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  • District softball: Durant routs Plant City for 7A-7 title

    District softball: Durant routs Plant City for 7A-7 title TAMPA — The old adage states it’s tough to beat a team three times in one season. Thursday, it proved spot on. Durant’s bats stayed hot as the No. 3 seed avenged a pair of regular-season losses and defeated top-seeded Plant City 11-0 in the Class 7A, District 7 final ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 12:03 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Softball: Plant City edges Strawberry Crest

    PLANT CITY — Emily Register admitted being “a little bit nervous” before, arguably, the biggest at-bat of her senior season. Plant City’s second baseman stepped out of the box, had a word with coach Maggie Feix and took a deep breath. “We have this thing called senior­ing up,” Register said. ...
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    Fri. March 28, 2014 at 12:28 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Baseball: Plant rips Alonso for Saladino final berth

    BRANDON — Plant’s hits came in bunches Thursday. There were shots to the gaps, blasts off the wall and bleeders that found grass. For a while, it seemed as if the Panthers might not make an out, or maybe coach Dennis Braun’s arm might cramp from waving runners home. “Nope, ...
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    Fri. March 14, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Baseball: Tampa Prep routs Seffner Christian

    TAMPA — Luis Medina’s hot streak at the plate started late last season and the sophomore catcher hasn’t slowed a bit in 2014. That’s bad news for Hillsborough County pitchers. Medina continued his torrid pace and his teammates got into the act as visiting Tampa Prep pounded Seffner Christian 20-2 ...
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    Sat. March 08, 2014 at 12:45 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Softball: Strawberry Crest’s ace regains footing

    DOVER — Sammy Tyler needed this one. After getting roughed up by Bloomingdale on Valentine’s Day, Tyler was eager to put the Bulls’ game behind her and dominate a tough opponent. Unfortunately for Plant City, the Raiders proved the foil. Tyler gave up just two hits, and the Chargers scored ...
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    Tue. Feb. 25, 2014 at 10:33 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region girls basketball: Steinbrenner lets one slip away

    LUTZ — Playing in front of a rowdy home crowd, Steinbrenner held a 12-point lead late in the third quarter against Harmony. Its first trip to the state semifinals seemed almost like a foregone conclusion. “I was very comfortable,” coach JR Allen said. “You’ve got to love your chances when ...
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    Sat. Feb. 15, 2014 at 10:37 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region boys basketball: Strawberry Crest notches first playoff win

    DOVER — Maybe Strawberry Crest guard Malik Channer best summed up the Chargers’ win Thursday night against Sickles. “I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss,” he said. “Any day.” Strawberry Crest used a huge second quarter and fended off a rally as the Chargers won their first-ever postseason ...
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    Thu. Feb. 13, 2014 at 10:20 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region girls basketball: Seffner Chr. looks ahead, still advances easily

    SEFFNER — Seffner Christian looked somewhat sloppy Tuesday night, but even a little bit off the Crusaders still handily defeated visiting Fort Meade 65-29 in a Class 3A region semifinal. “We don’t want to say that we knew we were going to win tonight, but we’ve been game planning for ...
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    Tue. Feb. 11, 2014 at 11:12 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region boys soccer: Jesuit notches fifth shutout in a row

    TAMPA — It’s tough to tell which Jesuit unit is clicking more right now. Five Tigers scored and the defense blanked another opponent as Jesuit cruised past visiting Tarpon Springs 7-0 in a 3A region semifinal Tuesday night. “This is what it’s all about, the postseason,” Jesuit coach Eric Sims ...
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    Tue. Feb. 04, 2014 at 11:56 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region boys soccer: Seminole recovers, pulls out OT win

    Region boys soccer: Seminole recovers, pulls out OT win TAMPA — Liam Murphy scored three minutes into the first overtime as Seminole — after blowing a late lead — beat Hillsborough 3-2 in a Class 4A region quarterfinal Thursday. “We knew we could beat this team,” Murphy said. “We just had to keep our heads in the game.” Shane ...
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    Thu. Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:28 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Girls region soccer: PK's true in OT for Tampa Prep

    TAMPA — For nearly 100 minutes Tuesday night, Tampa Prep peppered the Academy of the Holy Names goal. Shots flew just wide. Other were snared by AHN keeper Kendall Catone. Some even banged off the woodwork. “It was getting pretty frustrating,” Alexa Steele-Weintraub said. But one clever move erased a ...
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    Tue. Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Boys district soccer: Newsome, at full strength, easily dispatches Durant

    DOVER — For the first time all season, coach Allen Ware said his team finally has been fully healthy for the 5A-6 district tournament. And that’s bad news for Newsome’s upcoming postseason opponents. Jake Vander Luit notched a hat trick as top-seeded Newsome cruised to the district title with a ...
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    Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:49 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Girls region soccer: Bravo steps up to spark Tampa Prep

    TAMPA — Abby Bravo scored twice in a span of 10 minutes as shorthanded Tampa Prep held off pesky visiting Lakeland McKeel 2-1. “We were a little panicked (Thursday) and had some trouble finishing,” Bravo said. “But all in all, I think we did fine. And we won.” Tampa Prep ...
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    Thu. Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:40 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Boys basketball: Moore pushes Jefferson past Lennard

    TAMPA — Maurice Moore has missed the bulk of the season with an ankle injury and Jefferson coach Eric Hayes’ plan has been to judiciously ease his leading scorer from a season ago, a junior who returned following the winter break, back into the lineup. If Friday night was any ...
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    Fri. Jan. 17, 2014 at 11:49 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Boys basketball: Berkeley Prep shrugs off possible adversity, tops Tampa Catholic

    TAMPA — No Marshall Holmes. No Justin Gray. No Chris McWilliams. No problem. Shorthanded Berkeley Prep used a big third quarter and had four players in double digits to defeat district rival Tampa Catholic 73-67 Tuesday night. “This is a very big district game we’ve been looking forward to,” Bucs ...
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    Tue. Jan. 07, 2014 at 11:07 p.m. | Brandon Wright

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