Longtime Coleman Junior High volleyball coach Judy Hall is scheduled to be featured in the "Faces in the Crowd" segment of this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, Hall said Tuesday. The architect of Coleman Junior High's volleyball dynasty, Hall recently transferred to Plant High, where she is softball and swimming coach and serves as head of the physical education department.
While at Coleman, Hall's teams went 97-6 and won five Hillsborough County championships in her 11 seasons. Coleman has not lost a match since the regular-season finale of the 1985 season (39 straight wins). During Hall's tenure, Coleman never lost more than one match a season.
"Faces in the Crowd" is a weekly Sports Illustrated feature that honors the accomplishments of outstanding amateur athletes and coaches. Each of the six subjects get their picture published along with a short summary of his or her achievements.
Hall's success was brought to the attention of Sports Illustrated by Coleman Junior High student resource officer Dan Cook, Hall said.
"I was very surprised when they contacted me," said Hall, 37, a University of Central Florida graduate who has a master's degree from the University of Tampa. "I didn't think a junior high coach could get that sort of recognition. Usually at that level, you don't get publicity. Yet junior high coaches set the building blocks for high school programs."
Coleman Junior High is a feeder school for Plant. Hall coached the Panthers to a fast-pitch softball district title last season while still teaching at Coleman. She will begin her duties as the Plant swimming coach in time for the fall season.
"Drugs in Sports'
TAMPA _ A seminar entitled "Drugs in Sports" will be held tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Hospital medical arts auditorium.
The seminar will deal with steroids, blood-doping, pain killers and human-growth hormones.
The list of featured speakers includes former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Steve Courson, a former steroid user who has since encountered serious medical problems; former Buccaneers great Lee Roy Selmon; Bucs wide receiver Danny Peebles; and Bucs team physician, Dr. Joseph Diaco. Former Bucs tight end Jerry Bell will act as moderator for the discussion.
The seminar is free and open to the public. For information, call 870-4848. To register, call 870-4340.
meet begins Friday
TAMPA _ Teams from Alabama, Georgia and Florida will be among the more than 300 gymnasts taking part in this weekend's Gasparilla Classic Gymnastics Invitational at the Northwest Family YMCA.
The meet begins Friday with a 5:30-8:30 p.m. session. Saturday's competition runs from 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Gymnasts age 7 through 17 will participate. Admission is $4 per day for adults (or a two-day pass for $6), and $2 per day for children.
For information, call John Armatas at 962-3220.
Darby bike race
for juniors is March 4
TAMPA _ The third annual Darby Junior Development Classic bicycle race will be held March 4 in San Antonio, Fla. Held in conjunction with the 10th annual Bud Light Darby Road Race, the Junior Development Classic will include three races for Junior Class riders.
Fifteen-mile road tests will be held for juniors 12-and-under and juniors 14-and-under. Juniors who are 15-and-over will race 28 miles. Junior events begin at 11 a.m., with other races to follow. All participants must hold a USCF amateur racing license.
The Junior Development Classic is sponsored in part by San Antonio Cyclery and First South National Bank. For information, contact James Pavek at (904) 588-3030.
team wins twice
TAMPA _ Tampa General Hospital's quadriplegic rugby team won two games over the weekend against a squad of wheelchair athletes who competed in Saturday's Gasparilla Distance Classic.
Tampa General won 34-19 and 40-23, improving its record to 10-9-1 on the year.
Next on the agenda is the Atlantic Regional tournament to be held March 16-17 at Hillsborough Community College. Tampa General will compete against teams from Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Dallas and New York. The top 3 teams advance to April's national tournament in San Diego.
Little League schedules
Clearwater state event
CLEARWATER _ Though not as big as Super Bowls or NCAA Final Fours, Little League state tournaments do carry prestige.
The 1990 state Little League baseball championship will be in Clearwater.
Charlie Harper, director of District 12, which includes Little Leagues from mid-Pinellas to west Pasco, announced Tuesday that the state's best majors teams (ages 12 and under) will play in a weeklong tournament in Clearwater, starting July
30. The games will be at Misty Springs Park, home of Countryside Little League.
"It's a well-attended tournament, and it brings money to the city," said Harper, who said the event could draw 2,000 to 3,000 spectators a night.
Teams representing the north (from the Panhandle to Jacksonville), east (including Miami), west (Tampa Bay-Orlando) and south (southwest Florida) will play in the tournament. The winner advances to the Southern Regional in Gulfport. The winner at Gulfport advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
District 12 also was named the host of several sectional tournaments (winners of the sectionals advance to state competitions): major boys, senior girls, and Big League girls in Dunedin and Big League baseball in Hudson.
"We got a bunch of (tournaments)," Harper said, "but the jewel is the state tournament."
10 from area reach
state free-throw event
CLEARWATER _ Ten young basketball players advanced to the state championship of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship by winning a regional competition Saturday in Clearwater.
The competition involved district representatives from five counties: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus.
The winners will step to the line again March
24 at Saint Leo College for the state championship. Their scores then will be compared to those of other states' competitors, and national honors will be awarded.
Saturday's regional winners among the girls were: Leigh Ann Nichols (age 10), Dunedin; Kasmyene Hayes (11), Tampa; April Granholm (12), Palm Harbor; Sarah Cuni (13), Palm Harbor; and Michelle Tornalene (14), Seffner.
The boys winners were: David Muley (10), Tampa; Chris Kyviasis (11), St. Petersburg; Eric Wolf (12), Spring Hill; Dwayne Dobson (13), Clearwater; Louis Kelly (14), Tampa.