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  • State boys basketball: Nationally-ranked foe takes out Gibbs

    State boys basketball: Nationally-ranked foe takes out Gibbs LAKELAND — Gibbs played a challenging schedule this season that yielded few easy nights. Losses piled up early, and that was fine. The plan all along was to get ready for postseason games such as the one the Gladiators played Friday at the Lakeland Center. Still, it wasn’t enough for ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 2:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs can't hold on down the stretch (with video)

    State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs can't hold on down the stretch (with video) LAKELAND — Throughout the season, Tarpon Springs’ up-tempo offense was run with such efficiency that defenders might as well have been folding chairs for all the opposition they presented. The Spongers’ frenzied pace was a big reason they set school records for wins (30), longest win streak (18) and advanced ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 11:41 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State boys basketball: Youthful St. Petersburg aims to return next year

    State boys basketball: Youthful St. Petersburg aims to return next year LAKELAND — St. Petersburg was trying to take the feel-good vibes from its first three playoff games and extrapolate them to unprecedented levels in Thursday’s Class 8A state semifinal against Oviedo Hagerty. The Green Devils, hoping to advance to the championship for the first time since 1935, watched as their ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs’ big man takes center stage

    State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs’ big man takes center stage TARPON SPRINGS — On Friday, basketball aficionados will get their first extended view of Tarpon Springs forward Scottie James when his team takes on Tallahassee Rickards in the Class 5A state semifinals at the Lakeland Center. What they will see is a player who combines the best elements of the ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 5:34 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State boys basketball: St. Petersburg in championship form earlier than expected

    State boys basketball: St. Petersburg in championship form earlier than expected ST. PETERSBURG — There seems to have been some misunderstanding regarding the St. Petersburg High boys basketball team’s timetable. The Green Devils were supposed to make a run at a state title next season, not this season. This season was supposed to be a write-off while St. Petersburg adjusted to ...
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    Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 at 12:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State basketball: A first, final milestone for Academy at the Lakes’ Haslams

    State basketball: A first, final milestone for Academy at the Lakes’ Haslams In the pandemonium following the biggest win in school history, Academy at the Lakes boys basketball coach Tom Haslam went looking for his son, Ethan, who also happens to be his best player.  After a 10-minute search on a home court filled with raucous fans, the two found each other ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 6:58 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Ethan Haslam, male winner for Feb. 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Ethan Haslam, male winner for Feb. 14-20 Male Hot Shot winner: Ethan Haslam, Academy at the Lakes Ethan Haslam is a prolific scorer. He has more than 2,000 career points and averaged more than 20 per game each of the past two seasons. So it comes as no surprise that the Academy at the Lakes senior was ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Morgan Brown, female winner for Feb. 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Morgan Brown, female winner for Feb. 14-20 Female Hot Shot winner: Morgan Brown, Northside Christian No track event in the bay area is loaded with more elite talent than girls pole vault. Three defending state champions — Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson (Class 3A), Tampa Catholic’s Nicole Carroll (2A) and Indian Rocks Christian’s Bobbi LaBrant (A) — all return ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 23 1. Canterbury (4-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Hernando Christian; Saturday at St. Cloud Lowdown: With wins against Cambridge Christian (7-0) and Lecanto (16-0) last week, the Crusaders have outscored opponents by a combined 51-0. Canterbury has hit eight home runs, including three by catcher Danielle Romanello. The long-ball fever is ...
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    Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 at 2:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region boys basketball: Tarpon Springs 68, Gainesville Eastside 60

    TARPON SPRINGS  — The clock was exhausted and Jerry Woodka awaited the inevitable, standing with his hands at his knees along the Tarpon Springs bench. He was about to become the first coach to take the Spongers boys basketball program to the state final four in 72 years. As the ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:18 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Admiral Farragut girls, Lakewood boys take titles at city meet

    ST. PETERSBURG — Admiral Farragut’s girls track team has always done well at the Class A level. Now, the Blue Jackets are showing they can compete against teams from all classifications, especially after outdistancing Lakewood 155.5-108 for their first team title at the fourth annual St. Petersburg City Championship meet. ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 11:37 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Tarpon Springs basks in a rare spotlight

    TARPON SPRINGS — Twice in the past month, Tarpon Springs players and coaches met in the gymnasium on the weekend to cut down the nets. The ceremony served as a way to commemorate season-long goals of finishing undefeated in conference play against Pinellas County opponents and having a perfect record ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 6:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Prep's Juwan Durham tears ACL

    Tampa Prep's Juwan Durham tears ACL Tampa Prep is without its leading scorer and rebounder for the rest of the postseason. Juwan Durham, a 6-foot-10 forward who is ranked as the nation's 24th-best player in the 2016 class by ESPN, suffered a knee injury in Tuesday's region semifinal win over Seffner Christian and confirmed before Friday's ...
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    Thu. Feb. 19, 2015 at 11:45 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball notebook: East Bay savors long-awaited return to region finals

    The East Bay players converged at midcourt to celebrate. They jumped and shouted, and when they finally started to disperse, they hugged each other. With a 61-55 victory against Freedom, the Indians secured a spot in the Class 7A region finals for the first time since 1968, ending an extensive ...
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    Wed. Feb. 18, 2015 at 7:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region boys basketball: North Port 58, Pinellas Park 22

    The Patriots’ first region semifinal appearance since 2008 was a rough one. Pinellas Park fell behind 26-6 at the end of the first quarter and could never catch up in a 58-22 loss to North Port. There was a running clock with 1:20 left in the third quarter. The win ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 11:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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