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  • Plant intends to step up defense vs. Bloomingdale

    Plant intends to step up defense vs. Bloomingdale TAMPA — Kyle Henderson was in the second grade the last time Plant lost a district football game. For as long as the senior defensive lineman has been a Panther — and even six years before that — winning a district title has been the norm for the four-time state ...
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    Thu. Sept. 18, 2014 at 4:44 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Volleyball: Tampa Prep sweeps Berkeley Prep

    Volleyball: Tampa Prep sweeps Berkeley Prep TAMPA — Eleven of Berkeley Prep’s 14 players are underclassmen. Tampa Prep returned five of six starters from a 2013 region final team. On paper, the Terrapins should have run away with Tuesday’s volleyball match on their home court. But in that kind of meeting between rivals, Tampa Prep coach ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 11:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Golden becomes Alonso's first DI girls basketball commit

    Alonso’s Angel Golden committed to play basketball at Bethune Cookman on Sunday, becoming the Ravens’ first  Division I-A commit in the sport. Golden, a 5-foot-9 guard who also plays club basketball for the Tampa Bay Thunder, averaged 19.6 points per game, 6.2 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game last season.  ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:44 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Armwood 26, Hillsborough 0

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Armwood 26, Hillsborough 0 SEFFNER — Hillsborough had its chances.  Just like it did the last time it was truly tested in a preseason loss to Plant, Armwood made mistakes. The Hawks had fewer yards of offense, fewer first downs and more penalties than the Terriers in the first half.  Still, Hillsborough couldn’t capitalize. ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:53 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Volleyball: Bloomingdale sweeps Newsome

    LITHIA — For Bloomingdale last season, it was all Karissa Rhoades, all the time. The outside hitter finished with a Hillsborough County-high 457 kills, more than three times as many as any Bull. At the start of the new season, first-year coach Claudia Cabrera warned her team: "If Karissa is ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 10:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough’s Rudy Dawson III plays with sense of urgency

    Hillsborough’s Rudy Dawson III plays with sense of urgency TAMPA — High on Hillsborough’s locker room wall, just a few feet from the door to coach Earl Garcia’s office, sits a digital clock with bright, neon red numbers. This particular clock doesn’t tell the Terriers the time of day. Instead, it counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds ...
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    Thu. Sept. 11, 2014 at 3:46 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Volleyball: Past postseasons keep Tampa Prep focused

    Volleyball: Past postseasons keep Tampa Prep focused Sometimes before practice starts, Tampa Prep volleyball coach Andrew Wilson puts a score of 15-9 up on the board above his players’ heads, his way of reminding the Terrapins how their season ended last year in a five-set region final loss to Orlando First Academy.  But if you ask outside ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 8:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough offense loses a bit of firepower with injury to Anthony King

    In Hillsborough's win against Jefferson last Friday, athlete Anthony King scored the first touchdown of the season for the Terriers on a 8-yard pass from quarterback Dwayne Lawson. That score, though, could be King's only one of the season after the 5-foot-10 senior injured his ACL on a kick return ...
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    Tue. Sept. 09, 2014 at 5:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: CDS' Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: CDS' Aisling Sheehan, female winner for Aug. 30-Sept. 5 Female Hot Shot winner: Aisling Sheehan, Carrollwood Day  As the only senior on Carrollwood Day’s volleyball team, outside hitter Sheehan has been relied on a lot so far this season.  After a big offseason, coach Eric Praetorius said his star player is more than capable of fulfilling that responsibility. Along with ...
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    Mon. Sept. 08, 2014 at 8:04 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Lennard 20, King 17

    TAMPA — As the Lennard football team walked down the sideline to the other end of the field, the fourth quarter about to begin, a few players made the iconic Longhorn sign with their thumbs and pinky fingers and lifted it in the air. Their hands were high, but their ...
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    Sat. Sept. 06, 2014 at 1:20 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • No hiding from the spotlight for Plant QB Rex Culpepper

    No hiding from the spotlight for Plant QB Rex Culpepper VALDOSTA, Ga. — Another shot. That’s what Plant High School’s game against Lowndes was to quarterback Rex Culpepper.  Friday’s out-of-state season opener meant Plant had a chance to begin its season on the right foot, something it failed to do a year ago. But more than that, Culpepper had the ...
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    Wed. Sept. 03, 2014 at 4:20 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Volleyball: Holy Names hoping for a little home-court advantage

    Volleyball: Holy Names hoping for a little home-court advantage As any coach would, Academy of the Holy Names’ Jeff Davis is looking forward to the kind of competition his Jaguars will face in this weekend’s AHN volleyball invitational.  The tournament, which is in its 10th year, will bring together eight of the Tampa Bay area’s best teams — including ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 7:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: River Ridge's Jessica Babcock, female winner for Aug. 23-29

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: River Ridge's Jessica Babcock, female winner for Aug. 23-29 Female Hot Shot of  the Week  The River Ridge volleyball team might be young, but it hasn’t held the Royal Knights back so far. And senior captain Jessica Babcock is a main reason why.  Since Babcock is just one of two seniors on an 11-person roster, coach Nicole Rossman holds ...
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    Tue. Sept. 02, 2014 at 6:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Lowndes (Ga.) 20, Plant 14

    VALDOSTA , GA. — Known for its usually prolific offenses, Plant showed with a late snap of the ball on the very first play it’d be anything but in its season opener against Lowndes. A delay of game penalty and negative yards of offense were all the Panthers had to ...
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    Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:40 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Catholic's Bentlee Sanders may not miss entire season

    Just three weeks ago, Tampa Catholic coach Mike Gregory raved about sophomore athlete Bentlee Sanders and what the young Crusader's potential meant for his team's success.  Though Sanders was primarily a defense back and kick returner in 2013, racking up 31 tackles and 371 all-purpose yards, Gregory said he looked ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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