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  • 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

  • District boys soccer: Familiar hero for Tarpon Springs

    TARPON SPRINGS — In critical games, in desperate situations, Tarpon Springs’ T.J. Korfias has a knack for coming up with the big kick. Last season, Korfias had a tying goal in the Spongers’ eventual win over Bradenton Southeast in the region quarterfinals. Earlier this season, he scored off a penalty ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Options aplenty sway top recruits away from state colleges

    Options aplenty sway top recruits away from state colleges There was a time when Sickles High School running back Ray Ray McCloud III envisioned playing for Florida State. The Seminoles were among his many suitors. But as McCloud’s recruitment picked up, along with his options, he became more open to playing at another school — including one of the ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 8:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Gibbs 77, Lakewood 54

    ST. PETERSBURG ­— Forget about Gibbs' 11-8 record entering Tuesday's game against rival Lakewood. Pay no attention to the Gladiators' two-game losing streak heading into one of their most pivotal games of the season. Gibbs coach Larry Murphy fashioned a schedule that yields few easy nights. After all, six of ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 11:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Northside Christian's Dillan Gibbons is named sophomore All-American

    Northside Christian's Dillan Gibbons is named sophomore All-American Northside Christian offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons was named a sophomore All-American by Tom Lemming of CBS. "It was a surprise, but it was definitely a great honor," Gibbons said. Gibbons (6-foot-5, 285 pounds), a first-team, all-state selection in Class 2A, helped the Mustangs to their first playoff appearance since 2006 ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 4:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Chamberlain's Lauren Williams commits to play softball at FIU

    Chamberlain's Lauren Williams commits to play softball at FIU Chamberlain shortstop Lauren Williams has committed to Florida International. Williams made her decision after visiting FIU this past weekend. She picked the Panthers over Buffalo, Jacksonville and Liberty. "I liked the visit and my host (C-USA freshman All-American Stephanie Texeira) was great," Williams said. "I knew it was where I ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 3:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Calvary Christian's Stephon Williams commits to SE Missouri State

    Calvary Christian's Stephon Williams commits to SE Missouri State There have been many stories of players receiving scholarship offers and committing to schools after playing in the Pinellas County Senior All-Star Classic. Calvary Christian’s Stephon Williams is the latest. Southeast Missouri State coaches watched film of Williams’ performance in the game and were impressed. The school’s defensive coordinator, Bryce ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 11:13 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: James Redner, male winner for Jan. 10-16

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: James Redner, male winner for Jan. 10-16 Male Hot Shot winner: James Redner, Dixie Hollins The trouble for James Redner started a week before last year’s district wrestling meet. His arms went numb. He had trouble with his peripheral vision. Redner found out he needed neck fusion surgery, ending his season. “Doctors were amazed that he was ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 7:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Knocking on postseason's door

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Knocking on postseason's door 1. Tarpon Springs (19-1, 12-0) This week: Tuesday at Sunlake; Friday at River Ridge Lowdown: The Spongers, who have already locked up the top seed in Class 5A-8, continued their dominance against district opponents with wins over Fivay, Gulf and Anclote last week. All of the wins were by 17 ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 6:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside's Riley Metheney picks Winona State

    A month ago, Countryside offensive lineman Riley Metheney was scrambling to find a college to play for after Alabama-Birmingham, the lone Division I program to offer the senior, pulled the plug on football. On Sunday, Metheney finally found a home, committing to Division II Winona State in Minnesota. "It's a ...
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    Sun. Jan. 18, 2015 at 9:14 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Demetri Royer commits to Charleston Southern

    Clearwater Central Catholic defensive back Demetri Royer became the fourth player from the school's 2015 class to commit to a Division I program when he decided on Charleston Southern during his visit this weekend. Royer picked Charleston Southern over Coastal Carolina. Both play in the Division I Big South Conference. ...
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    Sun. Jan. 18, 2015 at 8:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Richie Kallay commits to Akron

    Clearwater Central Catholic offensive lineman Richie Kallay committed to Akron on Saturday, Marauders coach John Davis said. Kallay made his decision during his official visit to the school. He picked the Zips over offers from Ball State and Samford. Kallay was on an offensive line this past season that gave ...
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    Sun. Jan. 18, 2015 at 9:18 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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