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  • District softball: Plant City 7, East Bay 1

    PLANT CITY — Having vanquished last year's nemesis with a semifinal win over defending Class 7A, District 7 champion Durant, Plant City defeated East Bay 7-1 Friday for its first district title since 2005. "It's a big deal," said Ashley Bullion, the fourth Raiders coach in four seasons. Plant City ...
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    Fri. April 17, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District track: Hillsborough girls make most of talent

    RIVERVIEW — An undermanned Hillsborough girls team made it back-to-back titles, and the Armwood boys won Wednesday in the Class 3A, District 9 meet at Spoto. The Terriers, with a roster of just 12 girls, tallied 127 points to finish with a comfortable lead over runnerup King (113). Hillsborough excelled ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 10:52 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Baseball: Bloomingdale 4, Plant 3 (nine innings)

    VALRICO — Plant ace Jake Woodford worked out of one bases-loaded, no-outs jam. But the Panthers would fare the same with the second, which allowed Class 8A, District 7 rival Bloomingdale to tie the score at 3 in the sixth inning. The host Bulls won Friday’s game 4-3 in the ...
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    Sat. March 21, 2015 at 12:03 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • State wrestling: Business as usual for Brandon

    State wrestling: Business as usual for Brandon KISSIMMEE—And the records just keep on falling for Brandon, which last season set a record for points in winning yet another state championship. On Saturday at Silver Spurs Arena, the Eagles extended two records by winning their 15th straight title and 26th overall. “From the beginning of the year to ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 11:02 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • State wrestling preview: Brandon shakes off doubts in pursuit of title

    State wrestling preview: Brandon shakes off doubts in pursuit of title BRANDON — Unlike in years past, Brandon has not been quite as dominant on the mat, which begs the question: Could this be the end of a 14-year run of state championships? Coach Russ Cozart scoffs at that notion, saying his current team is just as hard-working as any of ...
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    Thu. March 12, 2015 at 6:47 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region wrestling: Brandon makes it 26 straight region titles

    BRANDON — With the exception of the Graves Invitational, Brandon has won every tournament it entered this season. On Saturday, the host Eagles added the Class 2A, Region 2 title to the list, marking their 26th straight region victory. There is just one goal remaining — a 26th state championship, ...
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    Sat. March 07, 2015 at 10:10 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District wrestling: Riverview second behind North Port

    RIVERVIEW — Intent on halting North Port’s run of five straight district titles, host Riverview entered Saturday’s Class 3A, District 8 tournament bolstered by the fact that it finished second — one place ahead of the Bobcats — in a dual meet at Palmetto earlier this season. That did not ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:26 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Baseball: Wesley Chapel 2, Pasco 1

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Branden McLeod scattered six hits and struck out eight in pitching host Wesley Chapel to a 2-1 win over Class 5A, District 7 rival Pasco on Friday. McLeod, a senior right-hander who also walked two and improved to 4-0, allowed only an unearned run in the top ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Softball: Newsome 3, Alonso 2

    LITHIA — Reliever Claire Feldman came in to shut down Class 8A, District 7 foe Alonso and got the go-ahead hit for host Newsome in Friday’s 3-2 win. Feldman, a Palm Beach Atlantic commit, struck out 10, walked one and allowed two hits in 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:53 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Wrestling: Brandon holds off Springstead at Ippolito meet

    BRANDON — The outcome of the 31st annual Ippolito Memorial tournament was much closer that it have been in years, but host Brandon still won for the 29th time in an emotional event that pays tribute to the first state champion in Hillsborough County history. The Eagles tallied 227.5 points ...
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    Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region boys basketball: East Bay 51, Sickles 45

    GIBSONTON — Host East Bay broke open a close game with a 7-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter and never looked back for a 51-45 win over Sickles in Thursday’s Class 7A region quarterfinal. The teams were tied at 25 at halftime and headed into the final ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:14 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • District boys basketball: East Bay 54, Strawberry Crest 51

    GIBSONTON — Host East Bay staved off Strawberry Crest’s late comeback bid to clinch its third title in the past four seasons with a 54-51 win in Friday’s Class 7A, District 7 championship. “We’ve been in the playoffs four of the last six years (including district runnerup finishes),” East Bay ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 10:20 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region girls basketball: Seffner Christian 73, Winter Haven All Saints' 30

    SEFFNER — Five-time district champion Seffner Christian’s full-court press backfired somewhat in the first half of Thursday’s Class 3A region quarterfinal as several starters got into early foul trouble. No problem for the Crusaders, who switched to a zone defense in the second half and cruised to a 73-30 win ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 10:07 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District boys basketball: Another Wharton-Newsome tilt on tap

    LITHIA — Top seed Wharton escaped with a 41-39 win over No. 4 Plant in the final seconds of a Class 8A, District 7 semifinal Wednesday. Newsome, the No. 2 seed had an easier time with a 57-30 win over No. 3 Alonso. That sets up a rematch of last ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:25 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region boys soccer: Orlando Freedom 1, Newsome 0

    LITHIA — Host Newsome and Orlando Freedom squared off Tuesday in a Class 5A, Region 2 semifinal for a second straight season and once again the road team won. The Patriots scored in the 19th minute and held on for a 1-0 win. The Wolves won at Freedom in last ...
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    Tue. Feb. 03, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. | Steve Lee

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