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  • Region girls soccer: Mitchell 2, Wiregrass Ranch 0

    TRINITY — In their two previous meetings, Wiregrass Ranch got progressively closer to Mitchell. Tuesday night gave the Bulls their last opportunity this season to close the gap. But as near as it came, Wiregrass could not get a ball across the goal line, and the Mustangs prevailed 2-0 in ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:01 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region girls soccer: Land O’Lakes 4, Springstead 2

    LAND O’LAKES — Land O’Lakes knows only one speed — full throttle. The Gators (22-1) had posted lopsided shutouts through the district and region playoffs. On Tuesday, however, they faced a taller test in district champion Springstead (16-2-1) and talented forward Samantha Betters.  The Eagles had the muscle to counter ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Players aren’t only ones who change minds during recruiting process

    Players aren’t only ones who change minds during recruiting process GIBSONTON — East Bay High School defensive end Marques Ford was going about his day Jan. 20 when he received a phone call around 6 p.m. from the University of Tennessee’s defensive line coach, Steve Stripling.  Ford, a four-star recruit and Under Armour All-American, had committed in July to play ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel

    Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel Land O’Lakes High School runners, along with faculty members, gathered about 200 strong around the track Monday afternoon to complete one lap. They did it in memory of the school’s beloved cross country coach, Kris Keppel, who died Sunday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. “Coach Keppel was just ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season 1. Tarpon Springs (21-1, 14-0) This week: Monday at Clearwater, Tuesday vs. East Lake, Wednesday vs. Countryside Lowdown: The Spongers, who went undefeated in district play for the first time, can set another milestone with the best record in school history with wins this week.  2. Newsome (19-1, 9-1) This ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 6:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Land O'Lakes GK Lauren Arrabito commits to Florida Gulf Coast

    The stress of trying to get her college future squared away ended for Land O' Lakes senior goalkeeper Lauren Arrabito on Monday. She gave her verbal commitment to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. "I'm really glad to get it out of the way while we're not too far ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 5:50 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel dies

    Longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel dies Kris Keppel, who coached Land O’Lakes High School’s cross country teams for 21 years, died Sunday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 53. Mr. Keppel died at Gulfside Hospice in Zephyrhills, where he was admitted Saturday after his family was no longer able to take care of ...
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    Sun. Jan. 25, 2015 at 9:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25 top recruits for 2015

    Tampa Bay recruits — from our four-county coverage area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando) — as ranked by Tampa Bay Times staff. Name, school Pos. Ht/Wt Schools 1. Byron Cowart, Armwood DE 6-4/250 Undecided: Florida, FSU, Auburn 2. Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech WR 6-1/195 Clemson 3. George Campbell, East Lake ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:25 p.m. | Times Staff

    • Recruit: Byron Cowart
      Auburn University, Florida State University, University of Florida
  • Area 2016 cupboard barer after top recruits flock to IMG

    Area 2016 cupboard barer after top recruits flock to IMG Take a quick glance at the Tampa Bay recruiting class for 2016, and a few big names appear to be missing.  Blake’s Shavar Manuel, ESPN’s No. 2 recruit nationally, is coming off a junior season in which he amassed a whopping 20 sacks. He’d easily be at the top of ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:23 p.m. | Rodney Page

    • Recruit: Saivion Smith
      Florida State University, LSU, University of Florida
  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 17-23

    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. 17 through Friday, Jan. 23. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 11:54 a.m. | Times Staff

  • District boys soccer: Sunlake 3, River Ridge 2

    DADE CITY — The final whistle had barely finished echoing on Friday’s District 3A-8 championship game, and thoughts of Sunlake and River Ridge staging a rematch were already being expressed. The phrase “we’ll see you again” or something akin was uttered by many. And if indeed the teams square off ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:06 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch 3, Freedom 1

    District boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch 3, Freedom 1 TAMPA — Seventh-seeded Freedom had nothing to lose during Friday’s Class 4A, District 8 final at Sickles. Though they were down two players before the match began, the Patriots played a spirited first half before falling 3-1 to top-seeded Wiregrass Ranch. “They gave us a tough time, especially in the ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 10:21 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Region girls soccer: Mitchell 9, Winter Haven 0

    TRINITY — It took just a few minutes to recognize that Mitchell would outclass the visitors from Winter Haven on Thursday. But to have the game wrapped up by halftime? Even that seemed a stretch. “We all thought since it was playoffs that it might be a little tougher,” Mitchell’s ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 10:06 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region girls soccer: Springstead 4, Pasco 0

    Region girls soccer: Springstead 4, Pasco 0 SPRING HILL — Heading into Thursday night’s Class 3A region quarterfinal, Springstead was 1-11 all time in postseason play. That drought was left in the dust in a convincing shutout victory. Coming off of a district title, the Eagles overpowered Pasco on the way to a 4-0 win. “This isn’t ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 9:52 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region girls soccer: Land O’Lakes 5, Hudson 0

    LAND O’LAKES — Land O’Lakes picked up right where it left off last week after thrashing Pasco in the district final by devouring Hudson 5-0 in Class 3A region quarterfinals Thursday. The Cobras (18-6-2) got some early pressure, but when forward Alexa Gernand went down with a leg injury, the ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 9:29 p.m. | Andy Warrener

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