Friday, October 19, 2018
News Roundup

Ernest Hooper: Let’s hope post-9/11 generation will stand, engage and act

Weíre approaching a new era. Before our eyes, a post-9/11 generation, stunned by mass shootings, roiled by political divides and connected through social media will soon reach the age of majority.

They will be able to vote, hold elected officials accountable, demand change and eventually seek office. Some wonder if they will tune out, bury their noses in smartphones and grow complacent.

The reaction to the Parkland mass shooting from such courageous students as Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior Emma Gonzalez, the anger being channeled into action, leads me to believe weíre on the precipice of real change. Letís hope this initial swell of outrage burns long into the night. Letís hope they remain engaged and committed.

Itís an effort I respect. .?.?.

The Cathedral Church of St. Petersburg, 140 Fourth St. N, continues its monthly Restoring Respect series with a focus on race, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Iíll be part of a panel at the event.

Itíll be interesting to hear how we can foster a valuable social commodity when the tone of the day appears to be making it a dwindling commodity. Marriage counselors often advise couples on how to fight fairly. I wonder if thatís a lesson we all need. .?.?.

Seen on a bumper sticker: Good, Fast, Cheap. Choose Two. .?.?.

I respect the Rays executives, who have proven in the past that they know more than the average fan. But the decision to release Corey Dickerson, who hit 27 home runs last year, makes me wonder. Itís going to be a year high on questions and short on answers. .?.?.

My friend says respect should be a given in some situations, earned in others. The problem is too many people seem to be working to lose it.

And without respect, every issue becomes that much more difficult to solve.

Thatís all Iím saying.


Football: Plant City 24, Bloomingdale 10

PLANT CITY ó After a holding penalty around midfield, Plant City faced a big third and long late in the fourth quarter against district foe Bloomingdale. The Raiders had led all night, but now they were up by just one score, and the Bulls defense was...
Updated: 5 minutes ago

Football: Steinbrenner 35, Alonso 19

TAMPA ó Haden Carlson threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Steinbrenner held on to defeat Alonso in a wild Class 8A, District 6 matchup that featured 28 penalties for nearly 300 yards, five turnovers, multiple ejections and a pair of sa...
Updated: 9 minutes ago

Football: Newsome 49, Palm Harbor University 16

PALM HARBOR ó Just imagine if Newsome had its full arsenal of weapons.Considering the 49-16 hurting the Wolves put on district foe Palm Harbor University on Friday, itís hard to believe the visitors came into the game missing their top rusher in seni...
Updated: 19 minutes ago

Football: East Lake 20, St. Petersburg (OT)

ST. PETERSBURG ó Sitting outside the playoff picture and trailing 14-3 late in the third quarter, East Lake knew it needed to buckle down to have any hope of making the playoffs this season.And after a furious comeback, Micah Abraham, Isaac Gibbs and...
Updated: 24 minutes ago

Football: Largo 49, Northeast 21

ST. PETERSBURG ó Largo saw a 35-7 fourth-quarter lead suddenly become 35-21 with 5:43 left in the game Friday. Vikings running back Qezzy Guyden scored twice in less than two minutes. The first came on a 3-yard run, and the second followed a fumble r...
Updated: 28 minutes ago

Football: Land OíLakes 49, Pasco 18

DADE CITY ó Land OíLakes jumped out to an early 21-0 lead on Pasco on Friday night and dominated from there, cruising to a 49-18 victory.The Gators (5-2) got another strong night from senior Kyle Leivas, who ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Af...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Football: Plant 42, Freedom 3

TAMPA ó Plant bested Class 7A, District 8 opponent Freedom 42-3 behind six turnovers from its defense and three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Tucker Gleason.The Patriots (3-6, 1-4) ate up six minutes on their opening drive that lasted 10 p...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Football: Calvary Christian 48, Carrollwood Day 14

TAMPA ó Have firepower, will score.That was Calvary Christianís calling card Friday night as it piled up 41 first-half points in a 48-14 victory against Carrollwood Day in a Class 2A game.The Warriors (4-4) benefited from the return of several player...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Football: Zephyrhills Christian 26, Fort Meade 14

ZEPHYRHILLS ó Even with four starters out with injuries and freshman Caleb Gaskin making his first career start, Zephyrhills Christian kept rolling. Javion Hanner scored on touchdown runs of 84 and 39 yards as ZCA defeated Fort Meade 26-14 at Paul L....
Updated: 1 hour ago

Football: Tampa Catholic 15, Bishop Verot 3

TAMPA ó The game plan for Tampa Catholic was clear: Stop Bishop Verot running back Joslyn Mira, make the Vikings throw, and good things would happen.And for the Crusaders defense, did they ever.Bishop Verot finished with minus-2 yards rushing on 23 t...
Updated: 1 hour ago