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Inverness swimmers have best meet ever

The Inverness Swim Association turned in one of its most successful outings ever recently, winning a second-place team trophy and several individual trophies at a meet held June 24-25 at the North Central Florida YMCA in Gainesville.

Inverness took second place overall in the 6-and-under age division led by Stephen Santa Fe, who won the individual high-point honor with first-place finishes in the 25-yard freestyle (26.38 seconds), 25 breaststroke (32.06) and 25 backstroke (37.87).

Top individual performances also were turned in by three senior division swimmers. Cara Burrell was the female high-point winner with four first-place finishes (200 free in 2:31.44; 50 butterfly in 40.21; 50 free in 30.60; 100 free in 1:07.3) and two seconds (100 breast in 1:30.47; 50 breast 40.98).

Also in the senior division, Liz DiGiovanni was the female runner-up with two first-place finishes and two seconds; and Carl Pomposelli was the male runner-up with two first-place finishes and three seconds.

"This is the second trophy our team has won since the City of Inverness started the team," coach Lee Ann Pepe said. "We won first last year in the Kingdom of the Sun league championship, but at this meet in Gainesville we won the most individual trophies ever."

(For a complete listing of individuals who earned ribbons with top-six finishes, please see For The Record on this page.)

Mason finishes 13th on 9-ball Tour

Inverness billiards player Mike Mason played out his second season on the Florida 9-ball Tour with a stroke of consistency, placing 13th in the state championship June 17-18 at Stroker's Billiards in Palm Harbor. He also finished the regular season in 13th.

In the state championship, he lost his opening match 9-7 to Ray Martin, this year's Billiards Hall of Fame inductee, then won his next two matches before falling 9-5 to Steve Fiat of Palm Harbor.

Mason said it was a frustrating finish to a frustrating season.

"I've beaten Steve every other time we played, many times," Mason said. "Steve is used to the tables (at Stroker's), which were not up to championship tournament conditions.

"I was frustrated all day by tables with worn out cloth and rails that did not roll or bounce true, and consistently missed positions play. That's my excuse for finishing in this tournament in similar fashion to my entire season _ 13th place."

Tommy Kennedy, who finished as the tour's top-ranked player, won the event and its $4,500 first prize. Mason collected $200.

"After a mediocre season and championship, I am glad to get it behind me, and like the typical Boston Red Sox fan that I am, dust myself off and say, "Wait 'til next year,'

" Mason said.

Trail Blazers' Henson at Panthers camp

A July 7 appearance by Portland Trail Blazers guard Steve Henson will highlight the final day of the second annual Panthers Basketball Camp at Lecanto High School. He will speak to the campers on his own experience in the world of basketball.

The 6-foot guard is a lesson in perseverance. Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks, Henson went on to play for the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets before finding himself out of the league. He spent some time in the CBA before apparently finding a home with the Miami Heat just before the 1994-95 season. The day before the season opener, though, he was out of a job.

University of Florida assistant basketball coach Mike Sheppard also will appear on the camp's final day.

Boys and girls 8-16 interested in registering for the camp's second session July 3 and 5-7 can call Lecanto girls basketball coach Ron Allan at 746-2334 or 795-5619. The cost is $65.