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  • Column: Santana’s worry turns to relief

    Column: Santana’s worry turns to relief TAMPA Before signing the papers that bound him to the Florida Atlantic football program, Devin Santana let out a slow, deep breath. The Sickles High all-county defensive end was the most relieved person in the room Wednesday, and after scribbling his name, the second-most relieved person in the room, his ...
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    Wed. Feb. 05, 2014 at 9:31 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Quintet part of Sickles football's turnaround

    Quintet part of Sickles football's turnaround Sickles had the finest class of football signees in its history, a group of five players — Louis Mercado, Chett Levay, Devin Santana, Zach Hudson and Josh Black — that coach Brian Turner said rivaled any group that came out Chamberlain while he was an assistant coach there. The group ...
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    Wed. Feb. 05, 2014 at 9:07 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Bethune-Cookman happy to land Wharton's Antonio Joseph

    Bethune-Cookman happy to land Wharton's Antonio Joseph Bethune-Cookman called first thing Wednesday morning. Called Wharton defensive end Antonio Joseph. Called Wharton athletic director Kent Glover. Called head coach David Mitchell. One message: Get those signing day papers in that fax machine. "They knew they were getting a steal,'' Glover said, with a chuckle. "They wanted to make ...
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    Wed. Feb. 05, 2014 at 11:09 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District boys basketball: Brandon upsets East Bay

    BRANDON — Brandon coach Jamie Turner knew that to upset East Bay in Tuesday’s district semifinals, point guard Jonathan Jean needed to be slowed, harassed and befuddled. He couldn’t score 18 points like he did in their previous meeting. He couldn’t race up and down the court and dictate the ...
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    Tue. Feb. 04, 2014 at 11:32 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: No ceiling on talent of Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham

    Column: No ceiling on talent of Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham TAMPA His high school career began in a tiny gymnasium in Naples, his first points coming off — predictably — a dunk. But any kid who is pushing 6 feet, 10 inches can dunk. It’s how Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham got there that made it impressive, starting on the other ...
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    Mon. Feb. 03, 2014 at 7:47 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Deon Cain, Shavar Manuel light up UnsignedPreps Showcase (with video)

    Deon Cain, Shavar Manuel light up UnsignedPreps Showcase (with video) UnsignedPreps Showcase wrapup Overall MVP: Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech. He was just silly. Went up against the best defensive backs and with a variety of moves simply proved to be unstoppable. Looks bigger every time you see him, and has terrific hands. Too big for the smaller defensive backs, too ...
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    Mon. Feb. 03, 2014 at 10:35 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • SPC's Reilly Gibbons flips from Miami to Stanford

    St. Petersburg Catholic offensive tackle Reilly Gibbons flipped his oral commitment from Miami to Stanford on Saturday evening, according to his father, Shannon. Speaking from Palo Alto, Calif., where Reilly Gibbons is taking an unexpected official visit to Stanford, Shannon Gibbons said his son scheduled the trip because he wanted ...
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    Sat. Feb. 01, 2014 at 9:51 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • King hires McKinley Rolle as football coach

    McKinley Rolle resigned after three years as head football coach at Lecanto last year, looking for a change and a better opportunity. He thinks he has both at King. Rolle confirmed that he is the new head football coach of the Lions, saying he was offered the job Friday and ...
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    Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 at 6:20 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Class of 2015 marked by versatile, speedy playmakers

    Class of 2015 marked by versatile, speedy playmakers If the class of 2014 was defined by its size, the class of 2015 may be defined by its stealth. Sure, you still have the beef, like Plant offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen (6-5, 280) and Armwood defensive lineman Byron Cowart (6-4, 250). But scanning the list of Tampa Bay’s top ...
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    Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 at 12:56 p.m. | John C. Cotey

    • Recruit: George Campbell
      Clemson University, Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Michigan
  • SPC's Tony Jones Jr. transfers to IMG

    SPC's Tony Jones Jr. transfers to IMG St. Petersburg Catholic running back Tony Jones Jr., who rushed for 1,145 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as a sophomore and made the Times' all-Pinellas County team, has transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton. Jones Jr. started at IMG on Thursday. IMG, a prep school that specializes in advanced training ...
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    Tue. Jan. 21, 2014 at 1:25 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Steve Dudley resigns as St. Petersburg Catholic coach

    Steve Dudley resigns as St. Petersburg Catholic coach Steve Dudley, who helped bring St. Petersburg Catholic back to prominence this past season, has resigned as football coach. He met with his players at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to tell them of his decision. "It was a very difficult decision,'' Dudley said. "It was probably harder on me than it was on ...
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    Tue. Jan. 21, 2014 at 12:57 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Coaching carousel doesn’t faze Freedom alum Isaac Tanner

    Coaching carousel doesn’t faze Freedom alum Isaac Tanner TAMPA — As college coaches hop from campus to campus, football recruits are left contemplating new futures. Mack Brown promised Plant High linebacker and Texas commitment Andrew Beck he’d still be around by the time the all-state linebacker showed up. But that wasn’t true. Can Beck help but wonder if ...
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    Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 at 1:04 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Boys basketball: Round 1 vs. Mitchell goes to Largo

    LARGO — Mitchell doesn’t have any problems playing at a fast pace. In fact, the Mustangs usually revel in it. But Friday night, they never looked comfortable. They ran into defenders, got trapped in corners and found their way to the basket — and their ensuing shots — blocked and ...
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    Fri. Jan. 17, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Notebook: Playing out of position common for many top recruits

    Notebook: Playing out of position common for many top recruits Lakewood’s Ryan Davis threw for 1,787 yards and 16 touchdowns this past fall and led his team to the state semifinals, but he probably won’t play quarterback in college. Same for Tampa Bay Tech’s Deon Cain, who threw for 1,945 yards. Same for Sickles Ray Ray McCloud III, second in ...
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    Sat. Jan. 11, 2014 at 6:10 p.m. | John C. Cotey

    • Recruit: Ryan Davis
      Arizona, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida State University, University of Cincinnati
  • Hoop Scoop: Big nights for Tarpon Springs, Aliyah Gregory and Brianca Roberts

    What's in today's meanderings?   Aliyah Gregory tore it up, five things that you need to know about Rita Jarque, Tarpon Springs boys keeps winning, Hudson boys turning things around (again), East Bay and Strawberry Crest boys stay tied atop the district and if you are a girls basketball player ...
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    Thu. Jan. 09, 2014 at 7:58 a.m. | John C. Cotey

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