TAMPA —Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud III told a television audience Monday night that he would be attending Clemson for college, seemingly ending a long process that saw him evolve from a defensive back prospect too small to play running back to a highly coveted offensive weapon.
But it wasn't as easy …
When Artie Meza left the interview for his first varsity head coaching job Thursday morning, he was told by Wiregrass Ranch athletic director Dave Wilson to expect a call either today or Monday about the decision.
Until Wednesday, host Sebring had won each of its four games of the Dixie Boys (ages 13-14) state championship by at least 10 runs.
As a senior point guard at Lakewood High School in 2008, Reggie Reed was a scrawny 135 pounds. Fast forward to today and meet a 190-pound professional body builder.
TAMPA — On this sultry weekday morning, sisters Sarah and Elizabeth Means aren't busy soaking up sunshine on the beach or relaxing like many college students often do during summer vacation.
Josh Johnson always had his sights set on the NFL. The former Pasco High standout completed his four seasons as a defensive back at Purdue in 2012 and was invited to Chargers camp in 2013 as an undrafted free agent.
College commitments continue to pile up week after week this summer. Here are some recent ones you might have missed:
Three Tampa Bay youth baseball and softball clubs captured titles over the weekend.
Area teams came up big in the weekend Sling N Shoot 7-on-7 tournament at USF, with three teams — Armwood, East Lake and Alonso — making the semifinals. Armwood eventually prevailed, beating East Lake 20-13 in the championship Sunday. Here are the players who caught our eye Sunday:
Top 10 …
SEFFNER — One weekday morning in June, the Seffner Christian girls basketball team filed into the school's gymnasium for a workout. It wasn't even 8, but the Crusaders immediately took to the court with a 3-on-3 drill.
Throughout a seemingly endless career, the thought of one day reaching retirement rarely crossed John Castelamare's mind.
CLEARWATER — For girls with Division 1 softball dreams, the journey sometimes begins while playing for competitive travel teams — and even before they reach high school.
Bloomingdale names Surcy football coach
Most things in T.J. Chase's life revolve around football and his future in it. But when it came to making one of his biggest decisions to date, the 2016 Division I recruit had something else on the mind.
SPRING HILL — When Alyssa Mathis steps into the gym — not to mention onto the volleyball court — she is generally the center of attention.
Our third annual countdown of the top 100 high school football players in Tampa Bay. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration.
TAMPA — Three weeks ago, Alonso beat Armwood at UCF's 7-on-7 tournament on a Hail Mary pass.
TRINITY — Despite being one of the leaders of Mitchell High's inaugural state-qualifying golf team, Donnie Gabrelcik still hasn't secured a scholarship offer from a big-time college.
Jack Maguire left St. Petersburg High School as the 2013 Class 2A state golf champion. He entered Florida State University as one of its top recruits — and didn't disappoint. Maguire ended his season with a 70.92 stroke average, won two tournaments (USF Invitational and the Mason Rudolph Championships) and …
TAMPA — They said Pete DiNovo wasn't big enough to play college football. They said his arm wasn't strong enough, his aim not pure enough, and there were higher-ranked prospects out at the IMG National 7-on-7 Championships that were everything the East Lake High quarterback wasn't.