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  1. Good nutrition is key to athletic success, wrestlers say


    "The most I've lost was around 10 to 12 pounds," said Jose Gomez, a senior at Sickles High. To an average teenager, losing this kind of weight would seem extreme, but for wrestlers like Jose and Sebastian Franco, that's only the beginning.

  2. Rays leave for better days


    With Major League Baseball free agency in full effect, baseball fans around the nation are bewildered at the rapid signings and confused about the status of their favorite players. While some teams have decided to rise from the inept into the grander tiers of baseball, others have trudged through the sluggish …

    The Tampa Bay Rays pose for their team photo on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Back row (L to R): Jeremy Hellickson, Ben Zobrist, Curt Casali, Jerry Sands, James Loney, Alex Cobb, Joel Peralta. Third row: Grant Balfour, Matt Joyce, Logan Forsythe, Yunel Escobar, Sean Rodriguez, Desmond Jennings, Evan Longoria, Wil Myers, Jose Molina, Cole Figueroa. Second Row: Jose Fernandez (Manager, Home Clubhouse), Mark Vinson (Assistant Athletic Trainer), Chris Westmoreland (Director of Team Travel and Clubhouse Operations), Jake McGee, Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier, Brad Boxberger, Cesar Ramos, Kirby Yates, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Jeff Beliveau, David DeJesus, Brandon Guyer, Ron Porterfield (Head Athletic Trainer), Kevin Barr (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Mark Vinson (Assistant Athletic Trainer). First row: Jamie Nelson (Major League Coach), Jim Hickey (Pitching Coach), Derek Shelton (Hitting Coach), Seat reserved for Don Zimmer (Senior Baseball Advisor), Dave Martinez (Bench Coach), Joe Maddon (Manager), George Hendrick (First Base Coach), Tom Foley (Third Base Coach), Stan Boroski (Bullpen Coach), Scott Cursi (Bullpen Catcher). Sitting: Torian Sands (Clubhouse Staff), Tyler Wall (Clubhouse Staff), Justin Murray (Bat Boy), Kyle Malone (Bat Boy), Jesse Moeller (Bat Boy), Ryan Riddle (Clubhouse Staff), Ryan Denlinger (Clubhouse Staff), Nate Leet (Massage Therapist). (Photo by Skip Milos / Tampa Bay Rays)
  3. Largo High IB students take on a balancing act


    Life for the average International Baccalaureate student is a constant balancing act between school, sleep, keeping up a social life and any other obligations he or she may have. If IB students are lucky, they're able to pick two of the options above. Having good grades and a booked social calendar often means running …

    Erica Higginbotham, a Largo High junior, admits it is a challenge balancing IB and soccer.
  4. Robinson High flag football team's mission: #getback to the state championship


    It is a long road to the state finals. For the Robinson High flag football team, the Lady Knights, it meant dozens of demanding practices, intense workouts and defeating 18 opponents.

    Robinson High senior Amanda Chromiak, right, returns as captain on the squad that will defend their 2014 state championship. In practice, “when we’re playing, everyone is competitive.  Everyone wants to get better and we don’t really care that we’re just playing against ourselves. We play like it’s our last game,” Chromiak said.
  5. Durant High 'Knuckleball Princess' considering future in Japan


    In a town where young girls dream of growing up to become the next Strawberry Queen, Chelsea Baker, at age 5, had other plans. She dreamed of playing baseball.

    Chelsea Baker says her teammates at Durant High are guys she has grown up with, and they have her back.
  6. February sports player of the month: Russell Westbrook




    King High School


    Russell Westbrook, NBA

    Point guard

    Oklahoma City Thunder


    Russell Westbrook continues to electrify the league with dynamic shooting and energetic athleticism. In the random absences of star Kevin Durant, …

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) as center Alex Len defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)  AZMY101
  7. HomeTeam Hot Shots


    Audra Leipold, Academy at the Lakes

     Seffner Christian's Derek Webster
  8. Super Bowl prediction: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24


    With the NFL playoffs upon us, many around the nation are debating which team will emerge from the slugfest. Countless storylines have been swirling, including whether defending champion Seattle Seahawks will be able to reclaim their title and whether the aging Tom Brady can sustain another deep run in the postseason …

    Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks runs against the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Divisional Playoff game in Seattle earlier this week. Our prediction is that the defending champ Seahawks make it back to the Super Bowl but come up empty.
  9. Leshawn Williams learns to cope with life after lost leg


    In the quiet home of Bonita Copeland and her son Leshawn Williams, life seems ordinary. A flat-screen television hums in the living room, where Williams, a walker by his side, sits on the plush red sofa, surrounded by Xbox controllers. But for the former athlete, adjusting to life as an amputee, nothing is ordinary.

    Leshawn Williams, whose injury during a Northeast High football game led to amputation of his leg, is upbeat. “I’m not starting my life over,” he says. “It’s just a little setback, and I’m just ready to start walking again. I’ll be all right.”
  10. Sporting spotlights: Skylar Martinez


    Long-time softball athlete Skylar Martinez didn't injure herself playing softball. It was during a middle school flag football game in January 2013 that Martinez damaged her shoulder, ending her softball career.

    After an arm injury left Skylar Martinez unable to play softball, the athlete is trying out soccer.

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