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  • 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

  • 5A region soccer: Naples Gulf Coast 2, Sickles 1 (2OT)

    TAMPA — Sickles coach Tony Calvo refused to say his team lost. But for the second year in a row, his team is out of the region playoffs after penalty kicks. But unlike like last year, Thursday night's kicks came before the PK round and with controversy.Naples Gulf Coast (8-9-5) ...
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    Thu. Feb. 03, 2011 at 9:11 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • 3A-10 district soccer: Berkeley Prep 2, Clearwater Central Catholic 1

    3A-10 district soccer: Berkeley Prep 2, Clearwater Central Catholic 1 TAMPA — Berkeley Prep coach Timothy Cooper thought Friday’s Class 3A-10 district final would be a tight contest, but he didn’t know just how accurate his prediction would be. Heading into the matchup with Clearwater Central Catholic, Cooper figured on a hard-fought, one-goal match. That’s exactly what he got as ...
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    Fri. Jan. 28, 2011 at 11:06 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • 4A region soccer: Steinbrenner 4, Osceola 2

    LUTZ — Osceola knew all about Steinbrenner's high-scoring offense. And Osceola wasn't intimidated — at least for a half.But Steinbrenner's relentless offense eventually wore down Osceola and Steinbrenner captured a 4-2 win Thursday in the Class 4A region quarterfinals.If Osceola (12-6-1) was concerned about Steinbrenner's aggressive style of play, it ...
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    Thu. Jan. 27, 2011 at 9:27 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • 3A-10 district soccer semifinals: Berkeley cruises in rematch; CCC reaches final

    TAMPA — Two weeks didn’t make much of a difference. In their Jan. 11 matchup, Berkeley Prep blasted St. Petersburg Catholic 5-0. Fast forward to Wednesday night, and the outcome was worse for the Barons. Kurt Akman scored a hat trick to lead the scoring barrage as Berkeley Prep defeated ...
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    Wed. Jan. 26, 2011 at 9:51 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • 5A-9 district soccer final: Freedom 1, Gaither 0 (4-3 on PKs)

    TAMPA — After 80 minutes of regulation and 20 of overtime, the match was begging for someone — anyone — to make a play. And shortly into penalty kicks, someone did.Junior goalkeeper Emily Ball blocked two shots and even converted on a kick to lift Freedom to a 4-3 advantage ...
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    Fri. Jan. 21, 2011 at 9:15 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Girls 5A-9 soccer semis: Gaither finds stride in second half

    TAMPA — Gaither had to dispatch its top rival for a chance to face its biggest foe. The host Cowboys got three second-half goals to rally and defeat neighborhood rival Sickles 3-2 Wednesday night. Gaither (10-4-2) will face Freedom at 7 p.m. Friday for the district crown. The Cowboys advanced ...
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    Thu. Jan. 20, 2011 at 12:20 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Jaguar Holiday Tournament: Clearwater freshman leads rally past Plant

    TAMPA — For 31/2 quarters Thursday, Plant had its way with Clearwater. Every time Clearwater managed to inch closer, Plant was able to scoot away. But when it counted the most, not only were the Tornadoes able to inch closer, they got past the Panthers. Clearwater’s Emma Loucks made a ...
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    Thu. Dec. 30, 2010 at 11:18 p.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Jaguar Holiday Tournament: Plant gets tough to reach final vs. Clearwater

    Jaguar Holiday Tournament: Plant gets tough to reach final vs. Clearwater TAMPA — The semifinal round of the Jaguar Holiday Tournament featured three of the best teams from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. And despite only two moving on to the final, all three lived up to the billing. Plant used its defense and got enough offense Wednesday to turn back ...
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    Thu. Dec. 30, 2010 at 12:33 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Jaguar Holiday Tournament: Plant shakes off cold start then cruises

    TAMPA — Plant coach Carrie Mahon could only watch as her team missed shot after shot. She chalked it up to too much time off and too many holiday treats. But after a halftime chat Tuesday, the Panthers embarked on a 20-5 third-quarter run and went on to beat host ...
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    Wed. Dec. 29, 2010 at 12:34 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Armwood 39, Hillsborough 6

    TAMPA — During the regular season when Armwood was almost ridiculously manhandling opponents with ease, Hillsborough was the lone squad to even nick the Hawks’ armor. Although it was still a 34-15 Armwood win. Fast forward from that 19-point Hillsborough loss in October to Friday night and the Terriers were ...
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    Sat. Nov. 27, 2010 at 12:43 a.m. | Rod Gipson

  • Football: Plant 47, Plant City 18

    TAMPA — Plant coach Robert Weiner wasn't exactly thrilled with his team's penalties, but he wasn't about to complain. Plant's offense was hitting on all cylinders on Friday to start its drive for a third straight state championship, blasting Plant City 47-18.The Panthers (9-2) gained 400-plus yards, scored on offense, ...
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    Sat. Nov. 20, 2010 at 3:12 p.m. | Rod Gipson

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