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  • State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch boys close in on title

    The Wiregrass Ranch boys tennis team is poised to become the school’s first state championship squad after a dominating and near-perfect opening day Wednesday at the Class 3A championships in Altamonte Springs. The Bulls were sitting in first place with 21 points (out of a possible 22), while second-place and ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Blake's Shavar Manuel ranked No. 2 in country, receives Army invite

    Blake's Shavar Manuel ranked No. 2 in country, receives Army invite Blake's sack-happy sophomore defensive lineman Shavar Manuel doesn't graduate until 2016, but 247Sports and the U.S. Army aren't wasting any time. Manuel, a 6-foot-3, 260-pounder, was invited to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American game Wednesday, and followed that up by making a giant splash in the 247Sports latest ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Bay area well represented in ESPN 300

    Ten Tampa Bay football players in the class of 2015 made the cut for the latest ESPN 300. Armwood defensive end Byron Cowart, a five-star recruit who had 13 sacks and three fumble recoveries last season, is the highest-ranked local player at No. 5. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior boasts a ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 4:04 p.m. | Times Staff

    • Recruit: Byron Cowart
      Auburn University, Florida State University, LSU, University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Nebraska
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • North Suncoast district softball preview with schedules

    North Suncoast district softball preview with schedules NEW PORT RICHEY — When Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger didn’t start his ace Tuesday against River Ridge, he was thinking ahead. To districts. To regionals. To the hard road to the state finals. Beginning Monday, every game could be the last for local softball teams, and every match-up could be pivotal, ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Christian Pellage lands latest Under Armour invite

    The next Under Armour All-American Game could have a large local presence. Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage became the latest area player to receive an invite to the prestigious high school all-star game, he announced Thursday night. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound tackle is a four-star recruit. He holds offers from all ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 10:17 a.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Christian Pellage
      Florida State University, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of South Florida
  • Region tennis: Springstead makes history

    BROOKSVILLE — A day after winning the first region match it its 33-year history, host Springstead advanced to state by beating Ocala Forest 4-3 in a Class 3A region final at Delta Woods Park on Thursday. “For three years, we’ve gotten closer and closer, qualifying for regionals,” Eagles senior Hank ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • North Suncoast: Baseball super 7, stats

    Baseball super 7 Records through Wednesday. 1. River Ridge (15-4, 11-2): We’re not sure the Royal Knights have ever graced the top spot in this super 7, but they are deserving. Not only have they won five straight and 10 of their past 11, but the Royal Knights also boast ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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