Northside Christian and Shorecrest help open the Class A, District 10girls basketball tournament today with an 8 p.m. game at Walter Fuller
Two other games are scheduled today at Bradenton Christian, tournament site for all but the Shorecrest-Northside Christian game.
Keswick Christian opens against St. Paul's Thursday at 2:45.
"I think if we play well, we're capable of beating any team, if we pull everything together," said Karrmayne King, Keswick Christian's first-year coach. "No team is unbeatable in the district."
The Crusaders enter the tournament, which also includes St. Petersburg Catholic and Oldsmar Christian in the 11-team field, on a two-game win streak and are 8-6 against district opponents. Keswick has split two regular-season meetings with St. Paul's.
One of the keys for St. Paul's is 6-foot Clare Roach, who's averaging about 20 points a game. The Crusaders are led by Evie Stratis (16 points a game, 11.5 rebounds) and three-point specialist Lisa Smith.
The semifinals are Friday and the final is Saturday.
The 2A, 3A and 4A tournaments are later this week.
- DARRELL FRY Recruiting charge to be followed up by FHSAA
PINELLAS PARK - Florida High School Activities Association (FHSAA)
executive secretary Fred Rozelle said he plans to contact Pinellas Park High principal Marilyn Heminger concerning recruiting charges against Pinellas Park girls basketball coach Ed Jackson. Rozelle said he has not received an official request to look into the situation, but "we pay attention to newspaper articles."
On Saturday, the Times reported six high school coaches had submitted a complaint against Jackson to the county athletic office.
The coaches claim Jackson recruits players from other schools, in violation of FHSAA and Pinellas County School Board bylaws.
Meanwhile, Bob Hosack, Pinellas County Director of Centralized Athletics, said he has not arranged a meeting with Heminger. Hosack said he plans to meet with her and may also involve the Pinellas County Athletic Conference executive committee in investigating the charges.
Heminger said about the complaint that "at this point, there are only allegations. Sometimes it happens when you have a winning team.
Coach Jackson runs a summer AAU program and sometimes that can be misconstrued. Coach Jackson gives a lot of time with kids. That exposure can be misinterpreted."
- KEVIN THOMAS Football standouts to sign on Wednesday
Pinellas County's best football prospects are preparing to sign letters of intent Wednesday, the first day players can officially accept college football scholarships.
Northeast quarterback Jay Austin and Tarpon Springs defensive back Ed Lake will sign with Florida, Lakewood's Tom Carter and William Floyd are signing with Notre Dame and Florida State, respectively, Tarpon Springs lineman Chris Bogue is signing on with the U.S. Military Academy, Clearwater lineman Matt Valone will commit to Delta State in Mississippi, and lineman Ricky Roth of Seminole will sign with Northeast Louisiana State.
Each player had announced his plans, except Roth, the third member of his family to receive a football scholarship. Mike Roth is a starting guard at Eastern Kentucky and Jeff Roth was an All-Southeastern Conference nose guard at Florida.
- STAFF REPORTS Lakewood JV team closes in on perfect year
ST. PETERSBURG - The Lakewood boys basketball team won the Pinellas County Conference South Division last week, and from the looks of the junior varsity, future Spartan teams might enjoy similar rewards.
The Lakewood boys junior varsity team, coached by Paul Goodland, has its season-finale tonight against Osceola. Clive Shim, Marques Tampa and Cliff Latimore have led the club to a 21-0 mark.
- DARRELL FRY Also worth mentioning
Among the boys basketball games today starting at 8 p.m. are two important contests regarding the Pinellas County Conference North Division. Division-leading Countryside (10-2) plays host to Largo (9-3) and Clearwater (9-3) is home against Pinellas Park (4-8) ...
Clearwater Central Catholic guard Jenni Soles is out for the season.
Soles, who suffers from a case of polymyositis, a deficiency of the immune system, has been told by doctors not to play basketball. Recent blood tests revealed an increase of the disease ... The tennis season begins today when Countryside visits Sarasota. Most other Pinellas schools begin play on Thursday ... The Countryside cheerleaders placed first in the 3A-4A division among approximately 15 squads in the
Florida State Fair Cheerleading Competition on Saturday. (Please see For The Record for the Countryside roster.) - KEVIN THOMAS