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  • Times’ all-Tampa Bay baseball teams

    Player of the Year: Kyle Tucker, Jr., Plant  Two years ago, outfielder Kyle Tucker had just two home runs in his freshman season at Plant, one of which was inside the park. So this season, when the Florida commit blasted nine balls over the fence during his junior campaign, the ...
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    Sat. June 14, 2014 at 7:19 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Times' all-Tampa Bay softball teams

    Player of the Year: Kenzi Maguire, Jr., River Ridge  Kenzi Maguire has the kind of numbers you want in a clean-up hitter. She poked seven home runs, doubled 15 times and drove in 45 runs. Her slugging percentage was a robust 1.216. So, what is she doing hitting leadoff? Well, ...
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    Fri. June 13, 2014 at 6:25 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Times’ all-North Suncoast baseball teams

    Player of the Year: Jason Heinrich, Jr., River Ridge Why we picked him: There was no better all-around player than Heinrich, who was good enough that he could have been selected as player or pitcher of the year. As a hitter, he led the North Suncoast with a .534 average ...
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    Thu. June 12, 2014 at 5:59 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 100: Nominate Tampa Bay's top football players

    We don't need your name. Just your opinion, a link to Hudl film if you'd like, stats to back up your opinion. Go ahead. Get involved. Have some fun.    Loading...
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    Thu. June 12, 2014 at 12:43 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Times’ all-North Suncoast softball teams

    Player of the year: Kenzi Maguire, Jr., River Ridge Why we picked her: Maguire is unanimously agreed upon as the best softball player in Pasco County. It’s hard to find something the Sunshine Athletic Conference Player of the Year doesn’t do well. She is probably a No. 3 or 4 ...
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    Wed. June 11, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Bay area baseball players head to elite national showcase

    Bay area baseball players head to elite national showcase TAMPA — A decade ago, Sickles had no trouble stringing together winning baseball seasons. That was until a new high school opened less than 8 miles away. Steinbrenner, which draws some of the talent from the Gryphons’ area, has never had a losing season since opening in 2009. Sickles, on ...
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    Tue. June 10, 2014 at 3:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Schools' academic reputations hold the edge for these football players

    Schools' academic reputations hold the edge for these football players For the past 23 years, Mike Tracy has choreographed the complex recruiting dance of trying to lure quality prospects to high-academic institutions in the lower tier of college football. Tracy, the defensive coordinator at Hartwick College (N.Y.), gets a jump on the recruiting process by helping out at football camps ...
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    Mon. June 09, 2014 at 6:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • MLB first-year player draft: Locals go on Day 3

    MLB first-year player draft: Locals go on Day 3 Two local players were taken on Day 2 of the 2014 MLB first-year player draft — Peter Miller (Cambridge Christian/Florida State) and Thomas Dorminy (Alonso/Faulkner University). Current/former local high school and area small-college players joining them on Day 3 were:  2B Mike Abreu, HIllsborough Community College (17th, 510, Diamondbacks): The ...
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    Sat. June 07, 2014 at 7:42 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Times’ all-North Suncoast track and field teams

    Boys Athlete of the year: Devon Jerothe, River Ridge, Sr. Why we picked him: After finishing fourth at state in the pole vault last year, Jerothe dominated the event this season, winning conference, district and region titles. But the performance that put him over the top was at the Class ...
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    Sat. June 07, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football wrapup

    Spring football wrapup Spring football always introduces us to new faces, gives us a glimpse of turnaround teams and proves that the elite players are still very much top-tier talents. Our thoughts after teams stowed away the pads for spring: Breakout players Trent Chmelik, Countryside: The junior, who is taking over as the ...
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    Thu. June 05, 2014 at 6:24 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Osceola ace Keith Weisenberg impresses MLB scouts

    Osceola ace Keith Weisenberg impresses MLB scouts Keith Weisenberg has 20 guns pointed at him, and he isn’t even fazed. Osceola High is playing Northeast in an early season baseball game, and Weisenberg is mowing down Vikings as major-league scouts point radar guns and jot down notes. When his work is done after the fifth inning, the ...
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    Wed. June 04, 2014 at 6:59 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • MLB draft notebook: Coach preps Wiregrass Ranch’s Drury

    MLB draft notebook: Coach preps Wiregrass Ranch’s Drury Zach Drury didn’t think about the fact that he hadn’t given up a hit until the fifth inning of Wiregrass Ranch’s Class 7A, District 8 championship game against Sickles on April 25. Once it crossed his mind, all he tried to do was make it go away. “Our athletic trainer ...
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    Tue. June 03, 2014 at 5:36 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Uncertainty’s a certainty for Mitchell's Cobi Johnson as draft nears

    Uncertainty’s a certainty for Mitchell's Cobi Johnson as draft nears HOLIDAY — Cobi Johnson was still wearing diapers when he got his first exposure to the baseball life, shuttling from Tennessee to Toronto or wherever his dad’s professional career took him that month. Since then, he has hit a home run at Cooperstown, played catch with big leaguers, pitched at ...
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    Mon. June 02, 2014 at 7:14 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Times’ all-North Suncoast tennis teams

    Girls Player of the year: Grace Curren, So., Hernando Why we picked her: Curren was dominant on the North Suncoast this year at No. 1 singles, not dropping a single local match and advancing to the Class 2A state tournament. Her only regular-season loss was to Madison Gamble at Lecanto ...
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    Sat. May 31, 2014 at 5:27 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Hernando County linemen headed to North Carolina programs

    Weeki Wachee lineman Brendan Clifton has signed with Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. The 5-foot-11, 240-pound senior was a three-starter for the Hornets. He had 19 tackles last fall. Springstead DL Shane Wiggins signed with North Carolina Wesleyan, an NCAA Division III program. Wiggins helped take the Eagles to the ...
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    Tue. May 27, 2014 at 6:32 p.m. | Matt Baker

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