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CLASS of the COUNTY

Hank Grant, Boca Ciega basketball: Despite foul trouble, Hank Grant scored 13 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to pace the Pirates over Springfield Rutherford 64-63 in a Class 4A state semifinal.

Darren Howard, Boca Ciega basketball: Howard came off the bench Friday to help Boca Ciega to the 4A state title, blocking five shots and recording four rebounds and four points in the Pirates' 63-62 win over Hallandale.

Mike Leach, Osceola baseball: After previously combining on a no-hitter, Leach threw another one, by himself, in beating Dixie Hollins 2-0 last Tuesday.

Ashley Rayl, Seminole softball: A sophomore, Rayl threw a five-inning no-hitter to lead the Warhawks over Pinellas Park 10-0. She struck out 10.

Zack Roper, Tarpon Springs baseball: Roper went 4-for-6 last week with two doubles, a triple and four runs scored to lead the Spongers to two victories. A sophomore, Roper is batting .630.

Previous Class selections: Basketball (boys): Anthony Rintala, Admiral Farragut; Andy Bolin, Dain Brown, Corey Ellis, Elbert Newton, Boca Ciega; Leonard Confidant, Canterbury; Josh Postorino, Rory Wheeler, Clearwater; Jacob Land, Dixie Hollins; Keith Ellis, Dunedin; Dave Holland, East Lake; Manuel Chevous, Charles Fitzpatrick, Gibbs; Michael Collier, Keswick Christian; Dante Bryant, Pedro Redding, Largo; Corry Carswell, Jermaine Jones, Robert Langston, Northeast; Konstantine Boeck, St. Petersburg Catholic; Ryan Groves, Seminole; Andy Davis, Shorecrest. Baseball: Trad Sobick, Clearwater Central Catholic; Chris Madonia, Seminole; Kris Wilson, Tarpon Springs. Softball: Lisa Wiley, Gibbs.

Class of the County members are chosen by Times staff writers. Nominations can be made by coaches only, during office hours on Monday, to Liz Robbins (893-8802) or Kevin Thomas (445-4170). Athletes can only be selected to the Class once per season.

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