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Jordan Broderick, softball, Seminole
Daneesha Davidson, track, Hillsborough
Aubrey Ehlers, softball, Dunedin
Ashley Gentz, track, Nature Coast
Lizzie Jackson, softball, Bloomingdale
Brook Schwaner, softball, River Ridge
Andrew Abbott, baseball, Alonso
Travis Bianco, basketball, St. Petersburg
David Kornitzer, track, Newsome
Jacob Mohr, wrestling, Boca Ciega
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  • Region boys basketball: Academy at the Lakes 82, Canterbury 60

    ST. PETERSBURG — Early in Thursday’s Class 2A region quarterfinal, it seemed Canterbury and visiting Academy at the Lakes were destined to play a nail biter. Both teams exhibited a patient but quick-strike offense that had the game 16-all after one quarter. But for the host Crusaders, that opening frame ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • Region boys basketball: Mitchell 53, Armwood 52

    TRINITY — Mitchell was having the worst kind of deja vu. When Armwood’s Kenny Jones hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left, giving the Hawks a one-point lead, the Mustangs couldn’t help but think of their loss on a last-second shot to Lennard in last year’s Class 6A region quarterfinals. ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 9:52 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Special Olympics athletes join with Land O’Lakes partners on soccer field

    Special Olympics athletes join with Land O’Lakes partners on soccer field LAND O’LAKES — Normally, Ordray Smith is as geared up to have a conversation as anyone. But lately he has had to tone it down, and he wants his friends to know there’s good reason. He has the Olympics to prepare for. “That’s why I didn’t call anybody this weekend ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • State boys soccer: Sunlake still waiting to break through

    MELBOURNE — In the first of Thursday’s Class 3A state semifinals at Eastern Florida State College, Sunlake coach Sam Koleduk felt like his team had a shot. The Seahawks couldn’t, however, register one. Sunlake survived a trio of near-misses by Choctawhatchee, but failed to create any offense against the Fort ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 4:31 p.m. | Bill Whitehead

  • Boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch, Sunlake out to make a little county history

    Boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch, Sunlake out to make a little county history Rivalry games don't always end with hugs and handshakes. But about a month back, when Wiregrass Ranch dealt Sunlake its first and only defeat of the season, there were no postgame huffs, just well wishes in whatever was to come.  This week, the teams can have something mutual besides respect: ...
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    Wed. Feb. 11, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region girls basketball: Freedom 62, Wiregrass Ranch 43

    TAMPA — Taylor Emery grabbed her spot on the court and waited for the ball. She floated to the middle, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere, to snatch a pass and race in for an uncontested layup. She did this over and over Tuesday night. Problem for Wiregrass Ranch was, those ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 10:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region girls basketball: Academy at the Lakes 69, Keswick Christian 26

    ST. PETERSBURG — Academy at the Lakes was in a full court press as soon as the game tipped off and forced more than 20 turnovers en route to a 69-26 victory at Keswick Christian on Tuesday night in a region semifinal. Going in, coach Karim Nohra knew he was ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 9:59 p.m. | Justin Miller

  • Region girls basketball: Land O'Lakes 49, Nature Coast 44

    LAND O’LAKES — It had already been a zany enough finish, so why not? Against conventional wisdom, with her team nursing a 44-42 lead against never-say-die Nature Coast, Jhade Hayes decided to step and attempt a 3-pointer. With 30 seconds left. “Honestly, it was a risk. I just shot it ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 9:28 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Soccer: Hillsborough/Pinellas boys and girls all star rosters set

    The Hillsborough vs. Pinellas senior all-star boys and girls soccer game will be held Friday, March 6, at Countryside High School. The girls game will start at 6 p.m., the boys at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students. Here are the rosters for the Hillsborough ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 1:08 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • These softball players swing mighty mean bats

    These softball players swing mighty mean bats For years, the long ball might as well have been an ancient artifact in softball, a rare find in a game dominated by power pitchers.  After all, there were plenty of aces in the bay area who wielded the most important weapon in the sport — speed. When they were ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 8:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Audra Leipold, female winner for Jan. 31-Feb. 6

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Audra Leipold, female winner for Jan. 31-Feb. 6 Female Hot Shot winner: Audra Leipold, Academy at the Lakes Since joining the Wildcats’ varsity team as an eighth grader, Audra Leipold immediately became the team’s top scoring threat. She helped Academy at the Lakes to a state tournament appearance last season, and now in her freshman year the Wildcats ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 7:28 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam 25 softball rankings: Canterbury debuts at top

    HomeTeam 25 softball rankings: Canterbury debuts at top 1.Canterbury (0-0) This week: Tuesday at Lakeside Chr.; Friday at Kissimmee Osceola Lowdown: The two-time defending Class 2A state champions return eight starters, including Division I recruits Kama Woodall (NC State), shortstop Taylor Bump (Michigan), pitcher Hailey Hopkins (Kent State) and catcher Danielle Romanello (Florida). The only glaring absence is ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 6:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Hudson names Rob Mahler football coach

    Rob Mahler has been named the new football coach at Hudson. Mahler, a 2001 Hudson graduate, takes over for Mark Kantor, who left to coach Wiregrass Ranch. Mahler has been an assistant coach at Hudson from 2003-09 and was the offensive coordinator in 2013 and ‘14. "I feel very fortunate ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Universal Academy of Florida breaking stereotypes via athletics

    Universal Academy of Florida breaking stereotypes via athletics When the Universal Academy of Florida boys soccer players walked off the field at halftime of a tied game, Xs and Os were not immediately on their minds — not even in the biggest game in program history.  The sun had already fallen below the towering stadium lights at Player’s ...
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    Sun. Feb. 08, 2015 at 9:29 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Life in the spotlight amplifies anxieties for top recruits

    Life in the spotlight amplifies anxieties for top recruits The hype surrounding Byron Cowart’s college choice plagued the five-star football recruit for months on end. On the outside, reporters and recruiting analysts begged Cowart for tidbits, anything that would hint to where the most sought-after high school player in the nation would be spending his next three or four ...
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    Sat. Feb. 07, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Antonya English

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