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  • Dunedin quarterback Argi Radani wins appeal to play

    Dunedin quarterback Argi Radani wins appeal to play Dunedin quarterback Argi Radani was ruled eligible to play his final season by the Florida High School Athletic Association during Thursday’s sectional meeting in Bradenton. Radani, a senior, initially planned to remain a student at Clearwater Academy International, which does not offer 11-man football, but play for the varsity squad ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 5:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Cross country: Pinellas runners to watch

    Cross country: Pinellas runners to watch The Pinellas County cross country scene took a hit with graduation, but there still is plenty of talented runners left. Here are the ones to watch this season. Girls Hayley Brahm, Northeast: The top runner for the Vikings took first place at last week’s Pirate Invitational and leads a team ...
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    Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Indian Rocks Christian ranked No. 1 in state poll for first time

    Indian Rocks Christian, which won its first two games by a combined score of 93-13, moved up to the No. 1 spot in the Class 2A Associated Press state football poll for the first time. “It’s a real nice accomplishment for the players,” Golden Eagles coach Mark Buchanan said. “I ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 5:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Largo's Donavan Hale unlikely to start against Gibbs

    Largo's Donavan Hale unlikely to start against Gibbs Largo quarterback Donavan Hale sprained his ankle in Friday’s loss to East Lake and said he likely will not play against Gibbs. Hale was injured in the first quarter, but continued to play until he was pulled late in the fourth quarter of a 42-0 loss. His ankle continued to ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 8:15 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hudson's Anderson Combs, male winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Hudson's Anderson Combs, male winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5 Male Hot Shot winner: Anderson Combs, Hudson Combs, a junior, is a swimming anomaly. He doesn’t specialize in the sport. Instead of competing for a club team year round, he plays soccer in the winter and tennis in the spring. “I try to enjoy a little bit of everything,” he ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 7:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 42, Largo 0

    Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 42, Largo 0 EAST LAKE — There are a number of reasons East Lake has become Pinellas County’s dominant program, from a punishing running game to a stifling defense. Perhaps the least known factor, though, is the Eagles’ ability to play lights out on special teams. Last season, East Lake blocked 12 punts ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State

    East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State In an intensely anticipated moment, East Lake receiver George Campbell announced his commitment to Florida State on Friday, ending a frantic recruiting period over the past nine months. Campbell made the decision during a webcast on ESPN.com's Recruiting Nation. The setting was subdued, held inside an office at school with ...
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    Fri. Sept. 05, 2014 at 12:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday

    East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday After nine months of anticipation and three years of intrigue, East Lake receiver George Campbell’s recruitment comes to a conclusion Friday. It will end without much fanfare. No big stage. No room full of students and players. No cameras flashing. Instead, Campbell, one of the most popular and charismatic players ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

    • Recruit: George Campbell
      Florida State University, LSU, University of Florida
  • Healthy Hale a definite boon for Largo

    Healthy Hale a definite boon for Largo LARGO — Donavan Hale possesses the size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) and skills (elusiveness, strong arm) that make him one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the bay area. The Largo senior’s greatest talent is one that can’t be taught: the ability to turn a busted play into a positive one. ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 4:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon Springs to finally celebrate own Hall of Fame

    Tarpon Springs will induct 23 former athletes and coaches into its inaugural Hall of Fame class Friday night. The inductees were selected by a committee and will be recognized at halftime of Friday's home football game against Osceola. They will each receive a plaque. The creation of a Hallf of ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 12:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Indian Rocks Christian's Zeke McGaughy charges ahead after injury

    Indian Rocks Christian's Zeke McGaughy charges ahead after injury On Zeke McGaughy’s first carry in last year’s Class 2A state semifinal game, he was tackled awkwardly, forcing his right knee to bend in a way knees are not supposed to bend. The Indian Rocks Christian High School running back knew something was wrong, but he did not know how ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • PHU's boys dual meet swim streak ends

    Palm Harbor University's boys swim program has been undefeated in dual meets for nine straight seasons, a stretch in which the Hurricanes forged one of the bay area's greatest dynasties. On Wednesday, that streak came to an end. Countryside's boys beat PHU 101.5-68.5. The Cougars were dominant, winning all but ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 11:33 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake swimmer Michelle Turek commits to Auburn

    East Lake's Michelle Turek has committed to swim at Auburn University. "It's a school I've always wanted to go to," Turek said. "I like the facilities and location. The campus is beautiful, and most of all I like the people." Turek, ranked 14th in the state among seniors by collegeswimming.com,  ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 8:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Sunlake 17, Pasco 13

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Sunlake 17, Pasco 13 DADE CITY — Sunlake’s formula on offense is to run the ball, shove people around and play with the finesse of a smokestack. The main beneficiary of this physical approach is running back Nathan Johnson, who gained 1,504 yards last season. Johnson got plenty of carries in Friday’s season-opener against ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 12:54 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake entrenched as Pinellas County's premier program

    East Lake entrenched as Pinellas County's premier program EAST LAKE — You get the feeling every time East Lake High School coach Bob Hudson walks out of his office, he trips over another student longing to become part of the football program or a college coach eyeing one of his prized prospects. At a time when many bay ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 6:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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