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Dodd is all-state in soccer

All-time scoring leader Erin Dodd of Zephyrhills High picked up another honor Monday when she was named to the Class 4A all-state soccer team.

Dodd, a forward/midfielder, scored 44 goals this year to break her own single-season record, and her 147 career goals also is a school record. She helped Zephyrhills win district titles in 1995 and this season, when the Bulldogs reached the region semifinals before losing 1-0 to Durant.

Dodd also was named the Times' all-North Suncoast offensive player of the year this season and was a four-time all-Sunshine Athletic Conference selection.

Dodd also played for the West squad last week in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-star series. She has not announced her college plans.

No other Pasco County players were named all-state, despite a state final four appearance by the River Ridge boys and a region semifinal appearance by the Royal Knights girls.

Two players from Hernando High, which placed second to Zephyrhills in the district, also were named all-state. They were forward Lindsey Copeland and goalkeeper Aliza Loveday.

MORE SOCCER: Vicky King said her first trip to the FACA girls soccer all-star series was a good experience for her and area players, even though the West squad she coached lost two games.

"It was great exposure for the kids," King said. "And it was exciting to see so many talented players."

The West team lost 3-2 to the South Friday, as the South scored in the final seconds of the game, King said. On Saturday, the West fell 2-0 to the North.

Joining King to represent Pasco on the West squad were three of her players _ midfielders Shirin Khorsandian, Kristin Boerner and Michelle Barthel. Joining Dodd on the squad was Zephyrhills teammate Adrienne Harris, a defender.

SOFTBALL: The Chasco Fiesta softball tournament Friday-Sunday at Mitchell Field and Veteran's Memorial Park drew 34 teams, including one from Georgia and another from Kentucky.

The Kentucky squad, Wilson's Fur of Jamestown, won the co-ed tournament by defeating Appliance Direct of Cocoa in the final. Publix No. 307 of New Port Richey was third. The eight-team field also included Zodiac of Forest Park, Ga.

In the nine-team C Division tournament, the winner was Dr. Who from Tampa. The Young Guns from New Port Richey were second and Mainstream/American Tile of Inverness was third.

The 17-team D Division, which included squads from Tampa, Palm Harbor and Temple Terrace, was swept by three west Pasco teams. In first was Softball Club of New Port Richey, second was the Pasco Eagles of Port Richey, and third was Asbury U.M. of New Port Richey.

The tournament was sponsored by the Pasco Parks and Recreation Department and directed by recreation supervisor Mike Linksy.

TRACK: Pasco High runner Nathan Ledbetter accepted a partial athletic and academic scholarship Monday from Jacksonville University. He will sign next month.

Ledbetter, a two-time all-Sunshine Athletic Conference selection, specializes in the 800 and 1,600 meters. He is a three-time region qualifier who is aiming for a state berth this season.

Ledbetter also is a four-time SAC all-academic honoree and has a 3.5 grade-point average. He plans to become an athletic trainer.

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