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  • Region softball: Plenty of pop in Mitchell’s bats

    Region softball: Plenty of pop in Mitchell’s bats NEW PORT RICHEY — Mitchell opens the Class 6A region playoffs Wednesday against a Chamberlain squad it knows little about. Fortunately, the Mustangs are secure in one bit of knowledge: Their hitting is right where it needs to be. “Absolutely, without a doubt,” said senior Kassidy Neptune, the leader of ...
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    Mon. April 21, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: River Ridge holds off Mitchell

    NEW PORT RICHEY — After being knocked down a peg, River Ridge is on top of its game again. The Royal Knights took an early 6-0 lead then held on to beat Mitchell 7-5 on Thursday. River Ridge (22-3) has won two in a row since last week’s walkoff loss ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 12:36 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Cambridge Christian takes out lone district foe

    Softball: Cambridge Christian takes out lone district foe TAMPA — As the only teams in Class 2A, District 7, Academy at the Lakes and Cambridge Christian already know they’re playoff bound and will meet for a district title in two weeks. That security didn’t make Thursday afternoon’s first meeting any less intense. Sophomore Alea White struck out 14 ...
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    Thu. April 03, 2014 at 7:26 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District tennis: Fivay sweeps 2A-8 titles

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Fivay swept the Class 2A, District 8 boys and girls tennis titles Wednesday at River Ridge. The Tarpon Springs girls claimed runnerup honors, but the boys will require another day of competition to determine who advances to region. By winning their final matches Wednesday, Dunedin and ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 9:02 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Gulf knocks River Ridge down in district standings

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A stunning error. A big-time hit. And now, a district scenario not many would have foreseen in 5A-8. Gulf’s Nikki Sedivy ripped a two-run double as the Bucs scored a walkoff, standings-shaking 3-2 win over River Ridge on Tuesday. The result, coupled with Dunedin’s victory over ...
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    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 9:29 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • District tennis: 3A-9 tourney is tough to predict

    District tennis: 3A-9 tourney is tough to predict LAND O’LAKES — There’s a relative order to the Pasco County tennis landscape, and it starts with Wiregrass Ranch. Land O’Lakes sits right behind the Bulls, who have dealt both the Gator boys and girls their only defeat this season. So with district tournaments next week and two teams advancing ...
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    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 12:30 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Gaither gains district ground, tops Freedom

    TAMPA — The clay barely settled from Gaither hanging onto sole possession of second place in Class 7A, District 8 Tuesday, the Cowboys already were thinking about the top spot. “We’re gunning for Steinbrenner,” said Gaither pitcher Sammi Grat, after finishing off her sixth complete-game victory — 2-1 at Freedom ...
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    Tue. March 25, 2014 at 10:04 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Pasco-Hernando Classic: Pasco knocks off Hernando

    LAND O’LAKES — Malik Johns hadn’t thrown a 1-2-3 inning all night. And with the heart of Hernando’s order coming up for the seventh, it did not appear as though that would change. “I knew they had their strong hitters coming up, so I had to throw strikes and let ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 10:43 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Baseball: Hernando 3, Land O'Lakes 0

    BROOKSVILLE — When he pitches, Kyle Kilbourne figures on one bad inning per game, and on Wednesday the second inning had all the makings. But the Hernando senior got through it with no harm done. And sure enough, Kilbourne had no issues the rest of the night, his complete-game shutout ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Pasco-Hernando Classic: Day 1 at Hernando

    Pasco-Hernando Classic: Day 1 at Hernando At Hernando Scores Land O’Lakes 5, Nature Coast 0 Hernando 7, Fivay 0 Pitchers of the day In his season mound debut, Land O’Lakes junior Tom Guglielmello threw a four-hit complete game, striking out eight. …Hernando’s  David Flowers went the distance with seven strikeouts and two pickoffs. …Fivay’s Sean Fluke ...
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    Tue. March 18, 2014 at 9:54 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Baseball: Hernando in control vs. Pasco

    DADE CITY — Hernando won’t scare anyone with its batting average. But when the Leopards do reach base, runners are in motion, balls get put in play, and the combination worked to staggering effect Tuesday night. The Leopards defeated Pasco 10-4 despite not having a single run-scoring hit. “We move ...
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    Tue. March 11, 2014 at 10:44 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Baseball: Sean Fluke goes distance for Fivay

    LAND O’LAKES — Sean Fluke wasn’t going to get a second chance to close out Sunlake. At least not originally. The ace surrendered a seventh-inning run to the host Seahawks, but Fivay answered with a run in the top of the eighth. That’s when Fluke crossed paths with coach Matt ...
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    Tue. March 04, 2014 at 10:39 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Baseball: Battle of aces favors Wiregrass Ranch’s Zach Drury

    WESLEY CHAPEL — The pitching matchup of the early baseball season was owned by Zach Drury. With a half-dozen scouts on hand Friday night, Drury struck out eight to lead Wiregrass Ranch over FSU signee Cobi Johnson and Mitchell 4-1. Both aces were on pitch counts and threw just four ...
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    Fri. Feb. 28, 2014 at 10:22 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Softball: Gulf routs Holy Names

    NEW PORT RICHEY —  The first time Gulf loaded the bases Thursday, it didn’t turn out well. Hanna McCarthy, in the middle of the missed opportunity, didn’t let the scenario repeat itself. McCarthy’s two-run double gave the Bucs, down 3-0 early, their first lead on their way to a 12-3 ...
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    Fri. Feb. 28, 2014 at 12:26 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region boys basketball: AATL’s foe lives up to reputation

    Orlando Christian Prep boasts a roster filled with future Division I players — and they played that way Friday night. Visiting Academy at the Lakes saw its season end with an 82-41 loss in the Class 2A region finals, while OCP (28-1) is headed to the state semifinals a seventh ...
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    Fri. Feb. 21, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. | Darek Sharp

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