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  • Local athletes shine at the FSU Relays

    Two North Suncoast athletes who have dominated the high jump this season each won their signature event at the FSU Relays this past weekend. Springstead’s Bobby Harris cleared 6 feet, 8 inches, the same height he recorded to break his own meet record at the USF/Steinbrenner Invitational two weeks ago. ...
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    Sun. March 23, 2014 at 9:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • CCC's Jeff Smith Jr. picks up first offer from Wisconsin

    Clearwater Central Catholic quarterback Jeff Smith Jr. picked up his first offer from Wisconsin, Marauders coach John Davis said. Smith shared quarterbacking duties with Blake Gomez before being named the full-time starter midway through last season. Showing off dual-threat capabilities, Smith emerged as a multidimensional force by throwing for 1,366 ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 10:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Countryside outlasts East Lake

    CLEARWATER — The game was tight, the situation tense when Countryside’s Stella Preston was called upon to pitch. The Cougars had a one-run lead against East Lake and trying to get out of a jam with runners at second and third with one out in the fourth inning. Preston, a ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Countryside boys, East Lake girls win Ed Wells Invite

    Track: Countryside boys, East Lake girls win Ed Wells Invite CLEARWATER — After Eileen Givens retired as boys track coach two years ago, Countryside lost its stranglehold at the top of the standings at the Ed Wells/Kiwanis Invitational. This season, Givens has returned, and many figured the Cougars’ abdication was temporary and she would help them reclaim what they had ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 12:36 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas: Softball super 7, stats

    Super 7 Records through Tuesday: 1. Canterbury (8-4): Despite losing their past two games, the Crusaders remain at the top thanks to a 12-1 win over Class 8A, No. 2-ranked Miami Coral Reef at a tournament last week. 2. Palm Harbor University (12-3): At their tournament, the Hurricanes watched their ...
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    Wed. March 19, 2014 at 5:03 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Coach’s return sparks Countryside’s swagger

    Two years ago, Eileen Givens retired as Countryside’s track coach, ending a run in which she won 18 straight district titles (12 with Lakewood’s girls, six with Countryside’s boys). She thought she was done with the sport, but it was hard to give up coaching runners completely. Givens, 48, remained ...
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    Tue. March 18, 2014 at 11:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • South tops North in Pinellas all-star boys basketball game

    A late fourth quarter run helped the South squad beat the North 101-90 in the Pinellas senior all-star boys basketball game this past weekend. Lakewood's Joc Ellison and Jacobi Boykins scored 17 points, and 15, respectively for the South. St. Petersburg's Dayon Griffin added 15. East Lake's Cody Carden had a team-high ...
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    Mon. March 17, 2014 at 2:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • IRC's Joe Frost steps down as boys basketball coach

    Indian Rocks Christian has a new boys basketball coach for the first time in two decades. After longtime coach Joe Frost (20 seasons) stepped down, the Golden Eagles promoted from within, announcing the hiring of junior varsity coach Eddie Moralobo, who spent eight seasons with the program. “Eddie brings a ...
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    Mon. March 17, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Pasco star bolts to top finishes at USF/Steinbrenner Invite

    TAMPA — Knowing she would be sprinting and jumping under a blazing sun for nearly eight hours, Pasco’s Alfreda Steele was not thinking about meet records in her three events Saturday at the USF/Steinbrenner Invitational track meet. “I was more worried about crossing the finish line first,” Steele said. “I ...
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    Sat. March 15, 2014 at 10:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Admiral Farragut star sets long jump mark at USF/Steinbrenner meet

    TAMPA — Admiral Farragut’s Brittany McGee took off with the shadow of her toe just behind the scratch line as she uncorked a gravity-defying leap in the long jump. She was not aided by wind, and when she descended and her heels hit squarely in the sand, she left a ...
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    Sat. March 15, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Dunedin keeps hot streak going

    CLEARWATER — Three weeks ago, Dunedin was in a funk with three straight losses, the final one by a run against district rival River Ridge. That loss to the Royal Knights, who were undefeated at the time and ranked No. 3 in Class 6A, was a catalyst for the Falcons’ ...
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    Sat. March 15, 2014 at 12:50 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Canterbury routs 8A foe

    Class 2A defending state champion Canterbury won its first two games at the Gulliver Slamfest in Miami. The Crusaders beat Punta Gorda Charlotte 5-4 and Miami Coral Reef — ranked No. 2 in Class 8A — 12-1 in five innings via the mercy rule. Lindsay Graves was a combined 7-for-8 ...
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    Sat. March 15, 2014 at 12:46 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Times’ all-Pinellas County girl soccer

    Times’ all-Pinellas County girl soccer Player of the year: F Alexis Mouton, Sr., Palm Harbor University Why we picked her: Defense has always been Palm Harbor University’s strong suit, and this season was no different. The Hurricanes allowed just four goals during the regular season and were undefeated. Trouble was, the offense was not coming ...
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    Fri. March 14, 2014 at 7:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Admiral Farragut tops St. Petersburg Catholic

    Softball: Admiral Farragut tops St. Petersburg Catholic ST. PETERSBURG — Since starting its softball program five years ago, Admiral Farragut has struggled to put together a playoff-contending team. “This has been a process,” Blue Jackets coach Linda Derk said. The transformation began last year with the arrival of Corynn Miner, a pitcher with speed. This year, the ...
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    Fri. March 14, 2014 at 12:09 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas girls all-star basketball set for Saturday

    The Pinellas vs. Pinellas girls all-star basketball games is Saturday at Keswick. The classic game starts at 6 p.m., followed by the all-star game at 7:45. Here are the rosters for the all-star game. Home Clearwater Central Catholic: Tiffany St. Lifer; Countryside: Andrea Petrovic; Gibbs: Bria Bostick, Jessica Takdari; Largo: ...
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    Thu. March 13, 2014 at 10:28 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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