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  • Girls soccer: Land O‚ÄôLakes rolls past Sunlake

    LAND O’LAKES — The Sunlake-Land O’Lakes girls soccer rivalry has been marked by close, generally low-scoring contests. But that concept went quickly out the window Tuesday night. Emphasis on quick. The Gators frontline, infused by freshman Sydny Nasello, raced to a 3-0 lead within 25 minutes and Land O’Lakes went ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 10:40 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Offenses beware: Grittier Ds abound this postseason

    Offenses beware: Grittier Ds abound this postseason Every year when the high school football playoffs roll around, one thing is a given: Armwood’s defense will be nasty.  And, yes, the unbeaten Hawks are good once again, setting a school record for fewest points allowed in the regular season (23). They’re currently on a streak of five straight ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 8:12 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Playoff profile: East Lake LB Jake Hansen

    Playoff profile: East Lake LB Jake Hansen East Lake’s Jake Hansen fractured his hand at the start of the season. But that did not deter the junior linebacker from playing. Hansen wore a cast for four weeks and still leads the team in tackles this season with 111. His knack for bringing down ball carriers runs in ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 7:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Playoff profile: Jesuit RB Kevin Newman

    Playoff profile: Jesuit RB Kevin Newman With 1,694 rushing yards during the past two season, Kevin Newman is used to being Jesuit’s go-to guy.  This year, however, the senior running back is learning to share the spotlight.  Since he’s sharing it with Malik Davis, that’s perfectly fine with Newman.  Davis leads the Tigers with 1,480 yards, ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region final capsules: Class 3A and 2A

    Region final capsules: Class 3A and 2A Region finals Class 3A Who: Clearwater Central Catholic at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, 7 p.m. Friday Winner plays: Delray Beach American Heritage-Miami Westminster Christian champion Know the foe: Cardinal Mooney is in the second round for the first time since 2006 after beating Calvary Christian 17-14 in last week’s region semifinals. ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 6:55 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • River Ridge O-linemen give Chris Schwarz 2,536 reasons to love them

    River Ridge O-linemen give Chris Schwarz 2,536 reasons to love them NEW PORT RICHEY -— As much attention as River Ridge High School running back Chris Schwarz has gotten — all of it deserved — he is insistent on spreading the love to his offensive line. And Schwarz lets them feel it at every opportunity. “When he scores a touchdown, we ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Nine Plant athletes sign

    Nine Plant athletes sign TAMPA — Athletes at Plant showed that their high school is much more than a one-sport school as players from six sports signed letters of intent Monday afternoon. The baseball team had three players sign. Jake Woodford, who has a 95 mph fastball and a 0.43 ERA last season, will ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 7:48 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Playoff profile: Plant FS/WR Scoop Bradshaw

    Playoff profile: Plant FS/WR Scoop Bradshaw Plant's playoff game against Orlando Dr. Phillips (11-0) will be its 10th straight region semifinal. For the Panthers, the postseason is nothing new.  But for one Panther in particular, Friday's game is a much-awaited first. Last season, his first as a varsity starter, Johayward "Scoop" Bradshaw missed the playoffs after getting in ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 7:25 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Playoff profile: River Ridge FB/NG Dillon O'Toole

    Playoff profile: River Ridge FB/NG Dillon O'Toole For much of the season, River Ridge (10-1) has flown under the radar. So has Dillon O'Toole. He plays two violent, unheralded positions – fullback and nose guard. O’Toole is the caddy of the offense with his timely blocks serving as a retaining wall between star running back Chris Schwarz and ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 6:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Girls basketball: Thirty bay area players to watch

    Girls basketball: Thirty bay area players to watch G/F Chardonay Aldrich, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Aldrich has the ability to shoot from the outside and get inside for layups. Her versatility makes the Hurricanes tough to defend. F Siyana Allen, Jr., Lakewood: Allen started as a freshman, which is rare at Lakewood. The  6-footer has averaged 18 points ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 6:28 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Playoff profile: Lakewood RB Tyriek Hopkins

    Playoff profile: Lakewood RB Tyriek Hopkins Ever since 2008, when Cory Moore took over as Lakewood coach, he has reserved No. 4 for a special player. It is worn in honor of a former Lakewood teammate of Moore’s, Carlos Jackson, who was stabbed to death in his junior year in 1994. This year, senior running back ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 5:50 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Daniel LaCamera, male winner for Nov. 8-14

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Daniel LaCamera, male winner for Nov. 8-14 Male Hot Shot winner: Daniel LaCamera, East Lake  East Lake has become a state title contender thanks to top-tier talent. After all, four players have committed to Division I programs. The player with perhaps the biggest impact among those major recruits is placekicker Daniel LaCamera. LaCamera has made 12 of 15 ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Nov. 8-14

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Nov. 8-14 Female Hot Shot winner: Aisling Sheehan, Carrollwood Day Eric Praetorius had coached Aisling Sheehan at Carrollwood Day since he took over in 2013. But this season, during Carrollwood’s state final four run, Praetorius learned something new about his senior outside hitter. “All four of those (playoff opponents) are super competitive ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Class 3A reigns supreme

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Class 3A reigns supreme HomeTeam 25   1. Seffner Christian (1-0) Last season: 26-2, lost to Miami Country Day in the Class 3A state championship game Outlook: The Crusaders, home to last year’s Times’ Hillsborough County Player of the Year, Peyton Walker, made it farther last season than any other Tampa Bay team, and ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Gibbs perfect in preseason after beating St. Petersburg

    After having just three days of practice with a full team, Gibbs coach Larry Murphy was curious to see how well his players would perform in the preseason. Defensively, there was little concern. The Gladiators applied the pressure, which led to turnovers and points in transition, to beat St. Petersburg ...
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    Sun. Nov. 16, 2014 at 10:58 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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