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  • 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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  • 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

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Latest Football News

  • 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

  • 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

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Other News

  • Track: Land O’Lakes sweeps SAC meet

    HOLIDAY -- Land O’Lakes pulled off its second straight two-team sweep of Pasco County during the Sunshine Athletic Conference meet at Anclote on Saturday. The boys team won their fourth straight team title with 139 points to Wesley Chapel’s 92 and Ridgewood’s 70. The first three Gator team wins came ...
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    Sat. March 28, 2015 at 11:52 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Track: East Lake girls, Countryside boys prevail in PCAC meet

    CLEARWATER — Defending Pinellas County Athletic Conference champions East Lake’s girls and Countryside’s boys were even bigger favorites coming into this year’s meet after winning most of this season’s events. Both teams won Thursday’s PCAC meet handily, with East Lake’s girls scoring 192 points, more than doubling up Osceola’s 89. ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Softball: Dunedin 5, Palm Harbor University 4

    DUNEDIN — For Dunedin, familiarity with Palm Harbor University didn’t breed contempt, it bred respect. On top of coach Sarah Coleman’s connection as a 2009 Hurricanes graduate, PHU starting pitcher Taylor Scott was trolling the outfield for the Falcons just last season.   Thursday night, Scott dazzled her former teammates ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 11:42 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Softball: Springstead 4, Mitchell 3

    TRINITY — When Mitchell’s Kelsea Vanderveer smacked her fourth home run of the season for a 2-0 Mitchell lead Tuesday, it had the feel of a putaway shot, especially considering it came off area strikeout leader Louisa Disi. But Springstead was far from deterred. Instead the Eagles came to life, ...
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    Tue. March 24, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Baseball: East Lake 2, Northeast 1 (nine innings)

    EAST LAKE – J.J. Yergey already had three hits as he stood at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night in a 1-1 game against Northeast. Yergey was confident that if he got a pitch anywhere near the strike zone he would end ...
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    Tue. March 24, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Durant 1, Brandon 0

    BRANDON — For seven innings, Brandon left-hander Antonio Velez put on a show, striking out 12 and giving up just one hit to district foe Durant.  But as it turned out, one hit was all the Cougars needed.  Velez had retired 10 of 12 batters before senior second baseman Cade ...
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    Tue. March 24, 2015 at 10:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Edmilly Molina, female winner for March 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Edmilly Molina, female winner for March 14-20 Female Hot Shot winner: Edmilly Molina, Plant City Plant City scratched its way back late in a pivotal Class 7A, District 7 game against rival East Bay last week, to the point where a solid hit might be enough to send the game into extra innings. Edmilly Molina got more ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 6:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nate Pearson, male winner for March 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nate Pearson, male winner for March 14-20 Male Hot Shot winner: Nate Pearson, Bishop McLaughlin Whenever Nate Pearson is on the mound, Bishop McLaughlin coach Jeff Swymer believes his team should win. So far this season, he has been right.  Pearson, a senior right-hander, has been nearly unhittable. In his five starts, he is 3-0 with a ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 5:34 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23 1.Canterbury (12-1, 2-0) This week:  Monday at Keswick Christian; Thursday-Saturday (Kissimmee Klassic) Lowdown: The Crusaders’ lone loss was to Class 5A, No. 5 ranked Belleview in nine innings at the Gulliver Prep Slamfest two weeks ago. Turns out, Belleview is one of the strongest teams in the state, especially after ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 3:46 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 23 1. Brandon (12-2) This week: Tuesday vs. Durant; Friday vs. Tampa Bay Tech Lowdown: Since losing in extra innings at the Saladino tournament, the Eagles have won three straight and outscored opponents 17-1. Drayden Williams is hitting .450 to pace the offense, and Antonio Velez already has seven wins as ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Softball: Nature Coast tops Hernando in Leopard Slam consolation game

    BROOKSVILLE — While Coral Springs Charter was capturing the fourth annual Leopard Slam championship on the main field in a 5-0 win over South Sumter, defending champion Hernando was fighting for third place in its own tournament. The Leopards squared off against county rival Nature Coast in the consolation final, ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Basketball: Emery outshines Pinellas stars

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nothing was on the line except for pride. For any elite athlete, pride is enough. At Eckerd College on Saturday, Pinellas County’s girls all-stars proved naysayers wrong by battling back against Hillsborough County’s senior standouts, turning a 15-point deficit into a four-point second-half lead. But any team ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:19 a.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Track: Plant’s Guyton posts top national 1,600 time

    Track: Plant’s Guyton posts top national 1,600 time TAMPA -- The sixth annual USF-Steinbrenner Invitational has finally grown into its skin. It’s become one of the premier invitational meets in the state and even with 72 teams competing, it ran like a clock on Saturday. Two Tampa athletes crashed their way into the national spotlight with jaw-dropping times. ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:08 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 14-20

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, March 14 through Friday, March 20. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 21, 2015 at 11:54 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Baseball: Bloomingdale 4, Plant 3 (nine innings)

    VALRICO — Plant ace Jake Woodford worked out of one bases-loaded, no-outs jam. But the Panthers would fare the same with the second, which allowed Class 8A, District 7 rival Bloomingdale to tie the score at 3 in the sixth inning. The host Bulls won Friday’s game 4-3 in the ...
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    Sat. March 21, 2015 at 12:03 a.m. | Steve Lee