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  • Spring football: Jamboree at Gaither

    At Gaither Scores Steinbrenner 13, Sickles 0 Alonso 20, Gaither 7 Spring game-breakers: Sickles never could seem to get its offense off the ground, but Steinbrenner wasted no time finding the end zone, as quarterback Cason Byrd connected with Brett Bitter on the first play from scrimmage for a 53-yard ...
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    Fri. May 22, 2015 at 12:20 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: First-inning collapse does in Durant

    State baseball: First-inning collapse does in Durant FORT MYERS — Pitching is what got Durant — a team that showed up at JetBlue Park on Wednesday giving up fewer than two runs per game — to its second state semifinal appearance in three years.  But with just one out to go in the top of the first ...
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    Wed. May 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Durant boasts one-two punch on the mound

    State baseball: Durant boasts one-two punch on the mound PLANT CITY — Painted on the outside of the Durant baseball team’s clubhouse is the year 2013, commemorating the Cougars’ first trip to the state final four. That year, the story was all about current minor-leaguer Tyler Danish and his unblemished ERA, which the Cougars rode all the way to ...
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    Tue. May 19, 2015 at 4:50 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Armwood offense in spotlight for a change

    HomeTeam Huddle: Armwood offense in spotlight for a change SEFFNER — Armwood, ever the defensive juggernaut, had a banner year on that side of the ball last season, posting a school-record nine shutouts and giving up an average of 2.3 points per game through the regular season.   This year, though, the Hawks are taking on a new identity. ...
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    Mon. May 18, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Jesuit alum Lance McCullers Jr. set to make MLB debut

    Jesuit alum Lance McCullers Jr. set to make MLB debut Just eight days after former Plant High School stud Preston Tucker made his major-league debut with the Houston Astros, former Jesuit right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. was called up and will make his first MLB start Monday when the Astros take on the Oakland Athletics, the team announced Friday. McCullers, who ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 6:46 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Lead slips away late for Robinson

    State baseball: Lead slips away late for Robinson FORT MYERS — Two outs were all that Robinson needed to beat Archbishop McCarthy and advance to the Class 5A state championship game once centerfielder Darius Autry made a diving grab for the first out, ending the eye-popping play with a somersault to get back on his feet.  “After that ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Bayshore Christian falters vs. experienced Miami Brito

    State baseball: Bayshore Christian falters vs. experienced Miami Brito FORT MYERS — There was no doubt Bayshore Christian faced a challenge in taking on Miami Brito in Thursday’s Class 2A state championship game at JetBlue Park.  Coming into the matchup, Brito had won six state championships, including one in 2014. For the Faith Warriors, meanwhile, making it to the ...
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    Thu. May 14, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Robinson ready to shed underdog status

    State baseball: Robinson ready to shed underdog status TAMPA — People crowded the stands around the baseball field at Robinson High on Feb. 11 — the third official day of the 2015 season — awaiting the latest installment of the rivalry between the Knights and Plant, the school located less than 5 miles away down Dale Mabry. It was ...
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    Thu. May 14, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: 11th-inning rally sticks for Bayshore Christian

    State baseball: 11th-inning rally sticks for Bayshore Christian FORT MYERS — Entering Bayshore Christian’s Class 2A state semifinal against Seven Rivers Christian on Wednesday morning, right-hander and shortstop Evan Holland had gotten a hit nearly half the times he stepped up to the plate.  But for some reason, through the first nine innings at JetBlue Park, Holland just ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball: Durant 5, Kissimmee Osceola 3

    Region baseball: Durant 5, Kissimmee Osceola 3 PLANT CITY — In order to strengthen the defense in Durant’s Class 7A region final against Kissimmee Osceola on Tuesday, coach Butch Valdes decided to leave Harrison Theocharakis, often the designated hitter, out of the lineup.  The junior admitted he was bummed when he got the news before the big ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Bayshore Christian gets to state thanks to a little international infusion

    Bayshore Christian gets to state thanks to a little international infusion TAMPA — Bayshore Christian found itself in a familiar place on Friday night, taking on Orlando Christian Prep in the Class 2A region baseball final. Just a year before, the Faith Warriors traveled 90 miles west to take on that same opponent, which beat them 3-1 and ended the school’s ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 6:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Berkeley Prep focuses on veteran leadership

    HomeTeam Huddle: Berkeley Prep focuses on veteran leadership TAMPA — Veteran coach Dominick Ciao has guided the Berkeley Prep football team for eight seasons, but never before has he had to fill a bigger void when it comes to a graduating senior class.  Fourteen seniors leave this month, including three-year starting quarterback Brad Mayes, who racked up more ...
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    Mon. May 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Soccer: Berkeley Prep's Lexie Ludy, Newsome's Jake Van Der Luit honored

    Soccer: Berkeley Prep's Lexie Ludy, Newsome's Jake Van Der Luit honored APOLLO BEACH — Berkeley Prep forward Lexie Ludy was told she was going Apollo Beach on Thursday evening to watch her brother, a lacrosse player for the Bucs, win an award. "I was a little upset because I have a lot of homework," Ludy said. "Then I was like, 'Why ...
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    Thu. May 07, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Tampa Catholic boasts robust roster

    HomeTeam Huddle: Tampa Catholic boasts robust roster  TAMPA — Tampa Catholic might look a little different when it takes the field this fall, but that’s because the Crusaders, much to coach Mike Gregory’s delight, will be a bit more whole.   Last season Tampa Catholic lost wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers and athlete Bentlee Sanders to season-ending injuries, ...
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    Thu. May 07, 2015 at 6:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball: Hillsborough 4, Mitchell 3

    Region baseball: Hillsborough 4, Mitchell 3 TAMPA — Hillsborough had a chance to take a big lead early in its Class 6A region semifinal with Mitchell, stringing together three hits and a walk to score a run and load the bases in the first inning.  The next two Terriers, though, struck out to end the frame, ...
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    Tue. May 05, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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