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  • Tarpon Springs' Trai Halton no longer with boys basketball team

    Tarpon Springs' Trai Halton no longer with boys basketball team Tarpon Springs guard Trai Halton, suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, has transferred to New Smyrna Beach, where he played football and basketball as freshman and sophomore before becoming a Sponger last season. Halton said the move was made after he was kicked off the basketball team following the ...
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    Fri. Jan. 09, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Dixie Hollins hires Shane Wheeler as football coach

    Dixie Hollins officially announced the hiring of Shane Wheeler as the school’s football coach Thursday. Wheeler, a defensive assistant at Cairo, Ga., replaces Shannon Brooks, who resigned in November after three seasons and was hired at St. Petersburg Catholic on Wednesday. “I’m excited about the opportunity,” Wheeler said. “It’s a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 4:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Foundation grooms football players for college

    Foundation grooms football players for college Carrollwood Day School’s Willie Parker is an explosive running back. Calvary Christian’s Stephon Williams is a versatile playmaker on both sides of the ball. Both were first-team all-state selections in their respective classifications (Parker in Class 2A, Williams in 3A) and were picked to play in Saturday’s Blue-Grey All-American Bowl ...
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    Wed. Jan. 07, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Ex-Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks takes over at St. Petersburg Catholic

    Ex-Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks takes over at St. Petersburg Catholic Former Dixie Hollins football coach Shannon Brooks was hired to take over the program at St. Petersburg Catholic. The announcement was made Wednesday, less than two months after Brooks stepped down from the Rebels. Brooks replaces Dave Cleppe, who resigned in December after an 0-10 season. "I was very pleased ...
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    Wed. Jan. 07, 2015 at 3:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Jesuit coach hits win No. 500

    Jesuit coach hits win No. 500 Neal Goldman reached a coaching milestone Tuesday night, notching his 500th victory as Jesuit beat Robinson 48-43 in a Class 5A, District 9 game. Goldman is in his 28th season at Jesuit and has a career record of 500-260. In 2013, he led the Tigers to the Class 5A state ...
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    Tue. Jan. 06, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Tarpon Springs 75, Land O’Lakes 35

    LAND O’LAKES — Tarpon Springs has administered thrashings to its Class 5A-8 counterparts the first half of the season, winning each of its first seven games within the district by whopping margins. So it was understandable the Spongers were looking forward to playing Land O’Lakes (11-5, 8-5) on Tuesday. After ...
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    Tue. Jan. 06, 2015 at 11:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Zephyrhills' Jaylen Pickett commits to Eastern Michigan

    Zephyrhills’ Jaylen Pickett committed to Eastern Michigan on Monday night. Pickett also had offers from Presbyterian, South Dakota State and Youngstown State. He planned to visit Tennessee Tech and Bethune Cookman before deciding on Eastern Michigan. As a senior, Pickett ran for 1,173 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had ...
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    Tue. Jan. 06, 2015 at 3:55 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Top teams suffer first losses

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Top teams suffer first losses 1. Tampa Prep (13-1, 4-0) This week: Thursday vs. Brooks DeBartolo; Saturday at Berkeley Prep Lowdown: The Terrapins went 6-1 over the break, winning the City of Tampa tournament and going 2-0 at their own shootout over the weekend. The lone loss came to New Jersey’s Pope John XXIII in ...
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    Mon. Jan. 05, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Hillsborough QB Dwayne Lawson commits to Virginia Tech

    Hillsborough QB Dwayne Lawson commits to Virginia Tech Hillsborough quarterback Dwayne Lawson made his college choice, picking Virgina Tech during Sunday’s Semper Fidelis All-American Game. Lawson, a four-star recruit, initially committed to Miami in May. The decision came as a surprise to many recruiting experts because Lawson had not mentioned the Hurricanes as one of his favorites. Brad Kaaya, ...
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    Sun. Jan. 04, 2015 at 9:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Under Armour: FSU recruits admire Jimbo Fisher's loyalty to players

    Under Armour: FSU recruits admire Jimbo Fisher's loyalty to players ORLANDO — The ultrabright future of Florida State’s already formidable football program has been on display at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex this week. Quarterback Deondre Francois (IMG Academy) and wide receiver George Campbell (East Lake), both of whom pledged their allegiance to the Seminoles, hooked up for a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 01, 2015 at 1:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Under Armour: Not always easy for elite kickers to get foot in DI door

    Under Armour: Not always easy for elite kickers to get foot in DI door  LAKE BUENA VISTA – On Friday, some of the top high school football players in the nation will announce their college destination on national television during the Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field. Their decision will officially end the whirlwind courtship, the endless phone calls, the coaches' visits, the ...
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    Wed. Dec. 31, 2014 at 7:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys swimming (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys swimming (with video) As we kick off our first all-Tampa Bay Times' teams of the 2014-15 school year, we also took the opportunity to present them a little differently this year. Below you'll find PDFs of the entire Tampa Bay boys swim team, spanning Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, as well as ...
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    Fri. Dec. 19, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls swim teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls swim teams (with video) As we kick off our first all-Tampa Bay Times' teams of the 2014-15 school year, we also took the opportunity to present them a little differently this year. Below you'll find PDFs of the entire Tampa Bay girls swim team, spanning Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, as well as ...
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    Fri. Dec. 19, 2014 at 2:53 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Largo's Donavan Hale, Jonathan Crawford commit to Indiana

    Largo's Donavan Hale, Jonathan Crawford commit to Indiana Largo's Donavan Hale and Jonathan Crawford are first cousins who have played together on the same football teams since they were 6 years old. Because of their closeness, they also had a desire to play for the same college. That goal became a reality Thursday night when they each committed ...
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    Thu. Dec. 18, 2014 at 8:24 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay cross country teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay cross country teams (with video) As we kick off our first all-Tampa Bay Times' teams of the 2014-15 school year, we also took the opportunity to present them a little differently this year. Below you'll find PDFs of the entire Tampa Bay cross country team, spanning Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, as well as ...
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    Wed. Dec. 17, 2014 at 6:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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