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  • Spring football: Jamboree at Strawberry Crest

    At Strawberry Crest Scores Armwood 21, Tampa Bay Tech 3 Plant City 14, Strawberry Crest 0 Spring game-breakers: In what was expected to be the unveiling of a touted, new-look Armwood offense, Tampa Bay Tech’s defense stole the show. After new quarterback Darrian McNeal scampered for a 68-yard touchdown on ...
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    Thu. May 21, 2015 at 9:56 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Decalon Brooks a rising defensive force at Gaither

    HomeTeam Huddle: Decalon Brooks a rising defensive force at Gaither TAMPA — Derrick Brooks spent 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers building a résumé worthy of a gold jacket and bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   Now, just 20 minutes north of Raymond James Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, his son, Decalon, has been busy trying ...
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    Wed. May 20, 2015 at 5:07 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • State baseball: First-inning collapse does in Durant

    State baseball: First-inning collapse does in Durant FORT MYERS — Pitching is what got Durant — a team that showed up at JetBlue Park on Wednesday giving up fewer than two runs per game — to its second state semifinal appearance in three years.  But with just one out to go in the top of the first ...
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    Wed. May 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Jefferson's Nelson Maldonado wins Wade Boggs Award

    Baseball: Jefferson's Nelson Maldonado wins Wade Boggs Award Jefferson senior Nelson Maldonado was presented the Wade Boggs Athletic Achievement Award on Wednesday morning in a ceremony during the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners monthly meeting. The award, now in its 10th year, is presented to a Hillsborough County baseball player who combines athletic, academic and community achievements. ...
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    Wed. May 20, 2015 at 11:22 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • State baseball: Durant boasts one-two punch on the mound

    State baseball: Durant boasts one-two punch on the mound PLANT CITY — Painted on the outside of the Durant baseball team’s clubhouse is the year 2013, commemorating the Cougars’ first trip to the state final four. That year, the story was all about current minor-leaguer Tyler Danish and his unblemished ERA, which the Cougars rode all the way to ...
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    Tue. May 19, 2015 at 4:50 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Armwood offense in spotlight for a change

    HomeTeam Huddle: Armwood offense in spotlight for a change SEFFNER — Armwood, ever the defensive juggernaut, had a banner year on that side of the ball last season, posting a school-record nine shutouts and giving up an average of 2.3 points per game through the regular season.   This year, though, the Hawks are taking on a new identity. ...
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    Mon. May 18, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • 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

  • Spring football: Berkeley Prep 14, Admiral Farragut Academy 0

    At Berkeley Prep Berkeley Prep 14, Admiral Farragut Academy 0 Spring game-breakers: The Berkeley Prep offense looked crisp after an opening-drive interception. New quarterback Sam Bennett did not throw an incompletion in the game and made crisp throws to his receivers. Six-foot-5 receiver Jacob Mathis hauled in three of Bennett's ...
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    Sat. May 16, 2015 at 9:43 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Running of the Bulls at Wiregrass Ranch?

    HomeTeam Huddle: Running of the Bulls at Wiregrass Ranch? WESLEY CHAPEL — Last year, Wiregrass Ranch’s leading rusher was a quarterback, Shane Bucenell (334 yards).   According to MaxPreps, Wiregrass has never had a 1,000-yard rusher, coming closest when Josh Johnson ran for 913 in 2009.   And as a team, the Bulls have never averaged 150 yards a game, ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 7:18 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Jesuit alum Lance McCullers Jr. set to make MLB debut

    Jesuit alum Lance McCullers Jr. set to make MLB debut Just eight days after former Plant High School stud Preston Tucker made his major-league debut with the Houston Astros, former Jesuit right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. was called up and will make his first MLB start Monday when the Astros take on the Oakland Athletics, the team announced Friday. McCullers, who ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 6:46 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Lead slips away late for Robinson

    State baseball: Lead slips away late for Robinson FORT MYERS — Two outs were all that Robinson needed to beat Archbishop McCarthy and advance to the Class 5A state championship game once centerfielder Darius Autry made a diving grab for the first out, ending the eye-popping play with a somersault to get back on his feet.  “After that ...
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    Fri. May 15, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Bayshore Christian falters vs. experienced Miami Brito

    State baseball: Bayshore Christian falters vs. experienced Miami Brito FORT MYERS — There was no doubt Bayshore Christian faced a challenge in taking on Miami Brito in Thursday’s Class 2A state championship game at JetBlue Park.  Coming into the matchup, Brito had won six state championships, including one in 2014. For the Faith Warriors, meanwhile, making it to the ...
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    Thu. May 14, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: Robinson ready to shed underdog status

    State baseball: Robinson ready to shed underdog status TAMPA — People crowded the stands around the baseball field at Robinson High on Feb. 11 — the third official day of the 2015 season — awaiting the latest installment of the rivalry between the Knights and Plant, the school located less than 5 miles away down Dale Mabry. It was ...
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    Thu. May 14, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • State baseball: 11th-inning rally sticks for Bayshore Christian

    State baseball: 11th-inning rally sticks for Bayshore Christian FORT MYERS — Entering Bayshore Christian’s Class 2A state semifinal against Seven Rivers Christian on Wednesday morning, right-hander and shortstop Evan Holland had gotten a hit nearly half the times he stepped up to the plate.  But for some reason, through the first nine innings at JetBlue Park, Holland just ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Calvary Christian, CCC land former Plant QBs

    HomeTeam Huddle: Calvary Christian, CCC land former Plant QBs Plant is always stocked with strong-armed quarterbacks.   So when Rex Culpepper became the starter last season, it was only natural that some of that depth would dwindle as backups looked for an opportunity to start elsewhere.   The exodus of signal callers has had a direct benefit for Calvary ...
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    Wed. May 13, 2015 at 4:48 p.m. | Bob Putnam

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