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  • Baseball: Steinbrenner back on an upswing

    TAMPA — Steinbrenner lost big March 25 to district rival Wiregrass Ranch in a mercy-rule shortened game. It was a low point for a team that started the season so strong. But Tuesday, two weeks after falling to the Bulls, Steinbrenner was on the winning end of a lopsided score, ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 11:40 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region tennis: Boca Ciega waterproof in first round

    ST. PETERSBURG — As soon as the rain stopped Tuesday morning, plant operators at Boca Ciega headed to the school’s tennis courts. Armed with three wet vacs, two squeegees, three brooms and a leaf blower, crew members worked furiously to get the courts ready for the afternoon’s Class 2A regional ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 7:52 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Plant set to open football season in Georgia

    Plant will play Lowndes (Ga.) on Aug. 29 for its first regular-season game of the 2014 football season, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The game will be the second of a double-header played at the Vikings' Martin Stadium. Manatee and Ware County (Ga.) will play in the first game of ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Dunedin's Olivia Welsh a natural in the pole vault

    Dunedin's Olivia Welsh a natural in the pole vault Dunedin’s Olivia Welsh sprinted down the pole vault runway, coordinated perfectly and lofted herself over the bar at 9 feet, a height that usually would not raise any eyebrows. But Welsh, a sophomore, cleared the mark in her first high school meet, three weeks after picking up a pole for ...
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    Mon. April 07, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Winners for March 29-April 4

    HomeTeam Hot Shots A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week. Female Hot Shot: Alea White, Cambridge Christian Sport: Softball   Skinny: How do you follow up a no-hitter with — thanks to a few dropped balls — 18 strikeouts in five innings? White struck out 14 ...
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    Mon. April 07, 2014 at 5:41 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Area track athletes shine at the Florida Relays

    Jesuit’s Nick Catchur and Tampa Catholic’s Nicole Carroll, the defending Class 2A state champions in the pole vault, each placed among the top three in their signature event at the Florida Relays this past weekend. Catcher cleared 14 feet, 6 inches to place second. Osceola’s Carson Waters also vaulted 14-6, ...
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    Mon. April 07, 2014 at 9:45 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Juwan Durham, Justin Gray named all-state

    Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham and Berkeley Prep’s Justin Gray have both been named first-team all-state selections by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops. Durham, the Tampa Bay Times’ all-Suncoast player of the year, was the only sophomore on the 3A first team. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 21.6 ...
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    Mon. April 07, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Local softball teams fare well at the Kissimmee Klassic

    Canterbury, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, finished 2-2 at the Kissimmee Classic. The Crusaders beat 4A, No. 4 Starke Bradford 2-1 and Miami Southwest Christian 12-0. Hailey Hopkins was 8-of-14 with three home runs and Taylor Bump was 7-of-13 with two homers in four games to lead Canterbury. Countryside ...
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    Sun. April 06, 2014 at 10:33 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 29-April 4

    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 29 through Friday, April 4. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 05, 2014 at 12:49 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Softball: Plant City tops Durant, leads 7A-7

    PLANT CITY — A 6-2 win over Durant on Friday gave host Plant City the top spot in Class 7A, District 7, It also gave the Raiders their ninth straight win and a sweep of their nearby rival. With Strawberry Crest half a game behind and one district game left ...
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    Sat. April 05, 2014 at 12:26 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Baseball: Tampa Catholic routs Jesuit

    TAMPA — The first time Tampa Catholic and Jesuit met on the baseball diamond this season, the Crusaders won in dramatic fashion on Paulie Russo’s walk-off double in the bottom of seventh inning. In Friday’s rematch, Tampa Catholic didn’t need that much time to assert its power over its neighboring ...
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    Sat. April 05, 2014 at 12:23 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Gaither's grand finale beats Wiregrass

    TAMPA — In 30 years as Gaither’s baseball coach, Frank Permuy had never experienced the thrill of winning a game with a walk-off grand slam. In Permuy’s final year at the helm, it’s only fitting that Cowboys slugger Randy Oliva changed that on Friday night against Class 7A, District 8 ...
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    Sat. April 05, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Tennis: Berkeley Prep boys, Tampa Prep girls win A-7

    TAMPA — With Berkeley Prep having wrapped up the boys team title during the Class A, District 7 tournament at Hillsborough Community College, the last bit of drama revolved around the battle for second place. Clearwater Central Catholic needed a victory from its No. 1 doubles tandem of Parker Hayslett ...
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    Fri. April 04, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Softball: Cambridge Christian takes out lone district foe

    Softball: Cambridge Christian takes out lone district foe TAMPA — As the only teams in Class 2A, District 7, Academy at the Lakes and Cambridge Christian already know they’re playoff bound and will meet for a district title in two weeks. That security didn’t make Thursday afternoon’s first meeting any less intense. Sophomore Alea White struck out 14 ...
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    Thu. April 03, 2014 at 7:26 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Hillsborough: Baseball super 7, stats

    Baseball super 7 Records through Wednesday. 1. King (16-3, 12-1): The Lions continue to be hard to stop. Four starters have batting averages greater than .300, with Michael Taylor and Bubby Terp leading the way with .404 and .429 averages, respectively. 2. Plant (15-5, 9-0): The Panthers, who haven’t given ...
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    Thu. April 03, 2014 at 4:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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