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  • District girls basketball: Nature Coast 48, Central 37

    BROOKSVILLE — The first half saw some bumps in the road, but Nature Coast fittingly rebounded Friday night to capture the program’s sixth district title. The Sharks were down as many as seven points early, but a quality run before the half resulted in a 48-37 victory over Central in ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 9:22 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys soccer: River Ridge 2, Nature Coast 1 (PKs)

    BROOKSVILLE — It almost came down to a costly foul call as time was winding down, but Nature Coast wasn’t willing to end it that way. In an overtime thriller, the Sharks came up just short Thursday night as River Ridge squeaked out a 2-1 victory in the Class 3A ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys soccer: Sunlake 7, Weeki Wachee 1

    LAND O’LAKES — The team with nothing to lose was giving the team that rarely loses cause for concern. Weeki Wachee stunned Sunlake with a goal to pull within 2-1, and nearly tied it a couple of minutes later. Then Allan Lewis and his hulking frame squashed the Hornets’ hopes ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 9:50 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District girls basketball: Nature Coast shakes off recent turmoil

    BROOKSVILLE — The preseason favorite for the Class 5A, District 7 crown, Nature Coast has been dealing with many obstacles over the past month. But the team looked as sharp as ever during Wednesday’s semifinals. The host Sharks stamped their ticket to the state playoffs, cruising to a 60-33 victory ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:59 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region girls soccer: Land O’Lakes 4, Springstead 2

    LAND O’LAKES — Land O’Lakes knows only one speed — full throttle. The Gators (22-1) had posted lopsided shutouts through the district and region playoffs. On Tuesday, however, they faced a taller test in district champion Springstead (16-2-1) and talented forward Samantha Betters.  The Eagles had the muscle to counter ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel

    Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel Land O’Lakes High School runners, along with faculty members, gathered about 200 strong around the track Monday afternoon to complete one lap. They did it in memory of the school’s beloved cross country coach, Kris Keppel, who died Sunday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. “Coach Keppel was just ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season 1. Tarpon Springs (21-1, 14-0) This week: Monday at Clearwater, Tuesday vs. East Lake, Wednesday vs. Countryside Lowdown: The Spongers, who went undefeated in district play for the first time, can set another milestone with the best record in school history with wins this week.  2. Newsome (19-1, 9-1) This ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 6:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel dies

    Longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel dies Kris Keppel, who coached Land O’Lakes High School’s cross country teams for 21 years, died Sunday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 53. Mr. Keppel died at Gulfside Hospice in Zephyrhills, where he was admitted Saturday after his family was no longer able to take care of ...
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    Sun. Jan. 25, 2015 at 9:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25 top recruits for 2015

    Tampa Bay recruits — from our four-county coverage area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando) — as ranked by Tampa Bay Times staff. Name, school Pos. Ht/Wt Schools 1. Byron Cowart, Armwood DE 6-4/250 Undecided: Florida, FSU, Auburn 2. Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech WR 6-1/195 Clemson 3. George Campbell, East Lake ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:25 p.m. | Times Staff

    • Recruit: Byron Cowart
      Auburn University, Florida State University, University of Florida
  • Area 2016 cupboard barer after top recruits flock to IMG

    Area 2016 cupboard barer after top recruits flock to IMG Take a quick glance at the Tampa Bay recruiting class for 2016, and a few big names appear to be missing.  Blake’s Shavar Manuel, ESPN’s No. 2 recruit nationally, is coming off a junior season in which he amassed a whopping 20 sacks. He’d easily be at the top of ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:23 p.m. | Rodney Page

    • Recruit: Saivion Smith
      Florida State University, LSU, University of Florida
  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 17-23

    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, Jan. 17 through Friday, Jan. 23. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 11:54 a.m. | Times Staff

  • District boys soccer: Nature Coast 1, Weeki Wachee 0

    BROOKSVILLE — Whoever won the Class 3A, District 7 championship game, history was going to be made. Neither team had ever won a district title. Nature Coast changed that with a 1-0 victory over Weeki Wachee on a rain-soaked field.   “I’ve been here for six years, and my goal ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:24 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region girls soccer: Springstead 4, Pasco 0

    Region girls soccer: Springstead 4, Pasco 0 SPRING HILL — Heading into Thursday night’s Class 3A region quarterfinal, Springstead was 1-11 all time in postseason play. That drought was left in the dust in a convincing shutout victory. Coming off of a district title, the Eagles overpowered Pasco on the way to a 4-0 win. “This isn’t ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 9:52 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Tampa Bay district girls basketball preview

    Tampa Bay district girls basketball preview There are certain days when Necole Tunsil has to remind herself that she is Lakewood’s varsity coach, not junior varsity. There are no seniors on the Spartans’ roster. But there are four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. “They have absolutely tested my patience,” Tunsil said. “I have never, in ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 6:55 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • District boys soccer: Weeki Wachee stops Central’s Cinderella run

    BROOKSVILLE — The Cinderella run for Central came to an end on Wednesday night. In the first of two all-Hernando County semifinals in Class 3A, District 7, Weeki Wachee dispatched the Bears 2-0. Central (4-15-2) came into the district tournament with only two victories all season, but showing great determination, ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:05 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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