Kris Keppel, who coached Land O'Lakes High's cross country teams for 21 years, died Sunday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 53.
TAMPA — Peter Connelly hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and Jalen Williams blocked Shorecrest's last-second winning attempt as Plant beat the Chargers 54-53 in the tightest game of the day at the Derrick Brooks Invitational.
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Armwood High coach Sean Callahan looked out of his office door on a summer day in 2011 to see three boys and their mothers waiting to meet with him. It had become a familiar sight for Callahan, as would-be transfers often beat down his door to join a team fresh off its fourth state championship appearance in …
Take a quick glance at the Tampa Bay recruiting class for 2016, and a few big names appear to be missing.
SPRING HILL — Things didn't look promising for Universal Academy as the Class A, District 5 championship game closed in on halftime, but all of the momentum seemed to change on one long shot.
TAMPA — This season has largely been an uphill climb for Lakewood.
EAST LAKE — From tough defense to cramping desperation, rivals Palm Harbor University and East played valiantly through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods in the Class 5A, District 7 championship game. With no score, they extended the game as far as it could go — to the drama of penalty kicks.
TARPON SPRINGS — For most of Friday night's Class 3A, District 10 final against Tarpon Springs, Boca Ciega rarely got close to the Spongers' net. But the Pirates picked the right time to find their offense.
RUSKIN — East Bay forward Damian Fracchia knew Josh Valverde's corner kicks were often short, so he inched up to await the kick. Knowing his teammates' nuance paid off. Fracchia was in the right place at the right time and headed the ball into the net for the Indians' first goal in Friday's Class 4A-9 championship …
DADE CITY — The final whistle had barely finished echoing on Friday's District 3A-8 championship game, and thoughts of Sunlake and River Ridge staging a rematch were already being expressed.
TAMPA — Seventh-seeded Freedom had nothing to lose during Friday's Class 4A, District 8 final at Sickles. Though they were down two players before the match began, the Patriots played a spirited first half before falling 3-1 to top-seeded Wiregrass Ranch.
PALM HARBOR — Palm Harbor University's leading scorer, Marisa Ruland, was a spectator for Thursday's Class 5A region quarterfinal against St. Petersburg.
LARGO — The shackles were off, and Largo took full advantage.
SEMINOLE — There was no way East Bay was going to let it happen again. In last week's district final against Plant City, the Indians gave up a goal in the final minutes and lost the championship.
PLANT CITY — Four-time district champion Plant City was in a familiar spot, hosting a team from Seminole in a region quarterfinal. Unlike last season, however, the Raiders' season did not end with a home loss in that round.
TAMPA — Since losing to Largo in penalty kicks last season in the region semifinals, Robinson has kept the soccer ball safely nestled away on the bench. All the players have signed it, and the ball serves as a constant reminder of what could have been.
TRINITY — It took just a few minutes to recognize that Mitchell would outclass the visitors from Winter Haven on Thursday. But to have the game wrapped up by halftime? Even that seemed a stretch.
SPRING HILL — Heading into Thursday night's Class 3A region quarterfinal, Springstead was 1-11 all time in postseason play. That drought was left in the dust in a convincing shutout victory.
SPRING HILL — For more than a year and a half, Christian Pellage has been courted, his name known more readily by college recruiters than by classmates in the halls of his own school.