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  • Boys basketball: Tarpon Springs 75, Land O’Lakes 35

    LAND O’LAKES — Tarpon Springs has administered thrashings to its Class 5A-8 counterparts the first half of the season, winning each of its first seven games within the district by whopping margins. So it was understandable the Spongers were looking forward to playing Land O’Lakes (11-5, 8-5) on Tuesday. After ...
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    Tue. Jan. 06, 2015 at 11:26 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Zephyrhills' Jaylen Pickett commits to Eastern Michigan

    Zephyrhills’ Jaylen Pickett committed to Eastern Michigan on Monday night. Pickett also had offers from Presbyterian, South Dakota State and Youngstown State. He planned to visit Tennessee Tech and Bethune Cookman before deciding on Eastern Michigan. As a senior, Pickett ran for 1,173 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had ...
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    Tue. Jan. 06, 2015 at 3:55 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Top teams suffer first losses

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Top teams suffer first losses 1. Tampa Prep (13-1, 4-0) This week: Thursday vs. Brooks DeBartolo; Saturday at Berkeley Prep Lowdown: The Terrapins went 6-1 over the break, winning the City of Tampa tournament and going 2-0 at their own shootout over the weekend. The lone loss came to New Jersey’s Pope John XXIII in ...
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    Mon. Jan. 05, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Hillsborough QB Dwayne Lawson commits to Virginia Tech

    Hillsborough QB Dwayne Lawson commits to Virginia Tech Hillsborough quarterback Dwayne Lawson made his college choice, picking Virgina Tech during Sunday’s Semper Fidelis All-American Game. Lawson, a four-star recruit, initially committed to Miami in May. The decision came as a surprise to many recruiting experts because Lawson had not mentioned the Hurricanes as one of his favorites. Brad Kaaya, ...
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    Sun. Jan. 04, 2015 at 9:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Under Armour: FSU recruits admire Jimbo Fisher's loyalty to players

    Under Armour: FSU recruits admire Jimbo Fisher's loyalty to players ORLANDO — The ultrabright future of Florida State’s already formidable football program has been on display at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex this week. Quarterback Deondre Francois (IMG Academy) and wide receiver George Campbell (East Lake), both of whom pledged their allegiance to the Seminoles, hooked up for a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 01, 2015 at 1:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Under Armour: Not always easy for elite kickers to get foot in DI door

    Under Armour: Not always easy for elite kickers to get foot in DI door  LAKE BUENA VISTA – On Friday, some of the top high school football players in the nation will announce their college destination on national television during the Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field. Their decision will officially end the whirlwind courtship, the endless phone calls, the coaches' visits, the ...
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    Wed. Dec. 31, 2014 at 7:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys swimming (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys swimming (with video) As we kick off our first all-Tampa Bay Times' teams of the 2014-15 school year, we also took the opportunity to present them a little differently this year. Below you'll find PDFs of the entire Tampa Bay boys swim team, spanning Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, as well as ...
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    Fri. Dec. 19, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls swim teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls swim teams (with video) As we kick off our first all-Tampa Bay Times' teams of the 2014-15 school year, we also took the opportunity to present them a little differently this year. Below you'll find PDFs of the entire Tampa Bay girls swim team, spanning Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, as well as ...
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    Fri. Dec. 19, 2014 at 2:53 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Largo's Donavan Hale, Jonathan Crawford commit to Indiana

    Largo's Donavan Hale, Jonathan Crawford commit to Indiana Largo's Donavan Hale and Jonathan Crawford are first cousins who have played together on the same football teams since they were 6 years old. Because of their closeness, they also had a desire to play for the same college. That goal became a reality Thursday night when they each committed ...
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    Thu. Dec. 18, 2014 at 8:24 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay cross country teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay cross country teams (with video) As we kick off our first all-Tampa Bay Times' teams of the 2014-15 school year, we also took the opportunity to present them a little differently this year. Below you'll find PDFs of the entire Tampa Bay cross country team, spanning Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, as well as ...
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    Wed. Dec. 17, 2014 at 6:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Former Tarpon coach Ron Hawn has suspension reduced to three weeks

    The suspension of former Tarpon Springs football coach Ron Hawn, who was disciplined by the Florida High School Athletic Association for his involvement in a fight after the Spongers' 29-28 loss to River Ridge in the Class 5A region quarterfinals, has been reduced from six weeks to three. The FHSAA ...
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    Wed. Dec. 17, 2014 at 10:04 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Dixie Hollins names eight finalists for football position

    Dixie Hollins moved one step closer to naming a football coach with the announcement of eight finalists who were interviewed for the job. The candidates are all assistant coaches at other schools. They are: Lake Minneola's Corey Brinson, Northeast's Mitch Disney, Dixie Hollins' Kevin Harris, East Ridge's Ken Knapczyk, Lake ...
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    Wed. Dec. 17, 2014 at 9:25 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Chedonio Martin, male winner for Dec. 6-2

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Chedonio Martin, male winner for Dec. 6-2 Male Hot Shot winner: Chedonio Martin, Dunedin There was nothing anyone could say to make Chedonio Martin feel better about last season’s 77-74 loss to Gulf in the Class 5A, District 8 quarterfinals. It’s no use noting the Falcons won eight games, more than their previous two seasons combined. Martin ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 6:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Tournaments on tap

    HomeTeam boys hoops 25: Tournaments on tap 1. Tampa Prep (6-0, 4-0) This week: Friday/Saturday at City of Tampa Championship (host) Lowdown: Won all three Class 3A, District 7 games last week by at least 26 points. Juwan Durham still leads the team in scoring with 23 points per game, but Tyson Ward has stepped up as ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 6:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys basketball: Shorecrest 79, Calvary Christian 74 (2OT)

    CLEARWATER – Shorecrest’s Brady Grimm was held scoreless for nearly the entire second half in Friday’s pivotal Class 3A, District 9 game against Calvary Christian. Grimm, a long-range specialist, came through with the points that mattered, hitting a tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation. That gave the Chargers ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 11:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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