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  • 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

  • Football: Gaither 38, Plant City 11

    TAMPA — Copeland Hargrove, Curtis Wilder and Malik Huff combined for 246 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns as Gaither (7-3) wrapped up its season Friday with a Senior Night win against playoff-bound Plant City (4-5-1 ). Gaither rushed for 329 yards on 37 carries, while its defense limited Plant City ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 12:58 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • 6A/7A/8A region volleyball: King rallies; Steinbrenner cruises

    TAMPA — King coach Cookie Mitchell had to do something when the Lions appeared on the verge of having their outstanding season end. After losing the first two games to Hillsborough — a team King had defeated three times previously — Mitchell asked her dejected players one question: “Are you ...
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    Tue. Nov. 04, 2014 at 11:19 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Freedom 28, Wiregrass Ranch 20

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Freedom senior cornerback Aaron Cox stopped Wiregrass Ranch’s final drive with an interception of a Zach Davidson pass in the final minute as the Patriots won a penalty-filled game 28-20 Friday night, spoiling the Bulls’ homecoming in a Class 7A, District 7 matchup. Cox’s pick near the ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:45 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Sickles 49, Wiregrass Ranch 10

    TAMPA — Sickles used a dominating first half to rout Wiregrass Ranch Friday on homecoming and remain tied for first place in the Class 7A, District 7 race. Quarterback Isaac Holder and running back Ray Ray McCloud III fueled a Sickles offense that scored on seven of eight possessions in ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:40 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Tampa Catholic 28, Berkeley Prep 14

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic had so many heroes Friday night in its 28-14 victory against previously undefeated Berkeley Prep, a win that turned the Class 3A, District 4 race into a horse race. Darius Corbett’s 25-yard touchdown reception from Kevin Knox on fourth and 9 on the first series of ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:01 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Riverview 48, Strawberry Crest 26

    RIVERVIEW — Riverview came up two touchdowns, then ran off 34 points as the Sharks rode running backs Quon Lambert and Keisean Young to a 48-26 homecoming victory against Strawberry Crest on Friday night. The game was delayed for 19 minutes with 8:08 remaining when the stadium lights went out. ...
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    Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 at 12:28 a.m. | Don Jensen

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