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  1. Tampa Bay district boys basketball preview

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    This week's district boys basketball tournaments will feature an eclectic mix: the brand-name teams, the underdogs, the overlooked and the never-saw-it-coming. • For those who crave upsets, look no further than the No. 3 seeds, the teams that just missed out on securing one of the two coveted spots in the …

    Chedonio Martin is averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds a game for Dunedin.
  2. Pasco brings Tough Team title back home

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    DADE CITY — Pasco coach Mark DeAugustino said a little bit of "home pride" factored into his team winning the 17th annual Tough Team Tournament on Saturday. The Pirates were runners-up to Lake Gibson last season.

  3. District girls basketball: Countryside 52, Northeast 45

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Countryside hopes of winning the school's first district title in girls basketball since 1993 did not start off well. The Cougars had two quick turnovers and fell behind 6-0 within the first two minutes against Northeast in Friday's Class 7A, District 9 final.

    From left, Almira Jones, Kristin Gaston and Kellie Gaston of Countryside cheer after their teams claims its first district championship since 1993 by defeating Northeast.
  4. District girls basketball: Coach likes Calvary Christian's defensive hustle

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    CLEARWATER — Calvary Christian used a 13-2 run in the second half to defeat Indian Rocks Christian 55-39 in the Class 3A, District 9 championship Friday at Clearwater Central Catholic.

  5. Region girls soccer: Palm Harbor University 1, Newsome 0

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    PALM HARBOR — The game plan for Palm Harbor University in its Class 5A region final match against Newsome was simple. The Hurricanes wanted to survive the first 20 minutes, find a way to score a goal and then hang on for dear life.

    They followed the script perfectly.

  6. District girls basketball: Freshman helps Plant get by Alonso

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    TAMPA — Sydney Johnson seldom left Angel Golden's side.

  7. Region girls soccer: Land O'Lakes neutralizes scoring threat, heads to state

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    LAND O'LAKES — The Land O'Lakes Gators are headed to the Class 3A final four after stopping Palm Coast Matanzas and goal-scoring machine Miracle Porter in a thrilling, smash-mouth 1-0 victory Friday night.

  8. Region boys soccer: Boca Ciega notches historic win

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    ST. PETERSBURG — An already historic season got even better for Boca Ciega on Thursday night. Playing in only the second region game in school history, and the first since 1994, the Pirates defeated Bradenton Southeast 1-0 in overtime. It is the school's first region win and sets up a Class 3A region semifinal …

  9. Region boys soccer: Goalie's clutch play lifts East Lake

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    ST. PETERSBURG — After a collision in overtime, East Lake goalkeeper Sean Caulfield writhed on the ground in pain. He hobbled to the sideline, unsure if he would return for the game — or the season — after suffering what he said could be ligament damage to his knee.

  10. Region boys soccer: East Bay notches first playoff win

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    GIBSONTON — The school fight song blared over the PA system, students rushed the field, and players hugged.

  11. District girls basketball: Strawberry Crest nabs another title

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    DOVER — With arguably the best player in Hillsborough County on its roster last year, Strawberry Crest followed Aliyah Gregory's leadership all the way to its first district championship.

  12. Shorecrest's culture of winning preps team for postseason play

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    When Daryl Blume took over the Shorecrest Prep boys basketball program midway through the 2010 season, he wasn't exactly handed a powerhouse.

    “I have 10 adopted kids,” said coach Daryl Blume.
  13. District girls basketball: Lakewood's turnaround evident

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Three weeks ago, Lakewood was floundering at 7-8 after losing to Bradenton Southeast and ultimately dropping to the No. 2 seed in the Class 5A, District 10 tournament.

    Class 6A-10: After scrapping for the ball, Dixie Hollins’ Alexis Bailey, center,  prepares to pass to teammate Hana Rizzo.
  14. District girls basketball: King knocks out Armwood

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    TAMPA — Armwood had its ticket to the Class 6, District 9 championship game all but punched as soon as it was matched up with King for Wednesday's semifinal. The first two times the Hawks and Lions met, Armwood won by at least 30 points.

  15. Kidd spurs Bulls' D

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    TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch junior guard Trakyra Kidd picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of Wednesday's Class 7A-8 district semifinal against Steinbrenner.

    Wiregrass Ranch’s Trakyra Kidd, who was a menace on defense against Steinbrenner, takes the ball down the court.
  16. District girls basketball: Land O'Lakes, River Ridge to meet a third time

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — After sluggish starts Wednesday, the top seeds rolled to victory in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals, with No. 1 Land O'Lakes topping Fivay 51-31 and host River Ridge dropping Tarpon Springs 60-26.

  17. District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense

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    TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch junior guard Trakyra Kidd picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of Wednesday's Class 7A-8 district semifinal against Steinbrenner.

    It didn't matter.

    Wiregrass Ranch’s Trakyra Kidd, who was a menace on defense for the Bulls, takes the ball down the court.
  18. Mitchell High basketball recruit feels early bond with Saint Leo

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    Sometimes high school athletes agonize over where to play in college. And sometimes, it's a pretty easy choice. Mitchell High School's Lawrence Watt falls into the latter category.

    Mitchell High School’s Lawrence Watt is averaging 21 points and 6.4 rebounds.
  19. East Lake's basketball coach crafts his own identity

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    EAST LAKE

    East Lake boys basketball coach Joe Bloznalis, who was battling Stage 3 lung cancer, announced four months ago that he was stepping down after 19 seasons.

    East Lake varsity basketball coach Britt Taylor, center, joins the team in celebrating a 3-pointer during the Jan. 9 game against Seminole High. The Eagles have already wrapped up the No. 2 seed in next week’s Class 7A, District 9 tournament.
  20. It's a team family for Crusaders basketball coach Don Dziagwa

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    TAMPA — Don Dziagwa has a pretty standard coach's office. Motivational posters hang on the walls, there's a cabinet full of awards and photographs of his family line the edge of his desk.

    Tampa Catholic coach Don Dziagwa, right, and his younger son, junior point guard Thomas Dziagwa,  during a timeout against Tampa Prep on Tuesday.