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  • District softball: Wharton, Bloomingdale move on out of tough 8A-7 quarters

    TAMPA — Destinee Elmore bats ninth in Wharton’s lineup for a reason. She is more of a singles hitter who bunts and slaps to get on base. In fact, Elmore had yet to produce an extra-base hit this season entering Monday’s Class 8A, District 7 quarterfinal game against Riverview. In ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Locals show up well in college spring games

    Locals show up well in college spring games Florida State’s George Campbell (6-foot-4) is the ideal size for a receiver. But it is his other intangibles — the speed (4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash) the 37-inch vertical leap and the eye-hand coordination — that turned the former East Lake standout into one of the most prized playmakers in the ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball: Expect the unexpected

    District softball: Expect the unexpected  To get an idea of how topsy-turvy this softball season can be, look no farther than Plant. The Panthers started the season 2-3 and seemed to be on the outside looking in for a playoff berth in the ultra-competitive Class 8A, District 7. After that slow start, Plant became one ...
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    Sat. April 11, 2015 at 10:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Canterbury 10, Admiral Farragut 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury was devoid of its power-hitting capabilities Friday. The Crusaders had just five hits and did not produce many runs early on against Admiral Farragut pitcher Corynn Miner, a Tampa recruit who kept Canterbury’s potent lineup off-balance. Because of that, the philosophy on the bases was simple. ...
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    Fri. April 10, 2015 at 11:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District track: Indian Rocks boys, Calvary Christian's girls prevail

    CLEARWATER — Relying on its dominance in the relays and considerable depth in the sprints, Indian Rocks Christian's boys won their fourth straight team title at the Class A, District 9 track meet with 192.5 points, 61 more than runnerup Calvary Christian. The Golden Eagles swept the relays, winning the ...
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    Thu. April 09, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of April 6

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of April 6 1.Canterbury (19-3, 4-0) This week: Friday vs. Admiral Farragut Lowdown:  The Crusaders lost 3-2 in nine innings to St. Cloud before bouncing back to beat Orlando Lake Highland Prep and Citrus Park Christian by a combined 29-0. Canterbury’s three losses have all come against teams in higher classifications and two ...
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    Mon. April 06, 2015 at 7:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay's Billy Teeden takes boys hoops job at Plant City

    East Bay coach Billy Teeden, who led the boys basketball program to its first region final in 47 years this past season, left to become the coach at Plant City.  Teeden said he made the move because he has two young sons (ages 8 and 10) and lives close to ...
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    Fri. April 03, 2015 at 3:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay boys basketball teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay boys basketball teams (with video) Hillsborough County Player of the Year: F Juwan Durham, Jr., Tampa Prep One of the best big men in the nation, the 6-foot-10 power forward made his presence known around the basket, averaging 22.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.7 blocks. Ranked 24th nationally in the 2016 class, Durham has the ...
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    Fri. April 03, 2015 at 2:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times' all-county boys basketball teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times' all-county boys basketball teams (with video) Hillsborough County Player of the year: F Juwan Durham, Jr., Tampa Prep Coach of the year: Eric Hayes, Jefferson First team G Thomas Dziagwa, Jr., Tampa Catholic G Jonathan Jean, Sr., East Bay F Jacob Mathis, Jr., Berkeley Prep G Maurice Moore, Sr., Jefferson F Christian Whidden, Sr., Jesuit Second ...
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    Fri. April 03, 2015 at 12:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Recruiting notebook: Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith nets D-I love

    Recruiting notebook: Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith nets D-I love Nature Coast’s DeShawn Smith has progressed as a runner with a better understanding of how to use his blockers. Once Smith sees daylight, he can make the first tackler miss, whether it’s with his elusiveness or balance or a feel for where the soft spot is in the defense. He ...
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    Wed. April 01, 2015 at 6:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alea White, female winner for March 21-27

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alea White, female winner for March 21-27 Female Hot Shot winner Alea White, Cambridge Christian Cambridge Christian’s Alea White was pitcher perfect Monday against Citrus Park Christian. The junior threw her first perfect game of the season, striking out all nine batters she faced in a game that was called after three innings because of the mercy ...
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    Mon. March 30, 2015 at 7:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 30

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 30 1.Canterbury (17-2, 4-0) This week:  Monday at Holy Names; Wednesday vs. Orlando Lake Highland Prep; Thursday vs. Citrus Park Christian Lowdown: The Crusaders went 3-1 to finish fifth in the blue bracket at the Kissimmee Klassic. The only loss came against Class 8A, No. 2 ranked Oviedo Hagerty, which took ...
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    Mon. March 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Edmilly Molina, female winner for March 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Edmilly Molina, female winner for March 14-20 Female Hot Shot winner: Edmilly Molina, Plant City Plant City scratched its way back late in a pivotal Class 7A, District 7 game against rival East Bay last week, to the point where a solid hit might be enough to send the game into extra innings. Edmilly Molina got more ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 6:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23 1.Canterbury (12-1, 2-0) This week:  Monday at Keswick Christian; Thursday-Saturday (Kissimmee Klassic) Lowdown: The Crusaders’ lone loss was to Class 5A, No. 5 ranked Belleview in nine innings at the Gulliver Prep Slamfest two weeks ago. Turns out, Belleview is one of the strongest teams in the state, especially after ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 3:46 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Catholic self-reports boys basketball infraction

    Tampa Catholic self-reports boys basketball infraction Tampa Catholic’s boys basketball program was fined $500 and forced to forfeit five basketball games from the 2013-14 season (three junior varsity, two varsity) after a Florida High School Athletic Association investigation ruled a player had received impermissible benefits for living with Crusaders coach Don Dziagwa, who also is the ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 6:12 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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