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  • 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

  • State baseball: Bloomingdale advances to Class 8A final

    State baseball: Bloomingdale advances to Class 8A final photo gallery FORT MYERS — With the wind blowing, Bloomingdale coach Kris Wilken motioned for rightfielder Conrado Skepple to inch more toward centerfield. So when Lake Worth Park Vista’s Matthew Mika hit what should have been an easily caught flyball to rightfield in the eighth inning of Friday’s Class 8A ...
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    Fri. May 16, 2014 at 3:28 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Bloomingdale seeks just enough offense

    State baseball: Bloomingdale seeks just enough offense TAMPA — Tied with Plant — a team Bloomingdale just couldn't seem to top the three times they met during the regular season — after seven innings of a Class 8A region semifinal, Bulls coach Kris Wilken gave his team one order before heading into the eighth inning. Riding the ...
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    Wed. May 14, 2014 at 10:44 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball roundup: Jesuit, Sunlake defy odds

    TAMPA — Others might have doubted Jesuit’s ability to make its 16th final four in program history after nine Tigers were suspended for the remainder of the 2014 baseball season in March.  But sophomore left-hander Michael Sandborn didn’t. Not even for a second.  “This team is very strong, and we ...
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    Tue. May 13, 2014 at 11:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Plant QB tree bountiful

    HomeTeam Huddle: Plant QB tree bountiful TAMPA — Rex Culpepper completed just 14 passes during Plant High School’s 2013 season as backup quarterback. But the day after he stood on the Dad's Stadium sideline and watched his Panthers fall to Apopka in the Class 8A state semifinal, the sophomore went right back to campus to get ...
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    Mon. May 12, 2014 at 9:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball: King doesn’t use inexperience as an excuse

    Region baseball: King doesn’t use inexperience as an excuse TAMPA — His young King High baseball team had been learning as it went all season. Heading into the Class 6A, District 9 championship game against Jefferson on April 24, coach Jim Macaluso knew that, despite the stakes, that night would be no exception. The district final was to be ...
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    Mon. May 12, 2014 at 9:20 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball roundup: Berkeley Prep can’t quite cap a comeback

    TAMPA — Berkeley Prep was forced to fight back from the very start. Fort Myers Bishop Verot took a three-run lead in the first inning of Friday’s Class 4A region final, and the Bucs — who staged a seventh-inning comeback Tuesday against Tampa Catholic to advance — were on their ...
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    Fri. May 09, 2014 at 11:37 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball: Extra-inning thriller for Bosnic, Berkeley Prep

    TAMPA — It was supposed to happen exactly how it did.  Berkeley Prep hadn’t used the play yet this season, coach Justin Houston said. But trailing Tampa Catholic by a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Tuesday’s Class 4A region semifinal, it was now ...
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    Tue. May 06, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Long-time Jefferson baseball coach Pop Cuesta retires

    Long-time Jefferson baseball coach Pop Cuesta retires TAMPA — At the beginning of the 2014 baseball season, Jefferson coach Pop Cuesta, 69, sat his players down and told it to them straight. "I said I was going to play it year to year depending on how I felt," Cuesta said of his 43-year career at the helm ...
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    Tue. May 06, 2014 at 5:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: New school, familiar responsibilities for Austin Carswell

    HomeTeam Huddle: New school, familiar responsibilities for Austin Carswell PLANT CITY — Eight months ago, junior Austin Carswell had almost no experience playing quarterback. In fact, the 6-foot-1 athlete didn’t even begin playing football until his freshman year at Strawberry Crest because he thought he was too small. But when the Chargers’ starting quarterback, Tristan Hyde, went down in ...
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    Fri. May 02, 2014 at 7:53 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Holy Names' McWilliams signs with Embry-Riddle

    Academy of the Holy Names guard Ashley McWilliams has signed to play with Embry-Riddle and will be a part of the school's inaugural women's basketball season, athletic director Kevin Vargas said. McWilliams, who returned after missing much of her junior campaign due to a knee injury, led the Jaguars last ...
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    Fri. May 02, 2014 at 11:58 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball: Tucker’s mighty bat boosts Plant

    TAMPA — As Kyle Tucker stood in the on-deck circle Thursday night, Plant leading St. Petersburg by seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of a Class 8A region quarterfinal, Stephen Chamblee gave his teammate a little last-minute reminder before he walked up to the plate. “Hey, we ...
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    Thu. May 01, 2014 at 10:58 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball: Goebel a postseason force for Wiregrass Ranch

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Alex Goebel had two of Wiregrass Ranch’s five hits and the only RBI of the game last week as the Bulls topped Sickles for their first baseball district championship. Before Wednesday’s Class 7A region quarterfinal against Brandon, first-year coach Marshall McDougall rewarded his senior catcher by bumping ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 11:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region softball: Chamberlain focused to the finish

    Region softball: Chamberlain focused to the finish TAMPA — For several years now, Chamberlain’s motto has been “finish.” When the Chiefs lost the district title to Jefferson less than two weeks ago, they weren’t able to do that. So as they prepared to take on the Dragons yet again, this time in a Class 6A region semifinal, ...
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    Tue. April 29, 2014 at 10:54 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Steinbrenner's Unger signs with Lees-McRae College

    Steinbrenner guard Olivia Unger has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., coach JR Allen said. Unger was third on the team in scoring last season, averaging 7.1 points per game, and she scored 26 of the Warriors' 66 3-pointers, shooting 29 ...
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    Tue. April 29, 2014 at 4:24 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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