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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots, Nominations for April 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, April 11 through Friday, April 17. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 18, 2015 at 12:05 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District softball: Plant City 7, East Bay 1

    PLANT CITY — Having vanquished last year's nemesis with a semifinal win over defending Class 7A, District 7 champion Durant, Plant City defeated East Bay 7-1 Friday for its first district title since 2005. "It's a big deal," said Ashley Bullion, the fourth Raiders coach in four seasons. Plant City ...
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    Fri. April 17, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District softball: Steinbrenner 2, Wiregrass Ranch 1

    TAMPA -- Coming into Friday's Class 7A, District 8 final, Wiregrass Ranch had made it clear to opponents that it would not back down from a test. The fourth-seeded Bulls previously overcame a late five-run deficit on Tuesday to knock off Sickles in a quarterfinal game, then rallied from an ...
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    Fri. April 17, 2015 at 10:38 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District softball: Hernando upsets Nature Coast

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast was the heavy favorite to win the first district title in school history Friday, but Hernando had other plans. In a season in which the Sharks swept the Leopards in the regular season and didn’t lose a Class 5A, District 7 game, Nature Coast was toppled ...
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    Fri. April 17, 2015 at 5:09 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Impending graduation a milestone for Leto High baseball player JoJo Bergollo

    Impending graduation a milestone for Leto High baseball player JoJo Bergollo TAMPA — The forecast was clear, but J.J. Pizzio still wished for rain. Maybe then, if only for a day, the Leto High School baseball coach could delay the Falcons’ regular-season finale against Robinson.  That evening, which promised recognition for his eight graduating seniors, was one he had only dreamed ...
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    Fri. April 17, 2015 at 2:40 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District track: East Lake girls nab third straight title

    BRADENTON — In 2011, East Lake’s girls team finished last at the district meet. Since then, the Eagles have gone through a remarkable transformation and have become consistent title contenders under coach Britt Taylor. On Thursday, East Lake won its third straight team title at the Class 4A, District 8 ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball: Boca Ciega 9, Bradenton Bayshore 3

    BRADENTON — Caylie VanAuken struck out 12, and the Boca Ciega offense capitalized on five Bradenton Bayshore errors as the visiting Pirates upset the top-seeded Bruins 9-3 on Thursday in the Class 5A, District 10 title game. Boca Ciega (7-10), the tournament’s third seed, lost to Bayshore 12-0 and 2-0 ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:43 p.m. | The Herald

  • District softball: Countryside 4, Seminole 0

    PINELLAS PARK — It wasn’t pretty, kind of like Emily Hollenbeck’s awkward slide into home plate in the seventh inning of Thursday’s Class 7A-9 final. But Countryside rode one big inning and a lot of teamwork to defeat Seminole 4-0. “It was awful,” the junior said of her landing following ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:20 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • District softball: Newsome 7, Plant 2

    District softball: Newsome 7, Plant 2 TAMPA — Newsome’s Class 8A, District 7 final against Plant began just according to the Wolves’ plan. They were happy to be the visiting team in the championship game, to have a chance at putting some runs on the board early in order to force the Panthers to play catchup. ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District softball: River Ridge 10, Tarpon Springs 3

    NEW PORT RICHEY — That River Ridge won a district softball championship isn’t earth-shaking news. But this 5A-8 crown was a little more hard-earned than most. At one point a 7-7 team, and entering the district tournament as the fourth seed, River Ridge fell behind 2-0 before rallying past No. ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:59 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District softball: Osceola 6, Mitchell 5

    District softball: Osceola 6, Mitchell 5 SEMINOLE — As Lindsey Hall stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and two on, the final between Osceola and Mitchell was assured of being a thriller regardless of who won. Hall made sure the celebration was on Osceola’s side. Her base hit ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:53 p.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • District softball: Robinson 16, Middleton 1 (four innings)

    TAMPA — Robinson dominated each of its Class 5A, District 9 games this season, blowing out opponents by at least 15 runs. Robinson stuck to that script Thursday and won its third district title in four years with a 16-1 victory over Middleton (3-17) in four innings. After the game, ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • District softball roundup: Palm Harbor U. shuts out Sarasota Riverview

    Class 8A-8 Palm Harbor University 10, Sarasota Riverview 0: The Hurricanes needed to find a way to snap out of their funk after closing out the regular season with losses in four of their past five regular-season games.  The district tournament provided the perfect tonic. PHU, which went undefeated against ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:36 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • State tennis: Titles elude locals in Class 4A and 2A

    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Courtney Hebard rallied from a big deficit despite struggling with her serve to win twice Wednesday. On Thursday, the struggle continued. But not the comebacks. The Steinbrenner senior was knocked out of the Class 4A individual girls singles championship by Cypress Creek’s Alexandra Lee, 6-4, 6-3, at ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District softball: Hernando wins a wild one over Zephyrhills

    BROOKSVILLE — After drilling two homers — a grand slam by Stephanie Mesiemore and a solo shot by Lindsey Hupp — Zephyrhills had to be confident in its chances to advance from the Class 5A, District 7 semifinals on Wednesday at Nature Coast. Hernando refused to give in to the ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:47 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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