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  • Football: Wharton 21, East Bay 18

    TAMPA — With the lead dwindling and East Bay seizing momentum, Sean McNamee heeded his coach’s words. “They just kept saying someone make a play,” McNamee said. “And I made a play.” Did he ever. McNamee’s blocked field goal and return for a touchdown was the difference as the Wildcats ...
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    Fri. Sept. 27, 2013 at 11:25 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: East Bay 14, Spoto 6

    GIBSONTON — East Bay jumped out to a 14-point lead and held on. Christian Leto scored from 13 yards on the Indians’ first possession of the game, capping a 10-play drive. Eric Latortue then hauled in a 33-yard second-quarter touchdown from Chris Carpentier, one of just four passes for the ...
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    Fri. Sept. 20, 2013 at 11:21 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Riverview 28, Brandon 21

    RIVERVIEW — Quarterback Keisean Young ran for three first-half scores for the Sharks. Riverview (1-1) ran on all but one play with nine different ball carriers. Young led with a game-high 209 yards on 20 carries. The junior scored from 1 yard to cap a 14-play opening drive then went ...
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    Thu. Sept. 12, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Plant City 33, Wharton 0

    PLANT CITY — Plant City looked outstanding in all three phases as the Raiders clobbered visiting Wharton  on a misty night. Plant City quarterback Landon Galloway had a hand in all three offensive touchdowns, running for one (3 yards) and throwing for two (10 and 43 yards). Both TD passes ...
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    Fri. Sept. 06, 2013 at 11:45 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Wharton 38, Spoto 0

    TAMPA — Auden Tate missed spring football with a broken ankle and didn’t play in Wharton’s preseason kickoff classic last week. Chase Litton couldn’t be happier Tate’s back. The duo hooked up for two first-quarter TDs and the Wildcats defense pitched a shutout as Wharton thumped visiting Spoto. “(Tate) is ...
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    Sat. Aug. 31, 2013 at 1:29 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Preseason football: Jefferson 48, Plant City 26

    TAMPA — Jefferson flashed its big-play capability and Mondreas Lofton introduced himself to Hillsborough County as the Dragons defeated visiting Plant City 48-26. “We know we have some weapons,” Jefferson coach Jeremy Earle said. “We’re pretty excited.” QB Deiondre Porter (10 of 13 for 258 yards) accounted for five of ...
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    Sat. Aug. 24, 2013 at 12:51 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • District softball roundup: Past champions boost East Bay

    GIBSONTON — If East Bay needed any motivation, the Indians didn’t have to look far. Perched behind the plate were a number of Indians from the 2010 state championship team, and their presence didn’t go unnoticed. “It’s an exciting thing knowing they were here for us,” catcher Madison Culver said. ...
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    Thu. April 18, 2013 at 11:01 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Softball: Riverview's Slater earns 500th win

    Softball: Riverview's Slater earns 500th win GIBSONTON — One swing, one huge milestone. Jordan Phillips’ three-run homer in the seventh inning erased a two-run deficit and gave coach Angela Slater her 500th win as visiting Riverview defeated district rival East Bay 9-6 on a chilly Tuesday night. “It feels great,” Slater said of reaching 500 wins. ...
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    Wed. March 27, 2013 at 12:38 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Baseball: Durant rebounds after first loss

    BRANDON — Durant dropped its first game of the season Friday against Newsome, and Cougars coach Butch Valdes said it was time to go “back to work.” “We had to go back to the drawing board,” he said. “We came out swinging and we got a lot more action out ...
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    Tue. March 05, 2013 at 11:41 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region boys soccer roundup: Zapata's hat trick puts Plant in cruise control

    Region boys soccer roundup: Zapata's hat trick puts Plant in cruise control TAMPA — Luis Zapata recorded his first career hat trick as Plant shook off a sluggish start to smother St. Petersburg 4-0 in a 5A region quarterfinal Wednesday. “Part of the problem was we allowed them to do what they do best in the beginning,” first-year Plant coach John Feely ...
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    Wed. Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:04 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Girls region soccer: One goal ends Plant City's run

    PLANT CITY — Plant City has made a living this postseason winning one-goal matches. Tuesday, the tables were turned. Lakewood Ranch’s Angelica Rego buried winner in the 36th minute as the visiting Mustangs ended Plant City’s season, defeating the Raiders 1-0 in the 4A region final. It was a difficult ...
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    Tue. Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:19 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Girls soccer: Plant coach earns 200th career win as Panthers top Wharton

    TAMPA — Pam Smith is apparently good with secrets. The longtime coach managed to keep a potential personal milestone from her Plant team before the Panthers faced Wharton on Thursday night. “I didn’t know anything about it …,” midfielder Caroline Bado said. Bado may not have been privy to Smith’s ...
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    Fri. Dec. 14, 2012 at 12:02 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Girls basketball: Riverview stays perfect after late surge

    TAMPA — Riverview mustered just two points in the opening quarter but exploded for 23 in the third, coming from behind to beat host Tampa Bay Tech 43-37 in a 7A-8 matchup. The Sharks, who lost three key transfers and their longtime coach before the season, moved to 6-0. “One ...
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    Fri. Dec. 07, 2012 at 11:03 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region football: Newsome 21, Durant 14

    PLANT CITY — Cornerback Ricardo Rodriguez had heard the song before. “I’m used to getting picked on because I’m a shorter corner,” Rodriguez, generously listed as 5 feet 7 in the Wolves’ program, said. “But I play pretty big.” Rodriguez certainly came up plenty big Friday night, batting away a ...
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    Sat. Nov. 24, 2012 at 12:57 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region football: Newsome 52, Gaither 7

    TAMPA — Maybe Newsome running back Clint Carnell summed it up best. “We just came out,” he said, “and punched them in the mouth.” The Wolves connected solidly, mauling district champ Gaither 52-7 Friday night on the Cowboys’ home field in the Class 7A region quarterfinals. “No, I’m not surprised,” ...
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    Sat. Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:56 a.m. | Brandon Wright

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