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  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 2 at Jefferson

    At Jefferson Scores  Spoto 8, Sickles 4 Bloomingdale 3, Lennard 2 Strawberry Crest 5, Freedom 3 Jefferson 5, Robinson 3 Pitchers of the day Lennard's Fabian Carlin had a strong performance despite the loss, tossing a complete-game five-hitter. The senior struck out five and gave up three earned runs — ...
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    Mon. March 09, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 1 from Jesuit

    At Jesuit Scores Steinbrenner 5, Newsome 3 Jesuit 10, Armwood 0 (five innings) Pitchers of the day Jesuit starter Drew Martin dominated the Hawks, tossing four scoreless innings. The sophomore righty allowed just one hit and struck out four on 54 pitches. …Newsome right-hander Matt Leslie was sharp in a ...
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    Sat. March 07, 2015 at 10:35 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region boys basketball: Academy at the Lakes 60, Orlando Christian Prep 51

    LAND O’LAKES — Tom Haslam couldn’t hold it in anymore. With the capacity home crowd rising to its feet and roaring in elation around Academy at the Lakes’ diminutive gymnasium in the final seconds Friday, the Wildcats’ veteran coach pumped his fist against his navy blue sweater vest and hollered, ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:13 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region basketball: Berkeley Prep 71, Tampa Catholic 61

    TAMPA — Longtime Berkeley Prep coach Bobby Reinhart never stopped believing in his players Tuesday night. Not when the Bucs allowed an early advantage in the Class 4A region semifinal against Tampa Catholic to slip away and leave them trailing at halftime. And not when his team opened the second ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 37, Academy of Holy Names 23

    TAMPA — Academy of the Holy Names tried everything it could to keep Tampa Catholic away from the basket in Tuesday night’s Class 4A region semifinal. For seconds and even minutes at a time, the Jaguars essentially played keep away, continuously roaming around the arc, dribbling and passing without taking ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 9:47 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District boys basketball: Berkeley Prep 64, Tampa Catholic 57

    TAMPA — For 23 minutes and 59 seconds, Berkeley Prep kept things under control in Friday’s Class 4A, District 10 final against Tampa Catholic. But in the final second of the third quarter, one mistake nearly became the Buccaneers’ undoing. Clinging to a two-point lead, a botched inbound pass from ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 11:33 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region girls basketball: Academy at the Lakes 72, Canterbury 25

    LAND O’LAKES — Academy at the Lakes guard Audra Leipold could hardly hold back her emotions. Nine minutes and 50 seconds into the Wildcats’ 72-25 rout of Canterbury in Thursday’s Class 2A region quarterfinal, the freshman drove to the basket for a layup to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 9:09 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District boys basketball: Armwood tested, not toppled

    TAMPA — Things couldn’t have started worse for Armwood in Wednesday night’s Class 6A, District 9 semifinal against Lennard. First, Lennard’s team bus arrived late to tournament host Chamberlain, delaying the game’s start by more than an hour. Then, early in the second half, the Hawks’ leading-scorer, Devonte Myles, exited ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District girls basketball: Hillsborough 53, King 6

    TAMPA — For 29 years, Hillsborough labored through seasons of disappointment and yearned for another chance to be crowned district champion. At the start of the season, fifth-year coach Babita Artabasy told her players this would be the year it happened. Her credence in them never wavered, and it paid ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 9:10 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 69, Holy Names 45

    TAMPA — As the pregame clock ticked under 13 minutes before Thursday’s Class 4A, District 10 final against Tampa Catholic, a series of muffled cheers roared from behind the Holy Names’ locker-room door. Seconds later, the Jaguars confidently burst onto the court for warmups as Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train blared ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District girls basketball: AHN, Tampa Catholic reach 4A-10 final

    TAMPA — Academy of the Holy Names coach Chris Severini’s had one objective for his team going into Tuesday’s Class 4A, District 10 semifinal against Sarasota Booker: work quickly to seize momentum early. In two previous regular-season meetings with the Tornadoes, the Jaguars earned slim, single-digit victories. That wasn’t the ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 11:39 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Boys basketball: Lakewood puts together victory over Berkeley Prep

    TAMPA — This season has largely been an uphill climb for Lakewood. After reaching the Class 5A state final last March, the Spartans endured almost a complete roster overhaul this fall with only one returning starter, Anthony Lawrence Jr. That kind of youth and inexperience has led to some frustrating ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:39 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District girls soccer: Wiregrass Ranch, Mitchell reach final

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Before Wednesday’s Class 4A, District 8 semifinal against Gaither, Wiregrass Ranch coach Eddie Costa decided to use the past to give his team a little extra inspiration. After the fifth-seeded Cowboys stunned No. 3 Sickles in the first round Monday, Costa knew Gaither would be confident it ...
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    Wed. Jan. 14, 2015 at 11:15 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Boys Basketball: Tampa Prep cruises to City of Tampa Championship title

    Boys Basketball: Tampa Prep cruises to City of Tampa Championship title TAMPA — Tampa Prep forward Juwan Durham was busy celebrating his 17th birthday before Monday’s City of Tampa Championship final against Jefferson when his teammates asked what he wanted to have as a gift. The junior responded with one request: a victory. Durham got his wish, helping guide the host ...
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    Mon. Dec. 22, 2014 at 10:14 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Boys basketball: Jefferson, Tampa Prep reach City of Tampa final

    TAMPA — As the pressure mounted late in the City of Tampa Championship semifinal against Tampa Catholic on Friday night, Jefferson coach Eric Hayes’ confidence grew. With 16.7 seconds left and the score tied at 70, TC had possession, but called timeout to draw up a play. On the other ...
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    Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 at 10:43 p.m. | Jeff Odom

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