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  • Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage ready to select college

    Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage ready to select college Nature Coast offensive tackle Christian Pellage will announce his college commitment Friday at 2 p.m. at the school’s gym. The three-star 2015 prospect said he doesn’t have a list of finalists, but he holds more than two-dozen offers, including Florida State, Florida, Alabama and Ohio State. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Pellage ...
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    Mon. Aug. 04, 2014 at 1:22 p.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Christian Pellage
      Florida State University, Ohio State University, University of Alabama, University of Florida
  • Two more Brandon basketball players headed to college

    Two more Brandon boys basketball players will play college ball. C Kiefer Grimes-Jefferson has committed to Wilson College, a Division III program in Pennsylvania, coach Jamie Turner said Thursday night. G Khevin Wilson will play at Florida College.  The 6-foot-1 Wilson was the Eagles’ leading scorer this year. Standout forward ...
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    Thu. July 17, 2014 at 7:25 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • James Pensyl commits to Oregon State Beavers

    Land O’Lakes QB James Pensyl has orally committed to Oregon State, Gators coach Brian Wachtel said Thursday evening. Pensyl, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound lefty, was also recruited by USF, among others. Pensyl was one of Tampa Bay’s top passers as a junior last fall. He threw for almost 2,500 yards and ...
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    Thu. June 12, 2014 at 8:20 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Times’ all-Hillsborough County softball teams

    Pitcher of the Year: Lace Smith, Jr., Bloomingdale Why we picked her: Smith carried a team that didn’t even make the playoffs last year to the Class 8A state championship — the program’s first since 1993. She took a 0.58 ERA into the state semifinals, and she allowed only one ...
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    Wed. June 11, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Padres draft Mitchell RHP Cobi Johnson in 35th round

    Padres draft Mitchell RHP Cobi Johnson in 35th round Mitchell ace Cobi Johnson’s long wait ended when the Padres selected him Saturday in the 35th round (pick No. 1047) of baseball’s amateur draft. After beginning his career as a catcher, the 6-foot-4 right-hander moved to pitcher and shortstop as a junior, and he dominated the North Suncoast. He posted a 1.68 ERA ...
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    Sat. June 07, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Uncertainty’s a certainty for Mitchell's Cobi Johnson as draft nears

    Uncertainty’s a certainty for Mitchell's Cobi Johnson as draft nears HOLIDAY — Cobi Johnson was still wearing diapers when he got his first exposure to the baseball life, shuttling from Tennessee to Toronto or wherever his dad’s professional career took him that month. Since then, he has hit a home run at Cooperstown, played catch with big leaguers, pitched at ...
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    Mon. June 02, 2014 at 7:14 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Times’ all-Hillsborough County tennis teams

    Girls Player of the year: Erica Oosterhout, Jr., Plant Why we picked her: Oosterhout had no problem sliding into the role as Plant’s top player, replacing three-time player of the year Blair Martin. “Now that I’m a junior, I was kind of the person that others looked up to,” Oosterhout ...
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    Sat. May 31, 2014 at 5:29 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Bloomingdale's Mandy Schuerman named coach of the year

    Bloomingdale’s Mandy Schuerman has been named the state’s softball coach of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. The first-year coach earned nine of the 26 first-place votes after leading the Bulls to a 28-3 record and the Class 8A state title – the school’s first since 1993. Canterbury’s Jody ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 5:02 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Pasco DT Andrew Ivie to join brother at Florida

    Pasco DT Andrew Ivie to join brother at Florida A torn knee ligament kept Andrew Ivie from playing a full high school game with his older brother, Joey. He’ll finally get a chance to accomplish that goal at the next level. Ivie, a soon-to-be senior defensive tackle from Pasco, orally committed to Florida on Thursday. He’ll join Joey as ...
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    Thu. May 29, 2014 at 3:37 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • FSU football offers Auden Tate, Fivay's Scherer to Campbellsville

    FSU football offers Auden Tate, Fivay's Scherer to Campbellsville Two quick recruiting updates: * Wharton WR Auden Tate claimed two of his biggest offers so far Tuesday – from Florida State and Georgia. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect is a four-star recruit and Rivals’ No. 196 overall talent. He also holds offers from Florida, Miami and Clemson, among others. * ...
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    Wed. May 28, 2014 at 9:14 a.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Auden Tate
      Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Georgia
  • Hernando County linemen headed to North Carolina programs

    Weeki Wachee lineman Brendan Clifton has signed with Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. The 5-foot-11, 240-pound senior was a three-starter for the Hornets. He had 19 tackles last fall. Springstead DL Shane Wiggins signed with North Carolina Wesleyan, an NCAA Division III program. Wiggins helped take the Eagles to the ...
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    Tue. May 27, 2014 at 6:32 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Wharton's Sollazzo signs with Ave Maria

    Wharton's Sollazzo signs with Ave Maria Wharton G Scott Sollazzo signed to play basketball at Ave Maria this week. The 6-foot-5 senior tied a school record with five 3s in a win over Bloomingdale. He was a key part of a Wildcats team that won the Class 8A, District 7 championship and reached the region semifinals. ...
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    Fri. May 23, 2014 at 9:29 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Spring football: Alonso 12, Steinbrenner 10; Sickles 8, Gaither 6

    Spring football: Alonso 12, Steinbrenner 10; Sickles 8, Gaither 6 at Tampa Alonso 12, Steinbrenner 10 Sickles 8, Gaither 6 Spring game-breakers: Alonso quarterback Chris Oladokun threw two touchdown passes — both to Derrick Walker — in the closing minutes to cap the Ravens’ rally. The first came on a 9-yard pass on fourth down; the second was a 35-yard ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 10:42 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • FSU, Florida, Michigan check out Ray Ray McCloud III

    TAMPA – Sickles coach Brian Turner said he has seen plenty of recruiters come through to scout his players. But this spring with RB Ray Ray McCloud III has been different. “I’ve never seen anything like this school has been…” Turner said Thursday night after the Gryphons’ 8-6 spring game ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 10:40 p.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Ray Ray McCloud
      Clemson University, Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Michigan
  • Lauren Evans, Lace Smith named Miss Softball finalists

    Two Tampa Bay players are among the eight finalists for Florida’s Miss Softball award. Bloomingdale ace Lace Smith (Class 8A) and Academy at the Lakes standout Lauren Evans (2A) were both named the state’s top players in their respective classes by the Florida Dairy Farmers. (Full disclosure: I’m a voter). ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 3:46 p.m. | Matt Baker

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