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River Crossing claims title

The River Crossing 3.5-level tennis team defeated Seminole Lakes 4-1 Saturday to win the District 12 championship, 2 matches to 1. River Crossing swept the northern half of the district with wins over McMullen, Royal Racquet, Countryside, Dunedin A and B and East Lake Woodlands A and B.

River Crossing opened with a 4-1 victory and then dropped the second match 3-2.

River Crossing advances to the regional playoffs July 12-14 at Hillsborough Community College.

River Crossing team members include: Bill Graham (captain), Richard McCaffrey, Tim Vance, James Raum, Dick Roberts, Jerry McDowell, Malcolm Slive, Robert McKenzie, Larry Hessler and Ray Jacobson.

Awards for juniors: The Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association capped its season this past weekend with its annual Tournament of Champions at Hunter's Green.

Rain compressed the scheduled two-day tournament into a one-day event Sunday. Brooksville's Kelly Lagedrost finished third with a 47 in the girls 11-12 age group.

Crystal River High junior Tricia Laxton won honors as female medalist of the year for a 74 scored in a tournament at Airco Golf Course in Clearwater this season.

Gulf High senior Darron Stiles received an award in his name from the association presented for his courage and determination. Two years ago, Stiles postponed cancer surgery on his jaw to play in the state tournament, in Sarasota.

Bone was taken from Stiles' hip to rebuild the jaw in the surgery. During his first golf outing after the jaw surgery, Stiles _ who has a golf scholarship to Florida Southern, in Lakeland _ shattered the hip from which the bone was taken. He had to bounce back from that ailment.

Women's league begins: Sugarmill Woods leads Brooksville 22-21 after two tournaments in the High Country League, a new interclub league for amateur women.

The league consists of Sugarmill Woods, Brooksville, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs and Seville. Citrus Hills was the site for the first tournament, May 22, and the second event was conducted Monday at Citrus Springs.

Each club sends 12 low handicappers (27 or less) to each tournament to form six two-woman teams that play Nassau (best ball) matches against opponents. Points are earned on the basis of one for front nine, one for back nine and one for 18 holes. A traveling trophy will go to the top point-producing team at the end of the season.

The next tournament is set for June 21 at Sugarmill Woods. Other events are July 23 at Seville and Aug. 15 at Brooksville. A jamboree at Brooksville on Sept. 5 wraps up the season.

Bodybuilding: Craig Constantino of New Port Richey was recently named Mr. Tampa Bay in the novice division of the Tampa Bay Classic Bodybuilding contest Saturday at Busch Gardens.

Constantino, 21, won the novice middleweight division before being named the overall novice winner.

Staff writer Jim Carson and correspondent Terry Organ contributed to this report.