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  • 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‚ÄôLakes 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

  • Tampa Bay district girls basketball preview

    Tampa Bay district girls basketball preview There are certain days when Necole Tunsil has to remind herself that she is Lakewood’s varsity coach, not junior varsity. There are no seniors on the Spartans’ roster. But there are four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. “They have absolutely tested my patience,” Tunsil said. “I have never, in ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 6:55 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • District boys soccer: River Ridge, Sunlake advance

    DADE CITY — With River Ridge’s playoff fate nearing a sudden-death scenario, sophomore Orion Mancini felt the pressure to produce. He did so with a sensational 30-yard free kick, giving the Knights a 1-0 victory over Gulf in the Class 3A, District 8 semifinals at Pasco. River Ridge (15-4-2) advances ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch, Freedom move on

    TAMPA — The 4A-8 trend of low seeds dropping high seeds switched in the first semifinal Wednesday.  After sixth-seeded Chamberlain downed third seed and host Sickles, and No. 7 Freedom dropped No. 2 Mitchell in the quarterfinals Tuesday, top-seeded Wiregrass Ranch sent No. 4 Gaither home with a 2-0 victory. The ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Wiregrass Ranch names Mark Kantor football coach

    Wiregrass Ranch names Mark Kantor football coach In its eight-year existence, the Wiregrass Ranch football program has yet to take off. The Bulls have been close, athletic director Dave Wilson said, but just can’t seem to make it over the hump.  Now that former Hudson coach Mark Kantor has been hired as the fourth Wiregrass Ranch football ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Knocking on postseason's door

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Knocking on postseason's door 1. Tarpon Springs (19-1, 12-0) This week: Tuesday at Sunlake; Friday at River Ridge Lowdown: The Spongers, who have already locked up the top seed in Class 5A-8, continued their dominance against district opponents with wins over Fivay, Gulf and Anclote last week. All of the wins were by 17 ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 6:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Regular season wraps up

    HomeTeam girls hoops 25: Regular season wraps up 1. Seffner Christian (19-3, 4-0) This week: Thursday vs. Trinity Catholic, Friday vs. IMG Academy, Saturday vs. Melbourne Central Catholic Lowdown: While many Hillsborough County teams had a bare week of competition, the Crusaders got three big wins under their belts against Tampa Catholic, Brooks DeBartolo and Florida Christian. Three ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 1:23 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

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