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  • Spring football: Countryside 56, Citrus 6

    At Countryside Countryside 56, Citrus 6 Spring game-breakers: Countryside knew what it had in quarterback Trent Chmelik. The second-year starter shined in the first half, completing 10 of 16 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. In spring games against Citrus the past two seasons, Chmelik has combined for five ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 11:13 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Calvary Christian, CCC land former Plant QBs

    HomeTeam Huddle: Calvary Christian, CCC land former Plant QBs Plant is always stocked with strong-armed quarterbacks.   So when Rex Culpepper became the starter last season, it was only natural that some of that depth would dwindle as backups looked for an opportunity to start elsewhere.   The exodus of signal callers has had a direct benefit for Calvary ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 4:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Dixie Hollins holds ceremony for three football signees

    Dixie Hollins had three football players – receiver Davontae Harrington, defensive lineman Ali Chamander and offensive lineman Clay Redmond – who signed during a ceremony in the school’s front office on Tuesday. Harrington, one of the top receivers in the area, is going to Ferris State. Last season, he had ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 10:07 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Liv Chandler, female winner for May 2-8

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Liv Chandler, female winner for May 2-8 Female Hot Shot winner: Liv Chandler, Newsome Of the 35 hits in Liv Chandler’s high school career, none was bigger than the one the Newsome senior had last week against nationally ranked Oviedo Hagerty in the Class 8A state semifinals. Locked in a scoreless tie, Chandler ended the game with ...
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    Mon. May 11, 2015 at 5:03 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Newsome makes history, gains notoriety

    State softball: Newsome makes history, gains notoriety photo gallery VERO BEACH — Newsome’s Cassidy Davis did not exactly run from the field after a flyball settled in her glove for the final out. She skipped, leaped, then came back to earth again, rushing toward a place she and her teammates imagined they would be all season. Finally ...
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    Sat. May 09, 2015 at 10:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Chamberlain comes up just short

    State softball: Chamberlain comes up just short VERO BEACH — By the time Chamberlain took the field for its Class 6A state championship game with Ocala Forest on Saturday night, the Chiefs had already redefined the role of plucky underdog in the postseason. Chamberlain, despite losing several players who either graduated or left the team, made it ...
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    Sat. May 09, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Early-season woes behind Chamberlain

    State softball: Early-season woes behind Chamberlain VERO BEACH — The offense was efficient, but that has been the case a lot lately. Chamberlain scored just enough runs and got contributions from nearly everyone in the lineup. Add pitching that has been effective, if not spectacular, and you have an eight-game win streak from a team that ...
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    Fri. May 08, 2015 at 11:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Newsome reaches first title game

    State softball: Newsome reaches first title game VERO BEACH — Hagerty has done some impressive things, vaulting to the top of the rankings in Class 8A each of the past two seasons. But the one thing the Huskies cannot do is beat Hillsborough County teams at the state tournament. Last season, Bloomingdale knocked off Hagerty to win ...
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    Fri. May 08, 2015 at 8:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Aucilla Christian ends Canterbury's reign on top of 2A

    State softball: Aucilla Christian ends Canterbury's reign on top of 2A photo gallery VERO BEACH — At the end, the sheen of dominance Canterbury had acquired during its two-year reign as state champion was replaced by vacant stares. The Crusaders, who were trying to become the first bay area team to win three straight state titles as well as surpass Palm ...
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    Fri. May 08, 2015 at 3:13 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Canterbury on verge of softball supremacy in Tampa Bay

    Canterbury on verge of softball supremacy in Tampa Bay ST. PETERSBURG — Even the most impressive accomplishments have taken on an air of inevitability. Of course Canterbury School of Florida has dominated Class 2A competition in softball. Of course the Crusaders have been ranked No. 1 in their classification throughout the season. Of course they are the overwhelming favorite to ...
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    Wed. May 06, 2015 at 1:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: The game is in Boca Ciega ace’s bloodline

    State softball: The game is in Boca Ciega ace’s bloodline GULFPORT — For Boca Ciega ace Caylie VanAuken, baseball and softball are part of her family’s history. • Her great-grandfather, Don Machen, was a longtime baseball coach at Largo who started Cross Bayou Little League. • Her great-uncle, Lance VanAuken, is the vice president of Little League Baseball. • Her ...
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    Tue. May 05, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 6A state semifinal capsule

    State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 6A Chamberlain  (24-9) vs. Stuart South Fork (23-2-1), Friday 7:20 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Orange Park Oakleaf vs. Ocala Forest champion in Saturday’s title game at 7:05 p.m. The lowdown: The Chiefs are ...
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    Tue. May 05, 2015 at 5:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alexis Blasingane, female winner for April 25-May 1

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alexis Blasingane, female winner for April 25-May 1 Female Hot Shot winner: Alexis Blasingane, Boca Ciega  Boca Ciega catcher Alexis Blasingane still is amazed by her team’s incredible run to reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history. “It’s just indescribable,” Blasingane said. “I was speechless when we won every single (playoff) game.  “I knew ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 2A state semifinal capsule

    Softball: Class 2A state semifinal capsule State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 2A Canterbury (25-3) vs. Aucilla Christian (16-11), Friday 1 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Belle Glade Glades-Boca Raton Grandview Prep champion in Saturday’s title game at 1:35 p.m. The lowdown: This is a rematch ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:16 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 5A state semifinal capsule

    State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 5A Boca Ciega (10-10) vs. Plantation American Heritage (24-1-1), Wednesday 7:20 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Baker County vs. Belleview champion in Thursday’s title game at 7:05 p.m. The lowdown: The Pirates, who entered ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:07 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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