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  • 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

  • Football: Plant 30, Newsome 14

    TAMPA — Just when short-handed Newsome put some heat on Plant, Alexander Jackson doused the flames seconds later. Jackson returned a kickoff 99 yards, his third touchdown of the first half, to spark the Panthers’  victory Friday on homecoming and senior night. Plant remained undefeated in Class 8A, District 6 ...
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    Fri. Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:21 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: King 24, Robinson 0

    TAMPA — After last week’s 28-27 loss to Hillsborough, King senior linebacker Zachary Stewart said his teammates couldn’t wait to get back on the field. It showed. King (5-2, 3-2) spoiled Robinson’s homecoming with a 24-0 Class 6A, District 8 thumping Friday night. It was the Lions’ first shutout since ...
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    Fri. Oct. 11, 2013 at 11:19 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Sickles 53, Freedom 13

    TAMPA — Coming off a bye week, Sickles senior linebacker Anthony Janezic said he “couldn’t wait to hit somebody.” It just took a little more time than he and his teammates anticipated. Overcoming an early 13-0 deficit, the visiting Gryphons scored 53 unanswered points in a rout of Freedom in ...
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    Fri. Oct. 04, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Alonso 56, Spoto 14

    TAMPA — Fifty-six points. Three Division I commitments. One non-district victory. Not a bad week for Alonso (3-2), which rolled to victory against Spoto (0-5). The Ravens got three touchdowns and 117 yards rushing on nine carries by Missouri commit Ish Witter. Left tackle Gary Brown (Georgia Tech commit) and ...
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    Fri. Sept. 27, 2013 at 11:25 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Newsome 38, Alonso 26

    TAMPA — As Ramsey Bennett chugged down the middle of the field for a career-long 50-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, stepfather Carson Baker turned in the Newsome bleachers and finally spotted wife Cathy, who was holding 20-month-old granddaughter Layla and had moved several rows higher to talk ...
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    Sat. Sept. 21, 2013 at 1:12 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Chamberlain 28, Lennard 14

    TAMPA — Chamberlain running back Daishaun Roberts rushed for 151 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns as the Chiefs (2-1, 2-0) remained undefeated in Class 6A, District 8 play with a 28-14 victory against Lennard (0-3, 0-2) Monday night. The game was postponed from Thursday because of inclement weather. ...
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    Mon. Sept. 16, 2013 at 11:06 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Plant 28, Robinson 7

    TAMPA — A quarterback from the past kicked off the night. A quarterback for the future finished it. Sophomore Rex Culpepper, the son of former Buc Brad Culpepper, took over for injured starter Colby Brown after halftime as Plant beat Robinson 28-7 Friday in the Panthers’ home opener at Dad’s ...
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    Fri. Sept. 06, 2013 at 11:46 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Football: Newsome 23, Tampa Bay Tech 12

    Football: Newsome 23, Tampa Bay Tech 12 TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech brought the hip and the hype. Newsome was hungry … like a Wolf. Newsome shook off five lost fumbles in the first half and stunned Tampa Bay Tech 23-12 Friday night in the season opener for both teams. The Wolves scored on their first four ...
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    Sat. Aug. 31, 2013 at 1:44 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Preseason football: Robinson 51, Osceola 6

    TAMPA — Robinson first-year coach Shawn Taylor smiled, then hesitated before answering the question. Which unit stood out in Robinson’s 51-6 preseason victory against Osceola on Friday night? The offense or the defense? “The coordinators would have me for lunch if I picked one of those,” said Taylor, who replaced ...
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    Sat. Aug. 24, 2013 at 12:30 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Spring football: Jamboree at Steinbrenner

    At Steinbrenner Scores: Steinbrenner 22, Alonso 21 Sickles 22, Gaither 14 Spring game-breakers: Kezio Snelling was the star for Steinbrenner, scoring all three touchdowns on a pair of kickoff returns (75 and 80 yards) and a 13-yard run. His 80-yarder came with 33.7 seconds left and Shyheem Barthel’s two-point conversion ...
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    Thu. May 23, 2013 at 10:22 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region baseball semifinals roundup: Wiregrass, Drury stun Steinbrenner

    Region baseball semifinals roundup: Wiregrass, Drury stun Steinbrenner LUTZ — Wiregrass Ranch junior Zach Drury had the utmost respect for nationally ranked Steinbrenner before he took the mound Tuesday night. Two hours later, Warriors coach John Crumbley thought just as highly of Drury, whose two-hit shutout led the Bulls to a stunning 4-0 victory in the Class 7A ...
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    Tue. May 07, 2013 at 11:04 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region football: Robinson 22, Lakewood 19

    TAMPA — No one could have said it any better than Robinson quarterback Zain Gilmore: “Everybody’s heart was dropping.” Gilmore wasn’t describing the feeling at Jack Peters Stadium just before he flipped a 4-yard touchdown pass to Martin Ruiz with 14 seconds left for a 22-19 victory over Lakewood on ...
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    Sat. Nov. 24, 2012 at 1:05 a.m. | Don Jensen

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