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  • Spring football: Weeki Wachee 26, Wesley Chapel 16

    At Wesley Chapel Score Weeki Wachee 26, Wesley Chapel 16 Spring game-breakers: After an offseason filled with adversity — including the loss of several key players to transfers — Wesley Chapel showed it won’t be a pushover in the fall. But despite two forced fumbles and an interception, the Wildcats ...
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    Fri. May 22, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Spring football: Jamboree at Strawberry Crest

    At Strawberry Crest Scores Armwood 21, Tampa Bay Tech 3 Plant City 14, Strawberry Crest 0 Spring game-breakers: In what was expected to be the unveiling of a touted, new-look Armwood offense, Tampa Bay Tech’s defense stole the show. After new quarterback Darrian McNeal scampered for a 68-yard touchdown on ...
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    Thu. May 21, 2015 at 9:56 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Decalon Brooks a rising defensive force at Gaither

    HomeTeam Huddle: Decalon Brooks a rising defensive force at Gaither TAMPA — Derrick Brooks spent 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers building a résumé worthy of a gold jacket and bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   Now, just 20 minutes north of Raymond James Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, his son, Decalon, has been busy trying ...
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    Wed. May 20, 2015 at 5:07 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region baseball: Durant 1, Steinbrenner 0 (nine innings)

    LUTZ — Cade Kelley led off to start the seventh inning on Tuesday resolute that he could start a rally for Durant in a scoreless Class 7A region semifinal. After working the count even against Steinbrenner ace C.J. Van Eyk, the senior turned and ripped a curveball to left. But ...
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    Tue. May 05, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region softball: Bartow 7, Steinbrenner 1

    LUTZ — As Bartow third baseman Lexi Sims recorded the final out of Friday’s Class 7A region final, Steinbrenner coach Brenda Leach stood in the third-base coach’s box and stared toward the opposing dugout. Hands on her hips, the first-year coach watched in bemusement as the stream of white, pinstriped ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 10:58 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region baseball: Alonso 4, Bradenton Manatee 3

    TAMPA — Faced with arguably the most pressing situation of his young career, Alonso sophomore Jordan Butler was admittedly anxious, but he refused to display even a hint of sentiment on the mound. With the Ravens clinging to a one-run lead in the seventh inning of Thursday's Class 8A region quarterfinal ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 11:43 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region softball: Steinbrenner 3, Plant City 1

    LUTZ — When Erica Serafini and Lindsay Boynton arrived at Steinbrenner as freshmen in 2011, they both shared the common aspiration of one day leading the young program to its first state championship. There was only one problem — the Warriors had never won a playoff game. But that never ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 10:01 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District baseball: Jesuit 5, Robinson 4

    TAMPA — With Jesuit trailing by two runs in the fourth inning of Thursday’s Class 5A, District 9 final, Jake Jones had already mapped out an approach in his head by the time he stepped into the batter’s box. His master plan? To go after a good pitch and connect ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region softball: Fort Meade 14, Carrollwood Day 1

    TAMPA — By the time Carrollwood Day got its first runner on base in the third inning of Wednesday’s Class 2A region quarterfinal, the Patriots had already dug themselves into a double-digit hole against Fort Meade. Even when CDS finally pushed across a run on a single by seventh-grader Kylie ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District baseball: Robinson staves off upset, to meet Jesuit

    TAMPA — Down to what might have been the last at-bat of his high school career, Robinson senior Jacob Jackson stepped to the plate in the ninth inning Tuesday, just trying to stay patient. Tied 3-all against Spoto with a runner on second base and one out in the Class ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 9:33 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District softball: Steinbrenner 2, Wiregrass Ranch 1

    TAMPA -- Coming into Friday's Class 7A, District 8 final, Wiregrass Ranch had made it clear to opponents that it would not back down from a test. The fourth-seeded Bulls previously overcame a late five-run deficit on Tuesday to knock off Sickles in a quarterfinal game, then rallied from an ...
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    Fri. April 17, 2015 at 10:38 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District softball: Wiregrass Ranch upsets top seed in 15 innings

    District softball: Wiregrass Ranch upsets top seed in 15 innings TAMPA — It took more than three-and-a-half hours and 15 innings, but the wait for its first postseason berth was well worth it for Wiregrass Ranch in Wednesday’s Class 7A, District 8 semifinal. The fourth-seeded Bulls rallied from a two-run deficit in the fourth against No. 1-seed Freedom, then held ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • 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

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