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  • Gulf's Rick Hohenthaner steps down as softball coach

    Gulf's Rick Hohenthaner is stepping down as softball coach after 12 seasons. The move came a day after the No. 2 seed Buccaneers were upset by Sunlake 2-1 in the Class 5A, District 8 quarterfinals. "I actually had been thinking about this for the past few years," Hohenthaner said. "We ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 11:42 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State tennis: Rough Day 1 for North Suncoast teams

    The Class 2A state tournament didn’t quite go as planned for the Nature Coast boys and Pasco girls. The Sharks won only one of five opening-round singles matches and lost both doubles matches at the boys team tournament at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry on Monday. Alec Lund was ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:43 p.m. | Matt Baker and Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Winners for April 5-11

    HomeTeam Hot Shots A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week. Female Hot Shot: Assata Trader, Shorecrest Sport: Track and field   Skinny: After winning an unexpected state title in the 100 meters last season, Trader went from being an under-the-radar sprinter to the prohibitive favorite that ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Column: Middleton sprinter aims for another important score

    Column: Middleton sprinter aims for another important score Anthony “Shug” Rhynes is charging toward the finish line, knees up and down, arms churning, cleats banging away on the rubber track — bap, bap, bap — with nothing in front of him. It’s just Rhynes and the clock. Just like always. Saturday morning, Rhynes took his ACT one more ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:04 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Recruiting updates from Pasco, Jefferson, Riverview and Fivay

    A few recruiting notes from this weekend: * Two Riverview athletes plan to sign Monday afternoon, the school announced. Kierra Haywood will sign to play basketball at Florida State College. The 6-foot-1 senior post led the Sharks in scoring (19.5 points per game), rebounding (13.9) and blocks (3.3). She was ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 10:13 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Jerica Coley's career a success with or without the WNBA

    Jerica Coley's career a success with or without the WNBA She left St. Petersburg as one of its most decorated high school basketball players, an unselfish teammate with the ability to take over a game when she needed to, with a basket or an assist or a steal. But usually a basket. And yet, college coaches weren’t banging down Jerica ...
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    Sun. April 13, 2014 at 3:39 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis preview

    State tennis preview TAMPA — When Caroline Lozo made her first trip to the state tournament as a wide-eyed seventh grader, she took the experience for granted. “I didn’t necessarily know what going to states meant,”  she said. “It was my first year. I assumed we would go every year, not realizing how ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 3:13 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 5-11

    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, April 5 through Friday, April 11. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 3:12 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District track: Nature Coast sweeps 2A-7

    BROOKSVILLE — For the third consecutive season, Nature Coast came into the district meet with brooms in hand. And the girls and boys swept Class 2A, District 7 on Friday at Central. Ridgewood, which finished with 112 points, took control of the boys meet in the field events. But the ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 12:44 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • North Suncoast district softball preview with schedules

    North Suncoast district softball preview with schedules NEW PORT RICHEY — When Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger didn’t start his ace Tuesday against River Ridge, he was thinking ahead. To districts. To regionals. To the hard road to the state finals. Beginning Monday, every game could be the last for local softball teams, and every match-up could be pivotal, ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Jerry English earns 500th career win

    Academy at the Lakes softball coach Jerry English reached another milestone in his storied career. The longtime North Suncoast coach earned his 500th win with the Wildcats’ 9-2 home victory over Clearwater Central Catholic on Thursday night. The former Land O’Lakes coach has been a fixture in Pasco County dugouts ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 10:29 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • District track: Jesuit, AHN win 2A-10

    TAMPA — Academy of the Holy Names rallied and Jesuit rolled at the Class 2A, District 10 meet at Berkeley Prep on Thursday. Berkeley’s girls led after the field events. But the meet turned in the 3,200 meters. AHN’s Clare Snyder, a Georgia commit, won in 12 minutes, 2.21 seconds. ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 12:42 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Region tennis: Springstead makes history

    BROOKSVILLE — A day after winning the first region match it its 33-year history, host Springstead advanced to state by beating Ocala Forest 4-3 in a Class 3A region final at Delta Woods Park on Thursday. “For three years, we’ve gotten closer and closer, qualifying for regionals,” Eagles senior Hank ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Softball: River Ridge holds off Mitchell

    NEW PORT RICHEY — After being knocked down a peg, River Ridge is on top of its game again. The Royal Knights took an early 6-0 lead then held on to beat Mitchell 7-5 on Thursday. River Ridge (22-3) has won two in a row since last week’s walkoff loss ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 12:36 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • North Suncoast: Baseball super 7, stats

    Baseball super 7 Records through Wednesday. 1. River Ridge (15-4, 11-2): We’re not sure the Royal Knights have ever graced the top spot in this super 7, but they are deserving. Not only have they won five straight and 10 of their past 11, but the Royal Knights also boast ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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