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  • Spring football wrapup

    Spring football wrapup Spring football always introduces us to new faces, gives us a glimpse of turnaround teams and proves that the elite players are still very much top-tier talents. Our thoughts after teams stowed away the pads for spring: Breakout players Trent Chmelik, Countryside: The junior, who is taking over as the ...
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    Thu. June 05, 2014 at 6:24 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Osceola ace Keith Weisenberg impresses MLB scouts

    Osceola ace Keith Weisenberg impresses MLB scouts Keith Weisenberg has 20 guns pointed at him, and he isn’t even fazed. Osceola High is playing Northeast in an early season baseball game, and Weisenberg is mowing down Vikings as major-league scouts point radar guns and jot down notes. When his work is done after the fifth inning, the ...
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    Wed. June 04, 2014 at 6:59 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Dillan Gibbons picks up SEC offer, transfers to PHU

    Dillan Gibbons, one of the top offensive line prospects in Tampa Bay, has transferred to Palm Harbor University, and has also received his first SEC offer, from South Carolina, his father Shannon said Wednesday.  Gibbons, only 14 years old but already 6 feet 5, 278 pounds, started at right tackle ...
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    Wed. June 04, 2014 at 5:37 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • MLB draft notebook: Coach preps Wiregrass Ranch’s Drury

    MLB draft notebook: Coach preps Wiregrass Ranch’s Drury Zach Drury didn’t think about the fact that he hadn’t given up a hit until the fifth inning of Wiregrass Ranch’s Class 7A, District 8 championship game against Sickles on April 25. Once it crossed his mind, all he tried to do was make it go away. “Our athletic trainer ...
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    Tue. June 03, 2014 at 5:36 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Tarpon Springs' Mitchell Wilcox gets USF offer

    Tarpon Springs tight end/defensive lineman Mitchell Wilcox picked up an offer from USF, his first from a state school. Wilcox, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior, is now up to six offers. The others are Ball State, Charleston Southern, James Madison, Miami of Ohio and Samford He said he expects to get another one ...
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    Tue. June 03, 2014 at 4:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Volleyball: Clearwater coach Kara Betourne steps down

    Clearwater volleyball coach Kara Betourne has stepped down after accepting a teaching position at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. Betourne has been Clearwater's coach for two years. Last season the Tornadoes were 23-6 and advanced to the Class 7A region quarterfinals. "I've lived in Tampa for three years and ...
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    Tue. June 03, 2014 at 2:11 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Northeast OF Chris Clark commits to Tallahassee CC

    Northeast outfielder Chris Clark has committed to Tallahassee Community College. Clark worked out at the school recently and was offered a scholarship this week. This season, Clark hit .356 with 18 RBIs, three home runs and 25 stolen bases. He was a member of the Pinellas senior all-star  team and ...
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    Tue. June 03, 2014 at 10:09 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Uncertainty’s a certainty for Mitchell's Cobi Johnson as draft nears

    Uncertainty’s a certainty for Mitchell's Cobi Johnson as draft nears HOLIDAY — Cobi Johnson was still wearing diapers when he got his first exposure to the baseball life, shuttling from Tennessee to Toronto or wherever his dad’s professional career took him that month. Since then, he has hit a home run at Cooperstown, played catch with big leaguers, pitched at ...
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    Mon. June 02, 2014 at 7:14 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • East Lake's Justin Strnad, Trevor Okuniewski each pick up state offers

    East Lake defensive back Justin Strnad and tight end Trevor Okuniewski each received offers from state schools within the past three days. Strnad, a defensive back, was offered by UCF on Monday. He now has 16 offers, includiing two others from state schools (Florida Atlantic and Florida International). Last year, ...
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    Mon. June 02, 2014 at 6:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Times’ all-Pinellas County tennis teams

    Times’ all-Pinellas County tennis teams Boys Player of the year: Dan Stefan, Jr., Boca Ciega Why we picked him: Stefan was unbeatable this season. He cruised through regular-season, district and region tournament play. At the Class 2A state tournament, Stefan did not lose a set in earning his second straight overall state championship. He also ...
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    Sat. May 31, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Spring football: Lakewood 14, Ocala Vanguard 6 (all-varsity half)

    at Ocala   Lakewood 14, Vanguard 6 (all-varsity half) Spring game-breakers: Lakewood rising senior quarterback Ryan Davis was 11-of-16 for 97 yards and a touchdown. …After a scoreless first quarter of the second half, the Spartans drove down to the Vanguard 3 from their own 42 when Davis lost the ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 11:48 p.m. | Joseph Kornecki III

  • Spring football: Arcadia DeSoto County 7, Boca Ciega 6

    at Gulfport   Arcadia DeSoto County 7, Boca Ciega 6 Spring game-breakers: DJ Cook hit Raeshon Dunbar on a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give the Pirates a 6-0 lead. …Boca Ciega’s defense was solid all night and allowed eight first downs, four of which came on ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 11:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: East Lake 54, Osceola 14

    at Seminole East Lake 54, Osceola 14 Spring game-breakers: Jake Hudson deftly directed the Eagles’ new no-huddle offense, finishing 12-of-14 for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. … Hudson’s favorite target was George Campbell, one of the nation’s top recruits, who had five catches for 106 yards ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 11:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Jamboree at Northeast

    at St. Petersburg   Tarpon Springs 10, Northeast 0 Gibbs 18, Tarpon Springs 7 Gibbs 14, Northeast 7 Spring game-breakers: In the win over host Northeast, Tarpon Springs running back Sergio Troncoso had a hard-fought 7-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the second quarter to ice the game. ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Rodney Page and Jacob Lynn

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Gibbs draws college recruiters

    HomeTeam Huddle: Gibbs draws college recruiters Gibbs has been a popular place for college recruiters this spring.  Coach Rick Kravitz, a longtime college assistant, has hosted several coaches and has plenty of players for them to look at.  Topping the list is defensive back Craig Watts, a rising junior who holds several offers, including one from ...
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    Thu. May 29, 2014 at 7:36 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

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