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  • Boys basketball: Thirty bay area players to watch

    Boys basketball: Thirty bay area players to watch G Darius Banks, So., St. Petersburg: The 6-foot-4 guard is among the area’s best in the 2017 class and will be one of the Green Devils’ top scoring options this season. G Marco Behori, Sr., Seminole: Last year, he was given player of the year consideration in Pinellas County after ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 5:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Gibbs debuts at the top

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Gibbs debuts at the top 1. Gibbs (2-0): No bay area team displays as much defensive tenacity as the Gladiators. They allowed a combined 59 points in wins against Northeast and Pinellas Park last week. Despite losing guard Daniel Davis, who transferred to Tarpon Springs, Gibbs still has depth. Barry Brown, a Kansas State commit, ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 3:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Rest for some, holiday tourneys for others

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Rest for some, holiday tourneys for others 1. Seffner Christian (4-0, 1-0) This week: No games Lowdown: Seffner Christian has proven why it’s Tampa Bay’s top team, beating its first four opponents 316-120, including a 102-6 trampling of Carrollwood Day. Five Crusaders are averaging double-digit points per game through the first four contests.  2. Calvary Christian (2-0, ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Nov. 15-21

    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, Nov. 15  through Friday, Nov. 21. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 11:26 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Boys basketball: Nature Coast 69, Hernando 64 (OT)

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast has been at the pinnacle of North Suncoast hoops for the past decade, but on paper, the team seemed vulnerable coming into this season. At the expense of their county and Class 5A, District 7 rival Hernando, the Sharks sent a message in their opener Friday ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:43 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sunday Morning QB: Record-breaking edition

    Sunday Morning QB: Record-breaking edition Team of the Week Spoto. The Spartans won the school’s first-ever playoff game with an impressive 42-6 win over Lake Wales. It was only the third playoff game Spoto has played and sets up a rematch with district champion Jesuit. Running back Todd Sims came up big, with 114 yards ...
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    Sun. Nov. 16, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • State cross country: Calvary Christian's Brookover leads Pinellas contingent

    State cross country: Calvary Christian's Brookover leads Pinellas contingent TALLAHASSEE — Pinellas and North Suncoast runners kept their pulses pounding and pushed the leaders on a frigid North Florida morning at Apalachee Regional Park for the state cross country meet. The best individual effort came from Calvary Christian's Hannah Brookover. Brookover, eighth at last year's meet, moved up to ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 6:22 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Nov. 8-14

    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, Nov. 8  through Friday, Nov. 14. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 11:26 a.m. | Times Staff

  • State swimming: Ridgewood’s Muratovic captures elusive 100 free gold

    STUART — Emir Muratovic’s dream of winning the 100 freestyle title last year ended in the starting blocks at the district meet. That was where a judge determined the minor twitch was enough to send Muratovic back to the Ridgewood tent, disqualifying him from the rest of the postseason in ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 9:40 p.m. | Mike Readling

  • Playoff football primer: If you like postseason firsts …

    Playoff football primer: If you like postseason firsts … Twenty-seven Tampa Bay football teams kick off the first round of the postseason Friday night. We wrap up our playoff primer series with the teams to watch if you like playoff firsts. Mitchell (6-4) at Gainesville (5-5): This isn’t actually the first time Andy Schmitz has made the playoffs as ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • State cross country: Class 2A preview

    State cross country: Class 2A preview State cross country  Where: Apalachee Regional Park, Tallahassee When: Class 2A girls, 9:10 a.m.; Class 2A boys, 10 a.m. Saturday Admission: $9; parking is $5 Class 2A outlook: Charlotte County’s Lemon Bay girls dominated the region 3 meet at Anclote last weekend, but are seeded 13th based on their times ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 1:26 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • East Lake's George Campbell presented with Under Armour jersey

    East Lake's George Campbell presented with Under Armour jersey East Lake receiver George Campbell, the nation's top athlete in the 2015 class according to ESPN, was presented with his jersey for his selection to play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday during an assembly in the gymnasium. Campbell, a five-star recruit who committed to Florida State in ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • For Mike Alstott, football and family bring new rewards

    For Mike Alstott, football and family bring new rewards ST. PETERSBURG — In many households, the important conversations are saved for dinner time. And so, on this particular night, 11-year-old Griffin sat at the table and was about to have the big talk with Mom and Dad. Truth be told, this wasn’t even his idea. His little buddy down ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 7:01 p.m. | Tom Jones

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