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  • HomeTeam Huddle: Cozy not in Hernando coach’s vocab

    HomeTeam Huddle: Cozy not in Hernando coach’s vocab BROOKSVILLE — Bill Vonada may just be starting his second season at the helm of the Hernando High football team, but he’s by no means a newcomer to coaching. Before coming to Hernando, Vonada spent 15 years as the head coach at nearby Springstead, retiring from that post in 2012. ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 5:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Leto hopes for consistency at QB with Berry

    HomeTeam Huddle: Leto hopes for consistency at QB with Berry TAMPA — Three years ago, they made a deal. Alik Berry had never played football in his life, but when he began at Leto as a freshman, he decided to give the sport a try. He would stick with it, Berry said, if his mother, Diana Cook, quit smoking. Now, ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 5:28 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball: Steinbrenner 1, Brandon 0 (16 innings)

    LUTZ — For the first several innings of the region quarterfinal between Brandon and Steinbrenner on Thursday night, it seemed as if whichever starting pitcher lasted the longest on the mound would win the game. Streinbrenner right-hander CJ Van Eyk and Brandon lefty Antonio Velez each accrued nine strikeouts through ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 11:37 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball: Mitchell 6, Leto 3

    TAMPA — Knowing his team would face tough Leto left-hander Felix Dieguez — who came into the playoffs with 97 strikeouts — in Wednesday’s region quarterfinal, Mitchell coach Scot Wilcox was determined to get the Mustangs ready for it. So in the days leading up to the game, Wilcox, also ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 10:54 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Texas lefty Nick Kennedy a boon for Alonso

    Texas lefty Nick Kennedy a boon for Alonso TAMPA — Nick Kennedy knew a move was coming. But more than 1,000 miles away, Alonso baseball coach Landy Faedo had no idea the gift he’d soon be getting. Nick’s father, Dave Kennedy, a veteran college football strength and conditioning coach, stopped working at Texas A&M in 2013. But with ...
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    Tue. April 28, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District baseball: Alonso 4, Wharton 3

    VALRICO — Through 23 innings on the mound this season, Alonso left-hander Jordan Butler hadn’t given up a home run. So when Wharton outfielder Clayton Coringrato sent a pitch over the centerfield wall in the first inning of the Class 8A-7 championship Thursday, Butler admitted it threw him off a ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 11:42 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District baseball: Durant takes advantage of miscue

    District baseball: Durant takes advantage of miscue BRANDON — Durant started the season as one of the hottest teams at the plate in Hillsborough County. But for most of the Cougars’ Class 7A, District 7 semifinal against Plant City on Wednesday, they just couldn’t seem to get anything going. No. 1-seeded Durant, which beat the Raiders both ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 9:38 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District baseball: Wharton KOs another top seed

    VALRICO — Wharton, still alive in the Class 8A-7 district tournament after an upset win against Plant on Monday, wasn’t able to stop Riverview’s Anthony Gonnella in Tuesday’s semifinal. The junior first baseman, who came in with three home runs, hit two more, solo shots in the first and seventh ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Impending graduation a milestone for Leto High baseball player JoJo Bergollo

    Impending graduation a milestone for Leto High baseball player JoJo Bergollo TAMPA — The forecast was clear, but J.J. Pizzio still wished for rain. Maybe then, if only for a day, the Leto High School baseball coach could delay the Falcons’ regular-season finale against Robinson.  That evening, which promised recognition for his eight graduating seniors, was one he had only dreamed ...
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    Fri. April 17, 2015 at 2:40 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District softball: Newsome 7, Plant 2

    District softball: Newsome 7, Plant 2 TAMPA — Newsome’s Class 8A, District 7 final against Plant began just according to the Wolves’ plan. They were happy to be the visiting team in the championship game, to have a chance at putting some runs on the board early in order to force the Panthers to play catchup. ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant SS Nick Cerelli commits to USF

    Plant shorstop Nick Cerelli has commited to USF, Panthers coach Dennis Braun confirmed Wednesday. Cerelli, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior, is hitting .260 this season with eight RBIs and one home run. He has also served as a relief pitcher for Plant, allowing no earned runs in three innings pitched while ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 10:36 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Anthony Gonnella, male winner for April 4-10

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Anthony Gonnella, male winner for April 4-10 Male Hot Shot winner: Anthony Gonnella, Riverview With only five losses this season and only two in the past month, Riverview is one of the hottest baseball teams in the area as the regular season comes to a close this week.  Junior first baseman Anthony Gonnella is a big reason ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 5:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Tampa Prep 11, Berkeley Prep 8

    TAMPA — Tampa Prep has had some high highs and low lows on the mound this season, and it had a little of both in the same game when it took on rival Berkeley Prep on Friday. But as they have become accustomed to doing, the Terrapins stayed alive with ...
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    Fri. April 10, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Alonso QB Chris Oladokun transfers to Sickles

    Alonso QB Chris Oladokun transfers to Sickles Alonso quarterback and USF commit Chris Oladokun has transferred to Sickles, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday.  Oladokun was a two-year starter for the Ravens, throwing for 3,646 yards and 32 touchdowns in two seasons. Alonso struggled offensively in 2014, when it returned just one starting offensive lineman.  ...
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    Tue. April 07, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Alonso 4, Plant 3 (eight innings)

    TAMPA — Alonso's lack of control nearly allowed Plant to take control in the fourth inning, when the Panthers scored a tying run on a wild pitch. The winner of the Class 8A-7 game Tuesday stood to break open the four-way tie for first place in the district and control ...
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    Tue. March 31, 2015 at 11:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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