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  1. Shorecrest soccer team off to fast start


    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.

    Seif El Masry of Shorecrest, left, maneuvers around a Keswick Christian player during a game Nov. 17. Masry is among the experienced senior players leading Shorecrest this season.  
  2. Mitchell High's soccer team looks past letdown of year ago


    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.

    Brady Friedman of Mitchell High is back from a torn ACL. The team began the year 7-2.
  3. Community buzz lacking for Nature Coast's historic playoff run


    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.

    County support may be low for Nature Coast’s football program outside of the school, but the crowds at games get stronger and more jubilant as the team keeps winning.
  4. Basketball: Clearwater boys beat Tarpon Springs


    TARPON SPRINGS — On Tuesday, what did Jerreyon Johnson, Ryan Ierna, Romain Minott-Neufville and Gene Culver have in common? Ball-hawking defense.

  5. Basketball: Zephyrhills edges Wesley Chapel


    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.

  6. Basketball: Tampa Catholic boys top Brooks-DeBartolo


    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.

  7. Clearwater Central Catholic twins mean double trouble for foes


    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.

    Jervon Newton, left, leads CCC in rushing while twin Jerquan keeps QBs on their back as one of the team’s sack leaders.
  8. 'Ugly' win a catalyst for Jesuit's defense


    TAMPA — Heading into the Sept. 18 game against Jefferson, Jesuit's defense was feeling pretty good about itself.

    Senior defensive back Mayson Atkinson, front, is responsible for five of Jesuit’s 15 interceptions.
  9. DeWitt: Nature Coast's DeShawn Smith among the best in high school football history


    The numbers are so big, you figure they must be misprints.

    DeShawn Smith has smashed county and state records.
  10. Tampa Catholic defense makes gains by stopping foes' gains


    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.

    Tampa Catholic cornerback Bentlee Sanders returns an interception for a touchdown Nov. 6 against Jesuit.
  11. State semifinal football capsules


    Class 3A Clearwater Central Catholic (12-0) at Delray Beach American Heritage (9-2)

    Jakob Parks has been prolific under center for Clearwater Central Catholic, throwing 19 touchdowns so far this season.
  12. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Aja Graham and CJ Cotman


    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.

    Head shot of Mitchell soccer player Aja Graham, our Hot Shot of the Week.
  13. Prep scoreboard for Nov. 21



    First Academy 85, Tampa Catholic 58

  14. Football: Nature Coast 42, River Ridge 33


    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.

    Nature Coast's Deshawn Smith breaks a tackle on a first quarter run during a football game between the River Ridge Royal Knights and Nature Coast Sharks at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.
  15. Football: Clearwater Central Catholic 46, Fort Pierce John Carroll 14


    CLEARWATER — Playing for pride, playing for history, playing for a fallen comrade.

    Clearwater Central Catholic High School's C.J. Cotman (21) delivers a Marauders interception for a second quarter touchdown against John Carroll Catholic High School during Friday's (11/20/15) regional final at CCC in Clearwater.
  16. Football: Jesuit 38, Jefferson 7


    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.

    The Jesuit Tigers take the field in a cloud of smoke before the the Regional semifinal, Jesuit High School's vs. Jefferson High School, on Friday evening, November 20, 2015 at Jesuit High School. Jesuit leads at the half 21-0.
  17. Football: Plant City 35, Tampa Bay Tech 19


    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.

  18. Football: Cambridge Christian 36, Admiral Farragut 32


    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.

    Sophomore running back Andrew Cunningham scores the winning touchdown for Cambridge Christian. (Andy Warrener, Special to the Times)
  19. Football: Tampa Catholic 35, Ocala Trinity Catholic 6


    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.

  20. Football: Lakeland 21, Plant 11


    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 …