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  • 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

  • Softball: Class 8A state semifinal capsule

    Softball: Class 8A state semifinal capsule State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 8A Newsome (20-5) vs. Hagerty (28-3), Friday 3:30 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Parkland Douglas vs. Miami Coral Reef champion in Saturday’s title game at 4:35 p.m. The lowdown: The Wolves are in the ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Kistemaker, Anderson swap top spots

    State track: Kistemaker, Anderson swap top spots JACKSONVILLE — On Saturday, Osceola’s Jen Kistemaker and Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson renewed their friendly rivalry in the pole vault at the Class 3A state meet at the University of North Florida. Last year, Anderson won the event. This time, it was Kistemaker’s turn. In the finals, Kistemaker was the only ...
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    Sat. May 02, 2015 at 9:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Brittany McGee paces Admiral Farragut to title

    State track: Brittany McGee paces Admiral Farragut to title JACKSONVILLE — At first glance, it appeared Admiral Farragut’s girls did not have the necessary depth required to compete for team title at the Class A meet at the University of North Florida. What the Blue Jackets lacked in numbers, they made up for in talent. Four girls combined to ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Seffner Christian’s Jamari Johnson upholds family tradition

    State track: Seffner Christian’s Jamari Johnson upholds family tradition JACKSONVILLE — Seffner Christian senior Jamari Johnson comes from a family that specializes in the shot put and discus. His uncles both won state titles in throwing events, as did his mother. On Friday, Johnson joined them as a champion after winning his first state title in the discus with ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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