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  • State softball: The game is in Boca Ciega ace’s bloodline

    State softball: The game is in Boca Ciega ace’s bloodline GULFPORT — For Boca Ciega ace Caylie VanAuken, baseball and softball are part of her family’s history. • Her great-grandfather, Don Machen, was a longtime baseball coach at Largo who started Cross Bayou Little League. • Her great-uncle, Lance VanAuken, is the vice president of Little League Baseball. • Her ...
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    Tue. May 05, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 6A state semifinal capsule

    State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 6A Chamberlain  (24-9) vs. Stuart South Fork (23-2-1), Friday 7:20 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Orange Park Oakleaf vs. Ocala Forest champion in Saturday’s title game at 7:05 p.m. The lowdown: The Chiefs are ...
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    Tue. May 05, 2015 at 5:39 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alexis Blasingane, female winner for April 25-May 1

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alexis Blasingane, female winner for April 25-May 1 Female Hot Shot winner: Alexis Blasingane, Boca Ciega  Boca Ciega catcher Alexis Blasingane still is amazed by her team’s incredible run to reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history. “It’s just indescribable,” Blasingane said. “I was speechless when we won every single (playoff) game.  “I knew ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 2A state semifinal capsule

    Softball: Class 2A state semifinal capsule State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 2A Canterbury (25-3) vs. Aucilla Christian (16-11), Friday 1 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Belle Glade Glades-Boca Raton Grandview Prep champion in Saturday’s title game at 1:35 p.m. The lowdown: This is a rematch ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:16 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 5A state semifinal capsule

    State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 5A Boca Ciega (10-10) vs. Plantation American Heritage (24-1-1), Wednesday 7:20 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Baker County vs. Belleview champion in Thursday’s title game at 7:05 p.m. The lowdown: The Pirates, who entered ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:07 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 8A state semifinal capsule

    Softball: Class 8A state semifinal capsule State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 8A Newsome (20-5) vs. Hagerty (28-3), Friday 3:30 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Parkland Douglas vs. Miami Coral Reef champion in Saturday’s title game at 4:35 p.m. The lowdown: The Wolves are in the ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Kistemaker, Anderson swap top spots

    State track: Kistemaker, Anderson swap top spots JACKSONVILLE — On Saturday, Osceola’s Jen Kistemaker and Mitchell’s Taylor Anderson renewed their friendly rivalry in the pole vault at the Class 3A state meet at the University of North Florida. Last year, Anderson won the event. This time, it was Kistemaker’s turn. In the finals, Kistemaker was the only ...
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    Sat. May 02, 2015 at 9:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Brittany McGee paces Admiral Farragut to title

    State track: Brittany McGee paces Admiral Farragut to title JACKSONVILLE — At first glance, it appeared Admiral Farragut’s girls did not have the necessary depth required to compete for team title at the Class A meet at the University of North Florida. What the Blue Jackets lacked in numbers, they made up for in talent. Four girls combined to ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Seffner Christian’s Jamari Johnson upholds family tradition

    State track: Seffner Christian’s Jamari Johnson upholds family tradition JACKSONVILLE — Seffner Christian senior Jamari Johnson comes from a family that specializes in the shot put and discus. His uncles both won state titles in throwing events, as did his mother. On Friday, Johnson joined them as a champion after winning his first state title in the discus with ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • 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: Class 2A roundup

    Bayshore Christian 8, Keswick Christian 4: The Faith Warriors started another playoff push by taking advantage of a quick start to beat the Crusaders. Bayshore went up 7-3 in the fourth inning, more than enough of a cushion to hold on for the win. David Santiago and Evan Holland combined ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 11:41 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Newsome 9, Palm Harbor University 4

    PALM HARBOR — Newsome’s mantra throughout its playoff run has been pitching and defense. That is what helped the Wolves make the postseason for the first time since 2009 and win their first region quarterfinal since 2008. But for Newsome to take the next step, it had to rely on ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 10:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Twins Brittany and Dontae McGee share competitive fire

    Twins Brittany and Dontae McGee share competitive fire ST. PETERSBURG — As twins, Admiral Farragut Academy’s Brittany and Dontae McGee gained their closeness — and competitiveness — early. Brittany was born first, two minutes before Dontae. Athletically, Dontae got the head start as a wrestler. Brittany, though, picked up some of those moves and used them to settle ...
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    Tue. April 28, 2015 at 7:22 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Madisyn Palmer, female winner for April 18-24

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Madisyn Palmer, female winner for April 18-24 Female Hot Shot winner: Madisyn Palmer, River Ridge  Madisyn Palmer is the archetypal leadoff hitter — a scrapper who can drop a bunt, slap a hit or work the count to reach first base.  The River Ridge senior has been getting on base a lot lately. She is batting .517 ...
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    Mon. April 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • 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

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