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  • Baseball: Lakewood's Jamaal Chaney commits to Eckerd College

    Lakewood third baseman Jamaal Chaney has committed to Eckerd College. Chaney is a four-year member of the Spartans baseball team. This season he is hitting .465 with 12 doubles, a triple and a home run. He also has 20 stolen bases. Chaney, who committed to the Tritons on Friday,  joins ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 9:52 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region baseball: Toppling a giant boosts Lakewood’s confidence

    ST. PETERSBURG — Lake Vista Park’s two baseball fields are usually empty on weekday afternoons in May. But on Monday, music blared from near the rightfield batting cages as Lakewood High School players took infield and shagged fly balls.  The Spartans needed the field to practice for Tuesday's region semifinal ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 7:34 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alexis Blasingane, female winner for April 25-May 1

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alexis Blasingane, female winner for April 25-May 1 Female Hot Shot winner: Alexis Blasingane, Boca Ciega  Boca Ciega catcher Alexis Blasingane still is amazed by her team’s incredible run to reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history. “It’s just indescribable,” Blasingane said. “I was speechless when we won every single (playoff) game.  “I knew ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Vinnie Grybauskas, male winner for April 25-May 1

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Vinnie Grybauskas, male winner for April 25-May 1 Male Hot Shot winner: Vinnie Grybauskas, Lakewood Junior Vinnie Grybauskas is in his first season as Lakewood’s full-time second baseman. He played sparingly as a freshman, then sat behind starter Bo Bichette last season.  This season, when Bichette was healthy, he played shortstop and Grybauskas took over at second base. ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 6:59 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Osceola’s wing-T teeming with talent

    HomeTeam Huddle: Osceola’s wing-T teeming with talent SEMINOLE — Nothing has changed with Osceola’s offensive scheme. The Warriors still plan to feature their running game in the wing-T. But the players running the ball have Osceola coach George Palmer excited. Nick Shytle and Chad Brittain both return. So does Ryan Allan. Throw in the addition of Travis ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 6:21 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 2A state semifinal capsule

    Softball: Class 2A state semifinal capsule State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 2A Canterbury (25-3) vs. Aucilla Christian (16-11), Friday 1 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Belle Glade Glades-Boca Raton Grandview Prep champion in Saturday’s title game at 1:35 p.m. The lowdown: This is a rematch ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:16 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 5A state semifinal capsule

    State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 5A Boca Ciega (10-10) vs. Plantation American Heritage (24-1-1), Wednesday 7:20 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Baker County vs. Belleview champion in Thursday’s title game at 7:05 p.m. The lowdown: The Pirates, who entered ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:07 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Kistemaker, Anderson swap top spots

    State track: Kistemaker, Anderson swap top spots JACKSONVILLE — On Saturday, Osceola’s Jen Kistemaker and Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson renewed their friendly rivalry in the pole vault at the Class 3A state meet at the University of North Florida. Last year, Anderson won the event. This time, it was Kistemaker’s turn. In the finals, Kistemaker was the only ...
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    Sat. May 02, 2015 at 9:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 25-May 1

    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 25, through Friday, May 1. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. May 02, 2015 at 10:53 a.m. | Times Staff

  • State track: Brittany McGee paces Admiral Farragut to title

    State track: Brittany McGee paces Admiral Farragut to title JACKSONVILLE — At first glance, it appeared Admiral Farragut’s girls did not have the necessary depth required to compete for team title at the Class A meet at the University of North Florida. What the Blue Jackets lacked in numbers, they made up for in talent. Four girls combined to ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Moore Haven 1, Admiral Farragut 0

    Admiral Farragut (15-7) got five hits but left nine runners on base in a 1-0 loss to host Moore Haven. Blue Jackets pitcher Corynn Miner allowed only two hits but gave up the game’s only run in the sixth inning. She recorded 10 strikeouts and ended the season with a ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 9:29 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region softball: Canterbury 15, Orlando Faith Christian 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury continued its postseason dominance Friday with a 15-0, four-inning win over Orlando Faith Christian in the Class 2A region final. The Crusaders pounded out 12 hits, including three home runs, and scored 12 runs in the fourth inning to put the game away. In its last ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 8:17 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region softball: Boca Ciega 2, Lemon Bay 0

    GULFPORT — A 5-10 regular season that included as many mercy-rule losses as victories didn’t exactly scream deep postseason run for Boca Ciega. And that’s why Friday was so surreal. Riding the arm of sophomore Caylie VanAuken, the Pirates (10-10) defeated Lemon Bay 2-0 for the school’s first trip to ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 7:46 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region softball: Boca Ciega 6, Robinson 2

    Region softball: Boca Ciega 6, Robinson 2 GULFPORT — Boca Ciega scored three runs in the fifth inning Thursday and used a strong outing from starting pitcher Caylie VanAuken to earn a 6-2 win over Robinson in the Class 5A region semifinal. Boca Ciega will host Lemon Bay today at 4 p.m. The Pirates (8-12) led 2-0 ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 12:04 a.m. | Corey Long

  • Region baseball: Lakewood 8, Jesuit 6

    TAMPA — At Raymond Stadium James Stadium, thousands of football fans were  not surprised when the Bucs made quarterback Jameis Winston the first pick in the NFL draft. The shocker came a mile away at Jesuit, where Lakewood stunned the defending state champion Tigers 8-6 Thursday night in a Class ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. | Don Jensen

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