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  • Spring football: Arcadia DeSoto County 7, Boca Ciega 6

    at Gulfport   Arcadia DeSoto County 7, Boca Ciega 6 Spring game-breakers: DJ Cook hit Raeshon Dunbar on a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give the Pirates a 6-0 lead. …Boca Ciega’s defense was solid all night and allowed eight first downs, four of which came on ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 11:29 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: East Lake 54, Osceola 14

    at Seminole East Lake 54, Osceola 14 Spring game-breakers: Jake Hudson deftly directed the Eagles’ new no-huddle offense, finishing 12-of-14 for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. … Hudson’s favorite target was George Campbell, one of the nation’s top recruits, who had five catches for 106 yards ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 11:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Lake's Carson Lydon picks Virginia Tech

    East Lake's Carson Lydon picks Virginia Tech East Lake linebacker Carson Lydon committed to Virginia Tech after Wednesday's practice.  Lydon, a rising senior, picked the Hokies over North Carolina State and Wisconsin. He initially was going to announce his decision after Friday's spring game against Osceola but decided he didn't want to wait any longer to make ...
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    Wed. May 28, 2014 at 5:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Nature Coast splits games at jamboree

    Nature Coast split its two halves in a jamboree Friday, beating Titusville Astronaut 7-0 and losing 14-10 to host Daytona Beach Seabreeze. DeShawn Smith scored on an 8-yard run against Astronaut and finished with 86 yards rushing in both halves. He benefited running behind 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Christian Pellage.  Against ...
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    Tue. May 27, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Seminole 16, Dunedin 16

    Spring football: Seminole 16, Dunedin 16 at Seminole Seminole 16, Dunedin 16 Spring game-breakers: The Warhawks started strong, building a 10-0 halftime lead. … Seminole quarterback Aaron Dever was 4-of-5 for 58 yards on the opening drive, including a 17-yard touchdown to Matthew Wonsick. … Dever finished 9-of-19 for 135 yards. … The Warhawks’ other score ...
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    Fri. May 23, 2014 at 11:35 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Largo 34, Palm Harbor University 14

    Spring football: Largo 34, Palm Harbor University 14 at Largo Largo 34, Palm Harbor University 14 Spring game-breakers: Marcus Paschal’s debut as Packers coach was a successful one as the offense showed off high-octane passing to score on its first three possessions and build a 20-0 first-quarter lead. …Largo quarterback Donavan Hale, who split time this spring with ...
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    Fri. May 23, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Gulf 21, Weeki Wachee 8

    at New Port Richey Gulf 21, Weeki Wachee 8 Spring game-breakers: After going 1-9 last season, the Buccaneers got off to strong start under second-year coach Jason Messamore by relying on a strong run game and an opportunistic defense. …Malik Cobb ran 20 yards for a touchdown to give Gulf ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 10:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Heavy graduation losses leave Anclote a bit green

    HomeTeam Huddle: Heavy graduation losses leave Anclote a bit green HOLIDAY — The top two leading rushers are gone. So, too, are three of the starting five offensive linemen and all 11 starters on defense.   With Anclote’s roster depleted (22 are graduating), the biggest thing the program is trying to do this spring is find reinforcements to contend for ...
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    Wed. May 21, 2014 at 3:28 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Countryside's Hunter Fowler signs with University of Faith

    Countryside defensive lineman Hunter Fowler has signed with the University of Faith in St. Petersburg. Fowler also will dual enroll at St. Petersburg College in the criminal justice field.  He played for Countryside the past four seasons and started the last three as a nose tackle. Last season, he had ...
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    Wed. May 21, 2014 at 2:38 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Northside Christian 31, Sarasota Out-of-Door 14

    At Sarasota Northside Christian 31, Sarasota Out-of-Door 14 Spring game-breakers: The Mustangs relied on a power running game  to wear down host Out-of-Door. Kamen Wilmington, a standout wrestler, did the bulk of the running and had three touchdowns, including runs of 20 and 17 yards that broke open a close ...
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    Sat. May 17, 2014 at 12:02 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Admiral Farragut Academy 51, Hawthorne 8

    At Hawthorne Admiral Farragut Academy 51, Hawthorne 8 Spring game-breakers: The Blue Jackets showed off a balanced offense, racking up more than 550 yards of offense in the rout. Donnie Crum, a freshman, had his first significant playing time at tailback and rushed for 210 yards and scored twice. Crum ...
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    Fri. May 16, 2014 at 11:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Spring football: Crystal River 28, Hernando 3

    At Brooksville Crystal River 28, Hernando 3 Spring game-breakers: Bill Vonada’s coaching debut at Hernando started well with a stop on defense and a nice drive on offense. Then it turned sloppy. The Leopards committed three first-half turnovers, including a pair of fumbles that each led to touchdowns for Crystal ...
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    Fri. May 16, 2014 at 10:31 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Q&A with new PHU quarterback Brandon Swift

    Q&A with new PHU quarterback Brandon Swift As a backup quarterback last season, Brandon Swift watched in obscurity as East Lake High School set numerous school records en route to its first appearance in the Class 8A state football semifinals. Swift, a rising senior, parted company with the Eagles in January when he transferred to Palm Harbor ...
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    Mon. May 12, 2014 at 9:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Bloomingdale holds on for second crown

    State softball: Bloomingdale holds on for second crown photo gallery VERO BEACH — Bloomingdale entered the postseason as a district runnerup and advanced by surviving three straight region games on the road that were all decided by two runs or fewer. On Thursday, another nail-biting moment occurred, this time in the Class 8A state championship game against Oviedo ...
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    Thu. May 08, 2014 at 8:25 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State softball: Canterbury repeats as Class 2A champion

    State softball: Canterbury repeats as Class 2A champion photo gallery VERO BEACH — Canterbury had been unrelenting, and also largely untested, before it reached Thursday’s Class 2A state championship game against Aucilla Christian.  Only one opponent, Sarasota Christian in Wednesday’s state semifinal, had even scored on the Crusaders during a postseason in which they had outscored opponents a ...
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    Thu. May 08, 2014 at 4:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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