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  • State volleyball: Sunlake upbeat despite early exit

    KISSIMMEE — Sunlake’s volleyball season has been characterized by firsts. Before this year, the Seahawks had never won a district title. They had never been to the playoffs in the school’s seven-year history. So even though Sunlake missed its chance to grab one final first — losing 25-11, 25-13, 25-16 ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State volleyball: Bishop Kenny dispatches Robinson in semifinals

    KISSIMMEE — Robinson knew its road would be rough, taking on a nationally ranked Jacksonville Bishop Kenny team in the Class 5A state semifinals. But in the beginning of each set Thursday, the Knights had hope, keeping up with their opponent, even leading at times. But like clockwork, Bishop Kenny ...
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    Thu. Nov. 13, 2014 at 1:46 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region volleyball: National power KOs King

    The best volleyball season in King history came to an end Saturday when the Lions fell to nationally ranked Venice, 25-13, 25-15, 25-11.  King coach Cookie Mitchell didn’t want her girls to be intimidated, reminding them to stick to their game. The Indians, however, wouldn’t let that happen. The Lions ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 8:34 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region volleyball: Holy Names eases into final four

    Academy of the Holy Names topped Fort Myers Oasis in Saturday’s Class 4A region final, ending its state final four drought with a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-18, 25-17). In the Jaguars’ district championship loss to Berkeley Prep two weeks ago, coach Jeff Davis said his team came out too aggressive ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 8:25 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region volleyball: Steinbrenner heads back to state

    For the second time in its past three playoff games, Steinbrenner had to deal with a mid-match injury when Avery Bradshaw fell and got whiplash during the Warriors’ region final match at Orlando Lake Nona on Saturday.  But Steinbrenner (23-5) again proved it could recover, beating the Lions 25-23, 25-22, ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 7:36 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region volleyball: Carrollwood Day advances to first final four

    LUTZ — When Carrollwood Day’s season began in August, the Patriots had never even won a district title. Now they’re headed to the state final four, where they’ll compete for the biggest championship of all.  Carrollwood Day hosted Orlando First Academy on Saturday in a region final and dropped the ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Football: Jesuit 31, Tampa Catholic 28

    TAMPA — Some call it a curse, the phenomenon that had made Tampa Catholic lose 14 straight matchups with rival Jesuit. After the 15th, the Tigers just call it Malik Davis. The sophomore running back had 184 yards rushing Friday, 47 on the final drive that was capped by a ...
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    Sat. Nov. 08, 2014 at 12:58 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Cambridge Christian QB Garrett Young eyes one more milestone

    Cambridge Christian QB Garrett Young eyes one more milestone TAMPA — Tucked beneath the sprawling oaks on Habana Avenue sits Cambridge Christian, a school easily overlooked if you didn’t already know it was there. Just more than 200 students attend high school at Cambridge, and 45 of them make up the Lancers’ football team, a program that has never ...
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    Thu. Nov. 06, 2014 at 4:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Track: Springstead's Erin Blackwell to sign with Nicholls State

    Springstead senior Erin Blackwell will sign with Nicholls State for track on Nov. 12, Eagles coach Joel Myers reports.  Blackwell was on the Times' all-North Suncoast track and field first team last year with a sixth-place finish at the Class 3A state meet with a time of 2:18.75. Blackwell was also ...
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    Thu. Nov. 06, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • 4A region volleyball: Holy Names avenges district loss to Berkeley Prep

    TAMPA — Not even two weeks ago, Academy of the Holy names fell to Berkeley Prep in the Class 4A-10 district championship, something coach Jeff Davis attributed to his team coming out too excited and being too aggressive on offense. In Tuesday’s rematch in the region semifinals, the Jaguars showed ...
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    Tue. Nov. 04, 2014 at 9:39 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District tiebreaker: Berkeley Prep dispatches Tampa Catholic to move on

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic and Fort Meade were moments from kicking off for the first quarter of a three-way tiebreaker to determine the Class 3A-4 district runner up. But Berkeley Prep, the host team for Monday’s shootout, was out of sight. The Bucs were scheduled to play the winner of ...
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    Mon. Nov. 03, 2014 at 10:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Steven Ogletree, male winner for Oct. 25-31

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Steven Ogletree, male winner for Oct. 25-31 Male Hot Shot winner: Steven Ogletree, Plant City  In just one year, Plant City linebacker Steven Ogletree has gone from primarily a JV player to one of the Raiders’ best defenders on varsity.  And Friday in a 20-14 win vs. Brandon, the sophomore helped ensure that his season of vast ...
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    Mon. Nov. 03, 2014 at 7:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Seffner Christian's Asia Royster commits to Saint Leo

    Seffner Christian guard Asia Royster has commited to Saint Leo, the senior announced Oct. 24 on Twitter. Last season while playing for Riverview, Royster averaged nearly 15 points and five rebounds per game, leading the Sharks to a Class 8A-7 district championship. In the offseason, Royster joined Armwood's Alyssa Nieves, ...
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    Mon. Nov. 03, 2014 at 2:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • LB Jordan Griffin commits to Wisconsin

    Armwood linebacker Jordan Griffin commited to Wisconsin on Oct. 25, choosing the Badgers from his nearly 20 Division I-A offers.  As a junior Griffin had a team-high 150 tackles for the state runner-up Hawks, 58 more than the next best defender. This season the 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker leads Armwood with ...
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    Mon. Nov. 03, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District swimming: Berkeley Prep boys, Tampa Prep girls prevail

    TAMPA — The swim teams gathered around the pool at Berkeley Prep on Saturday afternoon were hushed, awaiting the results of the Class A, District 7 championship meet. But when it came to the boys’ side of things, this year’s champion wasn’t much of a mystery. It hasn’t been for ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 7:40 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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