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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Peter Litsky, male winner for April 11-17

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Peter Litsky, male winner for April 11-17 Male Hot Shot winner: Peter Litsky, Shorecrest Peter Litsky did not make it past the district tournament last season, though he was beaten by an eventual state champ in Canterbury’s Evan Holvoet.  Litsky was afraid the same thing might happen again this season. He had to get past Zach Bessette ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 5:21 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Clearwater football coach Donnie Abraham steps down

    Clearwater football coach Donnie Abraham steps down Clearwater High football coach Donnie Abraham announced Monday that he is resigning to pursue other opportunities. The decision comes a week before the start of spring football. Don Mesick, an assistant coach with the Tornadoes, will take over as interim head coach. Abraham, a former player for the Tampa Bay ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay QB Challenge: Clearwater's Bryant on top

    Tampa Bay QB Challenge: Clearwater's Bryant on top TAMPA — Two years ago, Clearwater High’s Garrison Bryant finished third in the Tampa Bay Quarterback Challenge, losing top honors by just a few points. The rising senior was participating in the event for the last time Sunday. He distanced himself from the other seven quarterbacks in the finals by ...
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    Sun. April 19, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • District baseball schedules

    Schedules  Class 8A-7 at Bloomingdale Monday: No. 3 Plant vs. No. 6 Wharton, 4; No. 4 Newsome vs. No. 5 Bloomingdale, 7 Tuesday: No. 2 Riverview vs. Plant-Wharton winner, 4; No. 1 Alonso vs. Newsome-Bloomingdale winner, 7 Thursday: Final, 7  Class 8A-8 at various sites Tuesday: No. 4 Sarasota Riverview ...
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    Sat. April 18, 2015 at 6:08 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District baseball preview: Can a local team go the distance?

    District baseball preview: Can a local team go the distance? This time last year, Jesuit limped into the Class 5A playoffs, losers of three of its last five games with nine players suspended for violating a school policy. Of course, the Tigers went on to win seven straight and a state championship. Do they have another run in them this ...
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    Sat. April 18, 2015 at 4:28 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots, Nominations for April 11-17

    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, April 11 through Friday, April 17. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 18, 2015 at 12:05 p.m. | Times Staff

  • District track: East Lake girls nab third straight title

    BRADENTON — In 2011, East Lake’s girls team finished last at the district meet. Since then, the Eagles have gone through a remarkable transformation and have become consistent title contenders under coach Britt Taylor. On Thursday, East Lake won its third straight team title at the Class 4A, District 8 ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball: Boca Ciega 9, Bradenton Bayshore 3

    BRADENTON — Caylie VanAuken struck out 12, and the Boca Ciega offense capitalized on five Bradenton Bayshore errors as the visiting Pirates upset the top-seeded Bruins 9-3 on Thursday in the Class 5A, District 10 title game. Boca Ciega (7-10), the tournament’s third seed, lost to Bayshore 12-0 and 2-0 ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:43 p.m. | The Herald

  • District softball: Countryside 4, Seminole 0

    PINELLAS PARK — It wasn’t pretty, kind of like Emily Hollenbeck’s awkward slide into home plate in the seventh inning of Thursday’s Class 7A-9 final. But Countryside rode one big inning and a lot of teamwork to defeat Seminole 4-0. “It was awful,” the junior said of her landing following ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:20 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • District softball: River Ridge 10, Tarpon Springs 3

    NEW PORT RICHEY — That River Ridge won a district softball championship isn’t earth-shaking news. But this 5A-8 crown was a little more hard-earned than most. At one point a 7-7 team, and entering the district tournament as the fourth seed, River Ridge fell behind 2-0 before rallying past No. ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:59 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District softball: Osceola 6, Mitchell 5

    District softball: Osceola 6, Mitchell 5 SEMINOLE — As Lindsey Hall stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and two on, the final between Osceola and Mitchell was assured of being a thriller regardless of who won. Hall made sure the celebration was on Osceola’s side. Her base hit ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:53 p.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • District softball roundup: Palm Harbor U. shuts out Sarasota Riverview

    Class 8A-8 Palm Harbor University 10, Sarasota Riverview 0: The Hurricanes needed to find a way to snap out of their funk after closing out the regular season with losses in four of their past five regular-season games.  The district tournament provided the perfect tonic. PHU, which went undefeated against ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:36 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • State tennis: Titles elude locals in Class 4A and 2A

    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Courtney Hebard rallied from a big deficit despite struggling with her serve to win twice Wednesday. On Thursday, the struggle continued. But not the comebacks. The Steinbrenner senior was knocked out of the Class 4A individual girls singles championship by Cypress Creek’s Alexandra Lee, 6-4, 6-3, at ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District softball: Osceola shuts out Dixie Hollins

    SEMINOLE — Maria Kappos and Mackenzie Tolrud each scored two runs as Osceola (14-9) used a balanced attack to defeat Dixie Hollins 10-0 in their Class 6A, District 10 semifinal Wednesday. The Warriors will play Mitchell in the final. The Mustangs pulled out a 7-4 upset over top-seeded Springstead. Osceola ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:06 p.m. | Corey Long

  • District softball: Countryside, Seminole dispatch top seeds

    PINELLAS PARK — With district semifinals this good, Thursday’s final could almost be anticlimactic. In Wednesday’s Class 7A-9 playoffs at Pinellas Park, Seminole survived a pair of deficits to take down second seed Northeast 7-6 while Countryside leapt out to a big lead then held on to dispatch No. 1 ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:02 p.m. | Chuck Frye

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