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  • State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch's Agie Moreno earns individual 3A title

    Wiregrass Ranch sophomore Agie Moreno made North Suncoast history Friday, becoming the first player from a public Pasco County school to win an individual tennis state championship. A day after winning the team singles title and helping the Bulls tie for first as a team, he knocked off Fort Myers’ ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 2:53 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Ray Ray McCloud III gets Under Armour invite, and other recruiting notes

    Ray Ray McCloud III gets Under Armour invite, and other recruiting notes A few recruiting nuggets from the last few days: • Sickles junior ATH Ray Ray McCloud III announced his invitation to the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game. The 2,300-yard rusher holds offers from Clemson, Florida and Florida State, among others. The all-star game could have a very strong local flavor ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 2:12 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Tampa Prep's Durham a MaxPreps All-American

    Tampa Prep star Juwan Durham has been named a first-team sophomore All-American by MaxPreps, the site announced Friday morning. It's the latest honor for Durham, a 6-foot-10 forward. He was the Tampa Bay Times' all-Suncoast player of the year this winter, averaging 21.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.7 blocks and ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • State tennis: Bogie’s Dan Stefan repeats as singles champ

    State tennis: Bogie’s Dan Stefan repeats as singles champ CASSELBERRY — Boca Ciega junior Dan Stefan needed a furious rally in his first trip to the state tournament to come away with a championship. The only drama in his return trip Tuesday centered on whether the Pirates could sweep the individual honors. Stefan cruised to the individual Class 2A ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 7:03 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State tennis: Newsome freshman, Plant junior set for singles showdown

    State tennis: Newsome freshman, Plant junior set for singles showdown ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — As one Hillsborough County tennis dynasty ended Tuesday, another might have begun. Plant’s streak of three consecutive team titles ended, but Newsome freshman Kylie Moulin made a valiant comeback to force a tiebreaker and earn the individual Class 4A singles championship at Sanlando Park. “It’s definitely one ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 4:45 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Alonso ace Kayla Maxwell to sign with Houston

    Alonso pitcher Kayla Maxwell will sign Wednesday with Houston, Ravens athletic director Brian Grantham announced Tuesday afternoon. Maxwell has established herself as one of Hillsborough County’s top pitchers as a senior. She has posted a 1.15 ERA and a 15-3 record with 78 strikeouts this spring. She’s also batting .327 ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 3:20 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Boca Ciega, Newsome take individual singles tennis titles

    CASSELBERRY – Boca Ciega junior Dan Stefan had to sweat out his first trip to state, rallying from an early deficit to win an individual singles state title. His second trip was drama-free. Stefan split the first four games Tuesday but won the rest of the way to earn his ...
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    Tue. April 15, 2014 at 11:52 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • State tennis: Plant girls not ready to relinquish crown

    Plant’s hopes of a fourth consecutive girls state championship will last until the final day. The Panthers are among four teams clustered at the top after the first day of the Class 4A state tournament. They’ll resume play, along with rivals Boca Raton, Orlando Dr. Phillips and Cypress Bay, today ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Vincent Testaverde picks Texas Tech, and other Jesuit signings

    Seven Jesuit athletes – including QB Vincent Testaverde – plan to sign to play college ball in a ceremony Wednesday morning, the school announced Monday morning. Testaverde – the son of Miami’s Heisman Trophy winner and former Buc – will play at Texas Tech. He helped the Tigers win the ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 3:51 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Central's Samantha Bishop signing with Lenoir Rhyne

    Central middle hitter Samantha Bishop plans to sign with Lenoir Rhyne, the Bears announced Monday. Bishop earned second-team all-North Suncoast honors as a junior, racking up almost 40 aces and more than 300 kills. Bishop will make her commitment official with a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Central. Lenoir Rhyne ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Recruiting updates from Pasco, Jefferson, Riverview and Fivay

    A few recruiting notes from this weekend: * Two Riverview athletes plan to sign Monday afternoon, the school announced. Kierra Haywood will sign to play basketball at Florida State College. The 6-foot-1 senior post led the Sharks in scoring (19.5 points per game), rebounding (13.9) and blocks (3.3). She was ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 10:13 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Miami football lands Freedom's Scott Patchan

    Freedom DE Scott Patchan has orally committed to Miami, he announced Saturday afternoon via Twitter during a trip to see the Hurricanes’ spring game. Patchan is one of Tampa Bay’s top recruits. Rivals considers the junior a four-star recruit and the country’s No. 17 strongside defensive end, and he was ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State tennis preview

    State tennis preview TAMPA — When Caroline Lozo made her first trip to the state tournament as a wide-eyed seventh grader, she took the experience for granted. “I didn’t necessarily know what going to states meant,”  she said. “It was my first year. I assumed we would go every year, not realizing how ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 3:13 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Hillsborough district softball preview with schedules

    Hillsborough district softball preview with schedules As district softball tournaments monopolize fields across Hillsborough County next week, here’s a look at some of the most interesting matchups and players: Best potential matchup Bloomingdale-Alonso: The possible showdown for the Class 8A-7 championship features two of the county’s top teams, with only six losses between them. The teams ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 4:28 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Jerry English earns 500th career win

    Academy at the Lakes softball coach Jerry English reached another milestone in his storied career. The longtime North Suncoast coach earned his 500th win with the Wildcats’ 9-2 home victory over Clearwater Central Catholic on Thursday night. The former Land O’Lakes coach has been a fixture in Pasco County dugouts ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 10:29 a.m. | Matt Baker

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