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Charlotte Varnes - Sports Reporter

Sports Reporter

I grew up in Central Florida just a few miles from spring training facilities and a couple hours' drive from college football powerhouses. This environment, along with my experiences covering Big Ten athletics at Northwestern, sparked a lifelong love of sports. I love keeping up with what’s happening on the field, but some of my favorite stories I’ve written are about off the field storylines and dynamics. I can’t wait to dig into the complexities of some of Florida’s biggest sports teams in Tampa this summer. When I’m not in the press box, I’m probably running, listening to Taylor Swift, reading or baking.

  1. P.R.O. Youth Foundation players talk during a game.
  2. Mindy McCord is establishing the lacrosse program at USF after a successful run at Jacksonville.
  3. Bucs safety Nolan Turner (34) misses a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens during the first quarter of Friday's preseason opener at Raymond James Stadium.
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens (14) escapes Bucs linebackers SirVocea Dennis (8) and K.J. Britt (52) for a touchdown during the first quarter.
  5. USF athletic director Michael Kelly, pictured during a 2022 news conference, said Friday that AAC member schools have spoken about the possibility of adding schools left behind during the most recent round of conference realignment.
  6. Aaron Civale Civale made his first start for the Rays Saturday in Detroit, allowing nine hits and three earned runs in just over four innings.
  7. Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow greets teammates in the dugout before Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Tropicana Field.
  8. Bucs tight end Cade Otton (88), who is going into his second season, appears impressed with first-year offensive coordinator Dave Canales so far.
  9. USF women's soccer coach Denise Schilte-Brown watches a Women's World Cup group-stage match between the United States and the Netherlands during a watch party Wednesday at Riveters on Wednesday in West Tampa.
  10. Fans celebrate after the United States scores to tie the game against the Netherlands during a Women’s World Cup watch party Wednesday night at Riveters in Tampa.
  11. Rays shortstop Wander Franco reacts after striking out in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field.
  12. Rays interpreter Manny Navarro speaks with a staff member before a game against the Phillies earlier this month at Tropicana Field.
  13. Rays pitcher Taj Bradley pitches in the second inning against the Orioles at Tropicana Field on Sunday.
  14. The Orioles' Ryan O'Hearn watches the ball after hitting an RBI single against the Rays during the ninth inning Saturday at Tropicana Field.
  15. Brayden Taylor, who was selected 19th overall in the MLB draft by the Rays, talks with media before the start of Friday night's game.
  16. From left, Orioles outfielders Austin Hays (21), Aaron Hicks (34) and Colton Cowser (17) celebrate after knocking the Rays out of first place in the American League East on Thursday.
  17. Heroes from Costumes With A Cause pose with kids during the Clearwater Threshers Marvel's Defenders of the Diamond night on July 7 at BayCare Ballpark.
  18. Bianca Handwerker, 13, passes the ball during Berkeley Prep's summer beach volleyball camp in June in Tampa.
  19. Rays leftfielder Randy Arozarena (56) and Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia share a moment after Arozarena stole third base in the fifth inning of Sunday's game at Tropicana Field.
  20. The Braves celebrate after their 6-1 win over the Rays Saturday at Tropicana Field. Atlanta has taken the first two games of the three-game series that concludes Sunday.
  21. Centerfielder Justin Crawford, son of former Ray Carl Crawford, has excelled for the Phillies’ Class A affiliate in Clearwater this season and was chosen to play in the All-Star Futures Game.
  22. Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena (56) will square off against close friend Adolis Garcia in the opening round of Monday night's Home Run Derby in Seattle.
  23. Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson, left, and Rays pitcher Zach Eflin, right, share a moment as Eflin receives his 2022 National League Championship ring before Wednesday's game at Tropicana Field.