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  • 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

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for May 2-9

    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, May 3 through Friday, May 9. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. May 10, 2014 at 12:12 a.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Lack of bodies for Bishop McLaughlin

    HomeTeam Huddle: Lack of bodies for Bishop McLaughlin SHADY HILLS — A lack of depth and bodies led Bishop McLaughlin back to independent play after its first and only season in a district.   A new start includes a new coach. Former assistant Craig Moore, a Mississippi State grad who replaces Derrick Alexander, is also a former NFL ...
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    Fri. May 09, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Army All-American Bowl announces local nominees

    A handful of Tampa Bay players are among the 400 nominees for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, event organizers announced Friday afternoon. Fifty-seven players from Florida made the first cut, which will eventually be whittled down to 90 participants for the Jan. 3 national all-star high school football game. Locals ...
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    Fri. May 09, 2014 at 5:46 p.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Deon Cain
      Florida State University, University of Florida
  • Sickles' Isaac Holder gets his first offer, Gators call on Saivion Smith, and more

    It didn't take long for the college offers to start rolling in Thursday. Here's the list so far. Make sure you keep checking back in as it is updated all day. Issac Holder, the Sickles 2015 QB, was offered by Ball State. That's Holder's first offer, who projects as a ...
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    Thu. May 08, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Trent Chmelik extends family legacy at Countryside

    CLEARWATER — No family has infiltrated Countryside the way the Chmeliks have the past decade. There was Jimbo, who quarterbacked the Cougars from 2007-09 and set the school record for career touchdown passes with 37. Cody followed and started as a defensive back from 2010-11. Both went on to play ...
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    Wed. May 07, 2014 at 7:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam and John C. Cotey

  • Lakewood's Saivion Smith gets his first, and other offers from Wednesday

    Lakewood's Saivion Smith gets his first, and other offers from Wednesday Here are the offers we've heard or seen reported for Wednesday: Saivion Smith, Lakewood 2016 ATH picks up his first offer, and it's a big one -- Clemson. He also picked up UCF. Not a bad day. Check out the new Spartan's Hudl page HERE. Sawyer Dawson, Plant City 2015 ...
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    Wed. May 07, 2014 at 9:53 a.m. | John C. Cotey

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