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  • Shane Bucenell hopes his dream of playing at next level won't be denied

    Shane Bucenell hopes his dream of playing at next level won't be denied The dream has always been the same for Shane Bucenell. The 6-foot, 195-pound Wiregrass Ranch quarterback might be undersized to play the position at the next level, but that’s never stopped him from trying to make it happen. It has, however, drawn the attention of doubters, Bucenell said, even going ...
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    Fri. Oct. 24, 2014 at 4:58 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Countryside's Summer Finke commits to FSU

    Countryside swimmer Summer Finke made her college plans official by announcing Tuesday that she has commited to Florida State. Finke, the state's eighth-ranked girls swimmer in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, picked the Seminoles over Florida and Wisconsin. "I got along really well with all the (FSU) coaching staff ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 8:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Get out of Chris Schwarz’s way or get run over

    Get out of Chris Schwarz’s way or get run over River Ridge’s first six games of the season were all been played on slippery, muddy fields. So the Royal Knights needed a workhorse back who could take over, a guy with strength, speed and indefatigability to lower his head and charge forward while gorging on yards. Chris Schwarz has thrived ...
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    Fri. Oct. 17, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake swimmer Annika Smith commits to Canisius

    East Lake's Annika Smith has committed to swim at Canisius College. Canisius, a Division I program, competes in the MAAC conference. Smith picked the Golden Griffins over Bucknell, Carroll, Franklin & Marshall, New Hampshire and Southwestern. "I really felt at home when I visited Canisius," she said. "The team and ...
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    Thu. Oct. 16, 2014 at 8:27 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon kicker Louie Zervos to have Under Armour jersey presentation Nov. 12

    Tarpon Springs kicker Louie Zervos, the nation's fifth-ranked kicker in the 2015 class, will be presented with his jersey for parcticipating in the Under Armour All-America game on Nov. 12 during a ceremony at school. After a strong performance at  a Kohl's Kicking Camp event, this summer, Zervos earned a ...
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    Wed. Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake swimmer Grant Sanders commits to Arizona

    East Lake's Grant Sanders committed to Arizona Monday night. Sanders, ranked sixth in the state in the 2015 class, picked the Wildcats over Auburn and FSU, among others. "Arizona has an outstanding academic and swimming program," Sanders said. "The coaches and swimmers made me feel very welcomed. Their facilities also ...
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    Tue. Oct. 14, 2014 at 5:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Sydney Pickrem commits to Texas A&M

    East Lake's Sydney Pickrem, the state's top-ranked swimmer in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, announced via Twitter that she has committed to Texas A&M. Pickrem made her decision after visting Texas A&M this past weekend. She picked the Aggies over Indiana and Michigan. "I just loved the school, the ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 9:35 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Alonso QB Oladokun commits to USF

    Alonso quarterback Chris Oladokun commited to USF during the weekend, the junior announced on Twitter. Oladokun, now in his second season as the Ravens' starter, threw for 2,003 yards, 23 touchdowns and had just three interceptions in Alonso's 5-5 season last year. During the summer he lit up the 7-on-7 ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 11:05 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • East Lake's Natalie Clausen commits to Tulane

    East Lake swimmer Natalie Clausen, a transfer from Wisconsin, committed to Tulane this weekend. Clausen took a recruiting trip to Tulane last month. She also visited Colorado State and Western Kentucky. "I loved the educational aspect of Tulane, especially the medical research program," Clausen said. "The school has a real ...
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    Sun. Oct. 12, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake receiver George Campbell's UA jersey presentation set for Nov. 14

    East Lake receiver George Campbell, the nation's top athlete in the 2015 class according to ESPN, will be presented with his jersey for playing in the Under Armour All-America game on Nov. 14 during a ceremony at the school. Campbell, a five-star recruit who committed to Florida State last month, ...
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    Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 at 12:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Girls basketball: Walker commits to Wofford College

    Seffner Christian forward Peyton Walker committed to Wofford College, her father Rob Walker confirmed Tuesday. Walker, the Tampa Bay Times' Hillsborough County Player of the Year in 2013, averaged 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game last season, leading the Crusaders to a state runner-up finish. She had 50 points ...
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    Wed. Oct. 08, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • PHU's Morgan Perrotti commits to Rutgers

    Palm Harbor University swimmer Morgan Perrotti committed to Rutgers on Tuesday. Perrotti, ranked 44th in 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, said she also was considering Cincinnati and Miami. The only school she visited, though, was Rutgers. "I fell in love with (Rutgers) when I was there," Perrotti said. "The coaches and ...
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    Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Emma Spilman commits to Florida

    Clearwater Central Catholic's Emma Spilman made her college plans official by announcing via Twitter that she has committed to swim at Florida. Spilman, the state's 16th ranked swimmer in the 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, picked the Gators over Ohio State and Vanderbilt. "It took a lot of time and it ...
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    Mon. Oct. 06, 2014 at 9:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Newsome's Maddie Hess commits to Duke

    Newsome's Maddie Hess, the Tampa Bay Times' Hillsborough County swimmer of the year the past two seasons, committed to Duke on Sunday. Hess, ranked third in the state and 12th nationally in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, is a two-time defending state champion in the 100 free and 100 ...
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    Sun. Oct. 05, 2014 at 7:41 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside swimmer Cooper Hoffman commits to FSU

    Countryside's Cooper Hoffman, the state's 13th ranked swimmer in the 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, committed to Florida State on Sunday. Hoffman picked the Seminoles over LSU, Indiana, Navy and Tennessee. Earlier this month, Hoffman helped the Cougars beat Palm Harbor University, snapping the Hurricanes' nine-year undefeated streak in dual meets. ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 4:56 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • Pick six: Spotlight on Tampa Bay's top Week 9 games

    Pick six: Spotlight on Tampa Bay's top Week 9 games Hudson (4-3, 2-1) at River Ridge (6-1, 3-0), 7:30  What’s on the line: For River Ridge, a win would clinch a playoff spot, which would be the school’s first playoff appearance since 1998. Coach Ryan Benjamin said he isn’t hiding that fact from his team. “They know what’s at stake,” ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 5:43 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Calvary Christian's Illinois foe has local ties

    CLEARWATER — Wonder how Calvary Christian settled on an opponent from Quincy, Ill., for Friday’s Week 9 football contest? It was more like the other way around. Calvary is set to face the Notre Dame High Raiders, who searched everywhere in their own state for an opponent. But because the ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 4:54 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Tampa Bay defensive stat leaders after Week 8

    Defense Tackles Player Solo Asst Total Joe Ryan, Plant 55 57 112 Trent Puleo, Seffner Christian 46 49 95 Austin Yeloushan, Sunlake 60 32 92 Cody Endris, Tampa Catholic 44 47 91 Javon Morgan, Gibbs 51 40 91 Patrick Colleran, Plant City 44 46 90 Anthony Williams, Central 51 39 ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Week 9 predictions

    Cambridge Christian at Carrollwood Kelly Parsons: Cambridge Christian, 45-28 Rodney Page: Cambridge Christian, 35-24 Bob Putnam: Cambridge 35-21   Keswick Christian at Citrus Park Christian Kelly Parsons: Keswick Christian, 35-31 Rodney Page: Keswick Christian, 42-21 Bob Putnam: Keswick Christian 35-21   Bishop McLaughlin at Windermere Prep Kelly Parsons: Windermere Prep, ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 2:15 p.m. | Times Staff

  • FACA District 14 team announced

    The Florida Athletic Coaches Association team for District 14 (Pinellas County) was announced. The team was voted on by Pinellas Coaches and is for seniors. Those selected also are nominated for the FACA state all-star game. District MVP: RB Dante Satcher, Countryside Runnerup MVP: WR Daniel Davis, Tarpon Springs Offense ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 12:27 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Flash sale: Nike’s Plant shoe sells out in 23 minutes

    Flash sale: Nike’s Plant shoe sells out in 23 minutes TAMPA — When a Nike representative pulled Robert Weiner aside during the Nike Elite Coaches Summit last February to discuss designing a Plant High School shoe, the 10-year Panthers coach just thought it would be something neat for his football players to enjoy. A sneak peak of the shoes were ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 3:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region golf roundup: Mitchell sweeps into state tournament

    TRINITY — Mitchell’s girls team repeated as the Class 2A, Region 5 champion with an overall score of 330, four strokes better than last year’s region title team. Once again, Shyanne Dove led the Mustangs with a tournament-low 77 Tuesday at Heritage Springs, tying her score from last year’s tournament.  ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 9:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Associated Press state football poll: Week 9

    The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Area teams in bold:   Class 8A Record  Pts Prv 1. Dr. Phillips (13)                        7-0     144 ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Region golf roundup: St. Petersburg girls sweat one out

    TEMPLE TERRACE — The St. Petersburg girls team was announced as the Class 3A-4 region runnerup Monday, securing their first team state tournament berth in school history.  Soon, though, the Green Devils’ joy turned to nervousness.  The Green Devils — and team champion Steinbrenner — were announced before all golfers ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 9:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Quentin Poteralski, male winner for Oct. 11-17

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Quentin Poteralski, male winner for Oct. 11-17 Male Hot Shot winner: Quentin Poteralski, Steinbrenner Steinbrenner has struggled offensively through the first half of the football season. But in the Warriors’ 55-40 win against Wiregrass Ranch last week, it not only found its stride, it also made school history. Quarterback Quentin Poteralski accounted for six touchdowns — four ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 7:51 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Shyanne Dove, female winner for Oct. 11-17

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Shyanne Dove, female winner for Oct. 11-17 Female Hot Shot winner: Shyanne Dove, Mitchell Shyanne Dove knew there was a good score in her future if she could just learn to settle down.  The Mitchell junior golfer has plenty of physical ability. But through most of the high school season, she admits to struggling with the mental ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 7:44 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam football 25: District play shakes things up a bit

    HomeTeam football 25: District play shakes things up a bit 1. (1) Armwood (7-0, 6-0) Last week: Beat Lennard 56-0 This week: at King Lowdown: The Hawks recorded their fourth straight shutout and have allowed just nine points in the past six games. That type of dominance was expected. What makes this team scary good is an offense that has ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 4:04 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Sunday Morning QB: Round of applause for underdogs

    Sunday Morning QB: Round of applause for underdogs Team of the week Leto.  The Falcons won their first game (on the field) since 2009. Leto was credited with a forfeit win over Armwood in 2011, but the 18-15 win over Middleton on Friday is much sweeter. The win snaps a 32-game losing streak, and of course it wasn’t ...
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    Sun. Oct. 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Oct. 11-17

    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, Oct. 11 through Friday, Oct. 17. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 10:40 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 10, Countryside 8

    Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 10, Countryside 8 EAST LAKE — East Lake is built with an offense that sparkles like diamonds and a defense that many fans toss aside like a brick. An offense dressed in silk. A defense adorned in polyester. But the Eagles know that beneath the surface, their defense is a jewel, a trendsetter. ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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  • District volleyball: East Lake, Seminole take care of business

    PINELLAS PARK — The Class 7A, District 9 tournament did nothing to change what the regular season already proved. No. 1 seed Seminole and No. 2 East Lake are the top teams in the district after both advanced to Thursday's final. East Lake defeated No. 3 Clearwater in straight sets, 25-12, ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:52 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • District volleyball: Favored matchup a reality in 7A-7 final

    PLANT CITY — Strawberry Crest won a coin flip with Durant for the top seed in the Class 7A, District 7 tournament. Now, the Chargers will have to beat the defending champion Cougars to win their first title. “I didn’t want Plant City at Plant City,” Strawberry Crest coach Morgan ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:41 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District volleyball: Steinbrenner maintains league streak

    TAMPA — Steinbrenner had more on the line in Wednesday’s Class 7A, District 8 semifinal against Wiregrass Ranch than just a five-year district championship streak.   Steinbrenner coach Laura Praetorius recorded the scores from her team’s first matchup with the Bulls — a Warriors sweep — and gave her team ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:36 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District volleyball: Sunlake shakes off nerves, Dunedin

    HUDSON — Sunlake had to work for it, but the Seahawks are headed to the volleyball playoffs for the first time after a 26-28, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20 win over Dunedin in Wednesday’s Class 5A-8 semifinals.   “It feels great. Now, the pressure’s off and tomorrow we can return to the ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region golf: Haydyn Gibson leads Osceola to title

    SEMINOLE — A week ago, Osceola’s Haydyn Gibson cruised to an individual district title because of the competition, or lack thereof. That was not the case in Wednesday’s Class 2A, Region 6 tournament. Gibson squared off against Sebring’s Kendall Griffin, a familiar foe from years of playing together in tournaments. ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 8:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District volleyball roundup: Wharton goes the distance against Plant

    District volleyball roundup: Wharton goes the distance against Plant TAMPA — No. 3 Plant had a chance to upend No. 2 Wharton in Tuesday’s Class 8A, District 7 semifinals.  But the Wildcats held off the Panthers, advancing with a five-game win at Alonso. Top-seeded Bloomingdale swept past Riverview 25-15, 25-21, 25-13 in the other semi. “Plant hasn’t won this ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 10:43 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • District volleyball roundup: Osceola dispatches Springstead in five games

    TRINITY — To almost no one’s surprise, Tuesday’s first Class 6A-10 district semifinal went the distance.  In a match where two even teams couldn’t hold momentum for long, Osceola had it when it mattered, beating Springstead 25-15, 11-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13. The second semifinal also went as expected. Top seed ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 10:16 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District volleyball roundup: Hernando, Weeki Wachee back in final

    ZEPHYRHILLS — There will be a rematch for the Class 5A, District 7 title after Tuesday’s semifinal wins by defending champion Hernando and Weeki Wachee, last year’s runnerup. The Leopards and Hornets play for the title Thursday night at 7. Hernando (15-3) rallied from a game down for a 12-25, ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 10:08 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Cross country: Another Zentmeyer-Guyton battle in county meet

    Cross country: Another Zentmeyer-Guyton battle in county meet TAMPA — Monday’s Hillsborough County cross country meet at Al Lopez Park saw some of the fastest times of the season — with a dose of controversy.  The meet was originally set to take place at Lake Park in Lutz, then at Ed Radice Park, only to settle on Lopez ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Palm Harbor University takes PCAC volleyball crown

    EAST LAKE — Palm Harbor University put an exclamation point on its run through the Pinellas County Athletic Conference tournament with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-16 win over Seminole Wednesday night.  The Hurricanes, who earned the top seed when teams were ranked at the beginning of the season, also won in ...
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    Wed. Oct. 15, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay district volleyball preview

    Tampa Bay district volleyball preview Tampa Bay is rich with volleyball talent this season, and now that the regular season is coming to a close, the matches that matter most are up ahead for teams looking to make a playoff run. Before the postseason begins, though, teams will have to make it out of next ...
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    Wed. Oct. 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • District golf roundup: Saddlebrook boys, Cambridge Christian girls prevail

    ODESSA — Calvary Christian’s Josh Hancock took a day off from hitting running backs and receivers and spent Tuesday hitting golf balls instead.  Hancock, a linebacker for the Warriors’ football team, shot 79 at the Eagles Golf Course and won a one-hole playoff to earn individual medalist honors at the ...
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    Tue. Oct. 14, 2014 at 8:52 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • District golf roundup: East Lake boys thwart wind

    SEMINOLE — High winds greeted players Monday morning at the Class 3A, District 12 boys tournament at Seminole Lake Country Club. What was already going to be a tightly-contested match for the top three team spots turned into survival of the fittest.  East Lake did best in the conditions, shooting ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 10:07 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam volleyball 25: Closing out the regular season

    HomeTeam volleyball 25: Closing out the regular season Last week our No. 1 team dropped a match to longtime rival Berkeley Prep, a team that has showed bright spots despite its youth, and Palm Harbor University and Seminole are also on the rise after good weeks. Pretty soon, though, all that will matter is the outcome of the ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 4:34 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • PCAC volleyball tournament finals set

    The final PCAC volleyball tournament schedule has been set. All 16 teams were seeded prior to the season and each team played two rounds to earn a final seeding. The teams are broken into four pods of four teams for the finals. Games will be played on Wednesday starting at ...
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    Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. | Rodney Page