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West Pinellas Little League senior team defends tournament title

The West Pinellas Little League senior team celebrates its second consecutive Tournament of Champions victory. The same group also won the junior division in 2008.

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The West Pinellas Little League senior team celebrates its second consecutive Tournament of Champions victory. The same group also won the junior division in 2008.

The West Pinellas Little League senior team won its second consecutive Tournament of Champions after defeating East Lake 9-1. The team, which has been together for three years, was paced by home runs from Tyler Bates and Matt Schaeffer. E.J. Gatliff had a two-RBI double, and pitchers Jordy Gardiner and Brad Miller teamed up for the win. The defensive star was shortstop Tommy Wight.

The same group of players also won the junior division in 2008. Players on the team are Brian Balbin, Tyler Bates, Josh Battaglia, Chris D'Angelo, Shane Evans, Jordy Gardiner, EJ Gatliff, Brad Miller, Matt Schaefer, Jake Voitier, Wally Rasmussen and Tommy Wight. The coaches are Pete Miller, Rich Balbin, Joe Abene and Wally Rasmussen.


Belleair Country Club recently won the Pinellas County men's interclub championship. The championship is a culmination of a 10-month tournament that includes several public and private courses. The Belleair team is comprised of Jim Slattery, Cecil Rowe, Jim Durda, Lou Scavuzzo, Rodney Hale, Marv Zoromski, Bill Sanders, Chris Gurney, Bob Milas and Zach Lomaka. Other clubs in the association are The Bayou Club, Belleview Biltmore, Countryside Country Club, Cove Cay, Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, East Lake Woodlands Country Club, St. Petersburg Country Club, Seminole Lake Country Club and Vinoy Golf Club.

• The Florida State Golf Association held a one-day tournament on Thursday, June 10 at Cypress Run Golf Club. The under 50 flight winner was Matthew Kistel, who shot 67. The 50-64 flight winner was Paul Moltisanti, who shot 69. The 65 and over flight winner was William Armstrong, who shot 70.

• The Florida State Women's Golf Association held its Junior Girls Championships at Innisbrook's Highlands Course on June 15-16. Kaitlyn Price of Jacksonville won the tournament with even-par 70. The highest local finisher was Dakoda Dowd, who was eighth with 75. Ryan Ashburn of Seminole tied for ninth with 76. Justine Knox of Dunedin tied for 14th with 79. Jasmine Wade of Oldsmar was 20th with 81.

• The Tides Women's Golf Association held a nine-hole tournament on June 15. The winner was Bettye Rae Crane, who shot 32.

Holes-in-one: Tanner Bozich, 13, of St. Petersburg, aced the 127-yard eighth hole at Mangrove Bay Golf Course using a 5-wood. It is his second hole-in-one. David MacMillan of St. Pete Beach aced the 106-yard third hole at The Tides Golf Course using a pitching wedge on May 20. Stephen Parker of Largo aced the 156-yard 15th hole using an 8-iron on June 11. Dino Daminato of Seminole aced the 115-yard 17th hole on June 1 at Largo Golf Course using a pitching wedge. Chip Anderson of St. Petersburg aced the 90-yard 11th hole at Largo Golf Course on June 6 using a 7-iron.

• Largo Golf Course will hold a Firecracker Scramble Tournament on Saturday, July 3 beginning at 7 a.m. The tournament is a four-person scramble with a blind draw to establish teams. The $20 registration fee is due by 5 p.m. July 2. For information, call 518-3024.


Palm Harbor's Mason Beiler won the boys 10 title at the USTA Florida closed singles tournament in Daytona Beach on Wednesday. Beiler, the top seed, defeated No. 2 seed Antonio Mora of Coconut Grove 6-2, 6-3.


The Astro Skating Club in Largo recently returned from the Southern Regional Championship in New Port Richey. There were seven states represented at regionals, and winners advance to the national championships in Lincoln, Neb., on July 24-Aug. 8. The following skaters advanced to nationals to represent Astro Skating: Aimee Bergeron (first in juvenile girls figures, second in elementary girls loops, third in juvenile solo dance), Joseph Ott (first in classic men's figures), Ruth Ross (first in Esquire B solo dance, first in golden A women's solo dance) and Dick Shipman (third in Golden A men's figures, third in Golden A men's solo dance).

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