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  • District swimming: Plant sweeps 4A-5 meet

    TAMPA — Gearing for a deep postseason run, Plant made it back-to-back sweeps of the Class 4A, District 5 tournament Friday at the Bobby Hicks Pool. That’s something both coaches aim to make a habit. “The tradition is a big factor,” Plant girls coach Gil Gonzalez said. “They’re very aware ...
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    Fri. Oct. 24, 2014 at 7:11 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District volleyball roundup: Bloomingdale rallies past Wharton

    TAMPA — Featuring arguably Tampa Bay’s two best hitters in Bloomingdale’s Karissa Rhoades and Wharton’s Kathryn Attar, Thursday’s Class 8A-7 championship match promised to be a battle.  And was it ever.  The match was knotted at two sets apiece, forcing a decisive fifth set. Even that seemed like it would ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 11:09 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Pick six: Spotlight on Tampa Bay's top Week 9 games

    Pick six: Spotlight on Tampa Bay's top Week 9 games Hudson (4-3, 2-1) at River Ridge (6-1, 3-0), 7:30  What’s on the line: For River Ridge, a win would clinch a playoff spot, which would be the school’s first playoff appearance since 1998. Coach Ryan Benjamin said he isn’t hiding that fact from his team. “They know what’s at stake,” ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 5:43 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Calvary Christian's Illinois foe has local ties

    CLEARWATER — Wonder how Calvary Christian settled on an opponent from Quincy, Ill., for Friday’s Week 9 football contest? It was more like the other way around. Calvary is set to face the Notre Dame High Raiders, who searched everywhere in their own state for an opponent. But because the ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 4:54 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Tampa Bay defensive stat leaders after Week 8

    Defense Tackles Player Solo Asst Total Joe Ryan, Plant 55 57 112 Trent Puleo, Seffner Christian 46 49 95 Austin Yeloushan, Sunlake 60 32 92 Cody Endris, Tampa Catholic 44 47 91 Javon Morgan, Gibbs 51 40 91 Patrick Colleran, Plant City 44 46 90 Anthony Williams, Central 51 39 ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Week 9 predictions

    Cambridge Christian at Carrollwood Kelly Parsons: Cambridge Christian, 45-28 Rodney Page: Cambridge Christian, 35-24 Bob Putnam: Cambridge 35-21   Keswick Christian at Citrus Park Christian Kelly Parsons: Keswick Christian, 35-31 Rodney Page: Keswick Christian, 42-21 Bob Putnam: Keswick Christian 35-21   Bishop McLaughlin at Windermere Prep Kelly Parsons: Windermere Prep, ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 2:15 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District volleyball: Favored matchup a reality in 7A-7 final

    PLANT CITY — Strawberry Crest won a coin flip with Durant for the top seed in the Class 7A, District 7 tournament. Now, the Chargers will have to beat the defending champion Cougars to win their first title. “I didn’t want Plant City at Plant City,” Strawberry Crest coach Morgan ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:41 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District volleyball: Steinbrenner maintains league streak

    TAMPA — Steinbrenner had more on the line in Wednesday’s Class 7A, District 8 semifinal against Wiregrass Ranch than just a five-year district championship streak.   Steinbrenner coach Laura Praetorius recorded the scores from her team’s first matchup with the Bulls — a Warriors sweep — and gave her team ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:36 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Flash sale: Nike’s Plant shoe sells out in 23 minutes

    Flash sale: Nike’s Plant shoe sells out in 23 minutes TAMPA — When a Nike representative pulled Robert Weiner aside during the Nike Elite Coaches Summit last February to discuss designing a Plant High School shoe, the 10-year Panthers coach just thought it would be something neat for his football players to enjoy. A sneak peak of the shoes were ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 3:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District volleyball roundup: Wharton goes the distance against Plant

    District volleyball roundup: Wharton goes the distance against Plant TAMPA — No. 3 Plant had a chance to upend No. 2 Wharton in Tuesday’s Class 8A, District 7 semifinals.  But the Wildcats held off the Panthers, advancing with a five-game win at Alonso. Top-seeded Bloomingdale swept past Riverview 25-15, 25-21, 25-13 in the other semi. “Plant hasn’t won this ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 10:43 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region golf roundup: Mitchell sweeps into state tournament

    TRINITY — Mitchell’s girls team repeated as the Class 2A, Region 5 champion with an overall score of 330, four strokes better than last year’s region title team. Once again, Shyanne Dove led the Mustangs with a tournament-low 77 Tuesday at Heritage Springs, tying her score from last year’s tournament.  ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 9:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Associated Press state football poll: Week 9

    The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings. Area teams in bold:   Class 8A Record  Pts Prv 1. Dr. Phillips (13)                        7-0     144 ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. | Associated Press

  • Region golf roundup: St. Petersburg girls sweat one out

    TEMPLE TERRACE — The St. Petersburg girls team was announced as the Class 3A-4 region runnerup Monday, securing their first team state tournament berth in school history.  Soon, though, the Green Devils’ joy turned to nervousness.  The Green Devils — and team champion Steinbrenner — were announced before all golfers ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 9:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Quentin Poteralski, male winner for Oct. 11-17

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Quentin Poteralski, male winner for Oct. 11-17 Male Hot Shot winner: Quentin Poteralski, Steinbrenner Steinbrenner has struggled offensively through the first half of the football season. But in the Warriors’ 55-40 win against Wiregrass Ranch last week, it not only found its stride, it also made school history. Quarterback Quentin Poteralski accounted for six touchdowns — four ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 7:51 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Cross country: Another Zentmeyer-Guyton battle in county meet

    Cross country: Another Zentmeyer-Guyton battle in county meet TAMPA — Monday’s Hillsborough County cross country meet at Al Lopez Park saw some of the fastest times of the season — with a dose of controversy.  The meet was originally set to take place at Lake Park in Lutz, then at Ed Radice Park, only to settle on Lopez ...
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    Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. | Andy Warrener

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