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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 21-27

    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, March 21 through Friday, March 27. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 28, 2015 at 10:55 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Bill to ease transfers still in play

    A bill that would make it easier for some students to transfer for athletic purposes was approved by the House Education Committee on Thursday and moves on to another committee in the House for perusal. The latest bill aimed to negate some of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Latest bill targeting FHSAA, easing transfers fires up coaches

    Tampa Bay area coaches, alarmed by the number of athletes who already switch schools seemingly at will, have long clamored for the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt a more stringent transfer policy.  But a bill that the House Education Committee is scheduled to hear Thursday does the opposite, ...
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    Wed. March 25, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Springstead 4, Mitchell 3

    TRINITY — When Mitchell’s Kelsea Vanderveer smacked her fourth home run of the season for a 2-0 Mitchell lead Tuesday, it had the feel of a putaway shot, especially considering it came off area strikeout leader Louisa Disi. But Springstead was far from deterred. Instead the Eagles came to life, ...
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    Tue. March 24, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23 1.Canterbury (12-1, 2-0) This week:  Monday at Keswick Christian; Thursday-Saturday (Kissimmee Klassic) Lowdown: The Crusaders’ lone loss was to Class 5A, No. 5 ranked Belleview in nine innings at the Gulliver Prep Slamfest two weeks ago. Turns out, Belleview is one of the strongest teams in the state, especially after ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 3:46 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 23 1. Brandon (12-2) This week: Tuesday vs. Durant; Friday vs. Tampa Bay Tech Lowdown: Since losing in extra innings at the Saladino tournament, the Eagles have won three straight and outscored opponents 17-1. Drayden Williams is hitting .450 to pace the offense, and Antonio Velez already has seven wins as ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Softball: Nature Coast tops Hernando in Leopard Slam consolation game

    BROOKSVILLE — While Coral Springs Charter was capturing the fourth annual Leopard Slam championship on the main field in a 5-0 win over South Sumter, defending champion Hernando was fighting for third place in its own tournament. The Leopards squared off against county rival Nature Coast in the consolation final, ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 14-20

    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, March 14 through Friday, March 20. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 21, 2015 at 11:54 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys soccer (with video)

    Pinellas Player of the Year: Ryan Cooksey, Sr., Palm Harbor University At 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, Cooksey does not loom large on the soccer field. But he played a pivotal role as a defender for the Hurricanes, who made the playoffs and advanced to the region final for the first time ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin 2, Hernando 0

    BROOKSVILLE – By the end of the first inning of the Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Spring Tournament semifinal against Hernando on Thursday night, Bishop McLaughlin pitcher Nate Pearson had his game plan. He was going to throw fastballs until the Leopards caught up to it. They rarely did. Pearson threw ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 12:26 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls soccer (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls soccer (with video) Pinellas Player of the Year: Shalisa Crowell, Sr., Palm Harbor University Palm Harbor University coach John Planamenta said Crowell was the glue that held this year’s team together. The Hurricanes were 17-2-2 despite losing almost half the team to graduation from the previous season. “She reads the game so well,” ...
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    Thu. March 19, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 16

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 16 1.Bloomingdale (9-1, 4-1) This week: Tuesday vs. Durant; Friday vs. Plant; Saturday at Plant. Lowdown: The Bulls, ranked 12th nationally by USA Today and 13th by MaxPreps, move into the top spot. The lone loss was by a run to Wharton last month. Since then, the Bulls have won five ...
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    Mon. March 16, 2015 at 7:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 16

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 16 1. Northeast (13-0) This week: Today at St. Petersburg, Tuesday at Countryside, Friday vs. Clearwater Lowdown: The Vikings had a dramatic comeback win against Pinellas Park last week to remain undefeated. They trailed 9-3 in the sixth before winning 10-9 in the seventh inning. With a win over Countryside on ...
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    Mon. March 16, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • State wrestling: Springstead finishes as runnerup in 2A

    State wrestling: Springstead finishes as runnerup in 2A KISSIMMEE — It wasn’t what the team was hoping for, but placing as the runnerup in Class 2A to Brandon is nothing to sneeze at. Springstead excelled once again at the state meet, scoring 115 points to finish second to 26-time champion Brandon (177), bringing home yet another trophy from ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 9:59 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 7-13

    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, March 7 through Friday, March 13. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 12:40 p.m. | Times Staff

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