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  • Richie Warren out at Jesuit, in at Berkeley Prep

    Richie Warren out at Jesuit, in at Berkeley Prep Less than a week after leading Jesuit High to the school’s first state baseball championship in 14 years, Richie Warren resigned as coach Tuesday. He takes over the same position at Berkeley Prep.  Warren won a state baseball championship as a player in 2000 and as a coach Thursday in ...
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    Tue. May 27, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: Adversity brings out best in Jesuit coach Richie Warren

    Column: Adversity brings out best in Jesuit coach Richie Warren FORT MYERS — So, this is gonna be the team, Richie Warren? Not the team ranked No. 2 in the country, with the USA Today film crew in tow, or the one with a roster full of Division I signees, or the one with the million-dollar arm or the golden ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: This kid's all right

    Column: This kid's all right FORT MYERS — The Jesuit High School baseball team has tried virtually everything to win a state championship these past 14 years. It has sent nationally-ranked teams led by All-American pitchers, first-round draft picks and future millionaires into the state final four eight times, coming home empty each time. The ...
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    Wed. May 21, 2014 at 9:04 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State baseball: Sunlake ready to take a swing at area powerhouse

    State baseball: Sunlake ready to take a swing at area powerhouse The Jesuit baseball team has struggled at state the past five years, but has had no problem in the postseason when taking on teams from Tampa Bay. So the perfect solution to the Tigers’ woes might just be this: a state semifinal meeting Wednesday at Fort Myers’ JetBlue Park against ...
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    Tue. May 20, 2014 at 6:01 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shot: Winner for May 10-16

    HomeTeam Hot Shot: Winner for May 10-16 HomeTeam Hot Shot A spotlight on the Times’ bay area player of the week (Note: This is the last one for the school year).  Male Hot Shot: David Castillo, Sunlake Sport: Baseball Skinny: Castillo didn’t just find success with his arm last week, but with his bat, too. With his ...
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    Mon. May 19, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Spring football: Berkeley Prep 28, Indian Rocks Christian 7

    Spring football: Berkeley Prep 28, Indian Rocks Christian 7 At Berkeley Prep Berkeley Prep 28, Indian Rocks Christian 7 Spring game-breakers: After a slow start, 2-of-5 and a lost fumble, Berkeley Prep's Brad Mayes showed why he's considered one of the best in Tampa Bay. He went 16-of-27 for 238 yards and three touchdowns and threw some strong balls. ...
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    Thu. May 15, 2014 at 11:39 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Hillsborough's Dwayne Lawson commits to Miami Hurricanes

    Hillsborough's Dwayne Lawson commits to Miami Hurricanes Hillsborough quarterback Dwayne Lawson has orally committed to the University of Miami, Terrier offensive coordinator Max Warner confirmed. Canesport.com says that Lawson picked Miami over the likes of Florida, Tennessee and UCF and that assistant coach James Coley had visited the rising senior three times this spring. The rest of ...
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    Thu. May 15, 2014 at 1:32 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Add Gibbs ATH Marquez Walls to list of south St. Petersburg recruits

    In a busy 24 hours in south St. Petersburg, which major colleges like Ohio State, Florida and Miami swinging through to take a look at standouts like Lakewood quarterback Ryan Davis and Gibbs defensve back Craig Watts, there was one big surprise. Marquez Walls was offered by Louisville. A junior ...
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    Wed. May 14, 2014 at 12:16 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Blake's Shavar Manuel goes from unknown to D-I darling

    HomeTeam Huddle: Blake's Shavar Manuel goes from unknown to D-I darling TAMPA — Colleges called Blake High School football coach Darryl Gordon all day Tuesday, just like they had the day before, and the day before that. They want to know about Shavar Manuel, the hulking 6-foot-4, 260-pound sophomore defensive lineman who now has the full attention of every team in ...
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    Tue. May 13, 2014 at 7:49 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • 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

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