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  • HomeTeam Huddle: Mitchell eyes prize in new, tougher district

    HomeTeam Huddle: Mitchell eyes prize in new, tougher district TRINITY — A taste of the postseason, Mitchell’s first in 11 years, has the Mustangs questing for the next step: a district title. But they’re placed in the new, strong and remarkably balanced-looking Class 6A-6 along with Sunlake, Pasco, Springstead and Land O’Lakes. “Sunlake and Pasco stand out as the ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere and Darek Sharp

  • Region baseball: Not the usual playoff field

    Region baseball: Not the usual playoff field Boca Ciega coach Ralph Rogers stopped himself in mid-sentence. “We are hosting Robinson … wait, hosting? Yes. We are hosting. Feels great to say that. Haven’t been able to say that before,” he said. That’s because the Pirates hadn’t won a district championship since 1988. That team fell one game ...
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    Tue. April 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Athlete update: Keith Harrington becomes a top option at Washington State

    Athlete update: Keith Harrington becomes a top option at Washington State As a three-year starter at Northeast, Keith Harrington showed off the acceleration and elusiveness that made him one of the top 15 all-purpose running backs in the nation in the 2014 class. Because of his size (5 feet 7, 174 pounds), Harrington was moved to slot receiver after signing with ...
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    Sun. April 26, 2015 at 6:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay boys and girls track honor roll

    Track Honor roll The marks/times listed were compiled from results off flrunners.com Boys 100 – Alex Gray (Admiral Farragut) 10.50, Terence Ware (Lakewood) 10.74, V’Onte Williams (Wharton) 10.74, Allan Robinson (Wharton) 10.79, Jordan Williams (Lakewood) 10.80; 200 – Malik Wright (Tampa Bay Tech) 21.21, James Hambrick (East Bay) 21.27, V’Onte ...
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    Sun. April 26, 2015 at 12:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball region semifinal capsules

    Softball region semifinal capsules Softball region semifinals Tuesday's games Class 8A Newsome (18-5) at Palm Harbor University (19-8): The Wolves’ win over Sarasota Riverview in last week’s region quarterfinals was their first in the postseason since 2008. Pitching and defense have been key for Newsome. In their last six games, the Wolves have allowed ...
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    Sun. April 26, 2015 at 8:41 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 18-24

    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, April 18, through Friday, April 24. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 25, 2015 at 11:06 a.m. | Times Staff

  • District baseball: Central 14, Wesley Chapel 6

    BROOKSVILLE — Central wasn’t even expected to reach the state playoffs this season, but in Friday night’s Class 5A, District 7 championship game, the Bears laid it all on the table. It looked like Wesley Chapel’s game to lose early, but host Central got a huge surge offensively to capture ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region track: Pasco’s Steele nabs three individual titles in 2A-2

    North Suncoast athletes had a banner day individually Thursday at the Class 2A, Region 2 meet at Lake Highland Prep.  Pasco junior Alfreda Steele finished with three titles to her name, claiming first in the long jump (18-4.25), 100 (11.83 seconds) and 200 (24.36). The Pirates also won the 4x100 ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 9:27 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Region softball: Academy at the Lakes 15, Hernando Christian 0

    TAMPA — Coaches like to say that beating a team three times in one season is no easy task. Sometimes, though, it is. Academy at the Lakes won its Class 2A region playoff opener Thursday afternoon at New Tampa Community Park, crushing Hernando Christian 15-0 in a game stopped by ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • All-state boys basketball, Class 8A and 7A

    The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops present the 2014-15 boys Class 8A and 7A all-state teams. Players were selected based on in-person evaluations, a review of all-area teams selected by media from around the state, and recognition from the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches. Class 8A FIRST ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 6:20 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Softball region quarterfinal capsules (Class 8A, 6A, 4A, 2A)

    Thursday’s region quarterfinal softball games Class 8A Plant (21-6) at Palm Harbor University (18-8): The Panthers have won 19 of their last 22 games and are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Last month, Plant won the Lady Canes Spring Tournament hosted by PHU. Both teams did ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 9:42 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District baseball: Wesley Chapel, Central pull upsets

    BROOKSVILLE — It will be an all-underdog championship game in the Class 5A, District 7 tournament. In the first semifinal Wednesday, Wesley Chapel narrowly topped Hernando 2-1 to earn its first playoff berth since the retirement of longtime coach Chuck Yingling. “Both pitchers threw outstanding,” Wesley Chapel coach Steve Mumaw ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region softball: Tarpon Springs 4, Hernando 2

    BROOKSVILLE — In only its third postseason appearance, Tarpon Springs came to Tom Varn Park motivated to pick up the school’s first state playoff win Wednesday night. The result was a 4-2 victory over perennial contender Hernando, which was hosting its third consecutive first-round game. “All the hard work paid ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region softball: River Ridge 11, Nature Coast 9

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Nature Coast rapped out of a season-high 18 hits against River Ridge on Wednesday night. The Sharks, though, needed one more. Despite struggling without her best stuff, River Ridge pitcher Anessa Holes put herself in a jam in the seventh inning, then worked her way out ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 10:27 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region track: Mitchell’s Kerns lone local champ in 3A-2

    Locals had a tough time finding the top of the podium at Wednesday’s Class 3A, Region 2 meet at Harmony High School. Mitchell senior Emily Kerns was the lone area winner, claiming the 1,600 meters in 5:16.06. Also of note, defending state champion Taylor Anderson of Mitchell finished fourth in ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 8:38 p.m. | Times Staff

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