Tickets go on sale Friday for the first Palms/Pinellas All-Star Football Classic Dec. 14 at Clearwater High's Jack White Stadium. Tickets will be available from any football player, band member or cheerleader in Pinellas County. They will cost $5 at the gate on game day.
The teams will include Pinellas County's top 64 senior football players from private and public schools. Countryside coach Bob Stephens will coach the North team and Northeast's Jerry Austin will lead the South. Twenty-four players on each team will be chosen by a coaches' vote and Stephens and Austin will each have eight discretionary choices.
The event also will feature 42 all-star cheerleaders and halftime entertainment will be provided by a 275-member all-star band. Vision Cable will televise the game locally on a tape-delay basis, while the Sunshine Sports Network plans a statewide broadcast Dec. 18.
Four strong contenders for state championships emerged from the Mustangs' Invitational cross country meet Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Park.
Jamie Barreto of Tampa Catholic and Luis Delfin of Admiral Farragut finished one-two in the boys 3-mile event with just one second seperating them. Barreto, the Class 3Astate 3,200-meter track champion last spring, ran 14 minutes, 33 seconds.
Brianne Harrington of Northside Christian, who was second in the state A-2A cross country meet last fall, led her team to an impressive 1-2-3-6-7 finish in the girls 2-mile race with a 12:07.
St. Petersburg High's Ry-Ann Donahue won the city diving championship this past weekend, amassing 403 points.
St. Pete Masters swimmer Bill Specht set two world age-group records, captured six first places and helped the team to a third-place finish earlier this month at the Orlando Short Course Meters Meet. Swimming in the 35-39 age group, Specht set records in the 100 backstroke with 59.57 seconds and the 200 butterfly with a 2:06.48.
Kay Schimpf led the team with nine firsts, while Jayne Lambke had eight, Barbara Allen seven and Paul Hutinger five. Other swimmers who placed first in at least one event were Lisa Hudak, Nancy Kiernan, Margie Hutinger, Gladys Olsen, Doris McEwan, Charles Kohnken, Abrasha Brainin and Harwell Mosely.
Dan Stone, a St. Petersburg High graduate, competed in the Jerry Pate Invitational for the Florida Gators this weekend in Birmingham, Ala. He finished tied for 10th at last June's NCAA Championships and earned All-America honors. His rounds of 74-73-68-69 were best for the third-place Gators.
Largo High graduate Chris Slattery had rounds of 74 and 73 for North Florida last week in he Florida Community College at Jacksonville Fall Invitational, finishing seventh. He's a junior. Freshman Scott Schroeder, another former Packer who played for his father, coach Bill Schroeder, is scheduled to be redshirted at North Florida.
Ospreys coach John Brooks said he's convinced Schroeder, a two-time Pinellas player of the year, has what it takes to succeed at the college level. "I'm really impressed with Scott," Brooks said. "His game is solid, but I think it's in his best interest to settle in here academically his first season."
Mike Natale from Pinellas Park High is playing for Stetson University. And Chris Covert from Countryside is a freshman playing for Furman.