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  • 6A region basketball: Sarasota Riverview 44, Plant 41

    TAMPA — All season, defense has been the calling card for Sarasota Riverview. And on Thursday night, the Rams turned in yet another excellent defensive effort as they defeated Plant 44-41 in the 6A region quarterfinals.The Rams held Plant to 16 second-half points."It was a tough loss and way to ...
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    Thu. Feb. 10, 2011 at 9:41 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • 6A-8 district basketball: Wharton seniors step up again; Plant cruises

    TAMPA — Wharton used strong finishes to both halves to defeat Alonso 54-44 Wednesday night. After a tightly contested first quarter, Wharton went on a 14-4 run in the second to extend its lead and gain some breathing room. The Wildcats continued their strong play and took a 26-18 lead ...
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    Wed. Feb. 09, 2011 at 9:38 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • 6A-8 district basketball: Plant 53, Wharton 27

    TAMPA — Plant defeated Wharton 53-27 for the 6A-8 district title. And much like the entire season against district foes, the Panthers made it look easy.Plant entered Friday night's district final undefeated in district play, and from the opening tip Plant seemed determined to keep it that way.Wharton did its ...
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    Fri. Feb. 04, 2011 at 9:35 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • 6A-8 district basketball: Plant cruises, sets up Wharton rematch

    TAMPA — There was good and bad news for Alonso after its district playoff game against Plant on Wednesday night. The good news was the Ravens played a lot better than they had in their previous two meetings against the Panthers. However, the bad news was they still lost as ...
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    Wed. Feb. 02, 2011 at 9:34 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Girls basketball: Tampa Catholic clinches district's top seed

    TAMPA — Although her team lost the first meeting at St. Petersburg Catholic by 14 points, Tampa Catholic coach Nancy Kroll knew the outcome of the rematch would be much different."We're a much different team now from the first time that we played them," Kroll said before tip-off. "I feel ...
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    Fri. Jan. 21, 2011 at 8:51 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Girls basketball: Jefferson holds off Plant 59-54

    TAMPA — With this being his first season, Jefferson coach Jim Baxter didn't know how big of a rivalry Plant-Jefferson is. According to Baxter, supporters always tell him they hope his Dragons win. But Thursday, it seemed like there were more than normal. "Everyone was coming up to me saying ...
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    Thu. Jan. 06, 2011 at 9:42 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Berkeley Prep Invitational: Bucs' offense stifled down stretch in final

    TAMPA — For the host team, much of the championship game of the Berkeley Prep Invitational played out like its semifinal with Wharton one night earlier. The Buccaneers controlled the first half and dominated the third quarter. But also like Tuesday, Berkeley Prep managed to blow a large lead in ...
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    Thu. Dec. 23, 2010 at 12:17 a.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Berkeley Invitational: Bucs keep cool, reach final

    TAMPA — Host Berkeley Prep used a 3-point barrage in the first half and big shots down the stretch in the fourth quarter Tuesday at the Berkeley Prep Invitational to squeak by Wharton 66-65 in a hard-fought battle that came down to the very, very end. The Bucs controlled the ...
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    Wed. Dec. 22, 2010 at 12:40 a.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Boys basketball: Chamberlain 62, Sickles 57

    TAMPA — Aggressive was the best word to describe Chamberlain's effort Friday as the Chiefs beat host Sickles 62-57 to remain undefeated.From the opening tip, the Chiefs, who were without one of their starters, made it clear their plan was to be aggressive on both ends of the floor, especially ...
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    Fri. Dec. 10, 2010 at 8:34 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Basketball: Nature Coast 48, Sickles 44

    TAMPA — Nature Coast improved to 4-0 after holding on for a 48-44 victory over tournament host Sickles at the Thanksgiving Shootout on Saturday night.The game was close throughout, with the largest lead being seven points for the Sharks in the first half.The Gryphons battled back in the second half, ...
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    Sat. Nov. 27, 2010 at 7:55 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Berkeley Prep 48, Anclote 0

    TAMPA — Berkeley Prep appears very focused entering the playoffs, as the Bucs thumped Anclote 48-0 in their regular-season finale on homecoming night.Berkeley Prep led 41-0 by halftime, scoring on every single possession, five of which took three plays or fewer. Quarterback Destin Nichols connected with Christian Hardegee for a ...
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    Fri. Nov. 12, 2010 at 8:36 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Admiral Farragut 35, Shorecrest 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — Finally was the word of the night for Admiral Farragut.After eight years, the Blue Jackets were finally able to defeat Shore­crest, rolling to a victory in front of a homecoming crowd.Sophomore Toddrick Macon ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns as Admiral Farragut amassed more than 300 ...
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    Fri. Nov. 05, 2010 at 9:49 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Robinson 45, Steinbrenner 7

    LUTZ — It was senior night for Steinbrenner, but it was the senior offensive standouts for Robinson who stole the show as the Knights dominated 45-7 Friday.Senior running back J.J. Hubbard rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Blake Rice connected with receiver Ruben Gonzalez for two more ...
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    Fri. Oct. 29, 2010 at 9:13 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Steinbrenner 27, Middleton 24

    LUTZ — Steinbrenner's defense and special teams proved key Friday night in a 27-24 win over Middleton, a game in which the lead changed hands six times. Early in the second quarter junior Tyler Reed scooped up a Middleton fumble and returned it 15 yards to pull within 12-7. Junior ...
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    Fri. Oct. 15, 2010 at 9:19 p.m. | Mike McCollum

  • Football: Plant City 37, Bloomingdale 0

    PLANT CITY — It was homecoming night for the Raiders, and they did not disappoint the pumped up crowd, shutting out Bloomingdale 37-0 Friday .The Raiders offense struck fast and often in the first half with four touchdowns drives, three of which consisted of four plays or fewer. Leading 25-0 ...
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    Fri. Oct. 08, 2010 at 9:11 p.m. | Mike McCollum

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