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  1. Basketball recruiting: Shift from football pays off for Dunedin's Andrew Gordon


    Andrew Gordon's plan all along was to play football in college. The Dunedin defensive end wreaked havoc on opposing offenses all season. In the Pinellas County senior all-star game, he was named defensive MVP.

    After leaving football, Andrew Gordon has received college basketball offers from Memphis and other schools.
  2. Tucker earns Gatorade top player award


    In just more than a week, Plant outfielder Kyle Tucker could become one of the Tampa Bay area's highest Major League Baseball draft selections. But while he waits, the Panther continues to rack up awards and was named the 2014-15 Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year on Thursday.

    Kyle Tucker poses for a portrait in the Tampa Bay Times Studio in Tampa on Friday, June 6th, 2014.
  3. Basketball recruiting: Tampa Prep's Juwan Durham on the mend


    Tampa Prep's Juwan Durham tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Feb. 17. The injury usually takes about 10 months to fully recover. Durham, though, has accelerated his timetable so much that the rising senior could return to full basketball activities as early as August.

    Tampa Prep power forward Juwan Durham is a five-star recruit with 15 offers in hand from major schools. He recently visited Louisville.
  4. For East Lake's Bryce Miller, it's his time to shine


    EAST LAKE — Bryce Miller knew that to play wide receiver for East Lake High School's football team the past two seasons was to play in the shadow of Artavis Scott and George Campbell, a pair of gifted playmakers who are rapidly becoming bona fide stars at the Division I level in college.

    East Lake’s Bryce Miller (5) looks forward to his expanded role this season. “I want to do whatever I can to help this team this season,” the junior wide receiver said.
  5. Sunlake soccer star Chris Wilkinson follows soccer dream to Europe


    LAND O'LAKES — Chris Wilkinson wants to be a professional soccer player, and he has put himself on the fastest track possible.

    Sunlake High’s Chris Wilkinson recently signed with Chesterfield, a British professional development soccer team.
  6. HomeTeam Huddle: Offensive line still a strength for East Lake



    For the past four seasons, East Lake's road to the playoffs has been paved by a mammoth group of guys up front. • East Lake's offensive line, the bedrock of the program, has helped clear lanes, as well as construct a path for the Eagles to make the region final for four straight seasons and the …

    Guard Julian Santos is a key cog in a beefy, talented offensive line at East Lake.
  7. HomeTeam Huddle: Familiarity under center for Plant



    Plant might be known for its line of successful quarterbacks, but lately those quarterbacks have been one and done, starting for one year as a senior before graduating. • Rex Culpepper breaks that streak. For the first time since Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely returned as the starter in …

    Returning Plant quarterback starter Rex Culpepper threw for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns last season as a junior.
  8. Spring football: Sunlake 10, Hernando 0


    At Hernando


    Sunlake 10, Hernando 0

    Spring game-breakers: In a performance Xavier Johnson will be proud of, the Seahawk defense held Hernando to 116 total yards and never allowed the Leopards inside their 40-yard line. …Spencer Jarvis led the linebacking effort and …

    Sunlake and Hernando take a knee in prayer midfield before the spring football game Friday, May 22 in honor of Sunlake player Xavier Johnson, also known as "X-man" who was seriously injured in a tubing accident. Also injured in the accident was teammate Tyler Peretti. BRENDAN FITTERER  | Times

  9. Spring football: Jamboree at Northeast


    At Northeast


    Northeast 13, Boca Ciega 0

    Tarpon Springs 21, Boca Ciega 14

    Northeast 7, Tarpon Springs 3

    Spring game-breakers: Even though his roles are still being established, athletic sophomore-to-be Jalynn Williams was a dominant force for Northeast. He torched …

  10. Spring football: Clearwater 28, Clearwater Central Catholic 23


    At Clearwater Central Catholic


    Clearwater 28, Clearwater Central Catholic 23

  11. Spring football: Weeki Wachee 26, Wesley Chapel 16


    At Wesley Chapel


    Weeki Wachee 26, Wesley Chapel 16

    Spring game-breakers: After an offseason filled with adversity — including the loss of several key players to transfers — Wesley Chapel showed it won't be a pushover in the fall. But despite two forced fumbles and …

  12. Spring football: Nature Coast 34, Palm Harbor University 32


    At Nature Coast


    Nature Coast 34, Palm Harbor University 32

  13. Spring football: Central 35, St. Petersburg Catholic 28


    At Central


    Central 35, St. Petersburg Catholic 28

    Spring game-breakers: With the Barons trailing in the second quarter 7-0, but starting with good field position at the Central 31, they took four plays to reach the end zone. Seve Saganowich connected on a 19-yard touchdown to …

  14. Spring football: Tampa Catholic 26, River Ridge 14


    At River Ridge


    Tampa Catholic 26, River Ridge 14

    Spring game-breakers: A homecoming victory is all coach Mike Gregory wanted when he returned to River Ridge on Friday night — and that's exactly what the 2005 Royal Knight graduate got. The Crusaders got rushing …

  15. Spring football: Lake Gibson 40, Zephyrhills 8


    At Zephyrhills


    Lake Gibson 40, Zephyrhills 8

    Spring game-breakers: Talking about game-breakers, visiting Lake Gibson scored on six-of-eight first-half possessions, dominating the first half for a 40-0 lead. The second half went by fast thanks to a running clock. …

  16. Spring football: Jamboree at Gaither


    At Gaither


    Steinbrenner 13, Sickles 0

    Alonso 20, Gaither 7

    Spring game-breakers: Sickles never could seem to get its offense off the ground, but Steinbrenner wasted no time finding the end zone, as quarterback Cason Byrd connected with Brett Bitter on the first play …

  17. Spring football: Hudson 27, Dixie Hollins 0


    At Hudson


    Hudson 27, Dixie Hollins 0

    Spring game-breakers: Hudson's Nate Munson was impressive in his first start at quarterback. Munson gained 85 yards on 14 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns. He also threw two touchdown passes. …Cobra running back Spencer …

  18. Spring football: Pinellas Park 13, Largo 0


    At Pinellas Park


    Pinellas Park 13, Largo 0

    Spring game-breakers: Thursday's game was a defensive slug fest that saw both teams combine to register nine sacks, force four turnovers and stop each other five times on downs. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots finally broke …

  19. Spring football: Jamboree at Bloomingdale


    At Bloomingdale


    Newsome 14, Durant 0

    Brandon 38, Bloomingdale 0

    Spring game-breakers: Braxton Harris scored on a 34-yard touchdown run on Newsome's first drive to put the Wolves up 7-0. Fellow rising senior Cole Schaller connected with 6-foot-4 receiver Drew Willis …

  20. Spring football: Jamboree at Spoto


    At Spoto


    East Bay 13, Lennard 6

    Riverview 17, Spoto 6

    Spring game-breakers: East Bay quarterback Ian Kuykendall could be ready for a breakout season. It didn't take long before he emerged as the best player on the field Thursday, running over and around defenders for …