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  • Football: East Lake 45, Pinellas Park 14

    PINELLAS PARK — East Lake receiver George Campbell stood by a fence when a media horde swarmed around him moments after his team clinched its fourth straight Class 7A, District 9 title with a 45-14 demolishing of Pinellas Park. Campbell, a five-star recruit who has committed to FSU, resumed his ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:15 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District swimming: Osceola girls take 3A-8 title

    ST. PETERSBURG — Osceola coach Karen Smalley knew she had enough returning talent for her girls to win their fourth straight Class 3A, District 8 swimming title. What she did not expect was how dominant the Warriors would be in doing so. Osceola won the meet convincingly Thursday, scoring 466 ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 11:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • FACA District 14 team announced

    The Florida Athletic Coaches Association team for District 14 (Pinellas County) was announced. The team was voted on by Pinellas Coaches and is for seniors. Those selected also are nominated for the FACA state all-star game. District MVP: RB Dante Satcher, Countryside Runnerup MVP: WR Daniel Davis, Tarpon Springs Offense ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 12:27 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region golf: Haydyn Gibson leads Osceola to title

    SEMINOLE — A week ago, Osceola’s Haydyn Gibson cruised to an individual district title because of the competition, or lack thereof. That was not the case in Wednesday’s Class 2A, Region 6 tournament. Gibson squared off against Sebring’s Kendall Griffin, a familiar foe from years of playing together in tournaments. ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 8:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region golf roundup: Mitchell sweeps into state tournament

    TRINITY — Mitchell’s girls team repeated as the Class 2A, Region 5 champion with an overall score of 330, four strokes better than last year’s region title team. Once again, Shyanne Dove led the Mustangs with a tournament-low 77 Tuesday at Heritage Springs, tying her score from last year’s tournament.  ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 9:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside's Summer Finke commits to FSU

    Countryside swimmer Summer Finke made her college plans official by announcing Tuesday that she has commited to Florida State. Finke, the state's eighth-ranked girls swimmer in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, picked the Seminoles over Florida and Wisconsin. "I got along really well with all the (FSU) coaching staff ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 8:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 10, Countryside 8

    Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 10, Countryside 8 EAST LAKE — East Lake is built with an offense that sparkles like diamonds and a defense that many fans toss aside like a brick. An offense dressed in silk. A defense adorned in polyester. But the Eagles know that beneath the surface, their defense is a jewel, a trendsetter. ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Get out of Chris Schwarz’s way or get run over

    Get out of Chris Schwarz’s way or get run over River Ridge’s first six games of the season were all been played on slippery, muddy fields. So the Royal Knights needed a workhorse back who could take over, a guy with strength, speed and indefatigability to lower his head and charge forward while gorging on yards. Chris Schwarz has thrived ...
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    Fri. Oct. 17, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake swimmer Annika Smith commits to Canisius

    East Lake's Annika Smith has committed to swim at Canisius College. Canisius, a Division I program, competes in the MAAC conference. Smith picked the Golden Griffins over Bucknell, Carroll, Franklin & Marshall, New Hampshire and Southwestern. "I really felt at home when I visited Canisius," she said. "The team and ...
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    Thu. Oct. 16, 2014 at 8:27 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pass happy: Year of the QB in Tampa Bay

    Pass happy: Year of the QB in Tampa Bay The high school football season has been shaped to an extraordinary extent by Tampa Bay quarterbacks who consistently put up eye-popping numbers. Five quarterbacks have already thrown for 400-plus yards in a game. Twelve are ranked among the top 50 (for passing yards) in the state, according to MaxPreps. Several ...
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    Thu. Oct. 16, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon kicker Louie Zervos to have Under Armour jersey presentation Nov. 12

    Tarpon Springs kicker Louie Zervos, the nation's fifth-ranked kicker in the 2015 class, will be presented with his jersey for parcticipating in the Under Armour All-America game on Nov. 12 during a ceremony at school. After a strong performance at  a Kohl's Kicking Camp event, this summer, Zervos earned a ...
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    Wed. Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake swimmer Grant Sanders commits to Arizona

    East Lake's Grant Sanders committed to Arizona Monday night. Sanders, ranked sixth in the state in the 2015 class, picked the Wildcats over Auburn and FSU, among others. "Arizona has an outstanding academic and swimming program," Sanders said. "The coaches and swimmers made me feel very welcomed. Their facilities also ...
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    Tue. Oct. 14, 2014 at 5:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Sydney Pickrem commits to Texas A&M

    East Lake's Sydney Pickrem, the state's top-ranked swimmer in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, announced via Twitter that she has committed to Texas A&M. Pickrem made her decision after visting Texas A&M this past weekend. She picked the Aggies over Indiana and Michigan. "I just loved the school, the ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 9:35 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jeff Smith, male winner for Oct. 4-10

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jeff Smith, male winner for Oct. 4-10 Male Hot Shot winner: Jeff Smith, Clearwter Central Catholic CCC quarterback Jeff Smith lines up a few yards behind center, a running back beside him, and receives the snap. He shoves the ball into the running back’s stomach and, from there, does one of three things: hands the ball off, ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 7:02 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam football 25: District action heats up

    HomeTeam football 25: District action heats up 1. (1) Armwood (6-0, 5-0) Last week: Beat Leto 62-3 This week: vs. Lennard Lowdown: In the past five games, the Hawks have allowed a combined nine points. Up next is a Class 6A, District 8 game against upstart Lennard with first place on the line. Armwood won 49-6 in ...
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    Mon. Oct. 13, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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