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East Lake-Gibbs game helps open 3A-11 play

The good news for East Lake coach Dave Scott is his Eagles have been seeded sixth in the 10-team Class 3A, District 11 boys basketball tournament, and have a first-round bye. The bad news for the Eagles is they are paired against third-seeded Gibbs. Although it is a second-round game, it will be played tonight, along with two first-round games as the tournament opens at Gibbs High. Three more second-round games will be played Thursday at Gibbs. Friday's semifinals and Saturday's final will be played at Eckerd College. Admission to each game is $3. There is also a $1 parking charge at Eckerd.

Tickets for each game will go on sale 90 minutes before game time. The gym will be cleared after each game. Seating capacity is 500 at Gibbs and 1,200 at Eckerd.

Tonight's schedule has Osceola vs. Tarpon Springs (4 p.m.), Venice vs. St. Petersburg (6 p.m.) and Gibbs vs. East Lake (8 p.m.).

Investigation of Pats' coach continues

LARGO _ The recruiting complaint against Pinellas Park girls basketball coach Ed Jackson, filed two weeks ago in the county athletic office, is still being investigated, according to Bob Hosack, Director of Centralized Athletics in Pinellas.

"It's something I can't put a timetable on," Hosack said. "I'm investigating right now, talking to other people."

Hosack said he will gather more information before meeting with Jackson. The complaint, filed by six county coaches, listed five cases against Jackson. Hosack said he already has dismissed one of the cases because a Cypress Lake coach would not support the charge that Jackson attempted to recruit one of his players.

Another case involved former Pinellas Park player Karen Mullholand, who transferred from Keswick Christian to Pinellas Park before her senior year. The complaint states that Jackson purchased a pair of basketball shoes for Mullholand. Her mother said that is not true.

"He did not (buy Karen shoes). Ed Jackson did not recruit Karen. It was her father's and my decision," said Sharon Mullholand, who added she temporarily moved into the Pinellas Park zone so Karen could play for the Patriots.

Other complaints allege Jackson talked to parents or players from three schools (Countryside, Northeast, Dixie Hollins) and proposed players switch schools and play basketball at Pinellas Park.