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Region soccer: Spartans top CCC, Warhawks beat Cougars

Published Oct. 10, 2005

Tara Pickhardt scored early in the first half and Julie Schramek scored late in the second, and Lakewood's defense tamed Pinellas' most dangerous scoring threat as the Spartans won their third Class 3A, Region IV title in four years, 2-1 over Clearwater Central Catholic Tuesday.

Lakewood (19-3-2) will play for its first Section II championship against 3A-III titlist Berkeley Prep, a 2-1 winner Tuesday over Daytona Beach-Seabreeze.

The game will be at Lakewood at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner advances to the state tournament.

Operating with precision in their swarm-the-dribbler defense, the Spartans blunted the Marauders' offense and prevented Robin Confer (county-high 52 goals) from releasing a shot unmarked.

Schramek capitalized on one of Lakewood's few breakaways by scoring the eventual game-winning goal with 5:43 remaining. She collected a short pass from Diana Alvarez and dribbled between two defenders to inside the CCC penalty area. Goalkeeper Melissa Welch charged and deflected Schramek's initial shot. But the striker stopped and pivoted, then leapt sideways over the fallen goalie and tapped her rebound in.

Pickhardt, who sat out last week's District 8 tournament with two sprained ankles, scored on a long, lofting, left-footed shot 12 minutes into the first half.

Warhawks win 4A-IV

title in overtime

SEMINOLE _ Shannen Brown scored with 1:33 left in the second overtime as Seminole's Warhawks beat Countryside 1-0 for their fourth consecutive Class 4A, Region IV girls soccer title.

Brown took a pass from forward Vicki Loose and scored over goalie Michelle Harris.

"She was playing out the whole game," Brown said. "I just tried to get it up over her head."

Missing forwards Tina Brendel and Teri Marino, the Cougars (12-4-2) came in with a defensive game plan. Led by Harris, who had 13 saves, the Cougars stopped the Warhawks (14-5-3) often.

The Warhawks will travel to Valrico to play Bloomingdale in the Section II game Friday. Bloomingdale won its third consecutive 4A-Region III Tuesday 6-3 over Leto.

_ Carey Freeman

Countryside boys edge

Clearwater CC 63-61

CLEARWATER _ Countryside basketball coach Joe O'Neill played another successful round of Name That Lineup Tuesday, beating Clearwater Central Catholic 63-61.

Countryside (12-10), which has lost two regulars for the year, played without starters Collis McKenzie (sprained ankle) and Peter Johnson (missed the bus).

"It was our third makeshift lineup in three games," O'Neill said. "The kids really stepped up."

Ever-improving 6-foot-8 freshman center Greg Cristell scored 17 points, including the game-winning free throws, and his early blocks kept the Marauders (15-9) away.

Countryside saw a 10-point lead vanish in 2{ minutes as Jan Dinwiddie's third three-pointer of the period tied it at 61 with 50 seconds to go. Countryside then missed a shot, but CCC gave it back with a wild full-court pass. With 22 seconds left, Cristell hit two free throws. CCC missed two free throws with eight seconds and, at the buzzer, Dinwiddie missed a hurried three-pointer.

_ Kevin Thomas

Rebels' Hill sets

Pinellas scoring mark

ST. PETERSBURG _ Dixie Hollins center Dametri Hill set the Pinellas County boys basketball career scoring mark with 21 points in a 57-53 win over visiting Seminole on Tuesday.

Hill now has 2,200 points for his career. Former Northeast star Tony Brown had the record at 2,198.

_ Staff reports