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  • 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

  • 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

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