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  • State track: Bay area boasts bevy of vaunted vaulters

    State track: Bay area boasts bevy of vaunted vaulters This track and field season has been one of defying gravity and shattering personal records in the pole vault for Osceola High School’s Carson Waters. The senior, who has lost just once this season in his signature event, is seeded first going into Saturday’s Class 3A state meet with a ...
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    Tue. April 29, 2014 at 7:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Mitchell’s Anderson at home in the water, through the air

    State track: Mitchell’s Anderson at home in the water, through the air Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson has always been adept in the water. The junior is among the area’s best swimmers with a state title in the 50-yard freestyle this past season. So it was understandable people did a few double takes when she decided to give pole vaulting a try three years ...
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    Tue. April 29, 2014 at 6:35 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Riley Metheney latest lineman hoping to break out at Countryside

    Countryside has a knack for producing linemen who play in college. In the past five seasons, four offensive tackles for the Cougars — Tyler Moore (Florida), Jeff Albert (Jacksonville), Brandon Pertile (Mesa Community College) and Giovanni Negron (Southeast Missouri State) — moved on to the next level Riley Metheney could ...
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    Sat. April 26, 2014 at 5:58 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District baseball: Mitchell edges Osceola 2-1 in 6A-10 final

    SEMINOLE — After graduating six seniors who made significant contributions to last year’s district title, Mitchell coach Scot Wilcox knew he would have to employ some different tactics. To stay on top in the new Class 6A, District 10, the Mustangs could no longer slug their way to victories. Instead, ...
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    Fri. April 25, 2014 at 10:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: East Lake barely holds on

    Region softball: East Lake barely holds on EAST LAKE — Aliyah Andrews has been described as a game-changer because of her speed. The East Lake sophomore centerfielder, who already has orally committed to LSU, went 2-for-5 with two steals and two runs in Thursday’s Class 7A region quarterfinal against Bradenton Braden River. But her right arm produced ...
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    Thu. April 24, 2014 at 11:56 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Cody Carden signs with Webber

    East Lake's Cody Carden signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Webber International during a ceremony at the Varsity Club on Thursday. Carden, who transferred from Clearwater, helped the Eagles reach the playoffs as the Class 7A, District 9 runnerup this past season. In the Pinellas Senior All-Star ...
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    Thu. April 24, 2014 at 5:46 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Canterbury vanquishes first of many tough foes

    ST. PETERSBURG — To win its second straight state title, Canterbury has to get through a Class 2A region bracket that includes four other teams ranked in the top 10 of the state poll. The first obstacle for the top-ranked Crusaders came against No. 6 Cambridge Christian in Thursday’s region ...
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    Wed. April 23, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Three Osceola athletes sign with colleges

    Three Osceola athletes sign with colleges Osceola had three athletes sign their letters of intent today during a ceremony at school. Chase Ridenour and T.J. Ryan, both captains on the basketball team, signed with Ave Maria and Franklin College, respectively. Ridenour averaged 10 points, five assists and three steals per game this past season. Ryan averaged ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside starts spring practice Thursday

    Countryside will get a head start on the rest of the county by starting spring football practice Thursday, a week ahead of the May 1 official date. The Cougars petitioned the Florida High School Athletic Association for an earlier start because their spring game at Citrus is May 16, a ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 5:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Football: Four East Lake players make college plans official

    East Lake had four players — Keon Brown, John Lepper, Dillon Zettwuch, Tristan Zullo — commit to play football in college. Brown, a defensive back, is going to Coastal Carolina as a preferred walk-on. Brown had 37 tackles and eight passes broken up as a senior. Lepper, who started on ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 5:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Sister act still intact at Dunedin

    Region softball: Sister act still intact at Dunedin For the past decade, it has become commonplace to see one of the Ehlers pitching for Dunedin. Amber started this sisterhood in softball as Dunedin’s ace from 2004-07. She went on to pitch for Hillsborough Community College. Ashley took over from 2008-11 and is currently at Saint Leo. Aubrey has ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 7:17 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball: PHU falls short to Sarasota Riverview in final

    Palm Harbor University’s offense continued its late-season turnaround with 11 hits in Monday’s district championship game. But it wasn’t enough as defensive miscues proved costly in a 6-5 loss to host Sarasota Riverview. The Hurricanes (17-6) will travel to Alonso in Wednesday’s region quarterfinals. Logyn Lilley had the most impact ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 6:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball: Delay does Lakewood no favors

    ST. PETERSBURG — After securing its first playoff appearance in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals, Lakewood was looking for more in the championship game against Bradenton Bayshore. The Spartans (15-11) were confident, especially after rallying to beat the Bruins last month to secure the top seed in the district. ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 2:27 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District softball roundup: East Lake regains stride at right time

    District softball roundup: East Lake regains stride at right time PINELLAS PARK — East Lake decided it would not go quietly for the rest of the season. In Thursday’s Class 7A, District 9 title game, the Eagles pitched, hit and darted around the bases. The team that struggled for traction through a miserable late regular-season stretch against district opponents regained ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 12:19 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Ex-East Lake stars Cole, Scott making early impacts in college

    Ex-East Lake stars Cole, Scott making early impacts in college Former East Lake standouts Mason Cole of Michigan and Artavis Scott of Clemson each made a strong enough impression during  spring games that they could start in the fall as true freshmen. Cole, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman, moved quickly up the depth chart in the offseason and started at left ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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