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  • State boys basketball: A rivalry that works in Jefferson’s favor

    TAMPA — Jefferson High was down by six points with 30 seconds left to play against Lehigh in the Class 6A region final. Thinking the game was all but over, people began streaming toward the exits as Lehigh fans jeered the Dragons’ demise.  Thanks to a family friendship that started ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 4:19 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay

    District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay Class 3A-8 When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday, Riverview  Teams: Bloomingdale, Durant, East Bay, Bradenton Manatee, Newsome, North Port, Riverview, Sarasota Riverview Favorite: Host Riverview won the Cougar Invitational for the second time in school history, which bodes well for this weekend’s meet. Wrestlers to watch: Riverview has ample talent in Kizhan ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Jefferson set to retire former coach Pop Cuesta’s number

    Jefferson set to retire former coach Pop Cuesta’s number TAMPA — After 43 years as baseball coach at Jefferson High, Emeterio “Pop” Cuesta retired at the conclusion of the Dragons’ 2014 season. Thursday, though, the longtime coach will be back on Jefferson’s diamond when his number will be retired in a special ceremony before a game against King. As ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Softball: Bloomingdale 1, Riverview 0

    VALRICO – Bloomingdale’s Lace Smith was dominant in the circle and helped scratch out a first-inning run as the Bulls knocked Riverview from the ranks of the unbeaten, defeating the visiting Sharks 1-0 Tuesday night. “It was nerve racking,” Smith said. “Every one-run game is like that but I’m proud ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 10:46 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Baseball: Hillsborough 8, King 3

    TAMPA — Before its district game against King on Tuesday night, undefeated Hillsborough was used to putting up runs early and often, coming in with 38 runs in four games. Against the Lions, Hillsborough couldn't get anything going right away.  Still, the Terriers knew the pitcher, and if past games ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 10:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek commits to Stanford

    Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek commits to Stanford Berkeley Prep defensive tackle Bo Peek committed to Stanford, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday. “Blessed to say I have committed to play football and further my education at Stanford University,” he tweeted. Peek, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound junior, has played varsity football at Berkeley Prep for three seasons, ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough OC Max Warner leaves for Virginia Tech

    Former Hillsborough High offensive coordinator Max Warner has accepted a job at Virginia Tech, Terriers coach Earl Garcia confirmed Monday.  Warner, who has been at Hillsborough for four years and offensive coordinator for three, will be a quality control coach at Virginia Tech. Warner will be the second Terrier heading ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 5:18 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of Feb. 23

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of Feb. 23 1. East Lake (5-0) This week: Tuesday at Clearwater, Wednesday at Dunedin, Friday at Seminole Lowdown: The Eagles have the pitching, with Kyle Caldwell, Ryan Wall, Aidan Brady, Christian James and Luis Duran. And so far they have just enough offense. Reid Zitzelberg and Sawyer Wirth have been clutch, especially ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 4:53 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 23 1. Canterbury (4-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Hernando Christian; Saturday at St. Cloud Lowdown: With wins against Cambridge Christian (7-0) and Lecanto (16-0) last week, the Crusaders have outscored opponents by a combined 51-0. Canterbury has hit eight home runs, including three by catcher Danielle Romanello. The long-ball fever is ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 2:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Hillsborough, Steinbrenner win Johnson invite

    TAMPA — Hillsborough’s boys team claimed its fourth straight Charles Johnson Invitational title on Saturday, led by Virginia Tech football signee Dwyane Lawson. Lawson won the triple jump (48 feet, 2.5 inches) and high jump (6-2) and was second in the long jump (21-0). Lawson and Daneesha Davidson of Hillsborough’s ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:15 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Region boys basketball: Jefferson 73, Lehigh 72

    TAMPA — They had produced the unthinkable for the previous 20 seconds, but with four seconds left, everyone on Jefferson was thinking the same thing. Get the ball to Maurice Moore. And though it didn’t go exactly how Dragons coach Eric Hayes drew it up, the end result will go ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:09 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys basketball: Kissimmee Osceola 52, East Bay 50

    GIBSONTON — Several East Bay players were sprawled on the court, not believing their magical season had ended. After a gut-wrenching 36 minutes, including an overtime, the Indians were denied their first state tournament appearance in nearly a half-century. The Indians missed two shots in the closing seconds and lost ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:06 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 14-20

    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, Feb. 14 through Friday, Feb. 20. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 21, 2015 at 11:52 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Softball: Newsome 3, Alonso 2

    LITHIA — Reliever Claire Feldman came in to shut down Class 8A, District 7 foe Alonso and got the go-ahead hit for host Newsome in Friday’s 3-2 win. Feldman, a Palm Beach Atlantic commit, struck out 10, walked one and allowed two hits in 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:53 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Baseball: East Lake 3, Jesuit 2

    EAST LAKE — He had two strikes against him, but if the first six innings had taught East Lake centerfielder Sawyer Wirth anything, it was that good things come to those who wait. So as he stood at the plate in a tie ballgame against Jesuit, he blocked everything else ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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