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  • State softball: Longtime friends lead Carrollwood Day

    ODESSA — Savannah Bennett and Amanda Rose aren’t your typical teammates. It goes back a little farther than that. Almost to the beginning. From pre-school play dates to the playoffs, from playing make believe to making their dreams come true, from middle school when Carrollwood Day didn’t even have a ...
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    Thu. May 08, 2014 at 8:07 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sickles' Isaac Holder gets his first offer, Gators call on Saivion Smith, and more

    It didn't take long for the college offers to start rolling in Thursday. Here's the list so far. Make sure you keep checking back in as it is updated all day. Issac Holder, the Sickles 2015 QB, was offered by Ball State. That's Holder's first offer, who projects as a ...
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    Thu. May 08, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • NFL draft Q&A with ex-TBT star Maurice Hagens

    NFL draft Q&A with ex-TBT star Maurice Hagens Tampa Bay Times staff writer John C. Cotey caught up with former Tampa Bay Tech standout fullback Maurice Hagens (University of Miami) recently at a Titans practice. Here is what Hagens had to say about his football career and the upcoming NFL draft:   Is it hard not to get ...
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    Wed. May 07, 2014 at 9:31 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • SPC's Dillan Gibbons picks up Ohio State Buckeye offer

    Dillan Gibbons is only 14 years old, but is already attracting major college attention. The St. Petersburg Catholic freshman, who won't be 15 until August, picked up an Ohio State offer Wednesday, a day after he picked up his first offer from Cincinnati. The Baron prospect may be young, but ...
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    Wed. May 07, 2014 at 3:17 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Lakewood's Saivion Smith gets his first, and other offers from Wednesday

    Lakewood's Saivion Smith gets his first, and other offers from Wednesday Here are the offers we've heard or seen reported for Wednesday: Saivion Smith, Lakewood 2016 ATH picks up his first offer, and it's a big one -- Clemson. He also picked up UCF. Not a bad day. Check out the new Spartan's Hudl page HERE. Sawyer Dawson, Plant City 2015 ...
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    Wed. May 07, 2014 at 9:53 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Offers pouring in for locals

    Offers pouring in for locals It's May, and Tampa Bay is crawling with college football coaches and recruiters. Here's some of the verbal offers extended today: Javon Hammond, Gaither, FS: Western Kentucky Ray Ray McCloud III, Sickles, RB: Virginia Jaye Miner, Wiregrass Ranch, LB: Eastern Michigan Ryan Davis, Lakewood, ATH: Toledo Sekendrick Biddines, Lakewood, WR/DB: ...
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    Tue. May 06, 2014 at 10:42 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region baseball: Solid Sickles topples Wiregrass Ranch

    Region baseball: Solid Sickles topples Wiregrass Ranch WESLEY CHAPEL — When Sickles last saw Wiregrass Ranch starter Zach Drury in the district championship, the Bull senior was striking out 10 Gryphons, holding them to no runs and no hits. So the game plan in the rematch? “We told them we can’t let Zach do what he did ...
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    Tue. May 06, 2014 at 10:20 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State track: Tampa Catholic's Carroll tops again

    State track: Tampa Catholic's Carroll tops again JACKSONVILLE — Tampa Catholic’s Nicole Carroll didn’t feel like the defending state pole vault champion Friday morning. With each miss, her confidence sank. With each miss, her chances faded. “It started off as probably the worst meet I’ve ever had,” she said. But it ended entirely differently. At one point ...
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    Fri. May 02, 2014 at 11:11 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State track: Historic outings for North Suncoast pair

    JACKSONVILLE — Alfreda Steele wanted to run faster than she did last year, and midway through the Class 2A state meet Friday in Jacksonville, that’s just what she did. But in her best event, the 100 meters, it wasn’t enough. So the Pasco sophomore made sure in the 200 it ...
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    Fri. May 02, 2014 at 10:46 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Plant vs. Armwood a go again, sort of

    HomeTeam Huddle: Plant vs. Armwood a go again, sort of Armwood and Plant, which once made up the top football rivalry in Tampa Bay, are back on each other’s schedule. Kind of. Hawks coach Sean Callahan said the two teams have agreed to play each other in the preseason classic on Aug. 22. The game will be played at Plant’s ...
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    Thu. May 01, 2014 at 9:11 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region baseball: Focused Pasco dispatches Land O’Lakes

    LAND O’LAKES — For most of this season, Pasco has been up and down, here and there and pretty much all over the place. The Pirates won a few games by the mercy rule, and lost a few that way, too, including the district championship. But Wednesday night, they found ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 11:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Pigskin primer for spring

    Pigskin primer for spring Call spring football at the high school level the early evaluation period. There are big names to replace, with players of the year graduating and moving on to college. Who will fill in? There are new coaches to break in, promising assistant coaches hoping to make the most of their ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 6:04 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Plant's Fletcher Barnes heading to Tulane

    Plant linebacker and receiver Fletcher Barnes has accepted a preferred walk-on spot at Tulane University. Barnes had 380 yards receiving last year and five touchdowns to go with seven tackles and a fumble recovery on defense. Barnes will probably be best remembered for a catch he made in the playoffs. ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 8:04 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region softball: Moore’s timing right for River Ridge

    Region softball: Moore’s timing right for River Ridge NEW PORT RICHEY — Melissa Moore watched the fly ball from the on-deck circle. It should have scored a run and put her team in front, but a base-running blunder kept things tied, so with two outs Moore came to the plate hoping to change that. On a night where ...
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    Thu. April 24, 2014 at 10:47 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region track: Spoto sophomore heads back to state

    TAMPA — Spoto’s Janae Caldwell was overjoyed to qualify for the state meet last year, but a second-place finish in the 400 meters wasn’t quite enough. “It was a blessing to make it as a freshman, but then I was kind of bummed about finishing second,” Caldwell said. In the ...
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    Wed. April 23, 2014 at 10:51 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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