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  • Cotey: Five things to know about this football season

    Cotey: Five things to know about this football season The 2014 high school football season kicks off tonight with 78 teams from the Tampa Bay area on a quest for district, region and state titles. Here are five things you need to know about this season. 1. Winning a state title is getting harder Remember a few years ago ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Football: A baker’s dozen destined for greatness

    Football: A baker’s dozen destined for greatness Everyone knows how good Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III, East Lake’s George Campbell and Armwood’s Byron Cowart are. These are the lesser known guys we expect to take their turns in the spotlight this season. You can thank us in December.   WR/DB Tyree Austin, Sr., Pasco: While not the ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 3:33 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Fearless predictions for the 2014 football season

    Our staff writers gaze a bit into the future, offer their thoughts on the players and teams from around our coverage area who will have a big 2014 season:  FEARLESS PREDICTIONS  John C. Cotey Pinellas: Gibbs makes the playoffs. Hillsborough: Tampa Catholic’s Nate Craig is starting at quarterback by Week ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 12:39 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Week 1 predictions

    Our staff writers, along with guest pickers Josh Newberg of 247Sports, @pascocountyfb’s Tom Ketchum, Rivals’ Mike Singer and MaxPreps’ Stephen Spiewak, predict the top 10 games in Tampa Bay this week: Countryside at Lakewood John Cotey: Lakewood, 23-17 Rodney Page: Lakewood, 28-1 Kelly Parsons: Countryside, 18-17 Bob Putnam: Lakewood, 21-20 ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 11:07 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Step right up: HomeTeam Pick'em is back

    Welcome to another season of HomeTeam Pick Em, where I will attempt to defend my 2013 Championship against all comers. A few important notes: 1. Use your SAME name and email every week. I don't care if you wanna be cute and go by Thunderlips or Lucious Confucious, but once ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 5:34 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Tampa Bay volleyball preview

    Tampa Bay volleyball preview Tampa Bay volleyball teams put on a show last year at the state level in Kissimmee. Robinson, Berkeley Prep, Steinbrenner and Clearwater Central Catholic made the state semifinals in their respective classes, but none of the four had the chance to compete in the championship game. This season, those teams ...
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    Tue. Aug. 26, 2014 at 3:26 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Same view from the top

    HomeTeam 25: Same view from the top Pardon me while I just steal a little from past intros on how we picked Tampa Bay’s best football team. The ones that mention how once again our choices for No. 1 came down to Plant and Armwood, how one team had the tiniest of advantages over the other. Throw ...
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    Mon. Aug. 25, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Tampa Bay swimming preview

    Tampa Bay swimming preview East Lake’s Alexandra Aitchison and Sydney Pickrem spent the summer competing around the world in swim meets. At times during the high school season, they will be gone again, each traveling to different colleges on recruiting trips as two of the state’s top four prospects in the 2015 class. When ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 7:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Preseason football: River Ridge 37, Hernando 32

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Despite the incredible effort by Hernando running back D’Angelo Fagin, the efforts of junior running backs Chris Schwarz and Patrick Cook proved to too much for a gassed Leopard defense Friday night. What happened next might be the greatest comeback Ryan Benjamin had ever seen as ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 12:52 a.m. | Alejandro Tamayo

  • Preseason football: Lecanto 14, Weeki Wachee 12

    WEEKI WACHEE — Weeki Wachee shut out Lecanto for a half in the annual Fall Classic, but couldn’t cash in on opportunities on Lecanto’s side of the field. And a missed extra point turned out to be the difference, as Lecanto scored two touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 12:49 a.m. | Joseph Kornecki III

  • Preseason football: Nature Coast 23, Citrus 6

    BROOKSVILLE — It was only the preseason, but first-year coach Justin Worden’s success in his Nature Coast debut Friday night at the Shark Tank showed a renewed energy within the Sharks program. Nature Coast came back for a 23-6 victory over Citrus, who reached the postseason with a 9-2 record ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 12:38 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Preseason football: Springstead 20, Hudson 0

    SPRING HILL — Coming off of the best season in school history, Springstead looks ready for similar success this year. In Thursday’s preseason game at Booster Stadium, the Eagles shut out Hudson 20-0 in only two quarters of action. After forcing a three and out on Hudson’s opening possession, Springstead ...
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    Thu. Aug. 21, 2014 at 10:17 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Bay area’s elite, Plant vs. Armwood, reunite

    Bay area’s elite, Plant vs. Armwood, reunite Every year when the time for scheduling a preseason game approaches, Plant High football coach Robert Weiner calls around the state looking for the best opponent  for his four-time state champion Panthers.  Last year, it was Godby, the Tallahassee tank of a team that handed Plant a 19-point loss. In ...
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    Thu. Aug. 21, 2014 at 8:08 p.m. | John C. Cotey and Kelly Parsons

  • Associated Press state preseason football poll

    The Associated Press Preseason Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and AP poll 2013 final rankings. Area teams in bold: Class 8A Record    Pts    Prv   1. Miramar (11)   0-0          133    2      ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 12:46 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Golf: Tampa Bay season preview

    Golf: Tampa Bay season preview This year’s high school golf season could be awfully similar to last year’s golf season. Of the six 2013 Tampa Bay Times Players of the Year in the North Suncoast and Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, five return. They are Donnie Gabrelcik (Mitchell), Kelly Harris (Sunlake), Tyler Bakich (Newsome), Terese Romeo ...
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    Sat. Aug. 16, 2014 at 8:12 p.m. | Rodney Page

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