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  • Region girls basketball: Nature Coast holds off hard-charging Gulf

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Nature Coast held off a furious comeback attempt to win 58-55 at Gulf on Thursday. The Sharks (20-4) advance to the Class 5A region semis Tuesday at Land O’Lakes. Ahead by as many as 13 and still up nine midway through the fourth quarter, Nature Coast ...
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    Thu. Feb. 06, 2014 at 10:33 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District boys basketball: Nature Coast dodges upset, KOs Central

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Top-seeded Nature Coast fended off an upset, defeating Central 43-32 in the 5A-7 semifinals Wednesday. The Sharks (19-7) will play No. 2 seed Hernando (15-5) at 7 p.m. Friday after the Leopards eliminated host Wesley Chapel 53-49 in the other semifinal. The Leopards handed Nature Coast its ...
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    Wed. Feb. 05, 2014 at 11:08 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys soccer: Mitchell tops Wiregrass Ranch in rematch

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Though Wiregrass Ranch knocked off Mitchell for a district championship, Tuesday’s rematch in the region semifinals was considered a pretty even matchup. But on 50-50 balls it was all Mitchell, and as a result the Mustangs rolled to a 5-1 victory. Mitchell (22-3-1) will play at Melbourne ...
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    Tue. Feb. 04, 2014 at 10:59 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region girls soccer: PHU reaches state semis

    PALM HARBOR — Lakeland George Jenkins had already knocked off one undefeated bay area team this week, and when the Eagles tied the score Saturday, they had Palm Harbor University back on its heels. But with one lightning-quick run by Hurricanes junior Kayla Mouton all was well, and when Mackenzie ...
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    Sun. Feb. 02, 2014 at 12:48 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls basketball: Pasco edges Nature Coast in 5A-7

    Girls basketball: Pasco edges Nature Coast in 5A-7 DADE CITY — The wild twists and turns started early, and kept going right to the last second as Pasco defeated top-seeded Nature Coast 67-65 in a Class 5A, District 7 championship game thriller Friday. With the score tied Tranisha Harmon missed a free throw, but Brianca Roberts grabbed the ...
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    Fri. Jan. 31, 2014 at 10:38 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: Land O'Lakes' Silvest, Gray settle on colleges

    A pair of Land O’Lakes girls soccer players announced their college intentions Friday afternoon. Midfielder Brooke Silvest committed to Eckerd College and fellow senior Catherine Gray will be headed to Concordia (N.Y.) College. Both players confirmed the news as they were on the Gators team bus headed to Jacksonville for ...
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    Fri. Jan. 31, 2014 at 6:10 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch rides home-field advantage to 99th win

    WESLEY CHAPEL — In its first home playoff game, Wiregrass Ranch set the bar pretty high for those to follow. The Bulls scored two goals within the first three minutes and defeated Lakeland Kathleen 5-2 in Thursday’s Class 4A region quarterfinal. Wiregrass (21-1-2) will either host Mitchell or travel to ...
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    Thu. Jan. 30, 2014 at 10:26 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District girls basketball: Mitchell shuts down Osceola

    NEW PORT RICHEY — State 3-point leader Katie Horan of Osceola burned Mitchell for 34 points less than three weeks ago, so defending her was a top priority for the Mustangs in Wednesday’s Class 6A, District 10 semifinal. They probably overshot their goal. Horan only scored six and Mitchell held ...
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    Wed. Jan. 29, 2014 at 11:07 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: PHU reaches region final

    PALM HARBOR — Alexis Mouton’s postseason goal-scoring tear continued Tuesday, as she broke open a goalless game with 22:30 left and Palm Harbor University defeated Manatee 2-0. PHU (16-0-5) returns to the region final after a two-year hiatus and will host Lakeland George Jenkins on Friday night. Mouton’s younger sister ...
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    Tue. Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:22 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys soccer: Carrollwood Day tops Bishop McLaughlin for district title

    SPRING HILL — All season Carrollwood Day School split goalkeeping duties between Corey Shamley and Nolan Colledge, an unusual setup. But in Saturday’s Class A, District 5 championship its advantages came to light. A motivated Shamley, who sat out Friday’s semifinal victory, made several clutch saves in a 4-0 victory ...
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    Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 at 12:55 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District boys soccer: Carrollwood Day, Bishop McLaughlin reach final

    SPRING HILL — Top seeds Carrollwood Day and Bishop McLaughlin rode their top scorers out of trouble spots Friday night, and into the Class A, District 5 championship game. CDS sophomore Miguel Ridruejo took over after 60 scoreless minutes, getting the first goal and assisting on two more as the ...
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    Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:13 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys basketball: Mitchell 58, River Ridge 39

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Bring on Largo. That was the sentiment from Mitchell after its 58-39 dispatching of River Ridge in a nondistrict game Thursday. The Mustangs, second in Class 6A, District 10, host first-place Largo tonight, a week after they lost to it. “Redemption time,” said Sean Thompson, who ...
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    Thu. Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys district soccer: Mitchell, Wiregrass Ranch squeak into final

    TAMPA — There will be an all-Pasco final in Class 4A, District 8, albeit after both Mitchell and Wiregrass Ranch had to hold on for dear life Wednesday at Leto. Top seed Mitchell (20-2-1) edged Gaither 3-2 in the first semifinal, while No. 2 Wiregrass (19-1-2) overcame a rare deficit ...
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    Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:09 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District soccer: Land O‚ÄôLakes wastes little time taking control

    ZEPHYRHILLS —Looks like the Land O’Lakes girls take messages to heart. Exhorted to get an early jump on rival Sunlake, the Gators could not have carried through that charge any better. Samantha Epifanio scored 52 seconds in and Land O’Lakes controlled the action for a 4-0 win Friday. The 3A-8 ...
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    Fri. Jan. 17, 2014 at 10:29 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: Sickles reaches 4A-8 final

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Sickles had to rally to knock off Freedom 4-1 in the Class 4A, District 8 semifinal, Brianna Hamson scoring twice on penalty kicks. Mitchell (21-0) hosts Sickles (10-4-1) in tonight’s final. Mitchell won 4-1 in the regular season. Sickles avenged a 3-1 defeat to Freedom. The ...
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    Fri. Jan. 17, 2014 at 12:47 a.m. | Darek Sharp

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