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North Suncoast: News and notes

Fab foursome …plus two

Lost among the sparkling performances by Ridgewood's 3-0 boys golf team in its 10-stroke win against Mitchell were the two scorecards that didn't count.

Senior Randy Watkins and junior Sean Crane each shot 39 at the Links Golf Club, giving all six Rams players sub-40 scores against the Mustangs. Only the top four scores are counted in the final team total.

The score by Crane, who carded 38 on the same course earlier in the week, was especially significant. According to Rams coach Gary Zimmerman, Crane was shooting in the 60s as a freshman.

Game of the week

Catch 47 is showing its love of the North Suncoast football programs with its second broadcast of games in as many weeks. The network, available to Bright House Network cable subscribers, will broadcast Springstead at Nature Coast on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 5, the network broadcast Pasco at Land O'Lakes.

Their Sunday best on Friday morning

While taping the opening to Friday Night Rewind at Wiregrass Ranch's pep rally Friday morning (now online at, we couldn't help but notice all the Bulls football players bedecked in dress shirts and ties. We know several teams do that on game days, but the sight of a group representing its program and school in such a first-class way never gets old.

Game day for a legend

Chamberlain's Billy Turner is a coaching legend. An icon, really. In five decades on the sideline, he has won more than 200 games and coached dozens of future college players.

But guess what?

He was a nervous wreck Friday before the Chiefs played Gaither. Seriously.

"(Coaching) is just as fun today as ever," said Turner, 70. "The way I know why is that I've got butterflies. I can't believe it. After 49 years, I still get them. I get so nervous the day of a game. I shake all day long, all the way up to the game. I don't relax until something happens in the game."

Calling all coaches

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North Suncoast: News and notes 09/05/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 5, 2008 10:16pm]
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