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  • District baseball: Wharton KOs another top seed

    VALRICO — Wharton, still alive in the Class 8A-7 district tournament after an upset win against Plant on Monday, wasn’t able to stop Riverview’s Anthony Gonnella in Tuesday’s semifinal. The junior first baseman, who came in with three home runs, hit two more, solo shots in the first and seventh ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District baseball: Carrollwood Day, Bishop McLaughlin on to final

    TAMPA — It was a night of firsts for Carrollwood Day and Bishop McLaughlin right-hander Nate Pearson on Tuesday in the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals. Third-seeded Carrollwood Day (14-8) defeated No. 2 Tampa Prep (14-11) for the first time behind senior Bryce Benedict’s 5-1 complete-game victory. Pearson, an FIU ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District baseball: Bradenton Manatee 9, St. Petersburg 1

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jonathan Aragon hit a three-run homer and added an RBI triple to lead Manatee (18-8) to a 9-1 victory over St. Petersburg in Tuesday's Class 8A-8 district semifinal. Aragon’s blast over the 340-foot sign in leftfield gave the Hurricanes a 6-1 lead in the top of the ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 10:03 p.m. | Corey Long

  • District baseball: Tampa Catholic 5, Sarasota Booker 0

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic’s record won’t blow you away, but coach Ty Griffin says you may end up being surprised. The Crusaders mixed some timely hitting with a sterling pitching performance from junior Roland Chacon to advance to the Class 4A-10 district championship with a 5-0 win over Sarasota Booker ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 9:54 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District baseball: Robinson staves off upset, to meet Jesuit

    TAMPA — Down to what might have been the last at-bat of his high school career, Robinson senior Jacob Jackson stepped to the plate in the ninth inning Tuesday, just trying to stay patient. Tied 3-all against Spoto with a runner on second base and one out in the Class ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 9:33 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District baseball: Sarasota Riverview 4, Palm Harbor University 0

    PALM HARBOR — While Sarasota Riverview’s Riley Gilliland was making quick work of top-seeded Palm Harbor University, the Hurricanes’ own lefty Riley was wriggling out of a series of jams. It all caught up to the ’Canes in the seventh inning. The visiting Rams (10-14) plated four runs for a ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 8:21 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region softball: Young pitchers making an impact

    Region softball: Young pitchers making an impact  SEMINOLE — With four senior starters returning, Osceola High coach Jerry King was confident his team could win a district softball title, so much that he requested to host the Class 6A-10 tournament this season. Then the unexpected happened. All four quit, either to get jobs, to concentrate on other ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • All-state boys basketball, Class 4A and 3A

    The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops present the 2014-15 boys Class 4A and 3A all-state teams. Players were selected based on in-person evaluations, a review of all-area teams selected by media from around the state, and recognition from the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches. Class 4A FIRST ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 2:40 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Track and field: Nature Coast girls first in 2A-7

    Track and field: Nature Coast girls first in 2A-7 BROOKSVILLE — The host Nature Coast Tech girls squad won their fourth straight district title on Monday after a weather postponement cut the meet in half from the week before. Meet officials got the field events and the 1,600 meters finished last Thursday in the Class 2A, District 7 meet ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Lindsay Boynton, female winner for April 11-17

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Lindsay Boynton, female winner for April 11-17 Lindsay Boynton has been so locked in that softballs appear as if they’re coming in slow motion across the plate. Usually, the barrel of her bat connects with the ball, sending it on a majestic arc to the fence or over it. Those mighty swings have produced eye-popping numbers: career ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 9:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Peter Litsky, male winner for April 11-17

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Peter Litsky, male winner for April 11-17 Male Hot Shot winner: Peter Litsky, Shorecrest Peter Litsky did not make it past the district tournament last season, though he was beaten by an eventual state champ in Canterbury’s Evan Holvoet.  Litsky was afraid the same thing might happen again this season. He had to get past Zach Bessette ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 5:21 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Clearwater football coach Donnie Abraham steps down

    Clearwater football coach Donnie Abraham steps down Clearwater High football coach Donnie Abraham announced Monday that he is resigning to pursue other opportunities. The decision comes a week before the start of spring football. Don Mesick, an assistant coach with the Tornadoes, will take over as interim head coach. Abraham, a former player for the Tampa Bay ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • All-state boys basketball, Class 2A and A

    The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops present the 2014-15 boys Class 2A and A all-state teams. Players were selected based on in-person evaluations, a review of all-area teams selected by media from around the state, and recognition from the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches. CLASS 2A FIRST ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 10:19 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Tampa Bay QB Challenge: Clearwater's Bryant on top

    Tampa Bay QB Challenge: Clearwater's Bryant on top TAMPA — Two years ago, Clearwater High’s Garrison Bryant finished third in the Tampa Bay Quarterback Challenge, losing top honors by just a few points. The rising senior was participating in the event for the last time Sunday. He distanced himself from the other seven quarterbacks in the finals by ...
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    Sun. April 19, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • District baseball schedules

    Schedules  Class 8A-7 at Bloomingdale Monday: No. 3 Plant vs. No. 6 Wharton, 4; No. 4 Newsome vs. No. 5 Bloomingdale, 7 Tuesday: No. 2 Riverview vs. Plant-Wharton winner, 4; No. 1 Alonso vs. Newsome-Bloomingdale winner, 7 Thursday: Final, 7  Class 8A-8 at various sites Tuesday: No. 4 Sarasota Riverview ...
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    Sat. April 18, 2015 at 6:08 p.m. | Times Staff

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