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  • Region baseball: Lakewood 8, Jesuit 6

    TAMPA — At Raymond Stadium James Stadium, thousands of football fans were  not surprised when the Bucs made quarterback Jameis Winston the first pick in the NFL draft. The shocker came a mile away at Jesuit, where Lakewood stunned the defending state champion Tigers 8-6 Thursday night in a Class ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region softball: Holy Names 9, Tampa Catholic 6

    TAMPA — Brittany Bramwell follows instructions well. Down 0-2 in the count with the bases loaded, Academy of Holy Names coach Don Barron called a timeout to speak to his sophomore first baseman. “I said, 'If (Tampa Catholic pitcher Emily Small) brings one down the pipe, you know what to ...
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    Tue. April 28, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District baseball: Tampa Catholic 3, Berkeley Prep 0

    TAMPA — Winning the Class 4A, District 10 championship wasn’t as easy as 1-2-3 for Tampa Catholic. Reeves Martin tossed six shutout innings, and Mike Murphy escaped a seventh-inning jam as second-seeded Tampa Catholic (15-11-1) defeated No. 1 Berkeley Prep (12-13) 3-0 Friday night. Neither team retired the side in ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 11:00 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District baseball: Carrollwood Day, Bishop McLaughlin on to final

    TAMPA — It was a night of firsts for Carrollwood Day and Bishop McLaughlin right-hander Nate Pearson on Tuesday in the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals. Third-seeded Carrollwood Day (14-8) defeated No. 2 Tampa Prep (14-11) for the first time behind senior Bryce Benedict’s 5-1 complete-game victory. Pearson, an FIU ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District softball: Leto nabs region spot

    TAMPA — The Leto players weren’t born when coach Kelly Hacker-Carpenter discovered the team-oriented philosophy of softball. The Falcons have learned from her past. For the second time in Hacker-Carpenter’s four years — and the fifth time in school history — No. 2 seed Leto earned a postseason berth Wednesday ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 9:42 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys basketball: Kissimmee Osceola 52, East Bay 50

    GIBSONTON — Several East Bay players were sprawled on the court, not believing their magical season had ended. After a gut-wrenching 36 minutes, including an overtime, the Indians were denied their first state tournament appearance in nearly a half-century. The Indians missed two shots in the closing seconds and lost ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:06 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys basketball: Tampa Prep 52, Seffner Christian 35

    TAMPA — Seffner Christian took the air out of the ball. But that’s not what left the Tampa Prep fans deflated after its 52-35 Class 3A region semifinal victory Tuesday night. Tampa Prep 6-foot-9 junior center and Division I prospect Juwan Durham went to the hospital with an undisclosed right ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 9:41 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys basketball: Jefferson 52, Largo 38

    Region boys basketball: Jefferson 52, Largo 38 TAMPA — The rematch became a mismatch. Jefferson avenged last year’s Class 6A region quarterfinal loss to Largo with a 52-38 victory Thursday night. Senior Maurice Moore scored a game-high 23 points for the Dragons (25-4), who won their 13th consecutive game. Largo (13-13) sorely missed the firepower of four ...
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    Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 at 12:06 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region girls basketball: Lakewood 51, Middleton 50

    TAMPA — Eleven minutes from potential school history, Middleton learned the hard way about the opening-round magic of Lakewood coach Necole Tunsil. Toi Smith’s short jumper with four seconds remaining completed a huge Lakewood comeback as the Spartans stunned Middleton 51-50 Thursday night in a Class 5A region quarterfinal. It ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 9:44 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District boys basketball: Jonathan Jean, East Bay still kicking

    GIBSONTON — Jonathan Jean got the one thing he wanted — redemption. Top-seeded East Bay narrowly avoided a second straight upset in the Class 7A, District 7 semifinals Wednesday night as Jean’s two free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining gave the Indians a 59-57 victory against No. 4 Tampa Bay ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District girls basketball: Plant 45, Alonso 44

    TAMPA — Sydney Johnson seldom left Angel Golden’s side. That was her only assignment from Plant coach Carrie Mahon, one that paid off in the closing seconds as the top-seeded Panthers outlasted No. 2 Alonso 45-44 Friday night for the Class 8A, District 7 championship. After cutting a seven-point deficit ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:22 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region boys soccer: East Bay 2, Northeast 1

    GIBSONTON — The school fight song blared over the PA system, students rushed the field, and players hugged. It was time for East Bay to celebrate school history. Senior forward Kevin Dacruz knocked in the winning goal in the 64th minute as East Bay rallied past Northeast 2-1 in a ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:47 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District girls basketball: Plant survives after late turnover

    TAMPA — Plant and host Alonso reached their respective destinations Wednesday, each advancing to the Class 8A, District 7 championship game. But they took different paths. Top-seeded Plant forced a turnover with four seconds remaining to preserve a 43-41 win over No. 5 Wharton; it was the Panthers’ fourth victory ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region girls soccer: Newsome 4, Timber Creek 0

    LITHIA — In what would be Newsome’s final post-match huddle on its home field this year, coach Kelly Townsend had some closing words directed toward the immediate future. “Three more (matches) …three more. That’s all we got,” she said. Newsome kept its unbeaten season and Class 5A state championship hopes ...
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    Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:54 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region girls soccer: Newsome 6, Winter Park 0

    LITHIA — Newsome sophomore center forward Lauren Evans didn’t start. But she certainly finished. Evans, whose father Jerome Evans was a fullback on the 1996 Florida national championship team, scored three goals — the first two in a 33-second span — to spark a five-goal second half, helping undefeated Newsome ...
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    Thu. Jan. 22, 2015 at 9:40 p.m. | Don Jensen

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