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  • Region softball: Newsome 3, Orlando Timber Creek 2

    LITHIA — Newsome was coasting along with a 3-0 lead late in Friday’s Class 8A region final when, according to coach Autumn Dunn, the inevitable ensued. Orlando Timber Creek mounted a comeback, but the Wolves staved off that rally for a 3-2 win. Newsome (20-5) is headed to the state ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 10:52 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region baseball: Durant 2, Gaither 1

    PLANT CITY — When Gaither second baseman Cope Hargrove fielded a high chopper off the bat of Durant’s Jonah Scolaro with two outs and runners at the corners in the bottom of the seventh, it appeared Thursday’s Class 7A region semifinal was headed for extra innings. Not so fast. Justin ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region softball: Chamberlain edges Mitchell in 6A quarterfinal

    TAMPA — Two underclassmen led Chamberlain to a 1-0 win over Mitchell in Saturday’s Class 6A region quarterfinal. Sophomore Reganne McCarl singled to drive in the lone run in support of freshman pitcher Shannon Maloney. That gives the Chiefs back-to-back region quarterfinal victories over the Mustangs, including last year at ...
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    Sat. April 25, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District baseball: Durant 3, Brandon 1

    BRANDON — Thanks to a failed bunt attempt, Zach Barfield tripled to the right-centerfield gap to fuel Durant’s three-run fifth inning in Friday’s 3-1 win over Brandon for the Class 7A, District 7 title. That gave the Cougars (20-6) three straight district championships, including the past two over the Eagles ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 10:09 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region softball: Newsome 2, Sarasota Riverview 0

    LITHIA — Two Newsome pitchers came within an inning of a combined no-hitter Thursday before Sarasota Riverview broke it up in the top of the seventh. The host Wolves settled for a one-hitter and 2-0 win. “That’s our theme this year,” Newsome coach Autumn Dunn said. “We’ve done this a lot. ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 12:07 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region softball: Plant City 6, Wiregrass Ranch 4

    PLANT CITY — For the second straight game, Plant City overcame an early deficit for a postseason win. The host Raiders defeated Wiregrass Ranch 6-4 in Wednesday’s Class 7A region semifinal. “This game our team showed a lot of heart and made a lot of adjustments at the plate,” Plant ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • 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

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