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  1. East Lake football coach Bob Hudson steps down


    East Lake football coach Bob Hudson, who led the program to the state semifinals the past two seasons, said he has stepped down after 12 seasons to pursue a career opportunity outside of the teaching and coaching worlds.

    Bob Hudson was 91-48 in 12 years at East Lake including eight playoff appearances.
  2. Recruiting roundup: Plethora of Division-I commitments


    Area football players have been committing to college programs left and right this summer. Here are a few recent pledges you may have missed:

    Admiral Farragut’s Craig Watts likes Wisconsin.
  3. Armwood captures 7-on-7 football title


    TAMPA — Even in 7-on-7, Armwood's defense ruled the day.

    Zephyrhills’ Jackie Tucker, back, and Jefferson’s Tyrese Spain reach for an end-zone pass in the Battle of the Bay tournament.
  4. Trevor Laurent bolsters Armwood's offense


    SEFFNER — Armwood didn't really miss wide receiver Trevor Laurent, coach Sean Callahan admits thinking to himself, as his Hawks continued to roll over every regular-season opponent they faced last year.

    Wide receiver Trevor Laurent returns to Armwood this season after missing last season due to disciplinary reasons.
  5. Veteran QB gives Countryside edge


    Countryside already has an edge over the four other teams in the newly formed Class 7A, District 10 at one of the most important positions: quarterback.

    “Having Trent back is huge for us,” Countryside coach Eric Schmitz said of Trent Chmelik. “… As far as teaching, we’re already ahead in a lot of ways.”
  6. Bayshore Christian builds on football


    TAMPA — Chris Hug spent more than a decade as an assistant in Pinellas County, learning the ropes from several head coaches along the way. Hug picked their brains, studied football philosophies and fine-tuned his coaching acumen.

    Bayshore Christian’s new head football coach, Chris Hug, talks to his players during practice last month.
  7. Gaither's Samson Moore named Gatorade's state track athlete of year


    Samson Moore was named the state's Gatorade track and field male athlete of the year on Friday.

    Samson Moore’s seasonlong domination of the 300-meter hurdles led to a Class 3A title and Gatorade’s top state award.
  8. Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox makes mark internationally


    Last week, Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox went to Argentina, his first trip to a foreign country. He visited the beaches in Buenos Aires before heading to Bahia Blanca to tour the Land Plaza Hotel, which is owned by San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili.

    Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox  recently helped his USA 16U team win gold in an international tournament. Photo courtesy of Kevin Knox
  9. Former Dunedin and Gator baseball star adjusts to next level


    From the big-time stage of an SEC powerhouse to the lower levels of the Cardinals' minor-league system, Casey Turgeon has had success everywhere he has landed.

    Casey Turgeon hustles for the Johnson City (Tenn.) Cardinals against the Bristol Pirates in a game in 2014 in Johnson City.
  10. Baseball: Plant's Kyle Tucker, Jake Woodford sign


    On June 8, Plant became the first Tampa Bay area high school to have two players selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player's draft. One week later, the Panthers are no longer draftees, but professional baseball players.

  11. Tampa Bay Times' all-county baseball teams



    Player of the Year: SS Corey Mumaw, Sr., Wesley Chapel

  12. Tampa Bay Times' all-county softball teams



    Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University

  13. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay baseball teams (with video)


    Pinellas Pitcher of the Year: Tim Luth, Sr., Dunedin

    Our players and pitchers of the year, from left: Plant’s Kyle Tucker, Brandon’s Antonio Velez, Dunedin’s Tim Luth, Wesley Chapel’s Corey Mumaw, Bishop McLaughlin’s Nate Pearson and Indian Rocks Christian’s Dan Oberst.
  14. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay softball teams (with video)


    Pinellas Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University

    Our players and pitchers of the year, from left: Springstead’s Louisa Disi, Hernando’s Megan Lane, Newsome’s Claire Feldman, Chamberlain’s Jenna Brownell, Canterbury’s Kama Woodall and Palm Harbor University’s Logyn Lilley.
  15. Legendary Fivay High athletic director Linda McQuade retires

    Volleyball Preps

    HUDSON — One send-off simply would not be enough.

    Fivay High’s athletic director Linda McQuade, wearing red, speaks to volleyball players Lindsey Christianson, Hailey Lake, Kirbea Harrell, varsity coach Nikki Pollock, and Amber Lake.
  16. Hernando baseball standout Christian Arroyo puts major leagues on notice


    This week marked the two-year anniversary of Christian Arroyo being picked by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

    Hernando High grad Christian Arroyo plays both shortstop and designated hitter in Advanced A ball with the San Jose Giants.
  17. Orioles select River Ridge star


    River Ridge outfielder Jason Heinrich said he expected to be drafted between the third and sixth rounds, so his fifth-round selection by the Orioles on Tuesday was not a surprise.

    Jason Heinrich, the 163rd pick in the draft, is highly regarded for his raw power.
  18. Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse



    Plant QB settles on Syracuse

    Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The rising senior chose the Orangemen over 16 other Division I offers.

  19. Houston Astros take Plant's Kyle Tucker fifth overall



    In the garage of former Plant High School outfielder Kyle Tucker's South Tampa home are a couple of broken windows, — evidence, he says, of his and brother Preston's frequent Wiffle Ball competitions.

    “Probably (today) when I wake up, it’ll be like, ‘Wow, I went fifth to the Astros. That’s crazy,’ ” Plant’s Kyle Tucker says.
  20. Pressure constant companion for MLB first-round draft picks


    TAMPA — Kyle Tucker can easily recall pretending to be Ken Griffey Jr. while in the batter's box as a youngster. Or getting a hit more times than not when he stepped to the plate at the Forest Hills youth baseball park, eventually leading his Cal Ripken team to a World Series championship as a 12-year-old. …

    Plant High School outfielder Kyle Tucker is a projected top-10 pick for Monday's MLB first-year player draft. MONICA HERNDON | Times