At long last there is a wrestling tournament solely for girls. For the past decade or so, a sprinkling of females have dotted rosters of high school wrestling teams throughout the Tampa Bay area.
WESLEY CHAPEL — With the postseason beginning later this month, five high school wrestling teams from the North Suncoast recently competed in a round-robin series at Wesley Chapel. That inaugural series surely will not be the last.
Capt. Chuck Rogers, who has been fishing the bay for more than 30 years, had two words to describe the recent catch: “Very rare.”
When USF formally opened its Porter Family Indoor Performance Facility on Jan. 10, it didn’t feel like the culmination of a project five years and $22 million in the making. It was more like a celebration for what’s next.
WESLEY CHAPEL — RADD Elite, the competitive club volleyball program based at the Wiregrass Sports Campus, recently hosted the Florida Winterfest. The tournament drew 92 teams from throughout the state.
TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Strikers will play the first game of their inaugural season in the National Indoor Soccer League on Jan. 29, 2 p.m., against the Columbus Rapids at Yuengling Center.
Recreational hockey is where young players learn the basics, while travel hockey gives the elite skaters opportunities to excel against the best opponents. There is a level in between, however — rec-select — and AdventHealth Center Ice recently hosted a tournament for that group.
The long warm spell that extended right up until winter had to end, and boy, did it. Tampa Bay water temperatures dipped well into the 50s with the last big blast, but it seems there were enough warm-water pockets and backwater refuges to sustain sensitive species, according to Capt. George …
ST. PETERSBURG — There won’t be any palm trees or pelicans. And certainly no view of sailboats over the left field wall. But 15 years after their final exhibition game at picturesque Al Lang Field, the Rays will have spring training games at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg in 2023.
In six seasons since the Wesley Chapel-based high school opened — and on its third boys basketball coach in its brief history — Cypress Creek finally notched its first victory over perennial playoff contender Zephyrhills.
Two of Wesley Chapel’s four youth football teams won playoff games in the program’s debut season of the Pop Warner League. The 10-and-under and 6U squads come close to state championships after both won opening-round games.
A team from Solaris Farm recently traveled to Tennessee to compete in the Academy National Championship Horse Show. Seven youngsters represented the Wesley Chapel-based training center for the four-day event.
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays on Dec. 1 made official what had seemed likely — that their 2023 spring training camp will be relocated from Port Charlotte due to damage to the facility caused by Hurricane Ian.
Wesley Chapel and Cypress Creek posted record-setting seasons in high school volleyball with the Wildcats going where they had never gone before.
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are getting an early start on the 2023 season, moving up the launch of single-game ticket sales several months to Dec. 2 and the first-pitch time for most of their weekday home games to 6:40 p.m.
CLEARWATER — Against what seemed like insurmountable odds, Clearwater Central Catholic’s volleyball team trotted onto the floor Sunday night for the Class 3A final and made yet more magic.
TAMPA — In the past 22 years, Tampa Catholic had won district titles, sent players to storied college football programs and even made a state championship game appearance. But during that time, the one thing the Crusaders couldn’t do was beat a team 3 miles down the road.
ST. PETERSBURG — So this is the point of the Great Stadium Quest where you roll your eyes, throw up your arms in exasperation and vow not to get suckered in again.
TAMPA — The memory from the Lightning’s last game — as they contemplated the end of their reign while watching another team celebrate claiming the Stanley Cup on their home ice — still stings 3½ months later.
HOUSTON — As the Rays loudly and wetly celebrated their fourth straight playoff berth and eighth in 15 years, baseball operations president Erik Neander stepped outside the fray Friday night to offer some perspective — and wishful thinking.
Tampa Bay has had a week to settle down after the roiling event of Category 4 Hurricane Ian, and fish — like humans — are trying to get back to normal.
Six teams in the Top 10 either had bye weeks last Friday or had their game cancelled due to weather. Everyone’s in action for a Week 5 schedule that includes a few big ones that will shake up the rankings.
WILDCATS 47 COWBOYS 6NORTHDALE – Wharton forced six turnovers Friday night and Stacy Gage rushed for three touchdowns as the Wildcats blasted Gaither on the road, 47-6.