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  • District volleyball: Favored matchup a reality in 7A-7 final

    PLANT CITY — Strawberry Crest won a coin flip with Durant for the top seed in the Class 7A, District 7 tournament. Now, the Chargers will have to beat the defending champion Cougars to win their first title. “I didn’t want Plant City at Plant City,” Strawberry Crest coach Morgan ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:41 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District volleyball: Steinbrenner maintains league streak

    TAMPA — Steinbrenner had more on the line in Wednesday’s Class 7A, District 8 semifinal against Wiregrass Ranch than just a five-year district championship streak.   Steinbrenner coach Laura Praetorius recorded the scores from her team’s first matchup with the Bulls — a Warriors sweep — and gave her team ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:36 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Flash sale: Nike’s Plant shoe sells out in 23 minutes

    Flash sale: Nike’s Plant shoe sells out in 23 minutes TAMPA — When a Nike representative pulled Robert Weiner aside during the Nike Elite Coaches Summit last February to discuss designing a Plant High School shoe, the 10-year Panthers coach just thought it would be something neat for his football players to enjoy. A sneak peak of the shoes were ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 3:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District volleyball roundup: Wharton goes the distance against Plant

    District volleyball roundup: Wharton goes the distance against Plant TAMPA — No. 3 Plant had a chance to upend No. 2 Wharton in Tuesday’s Class 8A, District 7 semifinals.  But the Wildcats held off the Panthers, advancing with a five-game win at Alonso. Top-seeded Bloomingdale swept past Riverview 25-15, 25-21, 25-13 in the other semi. “Plant hasn’t won this ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 10:43 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region golf roundup: Mitchell sweeps into state tournament

    TRINITY — Mitchell’s girls team repeated as the Class 2A, Region 5 champion with an overall score of 330, four strokes better than last year’s region title team. Once again, Shyanne Dove led the Mustangs with a tournament-low 77 Tuesday at Heritage Springs, tying her score from last year’s tournament.  ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 9:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Associated Press state football poll: Week 9

    The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Area teams in bold:   Class 8A Record  Pts Prv 1. Dr. Phillips (13)                        7-0     144 ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Region golf roundup: St. Petersburg girls sweat one out

    TEMPLE TERRACE — The St. Petersburg girls team was announced as the Class 3A-4 region runnerup Monday, securing their first team state tournament berth in school history.  Soon, though, the Green Devils’ joy turned to nervousness.  The Green Devils — and team champion Steinbrenner — were announced before all golfers ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 9:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Quentin Poteralski, male winner for Oct. 11-17

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Quentin Poteralski, male winner for Oct. 11-17 Male Hot Shot winner: Quentin Poteralski, Steinbrenner Steinbrenner has struggled offensively through the first half of the football season. But in the Warriors’ 55-40 win against Wiregrass Ranch last week, it not only found its stride, it also made school history. Quarterback Quentin Poteralski accounted for six touchdowns — four ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 7:51 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Cross country: Another Zentmeyer-Guyton battle in county meet

    Cross country: Another Zentmeyer-Guyton battle in county meet TAMPA — Monday’s Hillsborough County cross country meet at Al Lopez Park saw some of the fastest times of the season — with a dose of controversy.  The meet was originally set to take place at Lake Park in Lutz, then at Ed Radice Park, only to settle on Lopez ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam football 25: District play shakes things up a bit

    HomeTeam football 25: District play shakes things up a bit 1. (1) Armwood (7-0, 6-0) Last week: Beat Lennard 56-0 This week: at King Lowdown: The Hawks recorded their fourth straight shutout and have allowed just nine points in the past six games. That type of dominance was expected. What makes this team scary good is an offense that has ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 4:04 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Sunday Morning QB: Round of applause for underdogs

    Sunday Morning QB: Round of applause for underdogs Team of the week Leto.  The Falcons won their first game (on the field) since 2009. Leto was credited with a forfeit win over Armwood in 2011, but the 18-15 win over Middleton on Friday is much sweeter. The win snaps a 32-game losing streak, and of course it wasn’t ...
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    Sun. Oct. 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. | Times Staff

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Oct. 11-17

    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, Oct. 11 through Friday, Oct. 17. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 10:40 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Gaither 35, Sickles 17

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Gaither 35, Sickles 17 TAMPA — The start of Gaither’s district matchup with Sickles on Friday was mistake-laden. In the first few minutes there was a Gryphons turnover, a blocked Gaither field goal and four combined penalties. So it wasn’t unexpected when, on their second drive of the night, the Cowboys were looking at ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:34 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Leto 18, Middleton 15

    TAMPA — Leto snapped a 32-game losing streak and extended Middleton’s skid to 10 with an 18-15 victory Friday. The Falcons held a 6-0 lead at halftime, and the second half erupted into a desperate attempt by both teams to stave off defeat. The Falcons went up on a Dallas ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Football: Wharton 18, Alonso 7

    TAMPA — A night dedicated to celebrating homecoming by featuring the Class of 2004 and shiny convertibles on parade carrying the 2014 royal court at Alonso was overshadowed by an 18-7 home loss against District 8A-6 foe Wharton. Key drive: After a first half of missed field goals and opportunities ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:01 a.m. | Christian Lemus

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