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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 7-13

    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 7 through Friday, March 13. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 12:40 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Ed Wells Kiwanis Invitational roundup: Another big win for East Lake girls

    CLEARWATER — In just one week, junior Cieanna Nichols went from the doghouse to the penthouse, helping carry her East Lake teammates to the Ed Wells Kiwanis Invitational title in the process. "She didn't finish a workout last week so she had to run an 800 (meters) in a meet ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. | Chuck Frye

  • State wrestling: Brandon leads Class 2A

    KISSIMMEE — Wrestling royalty in this state has included Brandon for the better part of three decades, and going into the second day at the FHSAA Championships, it looks like nothing much has changed. In search of a 26th team title and 15th in a row, the Eagles lead the ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 12:21 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin 8, Tampa Prep 2

    TAMPA -- Nate Pearson threw a complete game and Carson Ragsdale homered and drove in five as Bishop McLaughlin ended Tampa Prep’s eight-game winning streak 8-2 Friday. Ragsdale has homered three times, all in the last five games, and raised his average to .525 with the 3-for-4 night. Pearson (2-0, ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 12:15 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Alonso takes down Jesuit for title

    Saladino Baseball Tournament: Alonso takes down Jesuit for title BRANDON —The Ravens knew their Saladino Tournament championship game against Jesuit on Friday night would be a fight. Both teams, which sailed through the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, hadn’t given up a single run in its previous two games.  So when Alonso loaded the bases in the first inning but ...
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    Fri. March 13, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Jesuit, Alonso set for final

    Saladino Baseball Tournament: Jesuit, Alonso set for final BRANDON — Miguel Menendez may have been 400 miles away from Tampa during his years coaching at Key West High, but even from afar, Menendez said, he always admired the Saladino Tournament, an event he learned about while playing at the University of Tampa.  So just a month after taking ...
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    Thu. March 12, 2015 at 9:19 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State wrestling preview: Brandon shakes off doubts in pursuit of title

    State wrestling preview: Brandon shakes off doubts in pursuit of title BRANDON — Unlike in years past, Brandon has not been quite as dominant on the mat, which begs the question: Could this be the end of a 14-year run of state championships? Coach Russ Cozart scoffs at that notion, saying his current team is just as hard-working as any of ...
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    Thu. March 12, 2015 at 6:47 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • FHSAA finds insufficient recruiting evidence against Tampa Catholic

    FHSAA finds insufficient recruiting evidence against Tampa Catholic After more than a year-long investigation into two Tampa Catholic athletic programs for allegations of recruiting, the Florida High School Athletic Association has found insufficient evidence to support the claims, according to a letter the FHSAA sent to principal Tom Reidy on Tuesday. Though the case was ultimately determined to ...
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    Thu. March 12, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Durant avenges loss to Plant

    BRANDON — Less than 24 hours before Wednesday’s Saladino Tournament quarterfinal, Durant lost to defending champion Plant in pool play. It didn’t sit well with the Cougars. So when Durant — which earned the wild card spot after allowing the fewest runs in pool play — learned it would be ...
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    Wed. March 11, 2015 at 10:10 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention

    East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention East Bay defensive back KJ Sails is blessed with tremendous athletic ability, which helps him keep pace with the bushel of fleet receivers so common in the bay area. He is meticulous in practice, in film study and in technique.  But his play had gone largely unnoticed by college recruiters ...
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    Wed. March 11, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Strawberry Crest, Jesuit win early quarterfinals

    Saladino Baseball Tournament: Strawberry Crest, Jesuit win early quarterfinals TAMPA – The early quarterfinal games at the 35th annual Saladino Tournament featured a pair of pitchers who started games at the state final four last season. But the star of the afternoon at Brandon High turned out to be a pitcher who didn't even get out of the first ...
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    Wed. March 11, 2015 at 5:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 3 at Brandon

    At Brandon Scores Hillsborough 13, East Bay 6 Riverview 12, Gaither 4 Leto 15, Blake 1 (five innings) Brandon 5, Wharton 4 Pitchers of the day Brandon's Jack Hubbard pitched four innings, allowed two hits and struck out three, but the Eagle bullpen couldn't hold a lead for him. ...Riverview ...
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    Tue. March 10, 2015 at 11:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 3 at Jesuit

    At Jesuit Scores  Newsome 9, Armwood 1 Jesuit 9, Steinbrenner 2 Pitchers of the day The Armwood/Newsome game saw six pitchers, none of them making a dominant outing. ...Jesuit starter, right-handed junior JJ Niekro, had the best outing, shutting down Steinbrenner in 5 2/3 innings of work. Along the way, ...
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    Tue. March 10, 2015 at 11:04 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 3 at University of Tampa

    TAMPA — Dozens of scouts littered the stands at the University of Tampa’s baseball stadium Tuesday night, expecting to see a show. And in Plant’s Saladino Tournament pool play matchup with Durant, that’s exactly what centerfielder Kyle Tucker and right-hander Jake Woodford gave them.  Tucker brought home a pair of ...
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    Tue. March 10, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 3 at Jefferson

    At Jefferson Lennard 6, Spoto 2 Bloomingdale 8 , Sickles 1   Robinson 7, Freedom 1 Strawberry Crest 6, Jefferson 0 Pitchers of the day Sickles' first three batters manufactured a 1-0 lead but that was all the Gryphons (5-6) got against Logan Crouse. The Bloomingdale senior struck out eight ...
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    Tue. March 10, 2015 at 9:55 p.m. | Darek Sharp

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