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  • Girls soccer: Top seeds Carrollwood Day, Seffner Christian into final

    TAMPA — The outcome of both Class A, District 5 girls soccer semifinals were never really in doubt Tuesday afternoon at Cambridge Christian. It took No. 1 seed Carrollwood Day only 40 minutes to mercy rule Bishop  McLaughlin (0-11-1) 9-0 with the help of a Carli Gauthier hat trick. Waiting ...
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    Tue. Jan. 13, 2015 at 6:55 p.m. | Jacob Lynn

  • Second-year coach rejuvenates Leto’s boys basketball program

    Second-year coach rejuvenates Leto’s boys basketball program TAMPA — The Leto boys basketball team trailed Chamberlain by four points with fewer than seven minutes remaining in the district game. Second-year coach Mike Heben felt good about the Falcons’ chances, and he called a timeout to regroup.  The players, drenched in sweat and chests heaving, surrounded Heben in ...
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    Tue. Jan. 13, 2015 at 4:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Boys basketball: FHSAA suspends Wiregrass Ranch, Bloomingdale players

    The Florida High School Athletic Association has suspended one Wiregrass Ranch boys basketball player and two from Bloomingdale after a fight between the teams Saturday at the Ulrich Family Classic hosted by Wiregrass. The names of the players were redacted in a report obtained by the Tampa Bay Times on ...
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    Tue. Jan. 13, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Girls soccer: East Bay, Plant City make 4A-9 final

    PLANT CITY — A mid-afternoon rain made for pretty miserable playing conditions Monday, but top seeds East Bay and Plant City muddled their way into the District 4A-9 championship game. No. 1 seed East Bay (12-2-1) handled Hillsborough 4-0 before host Plant City defeated King 4-1 in the semifinals. The ...
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    Mon. Jan. 12, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Shakeup at the top

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Shakeup at the top 1. Tarpon Springs (16-1, 9-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Fivay; Wednesday at Gulf; Friday vs. Anclote Lowdown: Despite dealing with suspensions and injuries, the Spongers have found a way to keep winning. They have the best record in the bay area after impressive wins against Fort Myers and South Fort ...
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    Mon. Jan. 12, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Closing in on district tourneys

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Closing in on district tourneys 1. Seffner Christian (16-3, 3-0) This week: Thursday at Tampa Catholic, Friday at Brooks DeBartolo, Saturday vs. Florida Christian Lowdown: As if there was ever any doubt about the Crusaders, all of it was dispelled after a 50-point win against Wiregrass Ranch. Seffner Christian ended its four-game week with a ...
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    Mon. Jan. 12, 2015 at 3:29 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Boys basketball: Mathis’ stamina inspires Berkeley Prep

    TAMPA — After watching a 10-point second half lead melt away, Berkeley Prep needed a dose of inspiration if it was to snap a week-long funk and beat archnemesis Tampa Prep at the Headmaster’s Challenge. Jacob Mathis provided it. The Berkeley Prep junior, who is the team’s leading scorer, finished ...
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    Sun. Jan. 11, 2015 at 12:12 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Blue-Grey All-American Bowl notebook: Late call lands Wiregrass Ranch’s Bucenell

    TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch QB Shane Bucenell thought his high school football season ended with a Nov. 7 win against Wesley Chapel in the last week of the regular season. But last week his phone rang, and there was a coach from the Blue-Grey All-American game on the other end. ...
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    Sun. Jan. 11, 2015 at 12:02 a.m. | Kelly Parson, Rodney Page and Jacob Lynn

  • Boys soccer: Riverview’s Lozada outscores tourney host King

    TAMPA — At this rate, King’s athletic department may want to consider renaming the tournament. Marc Lozada piled on two more goals as Riverview defeated the host Lions 2-1 to capture the King Invitational Tournament for the third consecutive year. “This was a pretty special game (Saturday),” Riverview coach Darik ...
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    Sat. Jan. 10, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 3-9

    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, Jan. 3 through Friday, Jan. 9. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Jan. 10, 2015 at 2:09 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Boys basketball: Jesuit tops Tampa Catholic by 17

    TAMPA — Neal Goldman’s Jesuit Tigers faced one of their biggest defensive challenges on Friday night when Tampa Catholic came to visit. Thomas Dziagwa entered the “Catholic Clash” averaging more than 25 points a game and Kevin Knox came in averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds. As it turned out, ...
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    Fri. Jan. 09, 2015 at 11:48 p.m. | Jacob Lynn

  • Girls soccer: Newsome edges Plant City 2-1

    LITHIA — Newsome scored two late goals during a four-minute stretch and held on to defeat Plant City 2-1 Friday night. But outcome aside, the regular-season finale was exactly what both coaches hoped for ahead of next week’s district tournaments. “You couldn’t ask to play a better team before districts ...
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    Fri. Jan. 09, 2015 at 10:23 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Tampa Bay girls district soccer preview

    Tampa Bay girls district soccer preview Perhaps no high school athletic season is as unique as girls soccer. First, there is a week break for Thanksgiving, then comes the two-week winter break. When the season finally resumes, there is exactly one week to get ready for district tournaments. Teams get in a few practices and maybe ...
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    Fri. Jan. 09, 2015 at 3:24 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Catholic's Malik Barrow latest standout to transfer to IMG

    Tampa Catholic's Malik Barrow latest standout to transfer to IMG Tampa Catholic defensive end Malik Barrow, a four-star recruit, is the latest in a string of Tampa Bay area players who have transferred to Bradenton's IMG Academy, Crusaders coach Mike Gregory confirmed Thursday. Barrow, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound junior, has 17 Division I-A offers, including UCLA, UCF and Georgia Tech. Though ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Freedom’s Taylor Emery just a ball player — a pretty great one

    Freedom’s Taylor Emery just a ball player — a pretty great one TAMPA — As they do before every home game, the starters for the Freedom High School girls basketball team took their seats on the bench as tipoff of a district game against Wiregrass Ranch approached.  One by one, as the announcer called their names, the Patriots (16-2) ran through a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 2:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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