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  • Region boys basketball: Freedom undone by Bartow quickness

    TAMPA — Michael Keller wrapped a red T-shirt around his head and began to cry as the final buzzer sounded in Freedom’s 69-54 loss to Bartow in a Class 7A region final Saturday. His face red with tears, Keller trudged toward the long line of smiling Bartow players and coaches, ...
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    Sat. Feb. 22, 2014 at 11:22 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Hillsborough softball preview: Strawberry Crest 'stays hungry'

    Hillsborough softball preview: Strawberry Crest 'stays hungry' DOVER — The moment is one Strawberry Crest’s softball team would just as soon forget.  Problem is, the coach won’t let it.  Last season, after cruising to a 21-2 regular season that was the best in school history, after winning the program’s second district title and first playoff game, the ...
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    Fri. Feb. 21, 2014 at 1:07 a.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Boys basketball: Hillsborough region final capsules

    Boys basketball: Hillsborough region final capsules Boys basketball region finals Class 3A Who: Orlando First Academy (21-8) at Tampa Prep (25-3), 7 p.m. Friday Winner gets: Shorecrest Prep/Naples First Baptist Skinny: Tampa Prep and the Royals met in the playoffs in 2011 and 2012 — the Terrapins’ 46-45 win in the 2012 region final was their ...
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    Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 at 12:07 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Region boys basketball: Rojas keeps Freedom’s run alive

    DOVER — As Freedom coach Cedric Smith watched Strawberry Crest harass his Patriots by trapping them and forcing turnovers in the backcourt, he saw some potential good, too — an opening underneath. Freedom junior Miguel Rojas found that soft spot in the closing seconds Tuesday night to make the biggest ...
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    Tue. Feb. 18, 2014 at 9:58 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Boys basketball: Region semifinal capsules

    Boys basketball: Region semifinal capsules All games at 7 p.m. Tuesday unless noted. Class 8A St. Petersburg (21-3) at Wharton (20-6) Outlook: This is a rematch of the Northeast Holiday Invitational final, in which the Wildcats rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to win 50-49. The loss was the Green Devils’ first of the season ...
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    Mon. Feb. 17, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region boys basketball: A first for Freedom

    TAMPA — Freedom coach Cedric Smith believed his team from a season ago was a bit more talented than the one that faced Brandon Thursday in a Class 7A region quarterfinal. Smith’s current squad, however, is hungrier and has a chemistry that propelled the Patriots to a district title. It ...
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    Thu. Feb. 13, 2014 at 10:26 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • District boys basketball: Freedom nabs first title since 2005

    TAMPA — The test had three parts for Freedom. Play aggressive defense, limit Sickles 6-foot-8 senior Bryce Nickels and make the extra pass on offense. The Patriots aced all three in a 50-39 victory Friday night for the Class 7A, District 8 championship. No. 2 Freedom (16-6) never trailed, using ...
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    Fri. Feb. 07, 2014 at 11:33 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Boys district basketball: Sickles, Freedom to square off in 7A-8 final

    Sickles (16-10) had no problem with Steinbrenner 75-60, and Freedom (15-6) built a big lead and coasted past Wiregrass Ranch 58-32 as both earned region berths with wins in the 7A-8 semifinals. The last time both teams advanced past district in the same year was 2005. Since then, the Patriots ...
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    Thu. Feb. 06, 2014 at 1:02 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District girls basketball: Wiregrass plays smart, secures region berth

    LUTZ — It’s perhaps the best girls basketball district in the state, Wiregrass Ranch coach John Gant surmised, so it was only fitting that the Class 7A, District 8 semifinal between his Bulls and Freedom came down to one final shot. Wiregrass Ranch led after the first three quarters and ...
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    Wed. Jan. 29, 2014 at 10:22 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Girls basketball: No playing favorites in Class 7A, District 8

    Girls basketball: No playing favorites in Class 7A, District 8 TAMPA — Mark Key’s soon-to-be senior class had been through it all — a district title, a state final four, you name it. But when the Sickles coach took his first look at the Gryphons’ future district last spring, he knew his team was in for one of its biggest ...
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    Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 at 9:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Coaching carousel doesn’t faze Freedom alum Isaac Tanner

    Coaching carousel doesn’t faze Freedom alum Isaac Tanner TAMPA — As college coaches hop from campus to campus, football recruits are left contemplating new futures. Mack Brown promised Plant High linebacker and Texas commitment Andrew Beck he’d still be around by the time the all-state linebacker showed up. But that wasn’t true. Can Beck help but wonder if ...
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    Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 at 1:04 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Girls soccer: Sickles reaches 4A-8 final

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Sickles had to rally to knock off Freedom 4-1 in the Class 4A, District 8 semifinal, Brianna Hamson scoring twice on penalty kicks. Mitchell (21-0) hosts Sickles (10-4-1) in tonight’s final. Mitchell won 4-1 in the regular season. Sickles avenged a 3-1 defeat to Freedom. The ...
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    Fri. Jan. 17, 2014 at 12:47 a.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Hillsborough: Boys, girls basketball super 7

    Basketball super 7 Records through Wednesday Boys 1. Tampa Prep (16-2): The Terrapins’ five-game win streak includes victories over Berkeley Prep, Jesuit and Brooks-DeBartolo — all by at least 16 points. 2. Berkeley Prep (16-2): Craig Bowman has somewhat quietly put up five consecutive games with at least 10 points, ...
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    Thu. Jan. 16, 2014 at 6:22 p.m. | Matt Baker and Kelly Parsons

  • Girls basketball: Igwe, Emery lead Freedom past Sickles

    Girls basketball: Igwe, Emery lead Freedom past Sickles TAMPA — It was as if Freedom’s first basket — a perfectly executed pass from Taylor Emery to Bianca Igwe for a layup — foreshadowed what was to come Friday in the Patriots’ home game against Sickles. But how could the Gryphons have known that the pair, who starting playing ...
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    Fri. Jan. 10, 2014 at 10:25 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Girls basketball: Freedom 61, Wiregrass Ranch 44

    WESLEY CHAPEL — The holidays might have meant a hiatus from school, but for the Freedom girls basketball team, it didn’t grant them a break from the court. Every day that the Patriots didn’t have a game, they practiced. Sometimes they had two in one day, from 9 to 11 ...
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    Thu. Jan. 09, 2014 at 12:36 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

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