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  • Basketball: Emery outshines Pinellas stars

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nothing was on the line except for pride. For any elite athlete, pride is enough. At Eckerd College on Saturday, Pinellas County’s girls all-stars proved naysayers wrong by battling back against Hillsborough County’s senior standouts, turning a 15-point deficit into a four-point second-half lead. But any team ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:19 a.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Track: Plant’s Guyton posts top national 1,600 time

    Track: Plant’s Guyton posts top national 1,600 time TAMPA -- The sixth annual USF-Steinbrenner Invitational has finally grown into its skin. It’s become one of the premier invitational meets in the state and even with 72 teams competing, it ran like a clock on Saturday. Two Tampa athletes crashed their way into the national spotlight with jaw-dropping times. ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:08 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 14-20

    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, March 14 through Friday, March 20. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 21, 2015 at 11:54 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Baseball: Bloomingdale 4, Plant 3 (nine innings)

    VALRICO — Plant ace Jake Woodford worked out of one bases-loaded, no-outs jam. But the Panthers would fare the same with the second, which allowed Class 8A, District 7 rival Bloomingdale to tie the score at 3 in the sixth inning. The host Bulls won Friday’s game 4-3 in the ...
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    Sat. March 21, 2015 at 12:03 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Softball: Plant 5, Bloomingdale 3

    VALRICO — This was the game Plant’s softball team had marked on its calendar, a matchup against the defending state champions. For a team trying to get back to regionals in one of the county’s toughest districts, beating Bloomingdale was a key step. After several postponements due to weather and ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 11:48 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Baseball: Calvary Christian 4, Berkeley Prep 0

    CLEARWATER - Getting timely hits and playing consistently sound defense are things that Berkeley Prep head coach Richie Warren would like to see from his squad. Calvary Christian, however, is already well-versed in these disciplines and that made all the difference in Friday night's 4-0 victory. Starting pitcher Tyler Fagler ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 10:47 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Farm Bureau Classic final: Bishop McLaughlin 11, Mitchell 2

    WEEKI WACHEE – At the beginning of the season, Bishop McLaughlin coach Jeff Swymer preached that the Hurricanes’ main goal was to make it to JetBlue Stadium in Fort Myers for the state championship game.  After an impressive 11-2 victory over Mitchell in the second annual Farm Bureau Classic final ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Tampa Catholic self-reports boys basketball infraction

    Tampa Catholic self-reports boys basketball infraction Tampa Catholic’s boys basketball program was fined $500 and forced to forfeit five basketball games from the 2013-14 season (three junior varsity, two varsity) after a Florida High School Athletic Association investigation ruled a player had received impermissible benefits for living with Crusaders coach Don Dziagwa, who also is the ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 6:12 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys soccer (with video)

    Pinellas Player of the Year: Ryan Cooksey, Sr., Palm Harbor University At 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, Cooksey does not loom large on the soccer field. But he played a pivotal role as a defender for the Hurricanes, who made the playoffs and advanced to the region final for the first time ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Jeff Swymer takes on another sport, football at Bishop McLaughlin

    Jeff Swymer will add more coaching duties at Bishop McLaughlin. Swymer, already the head baseball coach, was named the Hurricanes’ football coach Friday.  He will take over a program that has struggled in recent seasons. The Hurricanes were 2-8 last season under coach Craig Moore. They were also 2-8 in ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 1:41 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Softball: St. Petersburg Catholic 6, Northside Christian 4

    ST. PETERSBURG – Six weeks ago, St. Petersburg Catholic did not look like a team capable of extending a three-year playoff streak. The Barons had six new starters. In the season opener, they lost by 10 runs to Class 3A, District 10 rival Northside Christian. Even worse, St. Petersburg Catholic ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 12:30 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin 2, Hernando 0

    BROOKSVILLE – By the end of the first inning of the Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Spring Tournament semifinal against Hernando on Thursday night, Bishop McLaughlin pitcher Nate Pearson had his game plan. He was going to throw fastballs until the Leopards caught up to it. They rarely did. Pearson threw ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 12:26 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Mitchell 2, Fivay 0

    BROOKSVILLE — Once he hurdled an early obstacle, Mitchell hurler Jakob Mattos cruised through his outing on Thursday night. With their freshman ace on the mound, the Mustangs shut out Fivay 2-0 in the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic semifinals at Central. For Mattos, it was his second complete game and ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 12:18 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls soccer (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls soccer (with video) Pinellas Player of the Year: Shalisa Crowell, Sr., Palm Harbor University Palm Harbor University coach John Planamenta said Crowell was the glue that held this year’s team together. The Hurricanes were 17-2-2 despite losing almost half the team to graduation from the previous season. “She reads the game so well,” ...
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    Thu. March 19, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Former Rays pitcher Seth McClung arrested

    Former Rays pitcher Seth McClung arrested Former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher and current Keswick Christian baseball coach Seth McClung was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.  According to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, McClung was booked at 12:41 a.m. Monday and held on $500 bond. He was released at 7:04 p.m. the ...
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    Wed. March 18, 2015 at 1:17 p.m. | Rodney Page

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