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  • District softball: River Ridge 10, Tarpon Springs 3

    NEW PORT RICHEY — That River Ridge won a district softball championship isn’t earth-shaking news. But this 5A-8 crown was a little more hard-earned than most. At one point a 7-7 team, and entering the district tournament as the fourth seed, River Ridge fell behind 2-0 before rallying past No. ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:59 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District softball: River Ridge takes out top seed

    District softball: River Ridge takes out top seed NEW PORT RICHEY — Anessa Holes appreciated the early run support, but given the opponent, figured she’d need a little more. Instead River Ridge rode its flyball pitcher and a consummate defense to a 2-1 defeat of top seed Land O’Lakes in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals Wednesday. No. ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District softball: Palm Harbor University 15, St. Petersburg 0

    PALM HARBOR — It was a much more difficult afternoon for the person in charge of Palm Harbor University’s walkup music than it was for the team itself. The top-seeded Hurricanes pinch-hit early and often, defeating St. Petersburg 15-0 in a Class 8A, District 8 semifinal. The game only went ...
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    Tue. April 14, 2015 at 6:55 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Land O'Lakes 6, Nature Coast 5

    LAND O'LAKES — The carryover effect from senior night landed a couple of Land O'Lakes seniors on the bench midway through Thursday's clash with Nature Coast. But both returned to play big parts in a dramatic 6-5 comeback victory. Land O'Lakes (23-2)  trailed 5-1 but scored three in the fifth, ...
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    Thu. April 09, 2015 at 10:17 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Springstead 4, Mitchell 3

    TRINITY — When Mitchell’s Kelsea Vanderveer smacked her fourth home run of the season for a 2-0 Mitchell lead Tuesday, it had the feel of a putaway shot, especially considering it came off area strikeout leader Louisa Disi. But Springstead was far from deterred. Instead the Eagles came to life, ...
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    Tue. March 24, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin 8, Tampa Prep 2

    TAMPA -- Nate Pearson threw a complete game and Carson Ragsdale homered and drove in five as Bishop McLaughlin ended Tampa Prep’s eight-game winning streak 8-2 Friday. Ragsdale has homered three times, all in the last five games, and raised his average to .525 with the 3-for-4 night. Pearson (2-0, ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 12:15 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 3 at Jefferson

    At Jefferson Lennard 6, Spoto 2 Bloomingdale 8 , Sickles 1   Robinson 7, Freedom 1 Strawberry Crest 6, Jefferson 0 Pitchers of the day Sickles' first three batters manufactured a 1-0 lead but that was all the Gryphons (5-6) got against Logan Crouse. The Bloomingdale senior struck out eight ...
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    Tue. March 10, 2015 at 9:55 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Gaither 4, Wiregrass Ranch 2

    TAMPA — Freshman Hailee DeCicco added three more innings to her impressive scoreless streak, but on Tuesday another ninth-grader took some of the spotlight. Danielle Whaley hit her first home run on the varsity, a two-run shot in the fifth inning that gave Gaither the lead and the eventual 4-2 ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 11:14 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Shannon Saile throws no-hitter as Land O’Lakes tops River Ridge 9-2

    LAND O’LAKES — One out from throwing a no-hitter, Land O’Lakes junior pitcher Shannon Saile had to retire River Ridge’s Brooke Schwaner, who carried a .625 batting average into Monday night’s game. Fortunately for Saile she was impervious to pressure. It helped that she had no idea about the no-hitter. ...
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    Mon. March 02, 2015 at 11:38 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys basketball: Jefferson 73, Lehigh 72

    TAMPA — They had produced the unthinkable for the previous 20 seconds, but with four seconds left, everyone on Jefferson was thinking the same thing. Get the ball to Maurice Moore. And though it didn’t go exactly how Dragons coach Eric Hayes drew it up, the end result will go ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:09 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys basketball: Jefferson 79, Mitchell 65

    TRINITY — There were a few snippets Tuesday where the pressure of a packed gym and playoff ball adversely affected Jefferson. It can happen to a team that, until a few days ago, hadn’t won a postseason game in nearly 40 years. But, hey, that’s what timeouts are for. Jefferson ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region girls basketball: Land O’Lakes 42, North Marion 33

    LAND O’LAKES — Jhade Hayes and Makala Canada are accustomed to carrying the scoring load for Land O’Lakes, but there was not going to be a load of scoring on Saturday. The duo went for timeliness instead. North Marion forced 28 turnovers but Hayes and Canada made key fourth-quarter baskets ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 10:03 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys basketball: Mitchell 53, Armwood 52

    TRINITY — Mitchell was having the worst kind of deja vu. When Armwood’s Kenny Jones hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left, giving the Hawks a one-point lead, the Mustangs couldn’t help but think of their loss on a last-second shot to Lennard in last year’s Class 6A region quarterfinals. ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 9:52 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Special Olympics athletes join with Land O’Lakes partners on soccer field

    Special Olympics athletes join with Land O’Lakes partners on soccer field LAND O’LAKES — Normally, Ordray Smith is as geared up to have a conversation as anyone. But lately he has had to tone it down, and he wants his friends to know there’s good reason. He has the Olympics to prepare for. “That’s why I didn’t call anybody this weekend ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch, Sunlake out to make a little county history

    Boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch, Sunlake out to make a little county history Rivalry games don't always end with hugs and handshakes. But about a month back, when Wiregrass Ranch dealt Sunlake its first and only defeat of the season, there were no postgame huffs, just well wishes in whatever was to come.  This week, the teams can have something mutual besides respect: ...
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    Wed. Feb. 11, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Darek Sharp

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