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  • Swimming: East Lake boys and girls top PHU

    PALM HARBOR — East Lake’s boys and girls swept the team titles in a swimming dual meet with traditional power Palm Harbor University on Tuesday. “It was definitely a milestone for this program,” Eagles coach Tim O’Keefe said. “In my seven years of coaching we haven’t beat PHU’s boys or ...
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    Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • PHU's Morgan Perrotti commits to Rutgers

    Palm Harbor University swimmer Morgan Perrotti committed to Rutgers on Tuesday. Perrotti, ranked 44th in 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, said she also was considering Cincinnati and Miami. The only school she visited, though, was Rutgers. "I fell in love with (Rutgers) when I was there," Perrotti said. "The coaches and ...
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    Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Emma Spilman commits to Florida

    Clearwater Central Catholic's Emma Spilman made her college plans official by announcing via Twitter that she has committed to swim at Florida. Spilman, the state's 16th ranked swimmer in the 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, picked the Gators over Ohio State and Vanderbilt. "It took a lot of time and it ...
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    Mon. Oct. 06, 2014 at 9:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Fatima Abu-Rumman, female winner for Sept. 27-Oct. 3

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Fatima Abu-Rumman, female winner for Sept. 27-Oct. 3 Female Hot Shot winner: Fatima Abu-Rumman Osceola  Fatima Abu-Rumman knew she had a chance to become Osceola’s No. 1 runner this season. To claim that title, the junior trained over the summer by attending team conditioning and camp. But as the season began, Abu-Rumman developed a sinus infection. She labored through ...
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    Mon. Oct. 06, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam football 25: Week 6 made winners out of everyone

    HomeTeam football 25: Week 6 made winners out of everyone 1. (1) Armwood (5-0, 4-0) Last week: Bye  This week: at Leto  Lowdown: Defense still is the Hawks’ speciality. In five games, they have allowed just 20 points and recorded three shutouts. Another could come this week against winless Leto. 2. (2) East Lake (6-0, 2-0) Last week: Beat Seminole ...
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    Mon. Oct. 06, 2014 at 5:33 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Newsome's Maddie Hess commits to Duke

    Newsome's Maddie Hess, the Tampa Bay Times' Hillsborough County swimmer of the year the past two seasons, committed to Duke on Sunday. Hess, ranked third in the state and 12th nationally in the 2015 class according to collegeswimming.com, is a two-time defending state champion in the 100 free and 100 ...
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    Sun. Oct. 05, 2014 at 7:41 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Sunlake 14, Mitchell 0

    TRINITY — Sunlake and Mitchell both had defenses capable of turning a game around, and their steady and reliable running backs were supposed to be front and center throughout a tense showdown between Class 6A, District 6 rivals. But the game Friday night was ultimately decided by big plays through ...
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    Sat. Oct. 04, 2014 at 12:25 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: Pinellas Park 34, Northeast 6

    Pinellas Game of the Week: Pinellas Park 34, Northeast 6 ST. PETERSBURG — It was the play of the game. In the fourth quarter Thursday, Pinellas Park’s Marcelus Ware burst through the middle of tired line, spun once and raced 79 yards past a helpless secondary for a touchdown to close out the scoring. Ware, a 5-foot-10, 168-pound running back, ...
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    Fri. Oct. 03, 2014 at 12:15 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Grounded approach on offense works wonders for Hudson

    Grounded approach on offense works wonders for Hudson Given the personnel in the backfield, it seemed only natural Hudson would air it out this season. After all, the Cobras lost running back Noah Siegrist, a 1,400-yard rusher who is now a walk-on at UTEP. What Hudson had returning was quarterback Joey Caruso, who threw for more than 1,000 ...
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    Thu. Oct. 02, 2014 at 6:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Swimming: Countryside boys maintain dual meet dominance

    This has been a memorable week for Countryside's Cooper Hoffman. The senior made his college choice official this past weekend by announcing he would be swimming for Florida State. On Wednesday, the good times continued as he helped the Cougars remain undefeated this season with a 98-87 win over East ...
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    Wed. Oct. 01, 2014 at 11:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Keshaun Peters, male winner for Sept. 20-26

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Keshaun Peters, male winner for Sept. 20-26 Male Hot Shot winner: Keshaun Peters, Gulf Peters had some obstacles to overcome this season.  The Gulf senior was unable to play football the past two years because he was academically ineligible. Over the summer, he was in a battle to win the job as the starting quarterback. Peters’ skills, ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 7:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Local teams, swimmers fare well at weekend meets

    Academy of the Holy Names and Jesuit each had a strong showing at the Florida Catholic Championships this past weekend. The Jaguars won the girls team title with 445 points. Lara Lontoc led AHN with first-place finishes in the 50 free (25.49) and 100 free (55.42). Bella Kirkpatrick won the ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside swimmer Cooper Hoffman commits to FSU

    Countryside's Cooper Hoffman, the state's 13th ranked swimmer in the 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, committed to Florida State on Sunday. Hoffman picked the Seminoles over LSU, Indiana, Navy and Tennessee. Earlier this month, Hoffman helped the Cougars beat Palm Harbor University, snapping the Hurricanes' nine-year undefeated streak in dual meets. ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 4:56 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • IRC's Damian King waiting until January to make visits

    Indian Rocks Christian's Damian King has pushed back his scheduled visit to Missouri on Oct. 24 until January at the request of coaches. "The coaches at Missouri said it's real busy right now so it's better to just wait," King said. King has nine offers but has narrowed the list ...
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    Sun. Sept. 28, 2014 at 10:43 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 24, Tarpon Springs 14

    Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 24, Tarpon Springs 14 TARPON SPRINGS — After graduating so many megastars the past few seasons, East Lake coach Bob Hudson has preached that the team needs players to step up in a variety of ways to keep its current win streak intact. On Friday, it was George Campbell’s turn. The FSU recruit had ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:19 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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