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  • Florida offered fresh start for East Lake’s Carson Lydon

    Florida offered fresh start for East Lake’s Carson Lydon EAST LAKE — East Lake High School linebacker Carson Lydon has made his usual assortment of eye-popping plays this season. Those hard hitting sacks on heart-stopping blitzes, game-changing interceptions or blocked punts combined with the uncanny ability to squeeze his muscular 241-pound frame into running lanes to stop a play ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 6:51 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Midweek Grab Bag: Blowing John C. Cotey's mind one week at a time

    Midweek Grab Bag: Blowing John C. Cotey's mind one week at a time Welcome to the Midweek Grab Bag. We suggest you pour yourself a nice cool beverage, find a comfortable place to sit, and enjoy a nice bowl of numbers soup.  Grab Bag power rankings  Here are the 20 hottest things in high school football right now. 1. (1) Pinellas County football: ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 11:23 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Another week, another HomeTeam Pick 'Em

    You know the drill: keep your name the same, and good luck. Loading...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 10:44 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Volleyball: Tampa Prep sweeps Berkeley Prep

    Volleyball: Tampa Prep sweeps Berkeley Prep TAMPA — Eleven of Berkeley Prep’s 14 players are underclassmen. Tampa Prep returned five of six starters from a 2013 region final team. On paper, the Terrapins should have run away with Tuesday’s volleyball match on their home court. But in that kind of meeting between rivals, Tampa Prep coach ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 11:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Associated Press state football poll: Week 4

    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 (12)                        3-0     154 1 ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Top boys golfers set for Outback Invitational

    Top boys golfers set for Outback Invitational Outback Invitational When/where: Monday, East Lake Woodlands Golf Club Time: 10:30 a.m. shotgun start Format: 18-hole stroke play, top four scores from each school are counted toward team score. Schools: Mitchell (black team), Mitchell (gold team), Sarasota Riverview, St. Petersburg, Sebring, Lakewood Ranch, Clearwater Central Catholic, Jesuit, Windermere Prep, Calvary ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 3:17 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Pick 'Em has a new overall leader and weekly winner

    In another tough week of picking high school football games, the top dogs struggled while allowing newcomer Malachi Strand to win the week, and David Bjelke to take the overall lead. Strand, a name we're pretty sure is borrowed from the television series Longmire, which I will now have to ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Golden becomes Alonso's first DI girls basketball commit

    Alonso’s Angel Golden committed to play basketball at Bethune Cookman on Sunday, becoming the Ravens’ first  Division I-A commit in the sport. Golden, a 5-foot-9 guard who also plays club basketball for the Tampa Bay Thunder, averaged 19.6 points per game, 6.2 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game last season.  ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:44 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Volleyball slate's getting tougher

    HomeTeam 25: Volleyball slate's getting tougher Only two new teams broke into the rankings this week, but with a lot of big matchups in the coming days, things could shake up in no time. Bloomingdale and Tampa Prep, now our No. 1 team, each have a rivalry match Tuesday, with the Bulls taking on district rival ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Large leaps, distinctive drops

    HomeTeam 25: Large leaps, distinctive drops 1. (1) Armwood (3-0) Last week: Beat Hillsborough 26-0 This week: at Robinson Lowdown: Since a bumpy opening half to the season, the defense has not allowed a point in 10 straight quarters, the first time that’s happened since 2011. 2. (2) East Lake (3-0) Last week: Beat Dunedin 36-6 ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 2:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunday Morning QB: These guys weather any storm

    Sunday Morning QB: These guys weather any storm Four 200-yard rushing performances Chris Schwarz, River Ridge: The bulldozing back rushed for a career-high 299 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Wiregrass Ranch. His rushing total in Week 3 was more than in his first two games combined (293).  Stephon Williams, Calvary Christian: The senior transfer ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 8:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Cross Country: Robinson boys take Villareal Memorial meet

    DADE CITY — Saturday’s Steven Villareal Memorial hosted by Dade City at Withlacoochie River Park was just the kind of meet one would expect from the rolling rural hills. It took a dirt road and winding, one-lane road to finally reach the course and when the runners shot out of ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Sept. 6-12

    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, Sept. 5-12. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 11:02 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Armwood 26, Hillsborough 0

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Armwood 26, Hillsborough 0 SEFFNER — Hillsborough had its chances.  Just like it did the last time it was truly tested in a preseason loss to Plant, Armwood made mistakes. The Hawks had fewer yards of offense, fewer first downs and more penalties than the Terriers in the first half.  Still, Hillsborough couldn’t capitalize. ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:53 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 41, Jesuit 27 (with video)

    TAMPA — Clearwater Central Catholic and Jesuit took 10 paces, whirled — and ran the football at each other. All night long.  The Marauders were better equipped for the quick-hitting stuff. They had Jeff Smith, one of the area’s most elusive quarterbacks in the area. With spectacular bursts of speed, ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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