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  • 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

  • Region baseball: King edges Mitchell

    TRINITY — When Mitchell’s Alex Mendez hit a bases-loaded grounder to third in the bottom of the sixth inning, King catcher Jose Lopez did everything right to prepare for the game-saving double play. That didn’t stop his coach from worrying. “Usually, when you try to do it … you see ...
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    Thu. May 01, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Region softball: Durant holds off Plant City

    PLANT CITY — Even after breezing through six shutout innings, Durant had to make Wednesday’s Class 7A region semifinal interesting. The Cardiac Cougars gave their coaches heartburn, loading the bases with one out and allowing the go-ahead run to the plate before buckling down and escaping with a 5-2 home ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 10:05 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Recruiting updates from Bishop, Hudson, Durant and more

    Recruiting updates from Bishop, Hudson, Durant and more A few recruiting updates from across Tampa Bay: Bishop McLaughlin volleyball standout Aileen Hnatiuk signed with East Carolina on Wednesday morning. The 6-foot senior helped the Hurricanes advance to the Class 3A playoffs and finished the year with 352 kills (4.7 per game) and 120 blocks. Two Hudson football players ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 12:13 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Region softball: Mound presence remains strong for Bloomingdale

    TAMPA — Even when she was staring from the circle at a Division I recruit representing the winning run, Bloomingdale ace Lace Smith didn’t let her jitters show against Alonso. “The whole game I was nervous,” Smith said. “Let’s be honest.” So with a region final berth at stake, the ...
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    Tue. April 29, 2014 at 11:06 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Nate Craig pledges to 2016 Under Armour game

    National signing day is almost two years away for Tampa Catholic WR Nate Craig, but the four-star recruit has already made one major decision. Craig will participate in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game, he announced Tuesday night. “It's Official! I Will be accepting the Invitation to play in the ...
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    Tue. April 29, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Freedom to honor a dozen college signees

    Freedom will host a signing ceremony for a dozen student-athletes at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the school’s gym, the school announced Tuesday via email. Among the signees are Kelly Schaller, a standout setter who averaged 6.6 assists per set last fall. She will play collegiately at George Mason University. Four-star ...
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    Tue. April 29, 2014 at 12:24 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • River Ridge's Kayle Stark to play at Webber

    River Ridge senior Kayle Stark has accepted an offer to play basketball at Webber International University, Royal Knights coach Joeyn Dearsman announced Monday. The 5-foot-7 Stark was a key contributor in River Ridge’s 19-8 season. She averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game this winter. 
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    Mon. April 28, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • All-Western Conference softball teams announced

    Hillsborough County’s public schools have announced their all-Western Conference softball teams, as chosen by the coaches. Honorees are: American Division First team C: Elizabeth Mason, So., Gaither P: Nikki Lopez, Sr., Jefferson P: Kayla Maxwell, Sr., Alonso 1B: Caitelin Herrera, Sr., Robinson INF: Jessica Warren, Sr., Alonso INF: Adri Jones, ...
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    Mon. April 28, 2014 at 2:45 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Youngest Ivie growing up

    Youngest Ivie growing up When former Pasco star Joey Ivie began his explosion into a Division I recruit two years ago, the current University of Florida defensive lineman predicted his little brother wouldn’t be too far behind. Ivie was right — and his younger brother isn’t so little any longer. Pasco lineman Andrew Ivie ...
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    Sat. April 26, 2014 at 5:57 p.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Andrew Ivie
      Rutgers University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Wisconsin
  • Wiregrass' Izah Deang signs with Gulf Coast State

    Wiregrass Ranch senior libero Izah Deang has signed with Gulf Coast State College, Bulls athletic director Dave Wilson said Friday afternoon. Deang earned second-team all-conference honors last fall. She led Wiregrass in digs (368) while adding 55 assists and19 aces. Gulf Coast State College is in Panama City. 
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    Fri. April 25, 2014 at 2:27 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Region softball: Never count out Durant

    Region softball: Never count out Durant DURANT — Two years after Durant made an improbable, drama-filled run to the state championship, the Cardiac Cougars made a roaring return to start the Class 7A playoffs. Senior outfielder Shannon Bell knocked a 1-0 pitch just over the right-centerfield wall for a three-run home run that gave Durant a ...
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    Thu. April 24, 2014 at 11:24 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Deon Cain picks Army all-star game

    Tampa Bay Tech ATH Deon Cain will play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Cain and the all-star game announced Wednesday evening. Cain also had an invite to the Under Armour All-America Game. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Cain is one of the country’s top recruits. The four-star prospect is 247Sports’ ...
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    Thu. April 24, 2014 at 10:54 a.m. | Matt Baker

    • Recruit: Deon Cain
      Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Miami
  • King holding signing ceremony for nine athletes

    Nine athletes at King are scheduled to sign with colleges or prep schools at a ceremony Thursday morning, assistant principal Dennis Donaldson said. They are: Javontee Brice: track, Minnesota State University at Mankato Emerson Tyler: track, Barton (N.C.) College Edwin Josainvil: football, Greenville (S.C.) Prep John Hernandez: baseball, Loyola University ...
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    Thu. April 24, 2014 at 10:21 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Region softball: Chamberlain hammers Mitchell early

    Region softball: Chamberlain hammers Mitchell early TRINITY — After Chamberlain started by loading the bases and bringing home four runs in the first inning, Mitchell had the chance to do the same. Instead, Chiefs pitcher Olivia Dwyer settled down. Dwyer escaped from a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the first unscathed to propel Chamberlain ...
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    Wed. April 23, 2014 at 11:39 p.m. | Matt Baker

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