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Following Hampton

is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Can't get enough of Mike Hampton?

We didn't think so.

With Major League Baseball's regular season about to begin, here are some web sites that feature the ex-Crystal River standout. He pitches for the Colorado Rockies, and does so for about $15-million a year:

+ ESPN.COM: Includes season-by-season statistics and a graph that charts Hampton's ERA from month-to





+ THE SPORTING NEWS: A dream come true for fantasy league players, this site offers analysis of Hampton's spring training performances.



+ MIKE HAMPTON'S DUGOUT: Short on stats, but this is the place to go for pictures.



+ GRANDSTAND SPORTS & MEMORABILIA: Has card, photo and baseball autographed by Hampton up for sale.






Lagedrost gets first pro

shot on Futures Tour

Technically, Kelly Lagedrost has been a professional for a while.

But the five and six bucks a round she schools off her dad and his friends at Brooksville Golf & Country Club don't count toward any money list.

Now _ finally, she says _ Lagedrost gets her chance to play for some real pay, but more importantly to see if she has what it takes to compete on the LPGA Tour.

"Excited, nervous and anxious," Lagedrost said. "I have every feeling you can have."

Lagedrost, 22, has been a local legend since she began beating women and men in her teens. Then she won a state championship at Hernando in 1996, helped with a team title in '97, and became a first-team All-American at South Florida in 1999.

Today she starts her pro career by competing in her first event on the Futures Tour, the LPGA's developmental circuit. The season-opener at The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland will begin a busy week and busier year. Lagedrost will play in the Florida Hospital Futures Golf Classic, March 26-29 at Sun 'N Lake Golf and Country Club in Sebring _ the second of the 17 events she has scheduled.

Her "Priority C" status, earned in the Futures qualifying tournament, will grant Lagedrost automatic entry to most events. The ultimate prize is to finish in the top three on the final money list and earn an exemption onto the LPGA Tour.

The Futures Tour offers Lagedrost the chance at everything she has wanted since she was little and her father, Randy, had a 5-wood, an 8-iron and putter cut to her size at a shop in Inverness.

But it's a dream with a hefty price tag. Travel and entry fees will cost about $20,000 for a year. And for Randy, a math teacher at Hernando, and his wife, Holly, a first-grade teacher at Brooksville Elementary, that's a lot of money.

+ Citrus Hearing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS) will have its sixth annual fund-raising tournament, a four-person scramble, May 11 at Plantation Inn in Crystal River. The cost is $50. For information, call 795-5000.

+ The Alfred E. Ronaldson Spring Golf Classic is scheduled for April 20 at El Diablo and the Skyview course at Citrus Hills. The cost for the best-ball team event is $70. Proceeds support the Fire Department of New York. For information, call 344-8386.


How they fare

Here is the Class 3A state high school poll as conducted by the Florida Sports Writers Association, with first-place votes in parentheses, records and points.

1. Bartow (13-0) (12) 120. 2. Crawfordville Wakulla (12-1) 106. 3. Jacksonville Bartram Trail (n/a) 88. 4. Alachua Santa Fe (10-3) 77. 5. Ft. Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (8-1) 61. 6. Avon Park (11-2) 56. 7. Madison County (11-4) 54. 8. Jacksonville Stanton (n/a) 28. 9. Plantation American Heritage (9-3-1) 25. 10. Tampa Catholic (7-3) 14.

Others receiving votes: Miami Gulliver Prep 13, Fort Myers Bishop Verot 10, Arcadia DeSoto 2, Crystal River 2, Marianna 1, Sebring 1, Seminole Osceola 1.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.