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  • East Bay DE Marques Ford commits to Rutgers

    Just one day after East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was told there was no spot for him at Tennessee, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior committed to Rutgers. He announced the commitment via Twitter on Thursday night. "Everything happens for a reason! Now I know for sure everything is gonna work ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 9:22 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region girls soccer: East Bay 2, Seminole 1 (4-3 PKs)

    SEMINOLE — There was no way East Bay was going to let it happen again. In last week’s district final against Plant City, the Indians gave up a goal in the final minutes and lost the championship. Thursday night in the Class 4A region quarterfinal against Seminole, nursing a 1-0 ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 10:56 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region girls soccer: Plant City 1, Osceola 0

    PLANT CITY — Four-time district champion Plant City was in a familiar spot, hosting a team from Seminole in a region quarterfinal. Unlike last season, however, the Raiders’ season did not end with a home loss in that round. Plant City, which last year lost to Seminole, defeated Osceola 1-0 ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region girls soccer: Robinson 4, Tarpon Springs 0

    Region girls soccer: Robinson 4, Tarpon Springs 0 TAMPA — Since losing to Largo in penalty kicks last season in the region semifinals, Robinson has kept the soccer ball safely nestled away on the bench. All the players have signed it, and the ball serves as a constant reminder of what could have been. “We’ve carried (the ball) ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region girls soccer: Newsome 6, Winter Park 0

    LITHIA — Newsome sophomore center forward Lauren Evans didn’t start. But she certainly finished. Evans, whose father Jerome Evans was a fullback on the 1996 Florida national championship team, scored three goals — the first two in a 33-second span — to spark a five-goal second half, helping undefeated Newsome ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 9:40 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region girls soccer: Shorecrest 1, Carrollwood Day 0

    TAMPA — The Class A region quarterfinal between host Carrollwood Day and Shorecrest was a defensive battle from the outset Thursday afternoon.  The Patriots entrenched Maddie Deneen, Molly Johnson and Chrissy Brynjolfsson along a back line that never crossed the midfield stripe. The Chargers flexed from three to as many ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 8:08 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Tampa Bay district girls basketball preview

    Tampa Bay district girls basketball preview There are certain days when Necole Tunsil has to remind herself that she is Lakewood’s varsity coach, not junior varsity. There are no seniors on the Spartans’ roster. But there are four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. “They have absolutely tested my patience,” Tunsil said. “I have never, in ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 6:55 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Boys basketball: Berkeley Prep 67, Tampa Catholic 59

    TAMPA — When they met earlier this month, Tampa Catholic’s Thomas Dziagwa and Kevin Knox combined for 49 points to lead the Crusaders to a big 4A-10 district win over Berkeley Prep. Adjustments were clearly made by the Bucs, as they held the duo in check on their way to ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 11:41 p.m. | Jacob Lynn

  • District boy soccer: Jesuit edges Jefferson, reaches final

    TAMPA —Junior Harrison Astorquiza’s dream is alive, thanks to his game-winning goal in No. 1 seed Jesuit’s 1-0 victory against Jefferson on Wednesday night in the Class 3A, District 9 semifinals. The Tigers (19-2-2) will go for their 27th district title in the past 29 seasons Friday against second-ranked Bradenton ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District boys soccer: Newsome takes down top-seeded Riverview

    LITHIA — In a high-scoring, penalty-marred Class 5A, District 6 semifinal Wednesday, host Newsome halted top seed Riverview’s season-long unbeaten streak with a 6-3 win. “We would’ve liked to still be playing now. This is hard,” Riverview coach Darik Olson said after his team finished 16-1. Newsome (13-3-1) built on ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 11:26 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District boys soccer: SPC, CCC dispatch Hillsborough foes

    TAMPA — Clearwater Central Catholic was just more than two minutes from overtime in its Class 2A, District 9 semifinal against Berkeley Prep when it earned a free kick 45 yards from goal. Matt Dunn launched a long, arching shot from the right side into the 18-yard box.  Demetri Royer ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:43 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • District boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch, Freedom move on

    TAMPA — The 4A-8 trend of low seeds dropping high seeds switched in the first semifinal Wednesday.  After sixth-seeded Chamberlain downed third seed and host Sickles, and No. 7 Freedom dropped No. 2 Mitchell in the quarterfinals Tuesday, top-seeded Wiregrass Ranch sent No. 4 Gaither home with a 2-0 victory. The ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District boys soccer: Palm Harbor U. avenges lone loss

    EAST LAKE — Palm Harbor University has only one loss this season — to the team that almost sent them home early in the 5A-7 semifinals Wednesday. But after two quick goals by Steinbrenner in a dominant first half, the Hurricanes turned on the switch and handed the Warriors a ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 9:42 p.m. | Evan Abramson

  • Options aplenty sway top recruits away from state colleges

    Options aplenty sway top recruits away from state colleges There was a time when Sickles High School running back Ray Ray McCloud III envisioned playing for Florida State. The Seminoles were among his many suitors. But as McCloud’s recruitment picked up, along with his options, he became more open to playing at another school — including one of the ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 8:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay DE Marques Ford decommits from Tennessee

    East Bay DE Marques Ford decommits from Tennessee East Bay defensive end Marques Ford has decommitted from Tennessee, the four-star recruit announced via Twitter on Wednesday. "Due to circumstances, I am decommiting from the University of Tennessee and opening up my recruitment...," Ford tweeted. East Bay coach Frank LaRosa later confirmed that there was no spot for Ford at ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 6:52 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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