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VOLLEYBALL

Hernando star cleared

Hernando breathed a major sigh of relief with the news Wednesday that senior Chrissy Hartley wouldn't miss significant time after dislocating her right index finger during Tuesday's victory over Central.

"She's fine," Leopards coach Dena Frye said. "Her doctor cleared her. They're not really sure what happened. Maybe it dislocated and went back into place. There may be some cartilage damage."

Frye said Hartley was to play in Hernando's match against Citrus on Wednesday then would have time to rest before the Leopards' key home match against Lecanto.

"We're going to try her and see what happens," Frye said. "She definitely wants to play. I left it up to her and her dad, and they were both very gung-ho about it."

Hernando, tied for seventh in the Class 4A state poll, also got some good news Monday. It will host the District 6 tournament Oct. 24-26. Lecanto also was interested in hosting, but Hernando, backed by county allies Central and Springstead, had a majority of the coaches' votes.

Frye said her team has played well on the road to start the season but is glad to have any advantage her team can get.

"With our home crowd, we have some great supporters; not only students, but parents, too," Frye said. "The girls just get really fired up. It's their music they're running out to. It's their place; their net."

There's more to the Hernando-Lecanto rivalry this year. Last season, Hernando was in Class 3A, so the two schools didn't meet in the post-season. Lecanto, now ranked sixth in 4A, went 23-5 last season, and Hernando went 19-3. But both were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Snowjob

Hernando graduate Bert Snow was named the Midland Rockhounds Pitcher of the Year after leading the Double-A Texas League with 27 saves. He also was the Pitcher of the Week Aug. 14-20.

Check out Snow with his hardware (just a little plaque, really) at http://www.midlandrockhounds. org/standouts.htm.

Buzzkill

Brooksville's Brent Stentz watched as the Salt Lake Buzz lost the opening game of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League championship 12-4 to the Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday.

Stentz did not pitch, and the best-of-five series continued in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night. A quick ending to the series might not be a bad thing for Stentz. There's a good chance he'll get his first look at the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins once the Buzz's season ends.

COLLEGE GOLF

Ex-Leopard finishes

fourth among Bulls

Former Leopard Kelly Lagedrost finished fourth out of South Florida's five golfers in the Bulls' season opener, the Tiger-Derby Invitational, on Sunday in Auburn, Ala.

Lagedrost, a senior who had the Bulls' lowest average last season, rebounded from rounds of 81 and 84 to shoot a final-round 74, USF's second-best round of the tournament.

The Bulls finished ninth in the 12-team field and next compete at the Tar Heel Invitational in North Carolina on Oct. 6.

Brooksville's Chrissy Atchison, a teammate of Lagedrost's at Hernando, is a senior on Central Florida's team, but she wasn't among the six Golden Knights who competed. UCF finished third behind the host Tigers and Mississippi State.

_ Compiled by Greg Auman and Brant James.

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