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  • 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

  • IRC's Damian King waiting until January to make visits

    Indian Rocks Christian's Damian King has pushed back his scheduled visit to Missouri on Oct. 24 until January at the request of coaches. "The coaches at Missouri said it's real busy right now so it's better to just wait," King said. King has nine offers but has narrowed the list ...
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    Sun. Sept. 28, 2014 at 10:43 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Wrestling: Kyle Norstrem will join brother at Virginia Tech

    Wrestling: Kyle Norstrem will join brother at Virginia Tech Brandon junior and three-time state champion Kyle Norstrem orally committed to Virginia Tech on Tuesday. Norstrem, still with two full seasons of high school left to wrestle, elected to commit early and will be joining a program that has won the last two ACC championships and placed in the top ...
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    Wed. Sept. 24, 2014 at 8:38 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • East Lake's Alexandra Aitchison commits to Duke

    East Lake swimmer Alexandra Aitchison announced on Twitter that she committed to Duke on Tuesday. "I just felt like Duke is the perfect fit for me," Aitchison said. "Between the undergraduate opportunities they offer and the rising success of the swimming program, I couldn't want anything more." Aitchison, the Times' 2013 ...
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    Wed. Sept. 24, 2014 at 11:01 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Billy Atterbury commits to USF

    Clearwater Central Catholic lineman Billy Atterbury used his team's bye week to make his college decision, announcing Friday that he had committed to USF. "It just feels like home," Atterbury said. "They are my second family so that's where I want to be." Atterbury, a three-star recruit, was a Class ...
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    Sun. Sept. 21, 2014 at 9:07 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Mitchell's Lawrence Watt commits to Saint Leo

    Mitchell's Lawrence Watt announced on Twitter that he has committed to play basketball at Saint Leo. Watt, a 6-foot-4 forward, picked the Lions because they showed the most interest and were the first and only school to offer. He was close to getting another offer from Tampa and visited the ...
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    Sun. Sept. 21, 2014 at 7:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs' Sajon Ford commits to Northeastern

    Gibbs' Sajon Ford announced via Twitter that he has committed to Northeastern. Ford, a 6-foot-11 power forward, picked the Huskies over nine schools, including Auburn, Butler and Virginia Tech. He will join his older brother, Quincy, a former Gladiator standout who is a starter for Northeastern. "I liked everything," Sajon ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 10:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Golden becomes Alonso's first DI girls basketball commit

    Alonso’s Angel Golden committed to play basketball at Bethune Cookman on Sunday, becoming the Ravens’ first  Division I-A commit in the sport. Golden, a 5-foot-9 guard who also plays club basketball for the Tampa Bay Thunder, averaged 19.6 points per game, 6.2 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game last season.  ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:44 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • 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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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Keshaun Peters, male winner for Sept. 20-26

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Keshaun Peters, male winner for Sept. 20-26 Male Hot Shot winner: Keshaun Peters, Gulf Peters had some obstacles to overcome this season.  The Gulf senior was unable to play football the past two years because he was academically ineligible. Over the summer, he was in a battle to win the job as the starting quarterback. Peters’ skills, ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 7:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Blink and you'll miss a pop quiz

    HomeTeam 25: Blink and you'll miss a pop quiz 1. (1) Armwood (5-0) Last week: Beat Jefferson 42-0 This week: Bye Lowdown: I’m not saying this is the Most Incredible Stat in the History of Football Stats, but I am saying that if I were considering a list of incredible stats for Most Incredible Stat in the History of ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 3:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunday Morning QB: Approaching midseason

    Sunday Morning QB: Approaching midseason SMQ team of the week Clearwater Central Catholic: The Marauders, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, had eight players nursing injuries during the week. Five were healed enough to play, but the Marauders still were without two of their offensive linemen for a matchup against Ocala Trinity Catholic, No. 4 ...
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    Sun. Sept. 28, 2014 at 9:54 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for week of Sept. 20-26

    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, Sept. 20 through Friday, Sept. 26. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 11:44 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 24, Tarpon Springs 14

    Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 24, Tarpon Springs 14 TARPON SPRINGS — After graduating so many megastars the past few seasons, East Lake coach Bob Hudson has preached that the team needs players to step up in a variety of ways to keep its current win streak intact. On Friday, it was George Campbell’s turn. The FSU recruit had ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:19 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Clearwater 20, Gibbs 14

    ST. PETERSBURG — To say Clearwater’s win was sloppy would be an understatement. But despite problems holding on to the football, the Tornadoes were able to sneak away with a road win thanks to clutch fumble recoveries of their own, including a pair in the red zone that led to ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:17 a.m. | Greg Zeck

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Hillsborough 32, Lennard 26

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Hillsborough 32, Lennard 26 RUSKIN — The rain had slowed, the teams had shook hands and Lennard coach Keith Chattin had spoken to his crestfallen kids. The disappointment of the 32-26 district loss was only just beginning to settle in and eat away at Chattin. As he walked off the field, he slapped his ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Football: Largo 32, Lakewood 27

    LARGO — Down one with under 30 seconds left, Largo quarterback Donavan Hale capped an 11-play, 72-yard drive by hitting Jonathan Crawford for a 10-yard score.  The game saw four second-half lead changes. With 229 passing yards from QB Ryan Davis and 187 on the ground from Tyriek Hopkins, Lakewood ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. | Ryan Butler

  • Football: Seminole 21, Palm Harbor University 20

    SEMINOLE — The start of this game certainly didn’t foreshadow the finish. And what a finish. Three Seminole turnovers led to a 14-0 Palm Harbor University lead, but the Warhawks pounded back. Aaron Dever’s deft 12-yard touchdown toss to Matthew Wonsick capped a huge comeback with 2:29 left. Tanner Vaughn’s ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:08 a.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Football: Osceola 9, Dunedin 7

    DUNEDIN — Osceola’s Ryan Allan completed a 22-yard heave into the end zone to Wilan Harvey on the final play of the game to shock Dunedin on its homecoming night. It was a defensive struggle most of the game with neither team reaching the end zone until the fourth. Osceola’s ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:06 a.m. | Colby Cole

  • Football: Armwood 42, Jefferson 0

    SEFFNER — Coming into its district matchup with Jefferson on Friday night, Armwood had given up just six points in its past three games.  Against the Dragons it was much of the same defensive dominance for the Hawks, and Jefferson had trouble moving the  ball from the very first whistle. ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:06 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: St. Petersburg 48, Boca Ciega 7

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Green Devils used a balance attack in a game that was delayed a half-hour because of lightning. St. Petersburg improved to 4-0 and scored at least 40 points for the third time this season. Play of the game: Jake Moore returned an interception for a touchdown ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Pinellas Park 49, Dixie Hollins 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — After two weeks of winning close, low-scoring games at home, Pinellas Park went on the road and broke out in a big way. The Patriots scored touchdowns on seven of their eight possessions while its defense dominated in a 49-0 victory against Dixie Hollins. The only drive ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 45, Ocala Trinity Catholic 42

    OCALA — Clearwater Central Catholic (No. 1 in Class 3A) traveled north and edged out Ocala Trinity Catholic (No. 4 in 3A) 45-42 in a shootout Friday night. The Marauders (4-0) trailed four times in the game but found a way to overcome those deficits. Trailing 28-24 early in the ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:01 a.m. | Joseph Kornecki III

  • Football: Tampa Catholic 20, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 7

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic tasted victory for the first time in 11 months. The Crusaders (1-4) had last won 45-10 on Nov. 22 against Melbourne Central Catholic in the Class 3A region final. A steady rain in the first half make an already soggy field worse as the teams combined ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 12:58 a.m. | Don Jensen

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  • Volleyball: AHN tops Berkeley Prep in four

    TAMPA — The last time Berkeley Prep and Academy of the Holy Names met on that court, the Jaguars defeated the Bucs in three sets to win the Class 4A, District 10 title, ending Berkeley Prep’s 11-year championship streak. So Tuesday, when the district rivals met again, the dramatics were ...
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    Tue. Sept. 30, 2014 at 11:22 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Kayla Widera, female winner for Sept. 20-26

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Kayla Widera, female winner for Sept. 20-26 Female Hot Shot winner: Kayla Widera, Mitchell  Prior to her seventh grade year, Widera didn’t even know what a volleyball looked like. It wasn’t until her friend, Payton Murchie, convinced her to come to a volleyball summer camp that Widera got introduced to the game. “I definitely did not want to ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 5:39 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam 25: Volleyball's top teams pretty unshakable

    HomeTeam 25: Volleyball's top teams pretty unshakable As many teams’ regular seasons are coming to a close in the next couple weeks, these final matches before district tournaments begin will be big. Several of the top-ranked squads are still holding on to lengthy win streaks — and to dreams of bringing a state title back to Tampa ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 2:58 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Local teams, swimmers fare well at weekend meets

    Academy of the Holy Names and Jesuit each had a strong showing at the Florida Catholic Championships this past weekend. The Jaguars won the girls team title with 445 points. Lara Lontoc led AHN with first-place finishes in the 50 free (25.49) and 100 free (55.42). Bella Kirkpatrick won the ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Volleyball: Northside Christian, Palm Harbor U fare well in weekend tournaments

    Northside Christian swept through its own tournament, the Mustang Invitational, on Friday and Saturday. The Mustangs were 5-0 and defeated Miami Palmer Trinity 25-20, 15-25, 15-8 in the final match. It was the first loss of the season for Palmer Trinity. Northside Christian improves to 10-3. Mustangs’ senior outside hitter ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 9:58 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Cross Country: Sickles’ Zentmeyer wins Mitchell Invitational

    NEW PORT RICHEY — With visiting Ocala Vanguard in the mix at Starkey Park for the Mitchell Invitational on Saturday, the pace was sure to speed up and it did. Some bay area individuals proved their mettle but Vanguard — with a boys team ranked fifth in the state by ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 9:14 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Volleyball: Sunlake edges River Ridge

    LAND O’LAKES — Coming up with finesse in the match’s most stressful moments, Sunlake pulled out a 22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 19-25, 15-10 victory over River Ridge on Thursday. Sarah Sprague had 21 kills, most of the forceful variety. But her changeup — right after she committed an error — gave ...
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    Thu. Sept. 25, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Cross country: Osceola boys, girls win Walter Fuller

    St. PETERSBURG — Osceola cruised to boys and girls wins at the Pirate Invitational at Walter Fuller Park on Thursday. Even without an individual winning either race, its girls topped host Boca Ciega 81-93 and the boys topped Clearwater 38-81. Warriors coach Pete Eagleson, eyeing Saturday’s Mitchell Invitational, held back ...
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    Thu. Sept. 25, 2014 at 8:33 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Volleyball: Steinbrenner sweeps Wiregrass Ranch

    LUTZ — Not only has Steinbrenner won every district volleyball title in the school’s five years of existence, but the Warriors went into Tuesday’s match against Wiregrass Ranch 30-0 in district play. Midway through the first set against the Bulls, it appeared Wiregrass Ranch was on its way to pulling ...
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    Tue. Sept. 23, 2014 at 11:10 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Volleyball: Mitchell sweeps Springstead

    SPRING HILL — Poised with a young roster and a great deal of confidence, Mitchell came into Tuesday night’s match against Springstead ready to take control of Class 6A, District 10. The Mustangs swept the Eagles 25-17, 26-24, 25-17 to vault to the top of the district standings. “This was ...
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    Tue. Sept. 23, 2014 at 11:08 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Shorecrest swimmer Joshua Chen returns from injury

    Shorecrest’s Joshua Chen, who finished third in the 100 breaststroke at last year’s Class A state swim meet, returns this week from a back injury that sidelined him the first month of the season. Chen, ranked 24th in the state by collegeswimming.com, will swim in a dual meet Thursday before ...
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    Tue. Sept. 23, 2014 at 5:07 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Cross country: Tampa Bay honor roll

    Cross country: Tampa Bay honor roll Boys Jack Guyton, Plant 16:02.60 (Wiregrass Run With the Bulls) Hafton Fliegelman, Durant 16:22 (East Hillsborough Invitational) Luke Whitmore, Plant City 16:29  (East Hillsborough Invitational) James Zentmeyer, Sickles 16:35 (West Hillsborough Invite) Zach Weaver, Pasco 16:38.19 (Steven Villarreal Memorial) Aaron Harper, Newsome 16:40  (East Hillsborough Invitational) Trevor Foley, Nature Coast ...
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    Tue. Sept. 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Ariana Mosley, female winner for Sept. 13-19

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Ariana Mosley, female winner for Sept. 13-19 Female winner: Ariana Mosley, Tampa Prep  During her first three years on Tampa Prep’s varsity volleyball team, Ariana Mosley has had her fair share of big nights. The senior outside hitter, thought, had a hard time stringing those performances together.  This season, all of that has changed.  Coach Andrew Wilson ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: No toppling Tampa Prep

    HomeTeam 25: No toppling Tampa Prep With three tournaments last weekend, there was a little bit of a shakeup in the rankings. Wharton’s win in its Harvest Tournament means the Wildcats are on the rise. Tampa Prep was the only Tampa Bay team to escape the Berkeley Premier with a winning record, further solidifying their stronghold ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Weather claims Outback Invite

    Weather claims Outback Invite EAST LAKE - Mitchell golf coach Rick Hyatt had the best of intentions when he scheduled Monday’s Outback Invitational for 10:30 a.m. at East Lake Woodlands Golf Club. He hoped to avoid afternoon thunderstorms after last year’s tournament was shortened to 11 holes due to rain. But heavy rains moved ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 3:20 p.m. | Rodney Page