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  • Baseball: Plant hurler Sanders heading to Harvard

    The Plant baseball team is sending its top pitcher to Harvard for the second straight year. Senior pitcher Matt Sanders has committed to the Ivy League university, Plant coach Dennis Braun said Thursday. As the Panthers’ No. 2 starter last season, Sanders was 6-0 with one save and a 1.89 ERA ...
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    Thu. Dec. 08, 2011 at 10:33 a.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Meet Plant's opponent: Neptune Beach Fletcher

    On Friday morning, Fletcher will take to the road again, departing its campus — which is three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean — accompanied by a police escort out of Neptune Beach, passing the business marquees rooting the Senators to another playoff win. The Senators’ four-hour cross-state trip to face ...
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    Wed. Dec. 07, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Baseball: Wharton SS Neuhaus commits to Louisville

    Wharton junior shortstop Tucker Neuhaus orally committed to Louisville this weekend during a visit to the university’s campus. “I really liked the coach and the facilities,” Neuhaus said “The program they have has a good rep and coaches have a good rep.” Neuhaus, whose finalists were Louisville, Florida and USF, said ...
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    Mon. Dec. 05, 2011 at 4:43 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Volleyball: Burgess gives Berkeley volleyball program a rare first

    Volleyball: Burgess gives Berkeley volleyball program a rare first TAMPA – Despite the bay-area record 15 state volleyball titles, all the players who have gone on to play collegiately and the 831 career wins under coach Randy Dagostino, Berkeley Prep outside hitter Jordan Burgess has offered Tampa Bay’s most prestigious volleyball program one first. Burgess was awarded this year’s Florida ...
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    Mon. Dec. 05, 2011 at 11:41 a.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Football: Armwood 17, Gainesville 14

    SEFFNER — The crunching hit that saved Armwood’s season Friday night came courtesy of an unlikely hero. On a stout Hawks defense rich with star upperclassmen, it was sophomore defensive back Kyle Gibson who lowered his helmet into Gainesville quarterback Mark Cato and pried hope loose late in the Hawks’ ...
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    Fri. Dec. 02, 2011 at 11:24 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Volleyball: Berkeley's Burgess wins second straight Miss Volleyball award

    Berkeley Prep outside hitter and Stanford-bound senior Jordan Burgess has been named this year's Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball, awarded to the state's top high school volleyball player. Burgess won the same honor last season as a junior, making her the first repeat winner in the 20-year history of the award. Burgess, who leaves Berkeley as the school's leader ...
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    Fri. Dec. 02, 2011 at 12:18 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Plant's Bullock lives up to his coach's preseason expectations

    Plant's Bullock lives up to his coach's preseason expectations TAMPA — As much as Plant’s 7-on-7 summer success has set the table for deep postseason runs the past few years, coach Robert Weiner will admit it’s not the tell-all indicator of his team’s strength. “People always say it's not real football,” said Weiner, emphatically waving his hands, “but we’ve ...
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    Thu. Dec. 01, 2011 at 6:07 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Western Conference volleyball teams announced

    Western Conference volleyball teams announced TAMPA -- Hillsborough County public school volleyball coaches met recently to select this year's Western Conference teams, which recognize the county's top public school players and coaches. The teams are separated into three regional divisions -- Federal (Eastern Hillsborough County), National (Central Tampa and north of Tampa) and American (South Tampa and Northwest Hillsborough County). Here are the teams: FEDERAL ...
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    Wed. Nov. 30, 2011 at 2:03 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Plant assistant to join Weiner on US Army All-American Bowl coaching staff

    Plant assistant to join Weiner on US Army All-American Bowl coaching staff Plant assistant football coach T.J. Lane will join Panthers head coach Robert Weiner on the East team coaching staff at this year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Lane, Plant's wideouts coach since 2005, as one of Weiner's seven assistant coaches for the game.  Lane, a member of Weiner's original staff in 2004, is making his third trip to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He ...
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    Wed. Nov. 30, 2011 at 12:19 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Former Plant star QB Aaron Murray predicted Georgia's run to SEC title game

    Former Plant star QB Aaron Murray predicted Georgia's run to SEC title game Plant coach Robert Weiner thought his former star quarterback had been knocked in the head one too many times. But when Georgia sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray, fresh off a 35-21 season-opening drubbing at the hands of Boise State in the Georgia Dome, predicted to his high school coach that he'd be back ...
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    Tue. Nov. 29, 2011 at 11:51 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Baseball: Jesuit's McCullers ranked fourth-best prospect in '12 MLB Draft

    Jesuit senior RHP/SS Lance McCullers is ranked fourth on MLB.com's list of the top 50 prospects for next June's MLB first-year player draft. The list, compiled by MLB.com draft and prospect analyst Jonathan Mayo, lists McCullers as the nation's second-best high school prospect behind No. 2 overall prospect RHP Lucas Giolito of Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) High School. ...
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    Tue. Nov. 29, 2011 at 8:32 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • When it comes to the ground game, Jesuit spreads the love

    When it comes to the ground game, Jesuit spreads the love TAMPA — Jesuit coach James Harrell doesn’t hide the fact that when it comes to who is getting the most carries in his crowded backfield, he’s going with the hot hand. “You’ll see, whoever’s hot is getting the ball that night,” Harrell said. His running backs also know one thing: ...
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    Tue. Nov. 29, 2011 at 8:26 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Edington out as Lennard football coach

    Lennard football coach George Edington, who guided the Longhorns  the past four seasons, has resigned from his position. Edington confirmed by phone on Tuesday evening that he has turned in his resignation. “A lot of it is that I really couldn’t devote the time I wanted and needed to devote to ...
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    Tue. Nov. 29, 2011 at 6:43 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Recruiting heating up at Plant

    As the Plant football team began preparation for Friday's Class 8A region final at East Lake, the Panthers had a few extra observers on hand under the raindrops at Dads Stadium on Monday afternoon.  Monday marked the beginning of the college recruiting contact period, and there were 10 college coaches on hand at Plant's practice, Panthers coach Robert Weiner said. Among the ...
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    Mon. Nov. 28, 2011 at 9:42 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

  • Football: Jesuit 35, Robinson 20

    TAMPA — As Jesuit coach James Harrell rallied his team inside the locker room after Friday’s Class 5A region semifinal, he looker over his shoulder and pointed to the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign posted just above the locker room entrance. “Make sure you touch it,” he said. The ...
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    Fri. Nov. 25, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. | Eduardo A. Encina

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