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  • Boys basketball: Hillsborough 54, Leto 41

    TAMPA — The first time Hillsborough and Leto played each other, the Falcons came out on top, beating their district rival by 10 points. In Thursday's rematch, though, Hillsborough looked like a different team.  That's because, guard Domani Davis said, the Terriers are.  Hillsborough jumped out to a big first-quarter ...
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    Thu. Dec. 18, 2014 at 11:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Girls basketball: Plant City 48, Tampa Bay Tech 42

    PLANT CITY — In Plant City’s game against Spoto on Monday night, starting guard Avery Brown hit her head on the court. Before Tuesday’s district matchup with Tampa Bay Tech, coach Wilton Wilkerson didn’t think his injured player looked right, so he benched her just to be on the safe ...
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    Tue. Dec. 16, 2014 at 10:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Unsigned Preps, local players ensure Christmas is brighter for area children

    Ricky Sailor, president and founder of Unsigned Preps, remembers what it’s like not to have anything to open on Christmas morning.  On Friday, Sailor and 25 high school and college football players from around the area will help ensure some kids don’t have the same experience.  In 2003, Sailor, with ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 2:13 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Carrollwood Day's Max Frankel commits to Lehigh

    Carrollwood Day linebacker Max Frankel committed to Lehigh on Saturday, coach Lane McLaughlin said.  Frankel, a 6-foot, 215-pounder, led the Patriots with 94 tackles while chipping in 148 yards receiving, 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Carrollwood Day finished the season 4-5, 2-3 in Class 2A, District 5.  Frankel is ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 2:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State football: Miami Central tops Armwood in Class 6A final

    State football: Miami Central tops Armwood in Class 6A final ORLANDO — Armwood High School’s shot at redemption was still in progress when the very reason for it was displayed on the big screen for all in the Citrus Bowl to see.  The Hawks trailed Miami Central by four points midway through the third quarter of Saturday’s Class 6A state ...
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    Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 at 3:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • A measure of toughness: ranking Armwood's defenses

    A measure of toughness: ranking Armwood's defenses We rank Armwood’s seven state final squads, in terms of defensive strength, with input from coach Sean Callahan and former defensive coordinator Matt Thompson:   1. 2011 Finish: 15-0, beat Miami Central 40-31 in the 6A title game (wins eventually were forfeited due to the use of ineligible players) Notable ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Armwood’s legacy built on stingy defenses

    Armwood’s legacy built on stingy defenses SEFFNER — Armwood coach Sean Callahan is direct about what has driven his team — one he started coaching as an assistant when the school opened in 1984 — to become one of the powerhouses of Florida high school football.  It takes talent on both sides of the ball to ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Armwood carries heavy weight of the past into title game

    Armwood carries heavy weight of the past into title game SEFFNER — Fifty-two. Try as they might, the Hawks can’t forget that number. Coach Sean Callahan won’t let them.  It has been almost a year since Armwood High School, ever the defensive juggernaut, gave up that many points against Miami Central in the Class 6A state championship game. The Rockets’ ...
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    Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Sickles' Isaac Holder commits to Eastern Michigan

    Sickles' Isaac Holder commits to Eastern Michigan Isaac Holder spent two seasons as Sickles’ starting quarterback, leading the Gryphons to back-to-back playoff appearances. Now, his football future appears to be at slot receiver. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder committed to Eastern Michigan on Sunday, picking the Bulls over another offer from Ball State. At Eastern Michigan he’ll likely be ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Jefferson QB Cade Weldon gets first offers

    Jefferson QB Cade Weldon gets first offers Jefferson’s sophomore quarterback may be young, but he’s already got college programs after him. On Monday, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Dragon picked up his first offers from Wake Forest and Toledo. Coach Jeremy Earle said based on Weldon’s size and his early success, he expects the offers to keep rolling in. ...
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    Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:38 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Armwood vs. Central: Then and now

    Armwood vs. Central: Then and now Miami Central (13-1) vs. Armwood (14-0) Rankings: Miami Central is ranked No. 4 in Florida, No. 20 in the nation by MaxPreps; Armwood is ranked No. 6 in Florida, No. 66 in the nation. Know the foe: Miami Central may be a little bit down from last season — last ...
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    Tue. Dec. 09, 2014 at 6:22 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Girls basketball: Hillsborough 63, King 39

    TAMPA — So far this season, Hillsborough's Trinity Baptiste has worked to make up for lost time. The junior guard missed her sophomore season after tearing her ACL, but has since started fresh, recording a double double in five of the Terriers' first eight games. Monday against district rival King, ...
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    Mon. Dec. 08, 2014 at 10:25 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Armwood 19, Choctawhatchee 15

    FORT WALTON BEACH -— By blocking a punt in the Armwood end zone in the first quarter of its Class 6A state semifinal with the Hawks on Friday, Choctawhatchee did something Armwood’s 13 previous opponents couldn’t.  The ball sailed through the end zone for a safety, and for the first ...
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    Sat. Dec. 06, 2014 at 12:14 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Armwood LB Kyheem Campbell next in line for greatness

    Armwood LB Kyheem Campbell next in line for greatness SEFFNER — After spending his sophomore football season at King High School, linebacker Kyheem Campbell transferred to Armwood in January. As soon as he arrived, coaches sent him straight to the weight room.  At King, Campbell said, the weightlifting routine was a breeze. When he walked in for his first ...
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    Thu. Dec. 04, 2014 at 6:56 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant QB, UF recruit Rex Culpepper weighs in on coaching hire

    Plant QB, UF recruit Rex Culpepper weighs in on coaching hire Plant High School junior quarterback Rex Culpepper, who counts Florida among his 12 Division I offers, talked about the coaching change for the Gators. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder comes from a line of Florida alums. His father, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Brad Culpepper, played there, as did his grandfather. Culpepper finished ...
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    Thu. Dec. 04, 2014 at 6:23 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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