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  • District baseball roundup: Bloomingdale’s Crouse prevails in battle of aces

    TAMPA — For the past six months, Bloomingdale coach Kris Wilken had planned for the very situation in which the Bulls found themselves Tuesday. All he wanted to do was make sure his team made the district semifinals and could put the ball in Logan Crouse’s hands. The Bloomingdale ace, ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 10:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Swimming: Holy Names' Timmons to sign with Navy

    Academy of Holy Names swimmer Shae Timmons will sign her letter of intent to swim at the U.S. Naval Academy on Wednesday. Timmons, who also swims and is a junior coach for Tampa Bay Aquatics, holds the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke and finished third in the event and ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 4:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant's Andrew Sanders commits to Washington University

    Plant F Andrew Sanders has orally committed to play basketball at Washington University in St. Louis, Panthers coach Michael Slonaker announced Tuesday afternoon. Sanders earned first-team all-county honors this winter as a senior. The 6-foot-5 Sanders averaged 17.3 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. He added more than three steals ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 3:02 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Nate Craig gets invite to 2016 Under Armour game

    The 2015 Under Armour All-American Game is more than eight months away, but the high school all-star game has already invited one local athlete for the 2016 competition. Tampa Catholic WR Nate Craig has been invited to play in the 2016 game, Craig announced Tuesday via Twitter. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. | Matt Baker

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  • Region softball: Ace sparks Jefferson’s best season

    Region softball: Ace sparks Jefferson’s best season  TAMPA — Ask Jefferson coach Eve Soto-Suarez about senior pitcher Nikki Lopez, and Soto-Suarez begins to gush before stopping herself. “I don’t want to use the word perfect — she doesn’t like that much,” Soto-Suarez said. “But honestly, she’s up there.” It’s hard to argue with her. Lopez’s last B ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 7:03 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Winners for April 12-18

    HomeTeam Hot Shots A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week. Female Hot Shots: Alexis Franco and Laurel Wanger, Largo Sport: Tennis   Skinny: The Packers’ top doubles team played in last week’s Class 3A individual state tournament at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs. Franco and Wanger ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 3:32 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Softball: Gaither blanks Steinbrenner for 7A-8 title

    TAMPA — Pitcher Sammi Grat scattered five hits and batterymate Elizabeth Mason stole home to highlight Gaither’s 8-0 shutout of Steinbrenner in Saturday’s Class 7A, District 8 championship game. The Cowboys, district champions for the first time since 2010, scored three runs in the third inning and four in the ...
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    Sat. April 19, 2014 at 8:34 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 12-18

    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, April 12 through Friday, April 18. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 19, 2014 at 12:41 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Baseball: Hillsborough district preview

    Baseball: Hillsborough district preview TAMPA — The Monday night game against Tampa Catholic, which Tampa Prep lost 8-2, had been over for nearly 15 minutes. But after his team’s postgame huddle in leftfield broke, a disappointed Luis Medina lingered. The sophomore catcher, who has a team-high .453 batting average, also had a near-flawless fielding ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 6:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Girls Basketball: FABC/Source Hoops all-state teams

    The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC)/Source Hoops girls all state teams were released on Friday. Payton Walker (Seffner Christian) and Savannah Plentovich (Calvary Christian) were named to the first team in Class 3A. Aliyah Gregory of Strawberry Crest was a first-team selection in Class 7A. Times' all-Suncoast  Player of ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Ray Ray McCloud III gets Under Armour invite, and other recruiting notes

    Ray Ray McCloud III gets Under Armour invite, and other recruiting notes A few recruiting nuggets from the last few days: • Sickles junior ATH Ray Ray McCloud III announced his invitation to the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game. The 2,300-yard rusher holds offers from Clemson, Florida and Florida State, among others. The all-star game could have a very strong local flavor ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 2:12 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Tampa Prep's Durham a MaxPreps All-American

    Tampa Prep star Juwan Durham has been named a first-team sophomore All-American by MaxPreps, the site announced Friday morning. It's the latest honor for Durham, a 6-foot-10 forward. He was the Tampa Bay Times' all-Suncoast player of the year this winter, averaging 21.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.7 blocks and ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • District softball roundup: Durant routs Plant City for 7A-7 title

    District softball roundup: Durant routs Plant City for 7A-7 title TAMPA — The old adage states it’s tough to beat a team three times in one season. Thursday, it proved spot on. Durant’s bats stayed hot as the No. 3 seed avenged a pair of regular-season losses and defeated top-seeded Plant City 11-0 in the Class 7A, District 7 final ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 12:03 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Track roundup: Friends, not foes, boost Plant girls

    RIVERVIEW — Anna Montgomery and Bailey Sullivan are best friends who train side-by-side for every race. And in Thursday’s Class 4A, District 7 meet, the duo’s inseparability earned the Plant girls a championship. Newsome led Plant most of the meet until Montgomery and Sullivan finished first and second, respectively, in ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 11:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State tennis: Tampa Prep’s Leavy falters in Class A final

    CASSELBERRY — While Tampa Prep’s hopes of a team championship ended Wednesday, the Terrapin girls did have two players alive for Class A individual titles Thursday at Red Bug Lake Park. In the No. 1 singles final, Paige Leavy lost 6-2, 6-4 to Allegra Hanlon of Ransom Everglades. “I know ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. | Rodney Page

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