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Anna Vollmer, volleyball, Calvary Christian
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  • Tampa Catholic's Nate Craig could miss season with broken fibula

    Tampa Catholic's Nate Craig could miss season with broken fibula Nate Craig, Tampa Catholic's 5-star wide receiver and an Auburn commitment, has a broken fibula, according to coach Mike Gregory. Whether any of this season can be salvaged for the 6-foot-2, 210-pound recruit rated No. 1 in the 2016 class by Rivals remains to be seen. Craig was injured on ...
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    Sun. Aug. 31, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunday Morning Quarterback: Underdogs have their day

    Sunday Morning Quarterback: Underdogs have their day SMQ Player of the Week: Dillon O’Toole, River Ridge Since getting hired at his alma mater in 2011, River Ridge coach Ryan Benjamin has spent a lot of time thinking about beating Land O’Lakes. He even bought a trophy — a gator mouth embedded on a black marble plaque — ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Aug. 23-29

    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, Aug. 23 through Friday, Aug. 29. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:52 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Four quarters: Rounding up the best and brightest from Friday night

    Four quarters: Rounding up the best and brightest from Friday night 4 teams to believe in Lennard: Supporters of Lennard, just 1-19 over the past two seasons, spent the past few days practically guaranteeing the Longhorns would beat East Bay. And, well, boom went the dynamite in a 28-7 win. Gulf: The Bucs have been more awful than the Longhorns recently. ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 2:17 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Football: Weeki Wachee 42, Interlachen 6

    Football: Weeki Wachee 42, Interlachen 6 Sophomore quarterback Alec Cromie made his varsity debut a memorable one, throwing for five touchdowns in the first half as the Hornets beat Interlachen for the third straight season. Cromie threw a pair of touchdowns to wide receiver Dayonta Patterson and running back Shawn O’Gorman, and one to Damion Kemper. ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:08 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Citrus 6, Springstead 0

    SPRING HILL — Springstead’s defense picked up right where it left off last season, completely shutting down Citrus on Friday. But it wasn’t enough. Sam Franklin returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown on the final play to give the Hurricanes a 6-0 win. “I’ve never lost a game ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 12:55 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Crystal River 26, Nature Coast 21

    BROOKSVILLE — The Nature Coast Sharks blew an nine-point fourth-quarter lead and lost again to Crystal River in heartbreaking fashion, 26-21, as Crystal River quarterback Khyrel Harvey connected with Keshon Hopkins on a 31-yard touchdown pass as time expired at the Shark Tank in the opener for both teams. Sharks ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 12:51 a.m. | Joseph Kornecki III

  • 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

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