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  • Baseball: Lakewood's Jamaal Chaney commits to Eckerd College

    Lakewood third baseman Jamaal Chaney has committed to Eckerd College. Chaney is a four-year member of the Spartans baseball team. This season he is hitting .465 with 12 doubles, a triple and a home run. He also has 20 stolen bases. Chaney, who committed to the Tritons on Friday,  joins ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 9:52 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Lakewood's Donovan Pink commits to USF

    Lakewood infielder/pitcher Donovan Pink has committed to play baseball at USF. Pink has been a member of the Lakewood varsity since his freshman year. This season, Pink is hitting .529 in 27 games with six home runs and 30 RBIs. In the past two seasons, Pink has hit 10 home ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 9:23 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Boca Ciega athletes sign letters of intent

    Boca Ciega had four student-athletes sign letters of intent last week. Baseball players Tully Allen (Saint Leo) and Bradley Watson (Alice Lloyd College), volleyball player Taylor Garbiso (St. Petersburg College) and wrestler Will Sharpe (Central Arkansas) all committed. Allen has played in all 25 games this season for the Pirates ...
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    Mon. April 27, 2015 at 11:11 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Plant SS Nick Cerelli commits to USF

    Plant shorstop Nick Cerelli has commited to USF, Panthers coach Dennis Braun confirmed Wednesday. Cerelli, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior, is hitting .260 this season with eight RBIs and one home run. He has also served as a relief pitcher for Plant, allowing no earned runs in three innings pitched while ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 10:36 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Brittany McGee among three AFA signees Wednesday

    Brittany McGee among three AFA signees Wednesday Throughout her high school career, Admiral Farragut's Brittany McGee has racked up all kinds of awards and state medals in track. Still, she didn’t think it would be enough to attend her favorite school, Stanford. “(Stanford) was one thing that always seemed out of grasp, “McGee said. “So I looked ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 12:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin junior Carson Ragsdale commits to USF

    Bishop McLaughlin's Carson Ragsdale has committed to play baseball at the University of South Florida. Ragsdale, a junior, is having an impressive season so far for the 19-3 Hurricanes. He is hitting .466 with 29 RBIs, eight doubles and three home runs. As a pitcher, Ragsdale is 5-2 with a ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 11:43 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Northside Christian OL Dillan Gibbons commits to Notre Dame

    Northside Christian OL Dillan Gibbons commits to Notre Dame Northside Christian offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons spent spring break visiting some of the Division I schools on his wish list. On Tuesday night, Gibbons and his dad, Shannon, stopped by Notre Dame. They spent all day Wednesday touring the school and talking with coaches. While there were other visits to ...
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    Sat. April 04, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Recruiting notebook: Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith nets D-I love

    Recruiting notebook: Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith nets D-I love Nature Coast’s DeShawn Smith has progressed as a runner with a better understanding of how to use his blockers. Once Smith sees daylight, he can make the first tackler miss, whether it’s with his elusiveness or balance or a feel for where the soft spot is in the defense. He ...
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    Wed. April 01, 2015 at 6:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention

    East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention East Bay defensive back KJ Sails is blessed with tremendous athletic ability, which helps him keep pace with the bushel of fleet receivers so common in the bay area. He is meticulous in practice, in film study and in technique.  But his play had gone largely unnoticed by college recruiters ...
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    Wed. March 11, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Recruiting roundup: Plant LB Joe Ryan nabs first offer

    Recruiting roundup: Plant LB Joe Ryan nabs first offer Plant coach Robert Weiner admits linebacker Joe Ryan slid under his radar until he made his varsity debut last season. But the 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior made his presence known with 144 tackles and a state-leading 52 tackles for loss.  Now colleges are starting to take notice, too. Weiner said Ryan ...
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    Wed. March 04, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Baseball: Dunedin SS Trevor Jensen commits to St. Petersburg College

    Dunedin senior shortstop Trevor Jensen has committed to St. Petersburg College. Jensen is a slick fielding infielder who is hitting .471 through seven games for the undefeated Falcons. He also has six RBIs and four stolen bases. As a junior, Jensen hit .530 with seven doubles and 14 stolen bases. ...
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    Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek commits to Stanford

    Berkeley Prep DT Bo Peek commits to Stanford Berkeley Prep defensive tackle Bo Peek committed to Stanford, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday. “Blessed to say I have committed to play football and further my education at Stanford University,” he tweeted. Peek, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound junior, has played varsity football at Berkeley Prep for three seasons, ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Former Boca Ciega cornerback Saivion Smith picks LSU

    Former Boca Ciega cornerback Saivion Smith picks LSU Former Boca Ciega and current IMG Academy cornerback Saivion Smith has verbally committed to LSU. Smith, considered a five-star recruit by most recruiting services, chose the Tigers over Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech, among others. During an ESPN online broadcast Tuesday afternoon, Smith named a top five, then ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 1:38 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Tampa Bay's 2015 non-football commitments

    Gerhard Ago, Clearwater soccer King’s College Chardonay Aldrich, Palm Harbor basketball Eastern Florida State College Arielle Allen, King volleyball HCC Lauren Arrabito, Land O’Lakes soccer Florida Gulf Coast Erin Avers, Clearwater soccer Stetson Dylan Bailey, Hernando basketball Pasco-Hernando State College  Bryce Benedict, Carrollwood baseball Sewanee Erin Blackwell, Springstead soccer Nicholls ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 5:59 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Tampa Bay's 2015 football commitments

    Note: Our HomeTeam 25 are here  Kenyatta Anderson, Boca Ciega FIU Azieez Al-Shaair, Hillsborough FAU Nyquel Alexander, Lakewood Baker University Bruce Anderson, Newsome North Dakota State Christian Angulu, East Bay Cincinnati Jason Baldree, Land O’Lakes Mayville State Jeremiah Baltrip, Jefferson Coffeyville CC Matthew Beadle, Plant Florida Chance Belloise, Gulf USF ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 5:55 p.m. | Times Staff

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  • HomeTeam Huddle: Osceola’s wing-T teeming with talent

    HomeTeam Huddle: Osceola’s wing-T teeming with talent SEMINOLE — Nothing has changed with Osceola’s offensive scheme. The Warriors still plan to feature their running game in the wing-T. But the players running the ball have Osceola coach George Palmer excited. Nick Shytle and Chad Brittain both return. So does Ryan Allan. Throw in the addition of Travis ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 6:21 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Cozy not in Hernando coach’s vocab

    HomeTeam Huddle: Cozy not in Hernando coach’s vocab BROOKSVILLE — Bill Vonada may just be starting his second season at the helm of the Hernando High football team, but he’s by no means a newcomer to coaching. Before coming to Hernando, Vonada spent 15 years as the head coach at nearby Springstead, retiring from that post in 2012. ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 5:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Leto hopes for consistency at QB with Berry

    HomeTeam Huddle: Leto hopes for consistency at QB with Berry TAMPA — Three years ago, they made a deal. Alik Berry had never played football in his life, but when he began at Leto as a freshman, he decided to give the sport a try. He would stick with it, Berry said, if his mother, Diana Cook, quit smoking. Now, ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 5:28 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Mitchell eyes prize in new, tougher district

    HomeTeam Huddle: Mitchell eyes prize in new, tougher district TRINITY — 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. “Sunlake and Pasco stand out as the ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere and Darek Sharp

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Northside Christian beefs up line

    HomeTeam Huddle: Northside Christian beefs up line ST. PETERSBURG — It should be a lot harder to get to quarterback Griffin Alstott next season.  Northside Christian  could have one of the bigger offensive lines in Class 2A, District 6. Aside from 6-foot-5, 305-pound Notre Dame commit Dillan Gibbons, the line has added 6-foot-5, 255-pound Tyler Knight, a ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 8:32 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: QB landscape takes new shape

    HomeTeam Huddle: QB landscape takes new shape ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay saw its fair share of high-profile high school quarterbacks last year. And with a lot of the top ones graduating this spring, a new crop of prospects waits in the wings, looking to grab the spotlight and trying to break a few records.  Add Matthew ...
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    Mon. April 27, 2015 at 8:06 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Athlete update: Keith Harrington becomes a top option at Washington State

    Athlete update: Keith Harrington becomes a top option at Washington State As a three-year starter at Northeast, Keith Harrington showed off the acceleration and elusiveness that made him one of the top 15 all-purpose running backs in the nation in the 2014 class. Because of his size (5 feet 7, 174 pounds), Harrington was moved to slot receiver after signing with ...
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    Sun. April 26, 2015 at 6:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Clearwater football coach Donnie Abraham steps down

    Clearwater football coach Donnie Abraham steps down Clearwater High football coach Donnie Abraham announced Monday that he is resigning to pursue other opportunities. The decision comes a week before the start of spring football. Don Mesick, an assistant coach with the Tornadoes, will take over as interim head coach. Abraham, a former player for the Tampa Bay ...
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    Mon. April 20, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Tampa Bay QB Challenge: Clearwater's Bryant on top

    Tampa Bay QB Challenge: Clearwater's Bryant on top TAMPA — Two years ago, Clearwater High’s Garrison Bryant finished third in the Tampa Bay Quarterback Challenge, losing top honors by just a few points. The rising senior was participating in the event for the last time Sunday. He distanced himself from the other seven quarterbacks in the finals by ...
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    Sun. April 19, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Locals show up well in college spring games

    Locals show up well in college spring games Florida State’s George Campbell (6-foot-4) is the ideal size for a receiver. But it is his other intangibles — the speed (4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash) the 37-inch vertical leap and the eye-hand coordination — that turned the former East Lake standout into one of the most prized playmakers in the ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Alonso QB Chris Oladokun transfers to Sickles

    Alonso QB Chris Oladokun transfers to Sickles Alonso quarterback and USF commit Chris Oladokun has transferred to Sickles, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday.  Oladokun was a two-year starter for the Ravens, throwing for 3,646 yards and 32 touchdowns in two seasons. Alonso struggled offensively in 2014, when it returned just one starting offensive lineman.  ...
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    Tue. April 07, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Gibbs names Plant City assistant Jon Thompson head football coach

    Jon Thompson was named football coach at Gibbs on Monday morning. He becomes the fifth head coach at the school since 2007. Thompson, 29, was an assistant coach at Plant City for two seasons. Prior to that he was an assistant for three years at Tallahassee Lincoln. “I understand the ...
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    Mon. April 06, 2015 at 12:19 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Bill to ease transfers still in play

    A bill that would make it easier for some students to transfer for athletic purposes was approved by the House Education Committee on Thursday and moves on to another committee in the House for perusal. The latest bill aimed to negate some of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Latest bill targeting FHSAA, easing transfers fires up coaches

    Tampa Bay area coaches, alarmed by the number of athletes who already switch schools seemingly at will, have long clamored for the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt a more stringent transfer policy.  But a bill that the House Education Committee is scheduled to hear Thursday does the opposite, ...
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    Wed. March 25, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach

    Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach Almost a month ago, Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory announced his resignation, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. But almost immediately, Gregory said, he began having second thoughts.  He said he never really wanted to leave, and still seeing his players every day at school ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 10:31 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

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  • Region baseball: Bishop McLaughlin 6, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 1

    LAKELAND — Nate Pearson was too much for Santa Fe Catholic as Bishop McLaughlin stopped the Crimson Hawks 6-1 in Tuesday’s Class 3A region semifinal. Pearson (9-0), a 6-foot-6, 240-pound right-handed senior, not only struck out 10, allowed only two hits and one walk over seven innings, but he blasted ...
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    Tue. May 05, 2015 at 10:11 p.m. | The Ledger

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alexis Blasingane, female winner for April 25-May 1

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Alexis Blasingane, female winner for April 25-May 1 Female Hot Shot winner: Alexis Blasingane, Boca Ciega  Boca Ciega catcher Alexis Blasingane still is amazed by her team’s incredible run to reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history. “It’s just indescribable,” Blasingane said. “I was speechless when we won every single (playoff) game.  “I knew ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Vinnie Grybauskas, male winner for April 25-May 1

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Vinnie Grybauskas, male winner for April 25-May 1 Male Hot Shot winner: Vinnie Grybauskas, Lakewood Junior Vinnie Grybauskas is in his first season as Lakewood’s full-time second baseman. He played sparingly as a freshman, then sat behind starter Bo Bichette last season.  This season, when Bichette was healthy, he played shortstop and Grybauskas took over at second base. ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 6:59 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Softball: Class 2A state semifinal capsule

    Softball: Class 2A state semifinal capsule State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 2A Canterbury (25-3) vs. Aucilla Christian (16-11), Friday 1 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Belle Glade Glades-Boca Raton Grandview Prep champion in Saturday’s title game at 1:35 p.m. The lowdown: This is a rematch ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:16 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 5A state semifinal capsule

    State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 5A Boca Ciega (10-10) vs. Plantation American Heritage (24-1-1), Wednesday 7:20 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Baker County vs. Belleview champion in Thursday’s title game at 7:05 p.m. The lowdown: The Pirates, who entered ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:07 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Softball: Class 8A state semifinal capsule

    Softball: Class 8A state semifinal capsule State softball semifinals Where: Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach Admission: $9 per session; $8 for parking Class 8A Newsome (20-5) vs. Hagerty (28-3), Friday 3:30 p.m. Up next: Winner plays Parkland Douglas vs. Miami Coral Reef champion in Saturday’s title game at 4:35 p.m. The lowdown: The Wolves are in the ...
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    Mon. May 04, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Kistemaker, Anderson swap top spots

    State track: Kistemaker, Anderson swap top spots 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. Last year, Anderson won the event. This time, it was Kistemaker’s turn. In the finals, Kistemaker was the only ...
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    Sat. May 02, 2015 at 9:11 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Hillsborough Co. athletes find medal stand with ease

    State track: Hillsborough Co. athletes find medal stand with ease JACKSONVILLE — No county athlete aside from Hillsborough High’s Jeremiah Green and Dwayne Lawson had won the Class 3A triple jump in the past four years.  Green, now at Alabama, won in 2012 and ’13. Last year, it was Lawson’s turn, though a hamstring injury hindered him from matching his ...
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    Sat. May 02, 2015 at 8:47 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 25-May 1

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, April 25, through Friday, May 1. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. May 02, 2015 at 10:53 a.m. | Times Staff

  • State track: Brittany McGee paces Admiral Farragut to title

    State track: Brittany McGee paces Admiral Farragut to title 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. What the Blue Jackets lacked in numbers, they made up for in talent. Four girls combined to ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • State track: Seffner Christian’s Jamari Johnson upholds family tradition

    State track: Seffner Christian’s Jamari Johnson upholds family tradition 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. On Friday, Johnson joined them as a champion after winning his first state title in the discus with ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Fort Pierce Lincoln Park 7, Holy Names 5

    FORT PIERCE — Academy of the Holy Names mounted a comeback in a frantic fifth inning Friday, but the Jaguars fell short in their bid to reach the state final four for the first time. Lincoln Park scored seven times over two innings and held off the rally, beating Holy ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 11:06 p.m. | Bill Whitehead

  • 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 softball: Newsome 3, Orlando Timber Creek 2

    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. Newsome (20-5) is headed to the state ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 10:52 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • State track: Pasco’s Alfreda Steele nabs two titles

    State track: Pasco’s Alfreda Steele nabs two titles 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. Steele, a junior, cleared 19 feet in the preliminaries, a mark that left her well ahead of her competitors and ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. | Bob Putnam