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  • 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

  • District girls soccer: Pasco edges into final, faces Land O'Lakes

    LAND O'LAKES — Freshman Jenny Luna's goal with six minutes left gave Pasco a 2-1 win over Wesley Chapel, sending the Pirates to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Pasco plays top seed Land O'Lakes on Friday for the District 3A-8 title after the Gators got past stingy ...
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    Wed. Jan. 14, 2015 at 11:02 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Land O' Lakes' Victoria Cannata commits to Arkansas

    Land O' Lakes' Victoria Cannata commits to Arkansas If first impressions held, there's a pretty good chance Victoria Cannata would not have committed to the University of Arkansas on Wednesday. The Land O' Lakes junior had a shaky start to her December recruiting trip. Namely, the backwoodsy trek from the Fayetteville airport to the campus. "We drove through ...
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    Wed. Jan. 14, 2015 at 3:13 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: East Bay, Plant City make 4A-9 final

    PLANT CITY — A mid-afternoon rain made for pretty miserable playing conditions Monday, but top seeds East Bay and Plant City muddled their way into the District 4A-9 championship game. No. 1 seed East Bay (12-2-1) handled Hillsborough 4-0 before host Plant City defeated King 4-1 in the semifinals. The ...
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    Mon. Jan. 12, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: Land O'Lakes 4, Wiregrass Ranch 0

    WESLEY CHAPEL — For one of the few times this season, Land O'Lakes watched as the other team controlled possession. Led by speedy junior Vanessa Jordan, Wiregrass Ranch was creating headaches for the Gators. And by the end of the first half Land O'Lakes knew it had to make some ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 10:35 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch 3, Sunlake 2

    LAND O’LAKES — After nearly tearing a hole in the net with an earlier go-ahead goal, Chris Faddoul had a chance to do it again. But the Wiregrass Ranch sophomore went the more savvy route, and as a result his Bulls (19-1) became the first team to defeat Sunlake this ...
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    Tue. Jan. 06, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Berkeley Invitational: Lakewood able to adjust

    TAMPA — An NBA shot clock would have not have looked out of place for Lakewood and Brooks DeBartolo. But when play slowed at the dramatic end of regulation and overtime, Lakewood’s Anthony Lawrence proved to be a little more suited to the change of pace. Lawrence forced overtime with ...
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    Sat. Jan. 03, 2015 at 9:08 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys basketball: Wharton delivers first loss to Berkeley Prep

    TAMPA — After an unsightly first half of offense Friday, things could only improve for Berkeley Prep and Wharton. For the visiting Wildcats, the second half exceeded expectations. Wharton avenged its only loss of the year, giving the Bucs their first defeat in the process, winning 59-42 to finish off ...
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    Fri. Jan. 02, 2015 at 11:04 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys basketball: Seminole tops Lakewood at Bright House Invitational

    CLEARWATER — Making its only appearance of the Bright House Invitational, Lakewood put on a show Friday. But only for one half. Seminole fell behind 16 points in that first half but rallied for a dramatic 53-46 victory over the Spartans. Marco Behori scored 11 of his 20 points in ...
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    Fri. Dec. 19, 2014 at 10:51 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: Land O‚ÄôLakes 3, Mitchell 2

    TRINITY — With both teams being state title contenders, and clearly the class of the North Suncoast, there was already plenty of meaning when Mitchell hosted Land O’Lakes on Monday. But the clearest indicator came about a dozen minutes in, with the loud “yeah!” let out by usually calm Mitchell ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 11:01 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys basketball: Wharton 67, Newsome 51

    TAMPA — The fourth quarter wasn't a work of art, but style points aren't of concern in Class 8A, District 7, where every win is a good one. Wharton had a very good one Friday, topping Newsome 67-51 in a matchup of unbeatens. Wharton led by four entering the final ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: Mitchell 4, Wiregrass Ranch 1

    TRINITY — It took a little bit longer than normal for Mitchell to get going Tuesday, but once the Mustangs did they were headed to very familiar territory. Mitchell took down the biggest challenger so far in its quest for a second straight perfect regular season, topping fellow unbeaten Wiregrass ...
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    Tue. Dec. 09, 2014 at 10:51 p.m. | Darek Sharp

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