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  1. Region baseball: Brandon 3, Northeast 1

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    BRANDON — Antonio Velez pitched a complete-game, four-hitter to lift Brandon 3-1 over Northeast on Tuesday in a Class 7A region semifinal.

    Brandon pitcher Antonio Velez (16) comes off after pitching his sixth complete game and improving to 10-2. Brandon beat Northeast 3-1 in a Class 7A region semifinal. (Andy Warrener, Special to the Times)
  2. Region baseball: Fort Myers Canterbury 6, Northside Christian 2

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    ST. PETERSBURG — In order to beat Fort Myers Canterbury, a team ranked second in the state by MaxPreps, in Tuesday's Class 3A region final, Northside Christian had to play near perfectly. Instead, the Mustangs got behind early and could not recover in a 6-2 loss.

  3. Region baseball: Dunedin 8, Boca Ciega 6

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Two weeks ago, in the district tournament final against Boca Ciega, Dunedin had a hard time getting hits in a one-run loss. On Tuesday afternoon in a Class 6A region semifinal, the Falcons had no such trouble.

  4. Region baseball: Berkeley Prep 10, Tampa Catholic 8

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    TAMPA — No matter how many road blocks Tampa Catholic put up over three hours of baseball Tuesday night, Berkeley Prep kept fighting. Why would anyone expect anything different when the game, and a berth in the Class 4A final four, came down to its final strike?

  5. Region baseball: Alonso 8, Palm Harbor University 1

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    TAMPA — Alonso junior lefty Jordan Butler has been great all year, firing wicked sliders and 90-mph fastballs past one hitter after another. But on Tuesday he said that might have been, "the best I've been all season."

    TAMPA -- Alonso freshman Jonathan Cruz celebrates after scoring the first run in an 8-1 victory over Palm Harbor University in Tuesday's Class 9A, Region semifinal. Taken 5-3-16 by Scott Purks
  6. Two strikes, no problems for Warriors

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    LUTZ — If there's one thing coach John Crumbley had taught him, it was not to lose hope when down in the count. So even though there were two outs and two strikes against him in the fourth inning of a scoreless Class 8A region semifinal against Durant, Steinbrenner second baseman Garrett Raeckers kept his focus. …

    Alonso freshman Jonathan Cruz celebrates after scoring the first run in an 8-1 victory over Palm Harbor University.
  7. Region baseball: Gaither 9, Hillsborough 2

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    TAMPA — Gaither coach Nelson North was admittedly nervous entering Tuesday's Class 8A region semifinal — and for good reason.

  8. Region baseball: Steinbrenner 1, Durant 0

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    LUTZ — If there's one thing coach John Crumbley had taught him, it was not to lose hope when down in the count. So even though there were two outs and two strikes against him in the fourth inning of a scoreless Class 8A region semifinal against Durant, Steinbrenner second baseman Garrett Raeckers kept his focus. …

  9. Region baseball: Ocala Forest 7, Strawberry Crest 3

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    DOVER — It took Strawberry Crest seven years to reach this moment. The opportunity arguably was gone in the game's first 11 minutes.

  10. HomeTeam Huddle: Bailey Brooks, St. Petersburg Catholic's unlikely ironman

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    At 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, Bailey Brooks does not look like a football player. But the rising junior was all over the field last fall for St. Petersburg Catholic (1-9). He led the team in rushing with 456 yards. He added 179 yards receiving. On defense, he had a team-high 66 tackles. And he also returned kickoffs. The son …

    St. Petersburg Catholic junior-to-be Bailey Brooks does a little bit of everything for his team, but he prefers to play defense.
  11. Region baseball: Jesuit 5, Robinson 0

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    TAMPA — Host Jesuit rode the proficient arm of sophomore pitcher Jack Anderson on Tuesday, and if the Tigers can do it again next week they'll be state semifinal-bound. Anderson tossed a one-hitter as Jesuit (24-5) handled district rival Robinson 5-0 in the Class 6A region semifinals.

  12. HomeTeam Huddle: Change comes to Wesley Chapel

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    WESLEY CHAPEL — Change Chapel. Get used to hearing it.

    New Wesley Chapel coach Tony Egan leads his team through a recent spring practice. “It’s going to be totally different around here.”
  13. Sunlake's Jamila Cardwell rewrites school's record books

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    LAND O'LAKES — Sophomore distance runner Jamila Cardwell has stormed onto the track and field scene this season, annihilating every school distance record at Sunlake High. Now she's going to the state tournament this weekend at IMG Academy in Bradenton in four events.

    Sunlake High’s Jamila Cardwell has “become brilliant with her race tactics,” her coach says.
  14. Region baseball game capsules

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    Region semifinals

    Games at 7 tonight unless noted

    Class 9A

    Palm Harbor University (18-11) at Alonso (22-6): Alonso has beaten PHU in all three meetings this season, including 3-1 in the district championship two weeks ago. The Hurricanes went all the way to Vero Beach in their …

    Hillsborough first baseman Tim Elko, an Ole Miss commit, provides most of the Terriers' offense. (Octavio Jones, Times)
  15. HomeTeam Huddle: Spotlight on Robinson RB Taquan Mason

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    TAMPA — After graduating pocket-passing quarterback Malik Tyson and standout wide receivers Iyan Mitchell and JJ Henderson — who combined for nearly 1,000 yards receiving last season — Robinson likely will be much more of a run-heavy offense this year, coach Shawn Taylor reports.

    Taquan Mason
  16. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Taylor Finney and Patrick Morris

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    Taylor Finney, Strawberry Crest

    In the second game of the season, Strawberry Crest shortstop Taylor Finney fielded a ball and did not pivot well on her throw.

    Strawberry Crest shortstop Taylor Finney
  17. One ace can lock up a team's state fate

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    It has been eight years, but Northside Christian coach Raul Hernandez still gets fired up thinking about it.

    Brandon High always has a chance when starting USF commit Antonio Velez, who is 9-2 with a 0.69 ERA and 141 strikeouts.
  18. Rocky start makes Canterbury's state semifinal berth sweeter

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The journey started for Canterbury's softball team three months ago. Kama Woodall was at another school. Hailey Hopkins was in college. Danielle Romanello was injured.

    Canterbury’s Miranda Posey, pictured here in last year’s state semifinal against Aucilla Christian, transitioned to a pitcher this season, a position she hadn’t played in seven years.
  19. State softball semifinals: Class 2A, 3A preview capsules

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    State semifinals

    At Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach

    Class 2A

    Canterbury (16-10) vs. Aucilla Christian (18-5)

    When: 10:35 a.m. Wednesday

    Canterbury's Taylor Bump hits the ball during the Class 2A State softball semifinal, game against Aucilla Christian at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach last season. (Willie J. Allen Jr., Special to the Times)
  20. Corynn Miner leads Admiral Farragut to new heights

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    ST. PETERSBURG — As an eighth-grader, Corynn Miner started weighing her high school options by touring Osceola Fundamental.

    "Too big of a campus," Miner said.

    Corynn Miner warms up during Admiral Farragut softball practice, Thursday, April 28, 2016.