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  • 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

  • Girls basketball: Freedom 61, Wiregrass Ranch 56

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Freedom was in urgent need of a timeout after seeing a 16-point lead shrink to two. Coach Laurie Pacholke’s message was well received. And it helped to have Taylor Emery among those receiving it. “Be calm. Stay composed,” said Emery, who did just that with layups on ...
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    Fri. Dec. 05, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Girls soccer: Wesley Chapel 3, Pasco 2

    DADE CITY — Add another name to the already long list of talented Wesley Chapel underclassmen. Freshman Victoria Mitchell, playing in just her third game after a knee injury, scored early in the second half to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory over host Pasco on Wednesday. Pasco freshman Jenny ...
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    Wed. Dec. 03, 2014 at 11:14 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Boys soccer: Sunlake 1, Berkeley Prep 0

    LAND O’LAKES — Defending state semifinalists Berkeley Prep and Sunlake entered Tuesday’s boys soccer matchup undefeated, and it looked like they would both stay that way. But with five minutes left, Sunlake’s Allan Lewis came up with the special effort needed to solve the scoreless deadlock. The senior forward’s off-balance ...
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    Tue. Dec. 02, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Football: East Lake 40, Fort Myers 7 (with video)

    Football: East Lake 40, Fort Myers 7 (with video) TARPON SPRINGS — A prodigiously proficient first-half offensive attack has East Lake headed to its second straight state semifinal. East Lake easily handled previously unbeaten Fort Myers 40-7 on Friday. East Lake (13-0) travels to Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in next week’s Class 7A state semifinals. Jake Hudson completed ...
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    Fri. Nov. 28, 2014 at 11:54 p.m. | Darek Sharp

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