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  • Region baseball: Robinson 8, Boca Ciega 0

    Region baseball: Robinson 8, Boca Ciega 0 ST. PETERSBURG— For much of the season, Boca Ciega and Robinson relied on the same style to win games. Both teams leaned on their pitching and defense and hoped to score enough runs to win. In Thursday’s Class 5A region quarterfinal, that strategy worked for Robinson and failed for Boca ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 8:25 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Mitchell eyes prize in new, tougher district

    HomeTeam Huddle: Mitchell eyes prize in new, tougher district TRINITY — A taste of the postseason, Mitchell’s first in 11 years, has the Mustangs questing for the next step: a district title. But they’re placed in the new, strong and remarkably balanced-looking Class 6A-6 along with Sunlake, Pasco, Springstead and Land O’Lakes. “Sunlake and Pasco stand out as the ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere and Darek Sharp

  • Baseball: Lakewood's Donovan Pink commits to USF

    Lakewood infielder/pitcher Donovan Pink has committed to play baseball at USF. Pink has been a member of the Lakewood varsity since his freshman year. This season, Pink is hitting .529 in 27 games with six home runs and 30 RBIs. In the past two seasons, Pink has hit 10 home ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 9:23 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region baseball: Hillsborough 4, Osceola 1

    SEMINOLE — Hillsborough could not have scripted its Class 6A region quarterfinal any better. Terriers’ starting pitcher Jared Jensen threw a complete-game three-hitter, Hillsborough’s defense played error free and it came up with just enough offense to defeat Osceola 4-1 Wednesday night. “Jared wants to pitch in these situations,” Hillsborough ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region baseball: Tampa Catholic 3, Lakeland McKeel 2 (eight innings)

    TAMPA — The pressure could not have been higher in a playoff game for Cody Endris but he delivered for Tampa Catholic. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the eighth inning, Endris hit a pinch-hit walkoff single that gave Tampa Catholic (16-11-1) a 3-2 victory over Lakeland ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 11:23 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Region softball: River Ridge 11, Tarpon Springs 2

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Tarpon Springs tried three pitchers against River Ridge, but the Knights were effective against all comers Wednesday. River Ridge rode resurgent pitching by senior Makenzie Goluba and a four-RBI night by Kylie Randolph to an 11-2 victory in the Class 5A region semifinals. The Knights (19-7) ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 10:56 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region baseball: Mitchell 6, Leto 3

    TAMPA — Knowing his team would face tough Leto left-hander Felix Dieguez — who came into the playoffs with 97 strikeouts — in Wednesday’s region quarterfinal, Mitchell coach Scot Wilcox was determined to get the Mustangs ready for it. So in the days leading up to the game, Wilcox, also ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 10:54 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region softball: Newsome 9, Palm Harbor University 4

    PALM HARBOR — Newsome’s mantra throughout its playoff run has been pitching and defense. That is what helped the Wolves make the postseason for the first time since 2009 and win their first region quarterfinal since 2008. But for Newsome to take the next step, it had to rely on ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 10:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Steinbrenner 3, Plant City 1

    LUTZ — When Erica Serafini and Lindsay Boynton arrived at Steinbrenner as freshmen in 2011, they both shared the common aspiration of one day leading the young program to its first state championship. There was only one problem — the Warriors had never won a playoff game. But that never ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 10:01 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region softball: Chamberlain 11, Leto 1

    TAMPA — Chamberlain narrowly advanced in the first round of the playoffs with a 1-0 win against Mitchell. On Wednesday, there was no such drama. Chamberlain scored nine times in the third and fourth innings, and cruised to a Class 6A region semifinal win with an 11-1 victory against visiting ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 9:33 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Northside Christian beefs up line

    HomeTeam Huddle: Northside Christian beefs up line ST. PETERSBURG — It should be a lot harder to get to quarterback Griffin Alstott next season.  Northside Christian  could have one of the bigger offensive lines in Class 2A, District 6. Aside from 6-foot-5, 305-pound Notre Dame commit Dillan Gibbons, the line has added 6-foot-5, 255-pound Tyler Knight, a ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 8:32 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Admiral Farragut 5, Northside Christian 2

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Admiral Farragut and Northside Christian met in the district final, the Mustangs scored early and got solid pitching. The opposite happened in Wednesday’s Class 3A region semifinal. The Blue Jackets jumped on Northside Christian starting pitcher Jordyn Counts in the first inning, and AFA pitcher Corynn ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 6:37 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region softball: Holy Names 9, Tampa Catholic 6

    TAMPA — Brittany Bramwell follows instructions well. Down 0-2 in the count with the bases loaded, Academy of Holy Names coach Don Barron called a timeout to speak to his sophomore first baseman. “I said, 'If (Tampa Catholic pitcher Emily Small) brings one down the pipe, you know what to ...
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    Tue. April 28, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Twins Brittany and Dontae McGee share competitive fire

    Twins Brittany and Dontae McGee share competitive fire ST. PETERSBURG — As twins, Admiral Farragut Academy’s Brittany and Dontae McGee gained their closeness — and competitiveness — early. Brittany was born first, two minutes before Dontae. Athletically, Dontae got the head start as a wrestler. Brittany, though, picked up some of those moves and used them to settle ...
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    Tue. April 28, 2015 at 7:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region baseball: Not the usual playoff field

    Region baseball: Not the usual playoff field Boca Ciega coach Ralph Rogers stopped himself in mid-sentence. “We are hosting Robinson … wait, hosting? Yes. We are hosting. Feels great to say that. Haven’t been able to say that before,” he said. That’s because the Pirates hadn’t won a district championship since 1988. That team fell one game ...
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    Tue. April 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Rodney Page

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