Hudson Combs, a junior, is a swimming anomaly. He doesn’t specialize in the sport. Instead of competing for a club team year round, he plays soccer in the winter and tennis in the spring. “I try to enjoy a little bit of everything,” he ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 7:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam volleyball 25: Better by the week

    HomeTeam volleyball 25: Better by the week While there was a bit of a shakeup in the rankings this week, the teams at the top remain the same. Clearwater Central Catholic is still the team to beat, but after a 6-0 start and Academy of the Holy Names tournament win — against the best competition in Hillsborough ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 6:32 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Boys golf: Clearwater Central Catholic takes individual/team titles at East Lake Invite

    Clearwater Central Catholic proved it may be one of the best teams in the area on Saturday by winning the East Lake Invitational. Andrew Heric won medalist honors by shooting a 2-over, 74 at Lansbrook. He was one shot better than Howie George of Trinity Catholic and two shots ahead ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 10:02 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Swimming: Togetherness name of game at Total Team Challenge

    Swimming: Togetherness name of game at Total Team Challenge ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday at North Shore Pool, Palm Harbor University’s girls swim team was cheering vociferously from the deck. Not so uncommon, right? Well, they were rooting on the final swimmer of Pinellas Park High’s 200-yard freestyle team who was a fair distance behind the pack. That’s what makes ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 7:20 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Swimming: Plant girls, Berkeley Prep boys take City Relays

    TAMPA — Plant defended its girls title with 254 points and the Berkeley Prep boys scored 256 to win after an eight-year absence in Saturday’s City Relays at the Bobby Hicks Pool. Plant’s boys also tied defending champion Jesuit’s 236 as runnerup in the 24-team field. And Berkeley Prep’s girls ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 7:16 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • PHU's boys dual meet swim streak ends

    Palm Harbor University's boys swim program has been undefeated in dual meets for nine straight seasons, a stretch in which the Hurricanes forged one of the bay area's greatest dynasties. On Wednesday, that streak came to an end. Countryside's boys beat PHU 101.5-68.5. The Cougars were dominant, winning all but ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 11:33 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Volleyball: Holy Names hoping for a little home-court advantage

    Volleyball: Holy Names hoping for a little home-court advantage As any coach would, Academy of the Holy Names’ Jeff Davis is looking forward to the kind of competition his Jaguars will face in this weekend’s AHN volleyball invitational.  The tournament, which is in its 10th year, will bring together eight of the Tampa Bay area’s best teams — including ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 7:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons