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  • Hoop Scoop: Marco Behori, Angel Golden make buckets

    Morning Meanderings is reborn, because really, why wait until the morning? From here on out, we're going to try this: a Twittery recap of the previous night's basketball action. And this makes it easier than ever to make the Hoop Scoop. The easiest way? Make sure your boxscores are being ...
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    Wed. Jan. 08, 2014 at 8:29 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Porter tops state in yards, TDs; McCloud second in rushing

    Porter tops state in yards, TDs; McCloud second in rushing Jefferson's Deiondre Porter led the entire state in total yards and touchowns this year, and Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III finished among the top rushers according to stats compiled by Petey Thomson as he puts together the all-state football team. Middleton wide receiver Shug Rhynes and Carrollwood Day's Michael Smith ...
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    Thu. Dec. 12, 2013 at 4:16 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Morning Meanderings: Good morning, Taylor Emery

    Here's the hottest boys and girls basketball news from Wednesday night, in one tight, humorously -- if not brilliantly written -- place. You will agree with me. Read on. PLAYER OF THE NIGHT Freedom's Taylor Emery can score. FACT. She scored 34 against Newsome on Dec. 3. Exactly one week ...
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    Thu. Dec. 12, 2013 at 11:28 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: Resilient Armwood back in familiar surroundings

    Column: Resilient Armwood back in familiar surroundings Leon McQuay III and Jarvis McCall did return interceptions for scores in the first quarter, and Eric Striker most definitely had two sacks, and Matt Jones absolutely caught a perfectly thrown 80-yard touchdown pass from Alvin Bailey.   And the score was, without a doubt: Armwood High 40, Miami Central ...
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    Wed. Dec. 11, 2013 at 5:16 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Morning Meanderings: Good morning, Auden Tate

    ESPN on the TV, basketball boxscores on my laptop screen, with a little Gap Band playing on my iPad. Does it get any better for Morning Meanderings? Oh, and does anyone know how to clean unbleached flour from the Elf  on the Shelf? Don't ask. And as always, you can ...
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    Wed. Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:36 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Morning Meandering: Good morning, Meagan Thomas

    Just sitting around, sipping on a cup of black tea with a little honey and munching on a homemade oatmeal bar, enjoying the daily boxscores at HomeTeam. TEAM OF THE NIGHT The Clearwater girls lost their longtime coach Tom Shaneyfelt during the offseason, but they haven't missed a beat. The ...
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    Tue. Dec. 10, 2013 at 10:16 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: Drought rolls on, but Pinellas trio fought hard

    Column: Drought rolls on, but Pinellas trio fought hard ORLANDO — There was hope. There was happiness. There was hysteria. Then, in the span of 18 hours in Green Cove Springs, East Lake and Orlando, there was nothing. Again. Friday night, Lakewood fell short by two points in a state semifinal. East Lake staged an amazing rally, but lost ...
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    Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 at 7:14 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: Armwood QB Johnson's play rises to every occasion

    Column: Armwood QB Johnson's play rises to every occasion SEFFNER — Noah Johnson was told, unflinchingly, the success of the Armwood football team this season hinged on how good he would be. Throw the ball accurately, scramble for yards, make smart decisions, lead. Win. “I was good with that,” said Johnson, a junior. “I knew everyone was looking at ...
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    Thu. Dec. 05, 2013 at 6:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: Familiar face on new sideline at Clearwater

    Column: Familiar face on new sideline at Clearwater CLEARWATER — He didn’t look any different Monday night. Black slacks, white shirt, dark tie, hair shaved close to his skull, as always. The mannerisms, all the same. He tugged on his tie when he got angry, slapped his hands together after a bad turnover and rubbed his temples after ...
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    Tue. Dec. 03, 2013 at 12:21 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Football: Nathan Johnson, Devin Duckett earn top SAC honors

    Nathan Johnson, who set a Sunlake single-season record with 1,504 rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns, is the Sunshine Athletic Conference offensive Player of the Year, and Wiregrass Ranch's Devin Duckett was selected by coaches at the Defensive Player of the Year. Duckett led Pasco County with eight interceptions this ...
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    Mon. Dec. 02, 2013 at 11:21 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: Moore steering Lakewood in right direction (with video)

    BUSHNELL — Cory Moore wasn’t really sure what to say, so he said wow. And then he laughed. More wows. More laughter. Lakewood is headed to the Class 5A state semifinals, and the head coach could barely believe it. After a three-year stretch in which the Spartans had some of ...
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    Sat. Nov. 30, 2013 at 12:48 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region final notebook: Armwood vs. Springstead, back to the beginning?

    Region final notebook: Armwood vs. Springstead, back to the beginning? On the field, Sean Callahan has won 40 playoff games at Armwood, and this week is a reminder where it all started. In 1996, the Hawks won the first playoff game in school history with a 24-7 victory over Springstead. The quarterback for Armwood that game, Joey Gerena, is currently ...
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    Wed. Nov. 27, 2013 at 5:17 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: Springstead keeping chin up as Armwood awaits

    Column: Springstead keeping chin up as Armwood awaits SEFFNER — Daniel Larusso used the crane to take out the Cobra Kai, and Jimmy Chitwood hit that jumper from the free-throw line, and Rocky beat Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago. So, who is writing the script — and soundtrack, because what’s a big upset without the catchy chest-thumping tunes ...
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    Tue. Nov. 26, 2013 at 8:38 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Jefferson's Deiondre Porter ready for move

    Jefferson's Deiondre Porter ready for move At the end of a successful summer for Jefferson quarterback Deiondre Porter, one in which he wowed coaches during the Unsigned Preps Bus Tour of college campuses and orally committed to play at USF next season, a handful of schools wanted to see more. Basically, they wanted to see if ...
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    Mon. Nov. 25, 2013 at 1:12 p.m. | John C. Cotey

    • Recruit: Deiondre Porter
      Michigan State University, University of Central Florida, University of Cincinnati, University of Maryland, University of South Florida, University of Wisconsin
  • Football: Armwood 52, Jefferson 48

    Football: Armwood 52, Jefferson 48 SEFFNER — It was a game of mutual admiration between Armwood defensive end Byron Cowart and Jefferson quarterback Deiondre Porter Friday night. Cowart would knock Porter down, and the Dragon would say nice play. Porter would escape Cowart’s grasp, and the Hawk would say nice move. It was pretty obvious ...
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    Sat. Nov. 23, 2013 at 12:52 a.m. | John C. Cotey

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