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Another Series win for Northwest Dizzy Dean

Northwest Dizzy Dean’s 14-under team won the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, Miss., just a week after the 10-year-old team won the league’s first World Series. The 14-under team cruised through the tournament with five straight wins and outscored their opponents 49-8.

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Northwest Dizzy Dean’s 14-under team won the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, Miss., just a week after the 10-year-old team won the league’s first World Series. The 14-under team cruised through the tournament with five straight wins and outscored their opponents 49-8.

The hits keep coming for Northwest Dizzy Dean.

A week after the 10-year-old team won the league's first Dizzy Dean World Series, the 14-under team made it two in one season with a World Series championship last week in Southaven, Miss., outside of Memphis. Northwest breezed through the tournament with five straight wins and outscored opponents 49-8.

Northwest started the tournament on July 26 with two straight wins over teams from Rome, Ga. It then won two more games to reach the final against the Rome Mudcats, which it took 12-1.

"We were pretty confident going up there,'' coach Joe Saunders said. "As 13-year-olds we finished fifth, and this year, in the state championship game, we beat the team that won the World Series last year. So we figured we had a chance to do pretty well.''

Left-handed pitcher Justin Tedder was named the tournament MVP. Jimmy Lynch, Rickey Whiteman, Jody Odom and Alex McGathey were named to the all-tournament team.

Saunders said his team was aware of Northwest's win at the 10-year-old World Series, and he also wanted his team to win because it is likely the last tournament they will play together.

"This is like the end of the line for them,'' Saunders said. "They will start playing for their high school teams after this. It's kind of like the last hoorah.''

Also in Southaven, the Pinellas Park Piranhas 8-year-old team won the championship with an 11-4 win over Pensacola. The Piranhas were undefeated in the tournament.

Golf

Greg Hicks and son Ryan won the Florida State Golf Association's Parent-Child Championship, 8-9 age group, last weekend at Walt Disney World's Oak Trail course in Lake Buena Vista. The tournament used the Stableford scoring system, and the Hicks amassed 57 points during the two-day tournament. Ryan Hicks also won the North Suncoast Junior Golf Association's tournament at Southern Woods. He shot 57 for the 12-hole tournament.

• The First Tee of St. Petersburg held a tournament at the Treasure Bay Golf Course on Treasure Island. Emily Swibock won the girls' 10-12 division with 38. Martin Fennemore was the boys' 10-12 winner with 31. Alyssa Lamoureux won the girls' 7-9 bracket with 45, defeating Abigail Grantges in a playoff. Robert Vinson was the boys' 7-9 winner with 41.

• A.J. Newell was one of 18 females to qualify for the Wal Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, a Champions Tour event to be held Aug. 29-31. Newell, who attends Northside Christian, will represent the First Tee of Tampa Bay. She survived a qualifying round at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye, N.H.

• Tanner Bozich shot a hole-in-one on the eighth hole at Cypress Links in St. Petersburg. Bozich, 12, used a 9-iron on the 80-yard hole.

Ryan Ashburn, a junior at Indian Rocks Christian, took medalist honors at the Stanford Financial Junior Championship in Memphis on July 27. She shot 2-over 74 to win the championship over 17 other girls in the field.

Tennis

Jade and Jayla Smith, 12-year-old twins from St. Petersburg, played well at the ATA Midtac tournament in Indianapolis last week. Both advanced to the semifinals of the singles bracket, and they teamed up to win the doubles championship 6-1, 6-0. The Smiths play out of the St. Petersburg Tennis Center.

• The Willis S. Johns Rec Center in St. Petersburg was named one of the top 50 tennis welcome centers by the Tennis Industry Association, the USTA and Racquet Sports Industry magazine. Tennis welcome centers are public and private facilities leading the charge in growing the sport of tennis by providing well-rounded programs to new and current players of all ages and abilities.

Basketball

The Clearwater Heatwave under-15 boys team finished second at the Youth Basketball of America National Tournament in Lakeland on June 28-July 5. The team finished 2-1 in pool play and then won three straight games to reach the final. In the final, the West Georgia Ballerz won 60-42. Khari Armstrong and Breon Bostick were named to the all-tournament team, and Charles Bargman was awarded the Hustle Award.

Soccer

The Clearwater Galactics over-40 team defended its silver masters championship in Charleston, S.C., recently. The Galactics won five straight games to earn the championship. Ralf Gerhardt was named the tournament MVP.

Baseball

The Florida Phoenix 12-under AAU team took third in Division I of the AAU National Championship Tournament last week in Richmond, Va. The Phoenix, which is made up of players from Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, lost 3-2 to defending champion Blue Springs (Mo.) Classics in the semifinal round. The Phoenix won five consecutive elimination games to reach the semifinal. Pitchers Eric Riley and Keith Weisenberg and catcher Clint Tonini were named to the all-tournament team.

Rodney Page can be reached at (727) 893-8810 or page@sptimes.com.

Another Series win for Northwest Dizzy Dean 08/02/08 [Last modified: Sunday, August 3, 2008 11:23am]
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