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  • HomeTeam Hot Shot: Winner for May 10-16

    HomeTeam Hot Shot: Winner for May 10-16 HomeTeam Hot Shot A spotlight on the Times’ bay area player of the week (Note: This is the last one for the school year).  Male Hot Shot: David Castillo, Sunlake Sport: Baseball Skinny: Castillo didn’t just find success with his arm last week, but with his bat, too. With his ...
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    Mon. May 19, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for May 10-16

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover (only males this week; all female sports are done for the school year). Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, May 10 through Friday, May 16. The winners get ...
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    Sat. May 17, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Spring football: Tavares 35, Central 22

    At Brooksville Tavares 35, Central 22 Spring game-breakers: After an opening drive in which they lost 7 yards on offense, Central began to show some of the signs of life that new coach Chris Sands was hoping for. Although the numbers weren’t eye-popping, Bears quarterback Cody Brooks had some time ...
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    Sat. May 17, 2014 at 12:22 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Spring football: Crystal River 28, Hernando 3

    At Brooksville Crystal River 28, Hernando 3 Spring game-breakers: Bill Vonada’s coaching debut at Hernando started well with a stop on defense and a nice drive on offense. Then it turned sloppy. The Leopards committed three first-half turnovers, including a pair of fumbles that each led to touchdowns for Crystal ...
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    Fri. May 16, 2014 at 10:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Land O'Lakes returns tall QB but little else

    LAND O' LAKES — There won't many quarterbacks taller than James Pensyl taking snaps for a Florida high school team. But Pensyl's growth to 6-foot-7 isn't the dimension that Land O'Lakes coach Brian Wachtel is most excited for.   "He's finally filled out," Wachtel said. "There's no more room for ...
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    Thu. May 15, 2014 at 10:57 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Hillsborough's Dwayne Lawson commits to Miami Hurricanes

    Hillsborough's Dwayne Lawson commits to Miami Hurricanes Hillsborough quarterback Dwayne Lawson has orally committed to the University of Miami, Terrier offensive coordinator Max Warner confirmed. Canesport.com says that Lawson picked Miami over the likes of Florida, Tennessee and UCF and that assistant coach James Coley had visited the rising senior three times this spring. The rest of ...
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    Thu. May 15, 2014 at 1:32 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Hoover, Riddle among FACA softball picks

    Softball players from three area counties have been chosen to compete in this weekend’s Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-star games in Ocala. Local representatives on the west team are: OF Samantha Sharpe, Countryside: Led her team with 31 hits and had nine stolen bases P/1B Courtney Riddle, Hernando: Batted .485 ...
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    Thu. May 15, 2014 at 10:22 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • HomeTeam Huddle: New regime takes over at Central

    HomeTeam Huddle: New regime takes over at Central BROOKSVILLE — To say that new Central coach Chris Sands took over an ailing program might be an understatement. Central has won only four games in the past four seasons and was winless last fall. The biggest issue for the Bears has been the lack of fundamental play in the ...
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    Wed. May 14, 2014 at 5:18 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Add Gibbs ATH Marquez Walls to list of south St. Petersburg recruits

    In a busy 24 hours in south St. Petersburg, which major colleges like Ohio State, Florida and Miami swinging through to take a look at standouts like Lakewood quarterback Ryan Davis and Gibbs defensve back Craig Watts, there was one big surprise. Marquez Walls was offered by Louisville. A junior ...
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    Wed. May 14, 2014 at 12:16 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Final state softball rankings

    Miracle Sports has released the final state softball rankings of the spring. (Full disclosure: I send results to poll organizers to help assemble rankings). Bloomingdale ended the season fifth overall after winning the Class 8A state championship. Canterbury finished on top in 2A – one of three local schools in ...
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    Wed. May 14, 2014 at 10:20 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Region baseball roundup: Jesuit, Sunlake defy odds

    TAMPA — Others might have doubted Jesuit’s ability to make its 16th final four in program history after nine Tigers were suspended for the remainder of the 2014 baseball season in March.  But sophomore left-hander Michael Sandborn didn’t. Not even for a second.  “This team is very strong, and we ...
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    Tue. May 13, 2014 at 11:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Blake's Shavar Manuel goes from unknown to D-I darling

    HomeTeam Huddle: Blake's Shavar Manuel goes from unknown to D-I darling TAMPA — Colleges called Blake High School football coach Darryl Gordon all day Tuesday, just like they had the day before, and the day before that. They want to know about Shavar Manuel, the hulking 6-foot-4, 260-pound sophomore defensive lineman who now has the full attention of every team in ...
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    Tue. May 13, 2014 at 7:49 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Plant QB tree bountiful

    HomeTeam Huddle: Plant QB tree bountiful TAMPA — Rex Culpepper completed just 14 passes during Plant High School’s 2013 season as backup quarterback. But the day after he stood on the Dad's Stadium sideline and watched his Panthers fall to Apopka in the Class 8A state semifinal, the sophomore went right back to campus to get ...
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    Mon. May 12, 2014 at 9:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Winners for May 2-9

    HomeTeam Hot Shots A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week.    Female Hot Shot: Darby Bernaldo, Bloomingdale Sport: Softball  Skinny: The senior shortstop had been a solid hitter all season and played some of her best ball at the biggest stage in Vero Beach. Bernaldo tied ...
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    Mon. May 12, 2014 at 6:43 p.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Spotlight on Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage

    HomeTeam Huddle: Spotlight on Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage BROOKSVILLE — Whether the audience is recruiters from across the country or fast-food patrons at a recent Nature Coast fundraiser at Wendy’s, offensive tackle Christian Pellage always ends up as the focal point. “Pellage is a name everyone wants to see,” first-year Sharks coach Justin Worden said. And with good ...
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    Sat. May 10, 2014 at 5:52 p.m. | Matt Baker

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