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  • Fast hoops ascent for Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox

    Fast hoops ascent for Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox TAMPA — Kevin Knox is only listed as a two-star recruit by verbalcommits.com. He is not even ranked by major recruiting services like ESPN, Rivals and Scout. Expect that to change. The Tampa Catholic small forward is coming off a sophomore season in which he averaged 24 points and 10 ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 12:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls track teams

    Pinellas Athlete of the Year: Brittany McGee, Sr., Admiral Farragut Why we picked her: The senior capped off her high school career with a record-setting performance at the Class A state meet. McGee won her first individual titles in the long jump (19-3.75) and triple jump (38-8), and defended her ...
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    Thu. June 04, 2015 at 5:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys track teams

    Hillsborough Athlete of the Year: Samson Moore, Sr., Gaither Why we picked him: Sure, there were others who excelled in more events during the season. But no one was as dominant as Moore was in the 300 hurdles. He won his signature event at every major meet during the regular ...
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    Wed. June 03, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: East Lake 62, Osceola 28

    At Osceola Score East Lake 62, Osceola 28 Spring game-breakers: Despite having to replace its starting quarterback, a playing receiver and three offensive lineman, East Lake’s offense piled on the points against Osceola in a spring game for the third straight season. … The Eagles used three quarterbacks — Bobby ...
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    Fri. May 29, 2015 at 11:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Basketball recruiting: Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham on the mend

    Basketball recruiting: Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham on the mend Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Feb. 17. The injury usually takes about 10 months to fully recover. Durham, though, has accelerated his timetable, so much that the rising senior could return to full basketball activities as early as August.  “Juwan’s had tremendous progress,” ...
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    Wed. May 27, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. | Bob Putnam

    • Recruit: Juwan Durham
      Syracuse, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, Villanova University
  • Basketball recruiting: Shift from football pays off for Dunedin’s Andrew Gordon

    Basketball recruiting: Shift from football pays off for Dunedin’s Andrew Gordon Andrew Gordon’s plan all along was to play football in college. The Dunedin defensive end wreaked havoc on opposing offenses all season. In the Pinellas County senior all-star game, he was named defensive MVP.  The only hold back was academics. Gordon did not have the grade-point average or test score ...
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    Wed. May 27, 2015 at 1:42 p.m. | Bob Putnam

    • Recruit: Andrew Gordon
      Florida Gulf Coast, Memphis, Richmond , Xavier
  • HomeTeam Huddle: Offensive line still a strength for East Lake

    HomeTeam Huddle: Offensive line still a strength for East Lake EAST LAKE — For the past four seasons, East Lake’s road to the playoffs has been paved by a mammoth group of guys up front.    East Lake’s offensive line, the bedrock of the program, has helped clear lanes, as well as construct a path for the Eagles to make the ...
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    Tue. May 26, 2015 at 2:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Northeast's Dave Redding set to retire next season

    Northeast's Dave Redding set to retire next season Northeast boys basketball coach Dave Redding said he is retiring after this coming season, his 36th with the program. Redding said he made the decision because he in his eighth and final year of DROP, a lucrative retirement program for teachers. The longtime coach has become an institution at the ...
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    Mon. May 25, 2015 at 6:14 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Clearwater 28, Clearwater Central Catholic 23

    At Clearwater Central Catholic Score Clearwater 28, Clearwater Central Catholic 23 Spring game-breakers: Clearwater running back Adarius Lemons said his idol is James Wilder Jr. On Friday night, Lemons mimicked the power and speed of the former Plant and Florida State standout, rushing for a game-high 210 yards on 17 ...
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    Fri. May 22, 2015 at 11:42 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Pinellas Park 13, Largo 0

    At Pinellas Park Score Pinellas Park 13, Largo 0 Spring game-breakers: Thursday’s game was a defensive slug fest that saw both teams combine to register nine sacks, force four turnovers and stop each other five times on downs. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots finally broke through thanks to Largo’s ...
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    Fri. May 22, 2015 at 12:33 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • IMG's football success divisive

    IMG's football success divisive IMG Academy coach Kevin Wright has been around impressive high school football programs in the past. His previous stops include Warren Central and Carmel, which annually compete for state titles in Indiana.  But even Wright, hired March 30 to replace Chris Weinke, marveled at the sheer size of IMG during a ...
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    Sat. May 16, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Countryside 56, Citrus 6

    At Countryside Countryside 56, Citrus 6 Spring game-breakers: Countryside knew what it had in quarterback Trent Chmelik. The second-year starter shined in the first half, completing 10 of 16 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. In spring games against Citrus the past two seasons, Chmelik has combined for five ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 11:13 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Calvary Christian, CCC land former Plant QBs

    HomeTeam Huddle: Calvary Christian, CCC land former Plant QBs Plant is always stocked with strong-armed quarterbacks.   So when Rex Culpepper became the starter last season, it was only natural that some of that depth would dwindle as backups looked for an opportunity to start elsewhere.   The exodus of signal callers has had a direct benefit for Calvary ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 4:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Dixie Hollins holds ceremony for three football signees

    Dixie Hollins had three football players – receiver Davontae Harrington, defensive lineman Ali Chamander and offensive lineman Clay Redmond – who signed during a ceremony in the school’s front office on Tuesday. Harrington, one of the top receivers in the area, is going to Ferris State. Last season, he had ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 10:07 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Liv Chandler, female winner for May 2-8

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Liv Chandler, female winner for May 2-8 Female Hot Shot winner: Liv Chandler, Newsome Of the 35 hits in Liv Chandler’s high school career, none was bigger than the one the Newsome senior had last week against nationally ranked Oviedo Hagerty in the Class 8A state semifinals. Locked in a scoreless tie, Chandler ended the game with ...
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    Mon. May 11, 2015 at 5:03 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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