TAMPA — Only one of Tuesday's 14 singles finals at the Class 2A, District 9 tournament contained any drama. It also had a trip to the individual state tourney on the line, and Tampa Catholic freshman Nick Yale grabbed it with a 6-1, 6-7, 10-8 defeat of Jesuit's Palmer Evans.
TAMPA — Steinbrenner's John Pfingsten hasn't been around long enough to know the history of the Class 4A, District 7 championships held at Hunter's Green, but he changed it with a finishing overhand smash.
DUNEDIN — For Dunedin, familiarity with Palm Harbor University didn't breed contempt, it bred respect.
CLEARWATER — Defending PCAC champions East Lake's girls and Countryside's boys were even bigger favorites coming into this year's conference meet after winning most of this season's events. Both teams won Thursday's PCAC conference meet handily, with East Lake's girls scoring 192 points, more than doubling up …
Tampa Bay coaches, alarmed by the number of athletes who already switch schools seemingly at will, have long clamored for the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt a more stringent transfer policy.
BRANDON — For seven innings, Brandon left-hander Antonio Velez put on a show, striking out 12 and giving up just one hit to district foe Durant.
But one hit was all the Cougars needed.
TRINITY —When Mitchell's Kelsea Vanderveer smacked her fourth home run of the season for a 2-0 Mitchell lead Tuesday, it had the feel of a put-away shot, especially considering it came off strikeout specialist Louisa Disi. But Springstead was far from deterred.
Last year's final of the Dunedin Spring Classic had the potential to be one of the best in its 45-year history. Clearwater Central Catholic, the top private school baseball team in the area with senior pitcher David Paul, was set to play Osceola, one of the area's top public school teams with Stanford-bound pitcher …
Almost a month ago, Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory announced his resignation, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. But almost immediately, Gregory said, he began having second thoughts.
BROOKSVILLE — While Coral Springs Charter was capturing the fourth annual Leopard Slam championship on the main field in a 5-0 win over South Sumter, defending champion Hernando was fighting for third place in its own tournament.
ST. PETERSBURG — Nothing was on the line except for pride. For any elite athlete, pride is enough.
The sixth annual USF-Steinbrenner Invitational has finally grown into its skin. It's become one of the premier invitational meets in the state and even with 72 teams competing, it ran like a clock on Saturday.
VALRICO — This was the game Plant's softball team had marked on its calendar, a matchup against the defending state champions. For a team trying to get back to regionals in one of the county's toughest districts, beating Bloomingdale was a key step.
Pinellas Player of the Year: Ryan Cooksey, Sr., Palm Harbor University
By Bob Putnam
Times Staff Writer
Tampa Catholic's boys basketball program was fined $500 and forced to forfeit five basketball games from the 2013-14 season (three junior varsity, two varsity) after a Florida High School Athletic Association investigation ruled a player had received impermissible benefits …
LAND O'LAKES — As tradition goes, there aren't a whole lot of girls track and field standouts who excel in other sports. The only steady crossover has been cross-country runners who do well in the track distance events. But for the top hurdler, sprinter and field athletes, the disciplines have for the most part …
Former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher and current Keswick Christian baseball coach Seth McClung was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.
CLEARWATER — Northeast lost its first game of the season and it took a no-hitter to do it.
Craig Watts, a four-star recruit with more than 20 Division I offers, has left Gibbs and is now enrolled at Admiral Farragut.
KISSIMMEE — Pinellas County brought nine hopefuls into Saturday's state championship semifinals at Silver Spurs Arena. Despite being bookended by heartbreak, six wrestlers blasted their way into finals, four emerging champions.