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  1. Nothing short of state will please Springstead this postseason

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    SPRING HILL — For the second straight season, Springstead High looks to be in the driver's seat heading into the Class 6A, District 6 baseball tournament, but another district title is not going to be enough to satisfy the Eagles' expectations for this season.

    Springstead's (5) Joey Delgatto, (15) John Oliveira and (25) Dominic Marrone warm up on deck during Nature Coast at Springstead baseball Monday (4/24/17).
  2. High school scoreboard for April 25

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    Tuesday's scoreboard

    Baseball

    Northeast 3, Palm Harbor U. 1

    Calvary Chr. 12, Indian Rocks Chr. 9

    Softball

    Wesley Chapel 6, River Ridge 1

  3. Class A tennis: Hamstring trips up Seffner Christian's Harris Caldwell in final

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    SANFORD — After two full days of tennis at the Class A state tournament, where one Tampa Bay area player after another was eliminated, one Hillsborough County athlete survived to reach a championship match:

    SANFORD - Seffner Christian sophomore Harris Caldwell nails a return during the Class 1A individual state tennis final on Tuesday at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford. Caldwell fought hard before losing the final match to Orlando Trinity Christian junior Samantha DiMaio 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. Taken 4-25-17 by Scott Purks
  4. High school scoreboard for April 24

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    Monday's scoreboard

    Softball

    District 9: Boca Ciega 14, Largo 1

    District 5: St. Petersburg Catholic 17, Shorecrest 15

    Baseball

    St. Petersburg Cath. 17, Canterbury 5

  5. Hernando's Christian Arroyo told his mom he was headed to the majors, and she didn't believe him

    The Heater

    SAN FRANCISCO — Former Hernando High School baseball star Christian Arroyo's major-league debut didn't go so well — 0-for-4 in the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday.

    Christian Arroyo was the 25th overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2013)]
  6. HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings

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    1. Calvary Christian (22-0)

    This week: Tuesday at Indian Rocks Christian, Friday vs. Inspiration Academy

    Hillsborough High pitcher Jarrod Cande (23) throws a pitch during the game between Hillsborough High and King High at King in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, March 2, 2017. King High defeated Hillsborough High 5-3.
  7. Springstead rallies to top rival Nature Coast 8-3

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    SPRING HILL — The key to Monday night's victory for Springstead, according to Eagles coach Shawn Laferty, was getting to the Nature Coast bullpen. Before the game was over, that seemed obvious.

    Springstead's (5) Joey Delgatto crosses home plate during Nature Coast at Springstead baseball Monday (4/24/17).
  8. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Laurel Wanger and Carter Reed

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    Laurel Wanger Largo

    Three years ago, Wanger went to the state tournament with her doubles partner.

    Largo tennis player Laurel Wanger
  9. HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings

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    1. Palm Harbor University (23-2)

    This week: Tuesday-Thursday (Class 9A, District 8 tournament)

    Palm Harbor University High School varsity softball player Mia Buffano (3) heads to first base on a double during Tuesday's (4/18/17) game with Clearwater High School at Palm Harbor.
  10. Palm Harbor U. ace Savanna Bennett a study in perseverance

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    In one quick motion, Palm Harbor University ace Savanna Bennett extends her arms. Her right one whips around like a windmill as the ball whistles out of her hand. Her left extends enough in her delivery to show a tattoo written in cursive:

    "With pain comes strength."

    Savanna Bennett
  11. High school scoreboard for April 21

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    Friday's scoreboard

    Baseball

    Carrollwood Day 5, Tampa Prep 1

    Calvary Chr. 8, Tampa Jesuit 1

    Softball

    Wesley Chapel 14, Mitchell 8

  12. Region tennis: East Lake boys head to state in Class 4A

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    EAST LAKE — In last week's district tournament, East Lake won both doubles matches in tiebreakers to eke out the championship against Land O'Lakes. In Thursday's Class 4A region final rematch, the Eagles didn't need to play doubles.

  13. Boca Ciega softball looks for respect, playoff longevity

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    GULFPORT — Two years ago, Boca Ciega made one of the most improbable runs in softball. The Pirates, 4-11 entering the district tournament, won five straight to make the state semifinals for the first time.

    Boca Ciega softball player Caylie Van Auken plays in the game against Dixie Hollins at Boca Ciega High School Thursday, April 17, 2017.
  14. Dunedin Classic: Host team reaches final with Bradenton Inspiration Academy

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    DUNEDIN — Making it to the final of its own talent-rich tournament was rewarding all by itself. How Dunedin did it makes the achievement even more impressive.

  15. Meet teen equestrian Alexa Fritsch, horse whisperer

    Sports

    LITHIA — Alexa Fritsch is a 16-year-old equestrian champion who has always been dear in the heart of Julie Castonguay-Iglesias, an equestrian teacher for the past 20 years.

    A few significant moments come to mind.

    Alexa Fritsch, a 16-year-old junior at Foundation Christian Academy, is headed to a national competition this weekend in Lexington, Va.
  16. High school scoreboard for April 19

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    Wednesday's scoreboard

    Baseball

    Shorecrest 8, Canterbury 7

    Softball

    Tarpon Springs 15, Dixie Hollins 0

    Flag football

    Palm Harbor U. 13, Tarpon Springs 6

  17. High school scoreboard for April 18th

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    Tuesday's scoreboard

    Baseball

    Calvary Chr. 6, Carrollwood Day 0

    Softball

    Wesley Chapel 9, Gulf 1

    Girls tennis

    Region 5 semifinal: Robinson 6, Lake Wales 1

    Flag football

    Osceola 27, Clearwater 0

    Palm Harbor U. 19, Largo 0

  18. Region tennis: Nature Coast boys avenge 2016 loss to Hudson

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    BROOKSVILLE — Hudson and Nature Coast have formed quite a rivalry on the court, meeting in the postseason for the past three seasons. Last year, the Cobras ousted the Sharks 4-3 with a spot in the state finals on the line.

  19. Region tennis: St. Petersburg girls dispatch Steinbrenner 4-1

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the regular season and into the postseason, St. Petersburg has relied on its depth to win matches. That pattern didn't change in Tuesday's Class 4A region semifinal against Steinbrenner at the St. Pete Tennis Center. The Green Devils won four of five singles matches to defeat the …

  20. HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings

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    1. Calvary Christian (19-0)

    This week: Tuesday at Carrollwood Day, Wednesday vs. St. Petersburg, Friday vs. Jesuit

    Area baseball teams are still scheduling tough games just weeks before the start of districts. (Will Vragovic, Times)