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Cougar, Packer to sign early

Two north county players will sign with Division I schools today during the first day of the fall early signing period.

Countryside's Kattrina Dowd, a first-team all-state selection last season, will stay close to home and play for South Florida. Last year, the shortstop led the county in hitting with a .631 average with 27 RBIs and 48 runs scored.

"She's a threat at the plate and a hustler," Countryside coach Scott Kitchen said.

"She can really make a defense sweat."

Largo's Barbara-Jean Southmayd will sign with Arkansas and likely settle in at first or third base and bat leadoff or second for the Razorbacks in 2003. The second-team all-county selection last year batted .583, third-best in the county.

"She has a high on-base percentage, and I'm sure that's why they're looking at her for the 1/2 spot (in the order)," Largo coach Shelley Annable said.

"She's really excited about playing."

_ JOHN SCHWARB

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