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Spring Hill wrestler included on two All-American lists

Springstead sophomore Cody Ross, a member of the Spring Hill Wrestling Club, became the second grappler in local history to make two All-American lists in the same summer when he placed sixth at the Fargo Cadet Nationals this month.

Ross, who made the state finals as a freshman at 119 pounds, also achieved All-American status at the NHSCA Virginia Beach Freshman Nationals. Before placing in the freestyle tournament, he almost became the first to ever make three lists when he came one match short of placing in the Greco tournament.

Although he made weight at 130 pounds and competed there in the Greco bracket, Ross bumped up to 135 for his run in the freestyle division, making his achievement all the more impressive.

He joins Nick Soto, who was an All-American twice last summer, as the only two Hernando County grapplers to ever make two All-American lists in the same year.

Ross went 6-2 on his way to the sixth-place finish. The first of his two losses came at the hands of eventual runner-up Steve Spearman (Pennsylvania), who won a 3-0 decision. The second loss was especially disappointing for the young champion. He was leading eventual third-place finisher Antonio Linares (California), but he suffered an undisclosed injury and had to withdraw.

Other locals who achieved the status recently include former two-time Springstead state champion Schuyler Swanton (2006), former Central wrestler Vince Ramirez (2007), former Springstead state placer Dustin Soto (2008) and younger brother Nick.

BOWLING: Chris Stevens, 20, is wrapping up his associate of arts degree at Pasco-Hernando Community College and has been accepted to continue his education at the University of Central Florida. When he moves to Orlando this fall, he will be a member of the UCF Striking Knights bowling team.

Stevens, who moved to Spring Hill three years ago, has risen from a 168 to a 219 average in that period. He went on an impressive run at the tail end of the fall/spring season and into the summer. He has thrown three perfect games and two 800 series in the past four months.

MORE BOWLING: Justin Paxton, 11, became the youngest competitor of the season to toss a 700-series recently.

On July 22, he threw games of 266, 247 and 225 to total 738 for the night in the Sunday Summer Youth/Adult League at Spring Hill Lanes.

Prior to this performance, Cody Malone and Anthony Caso, both 14, had been the youngest bowlers to achieve the 700 mark in 2008-09. In just his second season in sanctioned bowling, Paxton went from averaging a 155 in the Summer Youth/Adult League in 36 games last year to amassing a 183 average in the Spring Hill Elite League this past fall and spring.

BASEBALL: Officials planning on starting a new competitive travel team in the area are trying to gauge interest in the venture.

If you are interested in participating in a travel baseball team for those 10 and younger that will compete in AAU and USSSA-sanctioned events, contact Randy Mosser at (352) 397-8546. Tryouts times and location will be announced.

SOFTBALL: The Brooksville Bulldogs 12U travel club will evaluate potential players Saturday at Ernie Wever Park in Brooksville for the fall season.

Tryouts start at noon for youths ages 10 to 12. For more information, contact Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or e-mail bruce 67price@hotmail.com.

Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Spring Hill wrestler included on two All-American lists 07/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:03pm]

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