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  • Spring football: Anclote 63, Springstead 32

    At Springstead Score Anclote 63, Springstead 32 Spring game-breakers: Anclote showed its potential Thursday night against the strength of the Springstead program. Rising junior running back Braxton Johnson, who led the Sharks with 733 yards and three touchdowns on the ground last season, carried the ball 20 times for 178 ...
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    Thu. May 21, 2015 at 11:17 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • IMG's football success divisive

    IMG's football success divisive IMG Academy coach Kevin Wright has been around impressive high school football programs in the past. His previous stops include Warren Central and Carmel, which annually compete for state titles in Indiana.  But even Wright, hired March 30 to replace Chris Weinke, marveled at the sheer size of IMG during a ...
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    Sat. May 16, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Springstead clears offensive hurdles

    HomeTeam Huddle: Springstead clears offensive hurdles SPRING HILL — Youth and inexperience on the offensive side of the ball forced Springstead to rely heavily on standout fullback Daniel Wright last year.   And while the senior produced, the one-dimensional attack eventually cost the back the last two weeks of season with a knee injury. “Wright was ...
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    Tue. May 12, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for May 2-8

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, May 2 through Friday, May 8. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. May 09, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. | Times Staff

  • State softball: Aucilla Christian ends Canterbury's reign on top of 2A

    State softball: Aucilla Christian ends Canterbury's reign on top of 2A photo gallery VERO BEACH — At the end, the sheen of dominance Canterbury had acquired during its two-year reign as state champion was replaced by vacant stares. The Crusaders, who were trying to become the first bay area team to win three straight state titles as well as surpass Palm ...
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    Fri. May 08, 2015 at 3:13 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Tampa Catholic boasts robust roster

    HomeTeam Huddle: Tampa Catholic boasts robust roster  TAMPA — Tampa Catholic might look a little different when it takes the field this fall, but that’s because the Crusaders, much to coach Mike Gregory’s delight, will be a bit more whole.   Last season Tampa Catholic lost wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers and athlete Bentlee Sanders to season-ending injuries, ...
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    Thu. May 07, 2015 at 6:16 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Cozy not in Hernando coach’s vocab

    HomeTeam Huddle: Cozy not in Hernando coach’s vocab BROOKSVILLE — Bill Vonada may just be starting his second season at the helm of the Hernando High football team, but he’s by no means a newcomer to coaching. Before coming to Hernando, Vonada spent 15 years as the head coach at nearby Springstead, retiring from that post in 2012. ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 5:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 25-May 1

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, April 25, through Friday, May 1. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. May 02, 2015 at 10:53 a.m. | Times Staff

  • State track: Pasco’s Alfreda Steele nabs two titles

    State track: Pasco’s Alfreda Steele nabs two titles JACKSONVILLE — It took Pasco’s Alfreda Steele all of two attempts in the long jump to win her first state title in the event at Friday’s Class 2A state meet. Steele, a junior, cleared 19 feet in the preliminaries, a mark that left her well ahead of her competitors and ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region baseball: Dunedin 2, Central 0

    BROOKSVILLE — Central came into Thursday night’s Class 5A region quarterfinal as one of the hottest teams in the Tampa Bay area. The stellar pitching of Dunedin’s Colton Widdows cooled the Bears off as the Falcons emerged with a 2-0 victory. “I just kept throwing strikes and let the defense ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 10:21 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Mitchell eyes prize in new, tougher district

    HomeTeam Huddle: Mitchell eyes prize in new, tougher district TRINITY — A taste of the postseason, Mitchell’s first in 11 years, has the Mustangs questing for the next step: a district title. But they’re placed in the new, strong and remarkably balanced-looking Class 6A-6 along with Sunlake, Pasco, Springstead and Land O’Lakes. “Sunlake and Pasco stand out as the ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere and Darek Sharp

  • Region baseball: Not the usual playoff field

    Region baseball: Not the usual playoff field Boca Ciega coach Ralph Rogers stopped himself in mid-sentence. “We are hosting Robinson … wait, hosting? Yes. We are hosting. Feels great to say that. Haven’t been able to say that before,” he said. That’s because the Pirates hadn’t won a district championship since 1988. That team fell one game ...
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    Tue. April 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Athlete update: Keith Harrington becomes a top option at Washington State

    Athlete update: Keith Harrington becomes a top option at Washington State As a three-year starter at Northeast, Keith Harrington showed off the acceleration and elusiveness that made him one of the top 15 all-purpose running backs in the nation in the 2014 class. Because of his size (5 feet 7, 174 pounds), Harrington was moved to slot receiver after signing with ...
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    Sun. April 26, 2015 at 6:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay boys and girls track honor roll

    Track Honor roll The marks/times listed were compiled from results off flrunners.com Boys 100 – Alex Gray (Admiral Farragut) 10.50, Terence Ware (Lakewood) 10.74, V’Onte Williams (Wharton) 10.74, Allan Robinson (Wharton) 10.79, Jordan Williams (Lakewood) 10.80; 200 – Malik Wright (Tampa Bay Tech) 21.21, James Hambrick (East Bay) 21.27, V’Onte ...
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    Sun. April 26, 2015 at 12:16 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball region semifinal capsules

    Softball region semifinal capsules Softball region semifinals Tuesday's games Class 8A Newsome (18-5) at Palm Harbor University (19-8): The Wolves’ win over Sarasota Riverview in last week’s region quarterfinals was their first in the postseason since 2008. Pitching and defense have been key for Newsome. In their last six games, the Wolves have allowed ...
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    Sun. April 26, 2015 at 8:41 a.m. | Bob Putnam

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