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Pinellas: News and notes

Harrison Beck hopes his final stop is his best stop.

The former Countryside quarterback started his college career at Nebraska. Then he played at North Carolina State.

Now, he's finishing up his eligibility at North Alabama.

"He's going to be the starter up there," Countryside coach John Davis said Monday.

Beck, now a senior, transferred to the Division II school this summer. The Lions are coached by former Auburn coach Terry Bowden. The team's top receiver this fall is likely to be ex-Florida State standout Preston Parker.

"I just talked to him the other day," Davis said of Beck. "He's loving it."

Beck was among the country's top high school quarterbacks in 2004 as a senior. He was ranked as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com.

In 2008, Beck passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns in an N.C. State win against William & Mary, then started in a loss to South Florida. He did not play in the Wolfpack's final seven regular-season games.

bogie's dempsey in demand: Boca Ciega's Latavia Dempsey, considered one the top returning guards in the state, has eight offers from colleges, Pirates coach Will White said.

The offers are from Alabama-Birmingham, Florida Atlantic, Long Island, Marshall, North Florida, Old Dominion, Rhode Island and Southern Mississippi.

Dempsey, a rising senior, will take official visits to FAU and Marshall this fall.

"I'm sure more offers will come and there are no front-runners yet," White said. "Latavia is just trying to find the right school that will be a good fit and give her an opportunity to help a program right away."

Last season, Dempsey was a Times first-team selection for the all-county and all-Suncoast teams after averaging 16.7 points and leading Boca Ciega to the Class 5A state final four a second straight season.

More alumni updates

Seminole grad pulls double duty: Joe Lamoureux, a recent Seminole graduate, signed to play football and baseball at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Lamoureux reported for football practice Aug. 5 and said he will be given a shot as the starting placekicker. Last season, Lamoureux was one of Pinellas County's top kickers with 18 field goals, including two winning kicks.

He also will be a pitcher and outfielder. With the Warhawks, Lamoureux was 4-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 29 strikeouts last season.

Cougars grad already a starter: It didn't take Countryside grad Pete Kontodiakos long to impress the Colorado State coaching staff. In fact, the Rams named the incoming freshman the starting punter before fall practice even began.

Now for the weird part.

At the time CSU put Kontodiakos atop the depth chart, coach Steve Fairchild had yet to see him punt in person.

"I hate to do that, but there are situations that arise," Fairchild told reporters covering the team. "Knowing Pete, knowing his family, knowing his background, I was comfortable doing that."

Pinellas: News and notes 08/17/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 17, 2009 10:31pm]
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