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  • Notre Dame, USF extend offers, and Riverview to hold ceremony

    A few quick recruiting updates on a Wednesday: Miami became the first program to offer Jefferson OT Jean Marcellus. The 6-foot-4, 282-pound prospect could become one of the area's top prospects in the class of 2017. Yes, the class of 2017. Berkeley DL Bo Peek and WR Jacob Mathis both ...
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    Wed. May 14, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Spotlight on Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage

    HomeTeam Huddle: Spotlight on Nature Coast OL Christian Pellage BROOKSVILLE — Whether the audience is recruiters from across the country or fast-food patrons at a recent Nature Coast fundraiser at Wendy’s, offensive tackle Christian Pellage always ends up as the focal point. “Pellage is a name everyone wants to see,” first-year Sharks coach Justin Worden said. And with good ...
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    Sat. May 10, 2014 at 5:52 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Gators offer Wharton WR Auden Tate

    Wharton WR Auden Tate claimed one of his biggest offers Friday, from Florida. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Tate is 247Sports’ No. 189 overall recruit for the class of 2015. The four-star prospect holds more than a dozen offers, including Miami, USF, Michigan and South Carolina.   The Gators have recruited Wharton ...
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    Fri. May 09, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Army All-American Bowl announces local nominees

    A handful of Tampa Bay players are among the 400 nominees for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, event organizers announced Friday afternoon. Fifty-seven players from Florida made the first cut, which will eventually be whittled down to 90 participants for the Jan. 3 national all-star high school football game. Locals ...
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    Fri. May 09, 2014 at 5:46 p.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Deon Cain
      Florida State University, University of Florida
  • Conlon, Eule named Hillsborough's top soccer players

    Conlon, Eule named Hillsborough's top soccer players APOLLO BEACH – Jesuit senior Michael Conlon had completely forgotten about the Alvarez awards for Hillsborough County’s top high school soccer players, so it took him a few minutes after entering the Alvarez Company CPA office Thursday night to figure out why he was there. Conlon earned the Jose A. ...
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    Thu. May 08, 2014 at 7:59 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State softball: Young Chamberlain expects a return trip

    State softball: Young Chamberlain expects a return trip VERO BEACH — Chamberlain’s  3-1 loss to Lake Region in Wednesday’s Class 6A state semifinal was only a few moments old when Chiefs coach Bobby Diez began to spin the sorrow into a positive. When — not if — his young Chiefs win a state title in the next two ...
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    Wed. May 07, 2014 at 10:06 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State softball: Bloomingdale reaches 8A final

    State softball: Bloomingdale reaches 8A final photo gallery  VERO BEACH — From the start of the playoffs until the first two innings of Wednesday’s Class 8A state semifinal, Bloomingdale had hit the ball hard with few runs to show for it. “I knew that it was just a matter of time before we broke out,” Bulls ...
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    Wed. May 07, 2014 at 8:20 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State softball: Canterbury coasts into Class 2A title game

    State softball: Canterbury coasts into Class 2A title game photo gallery  VERO BEACH — The only drama in Wednesday’s Class 2A state semifinal centered on how quickly Canterbury could get out of the midday sun and into another state championship game. The Crusaders exploded for six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 15-1 win over Sarasota ...
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    Wed. May 07, 2014 at 5:08 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State softball: Bloomingdale (23-3) vs. Cypress Bay (21-6)

    State softball: Bloomingdale (23-3) vs. Cypress Bay (21-6) State softball  Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach  Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 8A: Bloomingdale (23-3) vs. Cypress Bay (21-6), 4:50 p.m.  How they got here: Bloomingdale d. Sarasota Riverview 1-0, Alonso 3-1, Vero Beach 2-1. Cypress Bay d. Douglas 8-2, Cooper City 7-1, Park Vista 6-4 (11 ...
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    Tue. May 06, 2014 at 6:49 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • State softball: Past success sparks Chamberlain

    State softball: Past success sparks Chamberlain TAMPA — If Chamberlain first baseman Liz Diaz ever needed a reminder of her program’s rich history, she’d only need to look behind her to the outfield wall, where the names of previous All-America Chiefs stare back. “It’s not really intimidating,” Diaz said. “It’s inspiring.” It’s also the biggest difference ...
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    Tue. May 06, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Four from Sunlake football sign with colleges

    Four Sunlake players have signed to continue their football careers after high school, Seahawks coach Bill Browning announced Monday afternoon. FS Joe Jean-Baptiste signed with Lake Erie College, a Division II program in Ohio. The 6-foot-2 senior had 50 tackles and two interceptions on defense last season. He also caught ...
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    Mon. May 05, 2014 at 2:09 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Grace Christian's Winter to sign with Southeastern

    Grace Christian senior Caleb Winter will sign to play football at Southeastern University at a ceremony Thursday morning. Winter, a kicker/punter, was a standout soccer player at Grace Christian. He was the conference’s soccer MVP in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was one of its top basketball players, too. He’ll ...
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    Mon. May 05, 2014 at 11:34 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • More thoughts on Florida quarterbacks and the NFL Draft

    I had far more information than space in Sunday’s story on why Florida high schools have only produced three first-round quarterbacks in the history of the NFL Draft. A couple leftovers that didn’t make the final version: * Maybe it’s just a fluke. That’s a paraphrased version of Scout analyst ...
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    Mon. May 05, 2014 at 10:11 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Region softball: Durant ousted by Harmony

    Durant’s quest for a fourth trip to state since 2002 fizzled in Sunday’s rough offensive outing at Harmony. The Cougars’ season ended with a 3-0 loss to the Longhorns in a Class 7A region final delayed two days by rain. “We just made a couple mistakes, and they took advantage,” ...
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    Sun. May 04, 2014 at 10:39 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Three to sign from AATL next week

    Academy at the Lakes will honor three athletes at a signing ceremony at the school’s gym Thursday at 9:30 a.m, athletic director Tom Haslam announced. Jake Fishman will sign with Lake Forest College, a Division III program in Illinois. He had 123 receiving yards, two fumble recoveries and 23 tackles ...
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    Fri. May 02, 2014 at 4:27 p.m. | Matt Baker

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