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  • Bay area baseball players head to elite national showcase

    Bay area baseball players head to elite national showcase TAMPA — A decade ago, Sickles had no trouble stringing together winning baseball seasons. That was until a new high school opened less than 8 miles away. Steinbrenner, which draws some of the talent from the Gryphons’ area, has never had a losing season since opening in 2009. Sickles, on ...
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    Tue. June 10, 2014 at 3:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Wiregrass Ranch LB Jaye Miner commits to FAU

    Wiregrass Ranch linebacker Jaye Miner commited to FAU on Saturday, coach Mike Lawrence reports.  Miner, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound rising senior, led the Bulls last season with 131 tackles, 20 for loss. He also had 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Miner had eight offers, picking up his last one from ...
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    Sat. June 07, 2014 at 12:57 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Riverview baseball coach arrested on DUI charge

    Riverview baseball coach Bill Leiby was arrested and charged with driving under the influence late Friday night.  Leiby, who just finished his ninth season with the Sharks and coached at East Bay for five years before that, was arrested at 11:41 p.m. at Brandon Town Center and was booked at ...
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    Sat. June 07, 2014 at 12:04 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Cambridge Christian, Alonso alums drafted on Day 2

    Cambridge Christian, Alonso alums drafted on Day 2 Peter Miller was the first local taken in the 2014 MLB first-year player draft, going in the ninth round on Day 2. Area players were shut out on Day 1 for the first time since 2010.  RHP Peter Miller, Florida State (9th, 261, Mariners): Miller, who played at Cambridge Christian, ...
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    Fri. June 06, 2014 at 7:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Durant's Heyer commits to College of Central Florida

    Durant third baseman and pitcher Luke Heyer has committed to play at the College of Central Florida, where he'll join Cougars teammate Garrett Wright.  Heyer, a 6-foot right-hander, finished the season with a .268 batting average and a team-leading 18 RBI. He also allowed no earned runs in 10 innings ...
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    Tue. June 03, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Middleton a study in perseverance

    Baseball: Middleton a study in perseverance TAMPA — Rumblings of “here we go again” swept through Middleton’s dugout after the Tigers gave up six unanswered runs to Blake, losing their 7-1 lead . Middleton came into that April 8 game 0-17. For 12 boys and one new coach trying desperately to hold his team together, it was ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 7:39 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain chooses Clemson

    Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain chooses Clemson TAMPA — Jayson Roberts was the football coach at Tampa Bay Tech for only a couple months when he got a phone call from the school’s front office. There was a parent waiting to see him. Roberts rushed down to the office to find Celia Thompson and her son, Deon ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 3:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Spring football: Orlando Oak Ridge 36, Zephyrhills 21

    Junior wide receiver and safety Jackie Tucker had a breakout game for Zephyrhills on Thursday night as the Bulldogs lost 36-21 at Orlando Oak Ridge in their spring game. Tucker, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete, caught several long passes and scored a touchdown while also coming up with a big interception ...
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    Thu. May 29, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Wiregrass Ranch's Jaye Miner returns to depleted defense

    HomeTeam Huddle: Wiregrass Ranch's Jaye Miner returns to depleted defense WESLEY CHAPEL — With 131 total tackles last season — nearly 50 more than the next best Wiregrass Ranch defender — linebacker Jaye Miner knows a thing or two about standing out in a crowd. During the Bulls’ spring practice Tuesday, the junior continued to do so on his feet, ...
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    Wed. May 28, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Jesuit ends 14-year title drought

    State baseball: Jesuit ends 14-year title drought photo gallery FORT MYERS — He wasn’t supposed to be on the mound. When the season began, there were college-bound pitchers ahead of Kasey Radke, guys who would have been better suited to start with Jesuit’s fourth state baseball title on the line.  But when nine Tigers didn’t show up ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 7:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Jesuit dispatches Sunlake in Class 5A semifinal

    State baseball: Jesuit dispatches Sunlake in Class 5A semifinal photo gallery FORT MYERS — Jesuit coach Richie Warren thought everybody knew who'd be taking the mound for the Tigers' Class 5A state semifinal game against Sunlake on Wednesday. But at 10:30 Tuesday night, left-hander Michael Sandborn sent his coach a text message: "Coach, who's pitching tomorrow? Did you say ...
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    Wed. May 21, 2014 at 6:34 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • King's Bubby Terp receives Wade Boggs Award

    King's Bubby Terp receives Wade Boggs Award TAMPA — Donald “Bubby” Terp was just a freshman when outfielder Sinjin Sato became King’s first recipient of the Wade Boggs Athletic Achievement Award, given to a Hillsborough County baseball player every year since 2005. But Terp took note, not knowing that three years later, he’d be standing in his ...
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    Wed. May 21, 2014 at 11:41 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Spring football: Jesuit 55, Dixie Hollins 19

    At St. Petersburg Jesuit 55, Dixie Hollins 19 Spring game-breakers: Running back Kevin Newman was the story of the first half for Jesuit. The 6-foot-1 junior rushed for 121 yards and four touchdowns before the break to give Jesuit its huge lead. Newman, who said he’s put on 10 pounds ...
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    Mon. May 19, 2014 at 10:28 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough County senior all-star team selected

    The 30-man Hillsborough County senior all-star team roster has been announced for Sunday's game against Pinellas County at Tropicana Field; game time is 7 p.m. Plant City coach Mike Fryrear head up Hillsborough team, with Plant City's Gary Cates and Lennard's Kennedy Duran assisting.  Ryan Anderson, RHP, Brandon Austin Boatright, ...
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    Mon. May 19, 2014 at 4:44 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Bloomingdale comes up short in 8A title game

    State baseball: Bloomingdale comes up short in 8A title game photo gallery FORT MYERS — Perhaps riding the momentum on which it had been cruising throughout the postseason, Bloomingdale got off to a good start in Saturday’s Class 8A state championship game against Homestead South Dade.  For a team that has struggled getting hits and pushing runs across, a Doug ...
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    Sat. May 17, 2014 at 6:55 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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