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  • Jesuit alum Lance McCullers Jr. set to make MLB debut

    Jesuit alum Lance McCullers Jr. set to make MLB debut Just eight days after former Plant High School stud Preston Tucker made his major-league debut with the Houston Astros, former Jesuit right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. was called up and will make his first MLB start Monday when the Astros take on the Oakland Athletics, the team announced Friday. McCullers, who ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 6:46 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Lead slips away late for Robinson

    State baseball: Lead slips away late for Robinson FORT MYERS — Two outs were all that Robinson needed to beat Archbishop McCarthy and advance to the Class 5A state championship game once centerfielder Darius Autry made a diving grab for the first out, ending the eye-popping play with a somersault to get back on his feet.  “After that ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Bayshore Christian falters vs. experienced Miami Brito

    State baseball: Bayshore Christian falters vs. experienced Miami Brito FORT MYERS — There was no doubt Bayshore Christian faced a challenge in taking on Miami Brito in Thursday’s Class 2A state championship game at JetBlue Park.  Coming into the matchup, Brito had won six state championships, including one in 2014. For the Faith Warriors, meanwhile, making it to the ...
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    Thu. May 14, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Robinson ready to shed underdog status

    State baseball: Robinson ready to shed underdog status TAMPA — People crowded the stands around the baseball field at Robinson High on Feb. 11 — the third official day of the 2015 season — awaiting the latest installment of the rivalry between the Knights and Plant, the school located less than 5 miles away down Dale Mabry. It was ...
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    Thu. May 14, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: 11th-inning rally sticks for Bayshore Christian

    State baseball: 11th-inning rally sticks for Bayshore Christian FORT MYERS — Entering Bayshore Christian’s Class 2A state semifinal against Seven Rivers Christian on Wednesday morning, right-hander and shortstop Evan Holland had gotten a hit nearly half the times he stepped up to the plate.  But for some reason, through the first nine innings at JetBlue Park, Holland just ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball: Durant 5, Kissimmee Osceola 3

    Region baseball: Durant 5, Kissimmee Osceola 3 PLANT CITY — In order to strengthen the defense in Durant’s Class 7A region final against Kissimmee Osceola on Tuesday, coach Butch Valdes decided to leave Harrison Theocharakis, often the designated hitter, out of the lineup.  The junior admitted he was bummed when he got the news before the big ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Bayshore Christian gets to state thanks to a little international infusion

    Bayshore Christian gets to state thanks to a little international infusion TAMPA — Bayshore Christian found itself in a familiar place on Friday night, taking on Orlando Christian Prep in the Class 2A region baseball final. Just a year before, the Faith Warriors traveled 90 miles west to take on that same opponent, which beat them 3-1 and ended the school’s ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 6:17 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Berkeley Prep focuses on veteran leadership

    HomeTeam Huddle: Berkeley Prep focuses on veteran leadership TAMPA — Veteran coach Dominick Ciao has guided the Berkeley Prep football team for eight seasons, but never before has he had to fill a bigger void when it comes to a graduating senior class.  Fourteen seniors leave this month, including three-year starting quarterback Brad Mayes, who racked up more ...
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    Mon. May 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Soccer: Berkeley Prep's Lexie Ludy, Newsome's Jake Van Der Luit honored

    Soccer: Berkeley Prep's Lexie Ludy, Newsome's Jake Van Der Luit honored APOLLO BEACH — Berkeley Prep forward Lexie Ludy was told she was going Apollo Beach on Thursday evening to watch her brother, a lacrosse player for the Bucs, win an award. "I was a little upset because I have a lot of homework," Ludy said. "Then I was like, 'Why ...
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    Thu. May 07, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Tampa Catholic boasts robust roster

    HomeTeam Huddle: Tampa Catholic boasts robust roster  TAMPA — Tampa Catholic might look a little different when it takes the field this fall, but that’s because the Crusaders, much to coach Mike Gregory’s delight, will be a bit more whole.   Last season Tampa Catholic lost wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers and athlete Bentlee Sanders to season-ending injuries, ...
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    Thu. May 07, 2015 at 6:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region baseball: Hillsborough 4, Mitchell 3

    Region baseball: Hillsborough 4, Mitchell 3 TAMPA — Hillsborough had a chance to take a big lead early in its Class 6A region semifinal with Mitchell, stringing together three hits and a walk to score a run and load the bases in the first inning.  The next two Terriers, though, struck out to end the frame, ...
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    Tue. May 05, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • 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

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