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Plant alumnus Rex Culpepper doing well in second chemo round at Syracuse

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:43:02 -0400

Former Plant High quarterback Rex Culpepper recently started his second round of chemotherapy but is doing well and should return to football eventually, his college coach said Thursday morning."He's doing really good," Syracuse coach Dino Babers said during the ACC football coaches' spring(image)

Meet the state’s top pole vaulter: River Ridge’s Stone Baker

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:39 -0400

NEW PORT RICHEY - Long before he became the best pole vaulter in the state, Stone Baker was 12 years old and liked to play football.He didn't know a vaulting pole from a tennis racket.Then one day his friend, Evan Bales, asked him to come over and experiment with pole vaulting at his house.(image)

Boca Ciega’s modest goals morph into high hopes for postseason

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:00:09 -0400

GULFPORT - Boca Ciega High School softball coach Robin Little started this season with an overwhelming sense of loss. Gone were eight seniors, the biggest being ace Caylie Van Auken, now at Upstate South Carolina.It was a group that transformed the program into title contenders with three(image)

East Lake keeps things loose, forges tight team bonds

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:30:38 -0400

East Lake softball players and coaches went on a retreat the weekend before the regular season started. They stayed in cabins at a campsite in Hudson. They went through team-bonding exercises, such as rock climbing. They shared stories about themselves to teammates.Eagles coach Kristie Delk got the(image)

Academy at the Lakes steals 3-2 win over Land O’Lakes

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:35:41 -0400

LAND O'LAKES - Academy at the Lakes coaches noticed early on a quirk in Land O'Lakes' battery exchange."In the very first inning one of our coaches said (Gators pitcher) Callie Turner keeps putting her head down and the catcher keeps turning her back," Wildcats coach Diane Stephenson said.(image)

Carrollwood Day masters tight baseball games

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:37:24 -0400

TAMPA - Time and time again - in fact nine times this season - Carrollwood Day's baseball team has finished games decided by one run.The good news for the Patriots? They've won eight of those nine one-run games, and they've done it with a great deal of scrappy, loose, never-say-(image)

HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for Tampa Bay

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:11:46 -0400

1. Calvary Christian (20-0)This week: Today vs. Venice, Thursday at Berkeley Prep, Friday at ManateeThe buzz: The Warriors won their third extra inning game this season on Friday, 5-4 in eight innings over Carrollwood Day. They have won 50 straight games and are ranked second in nation by MaxPreps.(image)

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Tyler Derner and Dianisty Bolden

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:04:16 -0400

Tyler Derner, FivayDerner, a 6-foot-5 senior outfielder, is one of many players having a good offensive season for the Falcons. Statistically, he's not the best hitter on the team, although his .396 average isn't too shabby. But on Tuesday night against Class 5A, District 7 rival Nature Coast,(image)

400 wins and counting for Hernando baseball coach Tim Sims

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:00:47 -0400

Tim Sims never thought he would be a high school baseball coach."It's kind of ironic," he said. "When I was playing in junior college and college the last thing I ever thought I would be is a coach. I was pretty hard on coaches as a player."After playing college baseball and a short stint in an(image)

True love trumps draft? That’s kind of the case for USF DL Mike Love

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:00:40 -0400

Mike Love has spent countless hours working out to sharpen his combine-taking skills. He has been timed and tested, scrutinized and measured, by scouts and general managers.The payoff could come April 28, the third and final day of the NFL draft. That is when the former Countryside and USF(image)

HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for Tampa Bay

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:47:52 -0400

1. Sunlake (19-1)Up next: Tuesday at Anclote; Thursday vs. GulfThe buzz: Jenna Lord and Paige Maseda each hit a pair of homers in a 10-1 win over River Ridge, the previous top-ranked team in the area. The victory was the Seahawks' 13 straight and their 19 wins this season have already set a school(image)

As NFL draft nears, local history not in QB Chase Litton’s corner

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:01:19 -0400

A few days back, our own Matt Baker indicated how former Sickles High/Clemson star Ray-Ray McCloud is fighting against a fierce undercurrent of local history in his quest to get drafted.Turns out, he's not the only one. The odds, at least from a historical context, also are stacked against former(image)

Calvary Christian makes it 50 straight after edging Carrollwood Day

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:45:28 -0400

TAMPA - Calvary Christian made it 50 straight wins Friday night after a thrilling 5-4 victory in eight innings over Carrollwood Day. Throughout the streak, which started on Feb. 21, 2016, with a 6-0 win over Largo, there has been a whole lot of good and a little bit of luck.There was both in(image)

Track: East Lake sweeps districts thanks to running depth

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:41:51 -0400

EAST LAKE - After seven events in the Class 3A-10 district championships on Friday afternoon, something felt off.East Lake was in second place.Osceola crept out to lead both the girls and boys fields behind triple jumper Sophia Masut, high jumper Shaun Clappe and discus thrower(image)

Track: Sunlake doubles down on the statement victories

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:39:10 -0400

WESLEY CHAPEL - Every time you turned around on the track at Cypress Creek High School on Friday afternoon, there was a Sunlake jersey.Many times the jersey was crossing the finish line in first place and almost aways one of those jerseys finished in the top four, which is the qualifying(image)

Shaquem Griffin to be featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Sunday morning

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:14:26 -0400

Shaquem Griffin, the one-handed linebacker who stunned NFL scouts at the combine with his sensational workout and has been invited to the draft, will be featured on ESPN's SportsCenter Sunday morning.In a trailer that was released by the network (see below), Griffin, the former Lakewood High(image)

Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn poised to become highest-drafted local lineman

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:00:42 -0400

Isaiah Wynn was unsure if he wanted to play football eight years ago. An incoming freshman, Wynn decided to attend one of his older brother's workouts at Lakewood High.Wynn already weighed more than 250 pounds. Spartans coach Cory Moore asked him to put on some pads. In drills, Wynn lined up as an(image)

Jefferson beats Jesuit, creates logjam atop Class 6A, District 8

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:02:52 -0400

TAMPA - Thanks to Jefferson's 6-2 win at Jesuit on Thursday night, Class 6A, District 8 will likely end the regular season with a three-way tie.Robinson, Jefferson and Jesuit all have two losses in the district. The Knights and Dragons are done with district play, and the Tigers have winnable(image)

Sunlake beats River Ridge 10-1 in matchup of top softball teams

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:53:55 -0400

LAND O'LAKES - On Thursday, River Ridge and Sunlake met in an anticipated matchup between the top two teams in the latest HomeTeam 25 softball rankings.It turned out to be a rout.The No. 2 Seahawks routinely launched softballs out of the park with Jenna Lord and Paige Maseda each hitting a(image)

Countryside pole vaulter Rohan Kaushal keeps raising the bar

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:00:58 -0400

CLEARWATER - Rohan Kaushal was darned near fed up with the whole thing.The Countryside High School senior was standing next to a broken down car on the side of the road on the way to Florida Relays at the University of Florida.Time ticked away. The sun broiled. His event, the pole vault, came(image)

Prep stardom doesn’t guarantee that Ray-Ray McCloud will make it in the NFL

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:12:26 -0400

After starring at Sickles High and helping Clemson win a national championship in his hometown, Ray-Ray McCloud is about to discover what the other Tampa prep football greats have been learning for years.It's really, really hard to make the NFL.That's not a knock on McCloud; he was talented enough(image)

Pinellas County Athletic Conference girls, boys soccer teams

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:31:18 -0400

Here are the Pinellas County Athletic Conference boys and girls teams as voted on by county public school coaches:GirlsSouth countyFirst team: Rachel Dirks (Osceola), Rhyse Payung (Dixie Hollins), Kelly Hannigan (Boca Ciega), Fran Ycaza (St. Petersburg), Isabel Garcia (St. Petersburg), Hayden(image)

Alonso’s Shaniya Benjamin anything but laidback on the track

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:01:33 -0400

TAMPA - Shaniya Benjamin will tell you that she doesn't like to run too far and she doesn't care too much for school and she particularly doesn't care for "girly things," such as fancy dresses and shoes and so on."I wear the tomboy badge on my sleeve," said Benjamin, a sophomore at Alonso(image)

District track: Berkeley Prep easily wraps up both team titles again

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:37:32 -0400

TAMPA - Berkeley Prep's girls and boys made it back-to-back Class 2A, District 10 track titles Wednesday night - with emphasis.Berkeley's girls won with 242 points, 87 ahead of runnerup Academy of the Holy Names, and Berkeley's boys won with 218, 63 in front of second-place Jefferson.(image)

Big sixth inning gives Fivay a 5-2 win over district rival Nature Coast

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:26:57 -0400

HUDSON - For the first four innings of Wednesday night's Class 5A, District 7 game between Fivay and Nature Coast, it looked as if the first team to score would win. Both teams were throwing their aces, Gunnar Hoglund for Fivay and Jonathan Gates for Nature Coast.Both pitchers were mowing(image)