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  • Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III tempted by USF, but sticks with Clemson (with video)

    Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III tempted by USF, but sticks with Clemson (with video) For those hoping there was something to the social media buzz claiming Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III might be changing his mind and was ready to shock the world by choosing USF, well, your window was open for about 60 seconds. McCloud said he woke up at 7 a.m., and ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Wiregrass Ranch's first DI football players in the books

    Wiregrass Ranch's first DI football players in the books Wiregrass Ranch made a little history Wednesday as football players Jaye Miner and Mark Hutchinson became the first from the school to sign Division I letters of intent. And while the longtime friends - it was Miner who introduced Hutchinson to playing football while the two were in seventh grade ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Pasco's Andrew Ivie solid all the way on Florida

    Pasco's Andrew Ivie solid all the way on Florida While other players recruited by former Florida coach and current Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp woke up undecided, Pasco lineman Andrew Ivie rose from his slumber Wednesday morning sure as can be. As soon as he could, he signed his letter of intent, scanned it into his computer and fired ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 2:53 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense

    District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch junior guard Trakyra Kidd picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of Wednesday’s Class 7A-8 district semifinal against Steinbrenner. It didn’t matter. Kidd stayed right there in the hip pocket of whichever Warrior player had the ball. Face to face. Feet moving. Arms flashing ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District girls basketball: Plant City ends region drought

    DOVER — Plant City coach Wilton Wilkerson has tried to look into the history of the girls basketball program he now coaches, but with little success. “I know the boys team has been pretty good in the past, but I couldn’t find anything really on the girls,” he said. He ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:03 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Every district game ‘must win’ now for Zephyrhills

    Every district game ‘must win’ now for Zephyrhills The statistics do not jump off the screen.  Zephyrhills rushes for 185 yards per game, pretty much average for teams across Florida. No one running back has eye-popping stats. Senior Jaylen Pickett leads the team with 404 yards and three touchdowns in five games.  Yet the Bulldogs are 4-1 and ...
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    Thu. Oct. 09, 2014 at 6:29 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Cotey: Time for this HomeTeamer to bow out

    Cotey: Time for this HomeTeamer to bow out When HomeTeam was launched in 2007, my first column was about all the reasons I love high school sports. The people, the places, the big  games, the rivalries, the kids and of course the concession stands. In seven years, that list is even longer, but now it’s filled with the ...
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    Thu. Oct. 09, 2014 at 3:36 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Football: Berkeley Prep 30, Fort Meade 7

    TAMPA — The Fort Meade fans unfurled a huge yellow banner that nearly blanketed the entire visitor stands prior to the second half kickoff of a game delayed after the lights went out at Berkeley Prep last week. It read: “Keep the lights on, you don’t want to miss the ...
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    Wed. Oct. 08, 2014 at 10:26 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Gulf 31, Hudson 22

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Gulf 31, Hudson 22 NEW PORT RICHEY — After a half in which they failed to move the ball when they weren’t fumbling it away, the Gulf Buccaneers went into the locker room and, from the looks of it, handed their uniforms to completely different guys who came out and dominated Hudson in the ...
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    Sat. Oct. 04, 2014 at 1:02 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Midweek Grab Bag: District action heats up

    Midweek Grab Bag: District action heats up What would the first week of some big district games be without a special edition Grab Bag, playoff prognostication style?   Class 8A-6 Teams: Plant (4-1, 1-0), Wharton (2-3, 1-0), Newsome (2-3, 1-0), Riverview (1-3, 0-1), Bloomingdale (3-1, 0-1), Alonso (2-3, 0-1) Three key stats 1. Plant has the leading ...
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    Wed. Oct. 01, 2014 at 5:03 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 25: Blink and you'll miss a pop quiz

    HomeTeam 25: Blink and you'll miss a pop quiz 1. (1) Armwood (5-0) Last week: Beat Jefferson 42-0 This week: Bye Lowdown: I’m not saying this is the Most Incredible Stat in the History of Football Stats, but I am saying that if I were considering a list of incredible stats for Most Incredible Stat in the History of ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 3:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunday Morning QB: Approaching midseason

    Sunday Morning QB: Approaching midseason SMQ team of the week Clearwater Central Catholic: The Marauders, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, had eight players nursing injuries during the week. Five were healed enough to play, but the Marauders still were without two of their offensive linemen for a matchup against Ocala Trinity Catholic, No. 4 ...
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    Sun. Sept. 28, 2014 at 9:54 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Hillsborough 32, Lennard 26

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Hillsborough 32, Lennard 26 RUSKIN — The rain had slowed, the teams had shook hands and Lennard coach Keith Chattin had spoken to his crestfallen kids. The disappointment of the 32-26 district loss was only just beginning to settle in and eat away at Chattin. As he walked off the field, he slapped his ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Midweek Grab Bag: At least one more week of Lennard love

    Midweek Grab Bag: At least one more week of Lennard love Welcome to the Midweek Grab Bag. We suggest you pour yourself a nice cool beverage, find a comfortable place to sit, and enjoy a nice bowl of numbers soup.  Power rankings  Here are the 20 hottest things in high school football right now. 1. (NR) The weather: Seriously, that rain ...
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    Wed. Sept. 24, 2014 at 5:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Cross country: Tampa Bay honor roll

    Cross country: Tampa Bay honor roll Boys Jack Guyton, Plant 16:02.60 (Wiregrass Run With the Bulls) Hafton Fliegelman, Durant 16:22 (East Hillsborough Invitational) Luke Whitmore, Plant City 16:29  (East Hillsborough Invitational) James Zentmeyer, Sickles 16:35 (West Hillsborough Invite) Zach Weaver, Pasco 16:38.19 (Steven Villarreal Memorial) Aaron Harper, Newsome 16:40  (East Hillsborough Invitational) Trevor Foley, Nature Coast ...
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    Tue. Sept. 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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