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SPJC eliminates swimming and golf

St. Petersburg Junior College will eliminate men's and and women's swimming and golf from its varsity roster this coming year, said athletic director Jeff Davis.

"We were looking at what direction the state of Florida was going in terms of sports offerings," Davis said. "We also are undergoing an equity plan and that was also a consideration."

Only two other state junior or community colleges have swimming _ Indian River Community College and Broward Community College. With that, scheduling and travel expenses were a problem. Only six such schools offered golf. Also, there was one more male sport than female sport at SPJC, so golf got the ax.

That brings the number of SPJC varsity sports to four _ men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball. The money saved from the cuts will be used to enhance those remaining sports, Davis said.

Shirley Smith a triple winner: St. Petersburg resident Shirley A. Smith won gold medals in the shot put, javelin and long jump during last week's U.S. National Senior Sports Classic in Baton Rouge, La. Smith, 58, set meet age-group records in the shot (31 feet, 6} inches) and javelin (86-5).

Wrestling: Pinellas Park graduate Tad Yeager, a three-time state champion, was honored at Northwestern University as recipient of the Jack Riley Fall Trophy. It goes to the wrestler who has the most pins during the season. Yeager had seven in his 20-12 record at 126 pounds.

He won two matches at the NCAA Championships before being eliminated. Another win would have given him All-America status. Yeager will return to Evanston, Ill., next season as a fifth-year senior, having sat out one year because of a knee operation.

Basketball: Gibbs graduates Mark Roberson and Tony Parker, the point guard and power forward for Teikyo Westmar University in LeMars, Iowa, received their degrees last month. Roberson has taken a position with the St. Petersburg city government.

More baseball: Countryside High School graduate Tom Riginos was recently named assistant baseball coach at Stetson University in DeLand.