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  • 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 softball: Newsome no-hits Bloomingdale

    TAMPA — Claire Feldman didn’t care about the strikeouts. Or the lone walk. Or the near perfect game. For Feldman, it was about redemption. “That’s awesome because (Bloomingdale) knocked us out last year,” she said. “It was good to get revenge.” Feldman tossed a no-hitter, struck out 17 and the ...
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    Tue. April 14, 2015 at 11:42 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Softball: Bloomingdale 1, Riverview 0

    VALRICO – Bloomingdale’s Lace Smith was dominant in the circle and helped scratch out a first-inning run as the Bulls knocked Riverview from the ranks of the unbeaten, defeating the visiting Sharks 1-0 Tuesday night. “It was nerve racking,” Smith said. “Every one-run game is like that but I’m proud ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 10:46 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Boys basketball: Jefferson out to make a little history

    Boys basketball: Jefferson out to make a little history It’s hard to blame teenagers, many of whom were born in the late 1990s, for not knowing much about 1974. How can they possibly wrap their heads around a world without smart phones, PlayStation 4s and Snapchat? “To me,” said Jefferson junior forward Cameron Padgett, “it seems like forever ago.” ...
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    Thu. Feb. 19, 2015 at 4:35 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region boys soccer: Merritt Island 2, Jesuit 0

    TAMPA — For the first 50 minutes or so Friday night, everything seemed to be leaning toward Jesuit. The Tigers had homefield advantage with a raucous student section as clever as they were loud. They dominated play. And Jesuit, typically a strong second half team, seemed poised for the breakthrough ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 10:51 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region girls basketball: Sarasota Riverview 57, Plant 52

    TAMPA  — Plant battled through foul trouble and an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to make it a one-possession game late but the Panthers couldn’t quite complete the comeback, losing 57-52 to Sarasota Riverview in a Class 8A region quarterfinal Thursday night. “This entire season the kids have just finished games and ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region boys soccer: Jesuit 8, Tarpon Springs 0

    TAMPA — Six Tigers scored as Jesuit breezed into the Class 3A region semifinals with a tidy 8-0 win against visiting Tarpon Springs in a match that lasted just more than an hour. The Tigers (21-2-2) ran their unbeaten streak to eight and haven’t been scored upon in the past ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 9:31 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • District boys soccer: Jesuit 3, Bradenton Southeast 0

    TAMPA — And the beat goes on. Jesuit cruised past visiting Bradenton Southeast 3-0 Friday night to capture the 3A-9 title, the Tigers’ 26th district championship in the past 28 years. “No, it never gets old,” said Jesuit coach Eric Sims, who also played for the Tigers. “Anytime you can ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:16 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Region girls soccer: Robinson 4, Tarpon Springs 0

    Region girls soccer: Robinson 4, Tarpon Springs 0 TAMPA — Since losing to Largo in penalty kicks last season in the region semifinals, Robinson has kept the soccer ball safely nestled away on the bench. All the players have signed it, and the ball serves as a constant reminder of what could have been. “We’ve carried (the ball) ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • District girls soccer: Plant City ekes one out vs. rival

    District girls soccer: Plant City ekes one out vs. rival PLANT CITY — Kylee Burroughs assisted on one goal and struck for another in the final two minutes to lift Plant City past East Bay 3-2 for the 4A-9 championship. It was the fourth consecutive season the Raiders have knocked off the Indians in the title match. “I think this ...
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    Fri. Jan. 16, 2015 at 10:43 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Newsome’s nemesis looms over successful season

    Newsome’s nemesis looms over successful season LITHIA — Intimidation can appear in many different forms. For Newsome High School, at times, it’s been as simple as a color scheme. “I think part of it could be the name on the jersey and their reputation,” Wolves senior guard Danny Morales said. “I can’t speak for everybody but ...
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    Thu. Jan. 15, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Girls soccer: Newsome, Jenkins reach 5A-6 final

    VALRICO — The Class 5A, District 6 girls soccer bracket held true to form Tuesday as the top two seeds, Newsome and George Jenkins, advanced. The No. 1 Wolves defeated Strawberry Crest 8-0 and the No. 2 Eagles slipped past Wharton 2-1, sending both winners through to Friday’s district title ...
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    Tue. Jan. 13, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Boys soccer: Riverview’s Lozada outscores tourney host King

    TAMPA — At this rate, King’s athletic department may want to consider renaming the tournament. Marc Lozada piled on two more goals as Riverview defeated the host Lions 2-1 to capture the King Invitational Tournament for the third consecutive year. “This was a pretty special game (Saturday),” Riverview coach Darik ...
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    Sat. Jan. 10, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Girls soccer: Newsome edges Plant City 2-1

    LITHIA — Newsome scored two late goals during a four-minute stretch and held on to defeat Plant City 2-1 Friday night. But outcome aside, the regular-season finale was exactly what both coaches hoped for ahead of next week’s district tournaments. “You couldn’t ask to play a better team before districts ...
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    Fri. Jan. 09, 2015 at 10:23 p.m. | Brandon Wright

  • Boys soccer: Jesuit tops hosts to win Berkeley Prep Invitational

    TAMPA — Maybe Berkeley Prep coach Tim Cooper summed it up best during the awards ceremony of the Berkeley Prep Invitational. “That was a championship-worthy goal,” he said. “In a championship match.” The goal Cooper spoke of was the one that sealed the Buccaneers’ defeat as Jacob Starnes connected on ...
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    Mon. Dec. 22, 2014 at 8:05 p.m. | Brandon Wright

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