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  • 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

  • Florida parents, coaches eye new California law limiting football contact

    Florida parents, coaches eye new California law limiting football contact Professional photographer Melissa Bonacci often spent her free time taking photos of the Largo High School football team. During a preseason game against Dunedin last August, Bonacci’s son, cornerback Taj Taylor, came up to her on the sideline with a request. “Mom, make sure you get some good pictures of ...
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    Fri. Aug. 15, 2014 at 11:52 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Springstead: 2014 football preview

    Springstead: 2014 football preview Springstead Coach: Mike Garofano (second season, 11-2) Last season: 11-2 Class/district: 6A-6 Colors: Blue, red and white Stadium: Booster Stadium, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill Playoff history: 1993, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013 Last appearance: Beat Citrus 21-6; beat Gainesville 27-7; lost 41-0 to Armwood. Season schedule Aug. 29 ...
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    Wed. Aug. 13, 2014 at 9:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Class 6A, District 6: 2014 football preview

    Class 6A, District 6: 2014 football preview We’re rolling out daily district previews for all 78 varsity football teams in the area. Today we look at a competitive Pasco/Hernando County district. Overview The district had a fierce three-team battle last season, and don’t be surprised if it heads in that direction again as defending champion Springstead, runnerup ...
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    Wed. Aug. 13, 2014 at 5:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Weeki Wachee: 2014 football preview

    Weeki Wachee: 2014 football preview Weeki Wachee Coach: Mark Lee (third season, 6-14) Last season: 3-7 Class/district: 5A-6 Colors: Dark green, silver and black Stadium: Hornets Nest. 12150 Vespa Way, Weeki Wachee Playoff appearances: None Season schedule Aug. 29 vs. Interlachen, 7:30 Sept. 5 at Springstead, 7:30 Sept. 12 vs.  Hudson, 7:30 Sept. 19 at ...
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    Sat. Aug. 09, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Nature Coast: 2014 football preview

    Nature Coast: 2014 football preview Nature Coast  Coach: Justin Worden (first season) Last season: 4-6  Class/district: 5A-6 Colors: Blue and black Stadium: The Shark Tank, 4057 California St., Brooksville Playoff appearances: 2006, 2007, 2009 Last appearance: Lost 34-22 at Citra North Marion Season schedule  Aug. 29 vs. Crystal River, 7:30 Sept. 12 at Springstead, 7:30 ...
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    Sat. Aug. 09, 2014 at 3:34 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Hernando: 2014 football preview

    Hernando: 2014 football preview Hernando Coach: Bill Vonada (first season; 16th overall,79-75) Last season: 3-7 Class/district: 5A-6 Colors: Purple and gold Stadium: Tom Fisher Stadium, 200 E. Kelly St., Brooksville Playoff appearances: 1967, 1981, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011 Last appearance: Lost 60-3 to Gainesville. Season schedule Aug. 29 at ...
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    Sat. Aug. 09, 2014 at 3:17 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Central: 2014 football preview

    Central: 2014 football preview Coach: Chris Sands (first season) Last season: 0-10 Class/district: 5A-6 Colors: Blue and silver Stadium: Bears Den, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville Playoff appearances: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006 Last appearance: Lost 21-20 to Daytona Beach Seabreeze. Season schedule Aug. 29 at Hudson, 7:30 Sept. 5 at The Villages, ...
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    Sat. Aug. 09, 2014 at 3:09 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Class 5A, District 6: 2014 football preview

    Class 5A, District 6: 2014 football preview Fall football practices for Tampa Bay football teams officially kicked off this week. We’re rolling out daily district previews for all 78 varsity teams in the area. Today we look at a mostly all-Hernando and Pasco district. Overview South Sumter rolled through the district last year, scoring 34, 51, 63, ...
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    Sat. Aug. 09, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage picks South Carolina

    Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage picks South Carolina Four years ago, Nature Coast offensive lineman Christian Pellage weighed 225 pounds. He was raw. His technique was not sound. “I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he said. Since then, Pellage has grown in size (6-foot-7, 290 pounds) and stature. On Friday, he was the big man on ...
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    Fri. Aug. 08, 2014 at 2:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay independents: 2014 football preview

    Tampa Bay independents: 2014 football preview Fall football practices for Tampa Bay football teams officially kicked off this week. We’re rolling out daily district previews for all 78 varsity teams in the area. And independent teams, we didn’t forget about you. You’re up first: Overview| A year ago, Bishop McLaughlin (3A-4), Shorecrest (3A-5) and Keswick Christian ...
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    Wed. Aug. 06, 2014 at 7:23 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Admiral Farragut center’s passion for the game is in focus

    Admiral Farragut center’s passion for the game is in focus As Corey Luckenbill prepares to snap the football, he can feel the laces between his fingers. He can hear his teammates’ shouts, smell the sweat and freshly cut grass. What the Admiral Farragut Academy reserve center cannot do is clearly see the players around him.  Corey, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound sophomore, ...
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    Mon. Aug. 04, 2014 at 6:17 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage ready to select college

    Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage ready to select college Nature Coast offensive tackle Christian Pellage will announce his college commitment Friday at 2 p.m. at the school’s gym. The three-star 2015 prospect said he doesn’t have a list of finalists, but he holds more than two-dozen offers, including Florida State, Florida, Alabama and Ohio State. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Pellage ...
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    Mon. Aug. 04, 2014 at 1:22 p.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Christian Pellage
      Florida State University, Ohio State University, University of Alabama, University of Florida
  • Sling N Shoot top Tampa Bay performers

    Sling N Shoot top Tampa Bay performers Area teams came up big in the weekend Sling N Shoot 7-on-7 tournament at USF, with three teams — Armwood, East Lake and Alonso — making the semifinals. Armwood eventually prevailed, beating East Lake 20-13 in the championship Sunday. Here are the players who caught our eye Sunday:  Top 10 ...
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    Mon. July 21, 2014 at 1:52 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Jacob Lynn

  • Armwood prevails in Sling N Shoot

    Armwood prevails in Sling N Shoot TAMPA — Armwood finished Day 1 of the USF Sling N Shoot 7-on-7 tournament a perfect 5-0. But Sunday morning when they returned to the field to finish pool play, the Hawks found themselves in a little bit of trouble. It was a close game with St. Petersburg Catholic, but the Hawks ...
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    Sun. July 20, 2014 at 6:56 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Jacob Lynn

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