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  • 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

  • Region girls basketball: Land O'Lakes 49, Nature Coast 44

    LAND O’LAKES — It had already been a zany enough finish, so why not? Against conventional wisdom, with her team nursing a 44-42 lead against never-say-die Nature Coast, Jhade Hayes decided to step and attempt a 3-pointer. With 30 seconds left. “Honestly, it was a risk. I just shot it ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 9:28 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District boys basketball: Tampa Prep 56, Seffner Christian 41

    SPRING HILL — Its star player in foul trouble for the first time all season and its point guard was sidelined early with an ankle injury. The elements were there for Tampa Prep to be an upset victim in its quest for a 10th straight district championship. But thanks to ...
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    Sat. Feb. 07, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys soccer: Sunlake 2, Taylor County 0

    LAND O’LAKES — A lot went against Sunlake on Friday, but not nearly enough to prevent the Seahawks from reaching the state semifinals a third straight year. First-half goals by Coby Shirmo and Allan Lewis were enough as Sunlake (28-1) defeated Taylor County 2-0. Sunlake finished with nine players, the ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 9:49 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region girls basketball: Land O'Lakes 55, Central 44

    LAND O’ LAKES — When Jhade Hayes got mad, Central couldn’t get even. Hayes started the second half by scoring seven points in less than a minute, propelling Land O’ Lakes to a 20-point lead and eventual 55-44 victory over Central in a Classs 5A region quarterfinal. Hayes scored 25 ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 9:54 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • 5A-8 district basketball final moves to Tarpon Springs

    With the only two Pinellas County teams in an otherwise all-Pasco district having made its title game, there has been a venue switch for the 5A-8 boys basketball final. Tarpon Springs, the No. 1 seed and top-ranked team in the HomeTeam 25, will now host the matchup vs. Dunedin. Originally the contest ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 11:26 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District boys basketball: Tarpon Springs, Dunedin set for final

    LAND O’ LAKES — It’s some trick, turning what had been a two-point game late in the first half into one that finishes with a running clock. But that’s what Tarpon Springs can do, as Gulf witnessed in the Spongers’ 91-49 victory Wednesday in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals. ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys soccer: Sunlake 3, River Ridge 1

    LAND O’LAKES — Cobi Shirmo’s go-ahead goal with 20 minutes remaining and Connor Spencer’s two very timely strikes sent Sunlake to a 3-1 victory over River Ridge in Tuesday’s Class 3A, Region 2 semifinals. The Seahawks (27-1) aim for a third consecutive state semifinal berth Friday when they host Taylor ...
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    Tue. Feb. 03, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. | Darek Sharp

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