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  1. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay baseball teams

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    All-Pinellas Pitcher of the Year Connor Churchill (left) of East Lake and Player of the Year Eric Kennedy of Calvary Christian. (Jim Damaske, Times)
  2. Tampa Bay Times' all-Pinellas County baseball teams

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    Player of the Year: Eric Kennedy, Jr., Calvary Christian

    Calvary Christian's Eric Kennedy (Douglas R. Clifford, Times)
  3. Tampa Bay Times' all-Hillsborough County baseball teams

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    Player of the Year: Jordan Butler, Sr., Alonso

    King's  Brian Lee (Loren Elliott, Times)
  4. Tampa Bay Times' all-North Suncoast baseball teams

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    North Suncoast Player of the Year: John Oliveira, Sr., Springstead

    Springstead's John Oliveira (Brendan Fitterer, Special to the Times)
  5. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay softball

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    From left, Land O' Lakes' Tia Williams, Palm Harbor University's Savanna Bennett, Canterbury's Taylor Bump, Land O' Lakes' Callie Turner and Chamberlain's Hope Hernandez. (Chris Urson, Times)
  6. Coach Billy Turner's tenacity, kindness lauded in Tampa funeral

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    A portrait of longtime Hillsborough County high school football coach Billy Turner is seen at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, June 16, 2017.
  7. Tampa Bay Times all-Hillsborough County softball

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    Player of the year: Hope Hernandez, Sr., Chamberlain

    Chamberlain's Hope Hernandez poses for a photograph Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Westchase. (Chris Urso, Times)
  8. Tampa Bay Times all-North Suncoast softball

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    Player of the year: Tia Williams, Jr., Land O'Lakes

    Land O'Lakes shortstop Tia Williams (22) hits a double at the bottom of the fifth during the Class 6A softball title game between Land O'Lakes and American Heritage at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. Final score: Land O'Lakes 3, American Heritage 1. (Andres Leiva, Times)
  9. Tampa Bay Times all-Pinellas County softball

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    Player of the year: Taylor Bump, Sr., Canterbury

    Canterbury shortstop Taylor Bump (13) singles to leftfield in the bottom of the third during the Class 2A softball state semifinal game between Canterbury and Mount Dora Christian at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. (Andres Leiva, Times)
  10. Ex-Seminole star Brett Phillips enjoys first taste of the bigs

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    Brett Phillips' major-league debut was only supposed to last one day. The former Seminole High standout was called up by the Brewers from Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 5 to play against the Giants and pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

    Brett Phillips of the Milwaukee Brewers signs an autograph for a fan prior to the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 9, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
  11. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay girls track and field teams

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    Admiral Farragut senior Katie Barnett won or placed in four events at the state meet. (Times file, 2016)
  12. Dunedin football turns to longtime Pinellas County assistant Mitch Disney

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    Mitch Disney has been named the new football coach at Dunedin. Disney, 33, takes over for Todd Brooks, who was 0-10 in his only season as head coach. The Falcons have lost 24 straight games dating to the 2014 season.

  13. No second-guessing career path for Clearwater Threshers manager Shawn Williams

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    CLEARWATER — It's probably the toughest decision an aspiring Major League Baseball player can make — the one to no longer aspire.

    Shawn Williams, a former Clearwater Central Catholic standout, coaches the Florida State League’s Clearwater Threshers.
  14. Move to the mound pays off for Riverview's Freddy Tarnok

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    Riverview High's Freddy Tarnok was the highest area selection on the second day of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft. Tarnok, who pitched and played shortstop, was taken 80th overall in the third round by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. He is being drafted as a right-handed pitcher, which is impressive …

    Riverview’s Freddy Tarnok was taken 80th overall in the third round by the Braves.
  15. Six months after exit, Willie Taggart still winning big in Florida

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    When Willie Taggart took the Oregon job six months ago, exactly no one doubted USF's former coach - a Bradenton Manatee alumnus - would continue scouring Florida for talent. [AP photo]
  16. USF's Kevin Merrell 33rd pick by the Oakland Athletics

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    Perhaps fittingly, junior SS Kevin Merrell — USF's resident speedster — got off the draft board with stunning fleetness Monday night.

     USF infielder Kevin Merrell (6) connects for a double in the third inning of their American Athletic Conference game against Tulane Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Clearwater. The Bulls won 7-6.
  17. Toronto Blue Jays take Bishop McLaughlin alum Nate Pearson in first round

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    As a senior at Bishop McLaughlin two years ago, Nate Pearson was an impressive 9-1 with 109 strikeouts in 72 innings. But he was not drafted. Two years and two colleges later, Pearson was taken in the first round of Monday night's Major League Baseball draft.

    Nate Pearson. Plays baseball for the College of Central Florida in Ocala

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  18. Detroit Tigers draft Alonso alum Alex Faedo 18th overall

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    When Alex Faedo was coming out of Alonso High in 2014, the Tigers drafted him in the 40th round and pick No. 1,210.

    Florida starting pitcher Alex Faedo (21) throws against South Florida  during an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP) FLGAI325
  19. Fennelly: It was all about family for Hillsborough coaching legend Billy Turner

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    The last time I saw Billy Turner was a few weeks ago. I'd been thinking about him. People had asked about his condition. One high school football coach asked this way:

    "What's the score with Billy?"

    “Maybe I made a little bit of a difference along the way,” said storied Hillsborough coach Billy Turner, with wife Lucy, right.
  20. Tampa Bay: A major-league baseball breeding ground

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    A baseball breeding ground

    Florida starting pitcher Alex Faedo (21) throws against South Florida  during an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP) FLGAI325