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Vigue wins national PAL honor

Longtime high school and youth baseball coach Jim Vigue was recognized as the Police Athletic League's Man of the Year for 1995.

Vigue received the honor earlier this month when in San Antonio, Texas. It recognizes some of the outstanding volunteers around the country who donate their time and efforts to youngsters in their respective communities.

"Considering how large PAL is and the number of volunteers that contribute unbelieveable hours to youngsters and serve them in all types of ways, it is quite an honor," said Vigue, who is an insurance agent. "There are so many police officers and others that give their time and it's something else when you're singled out for something like this."

Vigue has led St. Petersburg PAL to six state championships and three national titles since 1989. He led the team to a Silver Medal in 1992 in the Junior Olympic Super Series and bronze medals in 1989 and 1993.

Along with that he has donated time and money to enhance the continued growth and popularity of the program.


Several bay-area teams are performing well in the USYSA Southern Regional Championships in Greenville, S.C.

The Town 'N Country Heather 19-under girls, the Countryside 19-under boys and the Tampa Bay Kickers 17-under boys are all 2-0 in pool play.

The Heather defeated Louisiana 4-0 Tuesday. Goals were scored by Stacia Masters (2), Robin Confer and Jen Ahern. The Town 'N Country team could move into the semifinals with a victory over South Carolina today.

The Kickers defeated defending national champion Texas 1-0 Monday. Michael Ruskewictz scored the game-winner and defeated Oklahoma 3-0. With the victory, the Kickers clinched their pool and qualified for Thursday's semifinals.

Countryside has posted two victories, including a 12-0 win over Alabama.

East-West Ambassadors, a non-profit national youth organization specializing in athletic training and development, is offering the East-West Soccer Academy at the Sarasota Polo Club Aug. 6-12. It is open to players ages 9-18, but space is limited. Participants will stay at the University of South Florida's Sarasota campus. For more information, call (941) 954-5425.


Tarpon Springs' Tina Davis has signed to play basketball at Warner Southern College, an NAIA school in Lake Wales. Davis, an All-Pinellas County Athletic Conference selection last year, will play shooting guard for the Royals.

Eckerd coach Bill Matthews has landed a pair of all-state catchers from Connecticut _ Ben Storrs and Tim Zack.

A pair of All-Long Island pitchers _ Tom DeCicco and Joe Kaiser _ also have signed, along with two more catchers and a pitcher from Massachusetts, as well as another pitcher from Connecticut.

The only state player involved in the flurry of signings was Brad Jenkins, a third-team all-state pitcher (10-1) from Fort Lauderdale.