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Flott is elevated to head football coach at Brandon

Ron Flott has been elevated to head football coach at Brandon High, athletic director Joe Perez announced Monday. Flott replaces Larry Bass, who resigned two months ago after 13 years in the position.

Flott was the defensive coordinator last year when the Eagles gave up less than 90 points for the season. He was defensive coordinator at Bloomingdale the two previous years and head coach at Robinson in 1989.

In all, the 40-year-old Flott has 20 years' coaching experience, including two at Saint Leo College.

"One of the most difficult tasks for any coach or teacher to do is communicate with our kids of the 1990s" said Perez. "In the year Ron has been with us we have seen him demonstrate that rare ability. He demands respect from his players and gets results from them."

Flott said he has some good assistants lined up, but will concentrate on every aspect of the game personally, not just the defense.

"We plan to install an offense that spreads out even the good defenses," said Flott. "That drives defensive coordinators a little crazy, but we plan to make them cover the field."

Basketball

Longtime Bayshore Christian boys basketball coach Herman Valdes has called a news conference today amid speculation he may resign.

Valdes, 54, has been in education for 35 years and coached high school basketball for 25 years. He resigned his headmaster post at Bayshore last year to take an assistant principal's position at Monroe Middle School.

For the seventh time in his career, Valdes took a team to the state semifinals last week. Bayshore lost in the final of the Class B tournament to Malone.

Valdes has guided five Bayshore teams to the semifinals since coming to the school in 1982. He took two Robinson teams to the tournament during his 13-year tenure at that school.

Baseball

Bradenton Manatee followed one of baseball's cardinal rules Saturday night against Jesuit at Paul Straub Field. The problem was, it backfired in a 4-3 win for the Tigers.

With two outs in the sixth inning and runners on the corners, Hurricanes catcher Troy Hussey caught Billy Gasparino in a rundown between first and second base. But first baseman Chris Cline threw to home, trying to beat lead runner Eric Sims, who took off from third. The throw skipped past Hussey, giving Jesuit the 4-3 advantage.

The Hurricanes (0-2) had tied the game 3-3 in the top half of the inning. Hussey greeted reliever Ronnie Merrill with a triple to right and came home on Dock Pollard's single. Hussey's triple was the first of only two hits in the game for Manatee, which scored its first two runs after three Jesuit errors in the first inning.

Jesuit starter Jeff Jackson went five innings, striking out eight and walking three. Jackson moved to 3-0 while the Tigers, a 3A semifinalist last year, remained unbeaten at 6-0. Jason Michaels had a pair of RBI for Jesuit.

Quad rugby

The world champion Tampa Generals extended their 84-game winning streak during a quad rugby tour that included another international title.

"It feels great to have won more games than any other team in the history of quad rugby," said Generals player Joe Soares. "All those six-hour Saturday practices have really paid off for us."

Last month's international tournament in Toronto proved to be the Generals' toughest so far this season. They only won by five points in the final against a New England all-star team.

Later this month, the Generals hope to win their fourth title in a national competition.

More football

James Adams is bringing tradition back to Pinellas Park.

Adams was an All-Suncoast guard for the Patriots' 1981 football team. Monday he became the varsity football coach.

He first returned to Pinellas Park after college and turned around a junior varsity squad that had been winless in three seasons. In 1990 he led the team to its first undefeated season (8-0), followed by a 5-2-1 record the next year. In 1992 he left to coach under his mentor, Rob Jenkins, at East Lake.

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