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  1. Spring football: Palmetto 27, St. Petersburg 7


    At St. Petersburg

    Score: Palmetto 27, St. Petersburg 7

  2. Spring football: East Lake 47, Osceola 0


    At East Lake

    Score: East Lake 47, Osceola 0

    Spring game-breakers: The biggest game-breaker was simple: East Lake's experienced, athletic skill position players wreaked havoc on an injury-thinned Osceola linebacker corps. Despite the visiting Warriors holding a 20:26-to-3:34 advantage in …

  3. Spring football: Clearwater Central Catholic 21, Clearwater 14


    At Clearwater

    Score: Clearwater Central Catholic 21, Clearwater 14

  4. HomeTeam Huddle: New Strawberry Crest coach big on 'commitment'


    DOVER — Things have, to say the least, been tough of late on the football fields in Dover.

    Strawberry Crest coach Ron Hawn meets with his players after the game during a scrimmage at Strawberry Crest High School on Saturday afternoon, May 14, 2016 in Plant City.
  5. HomeTeam Huddle: Brandon ready for spotlight to fall on Dakota Trice


    BRANDON — Making lists has long been a fun way to debate sports. Who are the top five quarterbacks in Hillsborough County? Top five running backs? Most athletic? Most underrated?

    Dakota Trice warms up during practice at Brandon High School Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.
  6. HomeTeam Huddle: Leto coach Matt Kitchie impressed with his defense, O-line


    TAMPA — Leto finally has something it hasn't had in years — a returning quarterback. Rising junior Darryl Mercer Jr. played in only five games in 2015 but threw for more than 500 yards.

    Rising senior guard Austin Harmon talks with Leto coach Matt Kitchie during a Saturday scrimmage at Middleton. (Andy Warrener, Special to the Times)
  7. HomeTeam Huddle: Riverview high on lineman Javon Livingston


    RIVERVIEW — Rising senior lineman Javon Livingston will be a huge factor in Riverview's 2016 success. The run-heavy Shark offense that only attempted 31 passes in 2015 and runs primarily out of the triple option will rely on Livingston's size and acumen.

    Rising senior Javon Livingston will be the centerpiece of the Riverview offensive attack this fall. (Andy Warrener, Special to the Times)
  8. HomeTeam Huddle: Rebuilding doesn't faze Newsome


    LITHIA — Stick to the basics.

    For as long as coach Ken Hiscock has been running the show at Newsome, that's been the offensive philosophy.

    Newsome High School's Patrick Jolly (25) is tackled by Palm Harbor University High School's Will Morlan (7), right, during the first quarter of Friday's (9/18/15) game at Palm Harbor.
  9. HomeTeam Huddle: Clearwater Central Catholic's 'Big Nasties'


    CLEARWATER — Clearwater Central Catholic has an abundance of talent at the skill positions, making its offense one of the most explosive in the area.

    Clearwater Central Catholic offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons
  10. HomeTeam Huddle: Recruiting spotlight on Clearwater DE Tramar Reece


    CLEARWATER — Tramar Reece's combination of athleticism and speed have transformed him from an unknown in the recruiting world to a coveted prospect.

    Clearwater High School's Tramar Reece (9), center, played in Friday's (10/30/15) game with Osceola High School at Clearwater despite the sudden death of his mother yesterday. (Douglas R. Clifford, Times)
  11. Great Grads: For Plant High valedictorian, it's a family affair


    TAMPA — Qarch Hawk wasn't pushed. He pushed himself.

    Three generations of Hawk valedictorians: Tom, left, the father, in 1982; Qarch, in 2016; and Jo Ann, his grandmother, in 1962. Qarch graduated with a weighted 7.84 GPA.
  12. First state title teaches Gaither baseball team the value of trust



    For Gaither High baseball coach Nelson North, his team's 2-1 Class 7A state championship victory against Venice last weekend at JetBlue park in Fort Myers won't just be remembered as the school's first title in the sport.

    Catcher Andrew Martin embraces pitcher Josh Bobrowski. “I think that this team embodies everything good about the sport,” said coach Nelson North.
  13. Spring football: Jesuit 28, Gibbs 6


    At Jesuit

    Score: Jesuit 28, Gibbs 6

    Spring game-breakers: Jesuit RB Malik Davis dominated the first half, rushing for 66 yards on nine carries, adding 23 yards on a reception. Davis scored Jesuit's first two touchdowns on 5- and 10-yard runs. … Jesuit WR Travell Harris broke off in …

    TAMPA ?€š€” Jesuit running back Malik Davis breaks free for a long run during the Tigers?€š€™ 28-67 victory against Gibbs in a spring classic game Thursday night. Taken 5-26-16 by Scott Purks
  14. Spring football: Hudson 28, Dixie Hollins 21


    At Hudson

    Score: Hudson 28, Dixie Hollins 21

    Hudson's football program has printed T-shirts to help raise money for Colt Exum, who was seriously injured in an ATV accident. (Andy Warrener, Special to the Times)
  15. Steinbrenner savors comeback win for

    state baseball title



    Steinbrenner High's first state baseball title, one the Warriors earned with a 9-4 come-from-behind victory against Oviedo Hagerty last Saturday, came at the end of a long day, with the title game being the second of a doubleheader.

    Steinbrenner High School players celebrate their state championship after receiving the trophy in the post-game presentation. 
  16. Academic all-state team: Long days pay off for Canterbury valedictorian

    Swimming Preps


    Like most successful student-athletes, Ellen McMullen managed to pack several activities into her day. Aside from her classes at Canterbury, she was also on the swim team, the soccer team and the track team.

    Ellen McMullen is the 2016 valedictorian at Canterbury School of Florida.
  17. Spring football: Land O'Lakes 45, Gulf 0


    At Land O'Lakes

    Score: Land O'Lakes 45, Gulf 0

    Spring game-breakers: Jude May, alternating at quarterback with starter Spencer Childress, threw for three scores, the last an improvised shovel pass to fellow rising sophomore Kyle Leivas for the final points of the game. … Running …

  18. HomeTeam Huddle: Hudson Cobras play with injured teammate in their hearts


    HUDSON — Spring football games are more a barometer than anything. And although by nature football's an emotional sport, the passion is often considerably less than regular-season level.

    Hudson High sophomore football player Colt Exum, who is in intensive care at St. Joseph?€™s Children?€™s Hospital after suffering severe brain trauma. This is from his gofundme page
  19. Calvary Christian valedictorian blends academics, athletics


    Emily Curran has no tales of woe juggling athletics and academics at Calvary Christian High School. Rarely did she have to stay up late studying.

    Emily Curran is the 2016 valedictorian at Calvary Christian School.
  20. HomeTeam Huddle: Steinbrenner QB Cason Byrd ready to get back in action


    LUTZ — As Steinbrenner made its run toward program history last season, securing a postseason berth for the first time since the school opened in 2009, Cason Byrd was forced to view it all from toughest place for any competitor:

    The sideline.

    Steinbrenner rising senior quarterback Cason Byrd (No. 2) will lead the Warriors into the 2016 season. Taken 5-19-16 by Scott Purks