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  • Football: Largo 42, Countryside 14

    CLEARWATER — With its leading rusher suspended, Largo leaned on the passing game Friday to generate offense in its regular-season finale against Countryside. Rather, one pass specifically: the fade. Largo quarterback Donavan Hale threw five touchdown passes, all on fade patterns, and ran for a sixth in the Packers’ 42-14 ...
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    Fri. Nov. 08, 2013 at 11:35 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Wharton 30, Bloomingdale 23

    VALRICO — Wharton was 12 minutes from finishing its season on the grass field at Bloomingdale’s Charley Harris Stadium. The Wildcats trailed Bloomingdale 23-8. Their high-powered aerial attack had been grounded for three quarters. A litany of special-teams miscues looked like it would keep Wharton out of the playoffs for ...
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    Fri. Nov. 01, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Tampa Catholic 41, Lakeland Christian 0

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic’s homecoming matchup against Lakeland Christian was supposed to be a tightly-contested battle between a pair of contenders for the Class 3A, District 4 championship. Instead, the game evolved into a 48-minute title coronation for the Crusaders. After starting inauspiciously with an interception on its opening drive, ...
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    Fri. Oct. 25, 2013 at 11:32 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • District volleyball finals: Holy Names halts Berkeley's title run

    District volleyball finals: Holy Names halts Berkeley's title run TAMPA — Winning a district title is an afterthought for the Berkeley Prep volleyball program. After all, the Buccaneers have captured the past 11 in a row. Academy of the Holy Names hadn’t won districts since 2003 and hadn’t beaten Berkeley Prep since before anybody could remember. At Thursday’s Class ...
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    Thu. Oct. 24, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • District volleyball semis: King, Hillsborough keep rolling

    TAMPA — King rolled through the 6A-9 regular season, dropping only one game en route to a 7-0 district record. Hillsborough, too, was dominant with just one loss to King. As expected, the Lions and the Terriers will meet in tonight’s district title match after continuing their mastery of 6A-9 ...
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    Thu. Oct. 24, 2013 at 12:04 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Indian Rocks Christian 56, Cambridge Christian 7

    TAMPA — Indian Rocks Christian leading rusher Zeke McGaughy was sidelined for his team’s district matchup at Cambridge Christian with a sprained ankle. The Golden Eagles’ rushing attack hardly noticed McGaughy’s absence . IRC had three running backs surpass the 100-yard plateau and churned up 532 yards total on the ...
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    Fri. Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:31 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Indian Rocks Christian 55, Canterbury

    ST. PETERSBURG — In starting district play 3-0, Indian Rocks Christian outscored 2A-5 opponents 109-6. Canterbury, with only one district loss, was supposed to offer a stiffer challenge. Instead, the Golden Eagles dished out more of the same Friday in the team’s most complete victory this season. IRC scored touchdowns ...
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    Fri. Oct. 11, 2013 at 11:31 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 14, Plant 7

    Football: Tampa Bay Tech 14, Plant 7 TAMPA — As Tampa Bay Tech counted down the seconds of Friday’s 14-7 victory over Plant, it talked of shocking the world. The euphoria was exaggerated, but the win will make the rest of the bay area take notice. A week after Colby Brown set a school record by throwing ...
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    Sat. Sept. 28, 2013 at 1:43 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Tampa Catholic 39, Ford Meade 13

    TAMPA — Fort Meade hasn’t missed the postseason since 1997, a run of 16 playoff appearances. Tampa Catholic, though, put that streak in jeopardy on Friday while establishing itself as the team to beat in Class 3A, District 4. The Crusaders wore down a depleted Fort Meade after halftime, scoring ...
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    Sat. Sept. 21, 2013 at 12:59 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Tampa Catholic 13, Clearwater Central Catholic 10, OT

    Football: Tampa Catholic 13, Clearwater Central Catholic 10, OT photo gallery TAMPA — The day before Tampa Catholic and Clearwater Central Catholic renewed their cross-bay rivalry, Crusaders first-year coach Mike Gregory installed a new play that had been a staple under previous Crusaders coaching regimes. At the snap, the tight end, lined up to the left side of the ...
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    Sat. Sept. 07, 2013 at 1:26 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Osceola 23, Seminole 15

    Football: Osceola 23, Seminole 15 SEMINOLE — Osceola senior running back Jamil Morris said he takes great pleasure in smashing his 240-pound body into the heart of an opposing defense and punishing would-be tacklers. Morris, though, isn’t the only bruiser in the Warriors’ backfield — 220-pound Quadarius Patterson and junior Wilan Harvey also get a ...
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    Sat. Aug. 31, 2013 at 1:45 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Preseason football: Armwood 44, Cooper City 7

    SEFFNER — If the opening play of the year is a portent to a team’s fortunes, then Armwood could be gearing up for a special season Hawks senior Talvin Bailey took the opening kickoff at the goal line and raced up the middle untouched before veering to the right sideline ...
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    Sat. Aug. 24, 2013 at 12:40 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Spring football: Jamboree at Plant

    At Plant Scores: Plant 22, Robinson 0; Jefferson 55, Leto 0 Spring game-breakers: Plant needed just one minute, 36 seconds to score on the opening drive after Colby Brown found Alexander Jackson for a 7-yard touchdown. That score was set up by a 44-yard gain on a swing pass to ...
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    Thu. May 23, 2013 at 11:31 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Region baseball quarterfinals roundup: King ace keeps his focus

    Region baseball quarterfinals roundup: King ace keeps his focus TAMPA — King senior right-hander Brett Morales admits that it sometimes takes him an inning or two to get comfortable on the mound. Once Morales locks in, however, he’s usually unshakable. On Thursday, even a 30-minute lightning delay couldn’t break Morales’ concentration. The Florida signee threw a three-hitter in King’s ...
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    Fri. May 03, 2013 at 12:37 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • District softball: Freedom secures first region berth

    TAMPA — Freedom had been down this road before. A season ago, the Patriots defeated Steinbrenner in both regular-season matchups but lost to the Warriors in the all-important district semifinal. On Wednesday, Freedom faced the exact same scenario, needing a victory over Steinbrenner to advance to the district final after ...
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    Wed. April 17, 2013 at 9:49 p.m. | Bryan Burns

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