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  • Girls region soccer: Sophomore comes through for Land O’Lakes

    Girls region soccer: Sophomore comes through for Land O’Lakes LAND O’LAKES — As Victoria Cannata walked to the line for a first-half penalty kick on a frigid Thursday night, she could feel the nerves building. Though it was only the sixth minute in a Class 3A region quarterfinal, the Land O’Lakes sophomore knew the fate of her team’s season ...
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    Thu. Jan. 23, 2014 at 11:11 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Girls district soccer: Robinson wins 3A-9 title in rout

    TAMPA — Robinson won its third straight girls soccer district title in dominant fashion Saturday, but coach Billy Helms wasn’t celebrating too much. Minutes after the Knights’ 6-0 victory over Bradenton Southeast in the Class 3A, District 9 final, Helms already was focused on the next opponent: 3A-10 runnerup Tarpon ...
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    Sat. Jan. 18, 2014 at 11:35 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Girls basketball: Seffner Christian routs AATL

    LAND O’LAKES — Seffner Christian hasn’t lost to a bay area team all season, and Thursday night’s meeting against Academy at the Lakes proved no different. The Crusaders never trailed and used their suffocating defense and explosive offense to pound last season’s Class 2A state runnerup 64-24 for their fifth ...
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    Fri. Jan. 17, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Boys basketball: Tampa Catholic edges Tampa Prep for city championship

    TAMPA — For 11 years, Tampa Catholic had left the City of Tampa Championship empty-handed. The past two years were gut-wrenching, as the Crusaders (10-1) fell to tournament host Tampa Prep in the title game in 2011 and '12. But in Monday night's final against the Terrapins (8-1), TC power ...
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    Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 at 12:16 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Boys basketball: Tampa Catholic, Tampa Prep set for City of Tampa final

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic seemed to have everything going its way through the first 16 minutes against Plant on Saturday: a solid lead, shots falling and momentum. But that didn’t satisfy coach Don Dziagwa. Despite holding an eight-point edge at the break, Tampa Catholic (9-1) had nearly blown two double-digit ...
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    Sun. Dec. 22, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Boys basketball: Plant tops Jefferson, TC beats Hillsborough at City Championship

    TAMPA — There’s little doubt that Jefferson is the most surprising boys basketball team in the Hillsborough County this season. The Dragons (10-3) have as many wins as their past two seasons combined and are on track to capture a playoff berth for the first time since 2006. But in ...
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    Fri. Dec. 20, 2013 at 10:28 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch finally topples district nemesis

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Wiregrass Ranch found itself in unfamiliar territory against Class 7A, District 8 rival Steinbrenner on Tuesday night when third-year coach John Gant spoke to his team at the end of the first quarter. The Bulls (14-1, 4-1) were doing something not many other teams had done all ...
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    Tue. Dec. 17, 2013 at 9:13 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Boys basketball: Nature Coast dispatches tough district foe

    WESLEY CHAPEL — If Friday night’s Class 5A, District 7 showdown with Wesley Chapel is any indication of what’s to come from Nature Coast, one thing is certain: the Sharks don’t back down when tribulation strikes. Despite never trailing in the game, NCT (7-0, 5-0) — which was without 6-foot-5 ...
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    Fri. Dec. 13, 2013 at 11:01 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Basketball: Nickels comes up big for Sickles against former team

    TAMPA — Longtime Sickles coach Renaldo Garcia pulled forward Bryce Nickels aside Tuesday afternoon and talked to him about staying poised and keeping his focus during the team’s game later that night. It wasn’t an ordinary night for Nickels, who faced a familiar opponent in Steinbrenner, the school he played ...
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    Tue. Dec. 03, 2013 at 11:33 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Girls basketball: Briere lifts Steinbrenner over Wiregrass Ranch

    LUTZ — Before the start of the season, Steinbrenner coach JR Allen preached to his team about the importance of finding a leader when adversity struck. The Warriors (6-0, 1-0 7A-8) were coming off a 21-win season, but after graduating seven seniors — including 1,000-point scorer Bailey Hooker — the ...
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    Fri. Nov. 22, 2013 at 11:11 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Sunlake 19, Zephyrhills 14

    ZEPHYRHILLS — With time winding down  Friday night, Sunlake’s defense needed one more stop to secure a victory against Zephyrhills. After a penalty and a two incomplete passes, the Bulldogs (7-3) were forced to go to the air once more on third and 12 with less than two minutes to ...
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    Fri. Nov. 08, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Freedom 33, Wiregrass Ranch 13

      TAMPA — Freedom pulled away late to beat Wiregrass Ranch 33-13 on Friday night and claim its first Class 7A, District 7 win in nearly a year.   Tied at 13 midway through the third quarter, Patriots quarterback D.J. Grant threw a 51-yard strike to Romell Mungin for the ...
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    Fri. Nov. 01, 2013 at 11:13 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Sickles 35, Wiregrass Ranch 7

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Sickles remained perfect in Class 7A, District 7 on Friday, rolling past Wiregrass Ranch 35-7. Isaac Holder led the way for the Gryphons, finishing 13-for-22 with 157 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to spoil the Bulls’ senior night festivities. “We play hard every week and we ...
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    Fri. Oct. 25, 2013 at 11:18 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Steinbrenner 27, Wiregrass Ranch 20

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Steinbrenner rallied from a 10-point deficit Friday night to knock off Class 7A, District 7 foe Wiregrass Ranch 27-20. The Warriors (2-5, 1-2) trailed 17-7 going into halftime, but halfback Shaheem Barthel made sure it didn’t stay that way. The senior led Steinbrenner’s furious comeback, scoring two ...
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    Fri. Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:15 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Football: Sunlake 30, Wesley Chapel 0

    LAND O’LAKES — It was near the end of halftime Friday night when the voice of Sunlake junior running back Nathan Johnson rang out on the sideline. “Y’all better get ready for a show, man,” he shouted to his teammates. “Get ready for a show.” After sleepwalking through the first ...
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    Fri. Oct. 11, 2013 at 11:18 p.m. | Jeff Odom

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