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  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings debut

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings debut 1. East Lake (3-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Largo; Friday vs. Jesuit  Lowdown: The Eagles needed to find pitching, and so far it looks good. Ryan Wall, Kyle Caldwell, Aidan Brady, Luis Duran and Christian James all pitched well in the Lee Byers Tournament, which the host Eagles won. East ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 16

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 16 1.Canterbury (2-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Bayshore Chr.; Thursday vs. Cambridge Chr.; Friday vs. Lecanto Lowdown: The Crusaders started the season with wins against Lakeside Christian and Kissimmee Osceola, by a combined 28-0. The lineup, which coach Jody Moore said includes seven players capable of hitting home runs, already showed ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 2:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 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, Feb. 7 through Friday, Feb. 13. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 11:44 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Region boys basketball: Dunedin 62, Nature Coast 56

    BROOKSVILLE — It had been 13 years since Dunedin had even qualified for the state playoffs and almost another 40 since the team had won a game when it got there. Those slumps all ended in an unlikely 62-56 victory over Nature Coast on Thursday night in the Class 5A ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 11:58 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region girls basketball: Land O'Lakes 49, Nature Coast 44

    LAND O’LAKES — It had already been a zany enough finish, so why not? Against conventional wisdom, with her team nursing a 44-42 lead against never-say-die Nature Coast, Jhade Hayes decided to step and attempt a 3-pointer. With 30 seconds left. “Honestly, it was a risk. I just shot it ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 9:28 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Soccer: Hillsborough/Pinellas boys and girls all star rosters set

    The Hillsborough vs. Pinellas senior all-star boys and girls soccer game will be held Friday, March 6, at Countryside High School. The girls game will start at 6 p.m., the boys at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students. Here are the rosters for the Hillsborough ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 1:08 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • These softball players swing mighty mean bats

    These softball players swing mighty mean bats For years, the long ball might as well have been an ancient artifact in softball, a rare find in a game dominated by power pitchers.  After all, there were plenty of aces in the bay area who wielded the most important weapon in the sport — speed. When they were ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 8:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25 softball rankings: Canterbury debuts at top

    HomeTeam 25 softball rankings: Canterbury debuts at top 1.Canterbury (0-0) This week: Tuesday at Lakeside Chr.; Friday at Kissimmee Osceola Lowdown: The two-time defending Class 2A state champions return eight starters, including Division I recruits Kama Woodall (NC State), shortstop Taylor Bump (Michigan), pitcher Hailey Hopkins (Kent State) and catcher Danielle Romanello (Florida). The only glaring absence is ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 6:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Universal Academy of Florida breaking stereotypes via athletics

    Universal Academy of Florida breaking stereotypes via athletics When the Universal Academy of Florida boys soccer players walked off the field at halftime of a tied game, Xs and Os were not immediately on their minds — not even in the biggest game in program history.  The sun had already fallen below the towering stadium lights at Player’s ...
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    Sun. Feb. 08, 2015 at 9:29 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Life in the spotlight amplifies anxieties for top recruits

    Life in the spotlight amplifies anxieties for top recruits The hype surrounding Byron Cowart’s college choice plagued the five-star football recruit for months on end. On the outside, reporters and recruiting analysts begged Cowart for tidbits, anything that would hint to where the most sought-after high school player in the nation would be spending his next three or four ...
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    Sat. Feb. 07, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Antonya English

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 31-Feb. 6

    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, Jan. 31 through Friday, Feb. 6. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 07, 2015 at 11:29 a.m. | Times Staff

  • District boys basketball: Nature Coast 63, Zephyrhills 57

    BROOKSVILLE — As has been the case for most of the season, the teams vying for the Class 5A, District 7 championship Friday night started slowly. Once the shots began to fall, however, the competition was furious as Nature Coast captured its fourth consecutive district title in a 63-57 victory ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 10:15 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region girls basketball: Land O'Lakes 55, Central 44

    LAND O’ LAKES — When Jhade Hayes got mad, Central couldn’t get even. Hayes started the second half by scoring seven points in less than a minute, propelling Land O’ Lakes to a 20-point lead and eventual 55-44 victory over Central in a Classs 5A region quarterfinal. Hayes scored 25 ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 9:54 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region girls basketball: Nature Coast 60, River Ridge 41

    BROOKSVILLE — River Ridge came out shooting and put a scare into Nature Coast, but it wasn’t enough to snag the Royal Knights’ first state playoff victory. The Sharks took advantage of River Ridge’s streaky offense to land a 60-41 win Thursday night in a Class 5A region quarterfinal. “We ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 9:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Tampa Bay's 2015 non-football commitments

    Gerhard Ago, Clearwater soccer King’s College Chardonay Aldrich, Palm Harbor basketball Eastern Florida State College Arielle Allen, King volleyball HCC Lauren Arrabito, Land O’Lakes soccer Florida Gulf Coast Erin Avers, Clearwater soccer Stetson Dylan Bailey, Hernando basketball Pasco-Hernando State College  Bryce Benedict, Carrollwood baseball Sewanee Erin Blackwell, Springstead soccer Nicholls ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Times Staff

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