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  • State girls basketball: Seffner Christian bends, doesn’t break

    State girls basketball: Seffner Christian bends, doesn’t break LAKELAND — Greg Fawbush had a plan.  The 20-year coach had seen Jacksonville University Christian before Tuesday, once against his Seffner Christian team, and prior to the Crusaders’ 3A state semifinal against the Fighting Christians, he had watched film of five more games.  Every time, he said, they came out ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Trinity Baptiste, female winner for Feb. 7-13

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Trinity Baptiste, female winner for Feb. 7-13 Female Hot Shots winner: Trinity Baptiste, Hillsborough Hillsborough’s girls basketball season may have ended Saturday at the hands of Naples Barron Collier in the region final, but junior forward Trinity Baptiste wasn’t about to take any days off.  After school Monday, she went to her first Terriers’ track practice of ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 7:13 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State girls basketball: Four teams on a familiar journey

    State girls basketball: Four teams on a familiar journey When the final second ticked off the running clock in Seffner Christian’s region final matchup with Daytona Beach Father Lopez, the Crusaders celebrated their fourth state semifinal berth in five seasons at midcourt.  Sophomore point guard Chelsie Hall, however, scanned the crowd, then ran into the arms of the group ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Region semifinals: Tampa Bay boys basketball preview

    Region semifinals: Tampa Bay boys basketball preview Tuesday’s region semifinal boys basketball games offer some intriguing story lines. There are teams extending their stay in the postseason after ending long playoff droughts. Other programs have momentum at the right time with extensive win streaks. And there are some rematches of district finals in which teams are playing ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings debut

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings debut 1. East Lake (3-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Largo; Friday vs. Jesuit  Lowdown: The Eagles needed to find pitching, and so far it looks good. Ryan Wall, Kyle Caldwell, Aidan Brady, Luis Duran and Christian James all pitched well in the Lee Byers Tournament, which the host Eagles won. East ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 16

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 16 1.Canterbury (2-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Bayshore Chr.; Thursday vs. Cambridge Chr.; Friday vs. Lecanto Lowdown: The Crusaders started the season with wins against Lakeside Christian and Kissimmee Osceola, by a combined 28-0. The lineup, which coach Jody Moore said includes seven players capable of hitting home runs, already showed ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 2:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Wrestling: Brandon holds off Springstead at Ippolito meet

    BRANDON — The outcome of the 31st annual Ippolito Memorial tournament was much closer that it have been in years, but host Brandon still won for the 29th time in an emotional event that pays tribute to the first state champion in Hillsborough County history. The Eagles tallied 227.5 points ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region girls basketball: Haines City 65, Freedom 56

    TAMPA — Taylor Emery, Hillsborough County’s all-time leading scorer, got hers Saturday. And that was just fine with Haines City coach Masha Paul. Because Emery didn’t get the victory. Despite 39 points from its best player, Freedom never recovered from early foul trouble, a myriad of zone defenses and an ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 10:07 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region girls basketball: Naples Barron Collier 33, Hillsborough 28

    TAMPA — Hillsborough had a plan, the same one it had used all season. The Terriers had been accustomed to getting the ball inside to 6-foot forward Trinity Baptiste, who usually delivered. But in the 6A region final, Naples Barron Collier all but took that opportunity away — and with ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 10:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 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, Feb. 7 through Friday, Feb. 13. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 11:44 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Region girls basketball: Fort Myers Dunbar 66, Tampa Catholic 42

    FORT MYERS — Fort Myers Dunbar wasn’t concerned with 6-foot-1 Tampa Catholic forward Alise Davis getting touches in the paint. Each time the sophomore got the ball she was swarmed by at least two Tigers. It made for a frustrating night for Davis and her teammates. Dunbar (23-4) also forced ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 11:11 p.m. | Adam Regan

  • Region girls basketball: Seffner Christian 67, Daytona Beach Father Lopez 19

    Region girls basketball: Seffner Christian 67, Daytona Beach Father Lopez 19 SEFFNER — The playoffs shouldn’t be a cakewalk. But even when Seffner Christian’s shots weren’t falling in its Class 3A region final matchup with Daytona Beach Father Lopez on Friday, the Crusaders didn’t have to work all that hard to move on. Father Lopez was scoreless through the first five ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 10:55 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region boys basketball: East Bay 51, Sickles 45

    GIBSONTON — Host East Bay broke open a close game with a 7-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter and never looked back for a 51-45 win over Sickles in Thursday’s Class 7A region quarterfinal. The teams were tied at 25 at halftime and headed into the final ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:14 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region boys basketball: Freedom 78, Strawberry Crest 54

    TAMPA — Strawberry Crest couldn’t stop Freedom’s Jamal Byrne in the first quarter, couldn’t slow down Sheldon Odunna in the second, and was torched by Chase Creasy in the third. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Freedom was able to empty its bench as it cruised to a ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:12 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region boys basketball: Jesuit 62, Lakewood 54

    TAMPA — Daniel Darst, Chad Holtz and Christian Whidden were all sophomores when Jesuit won a state title two years ago. Now seniors, the three provided the leadership — and points — in the Tigers’  62-54 win over Lakewood in the Class 5A region quarterfinals. It was the first time ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:09 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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