Seffner Chr. d. St. Petersburg Cath. 25-16, 25-15, 25-21
Tampa Cath. d. Clearwater Central Cath. 25-27, 25-16, 25-23, 25-15
Shorecrest d. Northside Chr. 25-16, 22-25, 25-6, 25-14
Clearwater d. Boca Ciega 25-12, 25-8, 25-8
Valrico-Grace Chr. d. Bradenton-Community Chr. 25-22, 25-18, 25-23
Calvary Chr. d. Indian Rocks Chr. 9-25, 25-9, 25-16, 25-13...
09/19/17 TV and Radio
Baseball Twins at Yankees 1 p.m. ESPN Mets at Marlins 1 p.m. FSF Rockies at Giants 3:30 p.m. MLB Cubs at Rays 7 p.m. Fox Sun; 620-AM Red Sox at Orioles 7 p.m. ESPN Indians at Angels 10 p.m. ESPN College volleyball Kentucky at Missouri 8 p.m. SEC Tennessee at Arkansas 9 p.m. ESPNU USC at UCLA 11 p.m. ESPNU NHL preseason Lightning at Hurricanes 7 p.m. 970-AM Soccer German: Borussia Dortmund at Hamburg 2:30 p.m. FS1 MLS: L.A. at Atlanta 7 p.m. ESPN2 U.S. Open Cup: New York Red Bulls at Kansas City 9 p.m. ESPN2
TAMPA — The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a semitrailer truck that sped off from an Interstate 75 crash that left another car burning on Tuesday afternoon.
The truck, the make and model of which were unidentified, was heading north in the inside center lane of I-75 north of Fletcher Avenue around 2 p.m., the FHP said, when it changed lanes into the outside center lane....
WESLEY CHAPEL – Mitchell entered Tuesday night’s match against Wesley Chapel with a bit of an advantage. The Mustangs played in the Berkeley Invitational last weekend and got in five matches against quality competition. The Bulls, on the other hand, had only one practice on Monday after a near two-week break due to Hurricane Irma.
If there was any rust, it didn’t show. Wiregrass Ranch won the first game, then gave Mitchell all it could handle before the Mustangs pulled out a 17-25, 25-16, 25-20, 27-29, 15-13 win....
09/19/17 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — The night was arranged to honor former Rays manager Joe Maddon in his first visit back to the Trop, and the standing ovation from the bipartisan crowd and scoreboard video tribute seemed proper acknowledgments of his hefty role in the Rays' success during his nine-year stint.
"It was cool. It was very nice," Maddon said. "I appreciated it."
But for a while, it looked like his current Cubs team — and specifically starter Mike Montgomery, a former Rays minor-leaguer at that — might provide an even more fitting souvenir representative of Maddon's tenure, no-hitting the Rays into the sixth inning. With Maddon at the helm, after all, the Rays were no-hit four times....
TAMPA — A man threatening to harm himself was arrested by Tampa police on Tuesday after a three-hour standoff.
Ronald Ellis, 36, allegedly refused to come outside of a house on the 3000 block of W Wyoming Avenue, police said. Police did not specify if Ellis had a weapon or what started the incident. Ellis allegedly told police he would not leave the house and that they would have to kill him, police said. ...
09/19/17 The Heater
Tonight: vs. Cubs
7:10, Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM; 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $40-$500; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time.
Rays: LH Blake Snell (3-6, 4.25)
CUBS: LH Jon Lester (11-7, 4.30)...
09/19/17 The Heater
Chris Archer's night ended with his 11th loss, but he and the Rays should feel good about his six solid innings. After the forearm tightness scare in Chicago, he had two rough outings (15 hits, 11 runs, seven innings), so Tuesday was a reassuring rebound.
Brad Miller's homer with one out in the sixth ended Mike Montgomery's unexpected no-hit bid, and gave him 61 hits for the season. That's the same as his number of walks. No player with 300 plate appearances has had as many walks as hits since Adam Dunn in 2011....
09/19/17 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — When Hall of Famer Phil Esposito first saw Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov, he joked that the 6-foot-8 defenseman could reach the Amalie Arena ceiling.
But Esposito, 75, also shared some high praise, saying Sosunov reminded him of a young Zdeno Chara, the 6-foot-9 Bruins captain.
Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness, who coached Chara as an Islanders rookie, said Sosunov is a better skater than Chara was at that time. ...
09/19/17 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — The word Chris Archer used to describe what happened Tuesday night at Tropicana Field was "weird."
The tipoff came when Cubs C Willson Contreras walked out of the dugout a half-hour before first pitch and made his way to rightfield to warm up starting pitcher Mike Montgomery. He received a standing ovation.
"I didn't know we had that many people from Chicago, Illinois, Midwest area in Tampa, but I guess we do," Archer said. "But it was just weird for their players to come out and get announced and just get so much love. It was strange."...
TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved a budget of $2.83 billion for the 2017-18 school year.
Property taxes for schools will be $6.60 per $1,000 of assessed value. For a house valued at $125,000, with a $25,000 homestead exemption, the homeowner will pay $659.60, down from $690.60 the previous year.
The district, the largest employer in the Tampa Bay area with a workforce of roughly 25,000, submitted a balanced budget, as required by law. But, as in prior years, expenditures will be greater than revenues, and the difference will be made up by transferring money between funds. ...
LAKE BUENA VISTA — Like thousands of other evacuees, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz headed north to escape Hurricane Irma with his family, two suitcases and the anxiety of not knowing what would happen to everything he left behind.
"All of a sudden in the back of my mind — this might be everything we have," Diaz said.
Two weeks later, the anxiety is over, and the storm has passed. But things haven't yet returned to normal for Diaz's No. 14 Hurricanes. ...
Despite Hurricane Irma, Hillsborough remains on pace to unlock hotel tax that could pay for Rays ballpark09/19/17Tourism
TAMPA — Despite the threat of a catastrophic storm, it was business as usual at many Hillsborough County hotels in the days before Hurricane Irma bore down on the Tampa Bay region.
Between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9, county hotels actually saw a 10 percent increase in revenue over the same period last year, according to Visit Tampa Bay, the tourism promotion agency for Hillsborough.
And when the numbers are tallied, Visit Tampa Bay CEO Santiago Corrada doesn't believe Irma's pass through the bay area will have much of an impact on tourist development taxes collected on each night's stay at a hotel....
LARGO — They said they had no choice but to do it. They said they would rather reach a compromise.
But Pinellas County school officials nevertheless moved ahead Tuesday with their long-discussed plans to join a lawsuit challenging a controversial education bill that, critics say, unfairly favors charter schools.
The School Board voted unanimously to join the suit and contribute $25,000 to the fight, becoming the 12th Florida school district — and the only one in the Tampa Bay area — to do so. ...
09/19/17 Public Safety
SPRING HILL —A woman was arrested Monday on charges of animal cruelty after deputies said they found injured animals at her Spring Hill home.
Jennie Card, 44, was arrested on two counts of animal cruelty. A Florida Department of Children and Families investigator, concerned about the living conditions in a home that included a child and 24 dogs, called the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, according to the report. ...