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"My hands would get sweaty."

TONY VASQUEZ

Pasco's new girls basketball coach, on how eager he was to return to coaching while sitting in the stands as a spectator.

GIRLS SOCCER

River Ridge's Doyle

hired on at Mitchell

At Mitchell, it's one soccer coach in the fold and one coming soon.

Steve Doyle, an assistant coach at River Ridge for the past six seasons, was hired Tuesday by athletic director Ian Mooney as the first coach of Mitchell's girls soccer team.

Mooney added that he has spoken to several candidates about the boys soccer position and hopes to hire a coach "as soon as possible."

"We were looking for someone who is well-known in this county, which he is, and is successful," Mooney said.

Doyle has assisted head coach Keith Hooper on River Ridge's girls team for the past three seasons. He also coached the Royal Knights to a 34-3-1 junior varsity record, including back-to-back unbeaten seasons in 1997-98 and 1998-99.

Prior to that, Doyle assisted the River Ridge boys team for two years and was a girls assistant for the first time in 1994-95.

Doyle, 44, was offered the Mitchell job Monday, but did not accept it until he spoke with Hooper on Monday night.

"I had to go over and see Keith and tell him what was going on," Doyle said. "I know he's not going to leave (as River Ridge girls soccer coach) any time in the near future and I have aspirations to coach at a higher level."

Doyle also coaches an under-13 competitive team for the Northdale Soccer Club in northwest Hillsborough County.

VOLLEYBALL

State poll includes

Hudson, River Ridge

Pasco County is once again well-represented in the state volleyball rankings.

Hudson is ranked No. 4 in the Class 4A poll, with 50 votes. The Cobras, who finished the '99 season at No. 2 in the poll, are ranked behind No. 1 Clearwater and Pace and Titusville Astronaut, which are tied at No. 2.

Despite losing Jill Perez and Melissa Strawser from last season's team, the Cobras are continuing to win. Hudson is 4-0 this season entering Tuesday night's match.

River Ridge is ranked No. 7 in the Class 5A poll with 16 votes. Satellite High is the top team in that poll. The Royal Knights are 7-0 this season, entering Tuesday night.

COACHES WANTED

Pirates looking

to fill vacancies

The school year and the fall season are already well underway, but Pasco is still looking to fill positions for the spring in boys tennis and girls track and field.

Former boys tennis coach Rob Nipps resigned his position to go back to law school, according to assistant principal Norman Brown. Former girls track and field coach Brian Woods has moved to Kansas.

The school is also looking for an assistant girls basketball coach to work under new head coach Tony Vasquez.

Brown said the school is advertising the positions and hopes to have some coaches named in the coming weeks.

BOYS GOLF

Pirates fall to Knights,

lose conference opener

Defending Sunshine Athletic Conference co-champion Pasco lost its conference opener on Tuesday, falling by one stroke to River Ridge, 176-177, at the Links of Lake Bernadette.

It was also the Pirates' first loss of the season despite Justin Turner's low round of 40. Turner was the SAC golfer of the year last season.

Tim Baker led the Royal Knights with a 42; Vince O'Dell and Vince Cerbini both shot 44; and J.R. Lynch turned in a 46.

Pasco's Ryan Ethridge shot 44; Jeremy Sanderson shot 45; and Eric Barnes had a 48.

Mitchell defeats Hudson

by five-stroke margin

Mitchell defeated Hudson by five strokes in a SAC match on Tuesday at Meadow Oaks, as the Mustangs scored a 174 over the Cobras' 179.

The day's medalist was Kyle Laux, who shot a 40. Ryan Campbell turned in a 44 along with Mark McGrane, and Teddy Milosevich had a 46.

Hudson was led by Keith Richardson's 41. Jason Post and Joe Kechock both shot 44. Brian Strawser had a 50.

_ Compiled by John C. Cotey, Steve Lee and Jamal Thalji.

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