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  1. Sunlake volleyball on the rise

    Volleyball Preps

    LAND O'LAKES — Sarah Sprague is the senior leader of one of the North Suncoast's top volleyball teams this season, but things haven't always been so rosy.

    Sunlake High School’s Sarah Sprague (13) delivers a kill against River Ridge this season.
  2. Seffner Christian's cross country program looks at the big picture


    SEFFNER — Noah Perkins isn't sure of the exact moment it happened.

    Seffner Christian Academy cross country runner Noah Perkins battled back from bursitis last year. Now a junior, he set a personal record of 16:38 on a muddy track in North Port.
  3. Osceola cross country runner AJ Jimenez on pace toward goals


    Abimael "AJ" Jimenez has always been reaching for something more. Whether its a race time, a school record, a team captainship or a conference title, the distance runner has flown under the radar for the first couple of years of his career.

    “I have these small things in mind and each one gives me the confidence I can reach the next one,” AJ Jimenez said.
  4. Three questions with St. Pete High QB Austyn Causey


    With his 5-foot-10, 140-pound frame, shaggy brown hair and crooked smile, St. Petersburg High School sophomore Austyn Causey looks more like the team's starting kicker than the starting quarterback. Coach Joe Fabrizio calls him "Skinny.'' And sometimes he has to convince classmates that he actually does play on the …

    “I know everyone thinks St. Pete is a running team,” says QB Austyn Causey. He also talks of the team’s passing attack.
  5. Seffner Christian looks to rebound against Bishop McLaughlin


    Most Hillsborough teams played Thursday night, so Seffner Christian is the lone east county team under the Friday night lights this week — but the Crusaders don't get to enjoy the top billing at home. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

  6. Three questions with Calvary Christian coach Todd Yoder


    Three questions Calvary Christian coach Todd Yoder

    In his second season, Calvary Christian coach and former NFL tight end Todd Yoder has made some big improvements in a team that hopes to head to the playoffs for the first time.
  7. Gaither High football standout trying to make his mark at FIU


    When Gaither High football coach Jason Stokes first met Alex McGough, he had a hunch there was something different about him.

    Florida International University QB Alex McGough (12), a true freshman, was a standout at Gaither High, passing for more than 4,500 yards and 51 touchdowns. He’s trying to make his mark at FIU.
  8. Volleyball: PHU sweeps past St. Petersburg

    Volleyball Preps

    ST. PETERSBURG — Palm Harbor University didn't have a dominant player when the season began. Yet coach Tara Kuk, in her 12th season, was quietly confident that this could be one of her best teams.

  9. Volleyball: AHN tops Berkeley Prep in four

    Volleyball Preps

    TAMPA — The last time Berkeley Prep and Academy of the Holy Names met on that court, the Jaguars defeated the Bucs in three sets to win the Class 4A, District 10 title, ending Berkeley Prep's 11-year championship streak.

  10. Gaither High puts playoff hopes on line against Wiregrass Ranch


    Winning tonight does not guarantee Gaither High's football team a playoff spot.

  11. Sunday Morning Quarterback


    SMQ team of the week

    Clearwater Central Catholic: The Marauders, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, had eight players nursing injuries during the week. Five were healed enough to play, but the Marauders still were without two of their offensive linemen for a matchup against Ocala Trinity Catholic, No. …

    Clearwater Central Catholic QB Jeff Smith attends a team practice on Thursday (8/7/14) at the school in Clearwater.
  12. Cross Country: Sickles' Zentmeyer wins Mitchell Invitational


    NEW PORT RICHEY — With visiting Ocala Vanguard in the mix at Starkey Park for the Mitchell Invitational on Saturday, the pace was sure to speed up and it did. Some bay area individuals proved their mettle but Vanguard — with a boys team ranked fifth in the state by Flrunners.com and girls ranked ninth …

  13. HomeTeam Hot Shots for Sept. 21


    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Sept. 20 through Friday, Sept. 26. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up on all of …

  14. Pinellas Game of the Week: East Lake 24, Tarpon Springs 14


    TARPON SPRINGS — After graduating so many megastars the past few seasons, East Lake coach Bob Hudson has preached that the team needs players to step up in a variety of ways to keep its current win streak intact. On Friday, it was George Campbell's turn.

    East Lake’s  Jonathan Holley breaks up a pass play to Tarpon Springs’ Mitchell Wilcox during the fourth quarter.
  15. Football: Pinellas Park 49, Dixie Hollins 0


    ST. PETERSBURG — After two weeks of winning close, low-scoring games at home, Pinellas Park went on the road and broke out in a big way.

  16. Football: Osceola 9, Dunedin 7


    DUNEDIN — Osceola's Ryan Allan completed a 22-yard heave into the end zone to Wilan Harvey on the final play of the game to shock Dunedin on its homecoming night. It was a defensive struggle most of the game with neither team reaching the end zone until the fourth. Osceola's Zach Harvey kicked a 37-yard field goal …

  17. Football: Largo 32, Lakewood 27


    LARGO — Down one with under 30 seconds left, Largo quarterback Donavan Hale capped an 11-play, 72-yard drive by hitting Johnathon Crawford for a 10-yard score. The game saw four second-half lead changes. With 229 passing yards from QB Ryan Davis and 187 on the ground from Tyriek Hopkins, Lakewood appeared in …

  18. Football: St. Petersburg 48, Boca Ciega 7


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Green Devils used a balance attack in a game that was delayed a half-hour because of lightning. St. Petersburg improved to 4-0 and scored at least 40 points for the third time this season.

  19. Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 45, Ocala Trinity Catholic 42


    OCALA — Clearwater Central Catholic (No. 1 in Class 3A) traveled north and edged out Ocala Trinity Catholic (No. 4 in 3A) 45-42 in a shootout Friday night.

  20. Hillsborough Game of the Week: Hillsborough 32, Lennard 26


    RUSKIN — The rain had slowed, the teams had shook hands and Lennard coach Keith Chattin had spoken to his crestfallen kids.

    Hillsborough wide receiver Xavier Byrd, who scored late in the game, looks for running room during the first half.