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SPJC women's basketball team heads to state tourney

The St. Petersburg Junior College women's basketball team, which finished the regular season 18-8 and ranked seventh in the state, is bound for the eight-team state tournament in Ocala. It is SPJC's third consecutive trip to the showdown.

The Trojans' first-round opponent is Pensacola Junior College, ranked second in the state and 11th nationally. The game is at 2 p.m. Monday at Central Florida Community College.

Four SPJC players were named to the All-Suncoast Conference team. Named to the first team were guard Stacia Kasper, a Clearwater High graduate, and guard Michi Williams of Hawthorne. Second-team honorees are post player Kisha Conway, a Dixie Hollins graduate, and team captain Karen Tucker, a Gibbs grad. Conway, the state's second-leading rebounder, averaging 13.7, also made last year's all-conference team.

"We're a pretty balanced team," coach John Royal said. "We're not being carried by one or two people. Everybody's contributing well."

Central Florida Community College is on State Road 200 in Ocala. Take exit 68 off I-75 and turn left. Adult tickets are $5 per session, students $3.


In a battle of unbeaten teams, host Seminole defeated Clearwater Central Catholic 4-1 in the final of Pinellas County Athletic Conference preseason baseball tournament.

In the other tournament games, Largo defeated Boca Ciega 2-0 and Countryside beat Osceola 5-3.

Seminole, which defeated preseason county favorite Countryside on Friday,improved to 7-0. CCC dropped to 3-1.

"If someone told me that we'd be undefeated at this time I'd tell them that they're crazy," Seminole coach Bill Brink said. "CCC has a great team and was real boost for our team to get a win, especially after having a conference and district game the night before. We have nine ballplayers right now and if one goes down we're in trouble. We've been hitting the ball real well all year but we just didn't tonight. The difference for us tonight was Chris Madonia on the mound."

Madonia pitched a complete game and gave up only two hits to raise his record to 2-0. Seminole started the scoring in the bottom of the first on designated hitter Rick Stegbaur's two-RBI single that provided the only runs the Warhawks would need.