Two longtime St. Petersburg senior softball clubs begin their 1994-95 seasons this weekend at North Shore Park.
The Three-Quarter Century Club for players 75 and older starts its 65th season today at 12:45 p.m. The Kids and the Kubs will play every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at that time.
The Half-Century Club for players 50 and older starts its 62nd season at 11:30 a.m. Monday, with St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer throwing out the first ball. The league has expanded this year from four to five teams, and three games will be played every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the park, starting at 11:30.
Jim McKean, an American League umpire for the past 22 years, will be among new players this year.
There is no charge to attend the games and spectators are welcome. North Shore Park is at Ninth Avenue NE and North Shore Drive in St. Petersburg.
Matt Estevez, the Class A state champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes while at Keswick Christian, is back at St. Petersburg High.
Now a senior, Estevez started his high school career with the Green Devils and transferred to Keswick for the 1993-94 school year.
"I'm naturally pleased to have him back," said St. Petersburg coach Ron Jackson.
"He's still a raw talent," Jackson said, "and I'll be working on his form as well as having him on a heavy weight program."
Estevez won his state titles in 11.01 seconds in the 100 and 22:26 in the 200. In addition, he won the 200 and the 400 at the prestigious Ed Wells Jr. Invitational meet that included major schools from throughout the state.
Sporting around . . .
Peter Carlson of the Clearwater-based Sunshine Running Team ran the Portland (Ore.) Marathon earlier this month in 3 hours, 19 minutes and 9 seconds. It was the chiropractor's 20th marathon. VolleyWeen on the Pass is today and Sunday at Madeira Beach Park, with beach volleyball competition for men's, women's and mixed teams in two-, four- and six-player divisions. The event is part of the John's Pass Seafood Festival.