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  • Region girls soccer: Largo 2, Robinson 1 (5-4 PKs)

    LARGO — The hex continues. Another battle between Robinson and Largo, another overtime contest, and like last year, the Packers eked out a 2-1 victory, taking the 3A region semifinal in penalty kicks, 5-4. The Packers will travel to Merritt Island Friday for the region final. The Knights (12-3-2) rode ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:59 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Region girls soccer: Newsome 4, Timber Creek 0

    LITHIA — In what would be Newsome’s final post-match huddle on its home field this year, coach Kelly Townsend had some closing words directed toward the immediate future. “Three more (matches) …three more. That’s all we got,” she said. Newsome kept its unbeaten season and Class 5A state championship hopes ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:54 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region girls soccer: Berkeley Prep 1, St. Petersburg Catholic 0 (OT)

    ST. PETERSBURG —  After 80 minutes of scoreless action between St. Petersburg Catholic and Berkeley Prep in a Class 2A region semifinal Tuesday,  it was only fitting that the hard-fought game would extend into overtime. Once extra time got underway, Berkeley (19-8-2) wasted little time applying pressure to SPC’s (12-4-0) ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:33 p.m. | Justin Miller

  • Region girls soccer: Plant City 1, East Bay 0

    PLANT CITY — The day before Tuesday’s Class 4A region semifinal against longtime rival East Bay, Plant City freshman Sammi Gutierrez practiced shooting at the net with her father. She shot high, low and worked on her hooks. That practice apparently paid off. For the second straight game Gutierrez had ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:14 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region girls soccer: Mitchell 2, Wiregrass Ranch 0

    TRINITY — In their two previous meetings, Wiregrass Ranch got progressively closer to Mitchell. Tuesday night gave the Bulls their last opportunity this season to close the gap. But as near as it came, Wiregrass could not get a ball across the goal line, and the Mustangs prevailed 2-0 in ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:01 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region girls soccer: Land O’Lakes 4, Springstead 2

    LAND O’LAKES — Land O’Lakes knows only one speed — full throttle. The Gators (22-1) had posted lopsided shutouts through the district and region playoffs. On Tuesday, however, they faced a taller test in district champion Springstead (16-2-1) and talented forward Samantha Betters.  The Eagles had the muscle to counter ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District girls basketball: Cambridge Chr. 51, Universal Academy 13

    LAND O’LAKES — Cambridge Christian had already put its Class 2A-7 district semifinal against Universal Academy away, having led by double digits for the majority of the game. Still, sophomore Claire Bealor wasn’t quite done just yet.  Bealor had scored just four points through the first three quarters, but with ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District girls basketball: Plant City ends region drought

    DOVER — Plant City coach Wilton Wilkerson has tried to look into the history of the girls basketball program he now coaches, but with little success. “I know the boys team has been pretty good in the past, but I couldn’t find anything really on the girls,” he said. He ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:03 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Players aren’t only ones who change minds during recruiting process

    Players aren’t only ones who change minds during recruiting process GIBSONTON — East Bay High School defensive end Marques Ford was going about his day Jan. 20 when he received a phone call around 6 p.m. from the University of Tennessee’s defensive line coach, Steve Stripling.  Ford, a four-star recruit and Under Armour All-American, had committed in July to play ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tarpon Springs names Countryside assistant Mike Lube football coach

    Tarpon Springs names Countryside assistant Mike Lube football coach Tarpon Springs has hired Countryside assistant Mike Lube as its new football coach, athletic director Kris Toscani confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Lube replaces Ron Hawn, who resigned after three full seasons. "Tarpon Springs is one of the dream jobs in the county," Lube said. "I'm thrilled to work with such a ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Regis Steighner commits to Stetson

    East Lake defensive lineman Regis Steighner announced on his Twitter page that he committed to Stetson on Monday. "I visited (Stetson) a few times and really like their coaching staff, especially coach (Roger) Hughes," Steighner said. "He will be a great coach and mentor for the next four years. The ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 10:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel

    Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel Land O’Lakes High School runners, along with faculty members, gathered about 200 strong around the track Monday afternoon to complete one lap. They did it in memory of the school’s beloved cross country coach, Kris Keppel, who died Sunday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. “Coach Keppel was just ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hayden Grooms, male winner for Jan. 17-2

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hayden Grooms, male winner for Jan. 17-2 Male Hot Shot winner: Hayden Grooms, Palm Harbor University Hayden Grooms survived a nerve-racking Class 5A, District 7 tournament last week, enduring two straight games that ended in penalty kicks.  But that’s nothing compared to what he’s had to face off the field.  The junior goalkeeper stopped playing soccer in ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:20 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Peyton Walker, female winner for Jan. 17-23

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Peyton Walker, female winner for Jan. 17-23 Female Hot Shot winner: Peyton Walker, Seffner Christian As a junior, Seffner Christian forward Peyton Walker joined forces with senior Sabrina Whiting to help lead the Crusaders to a state runnerup finish. Upon Whiting’s graduation, however, there was a void.  Much to coach Greg Fawbush’s delight, Walker has more than ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season 1. Tarpon Springs (21-1, 14-0) This week: Monday at Clearwater, Tuesday vs. East Lake, Wednesday vs. Countryside Lowdown: The Spongers, who went undefeated in district play for the first time, can set another milestone with the best record in school history with wins this week.  2. Newsome (19-1, 9-1) This ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 6:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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