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  • Football: Sickles 20, Alonso 14

    TAMPA — Sickles used a 60-yard strike in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter to defeat Alonso 20-14 Thursday.In the first half the Sickles offense started strong. On their first drive, the Gryphons marched 70 yards down the field, capped by a 9-yard TD run by senior running back ...
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    Thu. Nov. 10, 2011 at 10:12 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Freedom 19, Wiregrass Ranch 13 (OT)

    TAMPA — In a battle of New Tampa area teams, host Freedom outlasted winless Wiregrass Ranch 19-13 Friday in an overtime thriller.After the Bulls failed to score on their opening possession in overtime, the Patriots pulled out a trick play. Quarterback Taylor King pitched the ball to Tyrell Nunn on ...
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    Fri. Nov. 04, 2011 at 8:48 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 69, Freedom 0

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech rained on Freedom's homecoming parade Friday night, pummeling the Patriots 69-0.The Titans put up 26 points in the opening quarter. Senior quarterback Aaron Midthus threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Sophomore running back Deon Thompson (two rushing TDs) led the way for a ...
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    Fri. Oct. 28, 2011 at 9:07 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Blake 32, Lennard 7

    TAMPA — For Blake, Thursday night marked its last home game of the season. And the Yellow Jackets didn't disappoint their fans, defeating Lennard (1-7, 1-5) 32-7.Blake did the majority of its damage in the first half. In the first quarter, junior quarterback Zain Gilmore connected with DeAndre James and ...
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    Thu. Oct. 20, 2011 at 8:10 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Plant 59, Brandon 21

    BRANDON — The Plant offense was on full display Friday night as the Panthers steamrolled Brandon 59-21.The Plant offense struck early and often, mostly through the air. Senior quarterback James Few threw for three touchdowns, with junior wideout Dereck Mann on the receiving end of two. Fueled by their no-huddle ...
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    Fri. Oct. 14, 2011 at 8:55 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 40, Wiregrass Ranch 7

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech used a balanced first-half offensive barrage to stomp Wiregrass Ranch 40-7 Thursday night.The Titans quickly jumped on the Bulls (0-5, 0-2), scoring on five of six of their first-half possessions. By halftime, the Titans held a 33-0 lead.Senior quarterback Aaron Midthus led the way for ...
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    Thu. Oct. 06, 2011 at 7:43 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Lakewood 15, Middleton 12

    TAMPA — Lakewood overcame three turnovers as the Spartans outlasted Middleton 15-12 Friday night in the Tigers' first home game of the season.Lakewood's Tracy Johnson threw two touchdowns, including a 39-yard pass to Terrell Jones on a tipped ball.But Middleton struck back on the next drive as Amp Carswell darted ...
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    Fri. Sept. 30, 2011 at 9:13 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Dunedin 19, Blake 18

    TAMPA — Dunedin put a damper on Blake's homecoming with a narrow victory. After a slow first quarter, after which Dunedin led 3-0, the game picked up in the second. Blake took the lead on junior DeAndre James' 90-yard run. In all, the lead changed hands six times. After Blake ...
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    Fri. Sept. 16, 2011 at 9:33 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Alonso 26, Durant 5

    TAMPA — Eddie Castillo and Brandon Holloway combined for four touchdowns as Alonso ran over Durant 26-5 Friday night. Castillo got the Ravens going with a 44-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Quarterback Brandon Hawkins found Castillo for a 14-yard strike just before halftime.The Alonso defense put its stamp ...
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    Fri. Sept. 09, 2011 at 9:33 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Hillsborough 30, Middleton 0

    TAMPA — Dominant defense and good field position proved key for Hillsborough as it shut out Middleton 30-0 Friday. After a slow first-quarter start, the Terriers scored their first touchdown on a 1-yard run by Leroy Harris. From there, the Terriers never looked back, scoring two more touchdowns to lead ...
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    Fri. Sept. 02, 2011 at 9:15 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Preseason football: Chamberlain 30, East Bay 7

    TAMPA — Chamberlain used a 23-point explosion in the second quarter to win its preseason game.The Chiefs' attack in the first half was fueled largely by their ground game with junior running back Xavier Johnson running for 168 yards and two touchdowns in only one half of work.East Bay finally ...
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    Fri. Aug. 26, 2011 at 9:13 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Spring football: Tampa Bay Tech 7, Freedom 6; King 19, Wharton 8

    At Tampa Bay Tech Scores Tampa Bay Tech 7, Freedom 6 King 19, Wharton 8      Spring game-breakers: Tampa Bay Tech used a 57-yard drive in the second quarter to outlast Freedom. Deon Thompson keyed the Tech attack, rushing for 31 yards on drive. Derrell Thompson then capped off ...
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    Fri. May 20, 2011 at 10:32 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • 4A region softball: Strawberry Crest can't solve opposing ace

    DOVER — Braden River used yet another strong pitching performance from Courtney Mirabella to defeat Strawberry Crest 3-1 in the Class 4A region quarterfinals Wednesday night. Great pitching outings are nothing new for Mirabella. After all, the nationally acclaimed sophomore averaged 15 strikeouts per game for the Pirates. But Mirabella ...
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    Wed. April 27, 2011 at 10:20 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Basketball: Barrage of 3-pointers sets tone for East win in All-Star Classic

    TAMPA — Jefferson High School played host to the 26th annual United Negro College Fund All-Star Basketball Classic on Friday night, showcasing some of the top seniors in the Tampa Bay area.In all-star games, fans can usually anticipate seeing a few fastbreak dunks, dazzling ballhandling, and a lot of 3-point ...
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    Fri. March 11, 2011 at 9:56 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • 2A region basketball: Tampa Prep 60, Santa Fe Catholic 36

    TAMPA — Tampa Prep was without starting guard Josh Heath for Thursday night's region quarterfinal against Santa Fe Catholic.But the absence of one of their best players didn't matter much as the Terrapins overwhelmed Santa Fe Catholic 60-36.Tampa Prep didn't waste time as it began with a 14-1 run. But ...
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    Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 at 9:23 p.m. | Mike McCollum

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