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  • Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks steps down

    Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks steps down Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks has stepped down after three seasons. Brooks said he decided to resign halfway through the year, but waited until the Rebels finished their season Friday night to tell the players. Dixie Hollins finished 3-27 in Brooks' three seasons. "I told the family I would give ...
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    Sun. Nov. 09, 2014 at 8:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State swimming: A fleet repeat for Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson

    State swimming: A fleet repeat for Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson STUART — The sight that best summarized Saturday’s Class 3A state meet was the stretch of open water that separated Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson from her closest pursuers as she cruised to her second straight title in the 50-yard freestyle. The event is a mad dash from one end of the ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 9:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State swimming: East Lake girls end Tampa Bay’s title drought

    State swimming: East Lake girls end Tampa Bay’s title drought STUART — The Class 4A state swim meet had a predictable feel, the kind that could unfold in only one way. East Lake High School’s girls team was the overwhelming favorite. Everyone knew it, from the swimmers who were chasing them to the gallery of fans at the Sailfish Splashpark ...
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    Fri. Nov. 07, 2014 at 10:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Indian Rocks Christian meets, then exceeds expectations

    Indian Rocks Christian meets, then exceeds expectations For Indian Rocks Christian, last week’s game against Tampa Catholic was supposed to be a test, a matchup against a team in a higher classification that advanced to the state semifinals a year ago. It turned out to be anything but a test. The Golden Eagles beat the Crusaders 56-21, ...
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    Thu. Nov. 06, 2014 at 5:41 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State swimming: Future Division-I stars boost East Lake

    CLEARWATER — They are favored to win multiple gold medals. They are ready to cap off a grueling swimming season — bathing suits, goggles and the bay area’s expectations in tow. So much poise, so much promise. So much pressure. This is life for East Lake’s Sydney Pickrem and Alexandra ...
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    Wed. Nov. 05, 2014 at 6:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • 2A region volleyball: Tampa Bay HEAT turns back Keswick Christian

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay HEAT has had its way with Keswick Christian, sweeping each of the regular-season matches the past two years. After winning the first two games 25-13, 25-17 in Tuesday’s Class 2A region semifinal, it appeared as if the HEAT would cruise again. But Keswick Christian ...
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    Tue. Nov. 04, 2014 at 11:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District tiebreaker: One quarter nets Sunlake’s first title

    District tiebreaker: One quarter nets Sunlake’s first title LAND O’LAKES — Larry Dalla Betta’s head swiveled back and forth, looking for an open receiver on a defensive horizon littered with Sunlake Seahawks. With his receivers usually covered, Dalla Betta kept moving his feet, but the Mitchell quarterback had nowhere to run. Mustang running backs also met the same ...
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    Mon. Nov. 03, 2014 at 10:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Steinbrenner's Jack Frank commits to Tampa

    Steinbrenner's Jack Frank, a 6-foot-8 post player, made his college plans official by committing to the University of Tampa on Sunday. Frank picked the Spartans over Eckerd, Lees-McRae, Saint Leo and Saint Mary's (San Antonio). Frank made his decision after visiting Tampa on Saturday and watching practice. "(Tampa) has a ...
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    Sun. Nov. 02, 2014 at 10:51 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • River Ridge's Makenzie Goluba commits to Binghamton

    River Ridge pitcher Makenzie Goluba announced Sunday that she has committed to Binghamton University, a Division I school in New York. Goluba picked the Bearcats over Daytona State and Newberry College. "I love the coaches and being in New York would be a great experience," Goluba said. "I think I'm ...
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    Sun. Nov. 02, 2014 at 9:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • PHU's Logyn Lilley commits to Tennessee

    Palm Harbor University's Logyn Lilley, the Tampa Bay Times 2014 all-Pinellas County player of the year, announced via Twitter that she has committed to Tennessee. "The (Knoxville) campus is absolutely beautiful and I love the atmosphere there," Lilley said. Lilley, a senior, initially had committed to Long Island University. But ...
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    Sun. Nov. 02, 2014 at 6:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Rosters for Pinellas Senior All-Star Game announced

    The rosters for the 20th annual Pinellas Senior All-Star Game were announced this week. The game is for public and private school seniors and the rosters were selected by coaches. Lakewood's Cory Moore will coach the South team. Tarpon Springs' Ron Hawn will coach the North. The game is Dec. ...
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    Sun. Nov. 02, 2014 at 3:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region swimming: Palm Harbor U. girls dethrone powerhouse

    Region swimming: Palm Harbor U. girls dethrone powerhouse CLEARWATER — Heading into the final event Saturday, Palm Harbor University girls coach Lisa Bitting had all but conceded the Class 4A, Region 2 team title to four-time defending state champion Sarasota Riverview. Of course, that was before the Rams were disqualified in the 400 free relay. Riverview, which was ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 10:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District swimming: Shorecrest sweeps, closes in on a dozen straight titles

    ST. PETERSBURG — With the kind of depth that is the envy of others, Shorecrest’s boys and girls swim teams cruised to their 11th straight titles at the Class A, District 8 meet Saturday morning. “I had a feeling we would do well just because of our numbers,” Chargers coach ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 8:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas Game of the Week: Pinellas Park 10, Countryside 6 (with video)

    Pinellas Game of the Week: Pinellas Park 10, Countryside 6 (with video) CLEARWATER — Pinellas Park’s Marcellus Ware started this as a wide receiver. Now his job description reads: wide receiver/running back/defensive back. As one the county’s most versatile weapons, Ware is starting to make his presence known every time he steps onto the field, infusing a faltering offense with electricity. On ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 1:22 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region swimming: Osceola girls take second

    For the fourth straight season, Osceola's girls swim team is the region runnerup, scoring 277 points in Friday's Class 3A, Region 3 meet. Osceola's Amber Brickey won diving with 427.35 points. Teammate Savannah Sawyers was second in the 50 free (24.75) and 100 breast (1:07.29) and swam a leg on ...
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    Fri. Oct. 31, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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