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  1. Kris Keppel, Land O'Lakes cross country coach, dies of cancer

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    Kris Keppel, who coached Land O'Lakes High's cross country teams for 21 years, died Sunday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 53.

    Land O’Lakes’ Kris Keppel, who died Sunday, and wife Darlene were married for 29 years and had two daughters.
  2. Boys basketball: Plant edges Shorecrest at Derrick Brooks Invitational

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    TAMPA — Peter Connelly hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and Jalen Williams blocked Shorecrest's last-second winning attempt as Plant beat the Chargers 54-53 in the tightest game of the day at the Derrick Brooks Invitational.

  3. HomeTeam 25 recruit rankings for 2015, 2016

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    HomeTeam 25 for 2015

    Tampa Bay recruits — from our four-county coverage area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando) — as ranked by Tampa Bay Times staff.

  4. Times' Blue Chipper of the Year: Armwood DE Byron Cowart

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    Armwood High coach Sean Callahan looked out of his office door on a summer day in 2011 to see three boys and their mothers waiting to meet with him. It had become a familiar sight for Callahan, as would-be transfers often beat down his door to join a team fresh off its fourth state championship appearance in …

    Armwood’s Byron Cowart, tackling Miami Central’s Cedric Miller in last month’s Class 6A state championship game, is the area’s top recruit.
  5. Many top area recruits moving down to IMG

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    Take a quick glance at the Tampa Bay recruiting class for 2016, and a few big names appear to be missing.

    ]Spring football: Practice at Lakewood Friday, May 9, 2014,  Saivion Smith.
[Note, players Identified by Coach Moore, spelling from roster. Saivion was not on the roster, so spelling from request.]
JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times
  6. District boys soccer: Universal Academy wins A-5 for first district title

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    SPRING HILL — Things didn't look promising for Universal Academy as the Class A, District 5 championship game closed in on halftime, but all of the momentum seemed to change on one long shot.

  7. Boys basketball: Lakewood puts together victory over Berkeley Prep

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    TAMPA — This season has largely been an uphill climb for Lakewood.

  8. District boys soccer: PHU tops East Lake in PKs for 5A-7 title

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    EAST LAKE — From tough defense to cramping desperation, rivals Palm Harbor University and East played valiantly through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods in the Class 5A, District 7 championship game. With no score, they extended the game as far as it could go — to the drama of penalty kicks.

    Palm Harbor University’s Hayden Grooms makes a save against East Lake during penalty kicks in the Hurricanes’ win
  9. District boys soccer: Boca Ciega downs Tarpon Springs in PKs for 3A-10 title

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    TARPON SPRINGS — For most of Friday night's Class 3A, District 10 final against Tarpon Springs, Boca Ciega rarely got close to the Spongers' net. But the Pirates picked the right time to find their offense.

  10. District boys soccer: East Bay ends long title drought

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    RUSKIN — East Bay forward Damian Fracchia knew Josh Valverde's corner kicks were often short, so he inched up to await the kick. Knowing his teammates' nuance paid off. Fracchia was in the right place at the right time and headed the ball into the net for the Indians' first goal in Friday's Class 4A-9 championship …

    Freedom’s Grayson Hertenstein, left, battles for control of the ball with Wiregrass Ranch’s Connor Nixon in the Bulls’ 3-1 win.
  11. District boys soccer: Sunlake rallies past River Ridge for 3A-8 title

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    DADE CITY — The final whistle had barely finished echoing on Friday's District 3A-8 championship game, and thoughts of Sunlake and River Ridge staging a rematch were already being expressed.

  12. District boys soccer: Wiregrass Ranch 3, Freedom 1

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    TAMPA — Seventh-seeded Freedom had nothing to lose during Friday's Class 4A, District 8 final at Sickles. Though they were down two players before the match began, the Patriots played a spirited first half before falling 3-1 to top-seeded Wiregrass Ranch.

    Freedom’s Grayson Hertenstein, left, battles for control of the ball with  Wiregrass Ranch’s Connor Nixon. The top-seeded Bulls maintain home-field advantage for the next round with a 3-1 win.
  13. Region girls soccer: Palm Harbor University 2, St. Petersburg 0

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    PALM HARBOR — Palm Harbor University's leading scorer, Marisa Ruland, was a spectator for Thursday's Class 5A region quarterfinal against St. Petersburg.

  14. Region girls soccer: Largo 8, Bayshore 0

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    LARGO — The shackles were off, and Largo took full advantage.

  15. Region girls soccer: East Bay 2, Seminole 1 (4-3 PKs)

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    SEMINOLE — There was no way East Bay was going to let it happen again. In last week's district final against Plant City, the Indians gave up a goal in the final minutes and lost the championship.

  16. Region girls soccer: Plant City 1, Osceola 0

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    PLANT CITY — Four-time district champion Plant City was in a familiar spot, hosting a team from Seminole in a region quarterfinal. Unlike last season, however, the Raiders' season did not end with a home loss in that round.

  17. Region girls soccer: Robinson 4, Tarpon Springs 0

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    TAMPA — Since losing to Largo in penalty kicks last season in the region semifinals, Robinson has kept the soccer ball safely nestled away on the bench. All the players have signed it, and the ball serves as a constant reminder of what could have been.

  18. Region girls soccer: Mitchell 9, Winter Haven 0

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    TRINITY — It took just a few minutes to recognize that Mitchell would outclass the visitors from Winter Haven on Thursday. But to have the game wrapped up by halftime? Even that seemed a stretch.

  19. Region girls soccer: Springstead 4, Pasco 0

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    SPRING HILL — Heading into Thursday night's Class 3A region quarterfinal, Springstead was 1-11 all time in postseason play. That drought was left in the dust in a convincing shutout victory.

  20. Top Nature Coast football prospect draws attention of power conferences

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    SPRING HILL — For more than a year and a half, Christian Pellage has been courted, his name known more readily by college recruiters than by classmates in the halls of his own school.

    Pellage tackles Springstead wide receiver Jared Hargett during a game in September. Pellage also has been pursued by UF.