East Lake's Parker Valby finishes off a state record-setting 3,200 meters in Class 3A as a junior at the University of North Florida. Valby finished in 10 minutes, 10.45 seconds, three seconds faster than the state mark set in 2007 by Ashley Brasovan of Wellington [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
For Parker Valby, Carmen Perez and Alanah Rivera, an interrupted spring season won’t mean the end of their playing careers. Carter Casko, meanwhile, was one of the lucky few to enjoy a spring senior...
Yesterday• HomeTeam
These flag football, baseball and softball players won’t continue their sports careers in college, making the abrupt end to their final high school seasons all the more bittersweet.
Yesterday• HomeTeam
We’re highlighting some of the seniors whose final seasons were cut short by the pandemic, like Pasco High’s Sitara Sriram, Wiregrass Ranch’s Josh Abrams and Sunlake’s Damian Riewold.
Yesterday• HomeTeam
A scholarship hung in the balance for one track athlete. State aspirations were a real possibility for another. And one baseball player was seeing plenty of pop at the plate.
Yesterday• HomeTeam


  1. Hernando's Connor Morgan, left, Alonso's Stephanie Sandborn, center, and Boca Ciega's Carmen Perez are among the many Tampa Bay athletes whose final spring seasons ended abruptly. [Special to the Times; Photo by Scott Purks; Times files]
  2. Hernando senior third baseman Connor Morgan had four home runs in only 11 games when the prep baseball season was shut down due to the novel coronavirus. [Courtesy of Connor Morgan]
  3. Alonso receiver Stephanie Sandborn runs for yardage after the catch during a Class 2A state semifinal victory over Martin County last season. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
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  5. East Lake's Parker Valby finishes off a state record-setting 3,200 meters in Class 3A as a junior at the University of North Florida. Valby finished in 10 minutes, 10.45 seconds, three seconds faster than the state mark set in 2007 by Ashley Brasovan of Wellington [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  6. Pasco High senior tennis players (left to right) Sitara Sriram, Taylor Moore, Sally Campbell and Bess Rom seemed poised to contend for a state tournament berth when the novel coronavirus forced the cancellation of their season. [Photo provided by Sitara Sriram] [Photo provided by Sitara Sriram]
  7. Armwood multi-purpose standout Charles Montgomery announced Sunday he intends to sign with the University of Florida. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times] [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times]
  8. In an April 7 file photo, the fields and facilities at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind., are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 400-acre park features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, and 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. Westfield officials estimate the area could lose $85 million in direct spending if Grand Park stays closed through June. [MICHAEL CONROY  |  AP]
  9. Miami Northwestern wide receiver Jalen Rogers gains yardage during a Class 5A state semifinal football game against Jesuit on Nov. 29, 2019, at Traz Powell stadium in Miami. [ANDREW ULOZA  |  Miami Herald]
  10. Linebacker Anthony Chickillo, shown here during a game against the Cardinals on Dec. 8, 2019, was drafted in the sixth round out of Miami by the Steelers in 2015. [ROSS D. FRANKLIN  |  AP]
  11. (From left) Jeremiah Wilkerson 13, Brisait Moreno 14, and Thaddeus Bullard talk after school at Sligh Middle School in Tampa on Feb. 21. Bullard, aka WWE superstar Titus O'Neil, is a noted philanthropist and former Florida Gator football player. Among his charitable efforts: He has made it his life's mission to create a school that would serve an underprivileged community in many ways. Sligh Middle Magnet is the school he has adopted. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  12. Tom Brady posted a message of encouragement for Florida's high school seniors. [YouTube]
  13. Say what you will about Ben Affleck, but his newest film, "The Way Back," is a good one. [Courtesy of Richard Foreman]
  14. Firefighters extinguish a fire on the campus of Blake High School on May 16, 2020. [Tampa Fire and Rescue]
  15. Chamberlain football coach Jason Lane believes players will need at least six weeks of conditioning and practice when schools reopen before playing a game. [Times]
  16. Mario Williams is the area's top recruit for the 2021 recruiting class. [Times (2018)]
  17. Dixie Hollins football coach Dale Caparaso records during practice last September. During the coronavirus crisis, Caparaso is staying engaged with his team through collaborative platforms (such as Microsoft Teams), suggesting workouts and monitoring academic progress. [Times (2019)]
  18. A large group of teens gathers Tuesday afternoon at Panther Trace in Riverview to mourn Riverview High School student Deon Oliver. Hillsborough sheriff's deputies soon arrived to break up the gathering, reminding the teens about coronavirus restrictions covering large groups. [CHRISTOPHER O'DONNELL  |  Times]
  19. Former Bucs coach John McKay was a reporter's dream and the ultimate quote machine. [Times (1983)]
  20. First base umpire Lee Ki-joong, wearing a mask and gloves as a precaution against the new coronavirus, makes a call during a baseball game between Hanwha Eagles and SK Wyverns last week in Incheon, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File) [LEE JIN-MAN  |  AP]
  21. Tampa's Preston Tucker ended up on "Saturday Night Live" during a Weekend Update segment on baseball in Korea. [Courtesy]
  22. Gaither High football coach Kirk Karsen and his Hillsborough County peers earn an annual supplement of $3,736 annually, pain in two installments (fall and spring). [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  23. Former Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Jim Morris, left, hands a baseball to Dennis Quaid after demonstrating different ways a pitcher holds a baseball in 2001 at the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Quaid portrayed Morris in the Disney production of 'The Rookie,' which was filmed at the stadium. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Richard W. Rodriguez) [RICHARD W. RODRIGUEZ  |  AP]
  24. Former Lakewood High football stars Shaquem, left, and Shaquille Griffin gave a virtual commencement address for the University of Central Florida on Saturday, May 2, 2020. [Screen grab]