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  • Swimming: Countryside boys maintain dual meet dominance

    This has been a memorable week for Countryside's Cooper Hoffman. The senior made his college choice official this past weekend by announcing he would be swimming for Florida State. On Wednesday, the good times continued as he helped the Cougars remain undefeated this season with a 98-87 win over East ...
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    Wed. Oct. 01, 2014 at 11:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Keshaun Peters, male winner for Sept. 20-26

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Keshaun Peters, male winner for Sept. 20-26 Male Hot Shot winner: Keshaun Peters, Gulf Peters had some obstacles to overcome this season.  The Gulf senior was unable to play football the past two years because he was academically ineligible. Over the summer, he was in a battle to win the job as the starting quarterback. Peters’ skills, ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 7:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Local teams, swimmers fare well at weekend meets

    Academy of the Holy Names and Jesuit each had a strong showing at the Florida Catholic Championships this past weekend. The Jaguars won the girls team title with 445 points. Lara Lontoc led AHN with first-place finishes in the 50 free (25.49) and 100 free (55.42). Bella Kirkpatrick won the ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside swimmer Cooper Hoffman commits to FSU

    Countryside's Cooper Hoffman, the state's 13th ranked swimmer in the 2015 class by collegeswimming.com, committed to Florida State on Sunday. Hoffman picked the Seminoles over LSU, Indiana, Navy and Tennessee. Earlier this month, Hoffman helped the Cougars beat Palm Harbor University, snapping the Hurricanes' nine-year undefeated streak in dual meets. ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 4:56 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • IRC's Damian King waiting until January to make visits

    Indian Rocks Christian's Damian King has pushed back his scheduled visit to Missouri on Oct. 24 until January at the request of coaches. "The coaches at Missouri said it's real busy right now so it's better to just wait," King said. King has nine offers but has narrowed the list ...
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    Sun. Sept. 28, 2014 at 10:43 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 24, Tarpon Springs 14

    Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 24, Tarpon Springs 14 TARPON SPRINGS — After graduating so many megastars the past few seasons, East Lake coach Bob Hudson has preached that the team needs players to step up in a variety of ways to keep its current win streak intact. On Friday, it was George Campbell’s turn. The FSU recruit had ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:19 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: St. Petersburg 48, Boca Ciega 7

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Green Devils used a balance attack in a game that was delayed a half-hour because of lightning. St. Petersburg improved to 4-0 and scored at least 40 points for the third time this season. Play of the game: Jake Moore returned an interception for a touchdown ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Clutch kickers: All about the leg this season

    Clutch kickers: All about the leg this season It is not easy figuring out the best high school kicker in the Tampa Bay area.  Consider: East Lake’s Daniel LaCamera is a Texas A&M recruit who became an internet sensation two weeks ago after a Vine video surfaced of him hitting a 68-yard field goal in practice. He currently ...
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    Thu. Sept. 25, 2014 at 5:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Alexandra Aitchison commits to Duke

    East Lake swimmer Alexandra Aitchison announced on Twitter that she committed to Duke on Tuesday. "I just felt like Duke is the perfect fit for me," Aitchison said. "Between the undergraduate opportunities they offer and the rising success of the swimming program, I couldn't want anything more." Aitchison, the Times' 2013 ...
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    Wed. Sept. 24, 2014 at 11:01 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Shorecrest swimmer Joshua Chen returns from injury

    Shorecrest’s Joshua Chen, who finished third in the 100 breaststroke at last year’s Class A state swim meet, returns this week from a back injury that sidelined him the first month of the season. Chen, ranked 24th in the state by collegeswimming.com, will swim in a dual meet Thursday before ...
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    Tue. Sept. 23, 2014 at 5:07 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC could be without eight starters this week

    Clearwater Central Catholic, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, could be without as many as eight starters heading into Friday's game at Ocala Trinity Catholic. "It's just peachy right now," Marauders coach John Davis said. The biggest potential loss is running back CJ Cotman, who had dental surgery last week ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 8:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Dunedin's Jayven Fitpatrick, Clearwater's Garrison Bryant both out with injuries

    Dunedin receiver Jayven Fitzpatrick and Clearwater quarterback Garrison Bryant both could miss the regular season with injuries sustained this past week. Fitzpatrick severely injured his knee in a 10-7 double-overtime loss to Tarpon Springs. He had his examined by a doctor Monday and the diagnosis was a severly swollen knee. ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 5:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Billy Atterbury commits to USF

    Clearwater Central Catholic lineman Billy Atterbury used his team's bye week to make his college decision, announcing Friday that he had committed to USF. "It just feels like home," Atterbury said. "They are my second family so that's where I want to be." Atterbury, a three-star recruit, was a Class ...
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    Sun. Sept. 21, 2014 at 9:07 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Mitchell's Lawrence Watt commits to Saint Leo

    Mitchell's Lawrence Watt announced on Twitter that he has committed to play basketball at Saint Leo. Watt, a 6-foot-4 forward, picked the Lions because they showed the most interest and were the first and only school to offer. He was close to getting another offer from Tampa and visited the ...
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    Sun. Sept. 21, 2014 at 7:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: Tarpon Springs 10, Dunedin 7

    Pinellas Game of the Week: Tarpon Springs 10, Dunedin 7 TARPON SPRINGS — One swift kick, one 20-yard boot by Louis Zervos in the second overtime, lifted Tarpon Springs to a dramatic 10-7 victory over Dunedin in the Class 5A, District 8 opener for both teams. This was the first game-winning kick for Zervos, who is ranked among the top ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:33 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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