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HomeTeam Hot shots: Nominations for Feb. 21-27
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Jordan Broderick, softball, Seminole
Daneesha Davidson, track, Hillsborough
Aubrey Ehlers, softball, Dunedin
Ashley Gentz, track, Nature Coast
Lizzie Jackson, softball, Bloomingdale
Brook Schwaner, softball, River Ridge
Andrew Abbott, baseball, Alonso
Travis Bianco, basketball, St. Petersburg
David Kornitzer, track, Newsome
Jacob Mohr, wrestling, Boca Ciega
Storm Schenk, wrestling, Mitchell
Justin Young, baseball, Hernando
 

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  • Baseball: Hernando 5, Springstead 2 (10 innings)

    SPRING HILL — It took a two-out double in the 10th inning, but Hernando was able to knock Springstead from the ranks of the unbeaten Thursday night.  The Leopards won the extra-inning thriller 5-2 on their county rivals’ home field in large part due to solid pitching and clutch hitting. ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District wrestling: Dixie Hollins nabs another crown

    District wrestling: Dixie Hollins nabs another crown TRINITY —The team outcome was never in doubt at the Class 2A, District 9 wrestling tournament at Mitchell High. The Rebels, winners of three straight district titles, led the whole way and dominated the team standings with 230.5 points. Mitchell was second with 132.5, Northeast third (116), Osceola fourth (101) ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • State boys basketball: Youthful St. Petersburg aims to return next year

    State boys basketball: Youthful St. Petersburg aims to return next year LAKELAND — St. Petersburg was trying to take the feel-good vibes from its first three playoff games and extrapolate them to unprecedented levels in Thursday’s Class 8A state semifinal against Oviedo Hagerty. The Green Devils, hoping to advance to the championship for the first time since 1935, watched as their ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs’ big man takes center stage

    State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs’ big man takes center stage TARPON SPRINGS — On Friday, basketball aficionados will get their first extended view of Tarpon Springs forward Scottie James when his team takes on Tallahassee Rickards in the Class 5A state semifinals at the Lakeland Center. What they will see is a player who combines the best elements of the ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 5:34 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State boys basketball: A rivalry that works in Jefferson’s favor

    TAMPA — Jefferson High was down by six points with 30 seconds left to play against Lehigh in the Class 6A region final. Thinking the game was all but over, people began streaming toward the exits as Lehigh fans jeered the Dragons’ demise.  Thanks to a family friendship that started ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 4:19 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Dunedin 12, East Lake 0

    DUNEDIN — What promised to be a close game between Dunedin and East Lake, two of the top teams in the area, turned out to be about as one-sided as possible. The Falcons pounded out 13 hits and junior left-hander Colton Widdows threw a five-inning no-hitter in a 12-0 win ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 10:09 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay

    District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay Class 3A-8 When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday, Riverview  Teams: Bloomingdale, Durant, East Bay, Bradenton Manatee, Newsome, North Port, Riverview, Sarasota Riverview Favorite: Host Riverview won the Cougar Invitational for the second time in school history, which bodes well for this weekend’s meet. Wrestlers to watch: Riverview has ample talent in Kizhan ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Jefferson set to retire former coach Pop Cuesta’s number

    Jefferson set to retire former coach Pop Cuesta’s number TAMPA — After 43 years as baseball coach at Jefferson High, Emeterio “Pop” Cuesta retired at the conclusion of the Dragons’ 2014 season. Thursday, though, the longtime coach will be back on Jefferson’s diamond when his number will be retired in a special ceremony before a game against King. As ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State boys basketball: St. Petersburg in championship form earlier than expected

    State boys basketball: St. Petersburg in championship form earlier than expected ST. PETERSBURG — There seems to have been some misunderstanding regarding the St. Petersburg High boys basketball team’s timetable. The Green Devils were supposed to make a run at a state title next season, not this season. This season was supposed to be a write-off while St. Petersburg adjusted to ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 12:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Bloomingdale 1, Riverview 0

    VALRICO – Bloomingdale’s Lace Smith was dominant in the circle and helped scratch out a first-inning run as the Bulls knocked Riverview from the ranks of the unbeaten, defeating the visiting Sharks 1-0 Tuesday night. “It was nerve racking,” Smith said. “Every one-run game is like that but I’m proud ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 10:46 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Baseball: Hillsborough 8, King 3

    TAMPA — Before its district game against King on Tuesday night, undefeated Hillsborough was used to putting up runs early and often, coming in with 38 runs in four games. Against the Lions, Hillsborough couldn't get anything going right away.  Still, the Terriers knew the pitcher, and if past games ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 10:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Indian Rocks Christian 7, Clearwater Central Catholic 0

    SEMINOLE — Indian Rocks Christian made an early-season statement Tuesday afternoon that it will be a contender in Class 3A, District 9 after an impressive 7-0 win over Clearwater Central Catholic.  Golden Eagles sophomore right-hander Oakley Albinson pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout, and IRC scored five times in the fourth ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes

    State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes LAKELAND — Academy at the Lakes’ magical and surprising run through the playoffs ended Tuesday afternoon. The Wildcats couldn’t find their shooting range and fell behind early, and despite a handful of rallies, Orlando Agape’s speed, length and athleticism made it too tall a mountain to scale as the Saints ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek commits to Stanford

    Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek commits to Stanford Berkeley Prep defensive tackle Bo Peek committed to Stanford, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday. “Blessed to say I have committed to play football and further my education at Stanford University,” he tweeted. Peek, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound junior, has played varsity football at Berkeley Prep for three seasons, ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • New coach signals turnaround for Springstead’s baseball program

    New coach signals turnaround for Springstead’s baseball program SPRING HILL — Last season, a formerly successful Springstead High coach was ousted amid turmoil within the baseball program. With a new face leading the team, the Eagles look rejuvenated. Despite leading Springstead to its first and only region final appearance, Jim Diven’s contract was not renewed following the 2014 ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 2:04 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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