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  • East Lake's Regis Steighner commits to Stetson

    East Lake defensive lineman Regis Steighner announced on his Twitter page that he committed to Stetson on Monday. "I visited (Stetson) a few times and really like their coaching staff, especially coach (Roger) Hughes," Steighner said. "He will be a great coach and mentor for the next four years. The ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 10:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel

    Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel Land O’Lakes High School runners, along with faculty members, gathered about 200 strong around the track Monday afternoon to complete one lap. They did it in memory of the school’s beloved cross country coach, Kris Keppel, who died Sunday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. “Coach Keppel was just ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hayden Grooms, male winner for Jan. 17-2

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hayden Grooms, male winner for Jan. 17-2 Male Hot Shot winner: Hayden Grooms, Palm Harbor University Hayden Grooms survived a nerve-racking Class 5A, District 7 tournament last week, enduring two straight games that ended in penalty kicks.  But that’s nothing compared to what he’s had to face off the field.  The junior goalkeeper stopped playing soccer in ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:20 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season 1. Tarpon Springs (21-1, 14-0) This week: Monday at Clearwater, Tuesday vs. East Lake, Wednesday vs. Countryside Lowdown: The Spongers, who went undefeated in district play for the first time, can set another milestone with the best record in school history with wins this week.  2. Newsome (19-1, 9-1) This ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 6:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Hudson's Joey Caruso Jr. picks Florida Tech

    The list of positions Hudson's Joey Caruso Jr. played his senior season was extensive. He was a quarterback, running back, receiver, defensive back and kick returner. Caruso found out that list will be narrowed to defensive back and kick returner at Florida Tech, the school he committed to after a ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 11:01 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Taylor Romera commits to Southeastern

    After tearing ligaments in his knee against Jesuit the third week of the season, Clearwater Central Catholic's Taylor Romera was worried the season-ending injury would derail his chances of playing in college. Those concerns were soothed once Southeastern continued to show interest. Romera ended up visiting the campus of the ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 10:33 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • 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

  • Boys basketball: Plant edges Shorecrest at Derrick Brooks Invitational

    TAMPA — Peter Connelly hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and Jalen Williams blocked Shorecrest’s last-second winning attempt as Plant beat the Chargers 54-53 in the tightest game of the day at the Derrick Brooks Invitational. Saturday’s action gave six Hillsborough County schools the chance to face outside competition. ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 11:17 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • 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: Boca Ciega 2, Tarpon Springs 1 (3-1 PKs)

    TARPON SPRINGS — For most of Friday night’s Class 3A, District 10 final against Tarpon Springs, Boca Ciega rarely got close to the Spongers’ net. But the Pirates picked the right time to find their offense. With the second-half clock stopped for extra time, Boca Ciega scored on a throw-in ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:39 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Boys basketball: Lakewood puts together victory over Berkeley Prep

    TAMPA — This season has largely been an uphill climb for Lakewood. After reaching the Class 5A state final last March, the Spartans endured almost a complete roster overhaul this fall with only one returning starter, Anthony Lawrence Jr. That kind of youth and inexperience has led to some frustrating ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:39 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District boys soccer: Palm Harbor University 1, East Lake 0 (5-4 PKs)

    District boys soccer: Palm Harbor University 1, East Lake 0 (5-4 PKs) EAST LAKE — From tough defense to cramping desperation, rivals Palm Harbor University and East played valiantly through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods in the Class 5A, District 7 championship game. With no score, they extended the game as far as it could go — to the drama of ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:35 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District boys soccer: Palmetto 1, Northeast 0 (OT)

    ST. PETERSBURG — Northeast battled a flashy Palmetto team, and a blustery crosswind, to a truly bitter end. Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Winsor commanded play, but the elusive Class 4A-10 title, and the home playoff game that comes with it, slipped away for the Vikings in a 1-0 overtime loss to ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:33 p.m. | Chuck Frye

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