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  1. Softball scholarships a pricey pursuit for elite travel teams

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    (from left to right) Alex Hare talks to teammate Brooklyn Wiggins during a rain delay during the ASA Gold Nationals in Clearwater on July 19, 2017. Alex Hare is a student at J.W. Mitchell High School and has committed to Alabama State University for her college athletic career. She plays on a traveling softball team, along with taking personal softball lessons as well.
  2. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay girls track and field teams

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    Admiral Farragut senior Katie Barnett won or placed in four events at the state meet. (Times file, 2016)
  3. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay boys track and field teams

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    Indian Rocks Christian's James Thorpe swings the discus finishing second with a final distance of 46.75 meters during Class A boys competition at the state track meet at the IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla. on Thursday, May 5, 2017.
  4. Tragedy, tenacity helped shape Ridgewood valedictorian Johannah Cummines

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Even if her daily routine didn't permit calories to melt off, Johannah Cummines would deserve to pick anything on the menu.

    Ridgewood High senior Johannah Cummines and mom Chenell. Cummines is headed to Florida Atlantic, where she will play beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of Johannah Cummines)
  5. High school scoreboard for May 18

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    Thursday's scoreboard

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    Pinellas Park 14, Largo 10

    Tampa Bay Tech 35, Strawberry Crest 0

    Armwood 24, Plant City 0

    Berkeley Prep 21, Englewood Lemon Bay 14

    East Bay 20, Spoto 19

    Riverview 13, Lennard 10

    Citrus 35, Gulf 0

    Gaither 6, Sickles …

  6. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Morgan Brown and Seth Caballes

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    Morgan Brown Calvary Chr.

    A defending state champion in the pole vault, Brown already had put a lot of ground between herself and what passes for her competition. So it was expected the junior would have no problem winning again at last week's Class A state meet.

    Calvary Christian pole vaulter Morgan Brown
  7. State track: Pole vault persistence pays off for Gaither's Carter Palasti

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    BRADENTON — Gaither senior Carter Palasti struggled a bit earlier this season with a nagging leg injury and a nagging search to find the right vaulting pole.

    BRADENTON - Before a packed stadium at IMG Academy, Hillsborough sophomore Alexis Woodall cleanly clears a hurdle midway through the Class 3A 100-meter hurdle finals during the state track on Saturday. Woodall finished fourth in the event in 14.99 seconds. Gaither senior Alessa Sandusky, running several lanes from Woodall, won the event in 14.55 seconds. Taken 5-6-17 by Scott Purks
  8. State track: Five area champions on Day 1

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    BRADENTON — Calvary Christian junior Morgan Brown was winning the Class A state pole vault, then right in the middle of it, she said she had to, "Check out."

    BRADENTON - Sitting atop the championship podium, Calvary Christian junior Morgan Brown grins for the cameras, holding her Class 1A first-place state meet gold medal not long after clearing 3.41 meters (11-feet, 2.25 inches) in the pole vault Friday afternoon. In between attempts in the pole vault, Brown checked out to compete in the 4X100 relay prelims. The Calvary, 4X100 relay, by the way, qualified for the finals on Saturday. Taken 5-517 by Scott Purks
  9. East Lake's state hopes rest on Kaitlyn Kirby, Jennifer Lima

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    Six years ago, East Lake's girls track team finished last at the district meet.

    East Lake's Jennifer Lima has qualified for the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters at state. (Andy Warrener, Special to the Times)
  10. High school scoreboard for May 5

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    Friday's scoreboard

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    Class 4A, District 4 final: Calvary Chr. 6, CC Catholic 2