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  • District girls basketball: AHN, Tampa Catholic reach 4A-10 final

    TAMPA — Academy of the Holy Names coach Chris Severini’s had one objective for his team going into Tuesday’s Class 4A, District 10 semifinal against Sarasota Booker: work quickly to seize momentum early. In two previous regular-season meetings with the Tornadoes, the Jaguars earned slim, single-digit victories. That wasn’t the ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 11:39 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District girls basketball: Palm Harbor University KOs St. Petersburg

    District girls basketball: Palm Harbor University KOs St. Petersburg ST. PETERSBURG — Two teams very familiar with each other went at it again Tuesday night with a trip to the Class 8A-8 district final at stake. St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor University had split a pair of regular-season games, the home team winning each. This time, the visiting Hurricanes ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • Region girls soccer: Indian Rocks Christian 1, Shorecrest 0

    LARGO — Olivia Ross-Johnson scored the only goal with three minutes remaining in the second half to lift Indian Rocks Christian to a 1-0 win over Shorecrest in their Class A, Region 2 girls soccer quarterfinal. The Golden Eagles will face Naples Community School on Friday. Ross-Johnson’s goal came after ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 11:11 p.m. | Corey Long

  • Region girls soccer: Palm Harbor U. 1, East Lake 0 (OT)

    PALM HARBOR — For a split second, Kayla Mouton thought she missed. Three minutes into overtime against East Lake in Tuesday’s Class 5A region semifinal, Palm Harbor University earned a corner kick. Amanda Elsey sent a low, curling kick toward the near post. Nicole Filippelli settled the ball and passed ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 11:08 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • 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

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