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  • CCC's Zac Kligman commits to Southeastern

    Clearwater Central Catholic's Zac Kligman committed to Southeastern during a visit this weekend. Kligman said the offer was a partial one. He'll play as a receiver for the Fire. "I visited for about three hours (Saturday)," Kiligman said. "The campus is nice and they have great facilities." Kligman had 18 ...
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    Sat. Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Brandon Junk commits to Akron

    Clearwater Central Catholic's Brandon Junk announced on his Twitter page that he has committed to Akron. Junk said he made his decision after meeting with Zips coach Terry Bowden during his visit this weekend. "When they were giving us a tour and talking about all the things they do here ...
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    Sat. Jan. 31, 2015 at 5:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Garrett Young commits to Michigan Tech

    Cambridge Christian quarterback Garrett Young has committed to play football at Michigan Tech, the school announced via Twitter on Wednesday. Young, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior, led all passers in Hillsborough County last season with 2,313 yards and 27 touchdowns. Dixie Hollins' Tyrie Adams (2,802 yards, 30 TDs) was the only ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 11:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tarpon Springs K Louis Zervos commits to Ohio

    Tarpon Springs K Louis Zervos commits to Ohio Tarpon Springs kicker Louis Zervos made his college plans official, committing to Ohio on Wednesday. Zervos made his decision during an in-home visit with Bobcats coach Frank Solich and special teams coordinator Brian Haines.  “They have a new field, the atmosphere is amazing on campus and the academics are great,” ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Players aren’t only ones who change minds during recruiting process

    Players aren’t only ones who change minds during recruiting process GIBSONTON — East Bay High School defensive end Marques Ford was going about his day Jan. 20 when he received a phone call around 6 p.m. from the University of Tennessee’s defensive line coach, Steve Stripling.  Ford, a four-star recruit and Under Armour All-American, had committed in July to play ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • East Lake's Regis Steighner commits to Stetson

    East Lake defensive lineman Regis Steighner announced on his Twitter page that he committed to Stetson on Monday. "I visited (Stetson) a few times and really like their coaching staff, especially coach (Roger) Hughes," Steighner said. "He will be a great coach and mentor for the next four years. The ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 10:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Land O'Lakes GK Lauren Arrabito commits to Florida Gulf Coast

    The stress of trying to get her college future squared away ended for Land O' Lakes senior goalkeeper Lauren Arrabito on Monday. She gave her verbal commitment to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. "I'm really glad to get it out of the way while we're not too far ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 5:50 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Hudson's Joey Caruso Jr. picks Florida Tech

    The list of positions Hudson's Joey Caruso Jr. played his senior season was extensive. He was a quarterback, running back, receiver, defensive back and kick returner. Caruso found out that list will be narrowed to defensive back and kick returner at Florida Tech, the school he committed to after a ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 11:01 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Taylor Romera commits to Southeastern

    After tearing ligaments in his knee against Jesuit the third week of the season, Clearwater Central Catholic's Taylor Romera was worried the season-ending injury would derail his chances of playing in college. Those concerns were soothed once Southeastern continued to show interest. Romera ended up visiting the campus of the ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 10:33 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25 top recruits for 2015

    Tampa Bay recruits — from our four-county coverage area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando) — as ranked by Tampa Bay Times staff. Name, school Pos. Ht/Wt Schools 1. Byron Cowart, Armwood DE 6-4/250 Undecided: Florida, FSU, Auburn 2. Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech WR 6-1/195 Clemson 3. George Campbell, East Lake ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:25 p.m. | Times Staff

    • Recruit: Byron Cowart
      Auburn University, Florida State University, University of Florida
  • Area 2016 cupboard barer after top recruits flock to IMG

    Area 2016 cupboard barer after top recruits flock to IMG Take a quick glance at the Tampa Bay recruiting class for 2016, and a few big names appear to be missing.  Blake’s Shavar Manuel, ESPN’s No. 2 recruit nationally, is coming off a junior season in which he amassed a whopping 20 sacks. He’d easily be at the top of ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:23 p.m. | Rodney Page

    • Recruit: Saivion Smith
      Florida State University, LSU, University of Florida
  • Tarpon Springs' Daniel Davis commits to Garden City CC

    Tarpon Springs receiver Daniel Davis committed to Garden City Community College, Spongers coach Ron Hawn said. Davis, who transferred from Gibbs in the summer, had a breakout season as a senior with 2,259 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns. His 1,266 receiving yards and 14 touchdown receptions were both school records. ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 10:53 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay DE Marques Ford commits to Rutgers

    Just one day after East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was told there was no spot for him at Tennessee, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior committed to Rutgers. He announced the commitment via Twitter on Thursday night. "Everything happens for a reason! Now I know for sure everything is gonna work ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 9:22 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • IRC's Damian King commits to Liberty

    In the past two seasons, Indian Rocks Christian's Damian King had built up an extensive list of offers from schools such as Kansas State, Missouri, Syracuse and West Virginia. But when King broke his thumb in the third game this past season, which sidelinied him for the remainder of the ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 5:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tennis: Shorecrest's Carolyn Cureton picks Florida Southern

    Shorecrest’s Carolyn Cureton has committed to play tennis at Florida Southern. Cureton has been a varsity tennis player at Shorecrest since the eighth grade. Last season, Cureton advanced to the Class A district semifinals. She also plays in USGA junior tournaments and has a state ranking of 79 by tennisrecruiting.com.. ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. | Rodney Page

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  • Hillsborough County's fall sports award winners

    Hillsborough County's annual sports award for the fall season were annouced Thursday.  Guy Toph Award: Ray Ray McCloud III, Sickles  Jim Kynes Outstanding Lineman Award: Jake Fruhmorgen, Plant Kirkwood Volleyball Award: Karissa Rhoades, Bloomingdale Hicks Family Awards for Outstanding Swimmers: Maddie Hess, Newsome; Tyler Heath, Plant Casey Most Valuable Golfer ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 6:21 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Tarpon Springs names Countryside assistant Mike Lube football coach

    Tarpon Springs names Countryside assistant Mike Lube football coach Tarpon Springs has hired Countryside assistant Mike Lube as its new football coach, athletic director Kris Toscani confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Lube replaces Ron Hawn, who resigned after three full seasons. "Tarpon Springs is one of the dream jobs in the county," Lube said. "I'm thrilled to work with such a ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Times’ Blue Chipper of the Year: Armwood DE Byron Cowart

    SEFFNER — Armwood High School coach Sean Callahan looked out of his office door on a summer day in 2011 to see three boys and their mothers waiting to meet with him. It had become a familiar sight for Callahan, as would-be transfers often beat down his door to join ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant City's Markese Hargrove receives inaugural Bill Minahan Award

    Plant City's Markese Hargrove receives inaugural Bill Minahan Award TAMPA  — Bill Minahan’s influence did not end when his life did. The spirit of the legendary Hillsborough County football coach, who died a little more than a year ago, was palpable at the Columbia Restaurant on Monday night. Five county football players, all with inspiring qualifications, were honored as ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Northside Christian's Dillan Gibbons is named sophomore All-American

    Northside Christian's Dillan Gibbons is named sophomore All-American Northside Christian offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons was named a sophomore All-American by Tom Lemming of CBS. "It was a surprise, but it was definitely a great honor," Gibbons said. Gibbons (6-foot-5, 285 pounds), a first-team, all-state selection in Class 2A, helped the Mustangs to their first playoff appearance since 2006 ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 4:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Wiregrass Ranch names Mark Kantor football coach

    Wiregrass Ranch names Mark Kantor football coach In its eight-year existence, the Wiregrass Ranch football program has yet to take off. The Bulls have been close, athletic director Dave Wilson said, but just can’t seem to make it over the hump.  Now that former Hudson coach Mark Kantor has been hired as the fourth Wiregrass Ranch football ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • IMG snaps up Blake's Shavar Manuel, No. 2 prospect for 2016

    IMG snaps up Blake's Shavar Manuel, No. 2 prospect for 2016 Five-star defensive end Shavar Manuel is the latest in a string of top Tampa Bay area football players to transfer to IMG Academy. Former Blake coach Darryl Gordon confirmed the move Monday.  Manuel, a 6-foot-3, 262-pound junior who recorded 61 tackles and 20 sacks last season for the Yellow Jackets, ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 12:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Catholic's Malik Barrow latest standout to transfer to IMG

    Tampa Catholic's Malik Barrow latest standout to transfer to IMG Tampa Catholic defensive end Malik Barrow, a four-star recruit, is the latest in a string of Tampa Bay area players who have transferred to Bradenton's IMG Academy, Crusaders coach Mike Gregory confirmed Thursday. Barrow, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound junior, has 17 Division I-A offers, including UCLA, UCF and Georgia Tech. Though ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Dixie Hollins hires Shane Wheeler as football coach

    Dixie Hollins officially announced the hiring of Shane Wheeler as the school’s football coach Thursday. Wheeler, a defensive assistant at Cairo, Ga., replaces Shannon Brooks, who resigned in November after three seasons and was hired at St. Petersburg Catholic on Wednesday. “I’m excited about the opportunity,” Wheeler said. “It’s a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 4:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Associated Press: Class 8A, 7A football teams

    The Florida All-State Class 8A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters. Area players in bold: Class 8A  FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE  QB - De'Andre Johnson 6-1 180 Sr., Jacksonville First Coast  RB - Jacques Patrick 6-2 230 Sr.., Orlando Timber Creek  RB - Johnnie Lang 5-9 185 Jr., Bradenton Manatee  ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 9:46 a.m. | Associated Press

  • Foundation grooms football players for college

    Foundation grooms football players for college Carrollwood Day School’s Willie Parker is an explosive running back. Calvary Christian’s Stephon Williams is a versatile playmaker on both sides of the ball. Both were first-team all-state selections in their respective classifications (Parker in Class 2A, Williams in 3A) and were picked to play in Saturday’s Blue-Grey All-American Bowl ...
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    Wed. Jan. 07, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Ex-Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks takes over at St. Petersburg Catholic

    Ex-Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks takes over at St. Petersburg Catholic Former Dixie Hollins football coach Shannon Brooks was hired to take over the program at St. Petersburg Catholic. The announcement was made Wednesday, less than two months after Brooks stepped down from the Rebels. Brooks replaces Dave Cleppe, who resigned in December after an 0-10 season. "I was very pleased ...
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    Wed. Jan. 07, 2015 at 3:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Associated Press: Class 6A, 5A football teams

    The Florida All-State Class 6A and 5A teams as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters. Area players in bold: Class 6A FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE  QB - Dwayne Lawson 6-5 215 Sr., Hillsborough  RB - Quaide Weirmerskirch 6-0 200 Sr., Pace  RB - Gerold Bright 5-11 180 Sr., Pensacola Escambia  RB - ...
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    Wed. Jan. 07, 2015 at 11:02 a.m. | Associated Press

  • Associated Press: Class 4A, 3A football teams

    The Florida All-State Class 3A and 4A teams as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters. Area players in bold. Class 4A FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE QB - Maurice Alexander 6-0 170 Sr., Miami Washington RB - Mark Walton 5-11 195 Sr., Miami Washington RB - Azende Rey 6-0 190 Jr., DeFuniak Springs ...
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    Tue. Jan. 06, 2015 at 10:04 a.m. | Associated Press

  • Associated Press: Class 2A, A football teams

    The Florida All-State Class 2A and A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters. Area players in bold. Class 2A FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE  QB — Caleb Lewis 6-4 210 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian  RB — Jacquan Fuller 5-9 170 Sr., Indian Rocks Christian  RB — Daniel Duncanson 5-10 190 Sr., ...
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    Mon. Jan. 05, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. | Associated Press

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Other News

  • Region girls soccer: Merritt Island 5, Largo 0

    The Packers gave up a goal two minutes into their match at Marritt Island match but only trailed 1-0 at halftime. But Merritt Island tacked on its second goal 15 minutes into the second half then scored three goals in a five-minute span to put the game away, 5-0. Largo ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region girls soccer: Community School of Naples 7, Indian Rocks Christian 0

    NAPLES — Indian Rocks Christian’s dream of playing in the state finals came up just one game short Friday night. Tatiana Zuloaga had a hat trick and Alex Maxson had two goals for Community School of Naples as the Seahawks defeated the Golden Eagles 7-0 in the Class A region ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:42 p.m. | Special to Times -

  • Region girls soccer: Berkeley Prep 1, Bishop Verot 0

    FORT MYERS — Berkeley Prep edged Bishop Verot 1-0 in the Class 2A region final to reach state. The Buccaneers started the second half aggressively. Ellie Laxer hit the right post with a shot in the 37th minute, then had an effort hit the crossbar. Laxer finally cashed in against ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:38 p.m. | News- Press

  • District girls basketball: Osceola 53, Dixie Hollins 43

    SEMINOLE — Propelled by seniors Katie Horan and Jamie Green, Osceola made history by capturing their first girls basketball district championship with a 53-43 victory over Dixie Hollins in Class 6A-10. “We never stopped fighting and even when we got down we just didn’t quit,” Warriors coach Melissa Schmidt said. ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Justin Miller

  • District girls basketball: Bradenton Southeast 56, Lakewood 49

    The Spartans scored the game’s first eight points but trailed by one at halftime. The deficit grew to double digits in the third quarter and visiting Lakewood could not recover, falling to host Bradenton Southeast 56-49 in the Class 5A, District 10 final..   “We kind of let things get ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:23 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Boys basketball, PCAC title game: Gibbs 57, Seminole 48

    Gibbs, relying on its pressure defense, broke away in the second half to beat Seminole 57-48 in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game. The Gladiators won the conference title for the fist time since 2012 when their two Division I signees, Barry Brown (Kansas State) and Sajon Ford (Northeastern), ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District girls basketball: Calvary Christian 55, Indian Rocks Christian 39

    CLEARWATER — Calvary Christian used a 13-2 run in the second half to defeat Indian Rocks Christian 55-39 in the Class 3A, District 9 championship Friday at Clearwater Central Catholic. The Warriors (23-1) led 25-14 at halftime and Savannah Plentovich’s 3-pointer pushed the advantage to 49-27 with less than four ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:09 p.m. | Corey Long

  • District girls basketball: Seffner Christian 64, Brooks DeBartolo 18

    Last week it was Seffner Christian forward Peyton Walker who reached a milestone, scoring her 2,000th career point. On Friday, it was Ally Parimore’s turn, as the senior scored a team-high 17 points, and the 1,000th of her career, to lead the Crusaders to a 64-18 win against Brooks DeBartolo ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District girls basketball: Land O'Lakes 35, River Ridge 31

    NEW PORT RICHEY — This was a new role for Gabby Mills. After spending much of her first varsity season coming off the bench, the Land O’Lakes junior was thrust into the starting lineup for this week’s Class 5A, District 8 tourney. “I haven’t started because I needed time to ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:31 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Region girls soccer: Viera 4, Mitchell 3

    TRINITY — Mitchell thought losing last year’s region final in penalty kicks was a bad way to go. But this season-ending defeat was much tougher to swallow. Leading 3-1 with less than a half hour to go, Mitchell (20-2) lost 4-3 to visiting Viera in the 3A-Region 2 finals Friday. ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:27 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District girls basketball: Plant 45, Alonso 44

    TAMPA — Sydney Johnson seldom left Angel Golden’s side. That was her only assignment from Plant coach Carrie Mahon, one that paid off in the closing seconds as the top-seeded Panthers outlasted No. 2 Alonso 45-44 Friday night for the Class 8A, District 7 championship. After cutting a seven-point deficit ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:22 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District girls basketball: Keswick Christian 52, Canterbury 25

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the battle of the Crusaders, Keswick Christian cruised to a 52-25 win over Canterbury to take the Class 2A-8 district final. Canterbury’s opening basket and the game’s first points, a 3-point shot by Miranda Posey, was the only time the visitors led. Host Keswick Christian played ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:20 p.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • District girls basketball: Nature Coast 48, Central 37

    BROOKSVILLE — The first half saw some bumps in the road, but Nature Coast fittingly rebounded Friday night to capture the program’s sixth district title. The Sharks were down as many as seven points early, but a quality run before the half resulted in a 48-37 victory over Central in ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 9:22 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District girls basketball: Hillsborough 53, King 6

    TAMPA — For 29 years, Hillsborough labored through seasons of disappointment and yearned for another chance to be crowned district champion. At the start of the season, fifth-year coach Babita Artabasy told her players this would be the year it happened. Her credence in them never wavered, and it paid ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 9:10 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region boys soccer: Boca Ciega 1, Bradenton Southeast 0 (OT)

    GULFPORT — An already historic season got even better for Boca Ciega on Thursday night. Playing in only the second region game in school history, and the first since 1994, the Pirates defeated Bradenton Southeast 1-0 in overtime. It is the school’s first region win and sets up a Class ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. | Rodney Page