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  • Football: Tampa Catholic 20, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 7

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic tasted victory for the first time in 11 months. The Crusaders (1-4) had last won 45-10 on Nov. 22 against Melbourne Central Catholic in the Class 3A region final. A steady rain in the first half make an already soggy field worse as the teams combined ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 12:58 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Durant 9, Plant City 7

    PLANT CITY — It didn’t rain on Durant’s parade. Barely. Durant overcame a steady downpour, then almost proved to be its worst enemy in the final minute before defeating Plant City 9-7 Friday night in a Class 7A, District 8 opener for both teams. The Cougars nearly let a 9-0 ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:02 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: East Bay 16, Alonso 15

    TAMPA — Junior quarterback Ian Kuykendall capped a big second half with a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:51 left as East Bay (2-1) rallied to defeat Alonso (1-2). The lead changed hands three times in the final 9 1/2 minutes. Key drive: After Alonso took its final lead on an 80-yard ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 12:51 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Plant City 20, Wharton 7

    TAMPA — Plant City scored 20 second-half points, including quarterback Austin Carswell’s 2-yard run with 40 seconds left that sealed the victory. Key drive: Markese Hargrove scored his second touchdown, an 8-yard run with 7:43 left, to cap a 32-yard drive and give Plant City the lead for good. Play ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 12:41 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Freedom 9, King 6

    TAMPA — Freedom opened its season with a defensive-minded and penalty-marred victory Friday night at King. Play of the game: After kicking a 27-yard field goal with three minutes left in the first half, Freedom’s Heath Grady had a 32-yarder blocked on the final play before intermission. A Lion picked ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:48 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Preseason football: Hillsborough 21, Clearwater 18

    TAMPA — Lawrence Dawsey relieved an ineffective Dwayne Lawson at quarterback in the fourth quarter and threw long touchdown strikes on his only two passes in a three-minute span as Hillsborough rallied from an 18-7 deficit. Dawsey’s scoring passes to Michael Hampton and Xavier Byrd accounted for 123 of the ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:10 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Spring football: Bloomingdale 7, Tampa Catholic 7; Newsome 21, Brandon 7

    at Valrico Bloomingdale 7, Tampa Catholic 7 Newsome 21, Brandon 7 Spring game-breakers:  Bloomingdale’s Isaiah McIntyre was 11-of-21 for 127 yards, including the tying 14-yard touchdown to Logan Krouse with 1:43 left. … Newsome’s Cole Schaller directed three scoring drives to start the game. He scored on a 1-yard run ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 11:26 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region baseball: Bloomingdale breaks through vs. Plant

    TAMPA — For eight innings, they exchanged drama with disappointment. Finally, destiny was on Bloomingdale’s side. Bloomingdale, which had lost three previous meetings against Plant, won 5-3 Tuesday night in Class 8A play to advance to its first region final since 2007. The Panthers were MaxPreps’ 12th-ranked team in the ...
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    Tue. May 06, 2014 at 11:37 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region baseball: Bosnic, Berkeley Prep shut out Lakeland McKeel

    TAMPA — When Berkeley Prep senior Dante Bosnic reflects on his prep career, he is certain to replay the fifth inning from Thursday night’s 7-0 victory against Lakeland McKeel in the Class 4A region quarterfinals. Nine pitches, three strikeouts. It was the apex of a standout performance from the Buccaneers’ ...
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    Thu. May 01, 2014 at 10:08 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • 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

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