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W. Pasco softball all-stars named

Published Oct. 9, 2005

The West Pasco Dixie Girls Softball Association selected all-star teams this week that will represent the club in the state championships next month in Zephyrhills.

The Angels Division (ages 6-9) was won by the Bayonet Point Seminoles, managed by Bob Blankenship, who will manage the Angels all-star team. The all-stars include Yvonne Arrington, Christine Beck, Alexis Bigger, Bethann Blankenship, Elizabeth Borges, Melanie Boyer, Cassie Creswell, Pamela Hamilton, Nicole Jacobs, Courtney Kline, Bijal Parikh, Stefanie Simon, and Jamie Williams. Coaches are Robert Borges and Shannon Kline.

The Ponytails Division (ages 10-12) had two leagues, the National and American, and will send two all-star teams to the state tournament.

The National League champions were the M&L Jones Lawn Service Shredders, whose manager, Bill Powell, will lead all-stars Christina Corriere, Rena Delatorre, Doni Ettel, Alexis Frey, Brooke Jones, Bridget Murphy, Yolanda O'Grady, Stephanie Powell, Candace Day, Sarah Goldberg, Brandy Kreig, Jennifer Morris, and Laura O'Brien. The coaches are Terry and Kim Ettel.

The American League champions were the Tidal Wave, managed by Melody Johnson. The all-stars include Shana Gaeta, Sara Hanney, Michelle Haney, Jessica Keesil, Melissa Stanjeski, Piper Stannard, Supriya Kumar, Michelle Taylor, Julie Gilbride, Lisa Hair, Terea Hair, Christen Feagles, and Jayme Johnson. The coaches are Marvin Hair and Jim Johnson.

The Belles (ages 13-15) all-stars will be led by manager Sue Lee. Players include Liz Engel, Jennifer Murrell, Christy Taylor, Kenna Rodgers, Tiffany Martin, Chrissy Bavetta, Tiffany Fischer, Mandy McEvoy, Prudence Boyer, Lisa Casanova, Jonell Cline, Lisa Povitch, and Janice Failla. Coaches are David Lee and Kevin Murrell.

The Debs all-stars (ages 16-18) will be managed by Gus Martinez and the players include Amber Martinez, Gina Meunier, Brandy Harmon, Stephanie Voorhees, Vanessa Triglia, Jenn Marquis, Bernadette Parker, Kelly Gelden, Lindsay Cassidy, Jennifer Gilbride, Angie McEvoy, and Christine Wolfe. The coaches are Alex Tavo and Joe Meunier.

West Pasco, which has sent at least two teams to the past 17 Dixie World Series, begins play July 9-11 with the Angels and Ponytails. The Belles and Debs play July 17-19. All games are at Zephyrhills and the tournaments will include teams from throughout the state.

Karate: Marc Metzner, 17, who will be a senior at Pasco High this fall, has earned first-degree black belt status from the American Karate Federation.

Metzner, who has been training with the Dade City American Karate Federation for more than four years, scored 91 percent on a test of 281 moves.

Metzner now will become assistant instructor for the Dade City club, which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Dade City Civic Center. For more information on the club, call (904) 583-3341.

In other karate news, Mike Boggs, a seventh-grader at Gulf Middle School, placed first in forms and second in fighting at a state tournament May 1. He will compete in the U.S. Junior Olympics July 31-Aug. 8 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Fencing: The Land O'Lakes Fencing Club will conduct a tournament for unclassified fencers Saturday at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. and fencing begins at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Don Konrad at (813) 949-5291.

To report youth sports news, contact Terry Ettel at (813) 846-9344.