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  • 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

  • East Lake's Natalie Clausen commits to Tulane

    East Lake swimmer Natalie Clausen, a transfer from Wisconsin, committed to Tulane this weekend. Clausen took a recruiting trip to Tulane last month. She also visited Colorado State and Western Kentucky. "I loved the educational aspect of Tulane, especially the medical research program," Clausen said. "The school has a real ...
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    Sun. Oct. 12, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: Countryside 29, Tarpon Springs 20

    Pinellas Game of the Week: Countryside 29, Tarpon Springs 20 CLEARWATER — Countryside’s offense strives for balance and is known these days for its blur of a tempo. There are shotgun formations and rollouts and screens. But when it mattered most, the Cougars issued a reminder Friday night of the value of smash-mouth football between the tackles. Clinging to a ...
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    Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake receiver George Campbell's UA jersey presentation set for Nov. 14

    East Lake receiver George Campbell, the nation's top athlete in the 2015 class according to ESPN, will be presented with his jersey for playing in the Under Armour All-America game on Nov. 14 during a ceremony at the school. Campbell, a five-star recruit who committed to Florida State last month, ...
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    Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 at 12:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Longtime Northeast coach Larry Rudisill stepping down at end of the year

    Northeast cross country and track coach Larry Rudisill announced that he is stepping down from both sports at the end of the season. Rudisill has coached in the county for 21 seasons. He said he made the move to spend more time with his family. "I know a lot of ...
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    Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 at 10:46 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Northeast's Hayley Brahm records personal record at Rebel Invitational

    Northeast's Hayley Brahm ran past the competition at the Rebel Invitational, winning the individual title in a personal best time of 20 minutes, 20 seconds. Brahm surged to the lead from the start and kicked it into another gear in the final half-mile of the race. "After I passed the ...
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    Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 at 10:06 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside O-line’s come a long way in one year

    Countryside O-line’s come a long way in one year CLEARWATER — Countryside spent most of the offseason recounting its faults. By all accounts, a 6-4 record a year ago was unacceptable. The inconsistency had to stop. To get back to becoming a traditional power, the Cougars settled on an area that had to get better if they were to ...
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    Thu. Oct. 09, 2014 at 8:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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