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Cobras wrestler took up challenge

Much of the season, Tim Green of Hudson High wrestled in the 160-poundweight division. But for Saturday's Class 3A, District 7 championship

tournament, he dropped a class to 152.

One might think his reason for the switch was to face easier competition, but Green said not so.

"I just decided it was the thing to do," he said. "There's a lot better competition at 152."

Tougher or not, the move did not prevent Green from claiming a district championship. The Cobras senior (25-0) pinned three foes en route to the championship finals, where he beat previously undefeated Chris Carrington of Central 8-2.

Some are very quick to pin

SPRING HILL - Neither Springstead High's Kevin Levija nor Don Meredith of Land O'Lakes was interested in spending more time on the mats than necessary at Saturday's Class 3A, District 7 high school wrestling tournament. Zeke Casarez of Zephyrhills, though, didn't care how long he was out there.

Levija took a total of 4 minutes, 12 seconds to pin his three opponents, taking Josh Addessi of Land O'Lakes in 1:21 in the 125-pound final. Levija won a quarterfinal match in 22 seconds.

"I want a quick pin," said Levija (25-0), "because I don't want to get hurt and ruin my chances for getting to state ..."

Meredith pinned three heavyweight competitors in 3:17. He won a semifinal bout in 36 seconds and beat Desmond Sanders of Hernando in 1:07 for the title.

"I try to get on the mat and off as soon as possible," said Meredith, who proved he is fully recovered from a rib injury. "At this point I don't want to risk getting hurt."

Casarez, meanwhile, didn't enjoy what he deemed stalling tactics by 130 class runner-up Sean Overa, of Springstead.

"I was kind of mad," said Casarez, who beat Overa 12-1 for the title, "because every time I wrestle Sean (Overa), he doesn't seem to want to wrestle ... I like to wrestle a full six minutes."

Leopards to sign with Eastern Kentucky

BROOKSVILLE - Seniors Carlos Timmons and Robert Harris this morning will sign letters of intent to play football for Eastern Kentucky, Hernando coach Mike Imhoff said.

Timmons, a linebacker who led Hernando in tackles, and Harris, a strongly recruited defensive end, are scheduled to sign with the NCAA Division 1-AA school at 8 a.m. Couples golf tourney entries close today

SHADY HILLS - Registration deadline is 5 p.m. today for a Valentine Couples golf tournament, scheduled Saturday at Quail Ridge Golf and Country Club here.

Teams for the scramble consist of one male and one female. Fee is $24 per player. For information, call (813) 856-6064.

Citrus' King has foul experience

INVERNESS - Only seven more seconds and the Citrus High girls basketball team's trouncing of Land O'Lakes would be complete. The Hurricanes (16-8) led 54-33 last Thursday when an official blew his whistle and pointed to Citrus' Shelly King.

King smiled. Her teammates on the bench elbowed each other. Coach Bruce Nelson laughed. King had fouled out again.

King fouled out seven times in 24 regular-season games, several other times tottering on the brink with four fouls.

"To foul out with seven seconds left and a lot of points - that's a good outing for Shelly. She doesn't feel like she's played hard unless she fouls out," Nelson said.

King, the 'Canes' top scorer Thursday with 14 points in the 56-34 win, disputed the claim. "I don't try to foul out," she said. "I don't like to foul out. I like to try for the ball."

"She lies," Nelson said, joking. "I think I've told her a thousand times to go for the ball and not the body. I think she just has that memorized."

- Staff writers Tim Buckley and Joanne Korth contributed to this report.

AREA STANDOUTS Shaun Jackson, Citrus, basketball Jackson, a guard, had 21 points in a 61-60 win over Ocala Forest on Monday and 19, including the game-winner with one second left, in a 52-51 win over Hernando on Tuesday.

Brian Bova, Lecanto, soccer Bova, a sophomore, scored three goals with two assists in the Panthers' opening-round, 7-0 win over Central in the Class 2A, District 8 soccer tournament on Wednesday.

Sharron Washington, Springstead, girls basketball Washington scored 77 points, 24 rebounds and 18 steals in a three-game spree: In a 53-46 victory over Hudson, the junior guard scored 32 points with nine rebounds; in a 60-45 loss to Lecanto on Tuesday, she had 29 points and seven steals; in a 42-40 loss to Dunnellon on Monday, Washington had 16 points.

Ryan O'Connell, Springstead, boys basketball O'Connell scored a school-record 43 points in a 113-70 win over Lecanto. The senior guard hit six three-pointers, made 7-of-7 free throws and had nine assists. Three nights later, O'Connell scored a game-high 27 points in an 87-67 win over Hudson.

Travis DeWalt, Gulf, wrestling DeWalt, a senior, had an easy week at the Class 3A, District 7 wrestling meet, winning all of his matches by pin. He is considered a favorite to win the 112-pound state title.

Jimmy Campbell, Zephyrhills, boys basketball Campbell scored a game-high 29 points, including five three-pointers, to lead the Bulldogs over Ridgewood.