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  • 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

  • Fivay's Nicco Lightfoot signs with Missouri Baptist

    Fivay's Nicco Lightfoot signs with Missouri Baptist Fivay senior Nicco Lightfoot has signed to wrestle at Missouri Baptist. He made the announcement official with a ceremony Tuesday at his high school. Lightfoot finished second at the Class 2A, District 9 and 2A, Region 3 tournaments this winter. He took third at state in the 182-pound weight class.
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    Tue. May 20, 2014 at 1:47 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Byron Cowart is Rivals' top national recruit

    Armwood DE Byron Cowart is Rivals’ new No. 1 recruit in the country. Cowart jumped from third to first in the latest national recruiting rankings: The 6-foot-3, 257-pounder has drawn comparisons to Da'Shawn Hand, last year's No. 1, for his balance, agility and quickness. While Hand is a bit faster and ...
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    Mon. May 19, 2014 at 12:14 p.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Jake Fruhmorgen
      Clemson University
    • Recruit: Ray Ray McCloud
      Florida State University, Ohio State University, Union University (Tenn.), University of Florida, University of Oregon
    • Recruit: George Campbell
      University of Florida, University of Michigan
    • Recruit: Byron Cowart
      University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Oregon
  • Jesuit's Jack Taylor signs with Spring Hill

    Jesuit’s Jack Taylor recently signed to compete in track and field at Spring Hill (Ala.) College. Taylor finished fourth at the Class 2A state meet in the shot put (51-8) and seventh in the discus (146-4). 
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    Mon. May 19, 2014 at 10:33 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Rutgers offers Pasco pair

    It looks as if Rutgers is trying to build a recruiting pipeline to Dade City. The Scarlet Knights offered two Pasco athletes after a coach watched Pasco beat Land O’Lakes in Friday night’s spring game. OT Jamal Mention and ATH Jayvaughn Myers both landed offers from Rutgers, Pirates coach Tom ...
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    Mon. May 19, 2014 at 8:42 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Spring football: Pasco 17, Land O’Lakes 7

    Spring football: Pasco 17, Land O’Lakes 7 photo gallery At Dade City Pasco 17, Land O’Lakes 7 Spring game-breakers: Playing in his first football game since his freshman year, Pasco defensive end Sherwin Emmanuel was disruptive. The 6-foot-6 senior-to-be forced a fumble and tipped passes all night. …Pirates quarterback Grant Starling only played one week of spring ...
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    Fri. May 16, 2014 at 10:44 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Troy Moore resigns as Pasco girls hoops coach

    Pasco girls basketball coach Troy Moore has resigned, Pirates athletic director Tom McHugh said Friday in a text message. Moore spent five seasons as Pasco’s head coach and rebuilt the team into one of the North Suncoast’s best. The Pirates were 3-20 his first year but had back-to-back 20-win seasons in ...
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    Fri. May 16, 2014 at 11:13 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Keshawn Ingram, M.J. Williams make college decisions

    Two Hillsborough County basketball recruiting updates: Steinbrenner G Keshawn Ingram has orally committed to Eckerd College, he announced Thursday evening. The 6-foot-1 senior earned third-team all-state honors in Class 7A after averaging a county-best 29.3 points per game. He also averaged five assists and earned first-team all-county and second-team all-Suncoast ...
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    Fri. May 16, 2014 at 9:49 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Ricky Giles resigns at Zephyrhills

    Ricky Giles resigns at Zephyrhills Longtime North Suncoast baseball coach Ricky Giles has resigned at Zephyrhills, athletic director Bruce Cimorelli confirmed Thursday afternoon. “It wasn’t a good fit for me,” Giles said. The Bulldogs finished 5-20 in Giles’ only season as head coach. Before taking over his alma mater last year, Giles coached rival Pasco. He took ...
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    Thu. May 15, 2014 at 3:58 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Hoover, Riddle among FACA softball picks

    Softball players from three area counties have been chosen to compete in this weekend’s Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-star games in Ocala. Local representatives on the west team are: OF Samantha Sharpe, Countryside: Led her team with 31 hits and had nine stolen bases P/1B Courtney Riddle, Hernando: Batted .485 ...
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    Thu. May 15, 2014 at 10:22 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Thursday's recruiting news and notes

    Thursday's recruiting news and notes Your one-stop recruiting spot for Thursday. We’ll update it as needed. Pasco OT Jamal Mention picked up his first offer, from South Alabama, Pirates coach Tom McHugh announced. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Mention is a 2016 prospect and has been a strong tackle at Pasco and Hernando. Berkeley Prep DL Bo ...
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    Thu. May 15, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Bo Peek
      University of South Florida
  • Final state softball rankings

    Miracle Sports has released the final state softball rankings of the spring. (Full disclosure: I send results to poll organizers to help assemble rankings). Bloomingdale ended the season fifth overall after winning the Class 8A state championship. Canterbury finished on top in 2A – one of three local schools in ...
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    Wed. May 14, 2014 at 10:20 a.m. | Matt Baker

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