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  • In everyday life and football, mom knows best ... just ask Plant City's Patterson

    In everyday life and football, mom knows best ... just ask Plant City's Patterson PLANT CITY — Dazmond Patterson’s report cards were never good enough for his mother. Dazmond was never a bad student — he didn’t get his first C until fifth grade — but he always had to live up to the high expectations of Kenyatta Shaw. As if the pressure to ...
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    Sun. Feb. 13, 2011 at 12:27 a.m. | Adam Berry

  • Class 5A state final: St. Thomas Aquinas 29, Plant 7

    Class 5A state final: St. Thomas Aquinas 29, Plant 7 ORLANDO — With 6:19 left in the fourth quarter of his third state championship game Friday night, Plant High quarterback Phillip Ely fell to the ground on all fours, staring helplessly at the field. The senior quarterback had just thrown his second interception in as many drives, and his hopes ...
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    Fri. Dec. 17, 2010 at 11:12 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • Plant CB ready to take Raiders receivers to “Patterson Island”

    TAMPA – James Wilder Jr. isn’t the only Plant player who could affect tonight’s Class 5A state championship bout against Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in multiple phases of the game. Several other Panthers play on both sides of the ball, including receiver/safety Scott Greacen and receiver/cornerback Antonio Crawford, but ...
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    Fri. Dec. 17, 2010 at 5:35 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • Wait, which one is Ely again? Mistaken identity a nice compliment to Sanders

    Wait, which one is Ely again? Mistaken identity a nice compliment to Sanders TAMPA – It looks like Plant starting quarterback Phillip Ely will be ready to go Friday night in the Class 5A state title game against Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. But if he’s unable to play, or his back pain forces him to the sideline like it occasionally has this ...
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    Thu. Dec. 16, 2010 at 4:17 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • Success not the only thing that makes Plant football program memorable. Plant, Plant, Plant, anyone?

    Success not the only thing that makes Plant football program memorable. Plant, Plant, Plant, anyone? TAMPA — When Robert Weiner took over as Plant football coach in 2004, he wanted to create an identity for the Panthers — on and off the field. He quickly molded Plant into a championship-caliber team every year, and the Panthers will have an opportunity to win their third straight ...
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    Thu. Dec. 16, 2010 at 4:15 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • Plant QB Phillip Ely's back improving as title game draws near

    Plant QB Phillip Ely's back improving as title game draws near After sitting out the better part of two weeks with an injured back, it looks like Plant quarterback Phillip Ely will return to the field Friday night. The senior quarterback practiced with his team Wednesday, had a good therapy session Thursday morning and hopes to play Friday at 7 p.m. ...
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    Thu. Dec. 16, 2010 at 1:46 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • Plant's game plan has no time to lose

    TAMPA — Every so often during the course of a Plant football game, coach Robert Weiner will look at his laminated play sheet. Not because he needs to — not after spending all week creating, refining and perfecting his game plan. “Once I get it on paper, I got it. ...
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    Thu. Dec. 16, 2010 at 12:21 a.m. | Adam Berry

  • Plant QB Phillip Ely sits out Tuesday, hopes to practice Wednesday

    TAMPA -- Plant senior quarterback Phillip Ely sat out of practice again Tuesday evening while rehabbing his injured back, but he hopes to return to the field Wednesday. As the Panthers ready themselves for the Class 5A state championship game in Orlando on Friday night, Ely and senior backup Nick ...
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    Tue. Dec. 14, 2010 at 8:34 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • Plant QB Phillip Ely still "day-to-day" with back injury

    Plant senior quarterback Phillip Ely will have a chance to win his third straight state championship Friday night. The question now, however, is if Ely will be on the field or watching from the sidelines. Panthers coach Robert Weiner said Monday that Ely is still "on a day-to-day basis" with ...
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    Mon. Dec. 13, 2010 at 12:23 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • St. Petersburg Times all-Hillsborough County girls swim team

    St. Petersburg Times all-Hillsborough County girls swim team Girls swimmer of the year Rebecca Werdine, Jr., Tampa Prep Why we picked her: Werdine had an exceptional season overall, but her performance at the Class A state meet set her apart. In her first season with Tampa Prep after two at Plant, the junior finished second in the 50-yard ...
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    Sat. Dec. 11, 2010 at 8:54 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • St. Petersburg Times all-Hillsborough County boys swim team

    St. Petersburg Times all-Hillsborough County boys swim team Boys swimmer of the year Chris Swanson, Jr., Jesuit Why we picked him: Expected to be one of the top swimmers in the county this season, Swanson didn’t disappoint. He posted the highest finish of any Hillsborough swimmer at state this season by finishing fourth in the Class 2A 500-yard ...
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    Sat. Dec. 11, 2010 at 8:24 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • Football: Plant 48, Lakeland 6

    Football: Plant 48, Lakeland 6 TAMPA — With Plant quarterback Phillip Ely sidelined due to a back injury, Lakeland knew it could expect a healthy dose of James Wilder Jr. in Friday night’s highly anticipated Class 5A state semifinal rematch. But the Dreadnaughts, much to their disappointment, saw more of Plant’s two-way star than they ...
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    Sat. Dec. 11, 2010 at 12:07 a.m. | Adam Berry

  • Plant's Ely sitting out vs. Lakeland

    Phillip Ely was considered a game-time decision coming into Friday night's Class 5A state semifinal rematch with Lakeland, and it looks like that decision has been made: He's sitting out. Ely was in sweats and tennis shoes during pregame warmups Friday night at Dads Stadium. The senior signal-caller couldn't practice ...
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    Fri. Dec. 10, 2010 at 6:59 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • Young Titans find their rhythm in 79-33 rout

    RIVERVIEW — For what Tampa Bay Tech coach Reggie Lawrence called “basically a brand new team,” he knew the biggest challenge early this season wouldn’t have anything to do with talent or execution. It would simply be an issue of getting the Titans to play cohesively. If Thursday night was ...
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    Thu. Dec. 09, 2010 at 11:46 p.m. | Adam Berry

  • Lakeland looks tough from every angle

    On its way to a state semifinal matchup with Lakeland, Plant has moved past some of the top running backs Tampa Bay has to offer: Dazmond Patterson (Plant City), Conner Powers (Newsome) and Diomi Roberts (Countryside). But tonight, the Panthers will line up opposite arguably one of the best in ...
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    Thu. Dec. 09, 2010 at 11:44 p.m. | Adam Berry

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