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  • District boys basketball: Lennard lands first title

    TAMPA — Every day after practice, Lennard junior Diontae Johnson practices free throws for 10 minutes in anticipation of moments like the one he faced late in the Longhorns’ Class 6A, District 9 final against Jefferson, Saturday night at Hillsborough. With the Longhorns leading by a point with 28 seconds ...
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    Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 at 11:11 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Region girls basketball: St. Petersburg rolls without standout

    RIVERVIEW — St. Petersburg learned Tuesday that it would be without Jordan Berenbaum, one of its top players, after the senior forward suffered a concussion in the district final loss to Palm Harbor University. But in Thursday’s Class 8A region quarterfinal against Riverview, however, St. Petersburg’s defense hardly missed a ...
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    Thu. Feb. 06, 2014 at 10:53 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Girls soccer: Shorecrest earns state semifinal berth with OT win

    ST. PETERSBURG — Moments earlier, the Shorecrest girls soccer team was equal parts dismayed and disheartened. Less than 60 seconds from its first state semifinal since 2007, the Chargers allowed a late, equalizing goal to Community School of Naples to send their Class A, Region 2 final into overtime tied ...
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    Fri. Jan. 31, 2014 at 11:11 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Region boys soccer: First goal gets Newsome going

    LITHIA — Newsome squandered numerous opportunities to score early in a Class 5A region quarterfinal against Orlando Timber Creek. Once Newsome cracked the back of the net for the first time, however, the goals came in bunches for a Wolves team peaking at the right time. Newsome scored four goals ...
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    Thu. Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:16 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Girls region soccer: Newsome falls short on PKs

    LITHIA — George Jenkins sophomore defender Katherine Stokes hadn’t seen one minute of action during the season, the result of suffering a torn ACL in her right knee during the summer. With one swing of her damaged appendage, however, Stokes provided the Eagles with perhaps the greatest contribution of the ...
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    Tue. Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:36 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Boys district soccer: Just call Jesuit title town this school year

    TAMPA — With a handful of players standing 6 feet 1 and taller, Jesuit owned a decided height advantage in its Class 3A, District 9 tournament final against Bradenton Southeast. The Hurricanes, as it turned out, had no answers for the Tigers’ aerial prowess. Jesuit scored three times — twice ...
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    Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:22 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Girls region soccer: Robinson doesn't let up vs. Tarpon Springs

    TAMPA — In scouting Class 3A region quarterfinal opponent Tarpon Springs, Robinson coach Billy Helms noticed the Spongers tended to start games slowly. So Helms’ pregame message to his team was simple: shoot early and often. Robinson responded by scoring in the fourth minute, and the Knights continued piling on ...
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    Thu. Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:03 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Girls region soccer: Calvary Christian notches first playoff win

    TAMPA — Last week, Calvary Christian earned its first postseason bid following a win in the district tournament. The achievements continue to pile up for the burgeoning Warriors girls soccer program. Behind a stout back line and a two-goal effort from sophomore forward Hannah Brookover, Calvary Christian defeated Carrollwood Day ...
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    Thu. Jan. 23, 2014 at 6:54 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Boys basketball: Jesuit’s 3-point prowess downs Tampa Catholic

    TAMPA — As Jesuit senior guard Kyle Sahlsten and coach Neal Goldman entered the visitors’ locker room following the Tigers’ 67-45 romp over rival Tampa Catholic, the two shared a longer-than-usual hug. For Sahlsten, those few seconds were the only time all night someone held him in check. Sahlsten put ...
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    Fri. Jan. 10, 2014 at 11:14 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Boys basketball: Tampa Prep tops Jesuit; Berkeley Prep takes first loss

    TAMPA — Averaging 21 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks a game, Tampa Prep 6-foot-9 sophomore forward Juwan Durham commands the bulk of the attention from opposing defenses. Against Jesuit during the final day of the Berkeley Basketball Invitational, Durham was routinely double- and triple-teamed, taking him out of the ...
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    Sun. Jan. 05, 2014 at 12:29 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Boys basketball: Tampa Catholic gets back on track

    TAMPA — After starting the season 10-1, including victories over basketball powers Haines City and Tampa Prep, Tampa Catholic found life outside of Florida more difficult. Playing in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., last weekend, the Crusaders dropped two close matchups to teams from California and another ...
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    Sat. Jan. 04, 2014 at 12:12 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Girls soccer: Newsome’s dramatic winner topples Durant

    DURANT — With less than two minutes remaining in a tie game, Durant appeared on the verge of hanging the first blemish on Newsome’s perfect record. The Wolves Shayna Zajac, though, wasn’t about to give up on her dream of an undefeated season. The sophomore lined up a 35-yard free ...
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    Fri. Dec. 13, 2013 at 10:47 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Boys hoops: No ditching Tampa Prep’s Durham

    Boys hoops: No ditching Tampa Prep’s Durham TAMPA — Standing 6 feet 9 with arms that stretch nearly to his knees, Tampa Prep sophomore center Juwan Durham is a towering presence in the paint for opposing teams to shoot over. On Tuesday, Brooks DeBartolo got a first-hand look at just how much Durham can affect an offense. ...
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    Tue. Dec. 10, 2013 at 11:14 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Boys basketball: Jefferson takes control to rout King

    TAMPA — For a team that, according to its coach, has yet to play a complete game, the Jefferson Dragons are still finding ways to pile up early-season wins. The victim Friday? An up-and-down King squad led by senior guard Rashad Green. Green averaged 23 points before playing Jefferson but ...
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    Fri. Dec. 06, 2013 at 10:15 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 49, St. Petersburg Catholic 16

    CLEARWATER — As Clearwater Central Catholic exited the field at halftime of Friday’s Class 3A region final against St. Petersburg Catholic, an uncomfortable familiarity undoubtedly crept into the Marauders’ psyche. Just like in the teams’ regular-season matchup, a script unfolded in the first half of the playoff rematch: CCC jumped ...
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    Sat. Nov. 23, 2013 at 12:48 a.m. | Bryan Burns

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