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  • Football: Wharton 49, Bloomingdale 24

    TAMPA — Wharton scored 36 points in the second half on its way to a victory in which the teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense. The win kept the Wildcats (4-4, 1-1 Class 8A, District 6) in contention for a playoff berth and eliminated the Bulls (4-4, ...
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    Thu. Oct. 20, 2011 at 8:34 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Jefferson 29, King 16

    TAMPA — Shaquille Speights rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown, and Jefferson's defense withstood a second-half King rally to hold on to a 29-16 Class 6A, District 8 win Friday.Jefferson caught fire with a little less than four minutes remaining in the half — turning two turnovers into touchdowns ...
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    Fri. Oct. 14, 2011 at 8:01 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Gaither 37, Steinbrenner 7

    TAMPA — Steinbrenner quarterbacks Curtis Fitch and Logan LaPace combined for 16 completions against Gaither on Thursday. Unfortunately, five went to Gaither defensive back Ed Pastrana.The senior set a school record with five interceptions, giving Gaither short fields as the Cowboys thumped Steinbrenner 37-7 in a key Class 7A, District ...
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    Thu. Oct. 06, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Sickles 35, Brandon 28

    TAMPA — In a game full of offense, it was two huge defensive plays Friday that helped preserve a win for Sickles .The Gryphons blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown and forced a fumble in the game's final minute to hold on for a 35-28 victory against ...
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    Fri. Sept. 30, 2011 at 9:03 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Tampa Bay Tech 38, Chamberlain 14

    TAMPA — Just as Chamberlain appeared to be on its way to a blowout win against Tampa Bay Tech, two things happened.Standout Chiefs running back Xavier Johnson left in the second quarter with heat exhaustion and cramps. Then a rash of turnovers and penalties broke out.Eight Chamberlain turnovers and a ...
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    Fri. Sept. 23, 2011 at 8:05 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Plant City 21, Gaither 7

    TAMPA — The Bennie Coney-led Plant City offense has been more than effective this season, totaling almost 100 points before the season's third game.But the Raiders were slowed by a game Gaither defense Friday night. Slowed, but not stopped as Coney threw two touchdown passes and the defense made key ...
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    Fri. Sept. 16, 2011 at 8:42 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Lakewood 28, Blake 0

    TAMPA — No Dante Fowler, no problem.Lakewood may have been without its premier defensive player but the Spartans still had quarterback Tracy Johnson and the rest of their defense. And behind Johnson's three first-half touchdown passes and a stout defense, Lakewood built an early lead and cruised to a 28-0 ...
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    Fri. Sept. 09, 2011 at 9:23 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: King 14, Wharton 6

    TAMPA — Greg Windham ran for a touchdown and threw for one in the fourth quarter to lead the Lions' comeback victory. Wharton dominated the opening half but had little to show for it. Chase Litton led two deep drives that ended with field goals by Chris Kinney. (Litton left ...
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    Fri. Sept. 02, 2011 at 8:33 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Preseason football: Sickles 17, Gaither 2

    TAMPA — The Gaither-Sickles kickoff classic was supposed to be the coming-out party for Gaither quarterback Alex McGough.And though McGough had his moments, it was Sickles quarterback Nate Mills who made more plays. Mills, filling in for injured starter Lee Myers, scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter ...
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    Fri. Aug. 26, 2011 at 8:14 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • 3A region basketball: Tampa Catholic 63, Berkeley Prep 52

    Class 3AFourth time's the charm for TCTAMPA — Tampa Catholic may have stumbled upon a new strategy for the region playoffs: Lose to the same team three times beforehand and set up a fourth game deep against the same team at its gym.Tampa Catholic rallied twice to run past Berkeley ...
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    Tue. Feb. 22, 2011 at 8:18 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • 6A region basketball: Wharton 50, North Port 43

    6A region basketball: Wharton 50, North Port 43 TAMPA — Wharton coach Tommy Tonelli half-jokingly said his plan was to “hang on for dear life” while watching his defense try to slow North Port center Kasey Wilson on Thursday. Wilson, a 6-foot-7 force in the middle, kept his team in the game, but Wharton was in control for ...
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    Fri. Feb. 18, 2011 at 12:11 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • 5A region basketball: Sickles 57, Naples Gulf Coast 38

    TAMPA — A start that included seven first-quarter points, an 0-for-9 beginning for its best player and a one-point deficit doesn't exactly seem to be a recipe for winning basketball.But Sickles was fortunate the game's remaining three quarters erased a sputtering opening eight minutes.The Gryphons seized control with a 23-7 ...
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    Tue. Feb. 15, 2011 at 7:43 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • 5A region basketball: Naples Gulf Coast 63, Freedom 55

    TAMPA — Even with its first quarter 11-point lead gone and one of its starters on the bench with a concussion, Freedom still seemed to be in control.But then came the second half.In what seemed the blink of an eye, Naples Gulf Coast went on an 18-6 third-quarter run, seized ...
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    Thu. Feb. 10, 2011 at 9:23 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • 5A region soccer: Gaither 3, Naples Gulf Coast 1

    TAMPA — It was the region semifinals but it was hard to tell by Gaither's workmanlike approach.In fact, coach Eric Sims said his squad didn't really show any emotion until the last of its three goals Tuesday night.Gaither has more soccer to play after a 3-1 win at home against ...
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    Tue. Feb. 08, 2011 at 8:21 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • 5A-9 region basketball: Freedom 68, Sickles 65

    TAMPA — Moments after the Class 5A, District 9 championship game, Freedom coach Laurie Pacholke said she would put her starting five up against any team in that would play them.Especially if it were five against two. Freedom had four of its five put up double figures and the Patriots ...
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    Fri. Feb. 04, 2011 at 8:04 p.m. | Rod Gipson

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