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  • 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

  • HomeTeam 25 softball rankings: Canterbury debuts at top

    HomeTeam 25 softball rankings: Canterbury debuts at top 1.Canterbury (0-0) This week: Tuesday at Lakeside Chr.; Friday at Kissimmee Osceola Lowdown: The two-time defending Class 2A state champions return eight starters, including Division I recruits Kama Woodall (NC State), shortstop Taylor Bump (Michigan), pitcher Hailey Hopkins (Kent State) and catcher Danielle Romanello (Florida). The only glaring absence is ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 6:18 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District boys basketball: Jefferson 65, Armwood 50

    In Class 6A the Jefferson Dragons, who secured their second straight playoff appearance in Wednesday’s semifinals, won their first district title since 1977 by defeating Armwood 65-50. Jefferson (24-4) dominated district competition, going undefeated against 6A-9 foes in the regular season and clinching the No. 1 seed by mid January. ...
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    Sat. Feb. 07, 2015 at 12:30 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District boys basketball: Tarpon Springs 77, Dunedin 57

    TARPON SPRINGS — The incredible numbers keep adding up for Tarpon Springs, yet the Spongers only have one goal in mind — advancing to the Class 5A state semifinals. Tarpon Springs securing at least one home game during its postseason quest by beating upstart Dunedin 77-57 in the 5A, District ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 11:51 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District boys basketball: Sarasota Riverview 76, St. Petersburg 62

    The visiting Green Devils’ three-year district title streak came to an end with a loss to the host Rams in the 8A-8 final. St. Petersburg (18-8) trailed 55-53 in the fourth quarter and missed two free throws with a chance to tie it. Riverview responded by going on a 12-0 ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District boys basketball: Pinellas Park breaks through

    PINELLAS PARK - Throughout the regular season, Pinellas Park had played in close games, with six that were decided by three points or fewer, including a season split with East Lake in which the margin of victory was a combined three points. On Wednesday, the teams met again in the ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC has massive class for signing ceremony

    CCC has massive class for signing ceremony Clearwater Central Catholic had a recruiting class befitting a program that has advanced to the Class 3A tate semifinals that past two seasons, including the first state championship game appearance in 2013. In all, the Marauders had nine football players sign, one of the largest classes in the bay area, ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 3:55 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region boys soccer: St. Petersburg Catholic 3, Lake Placid 0

    In Class 2A, St. Petersburg Catholic jumped to a 2-0 halftime lead and let the defense do the rest to defeat host Lake Placid 3-0 and reach its first region final since 2006. Rich Dunn and Zach Noyes each scored in the first half for SPC (15-4-1). Emilio Ycaza added ...
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    Tue. Feb. 03, 2015 at 11:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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