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  • Football: Admiral Farragut 42, Lakeland Victory Christian 13

    ST. PETERSBURG — There was plenty of talk from Lakeland Victory Christian heading into Friday’s contest with Admiral Farragut, but after the Blue Jackets’ 42-13 drubbing of Victory Christian, it appears the most difficult challenge AFA will face this season is deciding who gets to score. The Class 2A Urban ...
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    Fri. Sept. 02, 2011 at 10:43 p.m. | Chris Girandola

  • Preseason football: Gibbs 27, Tarpon Springs 23

    TARPON SPRINGS — Gibbs and Tarpon Springs both entered Friday’s preseason game with questions surrounding their offensive lines. After the Gladiators’ 27-23 victory, the Spongers will enter the regular season with work to do. Tarpon Springs quarterback  Louis Pappas began the night in bright fashion with an 80-yard strike to ...
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    Fri. Aug. 26, 2011 at 11:13 p.m. | Chris Girandola

  • Spring football: Northeast 27, Dunedin 21 (2OT)

    At Northeast Score Northeast 27, Dunedin 21 (2OT) Spring game-breakers: Northeast rising junior Taron Williams completed 12 of 24 passes for 230 yards, including touchdowns of 7 and 28 yards. He also rushed for 81 yards on 16 carries. … Williams took advantage of several sets that often included four ...
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    Sat. May 28, 2011 at 12:21 a.m. | Chris Girandola

  • Clearwater center Brown signs

    Clearwater senior Josh Brown announced via text message that he has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the Georgia College and State University. "It is a great opportunity to continue my basketball playing experience," Brown said.  "They offered a full scholarship to play.  The coaching staff was ...
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    Wed. May 25, 2011 at 4:03 p.m. | Chris Girandola

    • Recruit: Josh Brown
      Georgia College and State University
  • Spring football: Keswick Christian 25, Out-of-Door 22

    At Keswick Christian Score Keswick Christian 25, Out-of-Door 22 Spring game-breakers: Keswick Christian has found a running game that features power and quickness, led by rising senior fullback Kristian Craig and senior tailback Jayln Coleman. Craig ran for an 11-yard touchdown to give the Crusaders a 7-0 first-quarter lead on ...
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    Sat. May 21, 2011 at 12:10 a.m. | Chris Girandola

  • Clearwater hoops star Hogan makes college choice

    Clearwater senior Jon Hogan has signed with the Master's College and will play basketball for the Mustangs. "They were the ones who were the most interested in me and they have given me a great opportunity with a full scholarship," Hogan said.  "The school is amazing and the coaching staff ...
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    Thu. May 12, 2011 at 9:04 p.m. | Chris Girandola

  • 2A region baseball: Shorecrest 11, Community School of Naples 1

    ST. PETERSBURG — After Shorecrest lost last year's Class 2A state baseball final, the Chargers made it a mission to do everything possible to reach the title game again and change the result.Having been through a brutal preseason training session before the 2010 campaign, the Chargers amped it up even ...
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    Sat. May 07, 2011 at 7:21 p.m. | Chris Girandola

  • Bogie's Smith signs with Louisiana Tech

    Boca Ciega point guard Kenneth "Speedy" Smith, the flashy and effective leader for a Pirates team that went 23-3 before being upset in the Class 5A playoffs, has signed with Division I Louisiana Tech University, Smith announced via text message Tuesday. A St. Petersburg Times first-team all-Pinellas County pick and ...
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    Wed. May 04, 2011 at 12:52 a.m. | Chris Girandola

  • 3A region baseball: After win, CCC turns focus to Tampa Catholic

    CLEARWATER — Let the rematch of all rematches begin. Clearwater Central Catholic scored eight runs in the first three innings against Avon Park on Tuesday on the way to an 8-0 victory in the first round of the Class 3A region playoffs. The Marauders host Friday’s region semifinal against Tampa ...
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    Wed. May 04, 2011 at 12:27 a.m. | Chris Girandola

  • 5A-12 district baseball: Pinellas Park rides big fifth inning to repeat

    PINELLAS PARK — Pinellas Park duplicated last year’s feat with its second consecutive Class 5A-12 district title as freshman right-hander Brandon Grigsby tossed a one-hit complete game Friday to lead the Patriots to a 4-1 victory over Largo. The Patriots defeated the Packers in last season’s district championship. “I’m excited ...
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    Sat. April 30, 2011 at 12:08 a.m. | Chris Girandola

  • A-9 district baseball: Canterbury finally breaks through against Cambridge

    ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury had reached a point with Cambridge where the Crusaders felt like they were the kid in school always being bullied. On Thursday, Canterbury struck back in resounding fashion and ended an 11-game losing streak — that traversed four season — with a 6-1 victory to claim ...
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    Thu. April 28, 2011 at 11:16 p.m. | Chris Girandola

  • 5A-12 district baseball: Largo dispatches top-seeded Northeast

    PINELLAS PARK — Largo starter Mike LaGrange stood on the mound in the fifth inning holding a 15-1 lead over Northeast and was determined not to let either of the two runners on base score. With only one more out to record for a mercy-rule win and the game well ...
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    Thu. April 28, 2011 at 12:22 a.m. | Chris Girandola

  • 5A region softball: Patience pays off for Pinellas Park

    PINELLAS PARK — A year after Pinellas Park’s all-time strikeout leader, Sara Nevins, put the Patriots on her back with her stellar pitching, Taylor Klinesmith is doing the same this season with her bat. Klinesmith was instrumental in helping the Patriots tie Seminole in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s Class ...
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    Wed. April 27, 2011 at 12:19 a.m. | Chris Girandola

  • 5A-12 district softball: Pinellas Park wraps up another title

    5A-12 district softball: Pinellas Park wraps up another title PINELLAS PARK — Pinellas Park junior Taylor Klinesmith happened to be shopping last summer when she found out who would replace Patriots all-state left-hander Sara Nevins. Suddenly the fact of having to replace Nevins, who had tossed 331 strikeouts her senior season and 1,160 for her prep career, didn’t sting ...
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    Fri. April 22, 2011 at 11:41 p.m. | Chris Girandola

  • 2A-10 district softball: Bishop McLaughlin makes lead stick this time around

    LARGO — When Bishop McLaughlin scored three runs in the fifth inning of the Class 2A, District 10 final on Thursday to increase its lead over Indian Rocks Christian to 5-1, Kelsey Butler knew the game was far from over. A year ago, the Hurricanes built a seven-run lead, then  ...
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    Thu. April 21, 2011 at 9:43 p.m. | Chris Girandola

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