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  • 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

  • Girls basketball: Gulf tops Land O'Lakes in 5A-8 final

    Dynasty is becoming a fitting word to describe Gulf’s run over the past decade. With eight postseason berths and seven district titles in the past 10 years, the Buccaneers have shown no signs of slowing. Gulf captured another district crown Friday, beating Land O’Lakes 57-38 at home in the Class ...
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    Fri. Jan. 31, 2014 at 10:20 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District girls basketball: No surprises as Seffner Christian cruises

    SHADY HILLS — Coming into the Class 3A, District 7 tournament, there was little doubt about which team was a significant favorite. Seffner Christian jumped out to a 16-0 lead following the opening tip-off Friday and never looked back on the way to a 73-14 victory over Carrollwood Day at ...
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    Fri. Jan. 31, 2014 at 9:10 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District girls basketball: Carrollwood Day earns first region berth

    SHADY HILLS —  Heading into the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals Thursday night at Bishop McLaughlin, Tampa Prep had to be confident. After all, the Terrapins were matched up with Carrollwood Day. Not only had they swept the Patriots in two previous meetings, but CDS had never qualified for the ...
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    Thu. Jan. 30, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls region soccer: Land O’Lakes shuts out Nature Coast

    Girls region soccer: Land O’Lakes shuts out Nature Coast BROOKSVILLE — Despite both Land O’Lakes and Nature Coast having perennial success as North Suncoast soccer powers, Tuesday night’s Class 3A region semifinal meeting was only the sixth in history. The Gators, who haven’t shown many flaws this season, continued their dominance, shutting out the Sharks 1-0. “We had our ...
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    Tue. Jan. 28, 2014 at 10:13 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Wrestling: Pasco wins SAC tournament crown

    HUDSON — It had been a long time since the Pasco wrestling team had held the Sunshine Athletic Conference championship trophy aloft. In fact, the Pirates have crowned four individual state champions since they last won the conference team title more than a decade ago. That drought ended Saturday as ...
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    Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 at 12:52 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • North Suncoast: District wrestling tournament preview

    North Suncoast: District wrestling tournament preview Class 2A, District 5 Where: Springstead High, Spring Hill When: Feb. 1 — First round, 9 a.m.; finals, 2 p.m. Teams: Belleview, Citrus, Ocala-Lake Weir, Lecanto, Springstead, Ocala-Vanguard Breakdown: Only Brandon and its three decades of district dominance compares locally to what Springstead has accomplished the past eight years. If ...
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    Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 at 12:48 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys district soccer: Short-handed Nature Coast falters in final

    Boys district soccer: Short-handed Nature Coast falters in final WEEKI WACHEE — The resiliency that made Nature Coast such a dangerous team this season wasn’t enough to capture the Class 3A, District 7 title Friday night. Playing one man down after a significant call early in the contest, the Sharks were overwhelmed 5-2 by Citrus at Weeki Wachee. As ...
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    Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 at 9:55 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls region soccer: Nature Coast maintains dominance vs. Sunlake

    BROOKSVILLE — With both Nature Coast and Sunlake returning to the postseason for consecutive seasons, only one would make a trip to the sweet 16. Thursday night in the Class 3A region quarterfinals, Nature Coast shut out the Seahawks 3-0 to stamp its ticket to the next round. “We weren’t ...
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    Thu. Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:20 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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