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Practice makes perfect for Gasparilla 5K champions

Practice makes perfect for Gasparilla 5K champions

TAMPA — The only other time Taylor McDowell ran the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K, he came in 10th place. So as this year's event neared, the Tampa resident created a training plan, and he stuck to it.McDowell, who competed in cross cou...
Published: 02/24/18
Kevin Knox named in Yahoo story on potential NCAA violations

Kevin Knox named in Yahoo story on potential NCAA violations

Kentucky's Kevin Knox, a former Tampa Catholic basketball standout, was named in a Yahoo Sports story about the possible NCAA violations involving prominent players and schools.Yahoo obtained documents from a federal investigation detailing the ...
Published: 02/23/18
Updated: 02/24/18
Girls basketball: Rematch doesn’t go as planned for Tampa Catholic

Girls basketball: Rematch doesn’t go as planned for Tampa Catholic

TAMPA — Tampa Catholic thought about playing in Friday night's game — the Class 5A region girls basketball final — for an entire year. The Crusaders never forgot how much it hurt to lose in the same game to Oxbridge Academy in 2017....
Published: 02/23/18

Girls basketball: Clearwater runs into a juggernaut

CLEARWATER — Without a doubt, Clearwater had the will to win. Unfortunately, Fort Myers had the skill, plenty of it.With talent filling every Green Wave role, nothing short of perfection would have kept the host Tornadoes competitive in Fr...
Published: 02/23/18

Girls basketball: Tampa Bay Tech heads to first final four

TAMPA — Tears flowed. Hugs were abundant. Celebration ran rampant Friday night at Tampa Bay Tech, which survived a furious Naples Gulf Coast rally to win the Class 8A region title, 55-52, and claim the first state final-four berth in school his...
Published: 02/23/18
A lot rides on soccer for Plant City’s Eric Ugarte

A lot rides on soccer for Plant City’s Eric Ugarte

PLANT CITY — Eric Ugarte was beaming as he prepared to play on high school soccer's biggest stage. If nearly a full week of hoopla leading up to today's Class 5A state championship game had worn the Plant City senior out, he hid it well.Eric se...
Published: 02/23/18

Boys basketball: With options aplenty, Hillsborough rolls

TAMPA — Inside. Outside.Inside. Outside.Time and time again, the Hillsborough boys basketball team repeated the shot pattern on offense in the first half.Land O'Lakes' zone defense withstood the dual threat for the game's first few minutes...
Published: 02/22/18
Updated: 02/23/18
Boys basketball: Wharton wins a wild one in final seconds

Boys basketball: Wharton wins a wild one in final seconds

TAMPA — Bartow held a one-point lead and time was ticking down — 12, 11, 10 seconds left — when Wharton guard Darin Green pulled up near the foul line and released the ball over a defender's fingers toward the hoop.Swish.Bartow got ...
Published: 02/22/18
Boys basketball: Postseason experience pays off for St. Petersburg

Boys basketball: Postseason experience pays off for St. Petersburg

PLANT CITY — For the first time in four seasons, St. Petersburg started the playoffs on the road.It was unfamiliar territory for nearly everyone on the team. Serrel Smith was the exception.  The Mississippi signee was a freshman the last t...
Published: 02/22/18

Boys basketball: Tampa Bay Tech knocks out Countryside

CLEARWATER — Jamarcus Robertson scored 27 points to lead Tampa Bay Tech to a 89-80 road victory against Countryside in a Class 8A boys basketball region quarterfinal Thursday.Tampa Bay Tech (22-10) will play St. Petersburg on Tuesday....
Published: 02/22/18