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  • Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse

    Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The rising senior chose the Orangemen over 16 other Division I offers.  Culpepper, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, threw for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, leading Plant to a Class 8A region semifinal before the Panthers fell ...
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    Tue. June 09, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • MLB draft roundup: River Ridge's Heinrich taken in fifth round

    MLB draft roundup: River Ridge's Heinrich taken in fifth round The Tampa Bay area had three players taken Monday in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft: Plant OF Kyle Tucker (5th, Houston Astros), Bloomingdale alum/current Florida Gator SS Richie Martin (20th, Oakland A’s) and Plant RHP Jake Woodford (39th, St. Louis Cardinals). Here are the current/former local high school ...
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    Tue. June 09, 2015 at 3:57 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Jake Woodford makes two Plant players drafted on Day 1

    Jake Woodford makes two Plant players drafted on Day 1 Plant had a banner draft day Monday.  Right-handed pitcher Jake Woodford was picked 39th overall in the supplemental first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with Kyle Tucker's No. 5 selection by Houston, this is the first year any Tampa Bay ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Oakland takes Bloomingdale alum Richie Martin at No. 20

    Oakland takes Bloomingdale alum Richie Martin at No. 20 To say the week leading up to Monday had been difficult for Richie Martin is a little bit of an understatement. Martin, a Bloomingdale High alum, has had to battle the understandable urge to contemplate his future, while keeping his focus on his job as the Florida Gators’ starting shortstop. ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 9:07 p.m. | Antonya English

  • MLB draft: Kyle Tucker taken fifth overall by Houston Astros

    MLB draft: Kyle Tucker taken fifth overall by Houston Astros TAMPA — In the garage of former Plant High School outfielder Kyle Tucker’s South Tampa home are a couple broken windows, — evidence, he says, of his and brother Preston’s frequent Wiffle ball competitions. Their age difference — Kyle, 18, and Preston, 24 — made it so they never had ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 7:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant's Jake Woodford also a Day 1 draft possibility

    Plant's Jake Woodford also a Day 1 draft possibility Monday night when the Major League Baseball first-year player draft kicks off, Plant High School could have not just one player selected, but two. Kyle Tucker, who is predicted to go fifth overall by Baseball America and sixth overall by MLB.com, could be joined by teammate Jake Woodford, a 6-foot-5, ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 4:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Pressure a constant companion for MLB first-round draft picks

    Pressure a constant companion for MLB first-round draft picks TAMPA — Kyle Tucker can easily recall the days of pretending to be Ken Griffey Jr. while in the batter’s box as a little leaguer. Or getting a hit more times than not every time he stepped up to the plate at the Forest Hills youth baseball park, eventually leading ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 3:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Fast hoops ascent for Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox

    Fast hoops ascent for Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox TAMPA — Kevin Knox is only listed as a two-star recruit by verbalcommits.com. He is not even ranked by major recruiting services like ESPN, Rivals and Scout. Expect that to change. The Tampa Catholic small forward is coming off a sophomore season in which he averaged 24 points and 10 ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 12:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls track teams

    Pinellas Athlete of the Year: Brittany McGee, Sr., Admiral Farragut Why we picked her: The senior capped off her high school career with a record-setting performance at the Class A state meet. McGee won her first individual titles in the long jump (19-3.75) and triple jump (38-8), and defended her ...
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    Thu. June 04, 2015 at 5:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Ellis, Grubb, Taylor pick community colleges

    Plant catcher Ryan Ellis, King OF Michael Taylor and King RHP Drew Grubb have all committed to play baseball at state colleges, King coach Jim Macaluso and Plant coach Dennis Braun said. Ellis, who is headed to St. Petersburg College, hit .329 last year as a junior, adding 18 RBI ...
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    Wed. June 03, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Holland, Pearson named Florida Dairy Farmers players of the year

    Bayshore Christian SS/RHP Evan Holland and Bishop McLaughlin RHP/INF Nate Pearson were named Class 2A and 3A players of the year, respectively, by the Florida Dairy Farmers and are finalists for the 2015 Mr. Baseball award.  Holland helped lead the Faith Warriors to the school's first state final four appearnce ...
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    Wed. June 03, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay tennis teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay tennis teams (with video) Boys Pinellas Player of the Year: Peter Litsky, Jr., Shorecrest Biggest accomplishment: Litsky was denied a spot in the state tournament last year after losing to Canterbury’s Evan Holvoet in the district final. This season he not only qualified for the state tournament, but won all three matches in the ...
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    Tue. June 02, 2015 at 5:07 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • MLB draft notebook: Bloomingdale RHP Crouse adds to arsenal

    MLB draft notebook: Bloomingdale RHP Crouse adds to arsenal Bloomingdale’s Logan Crouse, a 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher with a well-commanded slider, may have once been considered a one-trick pony. But this spring, Bulls coach Kris Wilken said, Crouse has proven he has many other tools that could make him a valuable selection in next week’s MLB first-year player draft.  Wilken ...
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    Mon. June 01, 2015 at 6:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Spring football: Jesuit 56, Gibbs 34

    Spring football: Jesuit 56, Gibbs 34 At Gibbs Score Jesuit 56, Gibbs 34 Spring game-breakers: Jesuit quarterback Daniel Boon played the first half and looked comfortable in the Tigers’ high-tempo offense. He threw a 50-yard touchdown to Travell Harris to start the game. He completed 9 of 11 passes for 140 yards. … Harris, who Jesuit ...
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    Fri. May 29, 2015 at 10:55 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Plant's Kyle Tucker named Gatorade Player of the Year for Florida

    Plant's Kyle Tucker named Gatorade Player of the Year for Florida In just over a week, Plant outfielder Kyle Tucker could become one of the Tampa Bay area's highest Major League Baseball draft selections. But while he waits, the Panther continues to rack up awards and was named the 2014-15 Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year on Thursday. The 6-foot-5, ...
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    Thu. May 28, 2015 at 2:04 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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