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  • Area track athletes shine at the Florida Relays

    Jesuit’s Nick Catchur and Tampa Catholic’s Nicole Carroll, the defending Class 2A state champions in the pole vault, each placed among the top three in their signature event at the Florida Relays this past weekend. Catcher cleared 14 feet, 6 inches to place second. Osceola’s Carson Waters also vaulted 14-6, ...
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    Mon. April 07, 2014 at 9:45 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Local softball teams fare well at the Kissimmee Klassic

    Canterbury, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, finished 2-2 at the Kissimmee Classic. The Crusaders beat 4A, No. 4 Starke Bradford 2-1 and Miami Southwest Christian 12-0. Hailey Hopkins was 8-of-14 with three home runs and Taylor Bump was 7-of-13 with two homers in four games to lead Canterbury. Countryside ...
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    Sun. April 06, 2014 at 10:33 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • QBs face quandary with other sports

    QBs face quandary with other sports Largo’s Donavan Hale and Clearwater Central Catholic’s Jeff Smith Jr. are dual-threat quarterbacks who each led their teams to the playoffs as first-year starters last season. The two also are dual-sport athletes who now have to play the game of choice with each deciding for entirely different reasons which sport ...
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    Sat. April 05, 2014 at 9:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Lakewood, Tarpon Springs get grants to improve athletic facilities

    For years, Lakewood’s athletic facilities have been inadequate. The ceiling in the gymnasium is so low that volleyballs often hit tiles during games, exposing air ducts and vents because the tiles are not replaced. The gym’s seating capacity is so small that rivalry and playoff basketball games are usually moved ...
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    Fri. April 04, 2014 at 9:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • St. Petersburg GK Marckese commits to Florida, will graduate early

    St. Petersburg goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese, a sophomore, has committed to play soccer at Florida and will graduate after her junior year to join the Gators for the 2015 season. Marckese, a two-year starter for the Green Devils, has a 4.67 GPA in St. Petersburg’s International Baccalaureate program and will have ...
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    Fri. April 04, 2014 at 1:13 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Northeast eyes playoff berth

    Softball: Northeast eyes playoff berth ST. PETERSBURG — Riley Randolph stands on the mound, raising her arms far above her head before whipping a softball past another batter. Her repertoire — riseball, drop, curve and changeup — is made more effective by her velocity, which sits at about 60 mph. The Northeast ace collects strikeouts ...
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    Thu. April 03, 2014 at 10:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Two stars pull of PCAC quadruple

    CLEARWATER — The plan was for Countryside’s Andrew Llewellyn to anchor the 4x800 relay and concentrate on the 1,600 meters at Wednesday’s Pinellas County Athletic Conference track meet. Llewellyn did that with ease, leading the Cougars to victory in the 4x800 in 8 minutes, 22.77 seconds to avenge a loss ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 11:58 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon Springs' Mitchell Wilcox gets first offer from James Madison

    Tarpon Springs tight end/defensive lineman Mitchell Wilcox picked up first offer from James Madison on Wednesday, Spongers coach Ron Hawn said. Mitchell, a 6-foot-4, 225 pound junior developed into a dependable target in the red zone and came on as pass rusher last season. On offense, Mitchell finished with six ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 3:02 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas: Softball super 7, stats

    Softball super 7 Records through Tuesday. 1. Canterbury (11-4): The Crusaders, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, beat Northeast last week on a walkoff homer and are playing in the top bracket at this weekend’s Kissimmee Classic. 2. Palm Harbor University (16-3): The Hurricanes can wrap up the North Division ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 1:37 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Northeast finds some offensive pop

    ST. PETERSBURG — Relynn Capra took a majestic swing, the bat rifling through the strike zone as she deposited the ball over the leftfield wall for a two-run homer. That sixth-inning hit gave Northeast some breathing room in a 6-2 victory over Seminole in a key Class 7A, District 9 ...
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    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Former Gibbs standout Trayvon Bromell sets world junior record in the 100

    Former Gibbs standout Trayvon Bromell sets world junior record in the 100 Baylor freshman Trayvon Bromell, a former sprint standout at Gibbs, said the outdoor season is his element. Bromell showed that by racing past his competitors and rocketing to the top of the world rankings. At the Texas Relays this weekend, Bromell broke the school and meet record by running the ...
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    Sun. March 30, 2014 at 11:38 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boca Ciega's Jaylaan Wimbush commits to North Dakota State

    Boca Ciega’s Jaylaan Wimbush has committed to North Dakota State, a powerhouse program that has won three straight Division I-AA titles. Wimbush was recruited as a safety. He played multiple positions on offense for the Pirates, finishing with 228 yards receiving and 52 rushing as a senior. This is the ...
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    Sat. March 29, 2014 at 2:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Blake Gomez commits to Catholic University

    Clearwater Central Catholic quarterback/wide receiver Blake Gomez committed to Catholic University, a Division III school in Washington, D.C. Gomez started last season as a quarterback for the Marauders before switching to receiver. He finished with 15 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown. His best game was in the Class ...
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    Sat. March 29, 2014 at 1:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Walkoff homer lifts Canterbury past Northeast

    Softball: Walkoff homer lifts Canterbury past Northeast ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury trailed Northeast 1-0 and was down to its final three outs when Hailey Hopkins came to bat Thursday. With a runner on first, Hopkins paused, took a deep breath and squared away as if she was going to bunt. Actually, she did that in hopes of ...
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    Fri. March 28, 2014 at 12:35 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr. commits to Miami

    Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr. commits to Miami Lakewood guard Anthony Lawrence Jr. committed to Miami after taking an unofficial visit to the school Monday. The Lawrence family already had strong ties with the Hurricanes. Lawrence Jr.’s father, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence Sr., played for Miami from 1991-93. Lawrence Jr.’s uncle, Pat, also was a Hurricane from 1991-94. ...
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    Mon. March 24, 2014 at 5:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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