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  • Region football: Tampa Catholic 24, Fort Meade 23

    FORT MEADE — Coaches constantly stress that the small things can make all the difference. For Fort Meade on Friday, one small thing cost it and allowed Tampa Catholic to escape with a 24-23 win in a Class 3A region semifinal. Down 24-17 with just more than two minutes left, ...
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    Sat. Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:52 a.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Wharton 42, Spoto 13

    TAMPA — Wharton showed it is ready for the playoffs, drubbing Spoto 42-13 Friday night.The Wildcat offense wasted no time getting started as Chase Litton connected with KJ Hopkins on a 69-yard TD pass on the game's first play. The Wildcats led 21-0 at halftime.Hopkins put the finishing touches on ...
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    Fri. Nov. 09, 2012 at 10:26 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Gibbs 28, Blake 26

    TAMPA — Gibbs quarterback Emmanuel Stewart threw a 30-yard touchdown heave to Kendrick Battle on the last play of regulation to tie, and then Stewart ran in a botched extra-point attempt hold to stun Blake 28-26.Stewart bobbled the hold on the extra-point attempt, but he scooped up the ball and ...
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    Fri. Nov. 02, 2012 at 9:55 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Wharton 38, Blake 7

    TAMPA — Chase Litton ran for a touchdown and connected with Deon Thompson for two more as Wharton drubbed Blake 38-7 Friday night.Wharton (6-2) got out of the gate quickly. The Wildcats opened the game with a 10-play drive on their first possession, capped by a 2-yard TD run by ...
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    Fri. Oct. 26, 2012 at 9:06 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Plant 22, Alonso 12

    TAMPA — Plant used strong running and stout defense to defeat Alonso 22-12 Thursday night.Alonso struck first when Brandon Hawkins connected with Derius Davis for a 28-yard pass midway through the first quarter. But Plant responded. After Alonso fumbled a punt, the Panthers took advantage when Wesley Bullock capped a ...
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    Thu. Oct. 18, 2012 at 8:58 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Wharton 35, Freedom 0

    TAMPA — Chase Litton threw two touchdowns to lead Wharton in a 35-0 rout of Bruce B. Downs rival Freedom on Friday night.The Wildcats got out to a fast start, scoring on four of their first five possessions. Five plays into the game, Litton connected with KJ Hopkins for a ...
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    Fri. Oct. 12, 2012 at 9:20 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: King 48, Leto 3

    TAMPA — A rain delay may have put a damper on King's homecoming night turnout, but it had no ill-effect on the field as the Lions were all over Leto 48-3. King jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first half, thanks to its running attack. Junior running back ...
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    Fri. Oct. 05, 2012 at 9:40 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Alonso 35, Freedom 6

    TAMPA — Entering Friday's game, Freedom knew that holding Alonso running back Ish Witter to under 100 yards would increase its chances of winning.Unfortunately for the Patriots, their focus on Witter allowed the Ravens to show off their offensive balance. They scored four touchdowns through the air in a 35-6 ...
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    Fri. Sept. 28, 2012 at 9:10 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Gaither 30, Wiregrass Ranch 7

    TAMPA — It was Homecoming night at Gaither on Friday night, and the Cowboys didn't disappoint their home fans, defeating Wiregrass Ranch 30-7.After a slow start for both teams, Gaither struck first near the end of the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown pass by Alex McGough to Marcus Brown. ...
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    Fri. Sept. 21, 2012 at 8:06 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Alonso 21, King 7

    TAMPA — Alonso defeated King 21-7 Friday night, thanks in large part to an impressive rushing performance by junior Ish Witter. Witter carried the ball 33 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns — all while sick."I felt really sick during the game and it was hard for me to ...
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    Fri. Sept. 14, 2012 at 8:18 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 14, King 0

    TAMPA —Visiting Tampa Bay Tech, fueled by a strong first quarter and excellent defense, defeated neighboring King.Both of the Titans' scores came in the first quarter. Deon Cain connected with freshman Trey Fullwood for 43 yards, and Deon Thompson punched it in from 3 yards. After that, the Titans defense ...
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    Fri. Sept. 07, 2012 at 9:16 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Wharton 27, King 7

    TAMPA — It didn't take long for Wharton's Vernon Hargreaves, the consensus No. 1 defensive back recruit in the country, to make an impact on both sides of the ball.The Florida oral commitment caught a 25-yard touchdown then a few minutes later returned an interception 30 yards for a score. ...
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    Sat. Sept. 01, 2012 at 9:29 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Preseason football: Tampa Bay Tech 27, Jefferson 7; Armwood 35, Gibbs 0

    SEFFNER — The preseason classic Friday night was an opportunity for teams to tune up ahead of next week's season openers. Inclement weather earlier in the week forced a doubleheader at Armwood, with Jefferson facing Tampa Bay Tech for one half, followed by the Hawks vs. Gibbs.But on at times ...
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    Fri. Aug. 24, 2012 at 9:08 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Girls basketball: Holy Names makes statement with Jaguar Holiday Classic title

    Girls basketball: Holy Names makes statement with Jaguar Holiday Classic title TAMPA — This wasn’t just any typical tournament final, especially for Academy of the Holy Names. Aside from neighborhood bragging rights, getting the opportunity to face Plant in the final meant a chance for the Jaguars to not only get a quality win against a good opponent, but to make ...
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    Fri. Dec. 30, 2011 at 5:27 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Boys basketball: Wharton defense secures tourney title

    TAMPA — Fans of defense were entertained by the Berkeley Invitational final Wednesday night as Wharton defeated Vero Beach 46-39. From the opening tip, points were hard to come by, and there were no easy baskets. Vero Beach had just 13 field goals while Wharton converted only 14. “Someone told ...
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    Wed. Dec. 21, 2011 at 11:38 p.m. | Mike McCollum

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