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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 7-13

    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. 7 through Friday, Feb. 13. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 11:44 a.m. | Times Staff

  • Region girls basketball: Calvary Christian 58, Naples Community School 48

    NAPLES — Calvary Christian was locked in a close struggle Friday with Naples Community School for a berth in the state semifinals. But then the Warriors responded with composure and strength typical of a team used to thriving in big games. The Warriors went on a 11-0 run in the ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 11:09 p.m. | Thomas P. Corwin

  • Region boys basketball: Pinellas Park 51, Lakewood Ranch 43

    PINELLAS PARK — Muhammad Jackson stole the ball with under a minute remaining and went coast to coast to tie the score at 30 with a layup at the end of the third quarter. Three minutes into the final quarter, Pinellas Park finally regained the lead that it hadn’t had ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:20 a.m. | Justin Miller

  • Region boys basketball: Jesuit 62, Lakewood 54

    TAMPA — Daniel Darst, Chad Holtz and Christian Whidden were all sophomores when Jesuit won a state title two years ago. Now seniors, the three provided the leadership — and points — in the Tigers’  62-54 win over Lakewood in the Class 5A region quarterfinals. It was the first time ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:09 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region boys basketball: Jefferson 52, Largo 38

    Region boys basketball: Jefferson 52, Largo 38 TAMPA — The rematch became a mismatch. Jefferson avenged last year’s Class 6A region quarterfinal loss to Largo with a 52-38 victory Thursday night. Senior Maurice Moore scored a game-high 23 points for the Dragons (25-4), who won their 13th consecutive game. Largo (13-13) sorely missed the firepower of four ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:06 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys basketball: Gibbs 70, Robinson 48

    ST. PETERSBURG — For the first five minutes of Thursday night’s Class 5A region quarterfinal, Robinson did just about anything it wanted against Gibbs in building a 13-point lead. For the rest of the game, the Gladiators made sure the Knights couldn’t do much at all.  Gibbs roared back from ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:04 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region boys basketball: Tarpon Springs 91, Zephyrhills 58

    TARPON SPRINGS — Zephyrhills hadn’t made the region playoffs since 1998. Tarpon Springs hadn’t lost in its own gym since Dec. 4, 2013. In front of a raucous crowd, the Spongers (28-1) took the Bulldogs (20-9) to task, jumping out to a 22-8 first-quarter lead en-route to a dominant 91-58 ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Region boys basketball: Dunedin 62, Nature Coast 56

    BROOKSVILLE — It had been 13 years since Dunedin had even qualified for the state playoffs and almost another 40 since the team had won a game when it got there. Those slumps all ended in an unlikely 62-56 victory over Nature Coast on Thursday night in the Class 5A ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 11:58 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys basketball: Calvary Christian 76, Bradenton Christian 57

    CLEARWATER -— Leading a trio of tremendous efforts from sophomores with 22 points and 13 rebounds, Eddie Williams drove Calvary Christian to a 76-57 victory and a date with Cardinal Mooney on Tuesday. Williams took his game right at 6-foot-7 junior J.T. Noellert (16 points), as did the rest of his ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Region boys basketball: Cardinal Mooney 64, Shorecrest 62 (OT)

    SARASOTA — Cardinal Mooney might agree that it’s better to be lucky than good after escaping with a 64-62 overtime victory over visiting Shorecrest in Thursday’s Class 3A region quarterfinal. The Cougars could also argue you create your own luck, which they were able to do despite facing a 12-point ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. | The Herald

  • Region boys basketball: Academy at the Lakes 82, Canterbury 60

    ST. PETERSBURG — Early in Thursday’s Class 2A region quarterfinal, it seemed Canterbury and visiting Academy at the Lakes were destined to play a nail biter. Both teams exhibited a patient but quick-strike offense that had the game 16-all after one quarter. But for the host Crusaders, that opening frame ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • Region boys basketball: St. Petersburg 53, Newsome 46

    LITHIA — It was a game of runs in Thursday’s Class 8A region quarterfinal between Newsome and St. Petersburg, one that saw six lead changes and seven ties in the first half. Then Newsome went on its own 7-0 run to start the third quarter with a 10-point lead, and ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Only hurdle for Seminole's Marco Behori is height

    Only hurdle for Seminole's Marco Behori is height SEMINOLE – Here he comes, shaking, baking and shoulder faking his way through the bay area, leaving defenders knock-kneed with an assortment of moves. Marco Behori is at his best when the ball is in his hands. He can improvise. He can dissect defenses. And he can flat out score. ...
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    Wed. Feb. 11, 2015 at 4:33 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region girls basketball: Calvary Christian 54, Indian Rocks Christian 39

    CLEARWATER — Calvary Christian is headed to its third straight region final after defeating Indian Rocks Christian 54-39 Tuesday night in a Class 3A region semifinal. It is the fourth straight time the Warriors have defeated the Golden Eagles this season, and they did it by using the same formula. ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 11:02 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region girls basketball: Bradenton Southeast 77, Lakewood 60

    BRADENTON — At halftime, Southeast was sitting on a 17-point lead against long-time nemesis Lakewood. Coach John Harder, never to take anything for granted, reminded his girls of how Lakewood came back from a 17-point deficit to win its region quarterfinal. His words resonated when the Spartans stormed out of ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. | The Herald

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