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  • From pros to preps, these former Bucs know how to coach

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer players Mike Alstott, Donnie Abraham, Todd Yoder and Ryan Benjamin were not desperate for jobs. All four were just fine with life after professional football.  Or so they thought.  Despite telling themselves that their football days were behind them, all four have found themselves back on ...
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    Thu. Oct. 30, 2014 at 2:51 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Playoff scenarios: 12 of 15 football districts unsettled

    Playoff scenarios: 12 of 15 football districts unsettled Class 8A, District 6 District games: Bloomingdale (7-1, 3-1) at Wharton (4-5, 2-2);  Newsome (4-5, 2-2) at Riverview (2-6, 0-4); Alonso (3-5, 1-3) at Plant (8-1, 4-0) Champion: Plant  Runnerup: Bloomingdale with win.  Shootout: With Bloomingdale, Wharton and Newsome if Wharton and Newsome win.  Class 8A, District 7 District games: ...
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    Thu. Oct. 30, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Region volleyball: First playoff win in the books for Sunlake

    LAND O’LAKES — First district title and now a first playoff victory. Sunlake’s impressive finish to Wednesday’s 25-22, 25-22, 25-13 Class 5A region quarterfinal win over Weeki Wachee has the Seahawks aiming pretty high. “Definitely, we can make it to the final four,” said Sarah Sprague, the senior who put ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 9:34 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • State golf: Osceola's Haydyn Gibson claims Class 2A crown

    State golf: Osceola's Haydyn Gibson claims Class 2A crown Osceola junior Haydyn Gibson won the Class 2A state championship on Wednesday at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, a title she dedicated to friend and classmate Devin Chester, who died last week after a dirt bike accident. “This is all for Devin,” Gibson said. “I was thinking about ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 8:22 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Bucs’ Leonard Johnson visits Leshawn Williams

    Bucs’ Leonard Johnson visits Leshawn Williams The healing process continues for Leshawn Williams, the Northeast High senior defensive lineman who lost his right leg above the knee after an injury Friday night. Williams was removed from the intensive care unit at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg on Wednesday morning and is now on another floor of the ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 3:48 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Volleyball: Palm Harbor University upends one-loss Bloomingdale

    VALRICO — Palm Harbor University knew it would be challenged against one-loss Bloomingdale on the road. So on Monday the Hurricanes spent the whole practice studying film and learning how to play against the hard-hitting Bulls.  “So much of their offense was to the left side. We made a little ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 9:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State golf roundup: Freedom’s Romeo finds swing on Day 1

    Freedom’s Terese Romeo is again in contention for a state golf title after Day 1 of the Class 3A state tournament at Deer Island Country Club in Tavares.  Romeo, last year’s state runnerup, shot 1-under 71 Tuesday and led second-place Selin Timur of Lake Mary by a stroke. The senior ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 9:33 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Cross country: Class 3A district preview capsules

    Cross country: Class 3A district preview capsules Class 3A-7 When/where: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, McKethan Lake  Teams: Belleview, Citrus,  Fvay, Land O’Lakes, Lecanto, Mitchell, River Ridge, Springstead, Sunlake, Zephyrhills Outlook: The Gators, perennial district champs, graduated many of their top runners but are still a very strong team. The boys won the SAC meet, putting their top three ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Cross country: Class 2A district preview capsules

    Cross country: Class 2A district preview capsules Class 2A-7 When/where: 5:15 p.m. Thursday, at Nature Coast Teams: Central, Crystal River, Gulf, Hernando, Hudson, Nature Coast, Pasco, Ridgewood, Weeki Wachee, Wesley Chapel Outlook: After winning the Hernando-Citrus Classic, placing its top three runners in the top 10, it’s going to be hard for any team to compete with ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 4:31 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Associated Press state football poll: Week 10

    The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Area teams in bold: Class 8A Record    Pts    Prv   1. Dr. Phillips (12)   8-0          145    1       2. First Coast ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 4:08 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Cross country: Class A district preview capsules

    Cross country: Class A district preview capsules Class A-8 When/where: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Lakeland Tenoroc High  Teams: Winter Haven All Saints’, Clearwater Central Catholic, Fort Meade, Lakeland Christian, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, Lakeland Sonrise Christian, Lake Wales Vanguard Outlook: The Marauders are led by junior Tommy Green, who ran a 19:16.4 to place 12th at the CCC Invite ...
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    Mon. Oct. 27, 2014 at 8:10 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam 25: Do-or-die for some in Week 10

    HomeTeam 25: Do-or-die for some in Week 10 1. (1) Armwood (8-0, 7-0) Last week: Beat King 39-0 This week: vs. Chamberlain Lowdown: Armwood clinched yet another district title with its fifth shutout in eight games. At this point, it appears quite likely the Hawks’ season will end in the same place it did a year ago: the ...
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    Mon. Oct. 27, 2014 at 7:28 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Sunday Morning QB: District titles, playoff hopefuls

    Sunday Morning QB: District titles, playoff hopefuls Team of the week River Ridge: Royal Knights’ coach Ryan Benjamin did not hide the fact that a win over Hudson would mean the school’s first playoff berth since 1998. His team responded with a decisive 46-14 win over Hudson. The win secures a district championship for a team that ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 10:57 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Oct. 18-24

    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, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 24. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:59 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Pasco 31, Central 7

    BROOKSVILLE — Keeping their playoff hopes alive, the Pasco Pirates went on the road and defeated the Central Bears, 31-7. Junior running back Jakiah Felder busted a 65-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second drive for the Pirates. Pirates quarterback Grant Starling threw three touchdowns to three ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:53 a.m. | Andrew Caplan

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