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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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