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  1. Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox decides to stick to one sport


    By Bob Putnam and Kelly Parsons

    Times Staff Writer

    For as long as Kevin Knox can remember, he has divided his time between football and basketball.

    QB Kevin Knox at Tampa Catholic on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
  2. Plant LB Joe Ryan settles on Army


    Plant linebacker Joe Ryan plans to attend Army West Point, Panthers coach Robert Weiner said Tuesday.

    Plant LB Joe Ryan is among Tampa Bay's top defensive players. (Octavio Jones | Times)
  3. Pinellas Park boys basketball coach Nick Miller steps down


    Pinellas Park boys basketball coach Nick Miller stepped down after two seasons to pursue a better opportunity in private business.

  4. Pasco CB Jayvaughn Myers commits to Florida


    Pasco cornerback Jayvaughn Myers has orally committed to Florida, Myers announced Tuesday via Twitter.

    Pasco's Jayvaughn Myers has blown up in the offseason and is taking his talents to Florida. (
John C. Cotey | Special to the Times)
  5. New football season brings new faces to varsity teams


    Dale Foster never realized how much he missed football until it was taken away from him.

    Dale Foster, left, hopes to be Pinellas Park’s next top RB. Bishop McLaughlin’s Cam Diaz branches out from baseball.
  6. Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek transfers to Plant


    Berkeley Prep defensive tackle and Stanford commit Bo Peek has transferred to Plant, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Sunday evening.

    Berkeley Prep's Bo Peek, one of Tampa Bay's top defensive players, has transferred to Plant. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
  7. East Lake's Jake Hansen commits to Iowa State


    East Lake linebacker Jake Hansen put an end to his recruiting process by committing to Iowa State over the weekend.

  8. FHSAA requires athletes to study up on concussions


    For the past five years, the Florida High School Athletic Association has made sure its coaches were educated about concussions. Now it's making sure student-athletes are as well.

    MRI scan of former Plant High football player Richy Klepal's brain. Klepal sustained a fifth concussion as a senior that ended his football career. Beginning this athletic season, all high school athletes in Florida must complete courses on concussions provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations before being eligible to compete. [Courtesy Florida Orthopeadic Institute]
  9. Spoto goes above and beyond to keep athletes academically eligible


    RIVERVIEW — On most summer days, Dale Caparaso spends his mornings alone at home.

    Anne Caparaso, the wife of Spoto's football coach, works with player Anthron Dicks during a tutoring session. She has spent her past few summers helping keep the football players academically eligible. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  10. Late transfers remake high school football rosters in Hernando and Pasco


    High school football programs in Hernando and Pasco counties are just now starting to catch their breath after a frenzied summer of transfers, particularly among offensive skill players.

    Demetrius Barry of Anclote High School, left, reaches for Daniel Davis of Tarpon Springs High during a preseason game last August. Barry recently transferred to Springstead.
  11. Trio of Panthers vying to replace Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper


    On Monday afternoon, Plant's first workout since senior quarterback Rex Culpepper tore his ACL in a weekend 7-on-7 tournament, coach Robert Weiner began the day by reminding his team that the season wasn't over; to stay motivated out of respect for their teammate.

    Junior Dane Frantzen (5-10, 185) is a former JV quarterback, and rushed for nearly 200 yards and two scores last year at fullback. [

  12. Coach Bob Hudson changes mind, stays at East Lake


    East Lake's Bob Hudson, who walked away as football coach two weeks ago, had a change of heart and returned to the program Monday, athletic coordinator Tim O'Keefe said.

    East Lake coach Bob Hudson had stepped down earlier this month but had a change of heart. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD
 | Times
  13. Plant QB Rex Culpepper tears ACL


    TAMPA —Plant High quarterback Rex Culpepper tore his right ACL on Saturday at USF's Sling N Shoot 7-on-7 tournament and is out for the season, Panthers coach Robert Weiner confirmed.

    Plant QB Rex Culpepper during practice at Plant High School on Monday, May 15, 2015.
  14. HomeTeam 100: Tampa Catholic's Nate Craig-Myers ready to make up for lost time


    It took Nate Craig-Myers several minutes into Tampa Catholic's spring football game with River Ridge to find his flow. But once he did, there was no doubt the five-star recruit would pick up exactly where he left off last fall. • The senior wide receiver missed the entire 2014 season — his first for …

    Nate Craig-Myers is among the top recruits in the nation for the 2016 class and is our top overall player in Tampa Bay.
  15. Davis comes home to 'shed some light'


    TAMPA — Ryan Davis wants neighborhood kids to enjoy the rest of their summer vacation. But when it is time for school, he also wants to make sure they're prepared.

    Ryan Davis left Bethune-Cookman early to prepare for the NFL draft, but returned to get his degree.
  16. Injured Sunlake LB/FB Xavier Johnson showing improvement


    After 57 days at St. Joseph's Hospital following a jet ski accident, Sunlake linebacker and fullback Xavier Johnson will likely be transferred this week to a rehabilitation hospital in Jacksonville, Seahawks coach Bill Browning said Monday.

    Before the start of the Sunlake at Hernando spring football game, the Sunlake Seahawks burst through a banner that says "This one's for you X" in honor of teammate Xavier Johnson. BRENDAN FITTERER  | Times
  17. East Lake football coach Bob Hudson steps down


    East Lake football coach Bob Hudson, who led the program to the state semifinals the past two seasons, said he has stepped down after 12 seasons to pursue a career opportunity outside of the teaching and coaching worlds.

    Bob Hudson was 91-48 in 12 years at East Lake including eight playoff appearances.
  18. Recruiting roundup: Plethora of Division-I commitments


    Area football players have been committing to college programs left and right this summer. Here are a few recent pledges you may have missed:

    Admiral Farragut’s Craig Watts likes Wisconsin.
  19. Armwood captures 7-on-7 football title


    TAMPA — Even in 7-on-7, Armwood's defense ruled the day.

    Zephyrhills’ Jackie Tucker, back, and Jefferson’s Tyrese Spain reach for an end-zone pass in the Battle of the Bay tournament.
  20. Trevor Laurent bolsters Armwood's offense


    SEFFNER — Armwood didn't really miss wide receiver Trevor Laurent, coach Sean Callahan admits thinking to himself, as his Hawks continued to roll over every regular-season opponent they faced last year.

    Wide receiver Trevor Laurent returns to Armwood this season after missing last season due to disciplinary reasons.