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  • 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

  • Softball region quarterfinal capsules (Class 7A, 5A, 3A)

    Region quarterfinals Wednesday’s games Class 7A Wiregrass Ranch (19-9) at Plant City (16-11): This game is a contrast in playoff experience. The Bulls are making their first appearance while the Raiders are in the postseason for the sixth straight year. Wiregrass had won six straight before losing to Steinbrenner in ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 9:35 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Young pitchers making an impact

    Region softball: Young pitchers making an impact  SEMINOLE — With four senior starters returning, Osceola High coach Jerry King was confident his team could win a district softball title, so much that he requested to host the Class 6A-10 tournament this season. Then the unexpected happened. All four quit, either to get jobs, to concentrate on other ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track and field: Nature Coast girls first in 2A-7

    Track and field: Nature Coast girls first in 2A-7 BROOKSVILLE — The host Nature Coast Tech girls squad won their fourth straight district title on Monday after a weather postponement cut the meet in half from the week before. Meet officials got the field events and the 1,600 meters finished last Thursday in the Class 2A, District 7 meet ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District baseball schedules

    Schedules  Class 8A-7 at Bloomingdale Monday: No. 3 Plant vs. No. 6 Wharton, 4; No. 4 Newsome vs. No. 5 Bloomingdale, 7 Tuesday: No. 2 Riverview vs. Plant-Wharton winner, 4; No. 1 Alonso vs. Newsome-Bloomingdale winner, 7 Thursday: Final, 7  Class 8A-8 at various sites Tuesday: No. 4 Sarasota Riverview ...
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    Sat. April 18, 2015 at 6:08 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District baseball preview: Can a local team go the distance?

    District baseball preview: Can a local team go the distance? This time last year, Jesuit limped into the Class 5A playoffs, losers of three of its last five games with nine players suspended for violating a school policy. Of course, the Tigers went on to win seven straight and a state championship. Do they have another run in them this ...
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    Sat. April 18, 2015 at 4:28 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots, Nominations for April 11-17

    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 11 through Friday, April 17. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 18, 2015 at 12:05 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District softball: Hernando upsets Nature Coast

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast was the heavy favorite to win the first district title in school history Friday, but Hernando had other plans. In a season in which the Sharks swept the Leopards in the regular season and didn’t lose a Class 5A, District 7 game, Nature Coast was toppled ...
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    Fri. April 17, 2015 at 5:09 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District softball: Hernando wins a wild one over Zephyrhills

    BROOKSVILLE — After drilling two homers — a grand slam by Stephanie Mesiemore and a solo shot by Lindsey Hupp — Zephyrhills had to be confident in its chances to advance from the Class 5A, District 7 semifinals on Wednesday at Nature Coast. Hernando refused to give in to the ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:47 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of April 13

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of April 13 1. Dunedin (20-4) This week: Monday at Osceola, Tuesday vs. Gibbs, Thursday vs. Northeast (PCAC final)  Lowdown: The Falcons had a chance to wrap up the top spot in Class 5A, District 8 but lost to River Ridge. The Knights won the district tiebreaker, so Dunedin is the No. 2 ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 4:19 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Locals show up well in college spring games

    Locals show up well in college spring games Florida State’s George Campbell (6-foot-4) is the ideal size for a receiver. But it is his other intangibles — the speed (4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash) the 37-inch vertical leap and the eye-hand coordination — that turned the former East Lake standout into one of the most prized playmakers in the ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball: Expect the unexpected

    District softball: Expect the unexpected  To get an idea of how topsy-turvy this softball season can be, look no farther than Plant. The Panthers started the season 2-3 and seemed to be on the outside looking in for a playoff berth in the ultra-competitive Class 8A, District 7. After that slow start, Plant became one ...
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    Sat. April 11, 2015 at 10:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball schedules

    District schedules 8A-7 at Plant Monday: No. 3 Alonso vs. No. 6 Bloomingdale, 4; No. 4 Wharton vs. No. 5 Riverview, 6 Tuesday: No. 2 Newsome vs. Bloomingdale-Alonso, 4; No. 1 Plant vs. Wharton-Riverview, 6 Thursday: Final, 7 8A-8 at various sites Tuesday: No. 4 St. Petersburg at No. 1 ...
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    Sat. April 11, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam Hot Shot nominations, April 4-10

    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 4 through Friday, April 10. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 11, 2015 at 11:11 a.m. | Times Staff

  • State tennis preview: Reshuffled Wiregrass Ranch lineup looks to repeat

    State tennis preview: Reshuffled Wiregrass Ranch lineup looks to repeat WESLEY CHAPEL — After his most stressful week as boys tennis coach, Wiregrass Ranch’s Dave Wilson is looking forward to the state tournament despite the pressure that may come with it. The Bulls, who tied Naples Barron Collier last season for the Class 3A state championship, will be trying to ...
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    Fri. April 10, 2015 at 6:35 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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