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  • Track: Admiral Farragut girls, Lakewood boys take titles at city meet

    ST. PETERSBURG — Admiral Farragut’s girls track team has always done well at the Class A level. Now, the Blue Jackets are showing they can compete against teams from all classifications, especially after outdistancing Lakewood 155.5-108 for their first team title at the fourth annual St. Petersburg City Championship meet. ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 11:37 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Tarpon Springs basks in a rare spotlight

    TARPON SPRINGS — Twice in the past month, Tarpon Springs players and coaches met in the gymnasium on the weekend to cut down the nets. The ceremony served as a way to commemorate season-long goals of finishing undefeated in conference play against Pinellas County opponents and having a perfect record ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 6:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Prep's Juwan Durham tears ACL

    Tampa Prep's Juwan Durham tears ACL Tampa Prep is without its leading scorer and rebounder for the rest of the postseason. Juwan Durham, a 6-foot-10 forward who is ranked as the nation's 24th-best player in the 2016 class by ESPN, suffered a knee injury in Tuesday's region semifinal win over Seffner Christian and confirmed before Friday's ...
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    Thu. Feb. 19, 2015 at 11:45 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball notebook: East Bay savors long-awaited return to region finals

    The East Bay players converged at midcourt to celebrate. They jumped and shouted, and when they finally started to disperse, they hugged each other. With a 61-55 victory against Freedom, the Indians secured a spot in the Class 7A region finals for the first time since 1968, ending an extensive ...
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    Wed. Feb. 18, 2015 at 7:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region boys basketball: North Port 58, Pinellas Park 22

    The Patriots’ first region semifinal appearance since 2008 was a rough one. Pinellas Park fell behind 26-6 at the end of the first quarter and could never catch up in a 58-22 loss to North Port. There was a running clock with 1:20 left in the third quarter. The win ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 11:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region boys basketball: Gibbs 49, Jesuit 48 (OT)

    ST. PETERSBURG — Gibbs’ Barry Brown ran a 90-foot dash in roughly four seconds Tuesday. That the Kansas State signee also managed to toss in a swooping layup left Jesuit in disbelief. The Gladiators trailed 48-47 in the final 17 seconds of overtime when Brown, a turbo guard, started his ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 11:03 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Former Tarpon Springs coach Atif Austin receives key to city

    Former Tarpon Springs coach Atif Austin receives key to city Former Tarpon Springs standout and coach Atif Austin, now an assistant at North Dakota State, received a key to the city after helping the Bison win the NCAA Division I-AA title. Tarpon Springs mayor David Archie presented the key to Austin at the Citizens Progress for Alliance Annual Martin Luther ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside boys, girls swim teams receive academic award

    The Countryside boys and girls swim teams were recognized by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America as All-American scholar tam award winners for the 2014-15 season. The boys team is one of 11 recogized nationally. The girls team is among 17 to receive the award. This past season, ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 2:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Sam Ralston, male winner for Feb. 7-13

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Sam Ralston, male winner for Feb. 7-13 Male Hot Shots winner: Sam Ralston, Dunedin For the past two seasons, Dunedin guard Sam Ralston was a starter who specialized in shooting from long range.  His prowess for making 3-pointers helped him set several school records. What Ralston could not do was shoot the Falcons into the playoffs. He ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 7:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region semifinals: Tampa Bay boys basketball preview

    Region semifinals: Tampa Bay boys basketball preview Tuesday’s region semifinal boys basketball games offer some intriguing story lines. There are teams extending their stay in the postseason after ending long playoff droughts. Other programs have momentum at the right time with extensive win streaks. And there are some rematches of district finals in which teams are playing ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 16

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of Feb. 16 1.Canterbury (2-0) This week: Tuesday vs. Bayshore Chr.; Thursday vs. Cambridge Chr.; Friday vs. Lecanto Lowdown: The Crusaders started the season with wins against Lakeside Christian and Kissimmee Osceola, by a combined 28-0. The lineup, which coach Jody Moore said includes seven players capable of hitting home runs, already showed ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 2:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region boys basketball: Jesuit 62, Lakewood 54

    TAMPA — Daniel Darst, Chad Holtz and Christian Whidden were all sophomores when Jesuit won a state title two years ago. Now seniors, the three provided the leadership — and points — in the Tigers’  62-54 win over Lakewood in the Class 5A region quarterfinals. It was the first time ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:09 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Only hurdle for Seminole's Marco Behori is height

    Only hurdle for Seminole's Marco Behori is height SEMINOLE – Here he comes, shaking, baking and shoulder faking his way through the bay area, leaving defenders knock-kneed with an assortment of moves. Marco Behori is at his best when the ball is in his hands. He can improvise. He can dissect defenses. And he can flat out score. ...
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    Wed. Feb. 11, 2015 at 4:33 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region girls basketball: Lakewood Ranch 62, Northeast 47

    ST. PETERSBURG — By the time Northeast took the court for its Class 7A region semifinal game with Lakewood Ranch on Tuesday night, the Vikings had already redefined the role of Cinderella in the postseason. This time around, there were no surprises. Northeast, which was in the second round of ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • These softball players swing mighty mean bats

    These softball players swing mighty mean bats For years, the long ball might as well have been an ancient artifact in softball, a rare find in a game dominated by power pitchers.  After all, there were plenty of aces in the bay area who wielded the most important weapon in the sport — speed. When they were ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 8:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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