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HOLD IT: NO W FOR JEFFERSON, BUT IT'S NOT OVER YET

Jefferson's win that wasn't still has a shred of hope for completion.

As long as the Dragons' 29-28 three-quarter victory over Newsome on Friday night still has 12 minutes to be played, it won't be counted as a Dragons victory. But the teams can meet at a later date to play the fourth quarter and decide the outcome.

Rainstorms caused lengthy delays in Hillsborough County on Friday night. According to a National Foundation of State High Schools Association rule, a game cannot count unless all four quarters have been completed. A Hillsborough County rule doesn't allow the fourth quarter of a game to start after 11 p.m.

Jefferson rallied from two scores down to take a one-point lead on a two-point conversion. Newsome was driving as the third quarter ended.

County athletic director Lanness Robinson said he received a call from Jefferson AD Bob Morgan at about 11:25 p.m. for clarification.

"I did enforce the county policy to not start the fourth quarter for the safety of our students," Robinson said Tuesday. "But the completion of the game is up to the determination of the two schools. If they can find a suitable time to finish the game, it can count. But until four quarters are played, it cannot count by national federation rules."

Jefferson coach Mike Fenton said the Dragons invited Newsome to return to play the game Saturday morning, but the Wolves declined (standardized testing was scheduled for Saturday morning). The teams could have continued play Monday, but with Thursday games this week, it would have been difficult.

"In my eyes, it's still a win," Fenton said. "We invited them to come back. They refused. If anything it should be a forfeit."

There had been no comment from the FHSAA, and spokeswoman Cristina Alvarez won't comment until later in the week.

Still, Fenton left open the possibility of making up the final quarter.

"We'll ask them to come over again," Fenton said. "But it's like when you keep inviting someone over for dinner and they don't come. How many times do you have to ask?"

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Ex-Plant star standing out

Just 10 games into her college career, former Plant standout outside hitter Danielle Erb is already having an impressive freshman year at James Madison.

Erb received her second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association rookie of the week honor Monday. In four matches last week, she averaged 2.53 kills and 2.80 digs per set. She also handled 80 of 83 service reception attempts.

Erb registered the third and fourth double doubles of her college career. She had 15 kills and a season-high 17 digs in a 3-2 win over Radford and 11 kills and 12 digs in a 3-1 loss to Presbyterian.

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Quote of the day

"I had us scored fourth and the (Jesuit) boys third, so I left. The girls brought me the trophy."

AHN and Jesuit swim coach Bill Shaffer,who wasn't aware of the false starts at the City Relays upon leaving for the day

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