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  • Armwood captures Battle of the Bay title

    Armwood captures Battle of the Bay title TAMPA — Even in 7-on-7, Armwood's defense ruled the day. The Hawks rallied to win in overtime against Countryside to make it to its third straight Battle of the Bay tournament champion­ship appearance Saturday. And though it trailed host Jefferson early, Armwood made two stops and picked off Cade Weldon ...
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    Sat. June 27, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Trevor Laurent bolsters Armwood's offense

    Trevor Laurent bolsters Armwood's offense SEFFNER — They didn't really miss wide receiver Trevor Laurent, Armwood coach Sean Callahan admits thinking to himself, as his Hawks continued to roll over every regular-season opponent they faced last year. Laurent, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound rising senior whose athleticism more than makes up for his small stature, was disciplined ...
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    Fri. June 26, 2015 at 7:32 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Cambridge Christian's Richard Gouraige attends NFL Prep Academy

    Cambridge Christian's Richard Gouraige attends NFL Prep Academy Cambridge Christian DE Richard Gouraige may still be years away from a possible career in the NFL, but last week, the rising sophomore got a taste of what a career in football might look — both on and off the field. Gouraige was one of 41 rising sophomores across the ...
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    Tue. June 23, 2015 at 3:27 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant DB Scoop Bradshaw picks Syracuse

    Plant DB Johayward "Scoop" Bradshaw has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner said.  Bradshaw, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound rising senior, is the second Panther to commit to the Orange this month. On June 9, QB Rex Culpepper picked Syracuse over offers from Florida, Miami and Clemson, among others. Last season Bradshaw ...
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    Tue. June 23, 2015 at 2:27 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Plant's Kyle Tucker, Jake Woodford sign

    Baseball: Plant's Kyle Tucker, Jake Woodford sign On June 8, Plant became the first Tampa Bay area high school to have two players selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player's draft. One week later, the Panthers are no longer draftees, but professional baseball players.  No. 5 overall pick Kyle Tucker — who ...
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    Mon. June 15, 2015 at 5:27 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse

    Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The rising senior chose the Orangemen over 16 other Division I offers.  Culpepper, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, threw for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, leading Plant to a Class 8A region semifinal before the Panthers fell ...
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    Tue. June 09, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Jake Woodford makes two Plant players drafted on Day 1

    Jake Woodford makes two Plant players drafted on Day 1 Plant had a banner draft day Monday.  Right-handed pitcher Jake Woodford was picked 39th overall in the supplemental first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with Kyle Tucker's No. 5 selection by Houston, this is the first year any Tampa Bay ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • MLB draft: Kyle Tucker taken fifth overall by Houston Astros

    MLB draft: Kyle Tucker taken fifth overall by Houston Astros TAMPA — In the garage of former Plant High School outfielder Kyle Tucker’s South Tampa home are a couple broken windows, — evidence, he says, of his and brother Preston’s frequent Wiffle ball competitions. Their age difference — Kyle, 18, and Preston, 24 — made it so they never had ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 7:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant's Jake Woodford also a Day 1 draft possibility

    Plant's Jake Woodford also a Day 1 draft possibility Monday night when the Major League Baseball first-year player draft kicks off, Plant High School could have not just one player selected, but two. Kyle Tucker, who is predicted to go fifth overall by Baseball America and sixth overall by MLB.com, could be joined by teammate Jake Woodford, a 6-foot-5, ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 4:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Pressure a constant companion for MLB first-round draft picks

    Pressure a constant companion for MLB first-round draft picks TAMPA — Kyle Tucker can easily recall the days of pretending to be Ken Griffey Jr. while in the batter’s box as a little leaguer. Or getting a hit more times than not every time he stepped up to the plate at the Forest Hills youth baseball park, eventually leading ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 3:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Ellis, Grubb, Taylor pick community colleges

    Plant catcher Ryan Ellis, King OF Michael Taylor and King RHP Drew Grubb have all committed to play baseball at state colleges, King coach Jim Macaluso and Plant coach Dennis Braun said. Ellis, who is headed to St. Petersburg College, hit .329 last year as a junior, adding 18 RBI ...
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    Wed. June 03, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Holland, Pearson named Florida Dairy Farmers players of the year

    Bayshore Christian SS/RHP Evan Holland and Bishop McLaughlin RHP/INF Nate Pearson were named Class 2A and 3A players of the year, respectively, by the Florida Dairy Farmers and are finalists for the 2015 Mr. Baseball award.  Holland helped lead the Faith Warriors to the school's first state final four appearnce ...
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    Wed. June 03, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • MLB draft notebook: Bloomingdale RHP Crouse adds to arsenal

    MLB draft notebook: Bloomingdale RHP Crouse adds to arsenal Bloomingdale’s Logan Crouse, a 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher with a well-commanded slider, may have once been considered a one-trick pony. But this spring, Bulls coach Kris Wilken said, Crouse has proven he has many other tools that could make him a valuable selection in next week’s MLB first-year player draft.  Wilken ...
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    Mon. June 01, 2015 at 6:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant's Kyle Tucker named Gatorade Player of the Year for Florida

    Plant's Kyle Tucker named Gatorade Player of the Year for Florida In just over a week, Plant outfielder Kyle Tucker could become one of the Tampa Bay area's highest Major League Baseball draft selections. But while he waits, the Panther continues to rack up awards and was named the 2014-15 Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year on Thursday. The 6-foot-5, ...
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    Thu. May 28, 2015 at 2:04 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Familiarity under center for Plant

    HomeTeam Huddle: Familiarity under center for Plant TAMPA — Plant may be known for its line of successful quarterbacks, but lately those quarterbacks have been one and done, starting for one year as a senior before graduating.    Rex Culpepper breaks that streak.   For the first time since Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely returned as the starter in ...
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    Mon. May 25, 2015 at 3:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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