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HomeTeam Hot shots: Nominations for Feb. 21-27
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Jordan Broderick, softball, Seminole
Daneesha Davidson, track, Hillsborough
Aubrey Ehlers, softball, Dunedin
Ashley Gentz, track, Nature Coast
Lizzie Jackson, softball, Bloomingdale
Brook Schwaner, softball, River Ridge
Andrew Abbott, baseball, Alonso
Travis Bianco, basketball, St. Petersburg
David Kornitzer, track, Newsome
Jacob Mohr, wrestling, Boca Ciega
Storm Schenk, wrestling, Mitchell
Justin Young, baseball, Hernando
 

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  • No drama for Christian Pellage; Nature Coast OT sticks with South Carolina

    No drama for Christian Pellage; Nature Coast OT sticks with South Carolina BROOKSVILLE – Nature Coast senior offensive tackle Christian Pellage made his college plans official Wednesday morning. Pellage, who had verbally committed to South Carolina in November, signed his scholarship with the Gamecocks. The four-star recruit decided to stick with his commitment even after a late recruiting push by Florida and ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:57 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • And it's finally official: Armwood DE Byron Cowart signs with Auburn (with video)

    And it's finally official: Armwood DE Byron Cowart signs with Auburn (with video) SEFFNER — It was supposed to be over, that years-long recruiting process Armwood High School defensive end Byron Cowart — the nation’s top-ranked recruit — endured quite publicly. But even after signing a letter of intent, announcing his commitment before a packed house at the Hawks’ annual signing day ceremony ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Things to look forward to on national signing day

    Things to look forward to on national signing day Dozens of area high school football players will put their pens where their mouths were Wednesday, turning oral commitments into binding ones as they sign their letters of intent with colleges during that annual rite of passage known as national signing day.  Wednesday culminates a lengthy recruiting process for players and ...
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    Tue. Feb. 03, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Two Central linebackers commit

    Central coach Chris Sands announced two Bears linebackers verbally committed to their respective college programs. John Templar chose Chadron State, a Division II  program in Nebraska. The Eagles went 8-3 last season and have been a powerhouse under Jay Long, who is heading into his fourth season as coach. Under ...
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    Tue. Feb. 03, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Anatomy of an athlete: Quarterbacks in transition

    Anatomy of an athlete: Quarterbacks in transition Tampa Bay Tech quarterback Deon Cain has had some of the fastest feet in Tampa Bay, rushing for more than 2,600 yards the past two seasons while leading the Titans to their first region final appearance.  Lakewood quarterback Ryan Davis made a similar impact through the air, breaking the Pinellas ...
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    Mon. Feb. 02, 2015 at 7:36 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Bay district boys basketball preview

    Tampa Bay district boys basketball preview This week’s district boys basketball tournaments will feature an eclectic mix: the brand-name teams, the underdogs, the overlooked and the never-saw-it-coming. For those who crave upsets, look no further than the No. 3 seeds, the teams that just missed out on securing one of the two coveted spots in the ...
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    Sat. Jan. 31, 2015 at 9:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 24-30

    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. 24 through Friday, Jan. 30. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Jan. 31, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. | Times Staff

  • District girls basketball: Nature Coast 48, Central 37

    BROOKSVILLE — The first half saw some bumps in the road, but Nature Coast fittingly rebounded Friday night to capture the program’s sixth district title. The Sharks were down as many as seven points early, but a quality run before the half resulted in a 48-37 victory over Central in ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 9:22 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys soccer: River Ridge 2, Nature Coast 1 (PKs)

    BROOKSVILLE — It almost came down to a costly foul call as time was winding down, but Nature Coast wasn’t willing to end it that way. In an overtime thriller, the Sharks came up just short Thursday night as River Ridge squeaked out a 2-1 victory in the Class 3A ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys soccer: Sunlake 7, Weeki Wachee 1

    LAND O’LAKES — The team with nothing to lose was giving the team that rarely loses cause for concern. Weeki Wachee stunned Sunlake with a goal to pull within 2-1, and nearly tied it a couple of minutes later. Then Allan Lewis and his hulking frame squashed the Hornets’ hopes ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 9:50 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District girls basketball: Nature Coast shakes off recent turmoil

    BROOKSVILLE — The preseason favorite for the Class 5A, District 7 crown, Nature Coast has been dealing with many obstacles over the past month. But the team looked as sharp as ever during Wednesday’s semifinals. The host Sharks stamped their ticket to the state playoffs, cruising to a 60-33 victory ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:59 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region girls soccer: Land O’Lakes 4, Springstead 2

    LAND O’LAKES — Land O’Lakes knows only one speed — full throttle. The Gators (22-1) had posted lopsided shutouts through the district and region playoffs. On Tuesday, however, they faced a taller test in district champion Springstead (16-2-1) and talented forward Samantha Betters.  The Eagles had the muscle to counter ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel

    Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel Land O’Lakes High School runners, along with faculty members, gathered about 200 strong around the track Monday afternoon to complete one lap. They did it in memory of the school’s beloved cross country coach, Kris Keppel, who died Sunday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. “Coach Keppel was just ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season 1. Tarpon Springs (21-1, 14-0) This week: Monday at Clearwater, Tuesday vs. East Lake, Wednesday vs. Countryside Lowdown: The Spongers, who went undefeated in district play for the first time, can set another milestone with the best record in school history with wins this week.  2. Newsome (19-1, 9-1) This ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 6:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel dies

    Longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel dies Kris Keppel, who coached Land O’Lakes High School’s cross country teams for 21 years, died Sunday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 53. Mr. Keppel died at Gulfside Hospice in Zephyrhills, where he was admitted Saturday after his family was no longer able to take care of ...
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    Sun. Jan. 25, 2015 at 9:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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