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  1. Holiday wish list of Tampa Bay's playoff football teams

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    Rabid shoppers will converge on area malls today for the latest high-tech gizmos and gadgets — all at slashed prices, of course. But on high school football fields around Tampa Bay and beyond, players won't be entertaining dreams of steals and stocking stuffers. Instead, they're focused on attaining a little …

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  2. Playoff football: Profiling the home teams

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    Region finals

    7A: Fort Myers (12-0) at East Lake (12-0)

  3. Armwood's Noah Johnson out to prove he has the goods as a QB

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    TAMPA — Every single Armwood High School starting quarterback since 1995 has gone on to play Division I-A or I-AA football, a streak that is even more impressive when the Hawks' defensive tradition is taken into consideration.

    Sean Callahan on Noah Johnson and other Hawk QBs: “We’ve taken an athlete and …  taught him how to be a quarterback.”
  4. Ryan Davis close to reeling in Pinellas County's passing record

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Barring something unforeseen, Lakewood High School's Ryan Davis should be Pinellas County's all-time leading passer by the end of Friday night's Class 5A region final at Live Oak Suwannee. He needs only 68 yards to break former East Lake standout Pete DiNovo's record of 6,733 career passing yards. …

    Lakewood High School QB Ryan Davis on the field on the first day of high school football practice at Lakewood High in St. Petersburg Monday evening (08/05/13). Lakewood got a whopping 5 transfers from Northeast just two weeks before practice started up.
  5. Clearwater Central Catholic sophomore will start under center

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    Sophomore will start under center for CCC

    Clearwater Central Catholic QB Jeff Smith attends a team practice on Thursday (8/7/14) at the school in Clearwater.
  6. Hernando County high school wrestling preview

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    A longer season means more time to grow, and in some cases, more time to rest before the postseason. High school wrestling teams will look to take advantage of some major changes made by the Florida High School Athletic Association this year. The state tournament will move from its longtime home at the Lakeland Center …

    Springstead’s Billy Swift, left, battles Brandon’s Dontae McGee during the 2A 170-pound state wrestling championships last season.
  7. Can anyone contain Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain?

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    TAMPA — Deon Cain is going to get the ball.

    Tampa Bay Tech senior quarterback Deon Cain is a Clemson recruit.
  8. Girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch 62, Academy of the Holy Names 35

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    TAMPA — Last week Amanda Melosky missed a Wiregrass Ranch basketball practice because she had a soccer game for her Greater Tampa Bay Football Club team. Wiregrass Ranch protocol meant she had to miss the first half of the Bulls' game against Academy of the Holy Names on Tuesday night.

  9. Boys basketball: Jesuit 71, Shorecrest 50

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Jesuit was well aware of what happened last season when it let Shorecrest rally for a one-point win.

  10. Indian Rocks quarterback make golden choice: football over baseball

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    LARGO

    Indian Rocks Christian quarterback Garrett Ross-Johnson does not have overwhelming statistics. He is not the fleetest of foot. He does not have a cannon for an arm or the size to run over defenders.

    Indian Rocks quarterback Garrett Ross-Johnson will lead the Golden Eagles against Glades Day in the Class 2A state semifinals Friday in Belle Glade.
  11. Humble Hudson builds winning tradition at East Lake

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    EAST LAKE — He does not prowl the sidelines frenetically. He does not scold his players with salty language. He does not get easily agitated.

    Bob Hudson has tallied 10 playoff wins in his 12 seasons as East Lake’s head coach.
  12. Boys basketball: Tampa Prep 71, Calvary Christian 49

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    CLEARWATER — Juwan Durham scored 25 and sophomore guard Amari Goulbourne continued to impress, adding 16 points Monday in Tampa Prep's 71-49 victory at Calvary Christian.

  13. Playoff football: Tampa Bay's road warriors

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    Four of Tampa Bay's seven remaining playoff football teams will hit the road Friday night. Lakewood and Indian Rocks Christian have the farthest to travel by far, and the competition is stout in every matchup.

    Region finals

  14. Sunday morning quarterback

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    Team of the week

    Indian Rocks Christian. The Golden Eagles have the type of statistics befitting a team ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2A. Their 48-12 win over Naples First Baptist marked the 10th win this season by 35 points or more. The offensive balance was on display with Theo …

    Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain during practice at Tampa Bay Technical High School in Tampa on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.
  15. HomeTeam Hot Shots

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    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Nov. 15 through Friday, Nov. 21. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up on all of …

  16. Football: Lakewood 26, River Ridge 3

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood prepared all week to stop River Ridge running back Chris Schwarz, and for good reason. Schwarz has gained 2,536 yards this season and is the main reason the Knights advanced to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.

    Jarrett Colquitt stops River Ridge running back Chris Schwarz. Schwarz gained 158 yards, well under his average.
  17. Football: Gainesville 27, Sunlake 19

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    GAINESVILLE — Sunlake spent most of its Friday night in comeback mode, not a good place to be against a team that hasn't lost a home playoff game in 37 years. Despite Sunlake having a chance to force overtime late, Gainesville held on for a 27-19 victory.

  18. Football: East Lake 37, Braden River 21

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    BRADENTON — For the past three weeks, East Lake was accustomed to getting big plays from its special teams and having receiver George Campbell streak down the field on long receptions.

    East Lake’s Kyle Fearrington gives a stiff arm to Braden River’s Anthony Marino on a run.
  19. Football: Tampa Bay Tech 20, Sickles 16

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    TAMPA — Here it comes little brother …catch it.

  20. Football: Orlando Dr. Phillips 24, Plant 10

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    ORLANDO — After a lopsided first half of football that the perennial state title contenders weren't quite used to playing, Plant came out revitalized in the second half of Friday's Class 8A region semifinal against Dr. Phillips. Its defense forced back-to-back three-and-outs, and the offense kept up by scoring 10 …

    Dr. Phillips’ Jonathan Pollock tackles Plant’s “Scoop’’ Bradshaw.