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  • 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

  • Freedom’s Taylor Emery breaks county scoring record (with video)

    Freedom’s Taylor Emery breaks county scoring record (with video) TAMPA — Three minutes and 50 seconds into Freedom’s Class 7A-8 championship game against Wiregrass Ranch, Taylor Emery received a pass from Bianca Igwe, rounded the corner and went up for an easy basket to give the Patriots a four-point lead.  The senior guard treated that particular basket — her ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region girls soccer: Land O’Lakes neutralizes scoring threat, heads to state

    Region girls soccer: Land O’Lakes neutralizes scoring threat, heads to state LAND O’LAKES — The Land O’Lakes Gators are headed to the Class 3A final four after stopping Palm Coast Matanzas and goal-scoring machine Miracle Porter in a thrilling, smash-mouth 1-0 victory Friday night.  It was no secret the Pirates possessed one of the most dangerous scorers in the state. Porter, ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 9:39 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • 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

  • Region boys soccer: St. Petersburg Catholic 6, Lakeland McKeel 1

    ST. PETERSBURG — From the moment the initial whistle blew, St. Petersburg Catholic was in fine form, using an impressive array of firepower while scoring in a multitude of ways. Emilio Ycaza is never one to shy from taking a shot, with 15 goals on the year. SPC’s No. 10 added ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:48 p.m. | Justin Miller

  • Region boys soccer: East Lake 2, St. Petersburg 1 (PKs)

    ST. PETERSBURG — After a collision in overtime, East Lake goalkeeper Sean Caulfield writhed on the ground in pain. He hobbled to the sideline, unsure if he would return for the game — or the season — after suffering what he said could be ligament damage to his knee. But ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 69, Holy Names 45

    TAMPA — As the pregame clock ticked under 13 minutes before Thursday’s Class 4A, District 10 final against Tampa Catholic, a series of muffled cheers roared from behind the Holy Names’ locker-room door. Seconds later, the Jaguars confidently burst onto the court for warmups as Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train blared ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District girls basketball: Strawberry Crest 64, Plant City 59

    DOVER — With arguably the best player in Hillsborough County on its roster last year, Strawberry Crest followed Aliyah Gregory’s leadership all the way to its first district championship.  Gregory has since graduated and now plays at UCF. The Chargers, who had some growing pains midseason, longed to prove the ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:35 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region boys soccer: Palm Harbor University 6, Manatee 1

    PALM HARBOR — Manatee had a few too many weaknesses, ones that Palm Harbor University was more than willing to exploit. In Thursday’s battle of the Hurricanes, PHU (16-1-2) jumped on some weak backline play by the visitors and combined that with a shutdown effort on Manatee’s one-dimensional attack, rolling ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:11 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Region boys soccer: Newsome 6, Orlando Cypress Creek 1

    LITHIA — For the second time in three games, Jake Van Der Luit scored twice and Newsome tallied six goals. On Thursday night, that resulted in a 6-1 Class 5A region quarterfinal win over visiting Orlando Cypress Creek. “I’m getting a lot of help from my teammates,” said Van Der ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:51 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region boys soccer: East Bay 2, Northeast 1

    GIBSONTON — The school fight song blared over the PA system, students rushed the field, and players hugged. It was time for East Bay to celebrate school history. Senior forward Kevin Dacruz knocked in the winning goal in the 64th minute as East Bay rallied past Northeast 2-1 in a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:47 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys soccer: River Ridge 2, Nature Coast 1 (PKs)

    BROOKSVILLE — It almost came down to a costly foul call as time was winding down, but Nature Coast wasn’t willing to end it that way. In an overtime thriller, the Sharks came up just short Thursday night as River Ridge squeaked out a 2-1 victory in the Class 3A ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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