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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jakob Mattos, male winner for March 21-27

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jakob Mattos, male winner for March 21-27 Male Hot Shot winner: Jakob Mattos, Mitchell Jakob Mattos is only a freshman, but he has already fit in like a veteran on the Mitchell baseball team. He is not only one of the starters in the Mustangs’ rotation, but the starting shortstop. He is hitting .362 with seven RBIs.  ...
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    Mon. March 30, 2015 at 6:38 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 30

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 30 1.Canterbury (17-2, 4-0) This week:  Monday at Holy Names; Wednesday vs. Orlando Lake Highland Prep; Thursday vs. Citrus Park Christian Lowdown: The Crusaders went 3-1 to finish fifth in the blue bracket at the Kissimmee Klassic. The only loss came against Class 8A, No. 2 ranked Oviedo Hagerty, which took ...
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    Mon. March 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 30

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 30 1. Dunedin (14-2) This week: Today-Friday (host tournament at Englebert Complex) Lowdown: The Falcons are one of the favorites at this year’s Dunedin Spring Classic. They have won seven straight after dropping two earlier in the season. The pitching staff will be tested, but if the bats stay hot Dunedin ...
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    Mon. March 30, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Track: Land O’Lakes sweeps SAC meet

    HOLIDAY -- Land O’Lakes pulled off its second straight two-team sweep of Pasco County during the Sunshine Athletic Conference meet at Anclote on Saturday. The boys team won their fourth straight team title with 139 points to Wesley Chapel’s 92 and Ridgewood’s 70. The first three Gator team wins came ...
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    Sat. March 28, 2015 at 11:52 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 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, March 21 through Friday, March 27. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 28, 2015 at 10:55 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Bill to ease transfers still in play

    A bill that would make it easier for some students to transfer for athletic purposes was approved by the House Education Committee on Thursday and moves on to another committee in the House for perusal. The latest bill aimed to negate some of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Latest bill targeting FHSAA, easing transfers fires up coaches

    Tampa Bay area coaches, alarmed by the number of athletes who already switch schools seemingly at will, have long clamored for the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt a more stringent transfer policy.  But a bill that the House Education Committee is scheduled to hear Thursday does the opposite, ...
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    Wed. March 25, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nate Pearson, male winner for March 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nate Pearson, male winner for March 14-20 Male Hot Shot winner: Nate Pearson, Bishop McLaughlin Whenever Nate Pearson is on the mound, Bishop McLaughlin coach Jeff Swymer believes his team should win. So far this season, he has been right.  Pearson, a senior right-hander, has been nearly unhittable. In his five starts, he is 3-0 with a ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 5:34 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23 1.Canterbury (12-1, 2-0) This week:  Monday at Keswick Christian; Thursday-Saturday (Kissimmee Klassic) Lowdown: The Crusaders’ lone loss was to Class 5A, No. 5 ranked Belleview in nine innings at the Gulliver Prep Slamfest two weeks ago. Turns out, Belleview is one of the strongest teams in the state, especially after ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 3:46 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 23 1. Brandon (12-2) This week: Tuesday vs. Durant; Friday vs. Tampa Bay Tech Lowdown: Since losing in extra innings at the Saladino tournament, the Eagles have won three straight and outscored opponents 17-1. Drayden Williams is hitting .450 to pace the offense, and Antonio Velez already has seven wins as ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 14-20

    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, March 14 through Friday, March 20. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. March 21, 2015 at 11:54 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Farm Bureau Classic final: Bishop McLaughlin 11, Mitchell 2

    WEEKI WACHEE – At the beginning of the season, Bishop McLaughlin coach Jeff Swymer preached that the Hurricanes’ main goal was to make it to JetBlue Stadium in Fort Myers for the state championship game.  After an impressive 11-2 victory over Mitchell in the second annual Farm Bureau Classic final ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys soccer (with video)

    Pinellas Player of the Year: Ryan Cooksey, Sr., Palm Harbor University At 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, Cooksey does not loom large on the soccer field. But he played a pivotal role as a defender for the Hurricanes, who made the playoffs and advanced to the region final for the first time ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Jeff Swymer takes on another sport, football at Bishop McLaughlin

    Jeff Swymer will add more coaching duties at Bishop McLaughlin. Swymer, already the head baseball coach, was named the Hurricanes’ football coach Friday.  He will take over a program that has struggled in recent seasons. The Hurricanes were 2-8 last season under coach Craig Moore. They were also 2-8 in ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 1:41 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin 2, Hernando 0

    BROOKSVILLE – By the end of the first inning of the Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Spring Tournament semifinal against Hernando on Thursday night, Bishop McLaughlin pitcher Nate Pearson had his game plan. He was going to throw fastballs until the Leopards caught up to it. They rarely did. Pearson threw ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 12:26 a.m. | Rodney Page

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