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  • For Mike Alstott, football and family bring new rewards

    For Mike Alstott, football and family bring new rewards ST. PETERSBURG — In many households, the important conversations are saved for dinner time. And so, on this particular night, 11-year-old Griffin sat at the table and was about to have the big talk with Mom and Dad. Truth be told, this wasn’t even his idea. His little buddy down ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 7:01 p.m. | Tom Jones

  • Playoff football primer: If you like multi-sport athletes ...

    Playoff football primer: If you like multi-sport athletes ... Twenty-seven Tampa Bay football teams kick off the first round of the postseason Friday night. We’ll be running a playoff primer series all week, breaking down the matchups into categories that even casual football fans should find appealing. Today’s installment: the teams to go see if you like multi-sport athletes. ...
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    Tue. Nov. 11, 2014 at 9:27 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Associated Press state football poll: 2014 final

    The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Area teams in bold: Class 8A Record    Pts    Prv   1. Dr. Phillips (9)   10-0        127    1       (tie) First Coast (2) ...
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    Tue. Nov. 11, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Playoff football primer: If you like future college stars …

    Playoff football primer: If you like future college stars … Twenty-seven Tampa Bay football teams kick off the first round of the postseason Friday night. We’ll be running a playoff primer series all week, breaking down the matchups into categories even casual football fans should find appealing.     If you like Division I recruits, go see: Palmetto (4-5) at ...
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    Mon. Nov. 10, 2014 at 8:22 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Final football rankings of 2014

    HomeTeam 25: Final football rankings of 2014 1. (1) Armwood (10-0, 8-0) Last week: Beat Strawberry Crest 42-0 This week: vs. Largo Lowdown:  The Hawks set a school record for fewest points allowed in a regular season by blanking the Chargers for their seventh shutout of the season. We’re even expecting the Hawks’ first few playoff opponents ...
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    Mon. Nov. 10, 2014 at 6:31 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Sunday Morning QB: Some save their best for last

    Sunday Morning QB: Some save their best for last Team of the week Jesuit. The Tigers trailed Tampa Catholic by two touchdowns in the third quarter, but they fought their way back to beat their longtime rival 31-28 on a last-second 30-yard field goal. Jesuit has now won the past 15 meetings between the schools, beating three state final ...
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    Sun. Nov. 09, 2014 at 12:44 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Remembering Coach John Franklin "Johnny" Clements

    Remembering Coach John Franklin "Johnny" Clements ZEPHYRHILLS — For most of my boyhood, one of those old-fashioned silver water towers — the kind you'd see on a Norman Rockwell easel — presided over my hometown.  Cache reflected off its metal exterior like the sunlight. After all, it was the water tower in the "City of Pure Water." Like ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 10:44 p.m. | Joey Knight

  • Region cross country: Bay area’s best move on to next level

    Region cross country: Bay area’s best move on to next level HOLIDAY — Academy of the Holy Names had the best local finish at Saturday’s Class 2A, Region 3 meet at Anclote High. The Jaguar girls placed second with 56 points to champion Lemon Bay’s 51. Berkeley Prep was right behind the Jaguars (63). On the boys side, LaBelle took home ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 9:44 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Nov. 1-7

    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, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 7. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 12:33 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Nature Coast 24, Lake Weir 17

    CANDLER — Nature Coast overcame a lackluster first half and exploded for 21 points in the second half en route to a 24-17 road victory over Lake Weir to preserve a winning season. The Sharks (6-4) overcame three first-half turnovers that set the Hurricanes up in Nature Coast territory, but ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 12:24 a.m. | Joseph Kornecki III

  • State swimming: East Lake girls end Tampa Bay’s title drought

    State swimming: East Lake girls end Tampa Bay’s title drought STUART — The Class 4A state swim meet had a predictable feel, the kind that could unfold in only one way. East Lake High School’s girls team was the overwhelming favorite. Everyone knew it, from the swimmers who were chasing them to the gallery of fans at the Sailfish Splashpark ...
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    Fri. Nov. 07, 2014 at 10:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Leshawn Williams surprises Northeast teammates before Friday's game

    Leshawn Williams surprises Northeast teammates before Friday's game After their warmup before the last game of the season, the Northeast High School Vikings returned to their locker room to find a surprise waiting for them. Sitting in a wheelchair was their teammate, Leshawn Williams. “There was a lot of excitement and a few tears,” said Northeast principal Kevin ...
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    Fri. Nov. 07, 2014 at 9:20 p.m. | Tony Marrero

  • North Suncoast boys soccer preview

    North Suncoast boys soccer preview Sunlake has reached the state semifinals twice in a row and has another squad that will threaten this season. Mitchell, which beat Sunlake 5-0 last year, has already suffered a big blow this preseason with an ACL injury to top returning scorer Brady Friedman. The Mustangs already had plenty of ...
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    Fri. Nov. 07, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere and Darek Sharp

  • Football: Hernando 19, Springstead 17

    BROOKSVILLE — In his first season as coach at Hernando, Bill Vonada hadn’t experienced much success, but his players had shown growth. His team responded on Thursday night at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium as Vonada faced the team he coached for 15 years, and his former defensive coordinator, Springstead coach ...
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    Thu. Nov. 06, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Week 11 predictions

    Springstead at Hernando, 7 (tonight) Rodney Page: Springstead, 14-10 Kelly Parsons: Springstead, 21-6 Bob Putnam: Springstead 13-7   Warner Christian at Admiral Farragut, 7 Rodney Page: Admiral Farragut, 28-14 Kelly Parsons: Admiral Farragut, 32-21 Bob Putnam: Admiral Farragut 28-24   Northside Christian at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7 Rodney Page: Northside ...
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    Thu. Nov. 06, 2014 at 12:07 p.m. | Times Staff

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