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  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Sunlake 17, Pasco 13

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Sunlake 17, Pasco 13 DADE CITY — Sunlake’s formula on offense is to run the ball, shove people around and play with the finesse of a smokestack. The main beneficiary of this physical approach is running back Nathan Johnson, who gained 1,504 yards last season. Johnson got plenty of carries in Friday’s season-opener against ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 12:54 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake entrenched as Pinellas County's premier program

    East Lake entrenched as Pinellas County's premier program EAST LAKE — You get the feeling every time East Lake High School coach Bob Hudson walks out of his office, he trips over another student longing to become part of the football program or a college coach eyeing one of his prized prospects. At a time when many bay ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 6:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs' Barry Brown commits to Kansas State

    Gibbs guard Barry Brown announced on Twitter that he has committed to Kansas State. Brown's decision comes a week after he narrowed his college choices to four schools and set up official visits for next month. He was  supposed to visit Kansas State on Sept. 17. "I already knew in ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 10:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Sunlake vs. Pasco now must-see football

    Sunlake vs. Pasco now must-see football Once an afterthought, Sunlake vs. Pasco now is one of the most anticipated regular-season openers in the Tampa Bay area. Here are three story lines to follow for Friday night’s game. Exacting revenge For Pasco, beating Sunlake used to be a given, not a goal. Since the Seahawks started their ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 4:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Area football teams battling injuries

    After graduating several key contributors from last year's team that advanced to the Class 3A state title game, Clearwater Central Catholic coach John Davis said the team would have to avoid injuries this year because of a lack of depth. So far, that has not happened. Receiver CJ Cotman separated ...
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    Mon. Aug. 25, 2014 at 3:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay swimming preview

    Tampa Bay swimming preview East Lake’s Alexandra Aitchison and Sydney Pickrem spent the summer competing around the world in swim meets. At times during the high school season, they will be gone again, each traveling to different colleges on recruiting trips as two of the state’s top four prospects in the 2015 class. When ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 7:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Preseason football: Tarpon Springs 50, Anclote 10

    Preseason football: Tarpon Springs 50, Anclote 10 HOLIDAY — Tarpon Springs coach Ron Hawn wanted a trophy to play for in the program’s newfound rivalry with Anclote. He found an anchor at an antique store that he sandblasted and placed on a plaque. The Spongers spent Friday night making sure they kept it. Led by a balanced ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 12:41 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Preseason football: Largo tops Dunedin, Pinellas Park in jamboree

    Preseason football: Largo tops Dunedin, Pinellas Park in jamboree LARGO — Dunedin had a lot of positives this summer with reinforcements arriving in the form of players who were previously ineligible or lukewarm about the program. But to really signal a turnaround from last year’s 1-9 record, the Falcons needed a win against a bona fide playoff contender. It ...
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    Thu. Aug. 21, 2014 at 11:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Palm Harbor University: 2014 football preview

    Palm Harbor University: 2014 football preview Palm Harbor University Coach: Reggie Crume (first season) Last season: 5-5 Class/district: 8A-7 Colors: Burgundy, navy and white Stadium: Hurricane Stadium, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor Playoff history: 2011, 2012 Last appearance: Lost 24-10 to Vero Beach. Season schedule Aug. 29 at East Lake, 7:30 Sept. 5 at Boca Ciega, 7:30 Sept. ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Seminole: 2014 football preview

    Seminole: 2014 football preview Seminole Coach: Chris Miller (second season, 3-7; 10th season overall, 51-42) Last season: 3-7 Class/district: 7A-9  Colors: Orange, green and white  Stadium: Warhawk Stadium, 8401 31st St. N., Seminole Playoff history: 1972, 1976, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 Last appearance: Lost 21-20 to Clearwater. Season schedule Aug. 29 at Osceola, ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 6:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake: 2014 football preview

    East Lake: 2014 football preview East Lake Coach: Bob Hudson (12th season, 78-47) Last season: 13-1 Class/district: 7A-9 Colors: Royal blue and white Stadium: East Lake Stadium, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake  Playoff history: 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Last appearance: Beat Palmetto 13-12; beat ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside: 2014 football preview

    Countryside: 2014 football preview Countryside Coach: Eric Schmitz (first season) Last season: 6-4 Class/district: 7A-9 Colors: Garnet and gold Stadium: Cougar Field, 300 State Road 580, Clearwater Playoff history: 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Last appearance: Lost 28-27 to Venice. Season schedule  Aug. 29 at Lakewood, ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Clearwater: 2014 football preview

    Clearwater: 2014 football preview Clearwater Coach: Donnie Abraham (second season) Last season: 0-10 Class/district: 7A-9 Colors: Gray and red Stadium: Jack White Stadium, 540 S. Hercules Ave., Clearwater Playoff history: 1964, 1969, 1970, 1978, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 Last appearance: Lost 39-21 to Boca Ciega Season schedule Aug. 29 at ...
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    Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Canterbury's Kama Woodall commits to NC State

    Canterbury's Kama Woodall, the Times' Pinellas County pitcher of the year, committed to North Carolina State on Friday night. "I just fell in love the school," Woodall said. Woodall said she also had interest from Arizona State, Boston College and Stanford. NC State was the only one that had offered and ...
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    Sat. Aug. 16, 2014 at 1:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Largo: 2014 football preview

    Largo: 2014 football preview Largo Coach: Marcus Paschal (first season) Last season: 8-3 Class/district: 6A-7 Colors: Light gold and royal blue  Stadium: Packer Stadium, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo Playoff history: 1974, 1975, 1977, 1985, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Last appearance: Lost 25-17 to Jefferson. Season ...
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    Wed. Aug. 13, 2014 at 7:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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