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  • Region volleyball: First playoff win in the books for Sunlake

    LAND O’LAKES — First district title and now a first playoff victory. Sunlake’s impressive finish to Wednesday’s 25-22, 25-22, 25-13 Class 5A region quarterfinal win over Weeki Wachee has the Seahawks aiming pretty high. “Definitely, we can make it to the final four,” said Sarah Sprague, the senior who put ...
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    Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 9:34 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Jefferson 55, Chamberlain 14

    TAMPA — Cade Weldon put on a show Friday, throwing seven touchdowns as Jefferson snapped a two-game losing streak with a 55-14 win over Chamberlain. Taj Jenkins and Maurice Moore caught three touchdowns apiece and Quentin Rogers had the other. Mondreas Lofton ran in the other touchdown for Jefferson (4-4, ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:59 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Berkeley Prep 28, Montverde 6

    TAMPA — At basketball, Montverde took on all comers and ended up an undefeated and unofficial national champion last year. In football, the Eagles need a little work.   Berkeley had no trouble in its non-district tilt Friday, topping the Eagles (1-5) 28-6 in a game that was 14-6 at ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:56 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Mitchell 16, Springstead 10, overtime

    TRINITY — A dramatic, backup-led comeback Friday night by Mitchell took the playoff situation in Class 6A, District 6 from completely settled to completely crazy. After a goal-line stand to start overtime, Mitchell beat Springstead 16-10 on Larry Dalla Betta’s 7-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Lewis. “As soon as we ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:34 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: Alonso 35, Riverview 28

    RIVERVIEW — Two teams aching for their first taste of district victory met Friday, with Alonso coming out on top 35-28 over Riverview with a road comeback. The Sharks led 28-25 before Chris Oladokun hit Tristyn Ferlita for a go-ahead score. Jack Bryzenski’s 42-yard field goal, his second of the ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:17 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Calvary Christian's Illinois foe has local ties

    CLEARWATER — Wonder how Calvary Christian settled on an opponent from Quincy, Ill., for Friday’s Week 9 football contest? It was more like the other way around. Calvary is set to face the Notre Dame High Raiders, who searched everywhere in their own state for an opponent. But because the ...
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    Thu. Oct. 23, 2014 at 4:54 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • 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

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