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  1. District wrestling: Jesuit repeats as champ

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    TAMPA — Saturday's Class 2A, District 8 championship for Jesuit marked the fourth in a row for the program.

  2. District wrestling: Pasco wins third straight title

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    BROOKSVILLE — Pasco wrestlers held up three fingers following Saturday's Class A, District 6 tournament, signifying the Pirates three-peat of district titles.

  3. Baseball: Northeast 6, Countryside 0

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    ST. PETERSBURG — It was only the bottom of the first inning, but Northeast coach Rob Stanifer knew how important a second run would be in Friday night's Class 7A, District 9 game against Countryside. That was why he called for a bases loaded squeeze play with one out.

  4. Baseball: Wesley Chapel 2, Pasco 1

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    WESLEY CHAPEL — Branden McLeod scattered six hits and struck out eight in pitching host Wesley Chapel to a 2-1 win over Class 5A, District 7 rival Pasco on Friday.

  5. State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs fades down the stretch

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    LAKELAND — Throughout the season, Tarpon Springs' up-tempo offense was run with such efficiency that defenders might as well have been folding chairs for all the opposition they presented.

    Scottie James, right, attempts to shoot over Rickards’ Reynard Wade. James led the Spongers with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
  6. State boys basketball: Nationally-ranked foe takes out Gibbs

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    LAKELAND — Gibbs played a challenging schedule this season that yielded few easy nights. Losses piled up early, and that was fine. The plan all along was to get ready for postseason games such as the one the Gladiators played Friday at the Lakeland Center.

    Cardinal Gibbons and Gibbs players scuffle in the fourth quarter after a hard foul. The result? Three technical fouls, two called on the Gladiators.
  7. State boys basketball: A tandem too tough for Jefferson to corral

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    LAKELAND — When Jefferson began its first state semifinal game in 41 years Friday against Miami Norland, it focused on Vikings forward Dewan Huell. After all, the junior's 6-foot-10 frame made it hard for him not to be the center of attention.

    Miami Norland’s Dewan Huell, left, denies Jefferson’s Maurice Moore. Both players led their respective teams in scoring — Huell with 23 points and Moore with 19.
  8. Tampa Catholic coach Mike Gregory steps down

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    Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory has resigned from his job after two seasons with the Crusaders, the school announced Friday.

    Mike Gregory led Tampa Catholic to the state semifinals in his first season.
  9. State boys basketball: Tarpon Springs' big man takes center stage

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    TARPON SPRINGS — Today, basketball aficionados will get their first extended view of Tarpon Springs forward Scottie James when his team takes on Tallahassee Rickards in the Class 5A state semifinals at the Lakeland Center.

    Scottie James of Tarpon Springs uses his 7-foot arm span and 6-foot-7 frame to be equally strong in scoring and rebounding.
  10. State boys basketball: St. Pete High falls in Class 8A state semis

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    LAKELAND — St. Petersburg was trying to take the feel-good vibes from its first three playoff games and extrapolate them to unprecedented levels in Thursday's Class 8A state semifinal against Oviedo Hagerty.

    Travis Bianco drives to the basket, but his team-high 14 points are not enough to lift St. Petersburg past Oviedo Hagerty in Thursday’s Class 8A state semifinal at Lakeland.
  11. State boys basketball: A rivalry that works in Jefferson's favor

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    TAMPA — Jefferson High was down by six points with 30 seconds left to play against Lehigh in the Class 6A region final. Thinking the game was all but over, people began streaming toward the exits as Lehigh fans jeered the Dragons' demise.

    Maurice Moore, left, and Taj Jenkins have grown up together and have been teammates on Jefferson’s football and basketball teams. Their closeness, and competitiveness, mean good things for both programs.
  12. Jefferson to retire former coach Pop Cuesta's number

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    TAMPA — After 43 years as baseball coach at Jefferson High, Emeterio "Pop" Cuesta retired at the conclusion of the Dragons' 2014 season. Tonight, though, the longtime coach will be back on Jefferson's diamond when his uniform No. 1 will be retired in a special ceremony before a game against King.

    Emeterio “Pop” Cuesta was the baseball coach at Jefferson for 43 years.
  13. New coach signals turnaround for Springstead's baseball program

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    SPRING HILL — Last season, a formerly successful Springstead High coach was ousted amid turmoil within the baseball program. With a new face leading the team, the Eagles look rejuvenated.

    Springstead High School pitcher Miguel Martinez warms up in the bullpen during practice on Monday. The Eagles, with Martinez as one of their top starters, have started the year 5-0 after finishing last season 11-14. Read more about the Eagles and their turnaround on Page 12.
  14. State title would trump PCAC disappointment for Gibbs, Tarpon

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    Gibbs and Tarpon Springs were supposed to meet last month in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference high school boys basketball championship game.

    Kansas State recruit Barry Brown has been a consistent leader for Gibbs, averaging 23 points per game, but this will be his first trip to the state tournament in Lakeland.
  15. State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes

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    LAKELAND — Academy at the Lakes' magical and surprising run through the playoffs ended Tuesday afternoon.

    Agape guard Mike Brannum, the game’s leading scorer with 19 points, goes to the hoop against Academy at the Lakes’ Seth Oliver.
  16. Recruiting: Berkeley Prep's Bo Peek picks Stanford

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    Berkeley Prep defensive tackle Bo Peek committed to Stanford, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday.

    Bo Peek, left, and Saivion Smith are two of the top area players in the class of 2016.
  17. State basketball: A first, final milestone for Academy at the Lakes' Haslams

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    In the pandemonium following the biggest win in school history, Academy at the Lakes boys basketball coach Tom Haslam went looking for his son Ethan, who also happens to be his best player.

    After coaching the Academy at the Lakes boys basketball team for six seasons, Tom Haslam finally has a team in the Class 2A state semifinals — and sharing the court with his son Ethan just makes the feat more special.
  18. Region boys basketball: Trio of Pinellas teams advance to state

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    TARPON SPRINGS — The clock was exhausted and Jerry Woodka awaited the inevitable, standing with his hands at his knees along the Tarpon Springs bench.

  19. Track: Hillsborough, Steinbrenner win Johnson invite

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    TAMPA — Hillsborough's boys team claimed its fourth straight Charles Johnson Invitational title on Saturday, led by Virginia Tech football signee Dwyane Lawson.

  20. Region boys basketball: Buzzer-beater sends Jefferson to state

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    TAMPA — They had produced the unthinkable for the previous 20 seconds, but with four seconds left, everyone on Jefferson was thinking the same thing.

    Get the ball to Maurice Moore.