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  • 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

  • Region tennis roundup: King boys face few challenges

    TEMPLE TERRACE — The challenge for the King boys wasn’t so much to defeat region semifinal opponent Winter Haven on Tuesday. After a couple of games on the Lightfoot Recreation Center hard courts, the Lions were clearly playing at a higher level. The focus for King then became: who can ...
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    Tue. April 09, 2013 at 9:45 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • District tennis: CDS girls, Tampa Prep boys come out on top

    TAMPA — Jackie Fitz-Randolph was on the brink of defeat, down 5-4 in the final set Friday and facing the serve of Tampa Prep freshman Paige Leavy. That precise moment, however, is when Fitz-Randolph played some of her best tennis. The Carrollwood Day sophomore reeled off 12 straight points, including ...
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    Fri. April 05, 2013 at 10:07 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • District tennis: King flexes muscles for title sweep again

    TAMPA — King’s boys and girls teams each won six of seven events Tuesday to capture both titles at the 3A-9 district tournament for the second year in a row in anticlimactic fashion. Kiril Kirkov was victorious 6-0, 6-2 over Chamberlain’s Harrison Fisher at boys No. 1 singles to earn ...
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    Tue. April 02, 2013 at 8:51 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Tennis: King boys in position of power as district tourneys begin

    Tennis: King boys in position of power as district tourneys begin TEMPLE TERRACE — In a closet-sized office behind the six hard courts at the Lightfoot Recreation Center, King boys tennis coach Peter Adler maintains a constantly-expanding shrine to the frustrations the game can impose on even the most strong-willed players. Adler calls this space his “Hall of Shame.” Lining the ...
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    Wed. March 27, 2013 at 7:58 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Baseball: Saladino at Riverview, Day 3

    At Riverview Scores • Hillsborough 6, Lennard 3 • Plant 8, Sickles 3 • Leto 15, Blake 6 • Bloomingdale 6, Riverview 0 Pitchers of the day Bloomingdale right-hander Cody Crouse held Riverview scoreless through six innings in the evening’s win-or-go-home game to determine the champion of Pool E. Crouse ...
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    Tue. March 12, 2013 at 11:14 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Baseball: Saladino at Brandon, Day 2

    At Brandon Scores • King 11, Spoto 0 (5 innings) • Durant 8, Brooks DeBartolo 1 • Newsome 12, Armwood 1 (5) • Brandon 10, Freedom 1 Pitchers of the day King junior left-hander Tyeler Checkley was one batter from a perfect game before allowing a single to Spoto’s Marc ...
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    Mon. March 11, 2013 at 10:40 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Lightning Conference Cup: East Lake senior scores twice as Eagles keep title

    Lightning Conference Cup: East Lake senior scores twice as Eagles keep title TAMPA — East Lake senior forward Austin Teall has made a habit of saving his best performances for the Lightning Conference Cup Finals. Last season, Teall was named Most Valuable Player after leading the Eagles to their first Cup championship. On Wednesday, Teall scored two goals, including the winner, to ...
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    Wed. Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:07 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Region girls basketball roundup: Boca Ciega thrives in overtime

    Region girls basketball roundup: Boca Ciega thrives in overtime TAMPA — Robinson freshman Autumn Carson had the 3-point shot lined up and the ball out of her hand before the fourth quarter-clock hit zero. Moments earlier, Carson swished a 3 with 23 seconds left to cap a fourth-quarter rally that saw the Knights make up a seven-point deficit in ...
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    Thu. Feb. 07, 2013 at 10:07 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Boys district soccer: Top-seeded Newsome escapes with PK win

    RIVERVIEW — Wharton entered Thursday’s Class 5A, District 7 semifinal against Newsome with nothing to lose. The Wildcats were facing the district’s No. 1 seed in Newsome, a team that won 15 games during the regular season. Wharton, on the other hand, finished below .500 and had just four wins. ...
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    Thu. Jan. 24, 2013 at 8:54 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Boys basketball: Chamberlain gets serious with defense

    Boys basketball: Chamberlain gets serious with defense TAMPA — With the rest of Class 7A, District 9 already in the loss column, the battle between unbeatens Wiregrass Ranch and Chamberlain took on added significance. The winner would grab the top spot in the district standings along with the inside track for the end-of-the-season district tournament’s No. 1 ...
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    Fri. Dec. 07, 2012 at 10:03 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Tampa Catholic 33, Berkeley Prep 7

    TAMPA — The runnerup position in Class 3A, District 5 and a postseason berth were on the line in Friday night's matchup between Tampa Catholic and Berkeley Prep.Only one team proved to be poised for the playoffs.Tampa Catholic showcased a balanced offensive attack, moving the ball at will. And the ...
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    Fri. Nov. 02, 2012 at 7:58 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Countryside 23, Pinellas Park 7

    PINELLAS PARK — Following a tumultuous week in which Countryside found out it would have to forfeit its first six games and would lose its starting quarterback after Christian Strong was ruled ineligible by the FHSAA, the Cougars faced more bad news by trailing 7-0 at halftime Friday at Pinellas ...
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    Sat. Oct. 27, 2012 at 1:52 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Football: Alonso 27, Plant City 10

    Football: Alonso 27, Plant City 10 photo gallery TAMPA — After starting the season 0-2, Alonso went back to basics on defense and simplified some of its more complicated schemes. The results have been better than even coach Brian Emanuel could have expected. The Ravens entered Friday night’s nondistrict matchuup against Plant City on a three-game ...
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    Sat. Oct. 13, 2012 at 1:06 a.m. | Bryan Burns

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