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  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay softball teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay softball teams (with video) Pinellas Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University Why we picked her: Lilley was the veteran on a team with a combined 13 freshmen and sophomores on the roster. She provided leadership, as well as some pop at the plate. This season, Lilley hit a career-high .729 ...
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    Thu. June 11, 2015 at 6:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times' all-county softball teams (with video)

    PINELLAS COUNTY Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University Pitcher of the Year: Kama Woodall, So., Canterbury Coach of the Year: Jerry King, Osceola First team P Aubrey Ehlers, Sr., Dunedin P Corynn Miner, Jr., Admiral Farragut P Stella Preston, Jr., Countryside P Riley Randolph, Sr., Northeast C ...
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    Thu. June 11, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • MLB Draft: Locals taken on Day 3

    A list of the current/former local high school and small college players drafted on Day 3:  RHP Tommy Peterson, River Ridge/USF (12th, 374th, Nationals) CF Trey Amburgey, St. Petersburg College (13th, 393rd, Yankees) RHP Tanner Anderson, Plant/Harvard (20th, 607th, Pirates) SS Giovanny Alfonzo, University of Tampa (21st, 626th, Marlins)  RHP ...
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    Wed. June 10, 2015 at 6:39 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse

    Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The rising senior chose the Orangemen over 16 other Division I offers.  Culpepper, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, threw for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, leading Plant to a Class 8A region semifinal before the Panthers fell ...
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    Tue. June 09, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • MLB draft roundup: River Ridge's Heinrich taken in fifth round

    MLB draft roundup: River Ridge's Heinrich taken in fifth round The Tampa Bay area had three players taken Monday in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft: Plant OF Kyle Tucker (5th, Houston Astros), Bloomingdale alum/current Florida Gator SS Richie Martin (20th, Oakland A’s) and Plant RHP Jake Woodford (39th, St. Louis Cardinals). Here are the current/former local high school ...
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    Tue. June 09, 2015 at 3:57 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Jake Woodford makes two Plant players drafted on Day 1

    Jake Woodford makes two Plant players drafted on Day 1 Plant had a banner draft day Monday.  Right-handed pitcher Jake Woodford was picked 39th overall in the supplemental first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with Kyle Tucker's No. 5 selection by Houston, this is the first year any Tampa Bay ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Oakland takes Bloomingdale alum Richie Martin at No. 20

    Oakland takes Bloomingdale alum Richie Martin at No. 20 To say the week leading up to Monday had been difficult for Richie Martin is a little bit of an understatement. Martin, a Bloomingdale High alum, has had to battle the understandable urge to contemplate his future, while keeping his focus on his job as the Florida Gators’ starting shortstop. ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 9:07 p.m. | Antonya English

  • MLB draft: Kyle Tucker taken fifth overall by Houston Astros

    MLB draft: Kyle Tucker taken fifth overall by Houston Astros TAMPA — In the garage of former Plant High School outfielder Kyle Tucker’s South Tampa home are a couple broken windows, — evidence, he says, of his and brother Preston’s frequent Wiffle ball competitions. Their age difference — Kyle, 18, and Preston, 24 — made it so they never had ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 7:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant's Jake Woodford also a Day 1 draft possibility

    Plant's Jake Woodford also a Day 1 draft possibility Monday night when the Major League Baseball first-year player draft kicks off, Plant High School could have not just one player selected, but two. Kyle Tucker, who is predicted to go fifth overall by Baseball America and sixth overall by MLB.com, could be joined by teammate Jake Woodford, a 6-foot-5, ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 4:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Pressure a constant companion for MLB first-round draft picks

    Pressure a constant companion for MLB first-round draft picks TAMPA — Kyle Tucker can easily recall the days of pretending to be Ken Griffey Jr. while in the batter’s box as a little leaguer. Or getting a hit more times than not every time he stepped up to the plate at the Forest Hills youth baseball park, eventually leading ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 3:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Fast hoops ascent for Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox

    Fast hoops ascent for Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox TAMPA — Kevin Knox is only listed as a two-star recruit by verbalcommits.com. He is not even ranked by major recruiting services like ESPN, Rivals and Scout. Expect that to change. The Tampa Catholic small forward is coming off a sophomore season in which he averaged 24 points and 10 ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 12:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls track teams

    Pinellas Athlete of the Year: Brittany McGee, Sr., Admiral Farragut Why we picked her: The senior capped off her high school career with a record-setting performance at the Class A state meet. McGee won her first individual titles in the long jump (19-3.75) and triple jump (38-8), and defended her ...
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    Thu. June 04, 2015 at 5:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: East Lake coach Dan Genna resigns

    East Lake baseball coach Dan Genna has resigned after five seasons at the school. Genna was 102-39 while at East Lake and led the Eagles to the Class 7A state final in 2014. He will remain a teacher at the school. "I feel this is the best time to step ...
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    Thu. June 04, 2015 at 11:09 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Pair of Patriots commit to colleges

    Pinellas Park infielders Zachary Roberts and Ryan Griffith both committed to colleges this week. Roberts will attend Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama. Griffith will attend Milligan College in Tennessee. Roberts hit .500 in 26 games with the Patriots this season. He had nine home runs, 23 RBIs, 19 ...
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    Thu. June 04, 2015 at 10:17 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys track teams

    Hillsborough Athlete of the Year: Samson Moore, Sr., Gaither Why we picked him: Sure, there were others who excelled in more events during the season. But no one was as dominant as Moore was in the 300 hurdles. He won his signature event at every major meet during the regular ...
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    Wed. June 03, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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