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Northside gets break, makes it to state

Northside Christian has finished second in every tournament it has played in this year _ the Pinellas County Championship, Bay Conference Championship and district tournament. To keep the streak alive, the Mustangs finished second in the Class A, Region 6 tournament at the Hideout on Monday.

"This is one time coming in second place doesn't feel so bad," coach D.J. Jackson said.

Northside Christian (364) advanced to the state tournament next week with region champion St. John Neumann (361).

The Mustangs' Danielle Jackson shot what she called a respectable 78. Sophie Dembroski and Morgan Jackson shot 89 and Courtney Kuntz had 108 _ good enough to defeat favored Bradenton Academy for the second year in a row.

Last year the Mustangs got some help from Bradenton Academy as one of its best players missed the region tournament. A similar scenario played out this year.

On the 11th hole, Bradenton Academy senior Taylor Deimentas, the team's No. 2 player, was disqualified for gross misconduct when she cursed after hitting into the trees twice. Without her score, which likely would have been in the 70s, the team had to rely on Ashley Larose's 127, putting it in third place.

"Today is a surprise because of what happened," said Danielle Jackson, waiting in the clubouse for the final groups to come in. "We'd probably be on our way home by now."

Indian Rocks Christian finished one stroke behind Bradenton Academy in fourth. Andrea Messer shot a team-low 76. The Golden Eagles will return their entire team, which is mostly eighth-graders.

"We got to hand it to Northside. They came out and played one of their better rounds," Indian Rocks coach David Hazard said. "If we work hard in the offseason, there's no reason we won't be where Northside is today."

Bradenton Academy sophomore Alina Lee (70) was the medalist for the second week in a row. Lee will compete at state with Fort Myers Canterbury seventh-grader Michelle Shin (73), who had the second-lowest score.

_ LAURA LEE

2A-4: Seminole wins easily

OLDSMAR _ Even wind and rain in the early part of the day didn't slow defending state champion Brittany Lincicome from capturing medalist honors in the region tournament on the Silver Dollar Golf Course.

The Seminole senior shot 70 and was challenged by Wesley Chapel's Hana Young (72) and River Ridge's Heather Hagerman (74).

Seminole won the team title at 319 with help from Rachel Edwards with 78 and Amber Spath and Julie Larson each with 85.

Warhawks boys and girls coach Steve Hoff called to inform the girls of the boys' region victory at Cheval Golf Course in Lutz and was elated to hear about the double win.

"Both teams did what they had to do today," Hoff said. "We have a real horse in Brittany and the girls team rode that horse all year. Then the supporting cast did their part to pull out the team title."

Plant took second at 339, followed by Mitchell (350), East Lake (385), Sickles (387), Palm Harbor (388) and Wharton (447). Gaither had two players drop out and was unable to record a score.

Cynthia Lacrosse and Kelly Betts led the Panthers with 79s.

Of the wet, windy conditions, Lincicome said, "The weather was the same for everyone. We just had to make some adjustments for the wind. The rain was a different story though. I had to carry an umbrella between shots, mostly to keep my gloves dry. My short game was a little off today, but I will work on that before the state tournament next week."

_ TERRY JONES

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