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  • Track: Wharton girls, Hillsborough boys eke out county championships

    Track: Wharton girls, Hillsborough boys eke out county championships TAMPA — Having the team title go down the the wire is all anyone could ask of a big track meet. The Vernon Korhn Hillsborough County track meet delivered Tuesday at Jefferson High School.  Through 12 events the Hillsborough girls led Wharton 63-56. The Wildcats climbed into the lead after ...
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    Tue. March 31, 2015 at 11:35 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Baseball: Alonso 4, Plant 3 (eight innings)

    TAMPA — Alonso's lack of control nearly allowed Plant to take control in the fourth inning, when the Panthers scored a tying run on a wild pitch. The winner of the Class 8A-7 game Tuesday stood to break open the four-way tie for first place in the district and control ...
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    Tue. March 31, 2015 at 11:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District tennis roundup: Steinbrenner boys nab first title

    TAMPA — Steinbrenner’s John Pfingsten hasn’t been around long enough to know the history of the Class 4A-7 district championships held at Hunter’s Green, but he changed it with a finishing overhand smash. The Warrior freshman delivered the final point of the tournament right down the middle Tuesday afternoon, putting ...
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    Tue. March 31, 2015 at 9:33 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alea White, female winner for March 21-27

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alea White, female winner for March 21-27 Female Hot Shot winner Alea White, Cambridge Christian Cambridge Christian’s Alea White was pitcher perfect Monday against Citrus Park Christian. The junior threw her first perfect game of the season, striking out all nine batters she faced in a game that was called after three innings because of the mercy ...
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    Mon. March 30, 2015 at 7:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 30

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 30 1.Canterbury (17-2, 4-0) This week:  Monday at Holy Names; Wednesday vs. Orlando Lake Highland Prep; Thursday vs. Citrus Park Christian Lowdown: The Crusaders went 3-1 to finish fifth in the blue bracket at the Kissimmee Klassic. The only loss came against Class 8A, No. 2 ranked Oviedo Hagerty, which took ...
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    Mon. March 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 30

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 30 1. Dunedin (14-2) This week: Today-Friday (host tournament at Englebert Complex) Lowdown: The Falcons are one of the favorites at this year’s Dunedin Spring Classic. They have won seven straight after dropping two earlier in the season. The pitching staff will be tested, but if the bats stay hot Dunedin ...
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    Mon. March 30, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 21-27

    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, March 21 through Friday, March 27. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 28, 2015 at 10:55 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Bill to ease transfers still in play

    A bill that would make it easier for some students to transfer for athletic purposes was approved by the House Education Committee on Thursday and moves on to another committee in the House for perusal. The latest bill aimed to negate some of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Latest bill targeting FHSAA, easing transfers fires up coaches

    Tampa Bay area coaches, alarmed by the number of athletes who already switch schools seemingly at will, have long clamored for the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt a more stringent transfer policy.  But a bill that the House Education Committee is scheduled to hear Thursday does the opposite, ...
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    Wed. March 25, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Durant 1, Brandon 0

    BRANDON — For seven innings, Brandon left-hander Antonio Velez put on a show, striking out 12 and giving up just one hit to district foe Durant.  But as it turned out, one hit was all the Cougars needed.  Velez had retired 10 of 12 batters before senior second baseman Cade ...
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    Tue. March 24, 2015 at 10:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Edmilly Molina, female winner for March 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Edmilly Molina, female winner for March 14-20 Female Hot Shot winner: Edmilly Molina, Plant City Plant City scratched its way back late in a pivotal Class 7A, District 7 game against rival East Bay last week, to the point where a solid hit might be enough to send the game into extra innings. Edmilly Molina got more ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 6:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23 1.Canterbury (12-1, 2-0) This week:  Monday at Keswick Christian; Thursday-Saturday (Kissimmee Klassic) Lowdown: The Crusaders’ lone loss was to Class 5A, No. 5 ranked Belleview in nine innings at the Gulliver Prep Slamfest two weeks ago. Turns out, Belleview is one of the strongest teams in the state, especially after ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 3:46 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 23 1. Brandon (12-2) This week: Tuesday vs. Durant; Friday vs. Tampa Bay Tech Lowdown: Since losing in extra innings at the Saladino tournament, the Eagles have won three straight and outscored opponents 17-1. Drayden Williams is hitting .450 to pace the offense, and Antonio Velez already has seven wins as ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach

    Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach Almost a month ago, Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory announced his resignation, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. But almost immediately, Gregory said, he began having second thoughts.  He said he never really wanted to leave, and still seeing his players every day at school ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 10:31 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Basketball: Emery outshines Pinellas stars

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nothing was on the line except for pride. For any elite athlete, pride is enough. At Eckerd College on Saturday, Pinellas County’s girls all-stars proved naysayers wrong by battling back against Hillsborough County’s senior standouts, turning a 15-point deficit into a four-point second-half lead. But any team ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:19 a.m. | Chuck Frye

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