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  • Holston, Manzi, Garrett make all-state

    The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops have started to unveil their all-state boys basketball teams by classification. Three local players were among the 15 chosen among independent schools.  First team: Troy Holston, Sr., Oldsmar Christian. The 6-foot-4 guard is a three-star recruit who has signed with USF. ...
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    Thu. April 03, 2014 at 9:13 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Hillsborough: Softball super 7, stats

    Super 7 Records through Tuesday. 1. Bloomingdale (18-1, 9-0): The Bulls are back on top with a five-game win streak — and five consecutive shutouts. 2. Plant City (16-4, 8-1): The Raiders have won eight games in a row. The biggest was a 4-0 shutout of Strawberry Crest that puts ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 1:20 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Steinbrenner alum throws no-hitter for PHSC

    Steinbrenner alum Danny Rodriguez threw the first no-hitter in Pasco Hernando State College history last week. He struck out nine batters in a seven-inning 13-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Morton (Ill.) College. Rodriguez didn’t allow a walk in the game, and the freshman was honored ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Top Hillsborough basketball coaches, players honored

    The Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association honored boys basketball players and coaches at its 29th annual banquet Tuesday night. Those honored were: Bethel Award: Cedric Smith, Freedom Heart of a Champion: Brandon Eagles West Coast Official Award: Thoron Barkley Paul Straub Player of the Year: Justin Gray, Berkeley Prep Doug ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 9:20 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • AATL's Lauren Evans to represent Britain, again

    Academy at the Lakes senior Lauren Evans will play for the British junior national softball team for the second consecutive year, the Wildcats announced Tuesday morning. The USF signee will compete in the European championships in the Netherlands this July. Last year, the shortstop batted .435 with four doubles and ...
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    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • FSU great Derrick Alexander no longer Bishop head coach

    Former Florida State star Derrick Alexander is out as Bishop McLaughlin’s head football coach, the school announced Tuesday morning. Alexander left his position to spend more time with his family but will still work for the Hurricanes as a consultant, Bishop McLaughlin dean of students Joe Jasinski said. “Bishop McLaughlin ...
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    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 9:37 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • AHN's Vogler headed to all-star event in Croatia

    Academy of the Holy Names junior volleyball player Courtney Vogler will represent her country for Bring It USA in this summer’s all-star Global Challenge tournament in Croatia. The U17 team will compete in the tournament from July 13-17 and is also scheduled to play friendly matches in Slovenia and the ...
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    Sun. March 30, 2014 at 10:43 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • UCF offers East Bay's Marques Ford

    East Bay defensive end Marques Ford claimed his latest in-state offer from UCF on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound pass rusher is the Tampa Bay Times’ No. 22 area prospect for the class of 2015. Ford holds offers from Miami, USF, Wisconsin, Duke and Wake Forest, among others. He had 10 ...
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    Sat. March 29, 2014 at 1:46 p.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Marques Ford
      University of Central Florida, University of Miami, University of South Florida
  • Fivay's Doughty signs with Garden City

    Fivay's Doughty signs with Garden City Fivay softball player Skyler Doughty signed with Garden City (Kan.) Community College on Friday. The senior is listed as a shortstop, outfielder and pitcher for the 11-6 Falcons. In 14 games, she has a .250 average and has hit safely in six of her last seven contests. Last season, she ...
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    Sat. March 29, 2014 at 9:50 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Pinellas, Hillsborough players and coaches among state's best

    Steinbrenner’s Keshawn Ingram, Berkeley Prep’s Justin Gray and Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham were among the top three players in their classifications in the state voting for the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball. Ingram, Hillsborough County’s leading scorer, was the runnerup in Class 7A, behind Oviedo’s Matt Milon. Gray, a Texas ...
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    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 5:14 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Hillsborough: Softball super 7, stats

    Super 7 Records through Tuesday 1. Strawberry Crest (16-1): The Chargers are up to No. 5 in the latest state rankings and blew out East Bay on Tuesday. They’ll take a 13-game win streak into Thursday’s big showdown with Plant City. 2. Bloomingdale (13-1): A shutout win over Plant kept ...
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    Wed. March 26, 2014 at 11:43 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Chase Litton commits to Marshall football for 2015

    Chase Litton commits to Marshall football for 2015 Former Wharton quarterback Chase Litton has orally committed to play football at Marshall, Litton announced Wednesday morning. The commitment is the latest step in an up-and-down recruiting cycle for one of Tampa Bay’s top passers. The 6-foot-6, three-star prospect threw for almost 8,000 yards in his four-year career with the ...
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    Wed. March 26, 2014 at 11:07 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Cowart, McCloud, St. Louis earn Rivals MVP honors

    Three Tampa Bay players earned most valuable player honors at the Rivals Camp Series’ stop in Orlando over the weekend. Five-star DE Byron Cowart (Armwood) was the MVP on the defensive line. That’s not exactly a surprise for Rivals’ No. 3 overall recruit in the country. Sickles ATH Ray Ray ...
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    Mon. March 24, 2014 at 9:37 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Basketball: Pinellas sweeps Hillsborough in All-Stars competition

    TAMPA — When Largo’s Brandon Jones picked up basketball three years ago, he didn’t think his brief hoops career would ever include a night like Friday. Jones showed his transformation from a two-way football player to a basketball standout, earning MVP honors after leading Pinellas County to a 118-112 win ...
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    Sat. March 22, 2014 at 12:44 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Wisconsin Badgers pushing hard in Tampa Bay

    A few quick recruiting notes: Alonso DB Roosevelt Lawrence landed his biggest college offer so far. Wisconsin became the first BCS program to offer the 6-foot junior, the Ravens announced this week on Twitter. Lawrence picked up an offer from Western Michigan earlier this week and also holds offers from ...
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    Fri. March 21, 2014 at 2:12 p.m. | Matt Baker

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