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  • Jake Woodford makes two Plant players drafted on Day 1

    Jake Woodford makes two Plant players drafted on Day 1 Plant had a banner draft day Monday.  Right-handed pitcher Jake Woodford was picked 39th overall in the supplemental first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with Kyle Tucker's No. 5 selection by Houston, this is the first year any Tampa Bay ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Oakland takes Bloomingdale alum Richie Martin at No. 20

    Oakland takes Bloomingdale alum Richie Martin at No. 20 To say the week leading up to Monday had been difficult for Richie Martin is a little bit of an understatement. Martin, a Bloomingdale High alum, has had to battle the understandable urge to contemplate his future, while keeping his focus on his job as the Florida Gators’ starting shortstop. ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 9:07 p.m. | Antonya English

  • MLB draft: Kyle Tucker taken fifth overall by Houston Astros

    MLB draft: Kyle Tucker taken fifth overall by Houston Astros TAMPA — In the garage of former Plant High School outfielder Kyle Tucker’s South Tampa home are a couple broken windows, — evidence, he says, of his and brother Preston’s frequent Wiffle ball competitions. Their age difference — Kyle, 18, and Preston, 24 — made it so they never had ...
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    Mon. June 08, 2015 at 7:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Plant's Jake Woodford also a Day 1 draft possibility

    Plant's Jake Woodford also a Day 1 draft possibility Monday night when the Major League Baseball first-year player draft kicks off, Plant High School could have not just one player selected, but two. Kyle Tucker, who is predicted to go fifth overall by Baseball America and sixth overall by MLB.com, could be joined by teammate Jake Woodford, a 6-foot-5, ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 4:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Pressure a constant companion for MLB first-round draft picks

    Pressure a constant companion for MLB first-round draft picks TAMPA — Kyle Tucker can easily recall the days of pretending to be Ken Griffey Jr. while in the batter’s box as a little leaguer. Or getting a hit more times than not every time he stepped up to the plate at the Forest Hills youth baseball park, eventually leading ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 3:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Fast hoops ascent for Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox

    Fast hoops ascent for Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox TAMPA — Kevin Knox is only listed as a two-star recruit by verbalcommits.com. He is not even ranked by major recruiting services like ESPN, Rivals and Scout. Expect that to change. The Tampa Catholic small forward is coming off a sophomore season in which he averaged 24 points and 10 ...
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    Fri. June 05, 2015 at 12:52 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls track teams

    Pinellas Athlete of the Year: Brittany McGee, Sr., Admiral Farragut Why we picked her: The senior capped off her high school career with a record-setting performance at the Class A state meet. McGee won her first individual titles in the long jump (19-3.75) and triple jump (38-8), and defended her ...
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    Thu. June 04, 2015 at 5:21 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: East Lake coach Dan Genna resigns

    East Lake baseball coach Dan Genna has resigned after five seasons at the school. Genna was 102-39 while at East Lake and led the Eagles to the Class 7A state final in 2014. He will remain a teacher at the school. "I feel this is the best time to step ...
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    Thu. June 04, 2015 at 11:09 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Pair of Patriots commit to colleges

    Pinellas Park infielders Zachary Roberts and Ryan Griffith both committed to colleges this week. Roberts will attend Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama. Griffith will attend Milligan College in Tennessee. Roberts hit .500 in 26 games with the Patriots this season. He had nine home runs, 23 RBIs, 19 ...
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    Thu. June 04, 2015 at 10:17 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys track teams

    Hillsborough Athlete of the Year: Samson Moore, Sr., Gaither Why we picked him: Sure, there were others who excelled in more events during the season. But no one was as dominant as Moore was in the 300 hurdles. He won his signature event at every major meet during the regular ...
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    Wed. June 03, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Ellis, Grubb, Taylor pick community colleges

    Plant catcher Ryan Ellis, King OF Michael Taylor and King RHP Drew Grubb have all committed to play baseball at state colleges, King coach Jim Macaluso and Plant coach Dennis Braun said. Ellis, who is headed to St. Petersburg College, hit .329 last year as a junior, adding 18 RBI ...
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    Wed. June 03, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Holland, Pearson named Florida Dairy Farmers players of the year

    Bayshore Christian SS/RHP Evan Holland and Bishop McLaughlin RHP/INF Nate Pearson were named Class 2A and 3A players of the year, respectively, by the Florida Dairy Farmers and are finalists for the 2015 Mr. Baseball award.  Holland helped lead the Faith Warriors to the school's first state final four appearnce ...
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    Wed. June 03, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay tennis teams (with video)

    Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay tennis teams (with video) Boys Pinellas Player of the Year: Peter Litsky, Jr., Shorecrest Biggest accomplishment: Litsky was denied a spot in the state tournament last year after losing to Canterbury’s Evan Holvoet in the district final. This season he not only qualified for the state tournament, but won all three matches in the ...
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    Tue. June 02, 2015 at 5:07 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Pinellas Park's Zachary Roberts signs with Bishop State

    Pinellas Park infielder Zachary Roberts has committed to Bishop State in Mobile, Ala. Roberts played in 26 games this season for the Patriots and hit .516 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs. He had 19 stolen bases and scored 21 runs. Aside from being named the team's most valuable ...
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    Tue. June 02, 2015 at 3:54 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • MLB draft notebook: Bloomingdale RHP Crouse adds to arsenal

    MLB draft notebook: Bloomingdale RHP Crouse adds to arsenal Bloomingdale’s Logan Crouse, a 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher with a well-commanded slider, may have once been considered a one-trick pony. But this spring, Bulls coach Kris Wilken said, Crouse has proven he has many other tools that could make him a valuable selection in next week’s MLB first-year player draft.  Wilken ...
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    Mon. June 01, 2015 at 6:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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