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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: David Kornitzer, male winner for Feb. 21-27

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: David Kornitzer, male winner for Feb. 21-27 Male Hot Shot winner: David Kornitzer, Newsome After finishing his freshman cross country season at Newsome three years ago, David Kornitzer wanted to continue on to track and field, he just wasn't sure the track portion was for him.  Because he preferred running off the track, Kornitzer, with the help ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 2

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 2 1. Dunedin (7-1) This week: Tuesday vs. Sunlake, Friday at Land O’Lakes Lowdown: The Falcons came off a high Wednesday after beating rival East Lake 12-0 to a low on Friday by losing 3-2 to district foe River Ridge. Still, with solid pitching and an offense that is hitting .371 ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 6:26 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 2

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 2 1.Canterbury (5-0, 2-0) This week: Wednesday at Sarasota Riverview; Thursday at Tampa Catholic; Friday at Trinity Prep; Saturday at Montverde Lowdown: The Crusaders continue to be the most dominant team in the area, outscoring opponents 66-0 during their perfect start. The offense is prolific with seven players combining for 10 ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District wrestling: Tampa Prep second, Berkeley Prep third in A-10

    Tampa Prep was denied in its attempt to win its first district title since 1993. Prep lost valuable points without Donoven Hough (132) in the lineup and fell to Bradenton Southeast 185-176. Berkeley Prep was third with 139. The Terrapins sent seven wrestlers on to district titles: Jacob Conrad (106), ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:37 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District wrestling: Palm Harbor outlasts East Lake again

    Just 5.5 points separated East Lake from unseating defending district champion Palm Harbor University at the Class 3A, District 7 meet. After edging East Lake by 1.5 points at the Pinellas County conference meet earlier this season, the host Hurricanes did just enough to outlast the Eagles again, 189.5-184. “These ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District wrestling: Riverview second behind North Port

    RIVERVIEW — Intent on halting North Port’s run of five straight district titles, host Riverview entered Saturday’s Class 3A, District 8 tournament bolstered by the fact that it finished second — one place ahead of the Bobcats — in a dual meet at Palmetto earlier this season. That did not ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:26 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District wrestling: Jesuit repeats as champ

    TAMPA — Saturday’s Class 2A, District 8 championship for Jesuit marked the fourth in a row for the program. The host Tigers (232.5 points) won sizably over both Gaither (155.5) and Robinson (146) on the way to the title, qualifying 11 wrestlers for next weekend’s region tournament at Brandon. Four ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 21-27

    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, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 27. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:22 a.m. | Times Staff

  • State boys basketball: A tandem too tough for Jefferson to corral

    State boys basketball: A tandem too tough for Jefferson to corral LAKELAND — When Jefferson began its first state semifinal game in 41 years Friday against Miami Norland, it focused on Vikings forward Dewan Huell. After all, the junior’s 6-foot-10 frame made it hard for him not to be the center of attention. But as the Dragons spent their energy trying ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory steps down

    Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory steps down Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory has resigned from his job after two seasons with the Crusaders, the school announced Friday. Gregory, who served as an assistant at Tampa Catholic for four years before taking his first head coaching job, cited family reasons for his resignation. His wife is expecting ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 2:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State boys basketball: A rivalry that works in Jefferson’s favor

    TAMPA — Jefferson High was down by six points with 30 seconds left to play against Lehigh in the Class 6A region final. Thinking the game was all but over, people began streaming toward the exits as Lehigh fans jeered the Dragons’ demise.  Thanks to a family friendship that started ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 4:19 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay

    District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay Class 3A-8 When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday, Riverview  Teams: Bloomingdale, Durant, East Bay, Bradenton Manatee, Newsome, North Port, Riverview, Sarasota Riverview Favorite: Host Riverview won the Cougar Invitational for the second time in school history, which bodes well for this weekend’s meet. Wrestlers to watch: Riverview has ample talent in Kizhan ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Jefferson set to retire former coach Pop Cuesta’s number

    Jefferson set to retire former coach Pop Cuesta’s number TAMPA — After 43 years as baseball coach at Jefferson High, Emeterio “Pop” Cuesta retired at the conclusion of the Dragons’ 2014 season. Thursday, though, the longtime coach will be back on Jefferson’s diamond when his number will be retired in a special ceremony before a game against King. As ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Softball: Bloomingdale 1, Riverview 0

    VALRICO – Bloomingdale’s Lace Smith was dominant in the circle and helped scratch out a first-inning run as the Bulls knocked Riverview from the ranks of the unbeaten, defeating the visiting Sharks 1-0 Tuesday night. “It was nerve racking,” Smith said. “Every one-run game is like that but I’m proud ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 10:46 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Baseball: Hillsborough 8, King 3

    TAMPA — Before its district game against King on Tuesday night, undefeated Hillsborough was used to putting up runs early and often, coming in with 38 runs in four games. Against the Lions, Hillsborough couldn't get anything going right away.  Still, the Terriers knew the pitcher, and if past games ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 10:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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