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  • Playoff profile: River Ridge FB/NG Dillon O'Toole

    Playoff profile: River Ridge FB/NG Dillon O'Toole For much of the season, River Ridge (10-1) has flown under the radar. So has Dillon O'Toole. He plays two violent, unheralded positions – fullback and nose guard. O’Toole is the caddy of the offense with his timely blocks serving as a retaining wall between star running back Chris Schwarz and ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 6:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Daniel LaCamera, male winner for Nov. 8-14

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Daniel LaCamera, male winner for Nov. 8-14 Male Hot Shot winner: Daniel LaCamera, East Lake  East Lake has become a state title contender thanks to top-tier talent. After all, four players have committed to Division I programs. The player with perhaps the biggest impact among those major recruits is placekicker Daniel LaCamera. LaCamera has made 12 of 15 ...
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    Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs perfect in preseason after beating St. Petersburg

    After having just three days of practice with a full team, Gibbs coach Larry Murphy was curious to see how well his players would perform in the preseason. Defensively, there was little concern. The Gladiators applied the pressure, which led to turnovers and points in transition, to beat St. Petersburg ...
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    Sun. Nov. 16, 2014 at 10:58 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: River Ridge 29, Tarpon Springs 28

    Football: River Ridge 29, Tarpon Springs 28 PORT RICHEY — Tarpon Springs knew exactly what River Ridge’s game plan was going to be heading into Friday’s Class 5A region quarterfinal game. Still, stopping Royal Knights’ running back Chris Schwarz is tough to do. Schwarz, who entered the game as the state’s third-leading rusher with 2,138 yards, got ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:50 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake holds signing ceremony for six Division I swimmers

    East Lake holds signing ceremony for six Division I swimmers A week after coming home with a bounty of gold medals at the Class 4A state meet, East Lake held a signing ceremony for its six Division I swimmers during an assembley inside the school's gymnasium. The girls team had five Division I swimmers who all had a role in ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 5:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • PHU wrestling twins Connor and Jared Prince pick Navy

    PHU wrestling twins Connor and Jared Prince pick Navy Palm Harbor twins Connor and Jared Prince, two of the bay area's top wrestlers, gathered friends and family inside the school's cafeteria, put shirts and caps from the colleges they were considering on table and made their decision. They each stood up and announced they would be attending Navy everyone ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 4:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • St. Petersburg beats Lakewood in preseason boys basketball

    Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr. and St. Petersburg's Pro Wells took to social media to engage in some friendly banter before their matchup in Thursday's preseason game. Lawrence Jr.,, who signed with Miami earlier this week, did most of his damage in the first half and finished with 34 points, six ...
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    Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at 9:34 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Park’s Kal-El Williams on the go all the time

    Pinellas Park’s Kal-El Williams on the go all the time PINELLAS PARK — The summer is usually a time when high school students sleep in or relax on a beach. Not for Kal-El Williams. The Pinellas Park senior was out of bed by 7 a.m., and an hour later, he was grunting through grueling two-hour weight-lifting sessions with fellow football ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 8:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Results, schedules for boys basketball preseason tournaments

    Northeast tipoff tournament Wednesday's results Jesuit 59, Countryside 40; Osceola 45, Northeast 41; Boca Ciega 75, Berkeley Prep 53; Tampa Catholic 67, Largo 41. Thursday's schedule Northeast-Tampa Catholic, 3 p.m.; Largo-Berkeley Prep, 4; Boca Ciega-Jesuit, 6; Osceola-Countryside, 7:30. St. Petersburg tipoff classic Thursday's schedule Palmetto-Sickles, 5:15; Bradenton Southeast-Gibbs, 6:45; Lakewood-St. ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 2:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's George Campbell presented with Under Armour jersey

    East Lake's George Campbell presented with Under Armour jersey East Lake receiver George Campbell, the nation's top athlete in the 2015 class according to ESPN, was presented with his jersey for his selection to play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday during an assembly in the gymnasium. Campbell, a five-star recruit who committed to Florida State in ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • River Ridge has a softball and baseball signing ceremony

    River Ridge has a softball and baseball signing ceremony River Ridge had a signing day bonanza Wednesday with three softball and three baseball players making their college plans official. The three softball players were Makenzie Goluba (Binghamton), Kenzi Maguire (South Carolina) and Madisyn Palmer (Florida Atlantic). Goluba, a pitcher, went 23-4 last season with a 0.34 ERA. Maguire (.598 ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 7:36 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Mitchell's Taylor Anderson commits to LSU

    Mitchell's Taylor Anderson commits to LSU Mitchell's Taylor Anderson, one of the bay area's premier two-sport athletes, has committed to LSU for swimming and track. Anderson, who has won two straight state swim titles in the 50-yard freestyle and is the defending state champion in the pole vault, said her preference all along was to compete ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 7:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr. signs with Miami

    Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr. signs with Miami Through AAU tournaments and high school games, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence Sr. has coached his son, Anthony Lawrence Jr. since he was 3. So it was understandable the elder Lawrence became emotional watching his son ofiicially end the recruiting process by signing with Miami. During a ceremony in the school's ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 11:18 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs' Barry Brown, Sajon Ford each sign

    Gibbs' Barry Brown, Sajon Ford each sign Gibbs’ Barry Brown and Sajon Ford sat at tables in the school’s auditorium on Wednesday. With a pair of unwavering hands, Brown and Ford each took a pen and signed their national letters of intent to play basketball at Kansas State and Northeastern, respectively. The Gladiators are the only Pinellas ...
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    Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 at 7:20 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alexandra Aitchison, female winner for Nov. 1-7

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alexandra Aitchison, female winner for Nov. 1-7 Female Hot Shot winner: Alexandra Aitchison, East Lake Aside from setting a personal record in the 200-yard freestyle in one minute, 46.68 seconds, East Lake’s Alexandra Aitchison did not have the times she was hoping for to cap off her senior season. Still, it did not matter. What Aitchison was able ...
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    Mon. Nov. 10, 2014 at 5:58 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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