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  • Deon Cain gets Army bowl invite

    Deon Cain gets Army bowl invite Tampa Bay Tech ATH Deon Cain picked up another honor Thursday. The four-star recruit earned an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Titans coach Jayson Roberts said. Cain is one of Tampa Bay’s top talents for the class of 2015. He was fifth in the Tampa Bay Times’ list ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Softball notebook: East Bay ends mini skid

    East Bay coach Glenn Rodriguez wasn’t sure what to expect from his team Tuesday night. His Indians have talent — they started the year 3-0 — but had struggled since. The previous weekend, they ended spring break with a 1-3 record at Palm Harbor University’s tournament. “I didn’t know how ...
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    Wed. March 19, 2014 at 5:55 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Hillsborough: Softball super 7, stats

    Super 7 Records through Tuesday: 1. Strawberry Crest (12-1): The Chargers have shut out six of their past nine opponents. Their hot streak includes a 12-0 win over Bloomingdale, which handed Strawberry Crest its only loss of the year. 2. Bloomingdale (10-1): The Bulls’ loss to Strawberry Crest shouldn’t overshadow ...
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    Wed. March 19, 2014 at 3:40 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Bishop's Duncan, Perciavalle to sign with colleges

    Bishop McLaughlin pitcher Andrew Duncan will sign to play baseball at Point Park University on Wednesday, Bishop dean of students Joe Jasinski said in an email. Duncan, a 5-foot-11 senior, has already earned a save this season in one scoreless appearance. He has done well in travel ball, too, and ...
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    Wed. March 19, 2014 at 10:16 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Bishop's Alyssa Mathis headed to Europe all-star tournament

    Bishop McLaughlin volleyball standout Alyssa Mathis has been selected to play on the Bring It USA all-star team in its annual Global Challenge tournament this summer in Croatia, Hurricanes coach Douglas Chinchar said Tuesday morning. The tournament runs from July 13-17, and the team will also compete in friendly matches ...
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    Tue. March 18, 2014 at 12:07 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Times’ all-Hillsborough County girls soccer

    Times’ all-Hillsborough County girls soccer Player of the year: MF Karli Gutsche, Jr., Newsome Why we picked her: Gutsche was the most valuable player on the county’s best team. She led the Wolves and ranked among the county’s leaders with 20 goals while adding four assists. Gutsche’s physical style of play also made her the ...
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    Fri. March 14, 2014 at 7:04 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Roberts, Clemente among FACA all-stars

    Three area counties will have representatives in Saturday’s Florida Athletic Coaches Association’s all-star basketball game. The girls will play at 11 a.m. at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, and the boys game will take place after that. Nature Coast’s Carlos Clemente will play for the boys’ north team ...
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    Fri. March 14, 2014 at 9:52 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Cambridge Christian searching for new AD, basketball coach

    Cambridge Christian is looking for a new boys basketball coach and athletic director after the Lancers and Jay Bowen parted ways this week. “We decided to go in a different route,” head of school Tim Euler said Thursday afternoon. The Lancers’ basketball team finished 17-9 this winter and reached the ...
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    Thu. March 13, 2014 at 3:34 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Bishop McLaughlin's Hnatiuk picks East Carolina

    Bishop McLaughlin outside hitter Aileen Hnatiuk will become the school’s second Division I volleyball signee. Hnatiuk has orally committed to East Carolina and plans to sign with the Conference USA program in two weeks, Hurricanes coach Doug Chinchar said Thursday morning. The 6-foot senior is a standout blocker finished her ...
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    Thu. March 13, 2014 at 11:13 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • FHSAA formally investigates Tampa Catholic after second recruiting charge

    FHSAA formally investigates Tampa Catholic after second recruiting charge Another recruiting allegation against Tampa Catholic — including an offer “too good to pass up” — helped expand the Florida High School Athletic Association’s ongoing formal investigation into the Crusaders’ athletic department. The FHSAA notified Tampa Catholic last month that an investigator will review the school for possible violations for ...
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    Thu. March 13, 2014 at 11:01 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Saladino baseball: Strawberry Crest's Moclair tosses no-hitter

    BRANDON — Mark Moclair knew late in Wednesday’s Saladino Tournament quarterfinal that he was in the midst of a special game. It wasn’t until the junior right-hander glanced over at the Strawberry Crest dugout in the final inning and saw his teammates ready to swarm the field that he realized ...
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    Thu. March 13, 2014 at 12:12 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Miami, USF offer Marques Ford and other recruiting nuggets

    When we unveiled our early look at Tampa Bay’s top 25 prospects for the class of 2015, East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was one of only three recruits without an offer. That didn’t last long. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end has seen his recruitment soar recently. Miami became the ...
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    Mon. March 10, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Three locals among MaxPreps' top baseball players

    Three locals cracked MaxPreps’ list of the top 100 senior baseball players in the country. Mitchell right-hander Cobi Johnson is No. 12. The 6-foot-4 Florida State recruit has allowed three earned runs and struck out 11 batters in eight innings this season. He also boasts a .429 batting average with ...
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    Fri. March 07, 2014 at 10:52 a.m. | Matt Baker

  • Updated FHSAA all-sports standings

    The Florida High School Athletic Association released its updated standings for the Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup, which honors a school’s success across all sports. You can see the full list here. Schools from the Tampa Bay area in contention are: Class 8A Palm Harbor University: No. 2 with 71.75 ...
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    Thu. March 06, 2014 at 12:58 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Childs, Gregory among FABC all-stars

    Players from three area counties will be represented in Sunday’s Florida Association of Basketball Coaches all-star games at The Villages Charter School. River Ridge center John Childs will be on the blue team with Strawberry Crest’s Malik Channer and Plant’s Andrew Sanders. Childs, a Saint Leo commit, averaged 16 points, ...
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    Thu. March 06, 2014 at 10:37 a.m. | Matt Baker

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