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  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Madisyn Palmer, female winner for April 18-24

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Madisyn Palmer, female winner for April 18-24 Female Hot Shot winner: Madisyn Palmer, River Ridge  Madisyn Palmer is the archetypal leadoff hitter — a scrapper who can drop a bunt, slap a hit or work the count to reach first base.  The River Ridge senior has been getting on base a lot lately. She is batting .517 ...
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    Mon. April 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Athlete update: Keith Harrington becomes a top option at Washington State

    Athlete update: Keith Harrington becomes a top option at Washington State As a three-year starter at Northeast, Keith Harrington showed off the acceleration and elusiveness that made him one of the top 15 all-purpose running backs in the nation in the 2014 class. Because of his size (5 feet 7, 174 pounds), Harrington was moved to slot receiver after signing with ...
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    Sun. April 26, 2015 at 6:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay boys and girls track honor roll

    Track Honor roll The marks/times listed were compiled from results off flrunners.com Boys 100 – Alex Gray (Admiral Farragut) 10.50, Terence Ware (Lakewood) 10.74, V’Onte Williams (Wharton) 10.74, Allan Robinson (Wharton) 10.79, Jordan Williams (Lakewood) 10.80; 200 – Malik Wright (Tampa Bay Tech) 21.21, James Hambrick (East Bay) 21.27, V’Onte ...
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    Sun. April 26, 2015 at 12:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball region semifinal capsules

    Softball region semifinal capsules Softball region semifinals Tuesday's games Class 8A Newsome (18-5) at Palm Harbor University (19-8): The Wolves’ win over Sarasota Riverview in last week’s region quarterfinals was their first in the postseason since 2008. Pitching and defense have been key for Newsome. In their last six games, the Wolves have allowed ...
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    Sun. April 26, 2015 at 8:41 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Leto 7, Osceola 6 (10 innings)

    SEMINOLE — Leto’s Carrie Reynolds, who led off the 10th inning with a walk and moved to third on consecutive sacrifice groundouts, scored the winning run on a passed ball to beat Osceola 7-6 in Friday’s Class 6A region quarterfinal. It was the Falcons’ first postseason win in school history. ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 11:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Canterbury 10, Cambridge Christian 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — Cambridge Christian’s Alea White is a power pitcher who has racked up a dizzying amount of strikeouts throughout her career. Canterbury coach Jody Moore was already aware of White’s velocity. So in practice leading up to Friday’s Class 2A region quarterfinal, Moore preached to her hitters to ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 7:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Holy Names 10, Mulberry 0

    TAMPA — Forget about Academy of the Holy Names 12-8 record entering Thursday’s Class 4A region quarterfinal game against Mulberry. Pay no attention to the fact the Jaguars lost three of their final four regular season games. AHN coach Don Barron fashioned a schedule that yielded few easy nights. Of ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 12:11 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball region quarterfinal capsules (Class 8A, 6A, 4A, 2A)

    Thursday’s region quarterfinal softball games Class 8A Plant (21-6) at Palm Harbor University (18-8): The Panthers have won 19 of their last 22 games and are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Last month, Plant won the Lady Canes Spring Tournament hosted by PHU. Both teams did ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 9:42 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Countryside 4, Braden River 0

    CLEARWATER — Braden River’s offense has packed some punch, averaging nine runs in the past four games. That got the attention of Countryside coach Kaylyn Bayly, who figured there would be plenty of balls put in play in Wednesday’s Class 7A region quarterfinal. The game plan for Cougar starter Stella ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:02 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Northside Christian 11, Indian Rocks Christian 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — After a two-year playoff drought, Northside Christian returned to the postseason. The Mustangs made sure the experience would last after making quick work of Indian Rocks Christian in an 11-0 victory in the Class 3A region quarterfinals that lasted five innings because of the mercy rule. Northside ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball region quarterfinal capsules (Class 7A, 5A, 3A)

    Region quarterfinals Wednesday’s games Class 7A Wiregrass Ranch (19-9) at Plant City (16-11): This game is a contrast in playoff experience. The Bulls are making their first appearance while the Raiders are in the postseason for the sixth straight year. Wiregrass had won six straight before losing to Steinbrenner in ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 9:35 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Young pitchers making an impact

    Region softball: Young pitchers making an impact  SEMINOLE — With four senior starters returning, Osceola High coach Jerry King was confident his team could win a district softball title, so much that he requested to host the Class 6A-10 tournament this season. Then the unexpected happened. All four quit, either to get jobs, to concentrate on other ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Lindsay Boynton, female winner for April 11-17

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Lindsay Boynton, female winner for April 11-17 Lindsay Boynton has been so locked in that softballs appear as if they’re coming in slow motion across the plate. Usually, the barrel of her bat connects with the ball, sending it on a majestic arc to the fence or over it. Those mighty swings have produced eye-popping numbers: career ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 9:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Clearwater football coach Donnie Abraham steps down

    Clearwater football coach Donnie Abraham steps down Clearwater High football coach Donnie Abraham announced Monday that he is resigning to pursue other opportunities. The decision comes a week before the start of spring football. Don Mesick, an assistant coach with the Tornadoes, will take over as interim head coach. Abraham, a former player for the Tampa Bay ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District track: East Lake girls nab third straight title

    BRADENTON — In 2011, East Lake’s girls team finished last at the district meet. Since then, the Eagles have gone through a remarkable transformation and have become consistent title contenders under coach Britt Taylor. On Thursday, East Lake won its third straight team title at the Class 4A, District 8 ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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