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  • North Suncoast district softball preview with schedules

    North Suncoast district softball preview with schedules NEW PORT RICHEY — When Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger didn’t start his ace Tuesday against River Ridge, he was thinking ahead. To districts. To regionals. To the hard road to the state finals. Beginning Monday, every game could be the last for local softball teams, and every match-up could be pivotal, ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Jerry English earns 500th career win

    Academy at the Lakes softball coach Jerry English reached another milestone in his storied career. The longtime North Suncoast coach earned his 500th win with the Wildcats’ 9-2 home victory over Clearwater Central Catholic on Thursday night. The former Land O’Lakes coach has been a fixture in Pasco County dugouts ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 10:29 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • District track: Jesuit, AHN win 2A-10

    TAMPA — Academy of the Holy Names rallied and Jesuit rolled at the Class 2A, District 10 meet at Berkeley Prep on Thursday. Berkeley’s girls led after the field events. But the meet turned in the 3,200 meters. AHN’s Clare Snyder, a Georgia commit, won in 12 minutes, 2.21 seconds. ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 12:42 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Region tennis: Springstead makes history

    BROOKSVILLE — A day after winning the first region match it its 33-year history, host Springstead advanced to state by beating Ocala Forest 4-3 in a Class 3A region final at Delta Woods Park on Thursday. “For three years, we’ve gotten closer and closer, qualifying for regionals,” Eagles senior Hank ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Softball: River Ridge holds off Mitchell

    NEW PORT RICHEY — After being knocked down a peg, River Ridge is on top of its game again. The Royal Knights took an early 6-0 lead then held on to beat Mitchell 7-5 on Thursday. River Ridge (22-3) has won two in a row since last week’s walkoff loss ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 12:36 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • North Suncoast: Baseball super 7, stats

    Baseball super 7 Records through Wednesday. 1. River Ridge (15-4, 11-2): We’re not sure the Royal Knights have ever graced the top spot in this super 7, but they are deserving. Not only have they won five straight and 10 of their past 11, but the Royal Knights also boast ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Anclote's Austin Rumer signs with Dubuque

    Anclote tight end/linebacker Austin Rumer has signed with the University of Dubuque, a Division III school. Rumer had a team-leading 111 tackles, as well as 5.5 sacks and an interception last season. On offense, he had 11 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown. Dubuque finished 5-5 in the Iowa ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 1:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region tennis: Springstead reaches rare region final

    SPRING HILL — For the first time in 34 years, the Springstead boys tennis team will compete for a region tennis title and a trip to the state tournament. The Eagles won four of five singles matches to clinch their matchup against Orlando Edgewater at Delta Woods Park in the ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • 2A region tennis: NCT boys advance; Fivay swept

    BROOKSVILLE — For the fourth time in school history, Nature Coast will be returning to the Class 2A region finals after sweeping Gulf on Wednesday afternoon. In the first meeting between the programs since last year, the Sharks won all seven matches. Nature Coast last won a region title in  ...
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    Wed. April 09, 2014 at 7:29 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • North Suncoast: Softball super 7, stats

    Softball super 7 Records through Tuesday: 1. River Ridge (21-3, 5-2): Makenzie Goluba has allowed just two earned runs in her past 72.2 innings, and with the Royal Knight bats heating back up, River Ridge is starting to definitively look like the North Suncoast’s best. 2. Mitchell (21-2, 9-0):  Kassidy ...
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    Wed. April 09, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Softball: River Ridge rolls past ace-less Hernando

    NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge softball coach Ernie Beck likes to schedule tough games the week before districts, which is why Hernando, a team boasting a 20-1 record and 13-game win streak, rolled into town Tuesday night. But when the lineups were exchanged, Beck noticed that ace Courtney Riddle, ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 10:58 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region tennis: Pasco girls pull off the sweep

    DADE CITY — There would be no waiting for the four-time district champion Pasco girls tennis team — come rain or shine. On a day when most region semifinal tournaments were rained out, Pasco coach Don Charlick had his team using squeegees, rollers and blowers to dry the court following ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 8:36 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Bishop McLaughlin promotes Craig Moore to head coach

    Bishop McLaughlin’s has replaced one former professional football player with another. The Hurricanes promoted assistant Craig Moore to head football coach Tuesday, the school announced. “When I first came over with Coach (Derrick) Alexander, our vision was to build a program, to really get the program to take off…” Moore ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 5:29 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Four locals on 5A all-state teams

    Four area athletes were among the state’s top 15 boys basketball players in Class 5A. Lakewood senior Jacobi Boykins earned first-team all-state honors by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops, the groups announced Tuesday morning. The 6-foot-4 Louisiana Tech recruit took the Spartans to the state title ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 9:15 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Dunedin's Olivia Welsh a natural in the pole vault

    Dunedin's Olivia Welsh a natural in the pole vault Dunedin’s Olivia Welsh sprinted down the pole vault runway, coordinated perfectly and lofted herself over the bar at 9 feet, a height that usually would not raise any eyebrows. But Welsh, a sophomore, cleared the mark in her first high school meet, three weeks after picking up a pole for ...
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    Mon. April 07, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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