High School Sports

  1. Tarpon Springs, Anclote high schools form new rivalry

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    TARPON SPRINGS — Somewhere among a collection of refurbished furniture and nautical relics, Tarpon Springs High School coach Ron Hawn spotted a rusty anchor while searching through a Palm Harbor antique store one midsummer day.

    Tarpon Springs’ Michael Ford gets wrapped up by Anclote’s Willie Barrett in November during the Class 5A regional quarterfinal. Tarpon Springs won the game 31-0.
  2. Transfer athletes change the look of Pinellas high school football

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    In the spring of 2013, Northeast High looked to be one of the football teams to beat in Pinellas County. Then, over a few days in late July, everything fell apart.

    QB/DB Tyrell Hubbard-Smith, formerly of Lakewood, practices with his new team at Gibbs last week.
  3. Three questions with St. Petersburg Catholic QB Jordan Leston

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    Jordan Leston has spent his high school career trying to find a home. He started at Clearwater, then East Lake for his junior season. Now he'll finish his prep career at St. Petersburg Catholic. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback played well in the spring game, throwing three touchdown passes in a 27-12 win over Avon …

    St. Petersburg Catholic quarterback Jordan Leston has a couple of things to prove this season, his first starting under center.
  4. Class 8A, District 7: 2014 football preview

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    We wrap up our daily district previews for all 78 varsity football teams with one including teams from Bradenton, Sarasota and Pinellas.

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    Stephen Charron, trying to elude Largo defensive back Jonathan Crawford during the spring game, is Palm Harbor University’s top returning rusher with 644 yards last season.
  5. St. Petersburg: 2014 football preview

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    St. Petersburg

    Coach: Joe Fabrizio (ninth season, 53-33)

    Last season: 6-4

    Class/district: 8A-7

    Colors: Green and white

    St. Petersburg's Davon Conyers tips a pass intended for Palm Harbor's Dominick Bonelli [CHRIS ZUPPA | Times]
  6. Wharton: 2014 football preview

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    Wharton

    Coach: David Mitchell (10th season, 57-41)

    Last season: 7-4

    Class/district: 8A-6

    Colors: Navy and white

    Auden Tate, the No. 12 player in the HomeTeam 100, is coming off a huge season (49 catches, 815 yards, five touchdowns) but will have to break in a new quarterback. [DANIEL WALLACE   |   Times]
  7. Palm Harbor University: 2014 football preview

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    Palm Harbor University

    Coach: Reggie Crume (first season)

    Last season: 5-5

    Class/district: 8A-7

    Colors: Burgundy, navy and white

    Stephen Charron is the team's top returning rusher with 644 yards. In the spring, he had 99 yards and scored once in three quarters against Largo. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD
 | Times]
  8. Riverview: 2014 football preview

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    Riverview

    Coach: Mike Thornton (third season, 4-16)

    Last season: 2-8

    Class/district: 8A-6

  9. Plant: 2014 football preview

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    Plant

    Coach: Robert Weiner (11th season, 112-21)

    Last season: 10-2

    Class/district: 8A-6

    Colors: Black and gold

    Patrick Brooks rushed for 927 yards and seven touchdowns last season while adding 223 yards receiving and two touchdowns receptions. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  10. Newsome: 2014 football preview

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    Newsome

    Coach: Kenneth Hiscock (ninth season, 54-32)

    Last season: 5-5

    Class/district: 8A-6

  11. Wiregrass Ranch volleyball team lacking experience

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    WESLEY CHAPEL — When Wiregrass Ranch High volleyball coach Mindy Kantor takes her place on the Bulls' bench before Tuesday's season opener against Fivay, she will find herself looking at a court of mostly new faces.

    Sophomore Madison Besterfield, one of three returning players for the Wiregrass Ranch High volleyball team, practices recently at the school.
  12. Bloomingdale: 2014 football preview

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    Bloomingdale

    Coach: Brian Surcy (first season)

    Last season: 6-4

    Class/district: 8A-6

    Colors: Black, red and white

    Isaiah McIntyre already has a pair of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt and is primed for a breakthrough season. [BRANDON WRIGHT | Times]
  13. Alonso: 2014 football preview

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    Alonso

    Coach: Brian Emanuel (16-14, fourth season)

    Last season: 5-5

    Class/district: 8A-6

    Colors: Navy, gold and white

    oosevelt Lawrence makes waves all over the field - recording 569 kick and punt return yards while coming up with 70 tackles and four interceptions on defense. [KENT NISHIMURA   |   Times]
  14. Hernando High School looks to recapture volleyball glory

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    For almost a decade, Hernando High School volleyball had toiled in mediocrity, having a good season every few years but never reaching the level of excellence that the program once captured in the 1990s and early 2000s.

    Hernando’s Ali Bronson goes for a block against Weeki Wachee’s Chreslyn Serama (10) in the District 5A-7 finals last fall.
  15. High school football kicks off preseason

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    Preseason football, the NFL version, is more or less a tease. It gets fans excited for the games and then, after about a quarter or so, gets old quickly as the names become less familiar.

  16. After wrestling alligator, high school football should be easy

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    BRANDON — Opponents beware. Those who line up across from Seffner Christian's Ryne Stromsnes this season might want to think twice about crossing the Crusaders' lineman. After all, the junior guard had quite a summer vacation.

    Stromsnes 1, Alligator 0.

    Seffner Christian’s Ryne Stromsnes, right, practices Monday with teammates. Stromsnes and Daniel Butler recently saved a man who tried to wrestle an alligator after it attacked his dog.
  17. Seminole: 2014 football preview

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    Seminole

    Coach: Chris Miller (second season, 3-7; 10th season overall, 51-42)

    Last season: 3-7

    Class/district: 7A-9

    Colors: Orange, green and white

  18. Pinellas Park: 2014 football preview

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    Pinellas Park

    Coach: Kenny Crawford (sixth season, 33-21)

    Last season: 10-2

    Class/district: 7A-9

    Colors: Blue, red and white

    Pinellas Park 's Kal-El Williams, pictured during a 2013 practice. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  19. Northeast: 2014 football preview

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    Northeast

    Coach: Jeremy Frioud (first season)

    Last season: 1-9

    Class/district: 7A-9

    Colors: Red and white

    Jeremy Frioud, a longtime Largo assistant, gets his chance to be a head coach. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  20. East Lake: 2014 football preview

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    East Lake

    Coach: Bob Hudson (12th season, 78-47)

    Last season: 13-1

    Class/district: 7A-9

    Colors: Royal blue and white

    Jake Hudson looked comfortable running the no-huddle offense in the spring, finishing 12-of-14 for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the first half against Osceola. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]