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  • District baseball: Bishop McLaughlin shakes off early deficit

    SPRING HILL — After a one-year absence, Bishop McLaughlin is headed back to the region playoffs. The berth comes after the Hurricanes defeated Carrollwood Day 5-3 Tuesday night in the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals. The Patriots (13-10) seemed to have things under control after jumping out to a 3-0 ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 10:19 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • USF first to offer Ridgewood RB Glass Wilson

    Ridgewood sophomore Glass Wilson turned a lot of heads last fall after turning in one of Tampa Bay's top regular-season rushing performances. Also taking notice? USF. The Bulls are the first to offer the running back, according to Rams coach Jay Fulmer. The Tampa Bay Times' all-North Suncoast first-teamer rushed ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 8:48 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Nate Craig gets invite to 2016 Under Armour game

    The 2015 Under Armour All-American Game is more than eight months away, but the high school all-star game has already invited one local athlete for the 2016 competition. Tampa Catholic WR Nate Craig has been invited to play in the 2016 game, Craig announced Tuesday via Twitter. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. | Matt Baker

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  • Region softball: Plenty of pop in Mitchell’s bats

    Region softball: Plenty of pop in Mitchell’s bats NEW PORT RICHEY — Mitchell opens the Class 6A region playoffs Wednesday against a Chamberlain squad it knows little about. Fortunately, the Mustangs are secure in one bit of knowledge: Their hitting is right where it needs to be. “Absolutely, without a doubt,” said senior Kassidy Neptune, the leader of ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Winners for April 12-18

    HomeTeam Hot Shots A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week. Female Hot Shots: Alexis Franco and Laurel Wanger, Largo Sport: Tennis   Skinny: The Packers’ top doubles team played in last week’s Class 3A individual state tournament at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs. Franco and Wanger ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 3:32 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Gators' Cedrick Lowe picks Huntingdon

    Land O’Lakes S Cedrick Lowe has orally committed to play football at Huntingdon (Ala.) College, Gators coach Brian Wachtel said Monday via text message. Lowe, a 5-foot-6, 180-pound senior, was one of the Gators’ top players last fall. He ended the season with 63 tackles, one sack and two interceptions. ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 1:13 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Pasco’s Archibald takes long path to Miami commitment

    Pasco’s Archibald takes long path to Miami commitment DADE CITY — Bowman Archibald knew he was in trouble the moment he saw his coach’s face. Archibald had skipped almost every offseason workout since his freshman year ended at Pasco, and Pirates coach Tom McHugh wasn’t happy about it. McHugh rose from his chair as soon as Archibald walked ...
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    Sat. April 19, 2014 at 6:51 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 12-18

    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 12 through Friday, April 18. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 19, 2014 at 12:41 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Baseball: Drury brothers give Wiregrass competitive edge

    Baseball: Drury brothers give Wiregrass competitive edge Brothers Zach and Austin Drury have been key to Wiregrass Ranch’s success this season. The Bulls (16-6) enter next week’s district tournament as the No. 2 seed in Class 7A-8, but four teams tied for the league lead with 5-3 records. The Drurys will play a big role in how ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 6:44 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Girls Basketball: FABC/Source Hoops all-state teams

    The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC)/Source Hoops girls all state teams were released on Friday. Payton Walker (Seffner Christian) and Savannah Plentovich (Calvary Christian) were named to the first team in Class 3A. Aliyah Gregory of Strawberry Crest was a first-team selection in Class 7A. Times' all-Suncoast  Player of ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Softball: River Ridge gives Ernie Beck one last district title

    Softball: River Ridge gives Ernie Beck one last district title NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge softball coach Ernie Beck is retiring after this season, so this week’s district tournament was his last. And the way the Royal Knights played, one of his best, too. Despite entering as the No. 3 seed, River Ridge rolled over all three opponents, including Dunedin ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch's Agie Moreno earns individual 3A title

    Wiregrass Ranch sophomore Agie Moreno made North Suncoast history Friday, becoming the first player from a public Pasco County school to win an individual tennis state championship. A day after winning the team singles title and helping the Bulls tie for first as a team, he knocked off Fort Myers’ ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 2:53 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Ray Ray McCloud III gets Under Armour invite, and other recruiting notes

    Ray Ray McCloud III gets Under Armour invite, and other recruiting notes A few recruiting nuggets from the last few days: • Sickles junior ATH Ray Ray McCloud III announced his invitation to the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game. The 2,300-yard rusher holds offers from Clemson, Florida and Florida State, among others. The all-star game could have a very strong local flavor ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 2:12 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • District softball roundup: Hernando survives late Nature Coast rally

    District softball roundup: Hernando survives late Nature Coast rally BROOKSVILLE — Two state-ranked foes put on a show Thursday night in the Class 5A, District 7 championship game at Tom Varn Park. After splitting the season series, Hernando bested Nature Coast 6-5 despite a final-inning scare. “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Hernando coach Kevin Bittinger said. “Things ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Track roundup: Friends, not foes, boost Plant girls

    RIVERVIEW — Anna Montgomery and Bailey Sullivan are best friends who train side-by-side for every race. And in Thursday’s Class 4A, District 7 meet, the duo’s inseparability earned the Plant girls a championship. Newsome led Plant most of the meet until Montgomery and Sullivan finished first and second, respectively, in ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 11:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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