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  1. Tampa Catholic RB Devan Barrett will join familiar faces at Auburn

    Footballpreps

    In a highly anticipated moment, Tampa Catholic rising senior running back Devan Barrett announced his commitment to Auburn, ending a frantic recruiting period over the past year.

    Tampa Catholic running back Devan Barrett finds open space to run in the second quarter of a game between Berkeley Preparatory and Tampa Catholic at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.
  2. USF gets three more commitments for strong 2017 class

    College

    At his current rate of recruiting success, Willie Taggart may have to upgrade to a double-decker bus.

    The time that Willie Taggart spends with one recruit is the key to a verbal commitment.
  3. Tournament win makes golf career an option for former Gaither standout Jimmy Stanger

    Preps

    TAMPA — Jimmy Stanger loves business and golf so much that he works at both of them, constantly and intensely, about 16 hours a day.

    Every day.

    Jimmy Stanger, a former Gaither High standout and rising senior at the University of Virginia, recently captured the prized Southern Amateur golf tournament title with a 12-under par total that included a 6-under par 66 on the tournament’s final day.
  4. Ivy League or bust for Clearwater Central Catholic LB Tyler McDonald

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    Clearwater Central Catholic's Tyler McDonald wants to go to a college with an outstanding and well-deserved reputation for academics.

    In other words, he wants the Ivy League.

    Tyler McDonald of Clearwater Central Catholic has narrowed his college choices to a group of Ivy League schools, or Army.
  5. Ernie Chatman, a legendary Hernando County coach and runner, dies

    Crosscountrypreps

    BROOKSVILLE — One of Hernando County's greatest institutions wasn't stationary. Unlike Weeki Wachee Springs, Brooksville's Coney Island Drive-Inn or Tom Varn Park, Ernie Chatman never was embedded in a singular spot.

    Ernie Chatman
  6. Audra Leipold transfers to talent-rich Seffner Christian

    Preps

    Audra Leipold, a four-year starting guard at Academy at the Lakes and a key player in the Wildcats' run to the state tournament last season, has transferred to Seffner Christian. Leipold, a rising junior, led AATL with 24.8 points per game as a sophomore.

    Academy at the Lakes sophomore Audra Leipold takes a layup during the Class 2A Girls Basketball State Finals, Academy at the Lakes against Florida A&M University on Wednesday evening, February 17, 2016 at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland.
  7. Clearwater Central Catholic ATH CJ Cotman commits to Tennessee

    Footballpreps

    Clearwater Central Catholic athlete CJ Cotman decided to end the suspense of his recruiting process Wednesday night when he verbally committed to Tennessee. Cotman, who originally said he would make an announcement on national signing day in February, chose the Volunteers over 33 schools, including Florida State, Miami, …

    Clearwater Central Catholic's C.J. Cotman (21) rushes through the Tampa Catholic defense for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of Friday's (9/25/15) game in Clearwater.
  8. Riverview track club teaches its young athletes life skills

    Tranckandfieldpreps

    RIVERVIEW — Track and field is a sport typically quantified in time and distance. Jonathan Terry measures his athletes against a higher bar.

    My Brother’s Keeper, an all-boys track and field club in Riverview, focuses on community service. The athletes have completed more than 250 hours of service projects, and the fathers of the athletes have taken an active role in mentoring young men throughout the Tampa Bay area.
  9. ACL tears don't always shred college dreams

    Footballpreps

    Jaden Garrett went to the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp last month in hopes of impressing college coaches in attendance. The Durant High defensive back performed well. In one drill, he leaped for an interception.

    Durant High’s Jaden Garrett, who will be a senior in the fall, tore his ACL in an offseason camp. But schools such as Cincinnati are still sticking by their offers to the defensive back.
  10. Jerry English the latest Academy at the Lakes coach retiring

    Softballpreps

    LAND O'LAKES — Academy at the Lakes softball coach Jerry English has retired, according to athletic director Tom Haslam. English is the second high-profile retirement of the past week for the school. Girls basketball coach Karim Nohra retired Thursday after six seasons with the Wildcats and leading the program to …

    PT 158526 - - DELIVER TO: Pasco News - - 4/24/2003 - - Land O'Lakes - - CAPTION INFO: PHOTO 1/1: Land O'Lakes softball coach Jerry English (cq from reporter) was honored in a ceremony Thursday, 4/24/2003 before a softball game against Cambridge at Land O'Lakes. - - Times Photo by- Lance A. Rothstein - - Story By: Steve Lee - - SCANNED BY: ROTH - - RUN DATE: 4/26/2003
  11. East Lake swim alum Sydney Pickrem realizes Olympic dream

    Swimming

    At the Canadian Olympic trials three months ago, Sydney Pickrem and Emily Overholt were virtually synchronized on the final lap of the 400-meter individual medley, each circling their arms in a furious freestyle leg to the finish.

    Canada's Sydney Pickrem checks the timing board after a women's 200m individual medley heat at the Swimming World Championships, held in August in Kazan, Russia. [Associated Press (2015)]
  12. HomeTeam 100: Jesuit's Malik Davis born to run

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    TAMPA — Even before he was old enough to play, Malik Davis couldn't stay away from football.

    Jesuit running back Malik Davis is just 1,210 yards from breaking Ray Ray McCloud's Hillsborough County rushing record of 5,765 career yards. (Loren Elliott, Times)
  13. HomeTeam 100: Players 1-10

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    Our fifth annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into …

    Riverview High players warmup before a game against Lennard High at Lennard High School in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. (Loren Elliott, Times)
  14. HomeTeam 100: Players 11-20

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    Our fifth annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into …

    Palm Harbor University High School football players offer roses to cheerleaders moments before the beginning of Friday's (9/18/15) game with Newsome High School at Palm Harbor on the school's homecoming night.  (Douglas R. Clifford, Times)
  15. Academy at the Lakes girls basketball coach Karim Nohra retires

    Preps

    LAND O'LAKES — Successful Academy at the Lakes girls basketball coach Karim Nohra is retiring immediately, according to a news release sent from the school on Thursday.

    Academy at the Lakes girls basketball head coach Karim Nohra, right, watches as time expires in the third quarter with his team in a major deficit during Tuesday's (2/17/15) Class 2A State Semifinals game with FAMU at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland.
  16. HomeTeam 100: Players 21-30

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    Our fifth annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into …

     Robinson players run onto the field before the preseason game against Pinellas Park on Friday August 21, 2015. (Monica Herndon, Times)
  17. Seffner Christian's football team safe after scary bus accident on I-4

    Footballpreps

    SEFFNER — Seffner Christian athletic director Andy Holmes said he never saw the accident coming.

    The Seffner Christian football team was traveling by bus on I-4 Tuesday when the bus suddenly was forced into the center median. A car traveling next to the bus had a tire blowout. None of the players were injured but a police officer at the scene said it was a miracle the bus didn't go thru the median into oncoming traffic. (Courtesy of Will Beauchamp)
  18. Wiregrass Ranch grad John Gant tastes MLB action

    Ml

    ATLANTA — It's pretty safe to say there isn't a high school girls basketball team in Pasco County that can claim a more famous scorekeeper than Wiregrass Ranch.

    He's a major-league pitcher, after all.

    Wiregrass Ranch graduate John Gant made his first start for the Atlanta Braves in June.
  19. HomeTeam 100: Players 31-40

    Footballpreps

    Our fifth annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer - and promise of big things to come are all taken into …

    Armwood players observe the national anthem before facing Tampa Bay Tech during the spring football jamboree at Plant City High School in Plant City, Fla., on Thursday, May 19, 2016. (Loren Elliott, Times)
  20. Former Durant star pitcher Tyler Danish debuts in the Show

    Minors

    It was a typical weeknight for Tyler Danish. The former Durant High star was relaxing in his apartment after a long day at the ballfield. Danish kicked on Net­flix and settled in to watch.

    Just before midnight, the phone rang.

    Tyler Danish, 21, made his big league debut in June against the world champion Royals.