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Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

DUNEDIN — After losing a four-run lead thanks to a bad sixth inning, it would have been easy for Clearwater Central Catholic to fold against Dunedin in the final of the 49th annual Dunedin Spring Tournament. But quality relief pitching from Gar...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Shaquem Griffin is about to join a long line of NFL draft picks from Lakewood

Shaquem Griffin is about to join a long line of NFL draft picks from Lakewood

ST. PETERSBURG — Former Lakewood High coach Brian Bruch started each season with the same spiel. He cautioned his players about not becoming obsessed with a professional football career, reciting statistics to emphasize the difficult the odds o...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Plant alumnus Rex Culpepper doing well in second chemo round at Syracuse

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

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 sai...
Published: 04/19/18
Meet the state’s top pole vaulter: River Ridge’s Stone Baker

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

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 ...
Published: 04/19/18
Boca Ciega’s modest goals morph into high hopes for postseason

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

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...
Published: 04/18/18
East Lake keeps things loose, forges tight team bonds

East Lake keeps things loose, forges tight team bonds

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 themselv...
Published: 04/18/18

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

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 he...
Published: 04/17/18
Carrollwood Day masters tight baseball games

Carrollwood Day masters tight baseball games

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 ...
Published: 04/17/18
HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for Tampa Bay

HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for Tampa Bay

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 g...
Published: 04/17/18
400 wins and counting for Hernando baseball coach Tim Sims

400 wins and counting for Hernando baseball coach Tim Sims

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 pla...
Published: 04/17/18