When Shorecrest gathered on Nov. 10 for its first soccer game of the season against St. Petersburg, the Chargers had all of one practice under their belts.
TRINITY — Most soccer teams would gladly have taken a regular season as strong as the one posted by Mitchell High's 2014-15 "rebuilding" boys squad.
BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast Tech has been the black sheep of Hernando County high schools since the magnet school opened in 2003. The hope that the Sharks' football playoff run would change that perception has not come to fruition.
TARPON SPRINGS — On Tuesday, what did Jerreyon Johnson, Ryan Ierna, Romain Minott-Neufville and Gene Culver have in common? Ball-hawking defense.
ZEPHYRHILLS — At first glance, the new Class 5A, District 8 looks likely to come down to East Pasco rivals Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. After Tuesday's first meeting, it seems the two teams are going to battle tooth and nail for it.
TAMPA — Unintimidated Brooks-DeBartolo team was feeling it early Tuesday night, showing Tampa Catholic, the Times' top-ranked team, it was in for a game.
CLEARWATER — Clearwater Central Catholic coach John Davis admits he had trouble telling Jervon and Jerquan Newton apart when they first showed up for spring practice last year.
TAMPA — Heading into the Sept. 18 game against Jefferson, Jesuit's defense was feeling pretty good about itself.
The numbers are so big, you figure they must be misprints.
TAMPA — When Tampa Catholic's 2014 season came to an end with a last-second loss to Jesuit, so did the high school careers of four of the Crusaders' top five tacklers. Just more than a month later, that fifth defender, four-star defensive lineman Malik Barrow, announced he was transferring to IMG Academy.
Class 3A Clearwater Central Catholic (12-0) at Delray Beach American Heritage (9-2)
Aja Graham, Mitchell
Graham, a freshman, moved from Palm Beach County to Pasco when her dad got a job promotion. That meant joining a new club team and a new school.
First Academy 85, Tampa Catholic 58
BROOKSVILLE — River Ridge and Nature Coast offered the equivalent of two cyclists pedaling furiously downhill, two rafts bouncing wildly downstream, two teams that glared into each other's eyes, took 10 paces, whirled — and ran the football at each other.
All night long.
CLEARWATER — Playing for pride, playing for history, playing for a fallen comrade.
TAMPA — Jefferson was already in a 14-0 hole when things really went south for the Dragons on Friday. An arm injury to quarterback Tyrese Spain dashed any realistic hopes for upsetting Jesuit, which rolled to a 38-7 victory.
PLANT CITY — Plant City reeled off its 11th consecutive victory and reached the third round of the playoffs for the first time in school history with a 35-19 win over district rival Tampa Bay Tech on Friday.
TAMPA — Cambridge Christian's historic season added one more wild chapter Friday night. Trailing by 18 points with just over two minutes left in the third quarter, the Lancers scored 22 unanswered points and held on for a 36-32 win over Admiral Farragut in the Class 2A region final at Jefferson High.
OCALA — Tampa Catholic jumped out offensively and played fast and aggressive defense while claiming a Class 3A region championship with a decisive 35-6 road win over past state champion Ocala Trinity Catholic on Friday night.
LAKELAND — One week after putting up 55 points against Sickles in a first-round playoff game, Lakeland picked up right where it left off when it hosted Plant in the 7A region semifinal Friday. On their first drive, the Dreadnaughts marched down the field, using just three big pass plays to find the end zone and …