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  • 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

  • Football: Newsome 40, Plant City 7

    LITHIA — With a postseason berth on the line in front of a homecoming crowd, Will Worth did what he usually does when Newsome needs it most: put the Wolves on his back.Worth ran for a pair of scores and threw another as Newsome (5-4) jumped to a 28-point lead ...
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    Fri. Nov. 02, 2012 at 8:45 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Armwood 35, Strawberry Crest 18

     DOVER — Strawberry Crest trailed by just one score in the fourth quarter, but Armwood pulled away to win 35-18. "We have a young group that had some selfish penalties," Armwood coach Sean Callahan said. "But that's not to take anything away from (the Chargers). They've done a great job ...
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    Fri. Oct. 12, 2012 at 8:58 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: East Bay 33, Riverview 14

    RIVERVIEW — Visiting East Bay scored the first 19 points and the defense took care of the rest, cruising to a 33-14 victory Friday against Riverview."Our defense has carried us all year long," East Bay coach Frank LaRosa said. "Our offense has been up and down, and hot and cold ...
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    Fri. Oct. 05, 2012 at 8:34 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Durant 36, Brandon 0

    BRANDON — Durant's defense dominated and its offense moved the ball at will as the Cougars remained undefeated, blanking Brandon 36-0 on Friday.The Cougars (3-0) pitched their second shutout in a row and have given up just seven points this season. Friday, Durant held Brandon to 122 yards and didn't ...
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    Fri. Sept. 21, 2012 at 8:32 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Bloomingdale 21, East Bay 14

    GIBSONTON — Bloomingdale got a pair of key fumble recoveries — one that gave it the lead, another that preserved the win — as the visiting Bulls came from behind Friday to defeat East Bay 21-14. With just more than two minutes to play, the score tied at 14 and ...
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    Fri. Sept. 14, 2012 at 9:19 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Jefferson 39, Newsome 37

    LITHIA — Deiondre Porter accounted for five touchdowns and the Dragons held off the Wolves."We knew we couldn't get complacent," said Porter, 17-of-27 for 285 yards and four scores and a 4-yard rushing score. "But they came out and hit us in the mouth."There were three touchdowns in 16 seconds ...
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    Fri. Sept. 07, 2012 at 8:50 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Football: Seffner Christian 42, Master's Academy at Brandon 0

    BRANDON — Seffner Christian scored in all three phases of the game and won its opener for the first time school history Friday as the Crusaders breezed to a 42-0 win against visiting Master's Academy at Brandon."We didn't have any tape on them so we went into the game blind," ...
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    Fri. Aug. 31, 2012 at 8:07 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Preseason football: Hillsborough 15, Plant City 7

    PLANT CITY — Jakarius Crittenden ran for a game-high 83 yards and a long scoring run as Hillsborough beat host Plant City 15-7 in a preseason game Friday night.With starter Trevor Steinke out with a broken leg suffered this summer, Crittenden seized his opportunity. Ahead 8-0 in the third quarter, ...
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    Fri. Aug. 24, 2012 at 8:32 p.m. | Brandon Wright

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