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  • TBT LB Fred Russ commits to Florida International

    Tampa Bay Tech rising senior linebacker Fred Russ announced Wednesday that he has orally committed to Florida International. “Just coming down from my visit to FIU and now I’m officially a #panther,” Russ said via Twitter. Russ committed to FIU only a week after receiving a scholarship offer from the ...
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    Wed. June 19, 2013 at 2:51 p.m. | Joel Anderson

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      Florida International University
  • Wharton QB Litton picks USF

    Wharton QB Litton picks USF USF has landed the commitment of the bay area’s top quarterback prospect in the class of 2014, Wharton’s Chase Litton. The senior-to-be moved up his decision after Miami Jackson quarterback Quinton Flowers reportedly announced his pledge to USF over the weekend. Litton moved quickly to secure a spot in Willie ...
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    Mon. June 17, 2013 at 12:59 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • Gaither QB McGough commits to Florida International

    Gaither QB McGough commits to Florida International Gaither rising senior quarterback Alex McGough has orally committed to Florida International, making him the first of the bay area’s top signal-callers to choose a school. “Officially a FIU panther!!!,” McGough said via his Twitter account Sunday night. The 6-foot-3 McGough held one other offer, from Colgate. But he generated ...
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    Mon. June 17, 2013 at 10:43 a.m. | Joel Anderson

  • USF offers another Plant football prospect

    USF offers another Plant football prospect Plant rising junior cornerback Derrick Baity has received his first scholarship offer, from USF, he said Saturday.  Baity’s coaches told him about the offer following the Panthers’ participation at the USF Sling 'N Shoot 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday. “It feels so good,” Baity said. “I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling yet.” The ...
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    Sat. June 15, 2013 at 7:29 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • Durant's Danish picks White Sox over Florida

    Durant's Danish picks White Sox over Florida Durant star Tyler Danish has confirmed that he signed with the Chicago White Sox after they made him the 55th overall pick in the MLB draft last week.  Danish will accept the White Sox’s deal, choosing – as expected – a professional career over a scholarship offer from Florida. “It’s ...
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    Fri. June 14, 2013 at 6:17 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • Danish adds Saladino Award to year of accolades

    Danish adds Saladino Award to year of accolades   BRANDON – The class was physical education and the game was usually dodgeball. Valrico Elementary teacher Tony Saladino let his fourth- and fifth-graders have at it during his classes most days.  But it didn’t take long before Saladino noticed one of the boys in his class was putting a ...
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    Wed. June 12, 2013 at 9:06 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • Gaither SS Oscar Mercado accepts $1.5 million deal with Cardinals

    Gaither SS Oscar Mercado accepts $1.5 million deal with Cardinals Gaither shortstop Oscar Mercado confirmed Wednesday that he has accepted a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, who drafted him 57th overall last week. Mercado will choose a career in the minors over a scholarship offer from Florida State. Mercado said in a text message to the Tampa Bay Times’ ...
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    Wed. June 12, 2013 at 4:14 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • Wharton SS Tucker Neuhaus set to accept deal with Brewers

    Wharton SS Tucker Neuhaus set to accept deal with Brewers Wharton shortstop Tucker Neuhaus will sign with the Milwaukee Brewers today after they made him the 72nd overall pick in the MLB first-year player draft last week, according to his father Ken Neuhaus. Tucker moved quickly to accept the Brewers’ deal, choosing a career in the minors over a scholarship ...
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    Mon. June 10, 2013 at 12:37 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • Baseball: Times' all-Hillsborough teams

    Pitcher of the Year: Brett Morales, Sr., King Why we picked him: Morales spent his first two seasons at King as an infielder, earning a reputation – and attention from college coaches – with his bat and glove. He transitioned to the mound as a junior, going 6-1 with a ...
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    Sat. June 08, 2013 at 3:47 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • MLB draft notebook: Phone call from Cardinals calms Mercado's nerves

    MLB draft notebook: Phone call from Cardinals calms Mercado's nerves The night and the first two rounds of the draft were simultaneously coming to an end, and Oscar Mercado was finally starting to get nervous. Mercado, a slick-fielding shortstop from Gaither, had been projected as a late first-round or early second-round MLB draft pick and those slots had long since ...
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    Fri. June 07, 2013 at 8:32 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • Three Hillsborough players drafted on Day 1

    Three Hillsborough players drafted on Day 1 Durant’s Tyler Danish had a funky sidearm delivery that scared off many major-league clubs. Gaither’s Oscar Mercado closed his high school career with an underwhelming senior season. And Wharton’s Tucker Neuhaus barely played at all, struggling with nagging injuries and family tragedy. But, as goes the old adage, all it ...
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    Fri. June 07, 2013 at 12:37 a.m. | Joel Anderson

  • MLB draft notebook: Danish's delivery casts doubt for many scouts

    MLB draft notebook: Danish's delivery casts doubt for many scouts TAMPA — Headlining Tyler Danish’s resume are numbers that rank him among the nation’s top five high school pitchers: 94 innings on the mound, 156 strikeouts, and an ERA of 0.00. And that’s still not good enough for a number of major-league clubs. “I’ve done everything I could to possibly ...
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    Wed. June 05, 2013 at 8:51 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • MLB draft: Despite down season, Gaither's Mercado knows his target audience

    MLB draft: Despite down season, Gaither's Mercado knows his target audience TAMPA — Maybe the towering expectations and pressure to play like a first-round draft pick was overwhelming for Oscar Mercado. Maybe there was no pressure at all, and his disappointing senior season was the result of some combination of apathy and senioritis. Maybe the Gaither shortstop was overrated all along, ...
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    Wed. June 05, 2013 at 8:42 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • Berkeley standout Sidney Brown commits to Stanford

    Berkeley Prep rising senior Sidney Brown, the top returning volleyball player in the bay area and one of the nation’s most coveted recruits, announced Wednesday that she has given an oral commitment to Stanford. Brown, the Tampa Bay Times’ all-Suncoast and all-Hillsborough County Player of the Year, revealed her decision ...
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    Wed. June 05, 2013 at 8:21 p.m. | Joel Anderson

  • King pitcher Caples signs with junior college

    King senior pitcher Brandon Caples has signed with College of Central Florida in Ocala, according to Lions coach Jim Macaluso. Caples teamed with UF signee Brett Morales to form a dominant pitching duo that led King to its best record in school history (25-4) and into the Class 6A state ...
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    Wed. June 05, 2013 at 11:54 a.m. | Joel Anderson

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