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  • Region girls soccer: Largo 2, Robinson 1 (5-4 PKs)

    LARGO — The hex continues. Another battle between Robinson and Largo, another overtime contest, and like last year, the Packers eked out a 2-1 victory, taking the 3A region semifinal in penalty kicks, 5-4. The Packers will travel to Merritt Island Friday for the region final. The Knights (12-3-2) rode ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:59 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Region girls soccer: Newsome 4, Timber Creek 0

    LITHIA — In what would be Newsome’s final post-match huddle on its home field this year, coach Kelly Townsend had some closing words directed toward the immediate future. “Three more (matches) …three more. That’s all we got,” she said. Newsome kept its unbeaten season and Class 5A state championship hopes ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:54 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region girls soccer: Berkeley Prep 1, St. Petersburg Catholic 0 (OT)

    ST. PETERSBURG —  After 80 minutes of scoreless action between St. Petersburg Catholic and Berkeley Prep in a Class 2A region semifinal Tuesday,  it was only fitting that the hard-fought game would extend into overtime. Once extra time got underway, Berkeley (19-8-2) wasted little time applying pressure to SPC’s (12-4-0) ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:33 p.m. | Justin Miller

  • Region girls soccer: Plant City 1, East Bay 0

    PLANT CITY — The day before Tuesday’s Class 4A region semifinal against longtime rival East Bay, Plant City freshman Sammi Gutierrez practiced shooting at the net with her father. She shot high, low and worked on her hooks. That practice apparently paid off. For the second straight game Gutierrez had ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:14 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District girls basketball: Cambridge Chr. 51, Universal Academy 13

    LAND O’LAKES — Cambridge Christian had already put its Class 2A-7 district semifinal against Universal Academy away, having led by double digits for the majority of the game. Still, sophomore Claire Bealor wasn’t quite done just yet.  Bealor had scored just four points through the first three quarters, but with ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District girls basketball: Plant City ends region drought

    DOVER — Plant City coach Wilton Wilkerson has tried to look into the history of the girls basketball program he now coaches, but with little success. “I know the boys team has been pretty good in the past, but I couldn’t find anything really on the girls,” he said. He ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:03 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Players aren’t only ones who change minds during recruiting process

    Players aren’t only ones who change minds during recruiting process GIBSONTON — East Bay High School defensive end Marques Ford was going about his day Jan. 20 when he received a phone call around 6 p.m. from the University of Tennessee’s defensive line coach, Steve Stripling.  Ford, a four-star recruit and Under Armour All-American, had committed in July to play ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel

    Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel Land O’Lakes High School runners, along with faculty members, gathered about 200 strong around the track Monday afternoon to complete one lap. They did it in memory of the school’s beloved cross country coach, Kris Keppel, who died Sunday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. “Coach Keppel was just ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Peyton Walker, female winner for Jan. 17-23

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Peyton Walker, female winner for Jan. 17-23 Female Hot Shot winner: Peyton Walker, Seffner Christian As a junior, Seffner Christian forward Peyton Walker joined forces with senior Sabrina Whiting to help lead the Crusaders to a state runnerup finish. Upon Whiting’s graduation, however, there was a void.  Much to coach Greg Fawbush’s delight, Walker has more than ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • 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

  • Boys basketball: Plant edges Shorecrest at Derrick Brooks Invitational

    TAMPA — Peter Connelly hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and Jalen Williams blocked Shorecrest’s last-second winning attempt as Plant beat the Chargers 54-53 in the tightest game of the day at the Derrick Brooks Invitational. Saturday’s action gave six Hillsborough County schools the chance to face outside competition. ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 11:17 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District boys soccer: Universal Academy wins A-5 for first district title

    SPRING HILL — Things didn’t look promising for Universal Academy as the Class A, District 5 championship game closed in on halftime, but all of the momentum seemed to change on one long shot. In only their second season in district play, the Falcons captured the first district title in ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 7:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Times’ Blue Chipper of the Year: Armwood DE Byron Cowart

    SEFFNER — Armwood High School coach Sean Callahan looked out of his office door on a summer day in 2011 to see three boys and their mothers waiting to meet with him. It had become a familiar sight for Callahan, as would-be transfers often beat down his door to join ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • 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
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