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  • 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

  • Boys basketball: Bloomingdale tops Armwood in Holiday Classic final

    TAMPA — For whatever reason — extra portions of turkey or too much holiday cheer — the Bloomingdale basketball team has struggled in recent years during the winter break. "We always struggle around Christmas time," Bulls senior George Brammeier said. "What I tried to do (tonight) was just bring a ...
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    Sat. Jan. 04, 2014 at 8:53 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Boys basketball: Armwood wins another close one

    TAMPA — For Armwood coach Jeff Pafunda, the drama is becoming commonplace. “I’m going to start calling this bunch the heart attack kids,” Pafunda said, “because I think they are determined to give me a heart attack.” Armwood held off a fourth-quarter Clearwater rally and pulled away late to win ...
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    Sat. Jan. 04, 2014 at 12:04 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Boys basketball: Ulbrich's buzzer beater lifts Wharton

    LITHIA — Wharton’s JC Ulbrich sunk just one basket Friday night, but it was a big one. Ulbrich connected on a buzzer beater near the top of the key as Wharton rallied to stun host Newsome 55-54. “Just like we drew it up,” joked Wharton coach Tommy Tonelli. A pass ...
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    Fri. Dec. 13, 2013 at 9:59 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Sickles 27, East Bay 0

    Football: Sickles 27, East Bay 0 TAMPA — The gravity of the situation was not lost on Ray Ray McCloud III. Prior to the biggest game in school history, former players gathered around the current crop and gave a speech. They spoke of building the program, the importance of the night’s game. One message particularly resonated. ...
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    Sat. Nov. 23, 2013 at 12:55 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Tampa Catholic 52, Melbourne Holy Trinity 14

    TAMPA — Quarterback Kyle Ploucher tossed a pair of touchdowns and ran for another as Tampa Catholic kicked off its playoff run in style, trouncing visiting Melbourne Holy Trinity 52-14 in a 3A region quarterfinal Friday. Ploucher wasted little time putting the Crusaders (9-2) ahead for good, connecting with Justin ...
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    Fri. Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:25 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Berkeley Prep 21, Brandon 17

    TAMPA — Quarterback Brad Mayes accounted for a pair of touchdowns as Berkeley Prep secured its sixth straight winning season with a victory against Brandon. The game ended in controversy. Trailing by four points, Brandon (3-7) took possession at its 26 with 3:59 to play. The Eagles drove to the ...
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    Fri. Nov. 08, 2013 at 11:29 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: East Bay 10, Durant 7

    GIBSONTON — East Bay scored 10 unanswered points in the second half, all in rather unusual fashion, as the Indians won to force Monday’s three-way tiebreaker in Class 7A, District 8. With East Bay trailing by one with 4:41 left, Durant lined up for a punt but snapped the ball ...
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    Fri. Nov. 01, 2013 at 11:28 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Plant City 41, Strawberry Crest 14

    PLANT CITY — Strawberry Crest came into Friday’s game riding a wave of momentum after last week’s historic win for the program against East Bay. But Plant City ripped away that momentum early and the Raiders’ bullied their Class 7A, District 8 neighbors to the west, hammering the Chargers 41-14. ...
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    Fri. Oct. 25, 2013 at 11:34 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 22, Freedom 3

    TAMPA — Host Tampa Bay Tech played sloppily at times. But the defense was stout, and the offense did just enough. “We definitely could have played a lot better,” TBT quarterback Deon Cain said. “We didn’t go hard every play, but we’ll get that fixed Monday at practice.” TBT lost ...
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    Fri. Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:19 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: International Community 20, Seffner Christian 19, 2OT

    SEFFNER — Cruz Mendez converted a 2-point run in double overtime as International Community School spoiled Seffner Christian’s homecoming, handing Crusaders their first loss of the season. Neither team scored in the first overtime but the Crusaders’ Caleb Newman (10 carries for 97 yards) took a run off right tackle ...
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    Fri. Oct. 11, 2013 at 11:27 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Wharton 21, Newsome 20

    Football: Wharton 21, Newsome 20 photo gallery LITHIA — Every team that plays Wharton has to game-plan for Chase Litton and the Wildcats’ passing attack. They even have to account for the deceptively quick senior signal caller’s running ability when he breaks contain. But Litton demonstrated he has another trick in his bag Friday night ...
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    Sat. Oct. 05, 2013 at 1:17 a.m. | Brandon Wright

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