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  1. McDonald's All-American Game: Kevin Knox attracts pint-sized media moguls

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    CHICAGO — Hayden McCain started playing basketball three years ago. His younger brother, Hudson, joined him a year later.

    Brothers Hudson, middle, and Hayden McCain interview Kevin Knox for their YouTube channel.
  2. McDonald's All-American Game: Putting Kevin Knox's selection into a Tampa perspective

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    In 1987, David White was summoned to Boca Ciega High's gymnasium for a photo. The basketball standout for the Pirates put on a T-shirt and stood in front of a white background.

    Tampa Catholic senior forward Kevin Knox soars to the basket just as the 6-foot-9 five-star recruit has towered over local high school basketball, becoming one of five bay area players ever invited to the McDonald’s All-American Game.
  3. More tributes coming for Sickles' championship basketball team

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    The buzzer sounded, ending the game and a drought. Within seconds, the bench emptied as players and coaches stormed the Lakeland Center court, all united in a group hug.

    Sickles High guard Rashid Braimah (24) hugs Tahj Lalanne (2) while the team celebrates after the second half of the Class 8A boys basketball state championship game against Tallahassee Lincoln at the Lakeland Center on March 4. Sickles defeated Lincoln 51-45 to become Hillsborough County’s first public high school state champ in 35 years.
  4. First state title extra special for Oldsmar Christian basketball coach

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    Oldsmar Christian's John Bianchi figured he would have a lengthy apprenticeship as an assistant with the boys basketball program before getting promoted. That timetable was accelerated in April when Jordan Fair left as coach to become a graduate assistant at Louisville.

    Oldsmar Christian’s boys basketball team brought the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association championship trophy home and even let Eddie Preston, the school’s pastor, hold it for a photo.
  5. Teddy Dupay steps down after one season at Cambridge Christian

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    Teddy Dupay, a former standout at Florida, resigned as boys basketball coach at Cambridge Christian after one season.

    Teddy Dupay shows his students Carson Wood,11, left,  Chance Jackson, 15, center, and Justin Carlisle,12, right, different techniques during basketball practice on June 30, 2015.
  6. Sickles ends 35-year Hillsborough County public school basketball title drought

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    LAKELAND — Sickles High coach Renaldo Garcia has gone to the state boys basketball tournament for more than 40 years. He was in the stands at the Lakeland Center in 1982 when Plant City won a title.

    Sickles High head coach Renaldo Garcia lifts the state championship trophy above his head as the team cheers in the background after the second half of the Class 8A boys basketball state championship game between Sickles High and Lincoln High School at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Sickles High defeated Lincoln High School 51-45 and became Class 8A state champions.
  7. Kevin Knox's spectacular Tampa Catholic career ends one win short of a state title

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    LAKELAND — Kevin Knox fell onto the Lakeland Center court as he was hit with his fifth foul in the fourth quarter. The Tampa Catholic senior went to the bench, his head buried in his hands.

    Tampa Catholic forward Kevin Knox (23) drives into the paint past Calvary Christian guard Angel Lebron Jr. (3) during the first half. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  8. State basketball: Sickles meets a seasoned opponent in final

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    Class 8A: Sickles (28-4) vs. Tallahassee Lincoln (24-3)

    Sickles High center Bryce Workman (0) bobbles, but ultimately recovers, the ball during with Lakewood Ranch guard Blauvelt Georges (11) in pursuit the second half of the Class 8A boy's basketball state championship semi-final game between Sickles High and Lakewood Ranch at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., on Friday, March 3, 2017. Sickles High defeated Lakewood Ranch 54-49.
  9. State boys basketball: Sickles 54, Lakewood Ranch 49

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    LAKELAND — Sickles lives to make life miserable for opposing offenses. Lakewood Ranch found that out Friday in the Class 8A state semifinals.

    Sickles High forward Denari Garrett (4) and Lakewood Ranch guard Evan Spiller (21) fight for possession of a loose ball during the first half of the Class 8A boy's basketball state championship semi-final game between Sickles High and Lakewood Ranch at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., on Friday, March 3, 2017.
  10. State basketball: Tampa Catholic takes on a sizable final foe

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    Class 5A: Tampa Catholic (25-5) vs. Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian Academy (23-6)

    Tampa Catholic guard Tai Strickland (21) guards Villages High School guard Tre Mann (2) during the first half of the Class 5A Boys Basketball State Championship semi-final game between Tampa Catholic and Villages High School at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.