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  • East Lake's Joe Bloznalis steps down as basketball coach

    East Lake boys basketball coach Joe Bloznalis, who had been battling stage 3 lung cancer, stepped down in order to make a full recovery. Blozanlis coached the Eagles 19 seasons, compiling 254 wins and guiding the program to six playoff appearances. Britt Taylor, an assistant, has been promoted to head ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Ridgewood's Wilson, Farria expected to play this week

    Ridgewood running backs Glass Wilson and Clarence Farria, who were both injured last week, are expected to play in Friday's game against Anclote. Wilson, the team's leading rusher, missed the second half of the loss to Land O'Lakes with a concussion. Rams coach Jay Fulmer said Wilson was being evaluated ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 3:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Sunday Morning QB: These guys weather any storm

    Sunday Morning QB: These guys weather any storm Four 200-yard rushing performances Chris Schwarz, River Ridge: The bulldozing back rushed for a career-high 299 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Wiregrass Ranch. His rushing total in Week 3 was more than in his first two games combined (293).  Stephon Williams, Calvary Christian: The senior transfer ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 8:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 41, Jesuit 27 (with video)

    TAMPA — Clearwater Central Catholic and Jesuit took 10 paces, whirled — and ran the football at each other. All night long.  The Marauders were better equipped for the quick-hitting stuff. They had Jeff Smith, one of the area’s most elusive quarterbacks in the area. With spectacular bursts of speed, ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Calvary Chr. 42, Northside Chr. 7

    Stephon Williams rushed for than 260 yards and scored four times on the ground to help the Warriors win in a rout. Ahead 21-7 at the half, visiting Calvary (2-1) sealed the game thanks to pair of long scoring runs by Williams, the last coming on a 40-yard run. He ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Daniel LaCamera hits a 68-yard field goal in practice

    East Lake kicker Daniel LaCamera, a Texas A&M recruit, has one of the strongest legs in the nation. On Thursday, he showed off his power, hitting a 68-yard field goal in practice. Dirk Bogognone of Reno High in Nevada is the only high school kicker to hit 68-yard field goal ...
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    Fri. Sept. 12, 2014 at 2:46 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Dunedin quarterback Argi Radani wins appeal to play

    Dunedin quarterback Argi Radani wins appeal to play Dunedin quarterback Argi Radani was ruled eligible to play his final season by the Florida High School Athletic Association during Thursday’s sectional meeting in Bradenton. Radani, a senior, initially planned to remain a student at Clearwater Academy International, which does not offer 11-man football, but play for the varsity squad ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 5:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Cross country: Pinellas runners to watch

    Cross country: Pinellas runners to watch The Pinellas County cross country scene took a hit with graduation, but there still is plenty of talented runners left. Here are the ones to watch this season. Girls Hayley Brahm, Northeast: The top runner for the Vikings took first place at last week’s Pirate Invitational and leads a team ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Indian Rocks Christian ranked No. 1 in state poll for first time

    Indian Rocks Christian, which won its first two games by a combined score of 93-13, moved up to the No. 1 spot in the Class 2A Associated Press state football poll for the first time. “It’s a real nice accomplishment for the players,” Golden Eagles coach Mark Buchanan said. “I ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 5:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Largo's Donavan Hale unlikely to start against Gibbs

    Largo's Donavan Hale unlikely to start against Gibbs Largo quarterback Donavan Hale sprained his ankle in Friday’s loss to East Lake and said he likely will not play against Gibbs. Hale was injured in the first quarter, but continued to play until he was pulled late in the fourth quarter of a 42-0 loss. His ankle continued to ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 8:15 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hudson's Anderson Combs, male winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hudson's Anderson Combs, male winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5 Male Hot Shot winner: Anderson Combs, Hudson Combs, a junior, is a swimming anomaly. He doesn’t specialize in the sport. Instead of competing for a club team year round, he plays soccer in the winter and tennis in the spring. “I try to enjoy a little bit of everything,” he ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 7:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 42, Largo 0

    Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 42, Largo 0 EAST LAKE — There are a number of reasons East Lake has become Pinellas County’s dominant program, from a punishing running game to a stifling defense. Perhaps the least known factor, though, is the Eagles’ ability to play lights out on special teams. Last season, East Lake blocked 12 punts ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State

    East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State In an intensely anticipated moment, East Lake receiver George Campbell announced his commitment to Florida State on Friday, ending a frantic recruiting period over the past nine months. Campbell made the decision during a webcast on ESPN.com's Recruiting Nation. The setting was subdued, held inside an office at school with ...
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    Fri. Sept. 05, 2014 at 12:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday

    East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday After nine months of anticipation and three years of intrigue, East Lake receiver George Campbell’s recruitment comes to a conclusion Friday. It will end without much fanfare. No big stage. No room full of students and players. No cameras flashing. Instead, Campbell, one of the most popular and charismatic players ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

    • Recruit: George Campbell
      Florida State University, LSU, University of Florida
  • Healthy Hale a definite boon for Largo

    Healthy Hale a definite boon for Largo LARGO — Donavan Hale possesses the size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) and skills (elusiveness, strong arm) that make him one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the bay area. The Largo senior’s greatest talent is one that can’t be taught: the ability to turn a busted play into a positive one. ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 4:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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