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  • Volleyball: Holy Names hoping for a little home-court advantage

    Volleyball: Holy Names hoping for a little home-court advantage As any coach would, Academy of the Holy Names’ Jeff Davis is looking forward to the kind of competition his Jaguars will face in this weekend’s AHN volleyball invitational.  The tournament, which is in its 10th year, will bring together eight of the Tampa Bay area’s best teams — including ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 7:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: River Ridge's Jessica Babcock, female winner for Aug. 23-29

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: River Ridge's Jessica Babcock, female winner for Aug. 23-29 Female Hot Shot of  the Week  The River Ridge volleyball team might be young, but it hasn’t held the Royal Knights back so far. And senior captain Jessica Babcock is a main reason why.  Since Babcock is just one of two seniors on an 11-person roster, coach Nicole Rossman holds ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 6:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Mitchell's Ryan Marsh, male winner for Aug. 23-29

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Mitchell's Ryan Marsh, male winner for Aug. 23-29 Male Hot Shot of the Week Ryan Marsh was part of a three-headed running back attack last season for Mitchell’s football team, and was limited to 32 carries for 207 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. One week into the 2014 season and he has already surpassed that total. ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 6:43 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Pick'em: The rest of us strike back

    So, who's taking down Yoda Master this week? Remember, keep using the same name you used last week, to keep yourself in the running for the season-ending prize. Good luck. Except, well, not to you Yoda. Loading...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 6:29 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Associated Press state football poll: Week 2

    The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Area teams n bold:   Class 8A    Record    Pts    Prv    1. Miramar (18)   1-0          189    1        2. Dr. ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 4:35 p.m. | Associated Press

  • HomeTeam volleyball 25: Teeming with talent at the top

    HomeTeam volleyball 25: Teeming with talent at the top The bay area always seems to be rich with volleyball talent, and this year is no exception. We think CCC, Tampa Prep and Bloomingdale have the best shots at bringing a state title back to Tampa Bay, but the other teams that make up our first HomeTeam 25 of the ...
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    Mon. Sept. 01, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam football 25: First-week jitters out of the way

    HomeTeam football 25: First-week jitters out of the way 1. (1) Armwood (1-0) Last week: Beat Durant 37-14 This week: at Blake, 7:30 Lowdown: The Hawks weren’t their usual dominant selves on opening night, still struggling with penalties. Even the defense was shakier, as the Cougars became the first Tampa Bay team to score in double figures in a ...
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    Mon. Sept. 01, 2014 at 5:27 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Wins the first week of HomeTeam Pick'Em, Yoda Master does. Hmmmm?

    There were pitfalls this week. River Ridge. Lennard. Freedom. But the best at avoiding them? The Yoda Master and Cowboys, who both finished 11-5 to take the early lead in the 2014 Pick 'Em. Yoda Master took Countryside, St. Petersburg and Osceola is some of the week's tougher games. Cowboys ...
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    Mon. Sept. 01, 2014 at 3:41 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Tampa Catholic's Nate Craig could miss season with broken fibula

    Tampa Catholic's Nate Craig could miss season with broken fibula Nate Craig, Tampa Catholic's 5-star wide receiver and an Auburn commitment, has a broken fibula, according to coach Mike Gregory. Whether any of this season can be salvaged for the 6-foot-2, 210-pound recruit rated No. 1 in the 2016 class by Rivals remains to be seen. Craig was injured on ...
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    Sun. Aug. 31, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunday Morning Quarterback: Underdogs have their day

    Sunday Morning Quarterback: Underdogs have their day SMQ Player of the Week: Dillon O’Toole, River Ridge Since getting hired at his alma mater in 2011, River Ridge coach Ryan Benjamin has spent a lot of time thinking about beating Land O’Lakes. He even bought a trophy — a gator mouth embedded on a black marble plaque — ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Aug. 23-29

    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, Aug. 23 through Friday, Aug. 29. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:52 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Four quarters: Rounding up the best and brightest from Friday night

    Four quarters: Rounding up the best and brightest from Friday night 4 teams to believe in Lennard: Supporters of Lennard, just 1-19 over the past two seasons, spent the past few days practically guaranteeing the Longhorns would beat East Bay. And, well, boom went the dynamite in a 28-7 win. Gulf: The Bucs have been more awful than the Longhorns recently. ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 2:17 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Sickles 33, Robinson 7

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Sickles 33, Robinson 7 TAMPA — Last season was the most successful in Sickles history, the Gryphons winning a district title and their first-ever playoff games en route to the region finals. The 2014 Gryphons, ranked No. 3 in the preseason HomeTeam 25, enter the year eyeing even greater achievements. Sickles’ quest for a ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 2:08 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Lennard 28, East Bay 7

    GIBSONTON — Lennard matched its win total for the past two seasons and defeated its neighborhood rival in convincing fashion before a packed house. The Longhorns scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead and never looked back. Their defense forced five turnovers and recorded three sacks. ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:58 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Jesuit 31, Wauchula Hardee 17

    TAMPA — The flashes of speed and strength Malik Davis showed last year as a freshman were on full display for Jesuit as he ran past Wauchula Hardee. Davis pounded Hardee with 149 yards on 23 carries, making the most of each handoff with a 6.5-yard average. Davis scored all ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:57 a.m. | Darin Klahr

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