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  • 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

  • District track: Locals settle for personal glory in 3A-10

    CLEARWATER — Unable to match the superior depth of Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota, the Pinellas County schools competing at Wednesday’s Class 3A, District 10 meet had to concede team titles and focus on individual ones. Clearwater’s Steven Randall started the day off by running anchor leg on the winning 4x800 ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball: River Ridge takes out top seed

    District softball: River Ridge takes out top seed NEW PORT RICHEY — Anessa Holes appreciated the early run support, but given the opponent, figured she’d need a little more. Instead River Ridge rode its flyball pitcher and a consummate defense to a 2-1 defeat of top seed Land O’Lakes in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals Wednesday. No. ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • State tennis: Day 1 of Class 4A, 2A action tough on local teams

    CASSELBERRY — Jesuit started fast, and the Countryside girls started late, but both will head into the final day of the Class 2A and 4A team state championships out of title contention. Academy of the Holy Names was in the middle of the pack in Class 2A, with a chance ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 9:20 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Shorecrest’s Litsky adds to title haul

    State tennis: Shorecrest’s Litsky adds to title haul CASSELBERRY — Shorecrest’s Peter Litsky was ready for a long match. His opponent wasn’t. They rarely are. Playing with precision and near perfection, Litsky capped an impressive season with the Class A overall singles championship, beating Pensacola Catholic’s Christopher Ephron 6-3, 6-1 Wednesday morning at Red Bug Park. Litsky won ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 7:01 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Brittany McGee among three AFA signees Wednesday

    Brittany McGee among three AFA signees Wednesday Throughout her high school career, Admiral Farragut's Brittany McGee has racked up all kinds of awards and state medals in track. Still, she didn’t think it would be enough to attend her favorite school, Stanford. “(Stanford) was one thing that always seemed out of grasp, “McGee said. “So I looked ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 12:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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