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  1. Jefferson to retire former coach Pop Cuesta's number

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    TAMPA — After 43 years as baseball coach at Jefferson High, Emeterio "Pop" Cuesta retired at the conclusion of the Dragons' 2014 season. Tonight, though, the longtime coach will be back on Jefferson's diamond when his uniform No. 1 will be retired in a special ceremony before a game against King.

    Emeterio “Pop” Cuesta was the baseball coach at Jefferson for 43 years.
  2. New coach signals turnaround for Springstead's baseball program

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    SPRING HILL — Last season, a formerly successful Springstead High coach was ousted amid turmoil within the baseball program. With a new face leading the team, the Eagles look rejuvenated.

    Springstead High School pitcher Miguel Martinez warms up in the bullpen during practice on Monday. The Eagles, with Martinez as one of their top starters, have started the year 5-0 after finishing last season 11-14. Read more about the Eagles and their turnaround on Page 12.
  3. State title would trump PCAC disappointment for Gibbs, Tarpon

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    Gibbs and Tarpon Springs were supposed to meet last month in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference high school boys basketball championship game.

    Kansas State recruit Barry Brown has been a consistent leader for Gibbs, averaging 23 points per game, but this will be his first trip to the state tournament in Lakeland.
  4. State boys basketball: Shooting touch eludes Academy at the Lakes

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    LAKELAND — Academy at the Lakes' magical and surprising run through the playoffs ended Tuesday afternoon.

    Agape guard Mike Brannum, the game’s leading scorer with 19 points, goes to the hoop against Academy at the Lakes’ Seth Oliver.
  5. Recruiting: Berkeley Prep's Bo Peek picks Stanford

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    Berkeley Prep defensive tackle Bo Peek committed to Stanford, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday.

    Bo Peek, left, and Saivion Smith are two of the top area players in the class of 2016.
  6. State basketball: A first, final milestone for Academy at the Lakes' Haslams

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    In the pandemonium following the biggest win in school history, Academy at the Lakes boys basketball coach Tom Haslam went looking for his son Ethan, who also happens to be his best player.

    After coaching the Academy at the Lakes boys basketball team for six seasons, Tom Haslam finally has a team in the Class 2A state semifinals — and sharing the court with his son Ethan just makes the feat more special.
  7. Region boys basketball: Trio of Pinellas teams advance to state

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    TARPON SPRINGS — The clock was exhausted and Jerry Woodka awaited the inevitable, standing with his hands at his knees along the Tarpon Springs bench.

  8. Track: Hillsborough, Steinbrenner win Johnson invite

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    TAMPA — Hillsborough's boys team claimed its fourth straight Charles Johnson Invitational title on Saturday, led by Virginia Tech football signee Dwyane Lawson.

  9. Region boys basketball: Buzzer-beater sends Jefferson to state

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    TAMPA — They had produced the unthinkable for the previous 20 seconds, but with four seconds left, everyone on Jefferson was thinking the same thing.

    Get the ball to Maurice Moore.

  10. Wrestling: Pasco takes SAC title

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    TRINITY — On the strength of eight finalists, Pasco wrapped up a second straight Sunshine Athletic Conference title on Saturday.

  11. Track: Admiral Farragut girls, Lakewood boys take titles at city meet

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Admiral Farragut's girls track team has always done well at the Class A level.

  12. Softball: Newsome 3, Alonso 2

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    LITHIA — Reliever Claire Feldman came in to shut down Class 8A, District 7 foe Alonso and got the go-ahead hit for host Newsome in Friday's 3-2 win.

  13. Baseball: East Lake 3, Jesuit 2

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    EAST LAKE — He had two strikes against him, but if the first six innings had taught East Lake centerfielder Sawyer Wirth anything, it was that good things come to those who wait. So as he stood at the plate in a tie ballgame against Jesuit, he blocked everything else out of his mind.

  14. Region boys basketball: Academy at the Lakes books first state trip

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    LAND O'LAKES — Tom Haslam couldn't hold it in anymore.

  15. Softball: Countryside 2, Northeast 0

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Talent is one thing but a little extra knowledge can be just as important.

  16. Baseball: Springstead 5, Central 2

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    SPRING HILL — If Springstead was looking to recapture the success it attained only a couple seasons ago, the team took a big step toward that goal Friday night.

  17. State girls basketball: Land O'Lakes denied again in 5A semis

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    LAKELAND — Land O'Lakes spent all week preparing for its Class 5A state semifinal opponent, Jacksonville Paxon. Despite all the drills and film, the Gators were not ready for the real thing.

    After fouling out of the game, Land O’Lakes center Jhade Hayes walks over to the Paxon bench to shake hands during the last minute of the game.
  18. Boys basketball: Jefferson out to make a little history

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    It's hard to blame teenagers, many of whom were born in the late 1990s, for not knowing much about 1974. How can they possibly wrap their heads around a world without smart phones, PlayStation 4s and Snapchat?

    Taj Jenkins and Jefferson are in the program’s first boys basketball region final since 1974.
  19. Tampa Bay baseball preview

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    High school baseball season is in full swing, and if the first few games have taught us anything, it's that there are more questions than answers. Is there an area team capable of making a state title run like Jesuit did last season? Is there a surprise team that gets to the state tournament like Sunlake did in 2014? Do …

    Times all-North Suncoast player of the year, River Ridge's Jason Heinrich.
  20. Boys basketball notebook: East Bay savors long-awaited return to region finals

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    The East Bay players converged at midcourt to celebrate. They jumped and shouted, and when they finally started to disperse, they hugged each other.