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  • East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State

    East Lake's George Campbell settles on Florida State In an intensely anticipated moment, East Lake receiver George Campbell announced his commitment to Florida State on Friday, ending a frantic recruiting period over the past nine months. Campbell made the decision during a webcast on ESPN.com's Recruiting Nation. The setting was subdued, held inside an office at school with ...
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    Fri. Sept. 05, 2014 at 12:06 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday

    East Lake's George Campbell gets to exhale Friday After nine months of anticipation and three years of intrigue, East Lake receiver George Campbell’s recruitment comes to a conclusion Friday. It will end without much fanfare. No big stage. No room full of students and players. No cameras flashing. Instead, Campbell, one of the most popular and charismatic players ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

    • Recruit: George Campbell
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  • Healthy Hale a definite boon for Largo

    Healthy Hale a definite boon for Largo LARGO — Donavan Hale possesses the size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) and skills (elusiveness, strong arm) that make him one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the bay area. The Largo senior’s greatest talent is one that can’t be taught: the ability to turn a busted play into a positive one. ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 4:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tarpon Springs to finally celebrate own Hall of Fame

    Tarpon Springs will induct 23 former athletes and coaches into its inaugural Hall of Fame class Friday night. The inductees were selected by a committee and will be recognized at halftime of Friday's home football game against Osceola. They will each receive a plaque. The creation of a Hallf of ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 12:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Indian Rocks Christian's Zeke McGaughy charges ahead after injury

    Indian Rocks Christian's Zeke McGaughy charges ahead after injury On Zeke McGaughy’s first carry in last year’s Class 2A state semifinal game, he was tackled awkwardly, forcing his right knee to bend in a way knees are not supposed to bend. The Indian Rocks Christian High School running back knew something was wrong, but he did not know how ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • PHU's boys dual meet swim streak ends

    Palm Harbor University's boys swim program has been undefeated in dual meets for nine straight seasons, a stretch in which the Hurricanes forged one of the bay area's greatest dynasties. On Wednesday, that streak came to an end. Countryside's boys beat PHU 101.5-68.5. The Cougars were dominant, winning all but ...
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    Thu. Sept. 04, 2014 at 11:33 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake swimmer Michelle Turek commits to Auburn

    East Lake's Michelle Turek has committed to swim at Auburn University. "It's a school I've always wanted to go to," Turek said. "I like the facilities and location. The campus is beautiful, and most of all I like the people." Turek, ranked 14th in the state among seniors by collegeswimming.com,  ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 8:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Sunlake 17, Pasco 13

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Sunlake 17, Pasco 13 DADE CITY — Sunlake’s formula on offense is to run the ball, shove people around and play with the finesse of a smokestack. The main beneficiary of this physical approach is running back Nathan Johnson, who gained 1,504 yards last season. Johnson got plenty of carries in Friday’s season-opener against ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 12:54 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake entrenched as Pinellas County's premier program

    East Lake entrenched as Pinellas County's premier program EAST LAKE — You get the feeling every time East Lake High School coach Bob Hudson walks out of his office, he trips over another student longing to become part of the football program or a college coach eyeing one of his prized prospects. At a time when many bay ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 6:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs' Barry Brown commits to Kansas State

    Gibbs guard Barry Brown announced on Twitter that he has committed to Kansas State. Brown's decision comes a week after he narrowed his college choices to four schools and set up official visits for next month. He was  supposed to visit Kansas State on Sept. 17. "I already knew in ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 10:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Sunlake vs. Pasco now must-see football

    Sunlake vs. Pasco now must-see football Once an afterthought, Sunlake vs. Pasco now is one of the most anticipated regular-season openers in the Tampa Bay area. Here are three story lines to follow for Friday night’s game. Exacting revenge For Pasco, beating Sunlake used to be a given, not a goal. Since the Seahawks started their ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 4:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Area football teams battling injuries

    After graduating several key contributors from last year's team that advanced to the Class 3A state title game, Clearwater Central Catholic coach John Davis said the team would have to avoid injuries this year because of a lack of depth. So far, that has not happened. Receiver CJ Cotman separated ...
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    Mon. Aug. 25, 2014 at 3:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay swimming preview

    Tampa Bay swimming preview East Lake’s Alexandra Aitchison and Sydney Pickrem spent the summer competing around the world in swim meets. At times during the high school season, they will be gone again, each traveling to different colleges on recruiting trips as two of the state’s top four prospects in the 2015 class. When ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 7:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Preseason football: Tarpon Springs 50, Anclote 10

    Preseason football: Tarpon Springs 50, Anclote 10 HOLIDAY — Tarpon Springs coach Ron Hawn wanted a trophy to play for in the program’s newfound rivalry with Anclote. He found an anchor at an antique store that he sandblasted and placed on a plaque. The Spongers spent Friday night making sure they kept it. Led by a balanced ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 12:41 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Preseason football: Largo tops Dunedin, Pinellas Park in jamboree

    Preseason football: Largo tops Dunedin, Pinellas Park in jamboree LARGO — Dunedin had a lot of positives this summer with reinforcements arriving in the form of players who were previously ineligible or lukewarm about the program. But to really signal a turnaround from last year’s 1-9 record, the Falcons needed a win against a bona fide playoff contender. It ...
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    Thu. Aug. 21, 2014 at 11:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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