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  • 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

  • Region girls soccer: Viera 4, Mitchell 3

    TRINITY — Mitchell thought losing last year’s region final in penalty kicks was a bad way to go. But this season-ending defeat was much tougher to swallow. Leading 3-1 with less than a half hour to go, Mitchell (20-2) lost 4-3 to visiting Viera in the 3A-Region 2 finals Friday. ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:27 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys soccer: Sunlake 7, Weeki Wachee 1

    LAND O’LAKES — The team with nothing to lose was giving the team that rarely loses cause for concern. Weeki Wachee stunned Sunlake with a goal to pull within 2-1, and nearly tied it a couple of minutes later. Then Allan Lewis and his hulking frame squashed the Hornets’ hopes ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 9:50 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District girls basketball: Land O‚ÄôLakes, River Ridge to meet a third time

    NEW PORT RICHEY -— After sluggish starts Wednesday, the top seeds rolled to victory in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals, with No. 1 Land O’Lakes topping Fivay 51-31 and host River Ridge dropping Tarpon Springs 60-26. The district championship will be decided Friday at 7 p.m. Land O’Lakes won ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:17 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region girls soccer: Mitchell 2, Wiregrass Ranch 0

    TRINITY — In their two previous meetings, Wiregrass Ranch got progressively closer to Mitchell. Tuesday night gave the Bulls their last opportunity this season to close the gap. But as near as it came, Wiregrass could not get a ball across the goal line, and the Mustangs prevailed 2-0 in ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:01 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Land O'Lakes GK Lauren Arrabito commits to Florida Gulf Coast

    The stress of trying to get her college future squared away ended for Land O' Lakes senior goalkeeper Lauren Arrabito on Monday. She gave her verbal commitment to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. "I'm really glad to get it out of the way while we're not too far ...
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    Mon. Jan. 26, 2015 at 5:50 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys basketball: Plant edges Shorecrest at Derrick Brooks Invitational

    TAMPA — Peter Connelly hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and Jalen Williams blocked Shorecrest’s last-second winning attempt as Plant beat the Chargers 54-53 in the tightest game of the day at the Derrick Brooks Invitational. Saturday’s action gave six Hillsborough County schools the chance to face outside competition. ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 11:17 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District boys soccer: Sunlake 3, River Ridge 2

    DADE CITY — The final whistle had barely finished echoing on Friday’s District 3A-8 championship game, and thoughts of Sunlake and River Ridge staging a rematch were already being expressed. The phrase “we’ll see you again” or something akin was uttered by many. And if indeed the teams square off ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:06 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region girls soccer: Mitchell 9, Winter Haven 0

    TRINITY — It took just a few minutes to recognize that Mitchell would outclass the visitors from Winter Haven on Thursday. But to have the game wrapped up by halftime? Even that seemed a stretch. “We all thought since it was playoffs that it might be a little tougher,” Mitchell’s ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 10:06 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District boys soccer: River Ridge, Sunlake advance

    DADE CITY — With River Ridge’s playoff fate nearing a sudden-death scenario, sophomore Orion Mancini felt the pressure to produce. He did so with a sensational 30-yard free kick, giving the Knights a 1-0 victory over Gulf in the Class 3A, District 8 semifinals at Pasco. River Ridge (15-4-2) advances ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Plant City's Markese Hargrove receives inaugural Bill Minahan Award

    Plant City's Markese Hargrove receives inaugural Bill Minahan Award TAMPA  — Bill Minahan’s influence did not end when his life did. The spirit of the legendary Hillsborough County football coach, who died a little more than a year ago, was palpable at the Columbia Restaurant on Monday night. Five county football players, all with inspiring qualifications, were honored as ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District girls soccer: PHU tops East Lake for 5A-7 title

    TAMPA — Future playoff opponents of Palm Harbor University would be well advised: do everything to prevent the Hurricanes from gaining a corner kick. For the second day in a row, PHU got its first two goals from corners, both courtesy of Shalisa Crowell, as the Hurricanes defeated East Lake ...
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    Sat. Jan. 17, 2015 at 8:16 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District girls soccer: One goal does job for Mitchell

    WESLEY CHAPEL — There were several reasons for the rather muted celebration when Mitchell sophomore Sabrina Wagner gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead over Wiregrass Ranch on Friday. Wagner is quite used to goals, as it was her 35th of the season and 74th of her career. It came at ...
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    Fri. Jan. 16, 2015 at 10:17 p.m. | Darek Sharp

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