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  • Cotey: Five things to know about this football season

    Cotey: Five things to know about this football season The 2014 high school football season kicks off tonight with 78 teams from the Tampa Bay area on a quest for district, region and state titles. Here are five things you need to know about this season. 1. Winning a state title is getting harder Remember a few years ago ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • East Lake entrenched as Pinellas County's premier program

    East Lake entrenched as Pinellas County's premier program EAST LAKE — You get the feeling every time East Lake High School coach Bob Hudson walks out of his office, he trips over another student longing to become part of the football program or a college coach eyeing one of his prized prospects. At a time when many bay ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 6:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: A baker’s dozen destined for greatness

    Football: A baker’s dozen destined for greatness Everyone knows how good Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III, East Lake’s George Campbell and Armwood’s Byron Cowart are. These are the lesser known guys we expect to take their turns in the spotlight this season. You can thank us in December.   WR/DB Tyree Austin, Sr., Pasco: While not the ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 3:33 p.m. | Times Staff

  • In Pinellas, there will be some reunions Friday night

    In Pinellas, there will be some reunions Friday night For 12 years, Jeremy Frioud roamed the sideline at Largo as an assistant coach. During the offseason he landed a head coaching job at Northeast. And wouldn’t you know it, the Vikings' first game of the regular season is at Largo. “It’s going to be weird being on that other ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 1:40 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Fearless predictions for the 2014 football season

    Our staff writers gaze a bit into the future, offer their thoughts on the players and teams from around our coverage area who will have a big 2014 season:  FEARLESS PREDICTIONS  John C. Cotey Pinellas: Gibbs makes the playoffs. Hillsborough: Tampa Catholic’s Nate Craig is starting at quarterback by Week ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 12:39 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Football: Week 1 predictions

    Our staff writers, along with guest pickers Josh Newberg of 247Sports, @pascocountyfb’s Tom Ketchum, Rivals’ Mike Singer and MaxPreps’ Stephen Spiewak, predict the top 10 games in Tampa Bay this week: Countryside at Lakewood John Cotey: Lakewood, 23-17 Rodney Page: Lakewood, 28-1 Kelly Parsons: Countryside, 18-17 Bob Putnam: Lakewood, 21-20 ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 11:07 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Gibbs' Barry Brown commits to Kansas State

    Gibbs guard Barry Brown announced on Twitter that he has committed to Kansas State. Brown's decision comes a week after he narrowed his college choices to four schools and set up official visits for next month. He was  supposed to visit Kansas State on Sept. 17. "I already knew in ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 10:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Step right up: HomeTeam Pick'em is back

    Welcome to another season of HomeTeam Pick Em, where I will attempt to defend my 2013 Championship against all comers. A few important notes: 1. Use your SAME name and email every week. I don't care if you wanna be cute and go by Thunderlips or Lucious Confucious, but once ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 5:34 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Lakewood QB Ryan Davis ready for final shot at Countryside

    Lakewood QB Ryan Davis ready for final shot at Countryside While Lakewood and Countryside are not natural rivals, don’t tell that to Spartans quarterback Ryan Davis. Friday night will mark the fourth time Davis has faced the Cougars since his freshman year at Northeast. Davis — a  four-star recruit with offers from the likes of Florida, Miami and Florida State, ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 11:34 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay volleyball preview

    Tampa Bay volleyball preview Tampa Bay volleyball teams put on a show last year at the state level in Kissimmee. Robinson, Berkeley Prep, Steinbrenner and Clearwater Central Catholic made the state semifinals in their respective classes, but none of the four had the chance to compete in the championship game. This season, those teams ...
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    Tue. Aug. 26, 2014 at 3:26 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Same view from the top

    HomeTeam 25: Same view from the top Pardon me while I just steal a little from past intros on how we picked Tampa Bay’s best football team. The ones that mention how once again our choices for No. 1 came down to Plant and Armwood, how one team had the tiniest of advantages over the other. Throw ...
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    Mon. Aug. 25, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Area football teams battling injuries

    After graduating several key contributors from last year's team that advanced to the Class 3A state title game, Clearwater Central Catholic coach John Davis said the team would have to avoid injuries this year because of a lack of depth. So far, that has not happened. Receiver CJ Cotman separated ...
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    Mon. Aug. 25, 2014 at 3:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay swimming preview

    Tampa Bay swimming preview East Lake’s Alexandra Aitchison and Sydney Pickrem spent the summer competing around the world in swim meets. At times during the high school season, they will be gone again, each traveling to different colleges on recruiting trips as two of the state’s top four prospects in the 2015 class. When ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 7:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Preseason football: Clearwater Central Catholic 43, Countryside 35

    CLEARWATER — Jeff Smith scored on runs of 14, 35 and 38 yards, and Clearwater Central Catholic’s defense came up with three crucial stops late in the second half to rally and defeat Countryside 43-35 Friday night. Behind the efforts of Smith, Jervon Newton and Scott DePergola, the Marauders pounded ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. | Corey Long

  • Preseason football: Manatee 26, East Lake 17

    EAST LAKE — Do not panic, East Lake fans. If recent history is an indication, Friday’s 26-17 loss to Manatee does not mean doom for the upcoming regular season. The Eagles lost 38-7 in last year’s preseason game at Manatee, then went on to win 13 straight games. This game ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:36 a.m. | Rodney Page

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