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Three members of the Pasco-Hernando Community College state championship men's basketball team have signed letters of intent with four-year schools, coach Bobby Bowman said.

Point guard Robert Langston has signed with Division II Lynn University in Boca Raton. Forward Willie Jones has signed with Division II University of Charleston in West Virginia. And forward Jarrod Hill will be attending Division I Georgia State.

"You want them to have that opportunity," Bowman said. "There's no reason all three of those guys shouldn't be successful as they continue their athletic and educational endeavors."

Langston, out of St. Petersburg Northeast High, was an all-state selection and averaged 16.5 points, 6.2 assists and 5 rebounds. Jones, out of Vero Beach, averaged 13.1 points and 11.8 rebounds. And Hill, out of Clermont South Lake, averaged 9.2 points and 9.2 rebounds.

RESTOCKING: Bowman said he signed Mount Dora point guard Sean Peterson. The senior averaged 10 points and 6.7 assists and was named third-team all-state in helping lead Mount Dora to the Class 4A title. He will battle returnees Chuck Peterson and Quame Patterson for Langston's position. Bowman, who said he has six scholarships remaining, already has signed Clearwater star Daryl Williams.


RETHINKING: Pasco High principal Jackson Johnson said there is no 3-for-1 deal between the Pirates and Springstead to help make up two Sunshine Athletic Conference baseball games that had been postponed.

Pasco coach Ricky Giles had said he and Springstead coach Tony Zefiretto agreed to count their game at the Dunedin Spring Tournament as the makeup for both games, effectively counting the game as three _ once as a non-conference game and twice in the SAC.

But Johnson said Giles told him the coaches instead had decided to count the Dunedin tournament game as one conference game and their game at the Tom Varn Invitational in February as another to take care of the postponements. "That's certainly the most equitable way to do it," Johnson said.

Neither Giles nor Zefiretto would comment.

The decision hurts Pasco since the Pirates won the Dunedin game but lost at the Tom Varn. Pasco finishes the regular season at 12-11, 7-7 in the SAC. Springstead is 14-10 and 9-4 with a SAC game against Zephyrhills Saturday.


IN ERROR: This is not the way Land O'Lakes baseball coach Cal Baisley wanted to see his Gators go into this week's Class 5A, District 8 tournament. Baisley said the Gators made at least 10 errors in Wednesday's night 16-10 loss to Central. "And that might be on the short end," he said.

Defense has been the Gators' sore point. But making 10 errors in the regular season's final game was disappointing.

"We couldn't throw the ball across the diamond," Baisley said. "It was bizarre. Hopefully we got them all out."

LAND O'LAKES-JESUIT: Land O'Lakes pitcher Brad Baisley was philosophical after coming out on the short end of Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to Jesuit. Asked about the two-out, three-run error that gave Jesuit its only runs in the first inning, the senior right-hander said, "Of course I'm not happy, but that's baseball. You can't do anything about it. Mistakes are part of the game. You have to get by them."

Baisley struck out 11 during the three-hitter, but also walked six. That might seem high, but coach Cal Baisley said his son was just being careful.

"When you have some of their hitters, you can't rear back and throw it down the middle of the plate," Cal said. "Those guys can hit."

Land O'Lakes first baseman Matt McCleary distinguished himself at the plate and in the field. The senior had two of the Gators' six hits, and made two exceptional plays. In the second inning, McCleary dove to his left to snag a hot grounder headed down the line off the bat of Jeff Christy. In the seventh, McCleary picked a tough hop on a throw from shortstop Adam Shorts.

Land O'Lakes ran into a buzzsaw in pitcher Ryan Gloger. The junior left-hander struck out 14 and walked two. Two starts earlier against Hudson, Gloger struck out a school-record 18 en route to a 5-1 victory.

ON THE RECORD: Saint Leo softball pitcher Desiree Croteau has set school season records for strikeouts (173) and shutouts (9).