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North Suncoast: News and notes

The summer housecleaning at Nature Coast is complete.

The school announced in an e-mail Monday that it has hired Kristin Peeples to replace Travis Lamle as athletic director.

Nature Coast principal Toni-Ann Noyes recently announced in an internal memorandum all supplements were up for annual renewal and everyone was welcome to apply.

Lamle, who confirmed the hiring, had said he wanted to remain athletic director. It appears he will continue to coach girls varsity basketball.

Noyes did not return a message seeking comment. Peeples did not immediately respond to a message left on her cell phone.

Peeples was the first Nature Coast softball coach and also is the Exceptional Student Education teacher.

Lamle becomes the third casualty of the fallout stemming from the football program's woes in 2008-09. Principal Tizzy Schoelles was reassigned to Fox Hollow Middle School, and former coach Jamie Joyer resigned.

Nature Coast's problems peaked with penalties handed down by the Florida High School Athletic Association following a brawl at Groveland South Lake on Nov. 7. The Sharks' 9-0 season ended with two forfeits.

During the winter, it was discovered Joyner had a inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student, leading to his resignation.

Pasco narrows search for basketball coach

Four candidates have emerged to become Pasco's girls basketball coach.

The list includes former Zephyr­hills coach Dale Palmer, Pasco football assistant Ryan Simmons, Centennial Middle School's Troy Moore and Central's John Larry.

Pasco athletic director Jim Ward said last week interviews were under way.

Sharks unlikely to play a preseason game

Nature Coast football coach Mark Lee said it is unlikely the Sharks will schedule a preseason classic for Aug. 28.

Lee decided against playing at Pahokee for various reasons. Other attempts to schedule classics have not panned out.

The decision not to play a preseason classic is not unique as Wesley Chapel usually skips the game.

Izzy Gould can be reached at igould@tampabay.com or (813) 421-3386.

North Suncoast: News and notes 08/17/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 17, 2009 9:42pm]
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