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  • Spring football: Largo 34, Palm Harbor University 14

    Spring football: Largo 34, Palm Harbor University 14 at Largo Largo 34, Palm Harbor University 14 Spring game-breakers: Marcus Paschal’s debut as Packers coach was a successful one as the offense showed off high-octane passing to score on its first three possessions and build a 20-0 first-quarter lead. …Largo quarterback Donavan Hale, who split time this spring with ...
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    Fri. May 23, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Gulf 21, Weeki Wachee 8

    at New Port Richey Gulf 21, Weeki Wachee 8 Spring game-breakers: After going 1-9 last season, the Buccaneers got off to strong start under second-year coach Jason Messamore by relying on a strong run game and an opportunistic defense. …Malik Cobb ran 20 yards for a touchdown to give Gulf ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 10:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Heavy graduation losses leave Anclote a bit green

    HomeTeam Huddle: Heavy graduation losses leave Anclote a bit green HOLIDAY — The top two leading rushers are gone. So, too, are three of the starting five offensive linemen and all 11 starters on defense.   With Anclote’s roster depleted (22 are graduating), the biggest thing the program is trying to do this spring is find reinforcements to contend for ...
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    Wed. May 21, 2014 at 3:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside's Hunter Fowler signs with University of Faith

    Countryside defensive lineman Hunter Fowler has signed with the University of Faith in St. Petersburg. Fowler also will dual enroll at St. Petersburg College in the criminal justice field.  He played for Countryside the past four seasons and started the last three as a nose tackle. Last season, he had ...
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    Wed. May 21, 2014 at 2:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Northside Christian 31, Sarasota Out-of-Door 14

    At Sarasota Northside Christian 31, Sarasota Out-of-Door 14 Spring game-breakers: The Mustangs relied on a power running game  to wear down host Out-of-Door. Kamen Wilmington, a standout wrestler, did the bulk of the running and had three touchdowns, including runs of 20 and 17 yards that broke open a close ...
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    Sat. May 17, 2014 at 12:02 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Admiral Farragut Academy 51, Hawthorne 8

    At Hawthorne Admiral Farragut Academy 51, Hawthorne 8 Spring game-breakers: The Blue Jackets showed off a balanced offense, racking up more than 550 yards of offense in the rout. Donnie Crum, a freshman, had his first significant playing time at tailback and rushed for 210 yards and scored twice. Crum ...
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    Fri. May 16, 2014 at 11:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Crystal River 28, Hernando 3

    At Brooksville Crystal River 28, Hernando 3 Spring game-breakers: Bill Vonada’s coaching debut at Hernando started well with a stop on defense and a nice drive on offense. Then it turned sloppy. The Leopards committed three first-half turnovers, including a pair of fumbles that each led to touchdowns for Crystal ...
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    Fri. May 16, 2014 at 10:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Q&A with new PHU quarterback Brandon Swift

    Q&A with new PHU quarterback Brandon Swift As a backup quarterback last season, Brandon Swift watched in obscurity as East Lake High School set numerous school records en route to its first appearance in the Class 8A state football semifinals. Swift, a rising senior, parted company with the Eagles in January when he transferred to Palm Harbor ...
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    Mon. May 12, 2014 at 9:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Bloomingdale holds on for second crown

    State softball: Bloomingdale holds on for second crown photo gallery VERO BEACH — Bloomingdale entered the postseason as a district runnerup and advanced by surviving three straight region games on the road that were all decided by two runs or fewer. On Thursday, another nail-biting moment occurred, this time in the Class 8A state championship game against Oviedo ...
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    Thu. May 08, 2014 at 8:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Canterbury repeats as Class 2A champion

    State softball: Canterbury repeats as Class 2A champion photo gallery VERO BEACH — Canterbury had been unrelenting, and also largely untested, before it reached Thursday’s Class 2A state championship game against Aucilla Christian.  Only one opponent, Sarasota Christian in Wednesday’s state semifinal, had even scored on the Crusaders during a postseason in which they had outscored opponents a ...
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    Thu. May 08, 2014 at 4:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Distance no deterrent for Canterbury pitchers

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kama Woodall and Hailey Hopkins are opposites as pitchers. Woodall, a freshman, is a flame thrower. Hopkins, a junior, relies on finesse. But each, thanks in part to the other, is having her best season. Together, the right-handed aces have helped put Canterbury in position to win ...
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    Tue. May 06, 2014 at 8:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Dominant Canterbury heads back to state

    ST. PETERSBURG — With an 11-0 victory over Orlando Christian Prep that lasted five innings because of the mercy rule, Canterbury again turned the Class 2A postseason into its own game of Monopoly, earning its sixth trip to the state semifinals in the past seven seasons.  The Crusaders (21-6), the ...
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    Mon. May 05, 2014 at 9:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: River Ridge vaulter Jerothe goes out on top

    State track: River Ridge vaulter Jerothe goes out on top JACKSONVILLE — After lofting himself comfortably over the bar at 14 feet, Devon Jerothe stood in the pole vault pit and pumped his arms in celebration and relief. No one else cleared that height, which assured the River Ridge senior of winning his first state title. “It’s such an incredible ...
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    Sat. May 03, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Cautious start pays off for Countryside’s Llewellyn

    State track: Cautious start pays off for Countryside’s Llewellyn JACKSONVILLE — In the past year, Andrew Llewellyn has come to fully understand the strategy behind conquering distance races. Instead of hitting the accelerator, the Countryside senior applies the brakes. At the start of the 3,200 meters in Saturday’s Class 4A meet, Llewellyn purposely fell off the chase pack, waiting ...
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    Sat. May 03, 2014 at 9:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Osceola’s Kistemaker soldiers on to second

    State track: Osceola’s Kistemaker soldiers on to second JACKSONVILLE — The torn anterior cruciate ligament in Jen Kistemaker’s left knee twas supposed to eliminate her from contention in the pole vault and change the calculus for the rest of the field in Class 3A. But the Osceola junior was given permission by doctors to hold off surgery and ...
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    Sat. May 03, 2014 at 8:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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