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  • Tampa Bay Times’ female all-academic team

    Tampa Bay Times’ female all-academic team Scholar-athlete of the Year: Izzy Ordorica, Chamberlain Izzy Ordorica has a catalog of hits from her four years as a starter on Chamberlain High School’s softball team. There were hard line drives that fell into gaps for doubles and mighty blasts that sailed over fences for homers. They all came ...
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    Wed. June 18, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Park's Kal-El Williams commits to FAU

    Pinellas Park's Kal-El Williams committed to Florida Atlantic after taking an unofficial visit to the school on Friday. Williams also had offers from Florida International and Western Kentucky. He was recruited by the Owls to play fullback. "I wanted to go to FAU because I'm going to be the first fullback ...
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    Sat. June 14, 2014 at 7:15 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC hires Steve Willis as boys hoops coach

    Clearwater Central Catholic hired Steve Willis as its boys basketball coach. This is Willis' second stint as Marauders coach. He guided the program from 2003-05 before becoming a coach at St. Paul's (K-8) in Clearwater the past four seasons. Willis replaces James Margarella, who left in March after three seasons ...
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    Fri. June 13, 2014 at 4:03 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Times’ all-Pinellas County softball teams

    Times’ all-Pinellas County softball teams Pitcher of the Year: Kama Woodall, Fr., Canterbury Why we picked her: The ace of the staff dominated this season, finishing 14-4 with a 0.86 ERA and 196 strikeouts. Her four losses all came in the regular season against teams that eventually made the state semifinals: Hagerty (8A), Oakleaf (6A), ...
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    Wed. June 11, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Schools' academic reputations hold the edge for these football players

    Schools' academic reputations hold the edge for these football players For the past 23 years, Mike Tracy has choreographed the complex recruiting dance of trying to lure quality prospects to high-academic institutions in the lower tier of college football. Tracy, the defensive coordinator at Hartwick College (N.Y.), gets a jump on the recruiting process by helping out at football camps ...
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    Mon. June 09, 2014 at 6:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Times' all-Pinellas County track and field teams

    Times' all-Pinellas County track and field teams Boys Athlete of the year: Ahmad Middleton, Dunedin, Sr. Why we picked him: With former Lakewood star Tim Holmes now at Baylor, Middleton took over as the county’s best hurdler. He dominated in both the 100 meters and hurdles, winning at nearly every major meet during the regular season. At ...
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    Sat. June 07, 2014 at 6:12 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Times’ all-North Suncoast track and field teams

    Boys Athlete of the year: Devon Jerothe, River Ridge, Sr. Why we picked him: After finishing fourth at state in the pole vault last year, Jerothe dominated the event this season, winning conference, district and region titles. But the performance that put him over the top was at the Class ...
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    Sat. June 07, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon Springs' Mitchell Wilcox gets USF offer

    Tarpon Springs tight end/defensive lineman Mitchell Wilcox picked up an offer from USF, his first from a state school. Wilcox, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior, is now up to six offers. The others are Ball State, Charleston Southern, James Madison, Miami of Ohio and Samford He said he expects to get another one ...
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    Tue. June 03, 2014 at 4:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Mitchell's Lawrence Watt gets first offer from Saint Leo

    Mitchell basketball standout Lawrence Watt picked up his first offer from Saint Leo over the weekend. Watt, a senior, said he was offered by Saint Leo coach Lance Randall after a team camp at the school. "I wasn't expecting it at all," Watt said of the offer. "My high school coach ...
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    Mon. June 02, 2014 at 6:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Justin Strnad, Trevor Okuniewski each pick up state offers

    East Lake defensive back Justin Strnad and tight end Trevor Okuniewski each received offers from state schools within the past three days. Strnad, a defensive back, was offered by UCF on Monday. He now has 16 offers, includiing two others from state schools (Florida Atlantic and Florida International). Last year, ...
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    Mon. June 02, 2014 at 6:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Arcadia DeSoto County 7, Boca Ciega 6

    at Gulfport   Arcadia DeSoto County 7, Boca Ciega 6 Spring game-breakers: DJ Cook hit Raeshon Dunbar on a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give the Pirates a 6-0 lead. …Boca Ciega’s defense was solid all night and allowed eight first downs, four of which came on ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 11:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: East Lake 54, Osceola 14

    at Seminole East Lake 54, Osceola 14 Spring game-breakers: Jake Hudson deftly directed the Eagles’ new no-huddle offense, finishing 12-of-14 for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. … Hudson’s favorite target was George Campbell, one of the nation’s top recruits, who had five catches for 106 yards ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 11:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Carson Lydon picks Virginia Tech

    East Lake's Carson Lydon picks Virginia Tech East Lake linebacker Carson Lydon committed to Virginia Tech after Wednesday's practice.  Lydon, a rising senior, picked the Hokies over North Carolina State and Wisconsin. He initially was going to announce his decision after Friday's spring game against Osceola but decided he didn't want to wait any longer to make ...
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    Wed. May 28, 2014 at 5:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Nature Coast splits games at jamboree

    Nature Coast split its two halves in a jamboree Friday, beating Titusville Astronaut 7-0 and losing 14-10 to host Daytona Beach Seabreeze. DeShawn Smith scored on an 8-yard run against Astronaut and finished with 86 yards rushing in both halves. He benefited running behind 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Christian Pellage.  Against ...
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    Tue. May 27, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Seminole 16, Dunedin 16

    Spring football: Seminole 16, Dunedin 16 at Seminole Seminole 16, Dunedin 16 Spring game-breakers: The Warhawks started strong, building a 10-0 halftime lead. … Seminole quarterback Aaron Dever was 4-of-5 for 58 yards on the opening drive, including a 17-yard touchdown to Matthew Wonsick. … Dever finished 9-of-19 for 135 yards. … The Warhawks’ other score ...
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    Fri. May 23, 2014 at 11:35 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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