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  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23 1.Canterbury (12-1, 2-0) This week:  Monday at Keswick Christian; Thursday-Saturday (Kissimmee Klassic) Lowdown: The Crusaders’ lone loss was to Class 5A, No. 5 ranked Belleview in nine innings at the Gulliver Prep Slamfest two weeks ago. Turns out, Belleview is one of the strongest teams in the state, especially after ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 3:46 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Catholic self-reports boys basketball infraction

    Tampa Catholic self-reports boys basketball infraction Tampa Catholic’s boys basketball program was fined $500 and forced to forfeit five basketball games from the 2013-14 season (three junior varsity, two varsity) after a Florida High School Athletic Association investigation ruled a player had received impermissible benefits for living with Crusaders coach Don Dziagwa, who also is the ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 6:12 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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

    Pinellas Player of the Year: Ryan Cooksey, Sr., Palm Harbor University At 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, Cooksey does not loom large on the soccer field. But he played a pivotal role as a defender for the Hurricanes, who made the playoffs and advanced to the region final for the first time ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: St. Petersburg Catholic 6, Northside Christian 4

    ST. PETERSBURG – Six weeks ago, St. Petersburg Catholic did not look like a team capable of extending a three-year playoff streak. The Barons had six new starters. In the season opener, they lost by 10 runs to Class 3A, District 10 rival Northside Christian. Even worse, St. Petersburg Catholic ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 12:30 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • PHU's Logyn Lilley notches 200th career hit

    Palm Harbor University’s Logyn Lilley reached a milestone with her 200th career hit in Tuesday’s 11-0 win over St. Petersburg that lasted five innings because of the mercy rule. Lilley entered the game with 199 hits and went 3-for-3. Afterward, she was presented with the game ball. It was quite ...
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    Tue. March 17, 2015 at 6:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Dunedin boys basketball coach Jason Franzen steps down

    Dunedin boys basketball coach Jason Franzen, who led the program to its first playoff win since 1969, resigned after four seasons because he wanted to spend more time with his family. "I have three small children at home and it would be hard to put in the time needed to ...
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    Tue. March 17, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 16

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 16 1.Bloomingdale (9-1, 4-1) This week: Tuesday vs. Durant; Friday vs. Plant; Saturday at Plant. Lowdown: The Bulls, ranked 12th nationally by USA Today and 13th by MaxPreps, move into the top spot. The lone loss was by a run to Wharton last month. Since then, the Bulls have won five ...
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    Mon. March 16, 2015 at 7:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Plant rides streak to Lady ’Canes title

    CLEARWATER — After starting the season 2-3, Plant has found some momentum with seven straight wins, including a 3-1 victory over Lake Brantley in the final of the Lady ’Canes Spring Tournament. It is the second time in the past three seasons that the Panthers have won the tournament. Plant ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 10:24 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Wiregrass Ranch rallies past PHU at tourney

    CLEARWATER — At first glance, Wiregrass Ranch did not seem to be a contender at the Lady 'Canes Invitational. After all, the Bulls entered Friday with a 9-5 record and are winless in Class 7A, District 8. But looks can be deceiving. Wiregrass Ranch plays in one of the toughest ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 12:28 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas County boys all-stars take court Friday night

    The Pinellas County senior all-star boys basketball game is Friday night at Seminole. The middle school game starts at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:30. There will be dunk and 3-point contests at halftime of the high school game. Admission is $5. Gibbs' Barry Brown, Lakewood's Anthony ...
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    Thu. March 12, 2015 at 7:47 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention

    East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention East Bay defensive back KJ Sails is blessed with tremendous athletic ability, which helps him keep pace with the bushel of fleet receivers so common in the bay area. He is meticulous in practice, in film study and in technique.  But his play had gone largely unnoticed by college recruiters ...
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    Wed. March 11, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Tarpon Springs 2, Dunedin 0

    TARPON SPRINGS – Tarpon Springs was in a funk, loser of two straight heading into Tuesday’s much-anticipated Class 5A, District 8 showdown between Dunedin. The Spongers, though, paid no attention to those setbacks against Seminole and Countryside. After all, they didn’t count toward the district standings. The Falcons were the ...
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    Tue. March 10, 2015 at 10:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jamesha Moorer, female winner for Feb. 28-March 6

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jamesha Moorer, female winner for Feb. 28-March 6 Female Hot Shot winner: Jamesha Moorer, Lakewood In every race this season, Lakewood sprinter Jamesha Moorer has accelerated smoothly and ruthlessly, leaving each of her competitors breathlessly behind. Moorer, a freshman, has left quite an impression in her debut season. She is undefeated in her signature events — the 100 ...
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    Mon. March 09, 2015 at 7:32 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Josh Guerin, male winner for Feb. 28-March 6

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Josh Guerin, male winner for Feb. 28-March 6 Male Hot Shot winner: Josh Guerin, Keswick Christian After transferring from Osceola, Josh Guerin started working on his mechanics with first-year Crusaders coach Seth McClung, a former starter for the Tampa Bay Rays. Guerin, a junior, fine-tuned his two specialty pitches — a fastball and curveball. He also is working ...
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    Mon. March 09, 2015 at 7:12 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 9

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 9 1.Canterbury (9-0, 2-0) This week: Thursday-Saturday (Miami Gulliver Prep Slamfest) Lowdown: The Crusaders allowed their first runs of the season over the weekend but remained undefeated with a doubleheader sweep of Montverde. The second game of the doubleheader was Canterbury’s closest of the season, a 4-3 win in which the ...
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    Mon. March 09, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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