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  • 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

  • HomeTeam boys basketball top 25

    HomeTeam boys basketball top 25 South St. Petersburg promises to deliver an action-packed season — St. Petersburg, Gibbs and Lakewood have a collective 41 final-four appearances and five state titles, and we think they will be adding to those totals by the time spring rolls around. And on the other side of the bay, is ...
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    Thu. Nov. 21, 2013 at 7:12 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Wharton's Sean McNamee thanks medical staff for saving his life

    Wharton's Sean McNamee thanks medical staff for saving his life TAMPA — Sean McNamee has had a lot of good days since the bad one that nearly took his life almost two months ago. Wednesday was one of the good days. The 16-year-old Wharton High School football player chatted with the nurses that helped save his life, hugged the surgeon ...
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    Wed. Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:14 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: Jefferson QB Porter unstoppable in second half (with video)

    Column: Jefferson QB Porter unstoppable in second half (with video) LARGO — Largo defenders went to bed Friday night, I imagine, with visions of Jefferson quarterback Deiondre Porter dancing in their heads. The Packers contained him in the first two quarters, kept him from making his usual big plays, and shut down his big-play wide receivers. But after halftime, not ...
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    Sat. Nov. 16, 2013 at 1:08 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: No better fit for Hudson than Kantor

    Column: No better fit for Hudson than Kantor For a time, Hudson couldn’t find anyone to coach its football team. The Cobras had lost 22 straight games, the roster had dwindled to a baker’s dozen or so, and no one seemed to care much for the task of reversing all of that. One ad looking for a coach ...
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    Thu. Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:36 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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