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  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 2

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 2 1. Dunedin (7-1) This week: Tuesday vs. Sunlake, Friday at Land O’Lakes Lowdown: The Falcons came off a high Wednesday after beating rival East Lake 12-0 to a low on Friday by losing 3-2 to district foe River Ridge. Still, with solid pitching and an offense that is hitting .371 ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 6:26 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 2

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 2 1.Canterbury (5-0, 2-0) This week: Wednesday at Sarasota Riverview; Thursday at Tampa Catholic; Friday at Trinity Prep; Saturday at Montverde Lowdown: The Crusaders continue to be the most dominant team in the area, outscoring opponents 66-0 during their perfect start. The offense is prolific with seven players combining for 10 ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District wrestling: Dunedin takes A-11 title

    Dunedin won its fifth district title in the past six years, defeating host Indian Rocks Christian 213.5-163 in Class A, District 11. Dunedin had 13 region qualifiers, the most under coach Marc Allison. Dunedin’s Hunter Gast (106), Stephen Nichols (113), Brendan Ditro (138), Michael Dunlap (195) won titles. Allison said ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District wrestling: Palm Harbor outlasts East Lake again

    Just 5.5 points separated East Lake from unseating defending district champion Palm Harbor University at the Class 3A, District 7 meet. After edging East Lake by 1.5 points at the Pinellas County conference meet earlier this season, the host Hurricanes did just enough to outlast the Eagles again, 189.5-184. “These ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 21-27

    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, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 27. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:22 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Baseball: Northeast 6, Countryside 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was only the bottom of the first inning, but Northeast coach Rob Stanifer knew how important a second run would be in Friday night’s Class 7A, District 9 game against Countryside. That was why he called for a bases loaded squeeze play with one out. The ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 10:35 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • State boys basketball: Nationally-ranked foe takes out Gibbs

    State boys basketball: Nationally-ranked foe takes out Gibbs LAKELAND — Gibbs played a challenging schedule this season that yielded few easy nights. Losses piled up early, and that was fine. The plan all along was to get ready for postseason games such as the one the Gladiators played Friday at the Lakeland Center. Still, it wasn’t enough for ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 2:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs can't hold on down the stretch (with video)

    State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs can't hold on down the stretch (with video) LAKELAND — Throughout the season, Tarpon Springs’ up-tempo offense was run with such efficiency that defenders might as well have been folding chairs for all the opposition they presented. The Spongers’ frenzied pace was a big reason they set school records for wins (30), longest win streak (18) and advanced ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 11:41 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Dunedin SS Trevor Jensen commits to St. Petersburg College

    Dunedin senior shortstop Trevor Jensen has committed to St. Petersburg College. Jensen is a slick fielding infielder who is hitting .471 through seven games for the undefeated Falcons. He also has six RBIs and four stolen bases. As a junior, Jensen hit .530 with seven doubles and 14 stolen bases. ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • District wrestling: Dixie Hollins nabs another crown

    District wrestling: Dixie Hollins nabs another crown TRINITY —The team outcome was never in doubt at the Class 2A, District 9 wrestling tournament at Mitchell High. The Rebels, winners of three straight district titles, led the whole way and dominated the team standings with 230.5 points. Mitchell was second with 132.5, Northeast third (116), Osceola fourth (101) ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • State boys basketball: Youthful St. Petersburg aims to return next year

    State boys basketball: Youthful St. Petersburg aims to return next year LAKELAND — St. Petersburg was trying to take the feel-good vibes from its first three playoff games and extrapolate them to unprecedented levels in Thursday’s Class 8A state semifinal against Oviedo Hagerty. The Green Devils, hoping to advance to the championship for the first time since 1935, watched as their ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs’ big man takes center stage

    State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs’ big man takes center stage TARPON SPRINGS — On Friday, basketball aficionados will get their first extended view of Tarpon Springs forward Scottie James when his team takes on Tallahassee Rickards in the Class 5A state semifinals at the Lakeland Center. What they will see is a player who combines the best elements of the ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 5:34 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Dunedin 12, East Lake 0

    DUNEDIN — What promised to be a close game between Dunedin and East Lake, two of the top teams in the area, turned out to be about as one-sided as possible. The Falcons pounded out 13 hits and junior left-hander Colton Widdows threw a five-inning no-hitter in a 12-0 win ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 10:09 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay

    District wrestling preview for Tampa Bay Class 3A-8 When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday, Riverview  Teams: Bloomingdale, Durant, East Bay, Bradenton Manatee, Newsome, North Port, Riverview, Sarasota Riverview Favorite: Host Riverview won the Cougar Invitational for the second time in school history, which bodes well for this weekend’s meet. Wrestlers to watch: Riverview has ample talent in Kizhan ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | Times Staff

  • State boys basketball: St. Petersburg in championship form earlier than expected

    State boys basketball: St. Petersburg in championship form earlier than expected ST. PETERSBURG — There seems to have been some misunderstanding regarding the St. Petersburg High boys basketball team’s timetable. The Green Devils were supposed to make a run at a state title next season, not this season. This season was supposed to be a write-off while St. Petersburg adjusted to ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 12:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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