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  • Spring football: Sunlake 33, Wiregrass Ranch 22

    at Wesley Chapel Sunlake 33, Wiregrass Ranch 22  Spring game-breakers: After rushing for 1,504 yards with 16 touchdowns last season, Sunlake rising senior Nathan Johnson picked up where he left off against Wiregrass’ defense. Johnson finished with 15 carries for 99 yards and two TDs, including a 36-yarder in the ...
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    Fri. May 30, 2014 at 10:11 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Spring football: River Ridge 43, Fivay 0

    at New Port Richey River Ridge 43, Fivay 0 Spring game-breakers: River Ridge entered the spring with questions surrounding who would replace star running back Ben Perdomo, but the Royal Knights may have found their answer in Chris Schwarz. The rising junior, who missed five games last season with a ...
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    Fri. May 23, 2014 at 10:33 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Spring football: Plant 22, Leto 0; Jefferson 38, Robinson 0

    at Tampa Plant 22, Leto 0; Jefferson 38, Robinson 0 Spring game-breakers: In his debut as a starter, Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper was sharp, completing 13-of-19 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns to Clarke Miller (38 yards) and Luke McFadden (11). The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Culpepper, son of former Tampa ...
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    Fri. May 23, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region softball: Chamberlain reaches state in 6A

    TAMPA — Despite giving up a run that put her team in a first-inning hole on Sunday, Chamberlain pitcher Olivia Dwyer didn’t panic as she walked back to the dugout. Even with the stakes raised against North Fort Myers in a Class 6A region final, the sophomore knew she could ...
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    Sun. May 04, 2014 at 10:42 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District softball roundup: Tampa Catholic wins 4A-10 title

    TAMPA — Emily Small hadn’t pitched in nearly a year when Tampa Catholic coach Mark Braddy called on her to provide depth going into the Class 4A, District 10 tournament. Small never thought she would pitch again after taking a break to play mainly centerfield this season. But after practicing ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 12:28 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Baseball: Gaither's grand finale beats Wiregrass

    TAMPA — In 30 years as Gaither’s baseball coach, Frank Permuy had never experienced the thrill of winning a game with a walk-off grand slam. In Permuy’s final year at the helm, it’s only fitting that Cowboys slugger Randy Oliva changed that on Friday night against Class 7A, District 8 ...
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    Sat. April 05, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Baseball: Pasco 5, Sunlake 4

    LAND O’LAKES — Pasco pitcher Brian Johnson refused to look at the scoreboard with runners in scoring position and one out in the sixth against Sunlake on Wednesday. It didn’t matter to Johnson that the Pirates were clinging to a one-run lead, or that it was his first start of ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 12:43 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Baseball: Fluke, Fivay take care of Land O‚ÄôLakes

    LAND O’LAKES — Fivay pitcher Sean Fluke’s game plan Tuesday night against Class 5A, District 8 rival Land O’Lakes was pretty straightforward. He wanted to work ahead in counts and keep opposing batters off balance with a steady dose of fastballs and off-speed pitches. When it came time to put ...
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    Tue. March 11, 2014 at 11:02 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region boys basketball: Freedom undone by Bartow quickness

    TAMPA — Michael Keller wrapped a red T-shirt around his head and began to cry as the final buzzer sounded in Freedom’s 69-54 loss to Bartow in a Class 7A region final Saturday. His face red with tears, Keller trudged toward the long line of smiling Bartow players and coaches, ...
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    Sat. Feb. 22, 2014 at 11:22 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region boys basketball: Academy at the Lakes hot from start

    LAND O’LAKES — Less than a week after clinching the first district title in program history, Ethan Haslam and Malik Hall made sure there wouldn’t be a letdown for Academy at the Lakes in Thursday night’s Class 2A region quarterfinal. The guards combined for eight 3-pointers — including five in ...
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    Thu. Feb. 13, 2014 at 10:18 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District boys basketball: Blackwood gives Nature Coast a boost

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Before Nature Coast’s Class 5A, District 7 final against Hernando on Friday, senior Rohan Blackwood had already enjoyed one of the best weeks of his life. On Wednesday, the two-sport standout accomplished a career milestone, signing to continue his football career as a defensive lineman at USF. ...
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    Fri. Feb. 07, 2014 at 11:06 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Region girls basketball: AATL gives coach a reason to stay

    LAND O’LAKES — Academy at the Lakes coach Karim Nohra gave his players an ultimatum before their Class 2A region quarterfinal against Hernando Christian on Thursday night: Play up to their utmost potential or he would leave and make them coach themselves. Needless to say, Nohra kept his place on ...
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    Thu. Feb. 06, 2014 at 9:36 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Boys basketball: Wesley Chapel earns tough win over Wiregrass Ranch

    WESLEY CHAPEL — On a night when Wesley Chapel honored one of its all-time greats, Marcus Hayne came through with an impressive performance of his own. For three quarters Friday, the Wildcats struggled to break through against neighborhood rival Wiregrass Ranch. Early in the fourth, they faced a six-point deficit. ...
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    Fri. Jan. 31, 2014 at 11:04 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • District girls basketball: Roberts sparks Pasco past Hernando

    DADE CITY — Brianca Roberts and her Pasco teammates could feel their season slipping away. For the first two quarters against Hernando in a Class 5A, District 7 semifinal Wednesday, Roberts was held scoreless. Other than Ashley Webster’s eight points at the half, the host Pirates hadn’t mustered much on ...
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    Wed. Jan. 29, 2014 at 11:03 p.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Boys basketball: Largo completes sweep of Mitchell

    NEW PORT RICHEY — One week after it defeated Mitchell on its home court, Largo knew the second meeting with the Mustangs would be an even bigger challenge. But Packers coach Phillip Price expected his players to be ready for the highly anticipated rematch and they were as Largo staved ...
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    Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:44 p.m. | Jeff Odom

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