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  • State boys basketball: Lakewood falls in record-setting final (with video)

    State boys basketball: Lakewood falls in record-setting final (with video) LAKELAND — Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence Sr. likes his basketball fast and furious, entertaining and effective. That’s the style that helped the Spartans reach Saturday’s Class 5A state final. The Spartans’ opponent, Plantation American Heritage, prefers a similar pace. The Patriots play fast, hard and with a purpose because it ...
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    Sat. March 01, 2014 at 11:48 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State boys basketball: Lakewood moves on to Class 5A final (with video)

    State boys basketball: Lakewood moves on to Class 5A final (with video) LAKELAND — Lakewood’s Mike Clark cupped the ball with both hands as he rose into the air from the lane, soaring above the court even though he saw danger ahead. Standing in the way was Gainesville Eastside’s Thomas Lundy. The brazen Clark just soared higher and over the reach of ...
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    Fri. Feb. 28, 2014 at 1:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Track: Lakewood, Northside win city meet

    ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood’s boys won the St. Petersburg City Championships for the third consecutive year while host Northside Christian’s girls won for the second time in three years Thursday. The Spartans earned 112 points, 19 more than second-place St. Petersburg, despite having only individual champ. Devontae Persha won the ...
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    Fri. Feb. 28, 2014 at 12:29 a.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Roles of father, coach a delicate balance for Lakewood’s Lawrence

    Roles of father, coach a delicate balance for Lakewood’s Lawrence ST. PETERSBURG — Following the biggest game of his coaching career, Lakewood High School’s Anthony Lawrence Sr. made a calculated move, holding back any thought of hopping onto the court into the joyous arms of his son, star guard Anthony Lawrence Jr. Instead, they waited until after the bus ride ...
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    Thu. Feb. 27, 2014 at 6:01 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Pinellas: Softball super 7, stats

    Times’ super 7 Records through Tuesday 1. Palm Harbor University (6-0): The undefeated Hurricanes are averaging 11 runs per game. They were ahead 9-6 in the fourth inning against Bradenton Manatee last week when the game was postponed because of rain. 2. Canterbury (4-0): The defending state champion Crusaders are ...
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    Wed. Feb. 26, 2014 at 6:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Winners for Feb. 15-21

    HomeTeam Hot Shots A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week. Female Hot Shot: Jill McElderry, Fivay Sport: Softball Skinny: The senior made the Tampa Bay Times’ all-North Suncoast first team the past two years. She’s started her final season strong, throwing 24 strikeouts and giving up ...
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    Mon. Feb. 24, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Region boys basketball: Boykins boosts Lakewood to state

    Region boys basketball: Boykins boosts Lakewood to state CAPE CORAL — Every high school basketball player wants his senior season to end in Lakeland. Lakewood’s Jacobi Boykins, however, felt that desire a little more than most. Fifteen months removed from a car accident that fractured two vertebrae and cost him his entire junior year, the 6-foot-5 guard helped ...
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    Sat. Feb. 22, 2014 at 10:35 p.m. | Dan Deluca

  • Pinellas softball preview: PHU off to unexpected strong start

    Pinellas softball preview: PHU off to unexpected strong start Two months ago, a playoff berth, much less a district softball title, seemed difficult for Palm Harbor University to achieve. The Hurricanes had to replace five seniors, four of whom started in the infield or at catcher and are now playing in college. But PHU, a team many thought would ...
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    Wed. Feb. 19, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Girls basketball: Deja Swinton transfers to Boca Ciega

    Deja Swinton, who has spent the past two seasons at Lakewood, has transferred to Boca Ciega. Lakewood coach Necole Tunsil confirmed the transfer on Wednesday morning. “I’m fine with it,’’ Tunsil said. “I talked to her mom. I’m not going to block it or anything.’’ Swinton was a starter on ...
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    Wed. Feb. 19, 2014 at 1:04 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region boys basketball: Michael Clark breaks through for Lakewood

    ST. PETERSBURG — Michael Clark has been unable to decipher his role for Lakewood this season after transferring over from Boca Ciega. Tuesday night, he finally found the answer: Right underneath the basket. The senior cleaned up after his teammates time after time in a Class 5A region semifinal against ...
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    Wed. Feb. 19, 2014 at 12:05 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • 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 basketball: Lakewood routs Robinson

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 15-1 second-quarter run put Lakewood up by 18, and it cruised from there, beating Robinson 85-59 in a Class 5A region quarterfinal. “There’s not too many teams that have the size we have,” Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence said. Robinson experienced that as 6-foot-4 Jacobi Boykins and ...
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    Thu. Feb. 13, 2014 at 10:02 p.m. | Anthony Salveggi

  • District boys basketball: Lakewood tops Gibbs for 5A-10 title

    ST. PETERSBURG — Over the course of a two-hour slugfest, Anthony Lawrence Jr. had done everything he could for Lakewood. He hit layups, turnaround jumpers and 3-pointers. He rebounded and defended. About the only thing he couldn’t do, at least early in Friday’s Class 5A, District 10 championship game against ...
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    Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Boys district basketball: Top seeds Lakewood, Gibbs to meet in 5A-10

    As expected, Lakewood and Gibbs, the top two seeds, both advanced with convincing wins in the semifinals. The Spartans beat Bradenton Bayshore 80-56 as Anthony Lawrence Jr. and Jacobi Boykins each had more than 20 points. The Gladiators beat Bradenton Southeast 73-43. Gibbs had four players score in double figures: ...
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    Thu. Feb. 06, 2014 at 12:53 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Three sign at Lakewood, more likely to come

    Three sign at Lakewood, more likely to come ST. PETERSBURG – Lakewood’s highest recruited player, OL Isaiah Wynn, was absent from Wednesday’s signing day ceremony in the school’s auditorium, but three other Spartans did sign. Wynn was in Texas as a member of Team USA  and faxed his letter of intent to Georgia in the morning. Receiver Darquez ...
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    Wed. Feb. 05, 2014 at 2:06 p.m. | Rodney Page

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