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  • Baseball: Pasco strikes early vs. Central

    BROOKSVILLE — Even though Pasco was matching up with a difficult Central squad on the road and positioned against ace Trevor McKenna, Pirates coach Patrick Fortunato felt confident enough in freshman starter Corey Mills to put him on the mound. That faith paid off as Mills outdueled McKenna in a ...
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    Tue. March 04, 2014 at 10:57 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Track: Wiregrass boys, East Lake girls prevail in Mitchell Invite

    TRINITY — Cold weather didn’t seem to hinder the times of the athletes in Friday night’s sixth annual Mitchell Invitational. Wiregrass Ranch took the boys’ crown with 82 points and strong performances in the middle-distance events. Robert Rodriguez nabbed the lone individual event title for the Bulls with his first-place ...
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    Fri. Feb. 28, 2014 at 11:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Baseball: Hernando rallies past Springstead

    SPRING HILL — Tuesday night’s game showed why Hernando coach Tim Sims believes there is something special about this particular Leopards team. Hernando maintained its undefeated record with a 6-4 victory over Springstead despite being only one strike away from its first loss. “This group likes playing baseball,” Sims said. ...
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    Tue. Feb. 25, 2014 at 11:16 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys basketball: Nature Coast vs. Eastside

    Region boys basketball: Nature Coast vs. Eastside Nature Coast (24-7) at Gainesville Eastside (23-6) What: Class 5A region final When/where: 7 p.m. Saturday; Eastside High School, 1201 Southeast 43rd St., Gainesville Directions: I-75 North; take Exit 374 to State Road 20 W (Southeast 13th Ave.) Skinny: This marks the fifth straight trip to the postseason for the ...
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    Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 at 11:47 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys basketball: Options aplenty for Nature Coast

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast was a good team all season, but over the past couple games, the Sharks have learned that the addition of Rohan Blackwood makes them a great team. After falling to Tarpon Springs in a close game earlier this season, Nature Coast dominated the Spongers from the ...
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    Tue. Feb. 18, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Springstead finishes third

    State wrestling: Springstead finishes third LAKELAND — For all of the talk of it having a down season, Springstead put up quite a showing at the state wrestling tournament this weekend. Even with the addition of perennial champion Brandon to the Class 2A field, the Eagles finished third with 89.5 points Saturday. Brandon won its ...
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    Sat. Feb. 15, 2014 at 9:51 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Pinellas has 15 wrestlers active for Day 2

    LAKELAND — Last year Pinellas County was represented by only eight wrestlers in the semifinals of the FHSAA Championships. While three of those representatives ended up with gold around their necks, the crop headed for the semifinals this year is far larger. In today’s action, 15 competitors from Pinellas will ...
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    Sat. Feb. 15, 2014 at 12:22 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Brandon closes in on another championship

    LAKELAND — With a 25th team title and 14th championship in a row all but clinched for Brandon, the focus has turned to individual accolades for the dominant Eagles. A tournament-high 10 wrestlers clinched semifinal berths in Class 2A for Brandon (101.5 points), led by Dylan Lucas (132 pounds). “The ...
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    Fri. Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:52 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Springstead advances four, leads North Suncoast contingent

    LAKELAND — Each of the past five years, Springstead has left the Lakeland Center at least among the top five programs in the state, including three consecutive state titles. That streak might be in jeopardy. The Eagles had only four wrestlers in the championship bracket after Day 1 of the ...
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    Fri. Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:50 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • North Suncoast state wrestling preview

    North Suncoast state wrestling preview A look at the North Suncoast teams and wrestlers who hope to find their way to the podium at this weekend's state wrestling tournament in Lakeland: State assignments Class 2A: Fivay, Land O'Lakes, River Ridge, Springstead, Wiregrass Ranch Class A: Anclote, Central, Gulf, Hernando, Hudson, Nature Coast, Pasco, Weeki Wachee, ...
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    Thu. Feb. 13, 2014 at 12:47 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region wrestling: Springstead finishes third

    Springstead has dominated over the past four seasons with three state titles and a runnerup finish to go with four region titles. But this season, the Eagles welcomed perennial powerhouse Brandon back into its region. The Class 2A, Region 2 meet at Brandon was nicknamed the “Region of Doom,” and ...
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    Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region wrestling: Pasco qualifies three

    The depth at Green Cove Springs Clay for the Class A, Region 2 meet was obvious from the get-go as the host and Orlando Lake Highland Prep distanced themselves. Lake Highland (207 points) won by 20 over Clay (187), but Pasco continued a strong postseason with a third-place finish. The ...
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    Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 at 10:06 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region wrestling: Springstead’s McDonald raises his own expectations

    Region wrestling: Springstead’s McDonald raises his own expectations SPRING HILL — Expectations are nothing new for Springstead’s Mike McDonald. Ever since he was competing in tournaments as a member of the Spring Hill Youth Wrestling Club, he built a reputation as one of the best wrestlers in his age group. From the time he was 6, multiple championships ...
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    Thu. Feb. 06, 2014 at 7:31 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Jackson, Foradas sign at Hernando

    Jackson, Foradas sign at Hernando BROOKSVILLE — Hernando senior players Jeremiah Jackson and Connor Foradas made their college plans official Wednesday. Jackson, who verbally committed last month after a six-month courtship to Ball State Universit, signed with the Cardinals. Despite running for 1,474 yards and 16 touchdowns during his Leopard career, Jackson was recruited by ...
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    Wed. Feb. 05, 2014 at 3:43 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • North Suncoast district wrestling: Pasco edges Nature Coast

    BROOKSVILLE — Pasco got a fight right down to the end from Nature Coast, but for the second straight year the Pirates walked away with the Class A, District 6 championship. In front of a raucous crowd Saturday, the Pirates (163 points) beat the Sharks 163-157 on the strength of ...
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    Sun. Feb. 02, 2014 at 12:54 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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