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Springstead linebacker likely out for season

Springstead High linebacker Jeff Marshall is likely lost for the season after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the Eagles' 33-0 victory over Hudson on Friday night, assistant coach Joel Myers said. Marshall has been a three-year starter for the Eagles, who are idle this week. He is one of three Springstead players to suffer season-ending injuries. Tight end/linebacker Jason Reynolds (knee) and lineman Aaron Ryan (knee) are also out.

Marshall was replaced in the game by sophomore Cass Houchins, who made one of five interceptions by the Eagles.

No opponents for Springstead swimmers

SPRING HILL _ The swim team from Tarpon Springs-East Lake did not show for its scheduled meet with Springstead on Tuesday, meaning the Springstead boys team has ended its season with an 11-0 dual-meet record.

East Lake's boys and girls had been scheduled to swim Springstead at the Hernando County Family YMCA in Spring Hill. But East Lake athletic director John Hosack said his school had not signed a contract to swim Springstead.

Hosack said East Lake did not want to swim as scheduled on Tuesday because it originally had planned to swim on Wednesday night against Pinellas Park High, although the meet with Pinellas Park was later changed to Thursday.

Hosack said he wanted to invite the Eagles to swim in a tri-meet with East Lake and Pinellas Park on Thursday, but that he was unable to reach Springstead officials.

Springstead athletic director Tony Zefiretto said he tried contacting Hosack by both telephone and mail, but that the East Lake athletic director did not respond.

Grand opening for family golf center

FLORAL CITY _ The North American Tour Family Golf Center will hold a grand opening Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with trick-shot artist Paul Hahn Jr. scheduled to appear at 1 p.m.

The center, formerly the Magic Wand, is located north of Floral City on U.S. 41 and features a 3,000-foot putting green, practice chipping greens, an 80-foot sand bunker, four playing holes and more.

For more information, call the pro shop at (904) 637-4422.


Here are the top high school athletic performers of the past week, as chosen by Times writers.

Anthony Porter, Crystal River football

Porter, a junior safety, made two fourth-quarter interceptions that led to Crystal River touchdowns in the Pirates' 27-7 win over Tampa Jesuit on Friday night. The pickoffs kept the Tigers from mounting a comeback, and enabled the Pirates to build on the 13-7 lead they held early in the fourth period.

Mark McTarsney, Lecanto football

McTarsney, a senior, rushed for 99 yards on 25 carries in Lecanto's 20-6 loss to Tampa Catholic. With starting quarterback Willis O'Steen out for the remainder of the season, McTarsney also took a few snaps and connected with C.J. Natteal for a 42-yard touchdown pass and Lecanto's only score.

Dwayne Mobley, Hernando football

Mobley rushed 26 times for 256 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard run, in Hernando's 19-12 victory over Citrus on Friday night.

Kevin Kanaar, Central football

Kanaar rushed 18 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns in Central's 39-0 victory over Hawthorne on Friday night.

Kevin Alexsuk, Central football

Alexsuk, a sophomore, had the first two interceptions of his varsity career in the victory over Hawthorne.

Luis Sambula, Springstead football

Sambula contributed to 16 tackles and recorded a quarterback sack in Springstead's 33-0 victory over Hudson on Friday night. Sambula was making his second start at defensive end after moving over from defensive tackle. He contributed to 18 tackles in the Eagles' victory over Land O'Lakes one week earlier.

Willie Waddy, Springstead football

Waddy caught four passes, including two for touchdowns, from quarterback A.J. Stone in the Eagles' 33-0 victory over Hudson on Friday night.

_ Staff writers Tim Buckley and Joanne Korth and correspondent Terry Organ contributed to this report.