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  • State baseball: Durant boasts one-two punch on the mound

    State baseball: Durant boasts one-two punch on the mound PLANT CITY — Painted on the outside of the Durant baseball team’s clubhouse is the year 2013, commemorating the Cougars’ first trip to the state final four. That year, the story was all about current minor-leaguer Tyler Danish and his unblemished ERA, which the Cougars rode all the way to ...
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    Tue. May 19, 2015 at 4:50 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Armwood offense in spotlight for a change

    HomeTeam Huddle: Armwood offense in spotlight for a change SEFFNER — Armwood, ever the defensive juggernaut, had a banner year on that side of the ball last season, posting a school-record nine shutouts and giving up an average of 2.3 points per game through the regular season.   This year, though, the Hawks are taking on a new identity. ...
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    Mon. May 18, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • IMG's football success divisive

    IMG's football success divisive IMG Academy coach Kevin Wright has been around impressive high school football programs in the past. His previous stops include Warren Central and Carmel, which annually compete for state titles in Indiana.  But even Wright, hired March 30 to replace Chris Weinke, marveled at the sheer size of IMG during a ...
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    Sat. May 16, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Berkeley Prep 14, Admiral Farragut Academy 0

    At Berkeley Prep Berkeley Prep 14, Admiral Farragut Academy 0 Spring game-breakers: The Berkeley Prep offense looked crisp after an opening-drive interception. New quarterback Sam Bennett did not throw an incompletion in the game and made crisp throws to his receivers. Six-foot-5 receiver Jacob Mathis hauled in three of Bennett's ...
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    Sat. May 16, 2015 at 9:43 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Running of the Bulls at Wiregrass Ranch?

    HomeTeam Huddle: Running of the Bulls at Wiregrass Ranch? WESLEY CHAPEL — Last year, Wiregrass Ranch’s leading rusher was a quarterback, Shane Bucenell (334 yards).   According to MaxPreps, Wiregrass has never had a 1,000-yard rusher, coming closest when Josh Johnson ran for 913 in 2009.   And as a team, the Bulls have never averaged 150 yards a game, ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 7:18 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Jesuit alum Lance McCullers Jr. set to make MLB debut

    Jesuit alum Lance McCullers Jr. set to make MLB debut Just eight days after former Plant High School stud Preston Tucker made his major-league debut with the Houston Astros, former Jesuit right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. was called up and will make his first MLB start Monday when the Astros take on the Oakland Athletics, the team announced Friday. McCullers, who ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 6:46 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Lead slips away late for Robinson

    State baseball: Lead slips away late for Robinson FORT MYERS — Two outs were all that Robinson needed to beat Archbishop McCarthy and advance to the Class 5A state championship game once centerfielder Darius Autry made a diving grab for the first out, ending the eye-popping play with a somersault to get back on his feet.  “After that ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Bayshore Christian falters vs. experienced Miami Brito

    State baseball: Bayshore Christian falters vs. experienced Miami Brito FORT MYERS — There was no doubt Bayshore Christian faced a challenge in taking on Miami Brito in Thursday’s Class 2A state championship game at JetBlue Park.  Coming into the matchup, Brito had won six state championships, including one in 2014. For the Faith Warriors, meanwhile, making it to the ...
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    Thu. May 14, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Robinson ready to shed underdog status

    State baseball: Robinson ready to shed underdog status TAMPA — People crowded the stands around the baseball field at Robinson High on Feb. 11 — the third official day of the 2015 season — awaiting the latest installment of the rivalry between the Knights and Plant, the school located less than 5 miles away down Dale Mabry. It was ...
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    Thu. May 14, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: 11th-inning rally sticks for Bayshore Christian

    State baseball: 11th-inning rally sticks for Bayshore Christian FORT MYERS — Entering Bayshore Christian’s Class 2A state semifinal against Seven Rivers Christian on Wednesday morning, right-hander and shortstop Evan Holland had gotten a hit nearly half the times he stepped up to the plate.  But for some reason, through the first nine innings at JetBlue Park, Holland just ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Calvary Christian, CCC land former Plant QBs

    HomeTeam Huddle: Calvary Christian, CCC land former Plant QBs Plant is always stocked with strong-armed quarterbacks.   So when Rex Culpepper became the starter last season, it was only natural that some of that depth would dwindle as backups looked for an opportunity to start elsewhere.   The exodus of signal callers has had a direct benefit for Calvary ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 4:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region baseball: Fort Myers Bishop Verot 1, Tampa Catholic 0

    FORT MYERS — In the midst of a scoreless game, Tampa Catholic was as close to Jet Blue Park, the home of the state final four, as it has ever been. The 13 miles separating the park and Bishop Verot High will have to suffice for this year. After 5 ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. | Adam Regan

  • Region baseball: Durant 5, Kissimmee Osceola 3

    Region baseball: Durant 5, Kissimmee Osceola 3 PLANT CITY — In order to strengthen the defense in Durant’s Class 7A region final against Kissimmee Osceola on Tuesday, coach Butch Valdes decided to leave Harrison Theocharakis, often the designated hitter, out of the lineup.  The junior admitted he was bummed when he got the news before the big ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Bayshore Christian gets to state thanks to a little international infusion

    Bayshore Christian gets to state thanks to a little international infusion TAMPA — Bayshore Christian found itself in a familiar place on Friday night, taking on Orlando Christian Prep in the Class 2A region baseball final. Just a year before, the Faith Warriors traveled 90 miles west to take on that same opponent, which beat them 3-1 and ended the school’s ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 6:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Liv Chandler, female winner for May 2-8

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Liv Chandler, female winner for May 2-8 Female Hot Shot winner: Liv Chandler, Newsome Of the 35 hits in Liv Chandler’s high school career, none was bigger than the one the Newsome senior had last week against nationally ranked Oviedo Hagerty in the Class 8A state semifinals. Locked in a scoreless tie, Chandler ended the game with ...
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    Mon. May 11, 2015 at 5:03 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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