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  • State girls basketball: Seffner Christian bends, doesn’t break

    State girls basketball: Seffner Christian bends, doesn’t break LAKELAND — Greg Fawbush had a plan.  The 20-year coach had seen Jacksonville University Christian before Tuesday, once against his Seffner Christian team, and prior to the Crusaders’ 3A state semifinal against the Fighting Christians, he had watched film of five more games.  Every time, he said, they came out ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State girls basketball: Academy at the Lakes bows out in semis

    State girls basketball: Academy at the Lakes bows out in semis LAKELAND — Just like Academy at the Lakes relies on freshman Audra Leipold and sophomore Imani Thomas, the Wildcats’ Class 2A state semifinal opponent, Florida A&M, has its own powerful duo.  The Rattlers’ go-tos, however, are bigger, faster, older. And from the start of the playoff game at the Lakeland ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 1:11 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Trinity Baptiste, female winner for Feb. 7-13

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Trinity Baptiste, female winner for Feb. 7-13 Female Hot Shots winner: Trinity Baptiste, Hillsborough Hillsborough’s girls basketball season may have ended Saturday at the hands of Naples Barron Collier in the region final, but junior forward Trinity Baptiste wasn’t about to take any days off.  After school Monday, she went to her first Terriers’ track practice of ...
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    Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 at 7:13 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region girls basketball: Naples Barron Collier 33, Hillsborough 28

    TAMPA — Hillsborough had a plan, the same one it had used all season. The Terriers had been accustomed to getting the ball inside to 6-foot forward Trinity Baptiste, who usually delivered. But in the 6A region final, Naples Barron Collier all but took that opportunity away — and with ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 10:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region girls basketball: Seffner Christian 67, Daytona Beach Father Lopez 19

    Region girls basketball: Seffner Christian 67, Daytona Beach Father Lopez 19 SEFFNER — The playoffs shouldn’t be a cakewalk. But even when Seffner Christian’s shots weren’t falling in its Class 3A region final matchup with Daytona Beach Father Lopez on Friday, the Crusaders didn’t have to work all that hard to move on. Father Lopez was scoreless through the first five ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 10:55 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region boys basketball: St. Petersburg 53, Newsome 46

    LITHIA — It was a game of runs in Thursday’s Class 8A region quarterfinal between Newsome and St. Petersburg, one that saw six lead changes and seven ties in the first half. Then Newsome went on its own 7-0 run to start the third quarter with a 10-point lead, and ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough forward Trinity Baptiste gets extra boost from the crowd

    On paper, Hillsborough High was the better team. But early in its Class 6A region girls basketball semifinal against Osceola on Tuesday, the Terriers didn’t look like it.  Just as second-quarter play began, a small crowd of people walked into the gymnasium, each person dressed in Hillsborough red and the ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 3:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region girls basketball: Hillsborough 57, Osceola 45

    Region girls basketball: Hillsborough 57, Osceola 45 SEMINOLE — Khoi Wilson might have closed the deal for Hillsborough on Tuesday night, but Trinity Baptiste got the Terriers there.  The Terriers led Osceola by just one less than a minute into the fourth quarter of the Class 6A region semifinal. But Wilson, with the help of a Warrior ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 10:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region girls basketball: Seffner Christian 73, Fort Meade 38

    Once again Seffner Christian struck early and often, and the Crusaders never looked back, cruising to a 73-38 win at Fort Meade in Tuesday’s 3A region semifinal. Ally Parimore scored 13 of her 15 points in the first quarter, and Seffner Christian, which was led by Chelsie Hall’s 18 points, ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 10:07 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Derek Webster, male winner for Jan. 31-Feb. 6

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Derek Webster, male winner for Jan. 31-Feb. 6 Male Hot Shot winner: Derek Webster, Seffner Christian Derek Webster hates to lose. So in the days leading up to Seffner Christian’s district semifinal game with Brooks DeBartolo last week, the sophomore forward approached coach Sam Moorer so they could talk about the matchup.  The Crusaders had lost to the ...
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    Mon. Feb. 09, 2015 at 7:23 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Universal Academy of Florida breaking stereotypes via athletics

    Universal Academy of Florida breaking stereotypes via athletics When the Universal Academy of Florida boys soccer players walked off the field at halftime of a tied game, Xs and Os were not immediately on their minds — not even in the biggest game in program history.  The sun had already fallen below the towering stadium lights at Player’s ...
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    Sun. Feb. 08, 2015 at 9:29 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District boys basketball: Newsome 43, Wharton 31

    LITHIA — Going into its Class 8, District 7 championship matchup with Wharton on Friday, Newsome had won 22 of 23 games and was riding a 15-game win streak.  But in the days leading up to the district final, all the Wolves could think about was their one loss.  Coincidentally, ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 9:08 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 71, Lake Placid 49

    Led by standout underclassmen Alise Davis and Mia Blocker, who combined for 50 points, Tampa Catholic cruised to a 71-49 Class 4A region quarterfinal victory against Lake Placid on Thursday.  It was the cruising part, though, that coach Matthew Rocha wasn’t quite pleased with. The Crusaders led by 20 after ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 10:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch 50, Strawberry Crest 38

    DOVER — With about four minutes to go in the third quarter of Wiregrass Ranch’s Class 7A region quarterfinal matchup with Strawberry Crest, Bulls coach John Gant looked over to his assistant coach, who was sitting at the scorers table, to ask if the Chargers had even scored yet in ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 9:50 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Clemson chose TBT's Deon Cain, who returns favor

    Clemson chose TBT's Deon Cain, who returns favor Tampa Bay Tech quarterback Deon Cain was recruited as one of the top wide receivers in the nation, and the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior had more than 20 offers from which to choose. More than eight months ago Cain committed to Clemson, but that didn’t mean it was smooth sailing from ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 8:56 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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