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  • Dixie Hollins holds ceremony for three football signees

    Dixie Hollins had three football players – receiver Davontae Harrington, defensive lineman Ali Chamander and offensive lineman Clay Redmond – who signed during a ceremony in the school’s front office on Tuesday. Harrington, one of the top receivers in the area, is going to Ferris State. Last season, he had ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 10:07 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region baseball: Bishop McLaughlin 10, Orangewood Christian 9

    Region baseball: Bishop McLaughlin 10, Orangewood Christian 9 SPRING HILL — It took until nearly midnight before Bishop McLaughlin could finally celebrate its Class 3A region final win over Orangewood Christian. But for a team that has never advanced to the state semifinals, the wait was worth it. The Hurricanes endured a two-hour, 13-minute weather delay, blew a ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 12:15 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region baseball: Fort Myers Bishop Verot 1, Tampa Catholic 0

    FORT MYERS — In the midst of a scoreless game, Tampa Catholic was as close to Jet Blue Park, the home of the state final four, as it has ever been. The 13 miles separating the park and Bishop Verot High will have to suffice for this year. After 5 ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. | Adam Regan

  • Region baseball: Fort Myers Canterbury 3, Indian Rocks Christian 2

    FORT MYERS — It could have been a double-play ball in centerfield. It could have been an extra-inning game. It wasn’t. For Canterbury, the baseball bounced the right way in the bottom of the seventh inning at Rutenberg Community Park as the Cougars snagged a walk-off win in a Class ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 11:14 p.m. | Cory Mull

  • Region baseball: Durant 5, Kissimmee Osceola 3

    Region baseball: Durant 5, Kissimmee Osceola 3 PLANT CITY — In order to strengthen the defense in Durant’s Class 7A region final against Kissimmee Osceola on Tuesday, coach Butch Valdes decided to leave Harrison Theocharakis, often the designated hitter, out of the lineup.  The junior admitted he was bummed when he got the news before the big ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Springstead clears offensive hurdles

    HomeTeam Huddle: Springstead clears offensive hurdles SPRING HILL — Youth and inexperience on the offensive side of the ball forced Springstead to rely heavily on standout fullback Daniel Wright last year.   And while the senior produced, the one-dimensional attack eventually cost the back the last two weeks of season with a knee injury. “Wright was ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Bayshore Christian gets to state thanks to a little international infusion

    Bayshore Christian gets to state thanks to a little international infusion TAMPA — Bayshore Christian found itself in a familiar place on Friday night, taking on Orlando Christian Prep in the Class 2A region baseball final. Just a year before, the Faith Warriors traveled 90 miles west to take on that same opponent, which beat them 3-1 and ended the school’s ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 6:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • A win for the ageless: Woodka's team wins 50-over national title

    A win for the ageless: Woodka's team wins 50-over national title One of the most fulfilling weeks of Jerry Woodka's adulthood transpired something like this: Spend quality time with your mom in the mornings, turn back time at night. Eighty-year-old Judy Buchanan was among the spectators at Coral Springs Gymnasium watching her son, Tarpon Springs' veteran boys basketball coach, lead his ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 11:46 a.m. | Joey Knight

  • Region baseball: Everything’s clicking for Bishop McLaughlin

    Region baseball: Everything’s clicking for Bishop McLaughlin SPRING HILL — As the 2015 season got underway, Bishop McLaughlin coach Jeff Swymer figured his team was armed but not very dangerous.  There was no shortage of pitching. Nate Pearson was back to full speed after missing his junior year with a broken right arm. Franklin German, Carson Ragsdale ...
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    Mon. May 11, 2015 at 6:38 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Liv Chandler, female winner for May 2-8

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Liv Chandler, female winner for May 2-8 Female Hot Shot winner: Liv Chandler, Newsome Of the 35 hits in Liv Chandler’s high school career, none was bigger than the one the Newsome senior had last week against nationally ranked Oviedo Hagerty in the Class 8A state semifinals. Locked in a scoreless tie, Chandler ended the game with ...
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    Mon. May 11, 2015 at 5:03 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Mike Dodaro, male winner for May 2-8

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Mike Dodaro, male winner for May 2-8 Male Hot Shot winner: Mike Dodaro, Indian Rocks Christian Mike Dodaro has been a member of the Indian Rocks Christian baseball team since he was a freshman. Now a senior, he is a full-time starter and has contributed all season for the Golden Eagles.  The first baseman is hitting .253 ...
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    Mon. May 11, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Berkeley Prep focuses on veteran leadership

    HomeTeam Huddle: Berkeley Prep focuses on veteran leadership TAMPA — Veteran coach Dominick Ciao has guided the Berkeley Prep football team for eight seasons, but never before has he had to fill a bigger void when it comes to a graduating senior class.  Fourteen seniors leave this month, including three-year starting quarterback Brad Mayes, who racked up more ...
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    Mon. May 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State softball: Newsome makes history, gains notoriety

    State softball: Newsome makes history, gains notoriety photo gallery VERO BEACH — Newsome’s Cassidy Davis did not exactly run from the field after a flyball settled in her glove for the final out. She skipped, leaped, then came back to earth again, rushing toward a place she and her teammates imagined they would be all season. Finally ...
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    Sat. May 09, 2015 at 10:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Chamberlain comes up just short

    State softball: Chamberlain comes up just short VERO BEACH — By the time Chamberlain took the field for its Class 6A state championship game with Ocala Forest on Saturday night, the Chiefs had already redefined the role of plucky underdog in the postseason. Chamberlain, despite losing several players who either graduated or left the team, made it ...
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    Sat. May 09, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for May 2-8

    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, May 2 through Friday, May 8. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. May 09, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. | Times Staff

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