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  • Region boys basketball: St. Petersburg avenges earlier loss to Wharton

    TAMPA — Dayon Griffin could have driven the lane for his fourth dunk of the game  — or put up an uncontested layup. But with St. Petersburg running and 5 1/2 minutes remaining, the Louisiana Tech commit stopped from 25 feet and swished a 3-pointer. It was the exclamation point ...
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    Tue. Feb. 18, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys basketball: Berkeley Prep rolls early, then coasts

    TAMPA — If coach Bobby Reinhart had any uncertainty Friday night before Berkeley Prep’s game against Frostproof, it didn’t last long. Craig Bowman scored 14 of his game-high 24 points to fuel a 30-point first quarter and Berkeley Prep routed Frostproof 75-41 in a Class 4A region quarterfinal. The Buccaneers ...
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    Sat. Feb. 15, 2014 at 12:38 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys basketball: Wharton defense holds tough

    TAMPA — The game plan for Palm Harbor University was to take the air out of the ball and slow the tempo. Instead, Wharton took the Hurricanes’ breath away with an unprecedented defensive effort. The Wildcats (20-6) held PHU (16-11) without a point in the second quarter — the Hurricanes’ ...
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    Thu. Feb. 13, 2014 at 9:16 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District boys basketball: Freedom nabs first title since 2005

    TAMPA — The test had three parts for Freedom. Play aggressive defense, limit Sickles 6-foot-8 senior Bryce Nickels and make the extra pass on offense. The Patriots aced all three in a 50-39 victory Friday night for the Class 7A, District 8 championship. No. 2 Freedom (16-6) never trailed, using ...
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    Fri. Feb. 07, 2014 at 11:33 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region girls basketball: Armwood tops limping Mitchell

    SEFFNER — For Armwood, it is time to move on to the next challenge. For Mitchell, a season of what could have been ended. Armwood (25-4) cruised to a 56-30 victory against injury-riddled Mitchell (14-12) in a Class 6A region quarterfinal. The Hawks advance to play Dixie Hollins on Tuesday. ...
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    Thu. Feb. 06, 2014 at 10:07 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Boys district basketball: Newsome upsets Plant in 8A-7

    TAMPA — With Newsome huddled in the game’s final timeout, Colton Stafford broke away and stared at the scoreboard, not once, but twice. Each time, he smiled and pumped a fist. Less than a minute later, the upset would be complete in what third-year coach Barry Jacobs called “the biggest ...
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    Thu. Feb. 06, 2014 at 1:00 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Girls basketball: Riverview stops Plant for 8A-7 title

    The bad news for Riverview was that point guard Asia Royster had to miss the final four minutes of the first half with three fouls and her team trailing by a point. The good news for the Sharks was that first-year coach Gerard Batista has been stressing defense in practice. ...
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    Fri. Jan. 31, 2014 at 10:08 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys soccer: Wilson comes through again for Steinbrenner

    LUTZ — Steinbrenner struck gold again. Senior Blake Wilson scored a golden goal in the first overtime, and Steinbrenner rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final nine minutes of regulation to defeat St. Petersburg 4-3 Thursday night in a Class 5A region quarterfinal thriller. Steinbrenner (17-1-1), ranked fourth in ...
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    Thu. Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:03 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Girls region soccer: Largo survives on penalty kicks

    Girls region soccer: Largo survives on penalty kicks TAMPA — Seeing Largo’s dream season ready to end, coach Dan Flynn needed a couple of extraordinary things to happen. They did. Robinson missed potential back-to-back clinching penalty kicks, and Largo nailed its final four attempts — including Hannah Gould’s winner in the eighth round — to give the Packers ...
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    Tue. Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:43 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Boys district soccer: Wiregrass Ranch secures first crown

    TAMPA — With fans bundled in blankets on the 49-degree night, Wiregrass Ranch used a big break and a blast to win its first boys soccer district title, a 2-1 victory Friday against top-seeded Mitchell. Freshman Chris Faddoul was in the middle of a Mitchell own goal in the first ...
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    Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:14 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: East tops West in Hillsborough all-star game

    TAMPA — Landon Galloway and Antonio Joseph may be seeing more of each other. The two players, who said the Air Force Academy is on their list of potential college choices, teamed to lead the East past the West 14-7 Saturday night in the annual Hillsborough County senior all-star football ...
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    Sun. Dec. 22, 2013 at 12:04 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Plant 42, Orlando Boone 3

    TAMPA — Plant played a near-perfect first half and coach Robert Weiner stayed perfect in playoff openers. Sparked by Mazzi Wilkins’ interception return for a touchdown on the game’s second play from scrimmage, the four-time state champion Panthers scored twice in the first 65 seconds and cruised to a 42-3 ...
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    Fri. Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:43 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Sickles 34, Alonso 30

    TAMPA — Just when it appeared the foot of Alonso’s Jack Bryzenski would be the difference, Sickles quarterback Issac Holder used his legs for a come-from-behind victory in the regular-season finale for both teams. The inaugural Citrus Rivalry Bowl was a three-hour thriller as playoff-bound Sickles (9-1) and Alonso (5-5) ...
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    Fri. Nov. 08, 2013 at 11:28 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Jesuit 35, Middleton 0

    TAMPA — Practice made for perfection in the eyes of Jesuit first-year coach Matt Thompson, whose team won the Class 5A, District 9 championship Friday night with a  homecoming victory against Middleton. Jesuit (6-3, 2-0) had two weeks to prepare for Middleton (2-7, 0-2) after a bye and its defense ...
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    Fri. Nov. 01, 2013 at 11:26 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Durant 32, Hillsborough 30

    TAMPA — As players and coaches from Durant and Hillsborough shook hands at midfield after the Cougars’ 32-30 nondistrict victory Friday , the game officials walked off the field — with a police escort. The thriller at Chelo Huerta Field lasted nearly three hours as the  teams combined for 32 ...
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    Fri. Oct. 25, 2013 at 11:26 p.m. | Don Jensen

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