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  • District softball: Leto nabs region spot

    TAMPA — The Leto players weren’t born when coach Kelly Hacker-Carpenter discovered the team-oriented philosophy of softball. The Falcons have learned from her past. For the second time in Hacker-Carpenter’s four years — and the fifth time in school history — No. 2 seed Leto earned a postseason berth Wednesday ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 9:42 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys basketball: Kissimmee Osceola 52, East Bay 50

    GIBSONTON — Several East Bay players were sprawled on the court, not believing their magical season had ended. After a gut-wrenching 36 minutes, including an overtime, the Indians were denied their first state tournament appearance in nearly a half-century. The Indians missed two shots in the closing seconds and lost ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:06 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys basketball: Tampa Prep 52, Seffner Christian 35

    TAMPA — Seffner Christian took the air out of the ball. But that’s not what left the Tampa Prep fans deflated after its 52-35 Class 3A region semifinal victory Tuesday night. Tampa Prep 6-foot-9 junior center and Division I prospect Juwan Durham went to the hospital with an undisclosed right ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 9:41 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys basketball: Jefferson 52, Largo 38

    Region boys basketball: Jefferson 52, Largo 38 TAMPA — The rematch became a mismatch. Jefferson avenged last year’s Class 6A region quarterfinal loss to Largo with a 52-38 victory Thursday night. Senior Maurice Moore scored a game-high 23 points for the Dragons (25-4), who won their 13th consecutive game. Largo (13-13) sorely missed the firepower of four ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:06 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region girls basketball: Lakewood 51, Middleton 50

    TAMPA — Eleven minutes from potential school history, Middleton learned the hard way about the opening-round magic of Lakewood coach Necole Tunsil. Toi Smith’s short jumper with four seconds remaining completed a huge Lakewood comeback as the Spartans stunned Middleton 51-50 Thursday night in a Class 5A region quarterfinal. It ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 9:44 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District boys basketball: Jonathan Jean, East Bay still kicking

    GIBSONTON — Jonathan Jean got the one thing he wanted — redemption. Top-seeded East Bay narrowly avoided a second straight upset in the Class 7A, District 7 semifinals Wednesday night as Jean’s two free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining gave the Indians a 59-57 victory against No. 4 Tampa Bay ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District girls basketball: Plant 45, Alonso 44

    TAMPA — Sydney Johnson seldom left Angel Golden’s side. That was her only assignment from Plant coach Carrie Mahon, one that paid off in the closing seconds as the top-seeded Panthers outlasted No. 2 Alonso 45-44 Friday night for the Class 8A, District 7 championship. After cutting a seven-point deficit ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:22 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys soccer: East Bay 2, Northeast 1

    GIBSONTON — The school fight song blared over the PA system, students rushed the field, and players hugged. It was time for East Bay to celebrate school history. Senior forward Kevin Dacruz knocked in the winning goal in the 64th minute as East Bay rallied past Northeast 2-1 in a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:47 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District girls basketball: Plant survives after late turnover

    TAMPA — Plant and host Alonso reached their respective destinations Wednesday, each advancing to the Class 8A, District 7 championship game. But they took different paths. Top-seeded Plant forced a turnover with four seconds remaining to preserve a 43-41 win over No. 5 Wharton; it was the Panthers’ fourth victory ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region girls soccer: Newsome 4, Timber Creek 0

    LITHIA — In what would be Newsome’s final post-match huddle on its home field this year, coach Kelly Townsend had some closing words directed toward the immediate future. “Three more (matches) …three more. That’s all we got,” she said. Newsome kept its unbeaten season and Class 5A state championship hopes ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:54 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region girls soccer: Newsome 6, Winter Park 0

    LITHIA — Newsome sophomore center forward Lauren Evans didn’t start. But she certainly finished. Evans, whose father Jerome Evans was a fullback on the 1996 Florida national championship team, scored three goals — the first two in a 33-second span — to spark a five-goal second half, helping undefeated Newsome ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 9:40 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District boy soccer: Jesuit edges Jefferson, reaches final

    TAMPA —Junior Harrison Astorquiza’s dream is alive, thanks to his game-winning goal in No. 1 seed Jesuit’s 1-0 victory against Jefferson on Wednesday night in the Class 3A, District 9 semifinals. The Tigers (19-2-2) will go for their 27th district title in the past 29 seasons Friday against second-ranked Bradenton ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Girls basketball: Freedom 65, Alonso 11

    TAMPA — For Freedom, Tuesday’s win was  more than Taylor-made. Taylor Emery, a Tulane commit and the nation’s second-leading scorer, poured in 42 points. But the Patriots’ defense was equally impressive in a 65-11 non-district victory against Alonso. Patriot (15-2) held Alonso (13-7) to 11 percent shooting, and the Patriots ...
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    Tue. Jan. 06, 2015 at 10:47 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 20, Sickles 16

    TAMPA — Here it comes little brother …catch it. Junior Marchalo Judge made a diving reception of Deon Cain’s 30-yard touchdown pass with 48.7 seconds left to give Tampa Bay Tech a 20-16 victory over Sickles Friday night in a Class 7A thriller. It was the first regional semifinal victory ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Plant 29, Orlando Boone 7

    TAMPA — It was a perfect 10 for Robert Weiner. The Plant coach kept his unblemished record in postseason openers intact Friday night as the Panthers defeated Orlando Boone 29-7 in a Class 8A contest. Plant (10-1), playing the second half without injured senior running back Patrick Brooks, won its ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:42 a.m. | Don Jensen

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