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  1. Synonymous with Springstead sports


    SPRING HILL — The name Bob Levija has been synonymous with Springstead High almost since the school opened. But after almost four decades, Levija, 65, is retiring once the current school year ends.

    When he became AD, Bob Levija focused on girls’ sports, which are seeing unprecedented success.
  2. Plant High retires Houston Astros LF Preston Tucker's jersey number


    TAMPA — Preston Tucker, a 25-year-old Major League Baseball player living the dream, says he loves to come home and …

    Preston Tucker, Class of 2008, thanks the crowd at Plant High after his number was retired. “This is where it all started for me, and that means so much.”
  3. Prep scoreboard for Feb. 9


    Tuesday's scoreboard


    Tampa Prep 11, Santa Fe Catholic 1

    Pinellas Park 10, Dixie Hollins 6

    Jesuit 11, Middleton 0

    Out of Door 16, SP Catholic 4

    Calvary Chr. 7, Northside Chr. 2

    Bloomingdale 11, Armwood 1

    Georgiadis Tournament: Osceola 8, Boca Ciega 1; …

  4. Matt LePain steps down as Dunedin football coach


    Matt LePain stepped down as Dunedin's football coach after two seasons.

    Coach Matt LePain steps down at Dunedin after going 2-18 in two seasons. (Jim Damaske | Times)
  5. Girls basketball: Cape Coral 50, Clearwater 48


    CLEARWATER — In most games this season, Clearwater's opponents have been able to handle the heat — for a half. By the fourth quarter, the physical and mental strain of looking over their shoulder a quick-handed guard or dealing with the mad windmilling of another defender can be too much.

  6. Girls basketball: Palm Harbor University 65, Strawberry Crest 55


    DOVER — The first time Palm Harbor University played Strawberry Crest this season, the score was tied with less than two minutes to go. The Hurricanes, though, scored just 13 points in a poor second half, and the Chargers escaped to win the Indian Rocks Christian Tournament — and every other game they played …

  7. Girls basketball: Orlando Dr. Phillips 35, Newsome 30


    LITHIA — All season, Newsome relied on its physical defense and opportunistic shooting to eke out close victories.

  8. Girls basketball: Brooks DeBartolo 58, Tampa Catholic 38


    TAMPA — The bar is rapidly rising for the Brooks DeBartolo girls basketball team. The Phoenix advanced to a region final for the first time in school history with their 12th straight win, 58-38 over visiting Tampa Catholic in the Class 4A region semis.

  9. Girls basketball: Seffner Christian 76, Calvary Christian 67


    SEFFNER — When new districts were drawn last year and both Calvary Christian and Seffner Christian were placed in Class 3A, it made Tuesday's region semifinal almost a given. Both teams have made three straight appearances in the state semifinals and both were loaded again this season. But only one team could have …

    Seffner Christian's Chelsie Hall celebrates with teammates and Seffner Christian students after winning the Girls 3A Regional Semifinals, Seffner Christian against Calvary Christian, at Seffner Christian High School on Tuesday night, February 9, 2016.
  10. Girls basketball: Sarasota Booker 49, Spoto 28


    RIVERVIEW — It had been a dream season for the Spoto's girls basketball team. The team won its second district title in three years and advanced past the first round of regionals for the first time.

  11. Girls basketball: Armwood 67, Sunlake 50


    SEFFNER — Sunlake accomplished a lot this year. Armwood can accomplish even more after its 67-50 victory Tuesday in the Class 6A region semifinals, a win that has the Hawks one step from their first state semifinal since 2000.

  12. State soccer: Tampa Catholic firms up date with destiny


    MELBOURNE — Talk about a wild ride.

    Tampa Catholic's Bryson Boylan (5) and Taylor Patrick Floyd (24) embrace on the field immediately after defeating Bishop Kenny in the high school Class 2A Semifinal State Championship boys soccer game at Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (Gary Lloyd McCullough, Special to the Times)
  13. Prep scoreboard for Feb. 8


    Monday's scoreboard


    Northeast 4, Lakewood 1

    Carrollwood Day 4, Canterbury 0

    Dunedin 3, Indian Rocks Chr. 1


    Dixie Hollins 21, Gibbs 0

    Academy of the Holy Names 15, Brooks-Debartolo 0

    Plant 7, East Bay 2

    Cambridge Chr. 8, …

  14. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Andrea Wallace and Travis Bianco


    Andrea Wallace, Sunlake

    Andrea Wallace didn't think much of her basketball talent when she tried out for the team as a freshman.

    Sunlake basketball player Andrea Wallace. (courtesy of Reesa Hendrix Pledge)
  15. Boys soccer: Tampa Catholic savors long-awaited return to state final four


    The past week was one of the most memorable in Tampa Catholic's athletic history.

  16. Tulane G Taylor Emery's work ethic unchanged at next level


    TAMPA — It was just Taylor Emery's third collegiate basketball game, but the former Freedom High guard used the opportunity against Florida State to show her Tulane teammates and coaches just what she's about.

    Taylor Emery is averaging 18 minutes and seven points off the bench for the Green Wave.
  17. Boys basketball: Calvary victory over Shorecrest has familiar feeling


    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's Class 3A, District 8 championship game was eerily similar to last year's contest.

  18. Boys basketball: Tampa Prep avenges earlier Seffner losses


    TAMPA — In two regular-season defeats to Seffner Christian, the Tampa Prep Terrapins were missing a key piece.

  19. Wrestling: Brandon's Norstrem upholds Ippolito standard


    BRANDON — Senior Kyle Norstrem won his fourth title in the 32nd Tony Ippolito Wrestling Tournament and was named one of two outstanding wrestlers Saturday as host Brandon won the team championship for a 23rd straight time and 30th overall.

  20. Boys basketball: St. Petersburg 59, East Lake 45


    ST. PETERSBURG — All season, St. Petersburg had one of the best guard combinations in the bay area with Serrel Smith and Darius Banks providing a 1-2 scoring punch.