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  • Recruiting roundup: Plant LB Joe Ryan nabs first offer

    Recruiting roundup: Plant LB Joe Ryan nabs first offer Plant coach Robert Weiner admits linebacker Joe Ryan slid under his radar until he made his varsity debut last season. But the 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior made his presence known with 144 tackles and a state-leading 52 tackles for loss.  Now colleges are starting to take notice, too. Weiner said Ryan ...
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    Wed. March 04, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Nature Coast 4, Hernando 1

    BROOKSVILLE — The success just keeps coming for undefeated Nature Coast. One season after losing by one run in the district championship to their county rival, the Sharks completed a regular-season sweep of Hernando with a 4-1 win Tuesday night. “We’ve been slow starters in the first inning all season,” ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 11:25 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Softball: Gaither 4, Wiregrass Ranch 2

    TAMPA — Freshman Hailee DeCicco added three more innings to her impressive scoreless streak, but on Tuesday another ninth-grader took some of the spotlight. Danielle Whaley hit her first home run on the varsity, a two-run shot in the fifth inning that gave Gaither the lead and the eventual 4-2 ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 11:14 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Shannon Saile throws no-hitter as Land O’Lakes tops River Ridge 9-2

    LAND O’LAKES — One out from throwing a no-hitter, Land O’Lakes junior pitcher Shannon Saile had to retire River Ridge’s Brooke Schwaner, who carried a .625 batting average into Monday night’s game. Fortunately for Saile she was impervious to pressure. It helped that she had no idea about the no-hitter. ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 11:38 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Brook Schwaner, female winner for Feb. 21-27

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Brook Schwaner, female winner for Feb. 21-27 Female Hot Shot winner: Brook Schwaner, River Ridge At first glance, River Ridge appeared to be in dire straits.  Kenzi Maguire, the Tampa Bay Times’ all-North Suncoast Player of the Year, tore her ACL in gym class in mid-December and is lost for the season. That seemed to spell doom, ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 6:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 2

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 2 1. Dunedin (7-1) This week: Tuesday vs. Sunlake, Friday at Land O’Lakes Lowdown: The Falcons came off a high Wednesday after beating rival East Lake 12-0 to a low on Friday by losing 3-2 to district foe River Ridge. Still, with solid pitching and an offense that is hitting .371 ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 6:26 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 2

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 2 1.Canterbury (5-0, 2-0) This week: Wednesday at Sarasota Riverview; Thursday at Tampa Catholic; Friday at Trinity Prep; Saturday at Montverde Lowdown: The Crusaders continue to be the most dominant team in the area, outscoring opponents 66-0 during their perfect start. The offense is prolific with seven players combining for 10 ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District wrestling: Pasco wins third straight title

    BROOKSVILLE — Pasco wrestlers held up three fingers following Saturday’s Class A, District 6 tournament, signifying the Pirates three-peat of district titles. With 190.5 points, Pasco advanced 11 wrestlers to next weekend’s region tournament and led the field at Hernando from start to finish. Wesley Chapel (132) narrowed the gap ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:23 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District wrestling: Jesuit repeats as champ

    TAMPA — Saturday’s Class 2A, District 8 championship for Jesuit marked the fourth in a row for the program. The host Tigers (232.5 points) won sizably over both Gaither (155.5) and Robinson (146) on the way to the title, qualifying 11 wrestlers for next weekend’s region tournament at Brandon. Four ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 21-27

    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. 21 through Friday, Feb. 27. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:22 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Baseball: Wesley Chapel 2, Pasco 1

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Branden McLeod scattered six hits and struck out eight in pitching host Wesley Chapel to a 2-1 win over Class 5A, District 7 rival Pasco on Friday. McLeod, a senior right-hander who also walked two and improved to 4-0, allowed only an unearned run in the top ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District wrestling: Dixie Hollins nabs another crown

    District wrestling: Dixie Hollins nabs another crown TRINITY —The team outcome was never in doubt at the Class 2A, District 9 wrestling tournament at Mitchell High. The Rebels, winners of three straight district titles, led the whole way and dominated the team standings with 230.5 points. Mitchell was second with 132.5, Northeast third (116), Osceola fourth (101) ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay

    District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay Class 3A-8 When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday, Riverview  Teams: Bloomingdale, Durant, East Bay, Bradenton Manatee, Newsome, North Port, Riverview, Sarasota Riverview Favorite: Host Riverview won the Cougar Invitational for the second time in school history, which bodes well for this weekend’s meet. Wrestlers to watch: Riverview has ample talent in Kizhan ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | Times Staff

  • State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes

    State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes LAKELAND — Academy at the Lakes’ magical and surprising run through the playoffs ended Tuesday afternoon. The Wildcats couldn’t find their shooting range and fell behind early, and despite a handful of rallies, Orlando Agape’s speed, length and athleticism made it too tall a mountain to scale as the Saints ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State basketball: A first, final milestone for Academy at the Lakes’ Haslams

    State basketball: A first, final milestone for Academy at the Lakes’ Haslams In the pandemonium following the biggest win in school history, Academy at the Lakes boys basketball coach Tom Haslam went looking for his son, Ethan, who also happens to be his best player.  After a 10-minute search on a home court filled with raucous fans, the two found each other ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 6:58 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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