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  • Region baseball: Tampa Catholic 9, Berkeley Prep 0

    TAMPA — With a program rich in history with nine state titles, Tampa Catholic hopes this is the year it overcomes its recent struggles in the region tournament and returns to state for the first time since 2010. Thanks to a spectacular pitching performance from senior Reeves Martin and a ...
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    Tue. May 05, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Region baseball: Tampa Catholic 3, Lakeland McKeel 2 (eight innings)

    TAMPA — The pressure could not have been higher in a playoff game for Cody Endris but he delivered for Tampa Catholic. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the eighth inning, Endris hit a pinch-hit walkoff single that gave Tampa Catholic (16-11-1) a 3-2 victory over Lakeland ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 11:23 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • District baseball: Leto’s bats bring long-awaited district title

    TAMPA — A day after it relied on its pitching to win the district semifinal, Leto won the district final with its batting. Trailing 6-5 through four innings, Leto rallied with five runs in the fifth inning to defeat Hillsborough 14-8 and win the Class 6A, District 9 title on ...
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    Sat. April 25, 2015 at 10:03 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • District baseball: Leto upsets top-seeded King, to meet Hillsborough

    TAMPA — The decision on who would start Friday’s Class 6A, District 9 semifinal didn’t come to Leto coach JJ Pizzio until late in the day when Felix Dieguez told his coach he was ready. Though Dieguez had been plagued by arm problems earlier in the year and was still ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • District softball: Robinson 16, Middleton 1 (four innings)

    TAMPA — Robinson dominated each of its Class 5A, District 9 games this season, blowing out opponents by at least 15 runs. Robinson stuck to that script Thursday and won its third district title in four years with a 16-1 victory over Middleton (3-17) in four innings. After the game, ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • District softball: Plant City's surge continues

    PLANT CITY — The ball sailed into rightfield over Emily Beauchamp’s head, a leadoff triple hit by Mak Allen that set the tone for Plant City from the first at-bat. Rebecca Sorenson followed with a double to score Allen and the turnaround continued for Plant City (15-11) with a 7-5 ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:18 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Softball: Plant 7, Steinbrenner 5

    TAMPA — The barrage started early for Plant with a five-run first inning that seemed to put its goal of winning its 20th regular-season game comfortably at hand against Steinbrenner (18-7). And though Steinbrenner’s five-run rally put that goal back in question, Plant (20-5) held on to beat the Warriors ...
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    Fri. April 10, 2015 at 11:41 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Softball: Plant 5, Bloomingdale 3

    VALRICO — This was the game Plant’s softball team had marked on its calendar, a matchup against the defending state champions. For a team trying to get back to regionals in one of the county’s toughest districts, beating Bloomingdale was a key step. After several postponements due to weather and ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 11:48 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Region boys basketball: Orlando First Academy 44, Tampa Prep 39

    TAMPA — With star player Juwan Durham injured, Tampa Prep had to quickly adjust its strategy. Coach Joe Fenlon spread his defenders and asked his players to take more outside shots, and Tampa Prep was able to keep the game competitive until the game’s final minute. But the outcome was ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:43 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Region boys basketball: Academy at the Lakes 42, Cambridge Christian 41

    TAMPA — Throughout Tuesday’s Class 2A region semifinal, it was Academy at the Lakes’ Ethan Haslam who dunked, made the 3-pointers and almost single-handedly kept his team on track. But with the game’s outcome at stake and his team trailing by a point, Haslam passed to fellow senior Mikey Mauger ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:35 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Region boys basketball: Tampa Prep 85, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 26

    TAMPA — Whether it was blocking shots, dunking the ball or shooting a 3-pointer, Juwan Durham made it look easy for Tampa Prep. Durham took advantage of his 6-foot-9 height to score 23 points and block six shots to lead Tampa Prep (22-6) past Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic (11-4) 85-26 ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 10:52 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • District boys basketball: Jesuit 50, Robinson 45

    TAMPA — The game was a struggle for Jesuit through the first three quarters. A missed shot here, a traveling call there, and the Tigers were facing a Robinson team determined to finally pull an upset. But, thanks to two key shots by junior D.J. Snyder and clutch free-throw shooting ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 11:37 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Region girls basketball: Hillsborough 55, Dixie Hollins 35

    TAMPA — The fans rushed in after the game and hoisted Trinity Baptiste on their shoulders and off the court the way a coach is carried off after a championship. Thursday’s game was as much a celebration of Hillsborough’s unprecedented playoff run as it was for the performance of Baptiste, ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Durant 25

    PLANT CITY — The first explosion came early for Deon Cain when the Tampa Bay Tech senior broke a tackle and turned a quarterback keeper into a 50-yard touchdown run down the left side. The prized college recruit gave his team the early lead against Durant and, each time his ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 1:17 a.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Football: Sickles 41, Alonso 7

    TAMPA — On the game’s first offensive play, Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud III exploded through the line of scrimmage for a 21-yard run. Six plays later, he was in the end zone for the first of three touchdowns. Though Sickles (7-3) had beaten neighborhood rival Alonso (3-7) by ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 1:09 a.m. | Darin Klahr

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