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  • Region boys basketball: Cinderella season continues for Lennard

    RUSKIN — Following Tuesday’s 73-68 win over Largo in a Class 6A region semifinal, Lennard coach Danny Gaddis brought up a Super Bowl champion and equated his team’s play to a boxing match. “We play 12 rounds and they played our brand of (fast-break) basketball, but we got some separation,” ...
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    Tue. Feb. 18, 2014 at 11:04 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • State wrestling: Brandon wins 25th title

    State wrestling: Brandon wins 25th title LAKELAND — Brandon exten­ded its record run by winning the Class 2A state wrestling title Saturday, giving it 25 in all and 14 in a row. Among Brandon’s seven state champions, five — Frank Bruno (106 pounds), Kyle Norstrem (113), James Flint (126), Dylan Lucas (132) and Dontae McGee (170) ...
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    Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 at 12:03 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region boys basketball: Lennard escapes on buzzer beater

    RUSKIN — Robert Gant picked a dramatic time for his only basket of the game, hitting a 3-point buzzer beater in Lennard’s 54-51 Class 6A region quarterfinal win over Mitchell on Thursday night. Coach Danny Gaddis actually set up a play for Caelen Watts, who scored a game-high 15 points. ...
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    Thu. Feb. 13, 2014 at 10:47 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • State wrestling: Brandon five chase perfect seasons

    State wrestling: Brandon five chase perfect seasons BRANDON — Brandon's Dylan Lucas had revenge on his mind at the Graves Invitational wrestling meet earlier this season. Lucas was set to face Georgia's Ryan Millhof, who had beaten him in the preseason. Lucas' 3-1 overtime victory kept his unbeaten regular season intact, not to mention beating the nation's ...
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    Thu. Feb. 13, 2014 at 1:01 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region wrestling: Brandon wins another title

    BRANDON — This is the time of the season when Brandon peaks, and as expected the state’s winningest program won its 25th straight region title Saturday at the Class 2A, Region 2 meet. The Eagles turn their sights on a 25th state title and 14th in a row. “We are ...
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    Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 at 11:28 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District boys basketball: Jesuit downs Robinson for third time

    TAMPA — Defending state champion Jesuit overcame a two-point halftime deficit and beat Robinson 54-45 for the district championship. The Tigers (18-8) beat the Knights (17-10) for the third time this season and relegated Robinson to a runnerup finish for the second straight season. “It’s tough to beat a team ...
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    Fri. Feb. 07, 2014 at 10:53 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District boys basketball: Strawberry Crest tops Brandon for 7A-7 title

    BRANDON — Two nights after knocking off three-time district champion East Bay, No. 3 Brandon could not recreate the results and proved no match for top-seeded Strawberry Crest, which defeated the host Eagles 51-31 Thursday night for the Class 7A, District 7 boys basketball title. The fifth-year Chargers (21-6) won ...
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    Thu. Feb. 06, 2014 at 10:09 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Boys district basketball: Lennard gets shot at Jefferson in 6A-9

    Lennard defeated Chamberlain 74-71 in an overtime thriller to advance to the district final Saturday against top-seeded Jefferson, a 74-48 winner over King. “We outlasted them,” Lennard coach Danny Gaddis said. “That’s perseverance.” Tied at 65 through regulation, Lennard (21-4) took a 72-67 lead in overtime on a Caelen Watts ...
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    Thu. Feb. 06, 2014 at 1:05 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region boys soccer: Newsome turns into road warrior

    ORLANDO — Newsome posted its second straight shutout in the Class 5A regionals, defeating Orlando Freedom 2-0 Tuesday on the road. The Wolves have outscored opponents 18-2 since the district semifinals. “Defensively, we played really well,” Newsome coach Allen Ware said. “We withstood their pressure. They’re relentless.” The Patriots (17-2-1) ...
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    Tue. Feb. 04, 2014 at 11:53 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Hillsborough County: District wrestling roundup

    TAMPA — Jesuit pulled off a three-peat in winning the Class 2A, District 8 championship at Chamberlain on Saturday. The Tigers tallied 236.5 points, well ahead of runnerup Robinson’s 141. “Every one is different,” Jesuit coach Mike Scicchitano said in comparing his three straight district championship teams. “It’s always very ...
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    Sun. Feb. 02, 2014 at 12:57 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Girls basketball: Armwood takes 6A-9 over Hillsborough

    Kiana King could not wait to get back into the lineup and it did not take long for the Armwood standout to make an impact. King scored 15 in leading the host Hawks to a 53-39 win over Hillsborough in the Class 6A, District 9 final. It is Armwood’s first ...
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    Fri. Jan. 31, 2014 at 9:59 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District girls basketball: Armwood, Hillsborough roll into 6A-9 final

    SEFFNER — Hillsborough earned its first playoff berth in five years and host Armwood has a shot at its first title since 2006 after both teams cruised to easy victories Wednesday night in the Class 6A, District 9 tournament semifinals. The most compelling question, however, is whether Kiana King will ...
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    Wed. Jan. 29, 2014 at 11:33 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Wrestling: Brandon wins 42nd straight Hillsborough County Championship meet

    NEW TAMPA — After Brandon’s 42nd straight Hillsborough County Championship title Saturday, and after the obligatory team photo session, coach Russ Cozart brought his wrestlers together for something he rarely does. “No wrestling on Monday,” he shouted, receiving whoops and hollers in return from his team. Monday, however, does not ...
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    Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Hillsborough: District wrestling tournament preview

    Hillsborough: District wrestling tournament preview TAMPA — An avid wrestler in the Brandon Kids Club since the age of 7, Luis Peguero decided to take a break and try his hand at football. He played in the Pop Warner organization as a sixth-grader and seventh-grader. He liked it well enough, but soon he realized he ...
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    Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 at 1:07 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • District boys soccer: Hillsborough repeats as low-seeded champion

    BRANDON — Last year, Hillsborough won its first district title in five seasons. The Terriers did not have to wait long for their next one, which came Friday when they defeated King 4-1 in the Class 4A, District 9 final. Even more remarkable is that Hillsborough repeated as an underdog ...
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    Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:04 p.m. | Steve Lee

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