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  • District volleyball: Sunlake shakes off nerves, Dunedin

    HUDSON — Sunlake had to work for it, but the Seahawks are headed to the volleyball playoffs for the first time after a 26-28, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20 win over Dunedin in Wednesday’s Class 5A-8 semifinals.   “It feels great. Now, the pressure’s off and tomorrow we can return to the ...
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    Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District volleyball roundup: Osceola dispatches Springstead in five games

    TRINITY — To almost no one’s surprise, Tuesday’s first Class 6A-10 district semifinal went the distance.  In a match where two even teams couldn’t hold momentum for long, Osceola had it when it mattered, beating Springstead 25-15, 11-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13. The second semifinal also went as expected. Top seed ...
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    Tue. Oct. 21, 2014 at 10:16 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Sunlake 42, Land O’Lakes 14

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Sunlake 42, Land O’Lakes 14 LAND O’LAKES — Sunlake standout running back Nate Johnson’s first-half absence gave senior teammate Naejuan Jackson an opportunity that he ran with. And more often than not he ran until he found paydirt. Jackson had 151 yards rushing with three long touchdowns, and mixed in an 85-yard reception for a ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:25 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Spoto 28, Plant City 27

    Spoto ruined Plant City’s homecoming, as the Raiders missed a tying extra point in the fourth quarter. The Spartans (4-3) overcame a 21-14 halftime deficit. Ish Knight blocked the extra point, but Plant City stood to get the ball back with around 90 seconds left — until Spoto coach Dale ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:20 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Orlando Bishop Moore 25, Jesuit 17

    TAMPA — Jesuit suffered its second straight defeat, albeit against a rugged schedule, falling at home 25-17 to undefeated Orlando Bishop Moore. The Tigers led 17-14 at halftime as Trent Wessel ran for a score and tight end Rob Whitaker had the other touchdown. Jesuit fell to 4-4 but has ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:16 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: East Bay 21, Strawberry Crest 7

    Sophomore running back Anthony Hollingshed had a career night to lead the Indians to their first win in Class 7A, District 8 play this year. Hollingshed ran for 246 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries as the Indians (4-4, 1-1) vaulted into the playoff race, with an assist from ...
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    Fri. Oct. 17, 2014 at 11:47 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Land O’Lakes 55, Hudson 30

    HUDSON — Land O’Lakes spent its bye week working on improving a run game that was only averaging 62 yards a contest.  It sure showed against Hudson, with Larenz Scroggins running for 145 yards and two touchdowns to complement James Pensyl’s 229 yards through the air. The Gators ran for ...
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    Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 at 12:46 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Volleyball: Sunlake sweeps Fivay to grab top district seed

    LAND O’LAKES — Sunlake knocked off two-time defending region finalist Fivay 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 Tuesday to earn the top seed for the Class 5A, District 8 volleyball tournament. With Fivay keying on top Sunlake hitter Sarah Sprague, Kelsey Riquelme took over and recorded 17 kills for the Seahawks (17-5). “We ...
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    Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 at 10:12 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Nature Coast 31, Hernando 7

    BROOKSVILLE — As the weather cleared Friday night so did the running lanes for Nature Coast, which withstood a game-starting deluge and 40-minute lightning delay for an important Class 5A, District 6 victory. Nature Coast put it away with a 21-0 fourth quarter. Key Drive: With the lead tenuous at ...
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    Sat. Oct. 04, 2014 at 12:16 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Tarpon Springs 31, Gibbs 26

    TARPON SPRINGS — Daniel Davis started the game with a kickoff return for a touchdown, and added two critical TD catches as Tarpon Springs eluded Gibbs’ upset bid in 5A-District 8 play. Both of Davis’ scoring catches came after Gibbs had taken the lead. His 20-yard reception from Brandon Casler ...
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    Fri. Oct. 03, 2014 at 12:09 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Gulf 43, Land O’Lakes 38

    LAND O’LAKES — Reined in by rain the first three game, Gulf quarterback Keshaun Peters finally got to let loose and did so to scintillating effect. Peters threw for 417 yards Friday as the Bucs earned a dramatic 43-38 win at Land O’Lakes. The host Gators (2-3) trailed 33-0 late ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 12:42 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Volleyball: Sunlake edges River Ridge

    LAND O’LAKES — Coming up with finesse in the match’s most stressful moments, Sunlake pulled out a 22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 19-25, 15-10 victory over River Ridge on Thursday. Sarah Sprague had 21 kills, most of the forceful variety. But her changeup — right after she committed an error — gave ...
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    Thu. Sept. 25, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Mitchell 27, Land O’Lakes 17

    LAND O’LAKES — The rain was letting up, and so, it appeared, was Mitchell. Down 20-0 at halftime, Land O’Lakes had just gotten its first touchdown, and after recovering a fumble on the kickoff, it quickly found itself at the Mitchell 7-yard line. But that’s when Mitchell defensive lineman Antonio ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 12:55 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Wharton 7, Riverview 6

    Scoring conditions were not optimal, but the Wharton Wildcats made just enough key plays for a Class 8A, District 6 victory Friday. The decisive play turned out to be an extra point in the second quarter. Riverview (0-3) had taken a 6-0 lead but missed its PAT. Then Ozziah Williams ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 12:29 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Hillsborough 25, Leto 0

    The Terriers got a much tougher test than expected, but still won comfortably to go to 2-1 in Class 6A-, District 8 play. Hillsborough led just 14-0 at halftime against Leto, which dropped to 0-3 and has yet to score this season. "We are improving so much," said Leto coach ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 12:03 a.m. | Darek Sharp

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