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  • District softball: Admiral Farragut nabs first playoff berth

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a ho-hum victory for Admiral Farragut, a 15-0 rout over Northside Christian that was cut short after four innings because of the mercy rule. But Monday’s win in the Class 3A, District 10 semifinals was significant for the Blue Jackets, who secured their first playoff ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 10:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State tennis: Plant girls not ready to relinquish crown

    Plant’s hopes of a fourth consecutive girls state championship will last until the final day. The Panthers are among four teams clustered at the top after the first day of the Class 4A state tournament. They’ll resume play, along with rivals Boca Raton, Orlando Dr. Phillips and Cypress Bay, today ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State tennis: Rough Day 1 for North Suncoast teams

    The Class 2A state tournament didn’t quite go as planned for the Nature Coast boys and Pasco girls. The Sharks won only one of five opening-round singles matches and lost both doubles matches at the boys team tournament at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry on Monday. Alec Lund was ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:43 p.m. | Matt Baker and Rodney Page

  • State tennis: Boca Ciega’s Stefan, East Lake’s Deng make finals

    Boca Ciega’s Dan Stefan and East Lake’s Angel Deng will both play for individual state championships today. Stefan will play for his second straight Class 2A individual state title after winning two matches at the state tournament Monday at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford. Stefan, the No. 1-seeded player in ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Winners for April 5-11

    HomeTeam Hot Shots A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week. Female Hot Shot: Assata Trader, Shorecrest Sport: Track and field   Skinny: After winning an unexpected state title in the 100 meters last season, Trader went from being an under-the-radar sprinter to the prohibitive favorite that ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Column: Middleton sprinter aims for another important score

    Column: Middleton sprinter aims for another important score Anthony “Shug” Rhynes is charging toward the finish line, knees up and down, arms churning, cleats banging away on the rubber track — bap, bap, bap — with nothing in front of him. It’s just Rhynes and the clock. Just like always. Saturday morning, Rhynes took his ACT one more ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:04 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Vincent Testaverde picks Texas Tech, and other Jesuit signings

    Seven Jesuit athletes – including QB Vincent Testaverde – plan to sign to play college ball in a ceremony Wednesday morning, the school announced Monday morning. Testaverde – the son of Miami’s Heisman Trophy winner and former Buc – will play at Texas Tech. He helped the Tigers win the ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 3:51 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Baseball: St. Petersburg's David Phrathep signs with Milligan College

    St. Petersburg third baseman/catcher David Phrathep has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Milligan (Tenn.) College, according to coach Travis Phelps. Phelps said it is an 80 percent scholarship and that Phrathep has been recruited to play catcher. He has played mostly third base this season. Phrathep ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 1:33 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Central's Samantha Bishop signing with Lenoir Rhyne

    Central middle hitter Samantha Bishop plans to sign with Lenoir Rhyne, the Bears announced Monday. Bishop earned second-team all-North Suncoast honors as a junior, racking up almost 40 aces and more than 300 kills. Bishop will make her commitment official with a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Central. Lenoir Rhyne ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Recruiting updates from Pasco, Jefferson, Riverview and Fivay

    A few recruiting notes from this weekend: * Two Riverview athletes plan to sign Monday afternoon, the school announced. Kierra Haywood will sign to play basketball at Florida State College. The 6-foot-1 senior post led the Sharks in scoring (19.5 points per game), rebounding (13.9) and blocks (3.3). She was ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 10:13 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Jerica Coley's career a success with or without the WNBA

    Jerica Coley's career a success with or without the WNBA She left St. Petersburg as one of its most decorated high school basketball players, an unselfish teammate with the ability to take over a game when she needed to, with a basket or an assist or a steal. But usually a basket. And yet, college coaches weren’t banging down Jerica ...
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    Sun. April 13, 2014 at 3:39 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Miami football lands Freedom's Scott Patchan

    Freedom DE Scott Patchan has orally committed to Miami, he announced Saturday afternoon via Twitter during a trip to see the Hurricanes’ spring game. Patchan is one of Tampa Bay’s top recruits. Rivals considers the junior a four-star recruit and the country’s No. 17 strongside defensive end, and he was ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State tennis preview

    State tennis preview TAMPA — When Caroline Lozo made her first trip to the state tournament as a wide-eyed seventh grader, she took the experience for granted. “I didn’t necessarily know what going to states meant,”  she said. “It was my first year. I assumed we would go every year, not realizing how ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 3:13 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 5-11

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, April 5 through Friday, April 11. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 3:12 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District track: Nature Coast sweeps 2A-7

    BROOKSVILLE — For the third consecutive season, Nature Coast came into the district meet with brooms in hand. And the girls and boys swept Class 2A, District 7 on Friday at Central. Ridgewood, which finished with 112 points, took control of the boys meet in the field events. But the ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 12:44 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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