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  • Region boys basketball: North Port 58, Pinellas Park 22

    The Patriots’ first region semifinal appearance since 2008 was a rough one. Pinellas Park fell behind 26-6 at the end of the first quarter and could never catch up in a 58-22 loss to North Port. There was a running clock with 1:20 left in the third quarter. The win ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 11:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region boys basketball: Gibbs 49, Jesuit 48 (OT)

    ST. PETERSBURG — Gibbs’ Barry Brown ran a 90-foot dash in roughly four seconds Tuesday. That the Kansas State signee also managed to toss in a swooping layup left Jesuit in disbelief. The Gladiators trailed 48-47 in the final 17 seconds of overtime when Brown, a turbo guard, started his ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 11:03 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State girls basketball: Calvary Christian ousted

    State girls basketball: Calvary Christian ousted LAKELAND — For the past three years, Calvary Christian has proven it’s good enough to get to the Class 3A state semifinals. What the Warriors haven’t been able to do is win a game once they get to the Lakeland Center. That trend continued on Tuesday when they were overwhelmed ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:58 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region boys basketball: Tarpon Springs 80, Dunedin 42

    TARPON SPRINGS — It was only a matter of time. Once Tarpon Springs shook off the malaise brought on by Dunedin’s deliberate offensive strategy, once the Spongers got out and started playing their game, the rout was on. With an 80-42 blowout win, Tarpon Springs will host Gainesville Eastside — ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:36 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Region boys basketball: St. Petersburg 51, Wharton 33

    TAMPA — St. Petersburg suffered its worst loss of the season against Wharton, a 41-point beatdown in December. Tuesday night, the Green Devils returned the favor. Sparked by a strong effort on the boards and an aggressive defense, and helped by a cold-shooting bunch of Wildcats, St. Petersburg kept its ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 9:51 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Former Tarpon Springs coach Atif Austin receives key to city

    Former Tarpon Springs coach Atif Austin receives key to city Former Tarpon Springs standout and coach Atif Austin, now an assistant at North Dakota State, received a key to the city after helping the Bison win the NCAA Division I-AA title. Tarpon Springs mayor David Archie presented the key to Austin at the Citizens Progress for Alliance Annual Martin Luther ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside boys, girls swim teams receive academic award

    The Countryside boys and girls swim teams were recognized by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America as All-American scholar tam award winners for the 2014-15 season. The boys team is one of 11 recogized nationally. The girls team is among 17 to receive the award. This past season, ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 2:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Sam Ralston, male winner for Feb. 7-13

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Sam Ralston, male winner for Feb. 7-13 Male Hot Shots winner: Sam Ralston, Dunedin For the past two seasons, Dunedin guard Sam Ralston was a starter who specialized in shooting from long range.  His prowess for making 3-pointers helped him set several school records. What Ralston could not do was shoot the Falcons into the playoffs. He ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 7:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State girls basketball: Four teams on a familiar journey

    State girls basketball: Four teams on a familiar journey When the final second ticked off the running clock in Seffner Christian’s region final matchup with Daytona Beach Father Lopez, the Crusaders celebrated their fourth state semifinal berth in five seasons at midcourt.  Sophomore point guard Chelsie Hall, however, scanned the crowd, then ran into the arms of the group ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Region semifinals: Tampa Bay boys basketball preview

    Region semifinals: Tampa Bay boys basketball preview Tuesday’s region semifinal boys basketball games offer some intriguing story lines. There are teams extending their stay in the postseason after ending long playoff droughts. Other programs have momentum at the right time with extensive win streaks. And there are some rematches of district finals in which teams are playing ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings debut

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings debut 1. East Lake (3-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Largo; Friday vs. Jesuit  Lowdown: The Eagles needed to find pitching, and so far it looks good. Ryan Wall, Kyle Caldwell, Aidan Brady, Luis Duran and Christian James all pitched well in the Lee Byers Tournament, which the host Eagles won. East ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 16

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 16 1.Canterbury (2-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Bayshore Chr.; Thursday vs. Cambridge Chr.; Friday vs. Lecanto Lowdown: The Crusaders started the season with wins against Lakeside Christian and Kissimmee Osceola, by a combined 28-0. The lineup, which coach Jody Moore said includes seven players capable of hitting home runs, already showed ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 2:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Seminole takes Georgiadis title

    SEMINOLE — It is only February but Seminole sent out an early message: there’s no quit in the Warhawks this year. After a nine-run winning comeback in the semifinals the night before, Seminole used some stellar defense from rightfielder Ethan Roberts to shake off two early deficits and defeat Pinellas ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 11:14 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Wrestling: PHU barely captures fourth straight PCAC title

    CLEARWATER — Palm Harbor University has dominated PCAC wrestling the past three years. But after the Hurricanes graduated 10 of the 14 starters from the 2014 tournament champions, Saturday’s PCAC meet was a four-horse race among PHU, Dunedin, East Lake and Dixie Hollins. The Eagles took PHU to the limit ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 9:42 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Region girls basketball: Orlando Colonial 78, Palm Harbor University 29

    ORLANDO — For about eight minutes Saturday it looked as if Palm Harbor University might hang with Colonial in the Class 8A region final. But in the second quarter, reality set in. The Grenadiers, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 8A by MaxPreps, led by only three after ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 9:21 p.m. | Rodney Page

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