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  • Times’ Blue Chipper of the Year: Armwood DE Byron Cowart

    SEFFNER — Armwood High School coach Sean Callahan looked out of his office door on a summer day in 2011 to see three boys and their mothers waiting to meet with him. It had become a familiar sight for Callahan, as would-be transfers often beat down his door to join ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 6:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District boys soccer: East Bay 1, Plant City 0

    RUSKIN — East Bay forward Damian Fracchia knew Josh Valverde’s corner kicks were often short, so he inched up to await the kick. Knowing his teammates’ nuance paid off. Fracchia was in the right place at the right time and headed the ball into the net for the Indians’ first ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • East Bay DE Marques Ford commits to Rutgers

    Just one day after East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was told there was no spot for him at Tennessee, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior committed to Rutgers. He announced the commitment via Twitter on Thursday night. "Everything happens for a reason! Now I know for sure everything is gonna work ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 9:22 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • East Bay DE Marques Ford decommits from Tennessee

    East Bay DE Marques Ford decommits from Tennessee East Bay defensive end Marques Ford has decommitted from Tennessee, the four-star recruit announced via Twitter on Wednesday. "Due to circumstances, I am decommiting from the University of Tennessee and opening up my recruitment...," Ford tweeted. East Bay coach Frank LaRosa later confirmed that there was no spot for Ford at ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 6:52 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Wiregrass Ranch names Mark Kantor football coach

    Wiregrass Ranch names Mark Kantor football coach In its eight-year existence, the Wiregrass Ranch football program has yet to take off. The Bulls have been close, athletic director Dave Wilson said, but just can’t seem to make it over the hump.  Now that former Hudson coach Mark Kantor has been hired as the fourth Wiregrass Ranch football ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • DE Marques Ford puts East Bay football on the recruiting map

    DE Marques Ford puts East Bay football on the recruiting map TAMPA — The age of East Bay High School can be seen in the yellowed lettering of hallway signs, the commemoration of senior classes scattered throughout the campus from years long before current students were even born. Take a look at the athletics trophy case, though, and the school’s otherwise ...
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    Tue. Jan. 20, 2015 at 12:58 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant RB Patrick Brooks commits to Southern Miss

    Plant RB Patrick Brooks commits to Southern Miss Plant running back Patrick Brooks has committed to Southern Mississippi, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Monday.  Brooks, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior, rushed for 1,404 yards and 12 touchdowns last season while recording 274 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Despite his strong stats, Brooks’ small stature limited him in the ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 12:13 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • IMG snaps up Blake's Shavar Manuel, No. 2 prospect for 2016

    IMG snaps up Blake's Shavar Manuel, No. 2 prospect for 2016 Five-star defensive end Shavar Manuel is the latest in a string of top Tampa Bay area football players to transfer to IMG Academy. Former Blake coach Darryl Gordon confirmed the move Monday.  Manuel, a 6-foot-3, 262-pound junior who recorded 61 tackles and 20 sacks last season for the Yellow Jackets, ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 12:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant's Patrick Brooks preaches patience in waiting for big offer

    Plant's Patrick Brooks preaches patience in waiting for big offer TAMPA — In the 10 years he has coached the Plant High School football team, Robert Weiner has helped send 144 Panthers on to play college football. Running back Patrick Brooks longs to be No. 145.  But for the 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior, the recruiting process hasn’t come quite as easily ...
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    Wed. Jan. 14, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Eight Tampa Bay players named McDonald's All-American nominees

    Five boys and three girls from the Tampa Bay area  — Gibbs' Barry Brown, Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr., Largo's Donavan Hale, Oldsmar Christian's Justin James and Paul Turner, Freedom's Taylor Emery, Alonso's Angel Golden, and Admiral Farragut's Charlisa Jenkins — were named nominees for the McDonald's All-American Games, which will ...
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    Wed. Jan. 14, 2015 at 4:22 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Second-year coach rejuvenates Leto’s boys basketball program

    Second-year coach rejuvenates Leto’s boys basketball program TAMPA — The Leto boys basketball team trailed Chamberlain by four points with fewer than seven minutes remaining in the district game. Second-year coach Mike Heben felt good about the Falcons’ chances, and he called a timeout to regroup.  The players, drenched in sweat and chests heaving, surrounded Heben in ...
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    Tue. Jan. 13, 2015 at 4:31 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Catholic's Malik Barrow latest standout to transfer to IMG

    Tampa Catholic's Malik Barrow latest standout to transfer to IMG Tampa Catholic defensive end Malik Barrow, a four-star recruit, is the latest in a string of Tampa Bay area players who have transferred to Bradenton's IMG Academy, Crusaders coach Mike Gregory confirmed Thursday. Barrow, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound junior, has 17 Division I-A offers, including UCLA, UCF and Georgia Tech. Though ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Freedom’s Taylor Emery just a ball player — a pretty great one

    Freedom’s Taylor Emery just a ball player — a pretty great one TAMPA — As they do before every home game, the starters for the Freedom High School girls basketball team took their seats on the bench as tipoff of a district game against Wiregrass Ranch approached.  One by one, as the announcer called their names, the Patriots (16-2) ran through a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 08, 2015 at 2:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Girls basketball: Freedom 62, Wiregrass Ranch 52

    TAMPA — The Freedom girls basketball team had won five straight district games since being ousted from last year's playoffs by Wiregrass Ranch. But in the Patriots' home game against their district rival Wednesday, it appeared as if the Bulls might deliver yet another blow to the team eyeing a ...
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    Wed. Jan. 07, 2015 at 10:23 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Girls basketball: Seffner Christian 84, Wiregrass Ranch 34

    SEFFNER — Fueled by an extremely stingy defense, the Wiregrass Ranch girls basketball team came into Tuesday’s matchup with Seffner Christian having played and beaten some of the best teams in the Tampa Bay area.  At times this season, riding a strong defense has been enough for the Bulls, who ...
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    Tue. Jan. 06, 2015 at 10:03 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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