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Fishing club asks Seminole to sponsor trophy to honor teen killed in crash

SEMINOLE — A local fishing club is asking for the city's help in honoring one of the four teens killed last month in a horrific traffic crash by sponsoring a perpetual fishing trophy.

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The one-time cost: $454.75.

Seminole council members aren't sure they'll do it. But they will hold a workshop to discuss the possibility.

The boys — Nate Richardson, Joey Ruzecki, Keith MacCollom and LeShawn Smith — were killed April 10 when the car in which they were riding glanced off another car, hit a tree and exploded in flames. Another teen, Corey LePore, survived the crash. Richardson, Ruzecki, MacCollom and LePore lived in the unincorporated Seminole area and were students at Seminole High. Smith lived in Largo and attended Largo High.

"It hit our club very hard," said Robin Fancher, of the West Coast Anglers fishing club. "Those four kids, actually five kids, fished with us, and (Nate Richardson) was a member of our club. It's very tough for us."

Fancher said the club wanted to honor Richardson by creating a perpetual trophy for the club's annual tournament, the Tarpon Roundup. The award would go to the person who won the junior — under 16 — division. Like the Stanley Cup, the winner would have his name engraved on the trophy and would keep it for a year. The sponsor's name would be on the cup forever.

The club asked whether the city would like to be the sponsor for the one-time fee. Also there were Richardson's parents, who sat in the front row waiting for the council's decision.

Seminole City Manager Frank Edmunds said the normal procedure is for the council to consider all such requests during a workshop and that one would be scheduled.

"Council will get back to you," Edmunds said.

Reach Anne Lindberg at alindberg@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8450.

Fishing club asks Seminole to sponsor trophy to honor teen killed in crash 05/16/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 16, 2009 4:30am]
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