They might not be going to Williamsport, Pa., but the 9- and 10-year-olds are getting closer as they begin Little League All-Star play today in District 12.
The tournament, which includes youngsters who play in leagues north of Ulmerton Road, is in its second year and winners advance only as far as a state championship.
District 5, which includes teams south of Ulmerton Road, starts all-star play next week. Competition for both leagues continues through July 17.
Clearwater Central Catholic's Nick Cavallaro, who retired two years ago after 30 years as athletic director, is leaving his position as CCC's athletic business manager. His last day will be Friday.
The school is holding a sendoff ("Nick Nite") for him from 7 to 9 tonight at CCC's McLaughlin Center. Anyone who wants to wish him well is invited.
Cavallaro, 69, came to CCC in 1963, one year after it opened, and was the school's first athletic director and basketball coach. During his two stints totaling 16 years as basketball coach, he led CCC to four state tournament appearances and a state title in 1976.
Under his direction, the Marauders collected 27 state titles during his years as athletic director.
Cavallaro has no specific plans for his retirement, said his daughter, Vicki, other than "golfing and hanging around the house."
Clifford Terracuso, a 19-year-old shortstop and utility player at St. Petersburg Junior College, has been selected to play for the Brazilian National Team in the pre-Olympic trials Aug. 3-13 in Canada. Terracuso, a sophomore from Hollywood Hills, batted .204 (11-for-54) with 10 RBI and 13 walks this season in a limited role. "He didn't play that much, but he hustles his fanny off," SPJC coach Ed Davis said. Brazil will be vying with Cuba, Aruba, Nicaragua and the Bahamas for a berth in the Olympics.
Leon Williams, 30, is aiming for another title now that he has the state Golden Gloves heavyweight championship in hand. Williams, who has been training at Chuck's Champions in Clearwater over the past two years, will compete in the Sunshine State Games July 14-16 in Gainesville. He won the state boxing title last month in Palm Bay. William Aldridge of Chuck's Champions said Williams plans a few more amateur fights before turning pro.
Area BMX teams turned out last Saturday for an evening of bicycle motocross racing at the St. Petersburg clay track near Azalea Park in the Tyrone area. Pinellas riders placing high included Mike Dardini, John-Curtis Quesnell and Blake Bergman.
Although the track has made recent changes such as new sweeping turns, sets of double jumps ("dubs"), triples and tabletops, there might be a bigger change in the offing.
"If we can find some land in north county, we will move the track," said Tom Izor, a race photographer who served as track director in previous years. "There is some concern out here about wetlands preservation and the environment. There are birds and water all around us. But this is such a fantastic sport for our Florida kids. We may have to find some other location. If anyone has land in Pinellas County, we're interested." For bicycle motocross information, call track director Peggy Morrison at (813) 576-3425.