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  • 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

  • State softball: Newsome makes history, gains notoriety

    State softball: Newsome makes history, gains notoriety photo gallery VERO BEACH — Newsome’s Cassidy Davis did not exactly run from the field after a flyball settled in her glove for the final out. She skipped, leaped, then came back to earth again, rushing toward a place she and her teammates imagined they would be all season. Finally ...
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    Sat. May 09, 2015 at 10:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Chamberlain comes up just short

    State softball: Chamberlain comes up just short VERO BEACH — By the time Chamberlain took the field for its Class 6A state championship game with Ocala Forest on Saturday night, the Chiefs had already redefined the role of plucky underdog in the postseason. Chamberlain, despite losing several players who either graduated or left the team, made it ...
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    Sat. May 09, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Early-season woes behind Chamberlain

    State softball: Early-season woes behind Chamberlain VERO BEACH — The offense was efficient, but that has been the case a lot lately. Chamberlain scored just enough runs and got contributions from nearly everyone in the lineup. Add pitching that has been effective, if not spectacular, and you have an eight-game win streak from a team that ...
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    Fri. May 08, 2015 at 11:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Newsome reaches first title game

    State softball: Newsome reaches first title game VERO BEACH — Hagerty has done some impressive things, vaulting to the top of the rankings in Class 8A each of the past two seasons. But the one thing the Huskies cannot do is beat Hillsborough County teams at the state tournament. Last season, Bloomingdale knocked off Hagerty to win ...
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    Fri. May 08, 2015 at 8:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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