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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Dec. 6-12

    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, Dec. 6  through Friday, Dec. 12. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 at 1:21 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Boys basketball: Shorecrest 79, Calvary Christian 74 (2OT)

    CLEARWATER – Shorecrest’s Brady Grimm was held scoreless for nearly the entire second half in Friday’s pivotal Class 3A, District 9 game against Calvary Christian. Grimm, a long-range specialist, came through with the points that mattered, hitting a tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation. That gave the Chargers ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 11:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Wharton 67, Newsome 51

    TAMPA — The fourth quarter wasn't a work of art, but style points aren't of concern in Class 8A, District 7, where every win is a good one. Wharton had a very good one Friday, topping Newsome 67-51 in a matchup of unbeatens. Wharton led by four entering the final ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 44, Holy Names 33

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic got the inside track in the Class 4A, District 10 race by taking down rival Academy of the Holy Names 44-33 on its home court Friday night.  "It's always tough when you come into someone else's house and beat them, especially when it's your rival," Tampa ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:41 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Girls baskeball: Seffner Christian, Indian Rocks set to meet again

    LARGO — Indian Rocks Christian’s reward for beating Osceola 39-15 Friday night in the opening round of the IRC Winter Jam? A game against unbeaten Seffner Christian on Saturday for the tournament championship. The Crusaders buried Plant (7-3) in the opening game, 77-18. It was the eighth straight win for ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:16 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Largo standout Donavan Hale sidelined for year with injury

    Largo standout Donavan Hale sidelined for year with injury Largo two-sport star Donavan Hale will miss the remainder of the basketball season with a torn meniscus, Packers coach Phil Price said. Hale will have surgery to repair the meniscus. There also is damage to the ACL but it is unclear if it is torn, Price said. “It stinks,” Price ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 5:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • A measure of toughness: ranking Armwood's defenses

    A measure of toughness: ranking Armwood's defenses We rank Armwood’s seven state final squads, in terms of defensive strength, with input from coach Sean Callahan and former defensive coordinator Matt Thompson:   1. 2011 Finish: 15-0, beat Miami Central 40-31 in the 6A title game (wins eventually were forfeited due to the use of ineligible players) Notable ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Armwood’s legacy built on stingy defenses

    Armwood’s legacy built on stingy defenses SEFFNER — Armwood coach Sean Callahan is direct about what has driven his team — one he started coaching as an assistant when the school opened in 1984 — to become one of the powerhouses of Florida high school football.  It takes talent on both sides of the ball to ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Dave Cleppe steps down at St. Petersburg Catholic

    Dave Cleppe steps down at St. Petersburg Catholic Dave Cleppe resigned as St. Petersburg Catholic's football coach on Friday after one season. Cleppe, a longtime assistant in Pinellas County, became a head coach for the first time when he was hired by the Barons in March. He finished 0-10. "The administration and I have different visions for the ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 3:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: East Bay 62, Tampa Bay Tech 51

    GIBSONTON — Tampa Bay Tech came out playing aggressive and scored seven of the game’s first eight points in Thursday’s Class 7A, District 7 clash with host East Bay. The Indians pushed back en route to a 62-51 win. The Indians improved to 6-1 and remained unbeaten in the district ...
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    Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Armwood carries heavy weight of the past into title game

    Armwood carries heavy weight of the past into title game SEFFNER — Fifty-two. Try as they might, the Hawks can’t forget that number. Coach Sean Callahan won’t let them.  It has been almost a year since Armwood High School, ever the defensive juggernaut, gave up that many points against Miami Central in the Class 6A state championship game. The Rockets’ ...
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    Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • North prevails 27-0 in Pinellas County senior all-star game

    CLEARWATER – Steve Charron’s senior season was a painful one. The Palm Harbor University running back suffered a high ankle sprain, which forced him to miss five games. “I couldn’t really cut or run,” Charron said. “It was tough.” Without Charron, the Hurricanes limped to a 1-9 record. But Charron ...
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    Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 12:15 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • UAB football's collapse leaves Countryside's Riley Metheney scrambling

    UAB football's collapse leaves Countryside's Riley Metheney scrambling With national signing day less than two months away, Countryside offensive lineman Riley Metheney is in his own personal limbo.  Metheny is scrambling to get a big-time scholarship after Alabama-Birmingham, the lone Division I school to offer the senior, pulled the plug on its football program. Citing a lack of ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 1:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Sickles' Isaac Holder commits to Eastern Michigan

    Sickles' Isaac Holder commits to Eastern Michigan Isaac Holder spent two seasons as Sickles’ starting quarterback, leading the Gryphons to back-to-back playoff appearances. Now, his football future appears to be at slot receiver. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder committed to Eastern Michigan on Sunday, picking the Bulls over another offer from Ball State. At Eastern Michigan he’ll likely be ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Jefferson QB Cade Weldon gets first offers

    Jefferson QB Cade Weldon gets first offers Jefferson’s sophomore quarterback may be young, but he’s already got college programs after him. On Monday, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Dragon picked up his first offers from Wake Forest and Toledo. Coach Jeremy Earle said based on Weldon’s size and his early success, he expects the offers to keep rolling in. ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:38 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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