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  • Region softball: Bartow 7, Steinbrenner 1

    LUTZ — As Bartow third baseman Lexi Sims recorded the final out of Friday’s Class 7A region final, Steinbrenner coach Brenda Leach stood in the third-base coach’s box and stared toward the opposing dugout. Hands on her hips, the first-year coach watched in bemusement as the stream of white, pinstriped ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 10:58 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region baseball: Alonso 4, Bradenton Manatee 3

    TAMPA — Faced with arguably the most pressing situation of his young career, Alonso sophomore Jordan Butler was admittedly anxious, but he refused to display even a hint of sentiment on the mound. With the Ravens clinging to a one-run lead in the seventh inning of Thursday's Class 8A region quarterfinal ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 11:43 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region softball: Steinbrenner 3, Plant City 1

    LUTZ — When Erica Serafini and Lindsay Boynton arrived at Steinbrenner as freshmen in 2011, they both shared the common aspiration of one day leading the young program to its first state championship. There was only one problem — the Warriors had never won a playoff game. But that never ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 10:01 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District baseball: Jesuit 5, Robinson 4

    TAMPA — With Jesuit trailing by two runs in the fourth inning of Thursday’s Class 5A, District 9 final, Jake Jones had already mapped out an approach in his head by the time he stepped into the batter’s box. His master plan? To go after a good pitch and connect ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region softball: Fort Meade 14, Carrollwood Day 1

    TAMPA — By the time Carrollwood Day got its first runner on base in the third inning of Wednesday’s Class 2A region quarterfinal, the Patriots had already dug themselves into a double-digit hole against Fort Meade. Even when CDS finally pushed across a run on a single by seventh-grader Kylie ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District baseball: Robinson staves off upset, to meet Jesuit

    TAMPA — Down to what might have been the last at-bat of his high school career, Robinson senior Jacob Jackson stepped to the plate in the ninth inning Tuesday, just trying to stay patient. Tied 3-all against Spoto with a runner on second base and one out in the Class ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 9:33 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District softball: Steinbrenner 2, Wiregrass Ranch 1

    TAMPA -- Coming into Friday's Class 7A, District 8 final, Wiregrass Ranch had made it clear to opponents that it would not back down from a test. The fourth-seeded Bulls previously overcame a late five-run deficit on Tuesday to knock off Sickles in a quarterfinal game, then rallied from an ...
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    Fri. April 17, 2015 at 10:38 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District softball: Wiregrass Ranch upsets top seed in 15 innings

    District softball: Wiregrass Ranch upsets top seed in 15 innings TAMPA — It took more than three-and-a-half hours and 15 innings, but the wait for its first postseason berth was well worth it for Wiregrass Ranch in Wednesday’s Class 7A, District 8 semifinal. The fourth-seeded Bulls rallied from a two-run deficit in the fourth against No. 1-seed Freedom, then held ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 2 at Jefferson

    At Jefferson Scores  Spoto 8, Sickles 4 Bloomingdale 3, Lennard 2 Strawberry Crest 5, Freedom 3 Jefferson 5, Robinson 3 Pitchers of the day Lennard's Fabian Carlin had a strong performance despite the loss, tossing a complete-game five-hitter. The senior struck out five and gave up three earned runs — ...
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    Mon. March 09, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 1 from Jesuit

    At Jesuit Scores Steinbrenner 5, Newsome 3 Jesuit 10, Armwood 0 (five innings) Pitchers of the day Jesuit starter Drew Martin dominated the Hawks, tossing four scoreless innings. The sophomore righty allowed just one hit and struck out four on 54 pitches. …Newsome right-hander Matt Leslie was sharp in a ...
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    Sat. March 07, 2015 at 10:35 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region boys basketball: Academy at the Lakes 60, Orlando Christian Prep 51

    LAND O’LAKES — Tom Haslam couldn’t hold it in anymore. With the capacity home crowd rising to its feet and roaring in elation around Academy at the Lakes’ diminutive gymnasium in the final seconds Friday, the Wildcats’ veteran coach pumped his fist against his navy blue sweater vest and hollered, ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:13 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region basketball: Berkeley Prep 71, Tampa Catholic 61

    TAMPA — Longtime Berkeley Prep coach Bobby Reinhart never stopped believing in his players Tuesday night. Not when the Bucs allowed an early advantage in the Class 4A region semifinal against Tampa Catholic to slip away and leave them trailing at halftime. And not when his team opened the second ...
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    Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:48 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 37, Academy of Holy Names 23

    TAMPA — Academy of the Holy Names tried everything it could to keep Tampa Catholic away from the basket in Tuesday night’s Class 4A region semifinal. For seconds and even minutes at a time, the Jaguars essentially played keep away, continuously roaming around the arc, dribbling and passing without taking ...
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    Tue. Feb. 10, 2015 at 9:47 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District boys basketball: Berkeley Prep 64, Tampa Catholic 57

    TAMPA — For 23 minutes and 59 seconds, Berkeley Prep kept things under control in Friday’s Class 4A, District 10 final against Tampa Catholic. But in the final second of the third quarter, one mistake nearly became the Buccaneers’ undoing. Clinging to a two-point lead, a botched inbound pass from ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 11:33 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region girls basketball: Academy at the Lakes 72, Canterbury 25

    LAND O’LAKES — Academy at the Lakes guard Audra Leipold could hardly hold back her emotions. Nine minutes and 50 seconds into the Wildcats’ 72-25 rout of Canterbury in Thursday’s Class 2A region quarterfinal, the freshman drove to the basket for a layup to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 9:09 p.m. | Jeff Odom

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