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  1. District tennis roundup: Jesuit, Holy Names prevail

    Tennis Preps

    TAMPA — Only one of Tuesday's 14 singles finals at the Class 2A, District 9 tournament contained any drama. It also had a trip to the individual state tourney on the line, and Tampa Catholic freshman Nick Yale grabbed it with a 6-1, 6-7, 10-8 defeat of Jesuit's Palmer Evans.

  2. District tennis roundup: Steinbrenner boys nab first title

    Tennis Preps

    TAMPA — Steinbrenner's John Pfingsten hasn't been around long enough to know the history of the Class 4A, District 7 championships held at Hunter's Green, but he changed it with a finishing overhand smash.

  3. Softball: Dunedin defeats PHU


    DUNEDIN — For Dunedin, familiarity with Palm Harbor University didn't breed contempt, it bred respect.

  4. Track: Countryside boys, East Lake girls dominate PCAC


    CLEARWATER — Defending PCAC champions East Lake's girls and Countryside's boys were even bigger favorites coming into this year's conference meet after winning most of this season's events. Both teams won Thursday's PCAC conference meet handily, with East Lake's girls scoring 192 points, more than doubling up …

  5. Latest bill targeting FHSAA, easing transfers fires up coaches


    Tampa Bay coaches, alarmed by the number of athletes who already switch schools seemingly at will, have long clamored for the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt a more stringent transfer policy.

  6. Baseball: Durant's only hit edges Brandon


    BRANDON — For seven innings, Brandon left-hander Antonio Velez put on a show, striking out 12 and giving up just one hit to district foe Durant.

    But one hit was all the Cougars needed.

  7. Softball: Springstead clinches top district seed


    TRINITY —When Mitchell's Kelsea Vanderveer smacked her fourth home run of the season for a 2-0 Mitchell lead Tuesday, it had the feel of a put-away shot, especially considering it came off strikeout specialist Louisa Disi. But Springstead was far from deterred.

  8. 14 teams vie for Dunedin Spring Classic baseball tournament title


    Last year's final of the Dunedin Spring Classic had the potential to be one of the best in its 45-year history. Clearwater Central Catholic, the top private school baseball team in the area with senior pitcher David Paul, was set to play Osceola, one of the area's top public school teams with Stanford-bound pitcher …

    The 46th Dunedin Spring Classic opens without a defending champion after the 2014 championship game was rained out.
  9. Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach


    Almost a month ago, Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory announced his resignation, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. But almost immediately, Gregory said, he began having second thoughts.

    Mike Gregory
  10. Softball: Nature Coast tops Hernando in Leopard Slam consolation game


    BROOKSVILLE — While Coral Springs Charter was capturing the fourth annual Leopard Slam championship on the main field in a 5-0 win over South Sumter, defending champion Hernando was fighting for third place in its own tournament.

  11. Basketball: Emery outshines Pinellas stars


    ST. PETERSBURG — Nothing was on the line except for pride. For any elite athlete, pride is enough.

  12. Track: Plant's Guyton posts top national 1,600 time


    The sixth annual USF-Steinbrenner Invitational has finally grown into its skin. It's become one of the premier invitational meets in the state and even with 72 teams competing, it ran like a clock on Saturday.

    Plant distance specialist Jack Guyton wins the boys 1,600 meters with the nation’s top time, 4:13.16, at the USF/Steinbrenner Invitational.
  13. Softball: Plant 5, Bloomingdale 3


    VALRICO — This was the game Plant's softball team had marked on its calendar, a matchup against the defending state champions. For a team trying to get back to regionals in one of the county's toughest districts, beating Bloomingdale was a key step.

  14. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay boys soccer (with video)


    Pinellas Player of the Year: Ryan Cooksey, Sr., Palm Harbor University

    Our Pinellas and Hillsborough Players of the Year, from left: Palm Harbor University’s Ryan Cooksey and Riverview’s Marc Lozada.
  15. Tampa Catholic self-reports boys basketball infraction


    By Bob Putnam

    Times Staff Writer

    Tampa Catholic's boys basketball program was fined $500 and forced to forfeit five basketball games from the 2013-14 season (three junior varsity, two varsity) after a Florida High School Athletic Association investigation ruled a player had received impermissible benefits …

  16. Multisport stars giving boost to girls track and field teams


    LAND O'LAKES — As tradition goes, there aren't a whole lot of girls track and field standouts who excel in other sports. The only steady crossover has been cross-country runners who do well in the track distance events. But for the top hurdler, sprinter and field athletes, the disciplines have for the most part …

    Mitchell High’s Taylor Anderson won state championships in swimming and the pole vault as a junior.
  17. Former Rays pitcher, Keswick Christian baseball coach Seth McClung arrested


    Former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher and current Keswick Christian baseball coach Seth McClung was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

    Seth McClung
  18. Baseball: Countryside's Matt Adams no-hits Northeast


    CLEARWATER — Northeast lost its first game of the season and it took a no-hitter to do it.

  19. Notebook: Recruit Craig Watts transfers to AFA


    Craig Watts, a four-star recruit with more than 20 Division I offers, has left Gibbs and is now enrolled at Admiral Farragut.

    Craig Watts transfers from Gibbs High to Admiral Farragut.
  20. State wrestling: Palm Harbor U., Farragut each fields two champs


    KISSIMMEE — Pinellas County brought nine hopefuls into Saturday's state championship semifinals at Silver Spurs Arena. Despite being bookended by heartbreak, six wrestlers blasted their way into finals, four emerging champions.

    Palm Harbor University’s Connor Prince, right, defeats St. Thomas Aquinas’ Grant Aronoff in the Class 3A 138-pound final.