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  1. It's a real Suncoast Classic

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    Of all the many high school basketball tournaments over the winter break, few can touch the Suncoast Classic at Keswick Christian in terms of longevity.

    Keswick Christian, whose girls squad is shown here, is the host of the weekend tournament.
  2. Newsome High's girls soccer looks dominant heading into winter break

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    LITHIA

    Few teams in Florida can boast the resume of Newsome High School's girls soccer team.

    2013-14 Tampa Bay Times Player of the Year Karli Gutsche leads the Wolves’ solid defense, which has allowed just three goals.
  3. At 13-0, Land O'Lakes girls basketball program ready to quiet doubters

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    LAND O'LAKES — It was one of the most surprising state semifinal appearances for a Pasco County high school team — ever — in any sport. In fact, some people still can't believe Land O'Lakes made the final four in girls basketball.

    Land O’Lakes’ Jhade Hayes drives the ball down the court during a girls 5A state semifinal match in February.
  4. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay football

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    Tampa Bay Offensive Player of the Year: Jeff Smith, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

    Our offensive and defensive players of the year from each part of our coverage area, from left: Armwood’s Jordan Griffin, River Ridge’s Chris Schwarz, Sunlake’s Austin Yeloushan, East Lake’s Carson Lydon, CCC’s Jeff Smith and Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III.
  5. Nature Coast field expands to 16 teams

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    BROOKSVILLE — The Nature Coast Boys Basketball Christmas Tournament will feature two brackets this season, expanding the field from eight to 16 teams.

    Nature Coast’s Joey Dudek is leading his team in scoring at 15.5 points per game.
  6. Boys basketball: Berkeley Prep nips Wharton for Northeast tourney title

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    ST. PETERSBURG — A little extra energy provided a nice reward for Berkeley Prep.

  7. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay volleyball

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    The senior volleyball seasons of Sunlake High's Sarah Sprague, Carrollwood Day's Aisling Sheehan and Clearwater Central Catholic's Katie Moore couldn't have gone much better.

    Our all-Tampa Bay high school volleyball players of the year, from left: Sunlake’s Sarah Sprague, Clearwater Central Catholic’s Katie Moore and Carrollwood Day’s Aisling Sheehan.
  8. Boys basketball: Tampa Prep captures City of Tampa Championship

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    TAMPA — Tampa Prep forward Juwan Durham was busy celebrating his 17th birthday before Monday's City of Tampa Championship final against Jefferson when his teammates asked what he wanted to have as a gift.

    Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham makes a layup as Jefferson’s Maliq Lawrence attempts to block him in the third quarter.
  9. Boys soccer: Jesuit tops hosts to win Berkeley Prep Invitational

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    TAMPA — Maybe Berkeley Prep coach Tim Cooper summed it up best during the awards ceremony of the Berkeley Prep Invitational.

  10. Wrestling: Riverview takes Cougar Invitation

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    PLANT CITY — Depth factored into Riverview winning the 19th annual Cougar Invitation on Saturday at Durant, with 13 of 14 wrestlers placing among the top six in their divisions.

  11. Boys basketball: Jefferson, Tampa Prep reach City of Tampa final

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    TAMPA — As the pressure mounted late in the City of Tampa Championship semifinal against Tampa Catholic on Friday night, Jefferson coach Eric Hayes' confidence grew.

  12. Wrestling: Pasco loses to Clay in final of Gulf Holiday Duels

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Topping a 22-team field for the 13th annual Gulf Holiday Duals title on Saturday, Clay continued its dominance of the event, notching a third straight team championship.

  13. Boys basketball: Seminole tops Lakewood at Bright House Invitational

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    CLEARWATER — Making its only appearance of the Bright House Invitational, Lakewood put on a show Friday. But only for one half.

  14. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay boys swimming

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    Pinellas County Swimmer of the Year: Cooper Hoffman, Sr., Countryside

    Our swimmers of the year, from left, Countryside’s Cooper Hoffman, Ridgewood’s Emir Muratovic and Jesuit’s Austin Sellers.
  15. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay girls swimming teams

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    Pinellas County Swimmer of the Year: Sydney Pickrem, Sr., East Lake

    Our swimmers of the year, from left: East Lake’s Sydney Pickrem, Newsome’s Maddie Hess and Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson.
  16. Countryside's Truong a skilled striker

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    CLEARWATER

    Countryside High School's Lily Truong bursts through seams no one else can see, zipping through and around defenders like a sports car in a cluster of 18-wheelers. But the diminutive whirlwind's biggest attribute is an uncanny ability to put the ball through the net.

    Countryside High School's Lily Truong (10), center, celebrates her winning goal with team mate Danielle Prescott (2), left, during the final moments of Friday’s (12/12/14) game at Countryside in Clearwater.
  17. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay cross country teams

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    Pinellas County boys Runner of the Year: Patrick McNamara, Sr., Admiral Farragut

    Our all-area runners of the year, from left: Sickles’ James Zentmeyer, Nature Coast’s Amelia Schmit, Pasco’s Zach Weaver, Calvary Christian’s Hannah Brookover and Farragut’s Patrick McNamara.
  18. Zephyrhills boys basketball program no longer a district doormat

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    After averaging only five wins per season over the past four years, Zephyrhills High School's boys basketball program has emerged as a postseason contender thanks to the scoring of a junior standout and the tutelage of a veteran coach.

    Jeremy Oppenheimer, a junior, leads Zephyrhills in scoring, assists, steals and blocks.
  19. Experience ignites Boca Ciega's success

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    GULFPORT

    When Zachary Eriksen moved from Erie, Pa., to St. Petersburg four years ago to teach world history at Boca Ciega High School, he also thought he'd get involved with soccer. He played the sport through high school and figured he could lend a helping hand.

    Devyn Nyhart, with eight goals, and other young players have fueled Boca Ciega’s success. “I would never have guessed we would have come this far this quickly,” senior Isabella Blain says.
  20. Riverview soccer team's 10-0 start provides 'whole lot of fun'

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    RIVERVIEW — It's not like boys soccer coach Darik Olson hasn't enjoyed his stint at Riverview High School. There were back-to-back 12-win seasons the past two years and a pair of playoff appearances to start the century.

    But this season?

    Berkeley Prep’s annual invitational soccer tournament begins Friday. Matches are also scheduled Saturday and Monday.