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  • 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

  • Wrestling: Transfer helps Dunedin win its own tournament

    DUNEDIN — The Dunedin Falcons faced a 27-6 deficit six matches into their final dual Saturday against visiting Fort Dorchester of South Carolina. Iowa transfer Robby Washam scored a first-period pin against Dorchester’s Patrick Shaw in the final match to put the Falcons ahead 39-37 and win the coveted Falcon ...
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    Sat. Jan. 17, 2015 at 11:22 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Boys basketball: Seminole, Wharton wins highlight shootout

    SEMINOLE — TJ Frounfelter made sure-footed 3-pointers and off-balance 3-pointers. The Seminole guard tossed them in from the corners and from the wings, and the shots kept falling like anvils on the heads and hopes of Sickles. In one of his best performances of the season, Frounfelter had 22 points ...
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    Sat. Jan. 17, 2015 at 10:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Girls basketball: Calvary no longer unbeaten; Northeast sets wins mark

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday’s shootout at Northeast proved to be just as competitive on the court as it looked to be on paper. The four teams, Calvary Christian, Winter Haven, Land O’Lakes and Northeast, had a combined record of 78-7. In the first game, Calvary Christian fought back from a ...
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    Sat. Jan. 17, 2015 at 8:14 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 10-16

    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. 10 through Friday, Jan. 16. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Jan. 17, 2015 at 11:42 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Boys basketball: Mitchell solves Largo at last

    TRINITY — To take sole possession of first place in Class 6A, District 7, and to fill the one remaining blank on what was already an impressive record, Mitchell’s boys basketball team had to vanquish its greatest tormenter. The Mustangs did it in an emphatic way Friday night, beating Largo ...
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    Fri. Jan. 16, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District girls soccer: One goal does job for Mitchell

    WESLEY CHAPEL — There were several reasons for the rather muted celebration when Mitchell sophomore Sabrina Wagner gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead over Wiregrass Ranch on Friday. Wagner is quite used to goals, as it was her 35th of the season and 74th of her career. It came at ...
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    Fri. Jan. 16, 2015 at 10:17 p.m. | Darek Sharp

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