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  • Girls soccer: Land O’Lakes 3, Mitchell 2

    TRINITY — With both teams being state title contenders, and clearly the class of the North Suncoast, there was already plenty of meaning when Mitchell hosted Land O’Lakes on Monday. But the clearest indicator came about a dozen minutes in, with the loud “yeah!” let out by usually calm Mitchell ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 11:01 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys basketball: Wharton 67, Newsome 51

    TAMPA — The fourth quarter wasn't a work of art, but style points aren't of concern in Class 8A, District 7, where every win is a good one. Wharton had a very good one Friday, topping Newsome 67-51 in a matchup of unbeatens. Wharton led by four entering the final ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: Mitchell 4, Wiregrass Ranch 1

    TRINITY — It took a little bit longer than normal for Mitchell to get going Tuesday, but once the Mustangs did they were headed to very familiar territory. Mitchell took down the biggest challenger so far in its quest for a second straight perfect regular season, topping fellow unbeaten Wiregrass ...
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    Tue. Dec. 09, 2014 at 10:51 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls basketball: Freedom 61, Wiregrass Ranch 56

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Freedom was in urgent need of a timeout after seeing a 16-point lead shrink to two. Coach Laurie Pacholke’s message was well received. And it helped to have Taylor Emery among those receiving it. “Be calm. Stay composed,” said Emery, who did just that with layups on ...
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    Fri. Dec. 05, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: Wesley Chapel 3, Pasco 2

    DADE CITY — Add another name to the already long list of talented Wesley Chapel underclassmen. Freshman Victoria Mitchell, playing in just her third game after a knee injury, scored early in the second half to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory over host Pasco on Wednesday. Pasco freshman Jenny ...
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    Wed. Dec. 03, 2014 at 11:14 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys soccer: Sunlake 1, Berkeley Prep 0

    LAND O’LAKES — Defending state semifinalists Berkeley Prep and Sunlake entered Tuesday’s boys soccer matchup undefeated, and it looked like they would both stay that way. But with five minutes left, Sunlake’s Allan Lewis came up with the special effort needed to solve the scoreless deadlock. The senior forward’s off-balance ...
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    Tue. Dec. 02, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: East Lake 40, Fort Myers 7 (with video)

    Football: East Lake 40, Fort Myers 7 (with video) TARPON SPRINGS — A prodigiously proficient first-half offensive attack has East Lake headed to its second straight state semifinal. East Lake easily handled previously unbeaten Fort Myers 40-7 on Friday. East Lake (13-0) travels to Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in next week’s Class 7A state semifinals. Jake Hudson completed ...
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    Fri. Nov. 28, 2014 at 11:54 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys basketball: Tampa Prep 71, Calvary Christian 49

    CLEARWATER — Juwan Durham scored 25 and sophomore guard Amari Goulbourne continued to impress, adding 16 points Monday in Tampa Prep’s 71-49 victory at Calvary Christian. The Warriors (1-2) hung around but an 8-0 Tampa Prep run midway through the third quarter was key for the Terrapins (2-0). It was ...
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    Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 at 9:42 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Gainesville 27, Sunlake 19

    Football: Gainesville 27, Sunlake 19 GAINESVILLE — Sunlake spent most of its Friday night in comeback mode, not a good place to be against a team that hasn’t lost a home playoff game in 37 years. Despite Sunlake having a chance to force overtime late, Gainesville held on for a 27-19 victory. The hosts led ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:45 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: Land O’Lakes rolls past Sunlake

    LAND O’LAKES — The Sunlake-Land O’Lakes girls soccer rivalry has been marked by close, generally low-scoring contests. But that concept went quickly out the window Tuesday night. Emphasis on quick. The Gators frontline, infused by freshman Sydny Nasello, raced to a 3-0 lead within 25 minutes and Land O’Lakes went ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 10:40 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • River Ridge O-linemen give Chris Schwarz 2,536 reasons to love them

    River Ridge O-linemen give Chris Schwarz 2,536 reasons to love them NEW PORT RICHEY -— As much attention as River Ridge High School running back Chris Schwarz has gotten — all of it deserved — he is insistent on spreading the love to his offensive line. And Schwarz lets them feel it at every opportunity. “When he scores a touchdown, we ...
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    Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Sunlake 24, Ocala Vanguard 6

    LAND O’LAKES — Naejaun Jackson bridged halftime with a pair of 8-yard touchdown runs, allowing Sunlake to coast to a 24-6 victory over Ocala Vanguard in a Class 6A region quarterfinal Friday. Nate Johnson ran for 97 yards on 21 carries as the Seahawks (9-2) played a ball-control game, taking ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:23 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region volleyball: Tampa Bay HEAT gets revenge

    BRANDON — Emotions were high inside the tiny, packed gymnasium at Central Baptist Church on Saturday. And that was a good thing for Tampa Bay HEAT. The HEAT was able to avoid a letdown after dropping the second set — and didn’t falter during a handful of Winter Park Geneva ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 7:28 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Zephyrhills 22, Sunlake 7

    LAND O’LAKES — Zephyrhills has playmakers all over the field. It just so happens this week was Jackie Tucker’s turn to make the biggest plays of all. Tucker caught six passes for 164 yards, putting away Sunlake with a 57-yard TD catch with 1:40 remaining as Zephyrhills (8-2) won the ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 12:31 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: King 28, Leto 7

    TAMPA — The Lions secured a .500 record, ending their season with a road victory. Mario Brisbon threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and sophomore QB Terrell Greene came in late to get his first TD throw for the Lions (5-5). Gabriel Luyanda caught both scoring passes and ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:52 a.m. | Darek Sharp

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