High School Sports

  1. Top prospect McCloud picks Clemson


    TAMPA —Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud III told a television audience Monday night that he would be attending Clemson for college, seemingly ending a long process that saw him evolve from a defensive back prospect too small to play running back to a highly coveted offensive weapon.

    But it wasn't as easy …

  2. Wiregrass Ranch promotes football assistant Artie Meza


    When Artie Meza left the interview for his first varsity head coaching job Thursday morning, he was told by Wiregrass Ranch athletic director Dave Wilson to expect a call either today or Monday about the decision.

  3. Spring Hill wins state Dixie baseball title


    Until Wednesday, host Sebring had won each of its four games of the Dixie Boys (ages 13-14) state championship by at least 10 runs.

    Champs: The under-14 Clearwater Lady Bombers won the Road to Orlando World Series, a 53-team event, on Saturday.
  4. Former Lakewood High basketball star transforms into pro body builder


    As a senior point guard at Lakewood High School in 2008, Reggie Reed was a scrawny 135 pounds. Fast forward to today and meet a 190-pound professional body builder.

    Reggie Reed will compete in the International Federation of Physique Athletes Pro Global Cup in Atlanta in September.
  5. Two sisters, former Wiregrass Ranch tennis players, aim for the pros

    Tennis Preps

    TAMPA — On this sultry weekday morning, sisters Sarah and Elizabeth Means aren't busy soaking up sunshine on the beach or relaxing like many college students often do during summer vacation.

    Sarah Means, a rising FGCU senior, finished 10-10 in tough singles competition last season.
  6. Tampa Bay natives dot CFL rosters


    Josh Johnson always had his sights set on the NFL. The former Pasco High standout completed his four seasons as a defensive back at Purdue in 2012 and was invited to Chargers camp in 2013 as an undrafted free agent.

    Ex-Pasco High star Josh Johnson has an interception and two sacks as a defensive back for the CFL’s British Columbia Lions.
  7. Recruiting heats up


    College commitments continue to pile up week after week this summer. Here are some recent ones you might have missed:

  8. Three area youth baseball/softball teams claim state titles


    Three Tampa Bay youth baseball and softball clubs captured titles over the weekend.

  9. Sling N Shoot top Tampa Bay performers


    Area teams came up big in the weekend Sling N Shoot 7-on-7 tournament at USF, with three teams — Armwood, East Lake and Alonso — making the semifinals. Armwood eventually prevailed, beating East Lake 20-13 in the championship Sunday. Here are the players who caught our eye Sunday:

    Top 10 …

  10. Peyton Walker steps up her game for Seffner Christian


    SEFFNER — One weekday morning in June, the Seffner Christian girls basketball team filed into the school's gymnasium for a workout. It wasn't even 8, but the Crusaders immediately took to the court with a 3-on-3 drill.

    Peyton Walker, the reigning Tampa Bay Times Hillsborough County Player of the Year, is one of just two returning seniors.
  11. Academy at the Lakes football coach hangs up his whistle


    Throughout a seemingly endless career, the thought of one day reaching retirement rarely crossed John Castelamare's mind.

    After 43 years of coaching, John Castelamare is calling it quits … again. Mostly known for his time spent coaching at Wesley Chapel High, he has coached football at Academy at the Lakes since 2010. He started with a six-man squad and grew it to an eight-man team in four years.
  12. Safety Harbor Stone Crabs headed to national softball competition


    CLEARWATER — For girls with Division 1 softball dreams, the journey sometimes begins while playing for competitive travel teams — and even before they reach high school.

    Safety Harbor Stone Crabs power hitter Taylor Norwood, 13, of Clearwater puts bat to ball last week during batting practice at Anytime Hitting in Clearwater. The fast-pitch travel softball team was created in 2011.
  13. Bloomingdale hires alum Brian Surcy as football coach


    Bloomingdale names Surcy football coach

  14. 2016 standout T.J. Chase heads to IMG


    Most things in T.J. Chase's life revolve around football and his future in it. But when it came to making one of his biggest decisions to date, the 2016 Division I recruit had something else on the mind.

    Plant City’s T.J. Chase is the fifth bay area player in two seasons to take his talents to Bradenton.
  15. Spring Hill volleyball standout plays at tournament in Croatia

    Volleyball Preps

    SPRING HILL — When Alyssa Mathis steps into the gym — not to mention onto the volleyball court — she is generally the center of attention.

    Rising Bishop McLaughlin senior volleyball player Alyssa Mathis left Tuesday with a Bring It USA all-star team for the 10th European Global Challenge Sunday through Thursday in Croatia.
  16. HomeTeam 100: Players 91-100


    Our third annual countdown of the top 100 high school football players in Tampa Bay. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration.

    Wiregrass Ranch quarterback Shane Bucenell expects his final high school season to be his best yet.
  17. Alonso wins Battle of the Bay 7-on-7 tourney


    TAMPA — Three weeks ago, Alonso beat Armwood at UCF's 7-on-7 tournament on a Hail Mary pass.

  18. Golfer chases amateur title


    TRINITY — Despite being one of the leaders of Mitchell High's inaugural state-qualifying golf team, Donnie Gabrelcik still hasn't secured a scholarship offer from a big-time college.

    Donnie Gabrelcik qualified for the prestigious U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship by finishing second during a qualifying tournament at Fox Hollow golf course in Trinity.
  19. Q&A with Florida State golfer Jack Maguire


    Jack Maguire left St. Petersburg High School as the 2013 Class 2A state golf champion. He entered Florida State University as one of its top recruits — and didn't disappoint. Maguire ended his season with a 70.92 stroke average, won two tournaments (USF Invitational and the Mason Rudolph Championships) and …

    DIRK SHADD |  Times  (St. Petersburg, December 4, 2012)  All-Pinellas County golfers of the year: St. Petersburg's Jack Maguire and Palm Harbor University's Lauren Coe pictured in the Times Studio Tuesday afternoon (12/4/12). [DIRK SHADD, Times]
  20. Seven players, one springboard for football prospects


    TAMPA — They said Pete DiNovo wasn't big enough to play college football. They said his arm wasn't strong enough, his aim not pure enough, and there were higher-ranked prospects out at the IMG National 7-on-7 Championships that were everything the East Lake High quarterback wasn't.

    Berkeley Prep quarterback Brad Mayes will play for Team Tampa at the IMG national 7-on-7 tournament.