JACKSONVILLE — On Saturday, Osceola's Jen Kistemaker and Mitchell's Taylor Anderson renewed their friendly rivalry in the pole vault at the Class 3A state meet at the University of North Florida.
JACKSONVILLE — At first glance, it appeared Admiral Farragut's girls did not have the necessary depth required to compete for team title at the Class A meet at the University of North Florida.
JACKSONVILLE — Seffner Christian senior Jamari Johnson comes from a family that specializes in the shot put and discus. His uncles both won state titles in throwing events, as did his mother.
LITHIA — Newsome was coasting along with a 3-0 lead late in Friday's Class 8A region final when, according to coach Autumn Dunn, the inevitable ensued. Orlando Timber Creek mounted a comeback, but the Wolves staved off that rally for a 3-2 win.
JACKSONVILLE — It took Pasco's Alfreda Steele all of two attempts in the long jump to win her first state title in the event at Friday's Class 2A state meet.
GULFPORT — A 5-10 regular season that included as many mercy-rule losses as victories didn't exactly scream deep postseason run for Boca Ciega.
Northeast High School's Anthony Crandon rounded the final curve in the 400 meters, his arms shredding the air, his legs still pumping high. As the rest of the field started to stagger, Crandon found the wherewithal to make up steady ground in the homestretch and cross the finish first.
In the past four years, East Lake High School's Chigozie Atavwigho has solved the complex physics equation of running and high-stepping without crashing in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
Sift through the curve and screwball. Rummage around the 65 mph heater and low-50s changeup. For good measure, look beneath the riseball and above the dropball.
ST. PETERSBURG — Come playoff time, execution can spell the difference between advancing and packing up your equipment.
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.
ST. PETERSBURG — For much of the season, Boca Ciega and Robinson relied on the same style to win games. Both teams leaned on their pitching and defense and hoped to score enough runs to win.
LUTZ — For the first several innings of the region quarterfinal between Brandon and Steinbrenner on Thursday night, it seemed as if whichever starting pitcher lasted the longest on the mound would win the game.
GULFPORT — Boca Ciega scored three runs in the fifth inning Thursday and used a strong outing from starting pitcher Caylie VanAuken to earn a 6-2 win over Robinson in the Class 5A region semifinal. Boca Ciega will host Lemon Bay today at 4 p.m.
NEW PORT RICHEY — Having just completed a comeback from down three runs, there was still a bit of tension for Wesley Chapel to work through Thursday.
A taste of the postseason, Mitchell's first in 11 years, has the Mustangs questing for the next step: a district title. But they're placed in the new, strong and remarkably balanced-looking Class 6A-6 along with Sunlake, Pasco, Springstead and Land O'Lakes.
SEMINOLE — Hillsborough could not have scripted its Class 6A region quarterfinal any better. Terriers' starting pitcher Jared Jensen threw a complete-game three-hitter, Hillsborough's defense played error free and it came up with just enough offense to defeat Osceola 4-1 Wednesday night.
PALM HARBOR — Newsome's mantra throughout its playoff run has been pitching and defense. That is what helped the Wolves make the postseason for the first time since 2009 and win their first region quarterfinal since 2008.
ST. PETERSBURG — When Admiral Farragut and Northside Christian met in the district final, the Mustangs scored early and got solid pitching. The opposite happened in Wednesday's Class 3A region semifinal.
TAMPA — Knowing his team would face tough Leto left-hander Felix Dieguez — who came into the playoffs with 97 strikeouts — in Wednesday's region quarterfinal, Mitchell coach Scot Wilcox was determined to get the Mustangs ready for it.