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  • District girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 69, Holy Names 45

    TAMPA — As the pregame clock ticked under 13 minutes before Thursday’s Class 4A, District 10 final against Tampa Catholic, a series of muffled cheers roared from behind the Holy Names’ locker-room door. Seconds later, the Jaguars confidently burst onto the court for warmups as Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train blared ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District girls basketball: Strawberry Crest 64, Plant City 59

    DOVER — With arguably the best player in Hillsborough County on its roster last year, Strawberry Crest followed Aliyah Gregory’s leadership all the way to its first district championship.  Gregory has since graduated and now plays at UCF. The Chargers, who had some growing pains midseason, longed to prove the ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:35 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region boys soccer: Newsome 6, Orlando Cypress Creek 1

    LITHIA — For the second time in three games, Jake Van Der Luit scored twice and Newsome tallied six goals. On Thursday night, that resulted in a 6-1 Class 5A region quarterfinal win over visiting Orlando Cypress Creek. “I’m getting a lot of help from my teammates,” said Van Der ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:51 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region boys soccer: East Bay 2, Northeast 1

    GIBSONTON — The school fight song blared over the PA system, students rushed the field, and players hugged. It was time for East Bay to celebrate school history. Senior forward Kevin Dacruz knocked in the winning goal in the 64th minute as East Bay rallied past Northeast 2-1 in a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:47 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys soccer: Jesuit 8, Tarpon Springs 0

    TAMPA — Six Tigers scored as Jesuit breezed into the Class 3A region semifinals with a tidy 8-0 win against visiting Tarpon Springs in a match that lasted just more than an hour. The Tigers (21-2-2) ran their unbeaten streak to eight and haven’t been scored upon in the past ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 9:31 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region boys soccer: Calvary Christian 4, Universal Academy 1

    BRANDON — The Class A region quarterfinal between Universal Academy and Calvary Christian was tied at halftime, but technically, the Warriors hadn’t yet scored a goal when the teams broke for intermission.  Calvary Christian got on the board first in the seventh minute when a Falcon defender accidentally headed the ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 6:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough County's fall sports award winners

    Hillsborough County's annual sports award for the fall season were annouced Thursday.  Guy Toph Award: Ray Ray McCloud III, Sickles  Jim Kynes Outstanding Lineman Award: Jake Fruhmorgen, Plant Kirkwood Volleyball Award: Karissa Rhoades, Bloomingdale Hicks Family Awards for Outstanding Swimmers: Maddie Hess, Newsome; Tyler Heath, Plant Casey Most Valuable Golfer ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 6:21 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Garrett Young commits to Michigan Tech

    Cambridge Christian quarterback Garrett Young has committed to play football at Michigan Tech, the school announced via Twitter on Wednesday. Young, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior, led all passers in Hillsborough County last season with 2,313 yards and 27 touchdowns. Dixie Hollins' Tyrie Adams (2,802 yards, 30 TDs) was the only ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 11:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District girls basketball: King surprises Armwood

    TAMPA — Armwood had its ticket to the Class 6, District 9 championship game all but punched as soon as it was matched up with King for Wednesday’s semifinal. The first two times the Hawks and Lions met, Armwood won by at least 30 points.  The Lions proved Wednesday, however, ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:34 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District girls basketball: Plant survives after late turnover

    TAMPA — Plant and host Alonso reached their respective destinations Wednesday, each advancing to the Class 8A, District 7 championship game. But they took different paths. Top-seeded Plant forced a turnover with four seconds remaining to preserve a 43-41 win over No. 5 Wharton; it was the Panthers’ fourth victory ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense

    District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch junior guard Trakyra Kidd picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of Wednesday’s Class 7A-8 district semifinal against Steinbrenner. It didn’t matter. Kidd stayed right there in the hip pocket of whichever Warrior player had the ball. Face to face. Feet moving. Arms flashing ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • 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

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