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  • 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

  • Football: Orlando Bishop Moore 30, Jesuit 29 (2OT)

    ORLANDO -— Trailing by one point in double overtime Friday night, second-year Jesuit coach Matt Thompson made arguably the gutsiest decision of his young career. After a 2-yard fourth-down touchdown run by Malik Davis put the Tigers an extra point away from forcing a third extra period against Orlando Bishop ...
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    Fri. Nov. 28, 2014 at 11:37 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Jesuit 18, Spoto 14

    Football: Jesuit 18, Spoto 14 TAMPA — Six weeks ago, with his team trailing in an eventual loss at Ocala Trinity Catholic, Jesuit coach Matt Thompson looked around his sideline and saw a team that looked vanquished. The second-year coach made it a point in the weeks following that he wouldn’t tolerate such behavior and ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:04 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Wiregrass Ranch 13, Wesley Chapel 10

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Wiregrass Ranch 13, Wesley Chapel 10 WESLEY CHAPEL — The gut-wrenching feeling of a letdown began to sink in for Wiregrass Ranch quarterback Zach Davidson. With less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter against neighborhood rival Wesley Chapel on Friday night, the Bulls trailed by four, but had the ball 3 yards from the ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 12:52 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Gulf 36, Wesley Chapel 19

    WESLEY CHAPEL — The frustration began to boil over for second-year Gulf coach Jason Messamore with 39 seconds left in the second quarter Friday night. Despite his team’s 13-6 lead over Wesley Chapel, the Buccaneers’ offense was lackadaisical at times, including responding to a nine-play, 84-yard Wildcat scoring drive with ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:48 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Seven in a row? Pasco presently dominates 9-Mile War

    Seven in a row? Pasco presently dominates 9-Mile War DADE CITY — Tom McHugh doesn’t like to talk much about Pasco High School’s six-year dominance of neighborhood rival Zephyrhills. The longtime Pirates football coach instead prefers to keep things in the present — as in Friday, when Pasco (5-3, 3-2 Class 5A, District 6) hosts the Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) ...
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    Tue. Oct. 28, 2014 at 1:01 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Pasco 24, Hernando 2

    DADE CITY — With starting quarterback Grant Starling sidelined with an ankle injury, Pasco rode running back Jakiah Felder to a 24-2 win over Hernando. Felder gashed the defense of the Leopards (1-5, 1-3 Class 5A-6) for 195 yards on 28 carries to help set up all three scored drives ...
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    Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:36 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Pasco 42, Weeki Wachee 7

    DADE CITY — Pasco snapped its two-game losing skid and earned its first Class 5A, District 6 win of the season in a 42-7 rout of Weeki Wachee. Key drive: After fumbling three plays into its opening possession, Pasco caught an early break. Weeki Wachee fumbled one play into the ...
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    Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 at 12:53 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Brandon 51, Middleton 6

    BRANDON — Brandon scored its most points since 2007 in a rout of Middleton. The game, originally scheduled at Middleton, was moved because of poor field conditions. Key drive: After Tigers (0-5) linebacker Deangelo Logan intercepted Isaiah Alexander and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown to start the second ...
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    Thu. Oct. 02, 2014 at 10:25 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Sunlake 28, Ridgewood 0

    LAND O’LAKES — Sunlake (4-1) overcame heavy rain and sloppy play on offense in the first half to cruise past Ridgewood (2-3) on Friday night, winning 28-0. Key drive: After having a 49-yard touchdown run negated by a penalty, Sunlake looked lost on offense to open the second quarter. But ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 12:26 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Tarpon Springs 35, Tampa Catholic 14

    TAMPA — In a penalty-plagued affair, Tarpon Springs handed Tampa Catholic a 35-14 loss. The Crusaders (0-3) have lost four straight games — dating back to last season — for the first time since 2010. Key drive: After Tampa Catholic missed a 25-yard field goal before the half and was ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 12:55 a.m. | Jeff Odom

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