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  • Region girls basketball: Sarasota Riverview 57, Plant 52

    TAMPA  — Plant battled through foul trouble and an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to make it a one-possession game late but the Panthers couldn’t quite complete the comeback, losing 57-52 to Sarasota Riverview in a Class 8A region quarterfinal Thursday night. “This entire season the kids have just finished games and ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • An emotional commitment for Plant's Derrick Baity

    An emotional commitment for Plant's Derrick Baity Before announcing his formal commitment to the University of Kentucky, Plant defensive back Derrick Baity stood before the crowd gathered in the school’s media center to say a few words. He used the opportunity to thank the people in his life who got him to that day, and the list ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District girls basketball: Plant 45, Alonso 44

    TAMPA — Sydney Johnson seldom left Angel Golden’s side. That was her only assignment from Plant coach Carrie Mahon, one that paid off in the closing seconds as the top-seeded Panthers outlasted No. 2 Alonso 45-44 Friday night for the Class 8A, District 7 championship. After cutting a seven-point deficit ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:22 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District girls basketball: Plant survives after late turnover

    TAMPA — Plant and host Alonso reached their respective destinations Wednesday, each advancing to the Class 8A, District 7 championship game. But they took different paths. Top-seeded Plant forced a turnover with four seconds remaining to preserve a 43-41 win over No. 5 Wharton; it was the Panthers’ fourth victory ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Boys basketball: Plant edges Shorecrest at Derrick Brooks Invitational

    TAMPA — Peter Connelly hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and Jalen Williams blocked Shorecrest’s last-second winning attempt as Plant beat the Chargers 54-53 in the tightest game of the day at the Derrick Brooks Invitational. Saturday’s action gave six Hillsborough County schools the chance to face outside competition. ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 11:17 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Options aplenty sway top recruits away from state colleges

    Options aplenty sway top recruits away from state colleges There was a time when Sickles High School running back Ray Ray McCloud III envisioned playing for Florida State. The Seminoles were among his many suitors. But as McCloud’s recruitment picked up, along with his options, he became more open to playing at another school — including one of the ...
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    Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 at 8:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant RB Patrick Brooks commits to Southern Miss

    Plant RB Patrick Brooks commits to Southern Miss Plant running back Patrick Brooks has committed to Southern Mississippi, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Monday.  Brooks, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior, rushed for 1,404 yards and 12 touchdowns last season while recording 274 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Despite his strong stats, Brooks’ small stature limited him in the ...
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    Mon. Jan. 19, 2015 at 12:13 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant's Patrick Brooks preaches patience in waiting for big offer

    Plant's Patrick Brooks preaches patience in waiting for big offer TAMPA — In the 10 years he has coached the Plant High School football team, Robert Weiner has helped send 144 Panthers on to play college football. Running back Patrick Brooks longs to be No. 145.  But for the 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior, the recruiting process hasn’t come quite as easily ...
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    Wed. Jan. 14, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Boys basketball: Jefferson, Tampa Prep reach City of Tampa final

    TAMPA — As the pressure mounted late in the City of Tampa Championship semifinal against Tampa Catholic on Friday night, Jefferson coach Eric Hayes’ confidence grew. With 16.7 seconds left and the score tied at 70, TC had possession, but called timeout to draw up a play. On the other ...
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    Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 at 10:43 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Tentative district assignments offer interesting new matchups for Tampa Bay teams

    Tentative district assignments offer interesting new matchups for Tampa Bay teams The Florida High School Athletic Association released its tentative district assignments for football Monday, and things are (possibly) changing quite a bit for 2015-18. In addition to assignments now being set for four years instead of two, here are some of the biggest shake-ups for Tampa Bay teams:  Tougher road ...
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    Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Girls baskeball: Seffner Christian, Indian Rocks set to meet again

    LARGO — Indian Rocks Christian’s reward for beating Osceola 39-15 Friday night in the opening round of the IRC Winter Jam? A game against unbeaten Seffner Christian on Saturday for the tournament championship. The Crusaders buried Plant (7-3) in the opening game, 77-18. It was the eighth straight win for ...
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    Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:16 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Plant QB, UF recruit Rex Culpepper weighs in on coaching hire

    Plant QB, UF recruit Rex Culpepper weighs in on coaching hire Plant High School junior quarterback Rex Culpepper, who counts Florida among his 12 Division I offers, talked about the coaching change for the Gators. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder comes from a line of Florida alums. His father, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Brad Culpepper, played there, as did his grandfather. Culpepper finished ...
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    Thu. Dec. 04, 2014 at 6:23 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Basketball: Plant City girls, Plant boys off to hot starts

    When Plant City’s girls basketball season began, the Raiders admitted to coach Wilt Wilkerson they were a little disappointed.  “The girls were upset that there wasn’t a lot of talk about them in the papers when the season started,” Wilkerson said. “I told them ‘Hey, we haven’t earned the right.’ ” ...
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    Tue. Dec. 02, 2014 at 6:23 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Sunday Morning QB: Seven still standing

    Sunday Morning QB: Seven still standing Team of the week Indian Rocks Christian. The Golden Eagles have compiled the type of statistics befitting a team ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2A. Their 48-12 win over Naples First Baptist marked the 10th win this season by 35 points or more. The offensive balance was ...
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    Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 at 7:38 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Football: Orlando Dr. Phillips 24, Plant 10

    Football: Orlando Dr. Phillips 24, Plant 10 ORLANDO — After a lopsided first half of football that the perennial state title contenders weren’t quite used to playing, Plant came out revitalized in the second half of Friday’s Class 8A region semifinal against Dr. Phillips. Its defense forced back-to-back three-and-outs, and the offense kept up by scoring 10 ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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