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  • Spring football: Mitchell 22, Hudson 6

    Spring football: Mitchell 22, Hudson 6 at Hudson Mitchell 22, Hudson 6 Spring game-breakers: Mitchell quarterback Alec Lambert threw for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns, to A.J. Mooney and Brandon Comito. Both came after Hudson tied the score at 6. … Mustangs linebacker Devontay Taylor and defensive lineman Colin Moran were imposing presences all ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Land O'Lakes returns tall QB but little else

    LAND O' LAKES — There won't many quarterbacks taller than James Pensyl taking snaps for a Florida high school team. But Pensyl's growth to 6-foot-7 isn't the dimension that Land O'Lakes coach Brian Wachtel is most excited for.   "He's finally filled out," Wachtel said. "There's no more room for ...
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    Thu. May 15, 2014 at 10:57 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Glass Wilson a running back on the rise

    HomeTeam Huddle: Glass Wilson a running back on the rise NEW PORT RICHEY —Two dozen or so Ridgewood Rams hit the practice field for the first drills of the spring, confirming the team indeed is more than just Glass Wilson. Ridgewood may not be a one-man show. But many opponents’ eyes, and certainly those of college coaches, will be trained ...
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    Mon. May 05, 2014 at 7:34 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region baseball: DH turns tide for Bishop McLaughlin

    SPRING HILL — Drew Stofanik figured it was another in a frustrating line of well-struck balls making its way to an opponent’s glove. Instead the Bishop McLaughlin designated hitter had the momentum-shifting hit as Bishop beat Lakeland Santa  Fe Catholic 5-3 in Wednesday’s Class 3A region quarterfinal. Bishop (18-7) will ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 10:17 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District baseball: Land O’Lakes holds off Sunlake

    HUDSON — Of course, it ended with the bases loaded. That’s just how Land O’Lakes has been living lately. “We don’t do anything easy,” longtime Gators coach Calvin Baisley said with a big grin after Thursday’s 7-3 victory over Sunlake in the 5A-8 district championship. Land O’Lakes (18-8) ended a ...
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    Thu. April 24, 2014 at 11:20 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District baseball: Rivals Gators, Seahawks reach 5A-8 final

    HUDSON — Rivals Land O’Lakes and Sunlake will play for the District 5A-8 title after the Gators knocked out top seed River Ridge 7-2 and Sunlake dropped Tarpon Springs 13-3 in six innings. Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. district final will be their fourth meeting; LOL (17-8) took two of the first ...
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    Wed. April 23, 2014 at 10:49 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region softball: Plenty of pop in Mitchell’s bats

    Region softball: Plenty of pop in Mitchell’s bats NEW PORT RICHEY — Mitchell opens the Class 6A region playoffs Wednesday against a Chamberlain squad it knows little about. Fortunately, the Mustangs are secure in one bit of knowledge: Their hitting is right where it needs to be. “Absolutely, without a doubt,” said senior Kassidy Neptune, the leader of ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: River Ridge holds off Mitchell

    NEW PORT RICHEY — After being knocked down a peg, River Ridge is on top of its game again. The Royal Knights took an early 6-0 lead then held on to beat Mitchell 7-5 on Thursday. River Ridge (22-3) has won two in a row since last week’s walkoff loss ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 12:36 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Cambridge Christian takes out lone district foe

    Softball: Cambridge Christian takes out lone district foe TAMPA — As the only teams in Class 2A, District 7, Academy at the Lakes and Cambridge Christian already know they’re playoff bound and will meet for a district title in two weeks. That security didn’t make Thursday afternoon’s first meeting any less intense. Sophomore Alea White struck out 14 ...
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    Thu. April 03, 2014 at 7:26 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District tennis: Fivay sweeps 2A-8 titles

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Fivay swept the Class 2A, District 8 boys and girls tennis titles Wednesday at River Ridge. The Tarpon Springs girls claimed runnerup honors, but the boys will require another day of competition to determine who advances to region. By winning their final matches Wednesday, Dunedin and ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 9:02 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Gulf knocks River Ridge down in district standings

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A stunning error. A big-time hit. And now, a district scenario not many would have foreseen in 5A-8. Gulf’s Nikki Sedivy ripped a two-run double as the Bucs scored a walkoff, standings-shaking 3-2 win over River Ridge on Tuesday. The result, coupled with Dunedin’s victory over ...
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    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 9:29 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District tennis: 3A-9 tourney is tough to predict

    District tennis: 3A-9 tourney is tough to predict LAND O’LAKES — There’s a relative order to the Pasco County tennis landscape, and it starts with Wiregrass Ranch. Land O’Lakes sits right behind the Bulls, who have dealt both the Gator boys and girls their only defeat this season. So with district tournaments next week and two teams advancing ...
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    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 12:30 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Gaither gains district ground, tops Freedom

    TAMPA — The clay barely settled from Gaither hanging onto sole possession of second place in Class 7A, District 8 Tuesday, the Cowboys already were thinking about the top spot. “We’re gunning for Steinbrenner,” said Gaither pitcher Sammi Grat, after finishing off her sixth complete-game victory — 2-1 at Freedom ...
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    Tue. March 25, 2014 at 10:04 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Pasco-Hernando Classic: Pasco knocks off Hernando

    LAND O’LAKES — Malik Johns hadn’t thrown a 1-2-3 inning all night. And with the heart of Hernando’s order coming up for the seventh, it did not appear as though that would change. “I knew they had their strong hitters coming up, so I had to throw strikes and let ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 10:43 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Baseball: Hernando 3, Land O'Lakes 0

    BROOKSVILLE — When he pitches, Kyle Kilbourne figures on one bad inning per game, and on Wednesday the second inning had all the makings. But the Hernando senior got through it with no harm done. And sure enough, Kilbourne had no issues the rest of the night, his complete-game shutout ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. | Darek Sharp

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