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  • Girls basketball: Plant City 48, Tampa Bay Tech 42

    PLANT CITY — In Plant City’s game against Spoto on Monday night, starting guard Avery Brown hit her head on the court. Before Tuesday’s district matchup with Tampa Bay Tech, coach Wilton Wilkerson didn’t think his injured player looked right, so he benched her just to be on the safe ...
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    Tue. Dec. 16, 2014 at 10:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Tournaments on tap

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Tournaments on tap 1. Tampa Prep (6-0, 4-0) This week: Friday/Saturday at City of Tampa Championship (host) Lowdown: Won all three Class 3A, District 7 games last week by at least 26 points. Juwan Durham still leads the team in scoring with 23 points per game, but Tyson Ward has stepped up as ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 6:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tentative district assignments offer interesting new matchups for Tampa Bay teams

    Tentative district assignments offer interesting new matchups for Tampa Bay teams The Florida High School Athletic Association released its tentative district assignments for football Monday, and things are (possibly) changing quite a bit for 2015-18. In addition to assignments now being set for four years instead of two, here are some of the biggest shake-ups for Tampa Bay teams:  Tougher road ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Gearing up for holiday action

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Gearing up for holiday action 1. Seffner Christian (9-0, 3-0) This week: no games Lowdown: Seffner Christian ended its slate before winter break with a 58-26 win against Indian Rocks Christian in the IRC Winter Slam final. Next up is another tournament, the Junior Orange Bowl Classic, that will likely expose the undefeated Crusaders to ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 4:39 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Unsigned Preps, local players ensure Christmas is brighter for area children

    Ricky Sailor, president and founder of Unsigned Preps, remembers what it’s like not to have anything to open on Christmas morning.  On Friday, Sailor and 25 high school and college football players from around the area will help ensure some kids don’t have the same experience.  In 2003, Sailor, with ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 2:13 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Carrollwood Day's Max Frankel commits to Lehigh

    Carrollwood Day linebacker Max Frankel committed to Lehigh on Saturday, coach Lane McLaughlin said.  Frankel, a 6-foot, 215-pounder, led the Patriots with 94 tackles while chipping in 148 yards receiving, 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Carrollwood Day finished the season 4-5, 2-3 in Class 2A, District 5.  Frankel is ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 2:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State football: Miami Central tops Armwood in Class 6A final

    State football: Miami Central tops Armwood in Class 6A final ORLANDO — Armwood High School’s shot at redemption was still in progress when the very reason for it was displayed on the big screen for all in the Citrus Bowl to see.  The Hawks trailed Miami Central by four points midway through the third quarter of Saturday’s Class 6A state ...
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    Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 at 3:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Dec. 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, Dec. 6  through Friday, Dec. 12. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 at 1:21 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Boys basketball: Wharton 67, Newsome 51

    TAMPA — The fourth quarter wasn't a work of art, but style points aren't of concern in Class 8A, District 7, where every win is a good one. Wharton had a very good one Friday, topping Newsome 67-51 in a matchup of unbeatens. Wharton led by four entering the final ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 44, Holy Names 33

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic got the inside track in the Class 4A, District 10 race by taking down rival Academy of the Holy Names 44-33 on its home court Friday night.  "It's always tough when you come into someone else's house and beat them, especially when it's your rival," Tampa ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:41 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Girls baskeball: Seffner Christian, Indian Rocks set to meet again

    LARGO — Indian Rocks Christian’s reward for beating Osceola 39-15 Friday night in the opening round of the IRC Winter Jam? A game against unbeaten Seffner Christian on Saturday for the tournament championship. The Crusaders buried Plant (7-3) in the opening game, 77-18. It was the eighth straight win for ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:16 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • A measure of toughness: ranking Armwood's defenses

    A measure of toughness: ranking Armwood's defenses We rank Armwood’s seven state final squads, in terms of defensive strength, with input from coach Sean Callahan and former defensive coordinator Matt Thompson:   1. 2011 Finish: 15-0, beat Miami Central 40-31 in the 6A title game (wins eventually were forfeited due to the use of ineligible players) Notable ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Armwood’s legacy built on stingy defenses

    Armwood’s legacy built on stingy defenses SEFFNER — Armwood coach Sean Callahan is direct about what has driven his team — one he started coaching as an assistant when the school opened in 1984 — to become one of the powerhouses of Florida high school football.  It takes talent on both sides of the ball to ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Boys basketball: East Bay 62, Tampa Bay Tech 51

    GIBSONTON — Tampa Bay Tech came out playing aggressive and scored seven of the game’s first eight points in Thursday’s Class 7A, District 7 clash with host East Bay. The Indians pushed back en route to a 62-51 win. The Indians improved to 6-1 and remained unbeaten in the district ...
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    Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Armwood carries heavy weight of the past into title game

    Armwood carries heavy weight of the past into title game SEFFNER — Fifty-two. Try as they might, the Hawks can’t forget that number. Coach Sean Callahan won’t let them.  It has been almost a year since Armwood High School, ever the defensive juggernaut, gave up that many points against Miami Central in the Class 6A state championship game. The Rockets’ ...
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    Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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