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  • Baseball: Hernando 5, Springstead 2 (10 innings)

    SPRING HILL — It took a two-out double in the 10th inning, but Hernando was able to knock Springstead from the ranks of the unbeaten Thursday night.  The Leopards won the extra-inning thriller 5-2 on their county rivals’ home field in large part due to solid pitching and clutch hitting. ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay

    District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay Class 3A-8 When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday, Riverview  Teams: Bloomingdale, Durant, East Bay, Bradenton Manatee, Newsome, North Port, Riverview, Sarasota Riverview Favorite: Host Riverview won the Cougar Invitational for the second time in school history, which bodes well for this weekend’s meet. Wrestlers to watch: Riverview has ample talent in Kizhan ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | Times Staff

  • New coach signals turnaround for Springstead’s baseball program

    New coach signals turnaround for Springstead’s baseball program SPRING HILL — Last season, a formerly successful Springstead High coach was ousted amid turmoil within the baseball program. With a new face leading the team, the Eagles look rejuvenated. Despite leading Springstead to its first and only region final appearance, Jim Diven’s contract was not renewed following the 2014 ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 2:04 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of Feb. 23

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of Feb. 23 1. East Lake (5-0) This week: Tuesday at Clearwater, Wednesday at Dunedin, Friday at Seminole Lowdown: The Eagles have the pitching, with Kyle Caldwell, Ryan Wall, Aidan Brady, Christian James and Luis Duran. And so far they have just enough offense. Reid Zitzelberg and Sawyer Wirth have been clutch, especially ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 4:53 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 23 1. Canterbury (4-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Hernando Christian; Saturday at St. Cloud Lowdown: With wins against Cambridge Christian (7-0) and Lecanto (16-0) last week, the Crusaders have outscored opponents by a combined 51-0. Canterbury has hit eight home runs, including three by catcher Danielle Romanello. The long-ball fever is ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 2:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 14-20

    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, Feb. 14 through Friday, Feb. 20. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 21, 2015 at 11:52 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Baseball: Springstead 5, Central 2

    SPRING HILL — If Springstead was looking to recapture the success it attained only a couple seasons ago, the team took a big step toward that goal Friday night. On the shoulders of solid pitching and fielding, the Eagles toppled Central 5-2 to maintain its undefeated record. “It was big ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 9:55 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Tampa Bay baseball preview

    Tampa Bay baseball preview High school baseball season is in full swing, and if the first few games have taught us anything, it’s that there are more questions than answers. Is there an area team capable of making a state title run like Jesuit did last season? Is there a surprise team that gets ...
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    Thu. Feb. 19, 2015 at 6:06 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Region semifinals: Tampa Bay boys basketball preview

    Region semifinals: Tampa Bay boys basketball preview Tuesday’s region semifinal boys basketball games offer some intriguing story lines. There are teams extending their stay in the postseason after ending long playoff droughts. Other programs have momentum at the right time with extensive win streaks. And there are some rematches of district finals in which teams are playing ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings debut

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings debut 1. East Lake (3-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Largo; Friday vs. Jesuit  Lowdown: The Eagles needed to find pitching, and so far it looks good. Ryan Wall, Kyle Caldwell, Aidan Brady, Luis Duran and Christian James all pitched well in the Lee Byers Tournament, which the host Eagles won. East ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 16

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 16 1.Canterbury (2-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Bayshore Chr.; Thursday vs. Cambridge Chr.; Friday vs. Lecanto Lowdown: The Crusaders started the season with wins against Lakeside Christian and Kissimmee Osceola, by a combined 28-0. The lineup, which coach Jody Moore said includes seven players capable of hitting home runs, already showed ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 2:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 7-13

    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, Feb. 7 through Friday, Feb. 13. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 11:44 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Region boys basketball: Dunedin 62, Nature Coast 56

    BROOKSVILLE — It had been 13 years since Dunedin had even qualified for the state playoffs and almost another 40 since the team had won a game when it got there. Those slumps all ended in an unlikely 62-56 victory over Nature Coast on Thursday night in the Class 5A ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 11:58 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region girls basketball: Land O'Lakes 49, Nature Coast 44

    LAND O’LAKES — It had already been a zany enough finish, so why not? Against conventional wisdom, with her team nursing a 44-42 lead against never-say-die Nature Coast, Jhade Hayes decided to step and attempt a 3-pointer. With 30 seconds left. “Honestly, it was a risk. I just shot it ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 9:28 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Soccer: Hillsborough/Pinellas boys and girls all star rosters set

    The Hillsborough vs. Pinellas senior all-star boys and girls soccer game will be held Friday, March 6, at Countryside High School. The girls game will start at 6 p.m., the boys at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students. Here are the rosters for the Hillsborough ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 1:08 p.m. | Rodney Page

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