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  • 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

  • Spring football: Nature Coast splits games at jamboree

    Nature Coast split its two halves in a jamboree Friday, beating Titusville Astronaut 7-0 and losing 14-10 to host Daytona Beach Seabreeze. DeShawn Smith scored on an 8-yard run against Astronaut and finished with 86 yards rushing in both halves. He benefited running behind 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Christian Pellage.  Against ...
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    Tue. May 27, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Richie Warren out at Jesuit, in at Berkeley Prep

    Richie Warren out at Jesuit, in at Berkeley Prep Less than a week after leading Jesuit High to the school’s first state baseball championship in 14 years, Richie Warren resigned as coach Tuesday. He takes over the same position at Berkeley Prep.  Warren won a state baseball championship as a player in 2000 and as a coach Thursday in ...
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    Tue. May 27, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Spring football: Springstead 31, Anclote 7

    at Holiday Springstead 31, Anclote 7 Spring game-breakers: Daniel Wright picked up right where he left off last season for the Springstead offense. After battering the Anclote defensive line in the first half, he broke off big runs in the second half, finishing with 29 carries, 133 yards and three ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 11:57 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Column: Adversity brings out best in Jesuit coach Richie Warren

    Column: Adversity brings out best in Jesuit coach Richie Warren FORT MYERS — So, this is gonna be the team, Richie Warren? Not the team ranked No. 2 in the country, with the USA Today film crew in tow, or the one with a roster full of Division I signees, or the one with the million-dollar arm or the golden ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Spring football: Gulf 21, Weeki Wachee 8

    at New Port Richey Gulf 21, Weeki Wachee 8 Spring game-breakers: After going 1-9 last season, the Buccaneers got off to strong start under second-year coach Jason Messamore by relying on a strong run game and an opportunistic defense. …Malik Cobb ran 20 yards for a touchdown to give Gulf ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 10:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State baseball: Jesuit ends 14-year title drought

    State baseball: Jesuit ends 14-year title drought photo gallery FORT MYERS — He wasn’t supposed to be on the mound. When the season began, there were college-bound pitchers ahead of Kasey Radke, guys who would have been better suited to start with Jesuit’s fourth state baseball title on the line.  But when nine Tigers didn’t show up ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 7:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Column: This kid's all right

    Column: This kid's all right FORT MYERS — The Jesuit High School baseball team has tried virtually everything to win a state championship these past 14 years. It has sent nationally-ranked teams led by All-American pitchers, first-round draft picks and future millionaires into the state final four eight times, coming home empty each time. The ...
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    Wed. May 21, 2014 at 9:04 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Ernie Chatman calling it a career

    Long-time Hernando County prep fixture Ernie Chatman, 64, is retiring after spending the past two seasons as Nature Coast softball coach. He went 37-18 with the Sharks and led the program to only its second postseason appearance. “You reach the age that I’m at and the time comes when you ...
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    Wed. May 21, 2014 at 2:34 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Springstead focuses on line losses

    HomeTeam Huddle: Springstead focuses on line losses SPRING HILL — So many prep teams have an outside-in philosophy. They look for talented skill position players and game breakers before addressing needs in the trenches. The glamour positions have never been a priority for Springstead. The inside-out philosophy has worked for the Eagles for years and is much ...
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    Mon. May 19, 2014 at 7:36 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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