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  • Region softball: Tampa Catholic 9, Lakeland McKeel 3

    LAKELAND — McKeel pitcher Brandy Barquin appeared to be cruising entering the top of the fifth inning as she had retired 11 of 13 batters and had a one-hitter going through four innings. Then she couldn’t get out of the fifth inning. Tampa Catholic ripped four consecutive hits, after the ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 8:15 p.m. | The Ledger

  • Region softball: Academy at the Lakes 15, Hernando Christian 0

    TAMPA — Coaches like to say that beating a team three times in one season is no easy task. Sometimes, though, it is. Academy at the Lakes won its Class 2A region playoff opener Thursday afternoon at New Tampa Community Park, crushing Hernando Christian 15-0 in a game stopped by ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • All-state boys basketball, Class 8A and 7A

    The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops present the 2014-15 boys Class 8A and 7A all-state teams. Players were selected based on in-person evaluations, a review of all-area teams selected by media from around the state, and recognition from the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches. Class 8A FIRST ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 6:20 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Softball region quarterfinal capsules (Class 8A, 6A, 4A, 2A)

    Thursday’s region quarterfinal softball games Class 8A Plant (21-6) at Palm Harbor University (18-8): The Panthers have won 19 of their last 22 games and are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Last month, Plant won the Lady Canes Spring Tournament hosted by PHU. Both teams did ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 9:42 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District baseball: Calvary Christian, Indian Rocks Christian advance

    Johnnie Schneider pitched 5 2/3 innings, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter to earn the 4-0 Class 3A-9 semifinal win for Calvary Christian over Clerwater Central Catholic. Graham Hoffman got the save, pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. Eric Kennedy was 3-for-4 to lead ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region track: Drama to spare at 4A-2 meet

    Region track: Drama to spare at 4A-2 meet TAMPA — Wednesday’s Class 4A, Region 2 meet at Wharton fielded a pair of repeat champions. The Wharton girls won their second straight title with 97 points, comfortably out-distancing Osceola Kissimmee (56). East Lake was third (47) and Steinbrenner fourth (41).  The North Port boys won their third straight team ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:37 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • Region softball: Plant City 6, Wiregrass Ranch 4

    PLANT CITY — For the second straight game, Plant City overcame an early deficit for a postseason win. The host Raiders defeated Wiregrass Ranch 6-4 in Wednesday’s Class 7A region semifinal. “This game our team showed a lot of heart and made a lot of adjustments at the plate,” Plant ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District baseball: Wesley Chapel, Central pull upsets

    BROOKSVILLE — It will be an all-underdog championship game in the Class 5A, District 7 tournament. In the first semifinal Wednesday, Wesley Chapel narrowly topped Hernando 2-1 to earn its first playoff berth since the retirement of longtime coach Chuck Yingling. “Both pitchers threw outstanding,” Wesley Chapel coach Steve Mumaw ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District baseball: Osceola 2, Largo 1 (10 innings)

    District baseball: Osceola 2, Largo 1 (10 innings) SEMINOLE — Baseball is, and always will be, not just a game of inches but of opportunities. Just ask Largo, which lost a heartbreaking 2-1, 10-inning battle with Osceola in Wednesday’s Class 6A-10 semifinals. Stellar defense and hitting from freshman third baseman Josh Bartley helped starting pitcher Kyle Koker go ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:17 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • District baseball: Northeast vs. Seminole final on tap

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Northeast and Seminole met last week in the PCAC championship, the only thing at stake was bragging rights. When they meet again Friday, a Class 7A, District 9 championship is at stake. Northeast used a big sixth inning to surge past Countryside 6-2 in Wednesday’s first ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:15 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region softball: Tarpon Springs 4, Hernando 2

    BROOKSVILLE — In only its third postseason appearance, Tarpon Springs came to Tom Varn Park motivated to pick up the school’s first state playoff win Wednesday night. The result was a 4-2 victory over perennial contender Hernando, which was hosting its third consecutive first-round game. “All the hard work paid ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region softball: Countryside 4, Braden River 0

    CLEARWATER — Braden River’s offense has packed some punch, averaging nine runs in the past four games. That got the attention of Countryside coach Kaylyn Bayly, who figured there would be plenty of balls put in play in Wednesday’s Class 7A region quarterfinal. The game plan for Cougar starter Stella ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:02 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Robinson 10, Bradenton Bayshore 5

    TAMPA — There were postgame pictures by the scoreboard. A few tears of joy. Even a couple fireworks. History deserves a proper celebration. Robinson erased an early two-run deficit and got some key two-out hits, defeating visiting Bayshore 10-5 in a Class 5A region quarterfinal to capture the school’s first ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 10:53 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • District baseball: Steinbrenner exacts revenge

    TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch had a recent trend of sending Steinbrenner home with a crushed heart. Enough was enough as CJ Van Eyk took the mound, outpitching Wiregrass star Austin Drury for a 5-1 victory in Wednesday’s Class 7A-8 semifinals. Throwing 10 strikeouts, and giving up three walks and only ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 10:47 p.m. | Evan Abramson

  • Region softball: River Ridge 11, Nature Coast 9

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Nature Coast rapped out of a season-high 18 hits against River Ridge on Wednesday night. The Sharks, though, needed one more. Despite struggling without her best stuff, River Ridge pitcher Anessa Holes put herself in a jam in the seventh inning, then worked her way out ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 10:27 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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