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  • District girls basketball: Lakewood’s turnaround evident

    ST. PETERSBURG — Three weeks ago, Lakewood was floundering at 7-8 after losing to Bradenton Southeast and ultimately dropping to the No. 2 seed in the Class 5A, District 10 tournament. Now, the Spartans are the hottest team in Pinellas County with nine straight wins after beating Bradenton Bayshore 50-44 ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Funeral set for East Lake swimmer Vance Sanders

    Funeral set for East Lake swimmer Vance Sanders There has been an outpouring of support within the East Lake community for swimmer Vance Sanders, who died Friday.  A candlelight vigil was held Saturday at Crystal Beach to remember him. Athletes have worn T-shirts in his honor during games this week. The basketball team planned a “white out” for ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon Springs K Louis Zervos commits to Ohio

    Tarpon Springs K Louis Zervos commits to Ohio Tarpon Springs kicker Louis Zervos made his college plans official, committing to Ohio on Wednesday. Zervos made his decision during an in-home visit with Bobcats coach Frank Solich and special teams coordinator Brian Haines.  “They have a new field, the atmosphere is amazing on campus and the academics are great,” ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Tarpon Springs tops East Lake, but loses PCAC berth

    TARPON SPRINGS — Playing at its typical breakneck pace, Tarpon Springs got off to a big lead and cruised to a 64-37 win over East Lake in their annual rivalry game Tuesday night. For the Spongers (23-1), the victory secured the best regular-season record in school history. Tarpon Springs also ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 11:41 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon Springs names Countryside assistant Mike Lube football coach

    Tarpon Springs names Countryside assistant Mike Lube football coach Tarpon Springs has hired Countryside assistant Mike Lube as its new football coach, athletic director Kris Toscani confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Lube replaces Ron Hawn, who resigned after three full seasons. "Tarpon Springs is one of the dream jobs in the county," Lube said. "I'm thrilled to work with such a ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Regis Steighner commits to Stetson

    East Lake defensive lineman Regis Steighner announced on his Twitter page that he committed to Stetson on Monday. "I visited (Stetson) a few times and really like their coaching staff, especially coach (Roger) Hughes," Steighner said. "He will be a great coach and mentor for the next four years. The ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 10:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel

    Land O’Lakes running family remembers Kris Keppel Land O’Lakes High School runners, along with faculty members, gathered about 200 strong around the track Monday afternoon to complete one lap. They did it in memory of the school’s beloved cross country coach, Kris Keppel, who died Sunday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. “Coach Keppel was just ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Final rankings of regular season 1. Tarpon Springs (21-1, 14-0) This week: Monday at Clearwater, Tuesday vs. East Lake, Wednesday vs. Countryside Lowdown: The Spongers, who went undefeated in district play for the first time, can set another milestone with the best record in school history with wins this week.  2. Newsome (19-1, 9-1) This ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 6:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Hudson's Joey Caruso Jr. picks Florida Tech

    The list of positions Hudson's Joey Caruso Jr. played his senior season was extensive. He was a quarterback, running back, receiver, defensive back and kick returner. Caruso found out that list will be narrowed to defensive back and kick returner at Florida Tech, the school he committed to after a ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 11:01 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Taylor Romera commits to Southeastern

    After tearing ligaments in his knee against Jesuit the third week of the season, Clearwater Central Catholic's Taylor Romera was worried the season-ending injury would derail his chances of playing in college. Those concerns were soothed once Southeastern continued to show interest. Romera ended up visiting the campus of the ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 10:33 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel dies

    Longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel dies Kris Keppel, who coached Land O’Lakes High School’s cross country teams for 21 years, died Sunday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 53. Mr. Keppel died at Gulfside Hospice in Zephyrhills, where he was admitted Saturday after his family was no longer able to take care of ...
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    Sun. Jan. 25, 2015 at 9:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District boys soccer: Palm Harbor University 1, East Lake 0 (5-4 PKs)

    District boys soccer: Palm Harbor University 1, East Lake 0 (5-4 PKs) EAST LAKE — From tough defense to cramping desperation, rivals Palm Harbor University and East played valiantly through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods in the Class 5A, District 7 championship game. With no score, they extended the game as far as it could go — to the drama of ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:35 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon Springs' Daniel Davis commits to Garden City CC

    Tarpon Springs receiver Daniel Davis committed to Garden City Community College, Spongers coach Ron Hawn said. Davis, who transferred from Gibbs in the summer, had a breakout season as a senior with 2,259 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns. His 1,266 receiving yards and 14 touchdown receptions were both school records. ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 10:53 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region girls soccer: Palm Harbor University 2, St. Petersburg 0

    PALM HARBOR — Palm Harbor University’s leading scorer, Marisa Ruland, was a spectator for Thursday’s Class 5A region quarterfinal against St. Petersburg.  She had a bruised elbow and strained quadriceps, and Hurricane defender Allyssa Woodring was limited because of a sprained ankle. With the injuries mounting, this was the playoff ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • IRC's Damian King commits to Liberty

    In the past two seasons, Indian Rocks Christian's Damian King had built up an extensive list of offers from schools such as Kansas State, Missouri, Syracuse and West Virginia. But when King broke his thumb in the third game this past season, which sidelinied him for the remainder of the ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 5:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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