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Wed. January 12, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Lakewood coach Necole Tunsil has done her part to raise awareness for breast cancer. For the past two years, she had her players wear pink jerseys during all home games in January.

This weekend, Tunsil is taking it one step further. She is hosting a tournament with part of the proceeds going to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association/Kay Yow Foundation.

The Lakewood Breast Cancer Shootout is a two-day tournament that features 11 teams, including Class 4A defending state champion Miami Norland and Jacksonville Ribault, which has won a record eight state titles. Admission is $5 for a one-day pass or $8 for both days.

The Spartans against Ribault at 6 p.m. Friday and against Norland at 6 Saturday.
Other teams in the shootout are Apopka, Bradenton Lakewood Ranch, Clermont East Ridge, Dunnellon, East Lake, Miami Carol City and St. Petersburg.

Tunsil said Lakewood will wear pink uniforms, as well as some other teams. Pink wristbands also will be sold during the tournament.

“It’s a great tournament and it’s something we hope will help raise money and continue to raise awareness for breast cancer,” Tunsil said.

Impressive lineup for Gibbs’ fame: Twelve athletes and seven coaches will enter Gibbs’ first Hall of Fame class at halftime of tonight’s home game against Largo.

The 12 athletes inducted are: Sevelle Brown Sr. (football/Track), Barnard Bullard (Football), Liliann Denmark Crawford (Tennis/Basketball), Herbert Dixon (Basketball/Football), Glen Edwards (Football), Ernest Givins Sr. (Football/Baseball), Vincent Williams (Footballl), Robert Newton (Football), Nathaniel Oliver (baseball), Alfred Rogers(football), Vernell Ross (football) and Daniel Wright (Basketball/Football).

The seven coaches are: Joseph Johnson (basketball), Nathanial Love Brown (football), Freddy Dyles (basketball), Theodore Johnson (football), William Wysinger (Basketball/Football),  Alphonso Campbell (football/basketball), Lewis Dominis (band).

Gibbs athletic director Javan Turner decided to put together the Hall of Fame after finding out there never had been one at the school or at least one that anyone can remember.

Clearwater inducts Pervis Pasco into Hall of Fame: Former basketball star Pervis Pasco will be the lone inductee into Clearwater’s Hall of Fame before tonight’s home game against Seminole.

Pasco (Class of 1999) averaged 15.4 points per game as a senior and led the Tornadoes to a district title. He went to play for Kansas State and is currently playing professionally in France.

Seminole to host tournament: The First Annual Keith MacCollom Shootout will be held at Seminole on Saturday. This is a one day, eight-team tournaments.

Teams participating are: Boca Ciega, Brandon, Orlando Olympia, Pinellas Park, Ridgewood, St. Petersburg, Seminole and Wiregrass Ranch. Admission is $5 for the event.

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