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  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season 1. Tarpon Springs (21-1, 14-0) This week: Monday at Clearwater, Tuesday vs. East Lake, Wednesday vs. Countryside Lowdown: The Spongers, who went undefeated in district play for the first time, can set another milestone with the best record in school history with wins this week.  2. Newsome (19-1, 9-1) This ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 6:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel dies

    Longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel dies Kris Keppel, who coached Land O’Lakes High School’s cross country teams for 21 years, died Sunday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 53. Mr. Keppel died at Gulfside Hospice in Zephyrhills, where he was admitted Saturday after his family was no longer able to take care of ...
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    Sun. Jan. 25, 2015 at 9:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25 top recruits for 2015

    Tampa Bay recruits — from our four-county coverage area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando) — as ranked by Tampa Bay Times staff. Name, school Pos. Ht/Wt Schools 1. Byron Cowart, Armwood DE 6-4/250 Undecided: Florida, FSU, Auburn 2. Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech WR 6-1/195 Clemson 3. George Campbell, East Lake ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:25 p.m. | Times Staff

    • Recruit: Byron Cowart
      Auburn University, Florida State University, University of Florida
  • Area 2016 cupboard barer after top recruits flock to IMG

    Area 2016 cupboard barer after top recruits flock to IMG Take a quick glance at the Tampa Bay recruiting class for 2016, and a few big names appear to be missing.  Blake’s Shavar Manuel, ESPN’s No. 2 recruit nationally, is coming off a junior season in which he amassed a whopping 20 sacks. He’d easily be at the top of ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:23 p.m. | Rodney Page

    • Recruit: Saivion Smith
      Florida State University, LSU, University of Florida
  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 17-23

    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, Jan. 17 through Friday, Jan. 23. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 11:54 a.m. | Times Staff

  • District boys soccer: Nature Coast 1, Weeki Wachee 0

    BROOKSVILLE — Whoever won the Class 3A, District 7 championship game, history was going to be made. Neither team had ever won a district title. Nature Coast changed that with a 1-0 victory over Weeki Wachee on a rain-soaked field.   “I’ve been here for six years, and my goal ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:24 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region girls soccer: Springstead 4, Pasco 0

    Region girls soccer: Springstead 4, Pasco 0 SPRING HILL — Heading into Thursday night’s Class 3A region quarterfinal, Springstead was 1-11 all time in postseason play. That drought was left in the dust in a convincing shutout victory. Coming off of a district title, the Eagles overpowered Pasco on the way to a 4-0 win. “This isn’t ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 9:52 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Tampa Bay district girls basketball preview

    Tampa Bay district girls basketball preview There are certain days when Necole Tunsil has to remind herself that she is Lakewood’s varsity coach, not junior varsity. There are no seniors on the Spartans’ roster. But there are four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. “They have absolutely tested my patience,” Tunsil said. “I have never, in ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 6:55 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • District boys soccer: Weeki Wachee stops Central’s Cinderella run

    BROOKSVILLE — The Cinderella run for Central came to an end on Wednesday night. In the first of two all-Hernando County semifinals in Class 3A, District 7, Weeki Wachee dispatched the Bears 2-0. Central (4-15-2) came into the district tournament with only two victories all season, but showing great determination, ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:05 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage finds late suitor in Florida

    Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage finds late suitor in Florida SPRING HILL — For more than a year and a half, Christian Pellage has been courted, his name known more readily by college recruiters than classmates in the halls of his own school. The usually anonymous offensive tackle speaks softly despite his 6-foot-7, 291-pound frame. At first, he was surprised ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 12:22 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Knocking on postseason's door

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Knocking on postseason's door 1. Tarpon Springs (19-1, 12-0) This week: Tuesday at Sunlake; Friday at River Ridge Lowdown: The Spongers, who have already locked up the top seed in Class 5A-8, continued their dominance against district opponents with wins over Fivay, Gulf and Anclote last week. All of the wins were by 17 ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 6:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Regular season wraps up

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Regular season wraps up 1. Seffner Christian (19-3, 4-0) This week: Thursday vs. Trinity Catholic, Friday vs. IMG Academy, Saturday vs. Melbourne Central Catholic Lowdown: While many Hillsborough County teams had a bare week of competition, the Crusaders got three big wins under their belts against Tampa Catholic, Brooks DeBartolo and Florida Christian. Three ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 1:23 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 10-16

    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, Jan. 10 through Friday, Jan. 16. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Jan. 17, 2015 at 11:42 a.m. | Times Staff

  • District girls soccer: Springstead avenges lone loss, clinches title

    SPRING HILL — It was not the prettiest game Springstead played this season, but the Eagles walked away with their first district championship in four years Friday night. Hosting the Class 3A, District 7 tournament, Springstead rode the top seed all the way to a 2-1 victory over Hudson. The ...
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    Fri. Jan. 16, 2015 at 9:40 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Tampa Bay boys district soccer preview

    Tampa Bay boys district soccer preview Tampa Bay area teams winning boys state soccer titles have become so commonplace they are almost taken for granted. Since 1977 when the Florida High School Athletic Association started holding state tournaments, the area has won titles in all but eight seasons. Last season was one of those years when ...
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    Thu. Jan. 15, 2015 at 6:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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