TARPON SPRINGS – The last time Tarpon Springs High School won a playoff basketball game was 1947, the year Jackie Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the House Un-American Activities Committee began investigations into communism in Hollywood. The current Spongers team wasn’t alive to root on their classmates. Their parents weren’t even alive. But now they have something in common with their predecessors: playoff wins.
On Feb. 10, the Tarpon Springs boys basketball team won its first district title since 1978 with a 66-65 overtime win against Gulf High School.
Three days later, the Spongers beat Hernando 70-60, winning their first playoff game since 1947. Most of their grandparents were still in school the last time Tarpon Springs could boast a playoff win, but the boys who knew only of the ‘40s through textbooks were already making their own history.
The streak ended there, as the Spongers lost to Nature Coast Technical High School 70-56 in the regional finals. Falling behind from tip-off, Tarpon Springs never came closer than a six-point deficit to the Nature Coast Sharks.
Tarpon Springs High School boys soccer championship run ends
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs High School boys soccer team was eliminated from the postseason in the region semifinal, but not before a surprising run.
After a sub-.500 season, the Spongers won their first district championship since 1997 with a 2-0 win over Dunedin in the Class 3A, District 10 final.
A week later, Tarpon Springs came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Brandon Southeast 4-3 in the region quarterfinal.
But luck ran out on Feb. 4 as Jesuit shut out the Spongers with a 7-0 win in the regional semifinals. Including the game against Tarpon Springs, the Jesuit Tigers had amassed a five-game winning streak, including three wins under the 8-0 mercy rule and 34 total goals.