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  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: District action heats up

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: District action heats up 1. Tampa Prep (3-0, 1-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Carrollwood Day; Wednesday vs. Bishop McLaughlin; Friday at Seffner Christian  Lowdown: In their only game last week, the Terrapins gained an edge in the Class 3A, District 7 standings with a 75-49 win over previously unbeaten Brooks DeBartolo. Juwan Durham had ...
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    Mon. Dec. 08, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 45, East Lake 7

    Football: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 45, East Lake 7 FORT LAUDERDALE — East Lake quarterback Jake Hudson sobbed. Eagles linebacker Carson Lydon trudged off the field, his head low. Tears fell as coach Bob Hudson guided his team into the locker room for the last time. East Lake’s second straight state semifinal appearance ended Friday night in a 45-7 ...
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    Fri. Dec. 05, 2014 at 11:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Tampa Prep 75, Brooks DeBartolo 49

    TAMPA – Last season, Tampa Prep beat Brooks DeBartolo four times, including in the Class 3A, District 7 championship game and in the region semifinals. That dominance continued Thursday as the Terrains took control early and cruised to a 75-49 victory over their toughest district challenger. Tampa Prep (3-0) remained ...
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    Thu. Dec. 04, 2014 at 11:05 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake takes a road trip few playoff teams survive

    East Lake takes a road trip few playoff teams survive East Lake has put together an impressive postseason resume the past four seasons with two trips to the region finals (2011-12), followed by two straight appearances in the state semifinals. During their recent success, the Eagles had the benefit of playing nearly every game within the confines of Tampa Bay, ...
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    Thu. Dec. 04, 2014 at 7:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Largo's Donavan Hale out at least a week with a knee injury

    Largo two-sport star Donavan Hale will miss at least a week of the basketball season after tearing his meniscus and partially tearing his ACL. Hale initially injured his knee on Sept. 26 while quarterbacking the Packers to a 32-26 victory over Lakewood. Last week, he tweaked his knee at basketball ...
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    Wed. Dec. 03, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • FHSAA suspends Tarpon Springs football coach Ron Hawn six weeks

    FHSAA suspends Tarpon Springs football coach Ron Hawn six weeks Tarpon Springs football coach Ron Hawn was suspended six weeks by the Florida High School Athletic Association for his involvement in a fight after the Spongers’ 29-28 loss to River Ridge in the Class 5A region quarterfinals. In the FHSAA letter obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, Hawn was given ...
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    Wed. Dec. 03, 2014 at 11:06 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Gibbs 58, Lakewood 50

    ST. PETERSBURG — After excruciating losses to neighboring rival Lakewood in the district final and region semifinals last season, Gibbs waited nine months to exact revenge. Relying on a suffocating defense and timely outside shooting, the Gladiators got it in Tuesday’s 58-50 win, grabbing an early edge in the Class ...
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    Tue. Dec. 02, 2014 at 11:15 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Personal glory not on East Lake QB Jake Hudson’s agenda

    Personal glory not on East Lake QB Jake Hudson’s agenda EAST LAKE — Jake Hudson is doing things that no other quarterback at East Lake High School  has done. Since becoming the starter last season, Hudson has won more games — regular season and postseason combined — than any starting quarterback at the school, and that includes a former colleague ...
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    Tue. Dec. 02, 2014 at 8:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • FHSAA fines River Ridge, Tarpon Springs after fight

    The Florida High School Athletic Association fined River Ridge and Tarpon Springs a combined $1,250 and placed both football programs on administrative and restrictive probation stemming from a fight between players at the end of the teams’ Class 5A region quarterfinal last month.   The fight occurred after River Ridge ...
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    Tue. Dec. 02, 2014 at 7:12 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: New team takes over top spot

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: New team takes over top spot 1. Tampa Prep (2-0, 0-0) This week: Thursday at Brooks DeBartolo Lowdown: So far, the Terrapins have been on cruise control, winning their first two games by 22 points or more. Juwan Durham has led the way with an average of 25 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game. ...
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    Mon. Dec. 01, 2014 at 5:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Potential UAB shutdown in football leaves recruits in limbo

    Sports Illustrated is reporting the University of Alabama-Birmingham will anouunce this week that is shutting down its football program. The news leaves recruits with offers from the Blazers in limbo. Countryside offensive lineman Riley Metheney is one of them. Metheny's lone Division I offer came from UAB earlier this year. ...
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    Sun. Nov. 30, 2014 at 5:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Live Oak Suwannee 37, Lakewood 0

    Football: Live Oak Suwannee 37, Lakewood 0 LIVE OAK — Lakewood quarterback Ryan Davis became Pinellas County’s all-time passing leader with 6,760 career yards, surpassing the previous mark of 6,733 set by former East Lake standout Pete DiNovo. Davis needed just 68 yards to become the record-holder in Friday’s Class 5A region final at Live Oak Suwannee. ...
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    Fri. Nov. 28, 2014 at 11:43 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Blue Crue’s spirit drives East Lake football game nights

    Blue Crue’s spirit drives East Lake football game nights EAST LAKE — On football nights, nearly 25 percent of the student population at East Lake High School seems to mobilize in the direction of the stadium. Swarms of Eagles faithful converge in the parking lot hours before kickoff to tailgate. During games, they file into a corner of the stands, wear ...
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    Wed. Nov. 26, 2014 at 7:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Clearwater Central Catholic sophomore will start under center

    Clearwater Central Catholic’s Jakob Parks was thrust into a starting role this week after Boston College commit Jeff Smith went down with an ankle injury in last week’s 14-10 win over Sarasota Cardinal Mooney in the Class 3A region finals. Smith practiced Wednesday but had limited mobility because of his ...
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    Wed. Nov. 26, 2014 at 4:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Jesuit 71, Shorecrest 50

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jesuit was well aware of what happened last season when it let Shorecrest rally for a one-point win. Late in the third quarter of Tuesday's rematch, the Chargers started to find their shooting touch from the outside and went up 44-40. This time, the Tigers showed their ...
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    Tue. Nov. 25, 2014 at 9:42 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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