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  • Track: East Lake girls, Countryside boys prevail in PCAC meet

    CLEARWATER — Defending Pinellas County Athletic Conference champions East Lake’s girls and Countryside’s boys were even bigger favorites coming into this year’s meet after winning most of this season’s events. Both teams won Thursday’s PCAC meet handily, with East Lake’s girls scoring 192 points, more than doubling up Osceola’s 89. ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Softball: Dunedin 5, Palm Harbor University 4

    DUNEDIN — For Dunedin, familiarity with Palm Harbor University didn’t breed contempt, it bred respect. On top of coach Sarah Coleman’s connection as a 2009 Hurricanes graduate, PHU starting pitcher Taylor Scott was trolling the outfield for the Falcons just last season.   Thursday night, Scott dazzled her former teammates ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 11:42 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Bill to ease transfers still in play

    A bill that would make it easier for some students to transfer for athletic purposes was approved by the House Education Committee on Thursday and moves on to another committee in the House for perusal. The latest bill aimed to negate some of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Latest bill targeting FHSAA, easing transfers fires up coaches

    Tampa Bay area 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.  But a bill that the House Education Committee is scheduled to hear Thursday does the opposite, ...
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    Wed. March 25, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Springstead 4, Mitchell 3

    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 putaway shot, especially considering it came off area strikeout leader Louisa Disi. But Springstead was far from deterred. Instead the Eagles came to life, ...
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    Tue. March 24, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Baseball: East Lake 2, Northeast 1 (nine innings)

    EAST LAKE – J.J. Yergey already had three hits as he stood at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night in a 1-1 game against Northeast. Yergey was confident that if he got a pitch anywhere near the strike zone he would end ...
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    Tue. March 24, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Durant 1, Brandon 0

    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 as it turned out, one hit was all the Cougars needed.  Velez had retired 10 of 12 batters before senior second baseman Cade ...
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    Tue. March 24, 2015 at 10:06 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Edmilly Molina, female winner for March 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Edmilly Molina, female winner for March 14-20 Female Hot Shot winner: Edmilly Molina, Plant City Plant City scratched its way back late in a pivotal Class 7A, District 7 game against rival East Bay last week, to the point where a solid hit might be enough to send the game into extra innings. Edmilly Molina got more ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 6:54 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nate Pearson, male winner for March 14-20

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nate Pearson, male winner for March 14-20 Male Hot Shot winner: Nate Pearson, Bishop McLaughlin Whenever Nate Pearson is on the mound, Bishop McLaughlin coach Jeff Swymer believes his team should win. So far this season, he has been right.  Pearson, a senior right-hander, has been nearly unhittable. In his five starts, he is 3-0 with a ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 5:34 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for week of March 23 1.Canterbury (12-1, 2-0) This week:  Monday at Keswick Christian; Thursday-Saturday (Kissimmee Klassic) Lowdown: The Crusaders’ lone loss was to Class 5A, No. 5 ranked Belleview in nine innings at the Gulliver Prep Slamfest two weeks ago. Turns out, Belleview is one of the strongest teams in the state, especially after ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 3:46 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 23

    HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for week of March 23 1. Brandon (12-2) This week: Tuesday vs. Durant; Friday vs. Tampa Bay Tech Lowdown: Since losing in extra innings at the Saladino tournament, the Eagles have won three straight and outscored opponents 17-1. Drayden Williams is hitting .450 to pace the offense, and Antonio Velez already has seven wins as ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

  • Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach

    Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach 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.  He said he never really wanted to leave, and still seeing his players every day at school ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 10:31 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Softball: Nature Coast tops Hernando in Leopard Slam consolation game

    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. The Leopards squared off against county rival Nature Coast in the consolation final, ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Basketball: Emery outshines Pinellas stars

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nothing was on the line except for pride. For any elite athlete, pride is enough. At Eckerd College on Saturday, Pinellas County’s girls all-stars proved naysayers wrong by battling back against Hillsborough County’s senior standouts, turning a 15-point deficit into a four-point second-half lead. But any team ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:19 a.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Track: Plant’s Guyton posts top national 1,600 time

    Track: Plant’s Guyton posts top national 1,600 time TAMPA -- 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. Two Tampa athletes crashed their way into the national spotlight with jaw-dropping times. ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:08 a.m. | Andy Warrener

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