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  1. State track: Kistemaker, Anderson swap spots at the top

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    JACKSONVILLE — On Saturday, Osceola's Jen Kistemaker and Mitchell's Taylor Anderson renewed their friendly rivalry in the pole vault at the Class 3A state meet at the University of North Florida.

    East Lake senior Chigozie Atavwigho clears a hurdle en route to a third-place finish in 37.93.
  2. State track: Brittany McGee paces Admiral Farragut to title

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    JACKSONVILLE — At first glance, it appeared Admiral Farragut's girls did not have the necessary depth required to compete for team title at the Class A meet at the University of North Florida.

    Admiral Farragut senior Brittany McGee, left, notches one title in the 100 hurdles, then tags on three more — in the long jump, triple jump and 300 hurdles.
  3. State track: Seffner Christian's Jamari Johnson upholds family tradition

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    JACKSONVILLE — Seffner Christian senior Jamari Johnson comes from a family that specializes in the shot put and discus. His uncles both won state titles in throwing events, as did his mother.

    Tampa Catholic’s Nicole Carroll clears the bar at 12 feet in the pole vault en route to a second-place finish at the Class 2A meet.
  4. Region softball roundup: Newsome stays cool, fends off rally

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    LITHIA — Newsome was coasting along with a 3-0 lead late in Friday's Class 8A region final when, according to coach Autumn Dunn, the inevitable ensued. Orlando Timber Creek mounted a comeback, but the Wolves staved off that rally for a 3-2 win.

  5. State track: Pasco's Alfreda Steele nabs two titles

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    JACKSONVILLE — It took Pasco's Alfreda Steele all of two attempts in the long jump to win her first state title in the event at Friday's Class 2A state meet.

    Pasco junior Alfreda Steele clears 19 feet in the long jump for her first state title in the event. She later won a title in the 100 meters.
  6. Region softball roundup: Boca Ciega's Cinderella season continues

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    GULFPORT — A 5-10 regular season that included as many mercy-rule losses as victories didn't exactly scream deep postseason run for Boca Ciega.

  7. Northeast's Anthony Crandon enters state track meet as favorite

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    Northeast High School's Anthony Crandon rounded the final curve in the 400 meters, his arms shredding the air, his legs still pumping high. As the rest of the field started to stagger, Crandon found the wherewithal to make up steady ground in the homestretch and cross the finish first.

    Northeast’s Anthony Crandon, left, is focusing on college scholar-ships in the 400.
  8. East Lake track and field athlete goes from 'raw' to dominant

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    In the past four years, East Lake High School's Chigozie Atavwigho has solved the complex physics equation of running and high-stepping without crashing in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

    Chigozie Atavwigho is favored to place in the top seven in two events at the Class 4A state meet in Jacksonville on Saturday.
  9. UCF ace and Plant City High grad has heart and an arsenal to match

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    Sift through the curve and screwball. Rummage around the 65 mph heater and low-50s changeup. For good measure, look beneath the riseball and above the dropball.

    Mackenzie Audas owns University of Central Florida career records in victories (75), strikeouts (947), no-hitters (five), saves (10), appearances (143) and starts (120). She was the Tampa Bay Times’ 2011 Hillsborough County Pitcher of the Year.
  10. Region baseball roundup: Northeast bows out in quarterfinals

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Come playoff time, execution can spell the difference between advancing and packing up your equipment.

  11. Region baseball roundup: Lakewood upsets Jesuit

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    TAMPA — At Raymond Stadium James Stadium, thousands of football fans were not surprised when the Bucs made quarterback Jameis Winston the first pick in the NFL draft.

  12. Region baseball roundup: Craparo goes distance for Robinson

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    ST. PETERSBURG — For much of the season, Boca Ciega and Robinson relied on the same style to win games. Both teams leaned on their pitching and defense and hoped to score enough runs to win.

    Robinson starter Tommy Craparo goes the distance in a complete-game shutout of Boca Ciega.
  13. Region baseball roundup: Steinbrenner prevails in 16th inning

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    LUTZ — For the first several innings of the region quarterfinal between Brandon and Steinbrenner on Thursday night, it seemed as if whichever starting pitcher lasted the longest on the mound would win the game.

  14. Region softball: Boca Ciega dispatches Robinson

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    GULFPORT — Boca Ciega scored three runs in the fifth inning Thursday and used a strong outing from starting pitcher Caylie VanAuken to earn a 6-2 win over Robinson in the Class 5A region semifinal. Boca Ciega will host Lemon Bay today at 4 p.m.

    Boca Ciega’s Caylie VanAuken turns in another solid start on the mound, finishing with 12 strikeouts in the Pirates’ 6-2 win.
  15. Region baseball roundup: Wesley Chapel ekes one out

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Having just completed a comeback from down three runs, there was still a bit of tension for Wesley Chapel to work through Thursday.

  16. HomeTeam Huddle: Mitchell eyes prize in new, tougher district

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    A taste of the postseason, Mitchell's first in 11 years, has the Mustangs questing for the next step: a district title. But they're placed in the new, strong and remarkably balanced-looking Class 6A-6 along with Sunlake, Pasco, Springstead and Land O'Lakes.

    Mitchell wide receiver Dominic Fiumara: “Our goal is the district championship, but it’s gonna be tough.”
  17. Region baseball roundup: Hillsborough's Jensen goes the distance

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    SEMINOLE — Hillsborough could not have scripted its Class 6A region quarterfinal any better. Terriers' starting pitcher Jared Jensen threw a complete-game three-hitter, Hillsborough's defense played error free and it came up with just enough offense to defeat Osceola 4-1 Wednesday night.

  18. Region softball roundup: Newsome gets bats going at right time

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    PALM HARBOR — Newsome's mantra throughout its playoff run has been pitching and defense. That is what helped the Wolves make the postseason for the first time since 2009 and win their first region quarterfinal since 2008.

  19. Region softball roundup: Admiral Farragut snags a bit of revenge

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    ST. PETERSBURG — When Admiral Farragut and Northside Christian met in the district final, the Mustangs scored early and got solid pitching. The opposite happened in Wednesday's Class 3A region semifinal.

  20. Region baseball roundup: Mitchell well-prepared for Leto

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    TAMPA — Knowing his team would face tough Leto left-hander Felix Dieguez — who came into the playoffs with 97 strikeouts — in Wednesday's region quarterfinal, Mitchell coach Scot Wilcox was determined to get the Mustangs ready for it.