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Wednesday's heroes

CHANDLER ROSE, Bishop Verot: The senior earned a win against nationally ranked Gulliver Prep, allowing three runs while striking out six.

TRAVIS RIOS, Eustis: He held defending state champion Marianna to five hits and earned the complete-game victory while striking out seven.

PAT RUMBLE, Bishop Kenny: The senior threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout while striking out 10. He also went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

RYAN WALKER, Jesuit: The junior drove in the game-winning run with a pinch-hit single in the seventh.

Today's finals

CLASS 3A

Eustis (28-8)

vs. Bishop Verot (25-11), 4 p.m.

THE SKINNY: Both teams enter after beating favored squads in the semis. Verot could start either Ryan Wade or Pat Sitkins, who have 1.89 and 2.83 ERAs, respectively. Eustis coach David Lee said he will start Jason Bornstein, who is 11-0 with a 1.92 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 73 innings.

CLASS 4A

Bishop Kenny (34-1)

vs. Jesuit (20-13), 7 p.m.

THE SKINNY: Bishop Kenny, ranked No. 2 in Baseball America, proved worthy of its ranking in the semis, defeating No. 8 Zephyrhills 9-0. Kenny will start Matt Marti, who is 9-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 46 innings. David Bartelt (7-1, 1.93 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 58 innings) will be on the mound for Jesuit.

SPC football penalized

St. Petersburg Catholic has been fined $250 by the Florida High School Activities Association and placed on administrative probation, the mildest form of probation, for a recruiting infraction.

The FHSAA found evidence Ronald Gibson was "unduly influenced" to transfer to SPC by someone affiliated with the Barons football program.

Gibson attended Gibbs as a freshman in the fall of 1998 before transferring to SPC for the spring semester. He returned to Gibbs in the fall of 1999.

"It wasn't more serious because the boy returned to his home school," associate commissioner Dan Boyd said. "There were other alleged instances (of recruiting by SPC); none of which we could definitively say happened."

SPC athletic director Chris Wiand said the school will appeal.

Boyd also said a complaint was filed against Clearwater Central Catholic for recruiting, but an investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Flag football scores

Boca Ciega 14, Lakewood 13

Largo 7, Countryside 0

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