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Pinellas teams share final honors

They went wire to wire. The Pinellas Park Patriots finished the 1989-90 regular season the way they started it - atop the Times' Tampa Bay girls basketball poll.

The Patriots capped their 11-week reign with two victories last week, upping their record to 29-1 entering district tournament play.

In the season's final boys poll, Lakewood becomes the fourth squad to occupy the No. 1 slot. The Spartans (24-4), who recorded their second straight 3-0 week, swapped places with previously top-ranked Chamberlain. The Chiefs, who have had two separate stints at the top, dropped to second by virtue of its 68-62 upset loss at home to Plant City last week.

Besides the resurgent Raiders (who jumped from seventh to fourth with a 2-0 week), other climbers in the boys poll include Northeast (from ninth to fifth) and Largo (re-entering at No. 10). Each pulled an upset against a ranked opponent; Plant City beat Chamberlain;

Northeast dumped Gibbs; and Largo downed Clearwater (10th last week).

In the girls poll, the top five - Pinellas Park, Plant City, Lakewood, Osceola and Clearwater - remain unchanged. All the movement was in the bottom half. Plant, which clinched the Western Conference's National Division title with a win over Bloomingdale on Thursday, is up a notch to No. 6. In the seventh slot is Clearwater Central Catholic, which finished 22-4.

East Bay, one of Hillsborough's hottest clubs with seven wins in eight games, jumped from 10th to eighth. Tampa Prep held the No. 9 slot, but Brandon, a 61-31 loser to No. 2 Plant City, fell from eighth to 10th.

- DON BANKS Clearwater volleyball player to sign with Furman today

CLEARWATER - Clearwater volleyball standout Cheryl McQuown will accept a scholarship today from Furman University (Greenville, S.C.) McQuown, 6-foot-2, was a Class 4A all-state selection and two-time selection to the Times' All-County first team. She also carries a 4.09 grade-point average.

Furman actively recruits in the Tampa Bay area. Two starters on last year's team were Julie Porter, a Keswick Christian graduate, and Jennifer White from Countryside High. - KEVIN THOMAS Boys top 10 No. Team (last week) W L 1. Lakewood (2) 24 4 2. Chamberlain (1) 22 3 3. Bloomingdale (3) 20 4 4. Plant City (7) 18 5 5. Northeast (9) 19 7 6. Jesuit (5) 19 7 7. Gibbs (4) 20 7 8. Countryside (6) 19 6 9. TB Vo-Tech (8) 13 5 10. Largo (-) 16 10 Girls top 10 No. Team (last week) W L 1. Pinellas Park (1) 29 1 2. Plant City (2) 21 1 3. Lakewood (3) 18 5 4. Osceola (4) 21 4 5. Clearwater (5) 22 5 6. Plant (7) 17 3 7. CCC (6) 22 4 8. East Bay (10) 14 7 9. Tampa Prep (9) 18 2 10. Brandon (8) 13 6

Dropped out: none.

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