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GULF BASKETBALL LINEUP SHOWS PROMISE

Gulf's girls basketball team should continue its tradition of offering a strong roster.

The Buccaneers have been joined this summer by Mitchell transfer Cait Corbitt and incoming freshman Kayla Kivinski. Both have been contributing significantly to Gulf's summer league team, Bucs coach Mike Quarto said.

Corbitt led the Mustangs with 119 rebounds and added 5.8 points per game. Quarto said after graduating five seniors, Corbitt's size (5 foot 9) will be a big help.

Quarto described Kivinski as a 2-3 combo guard capable of knocking down 3-pointers. He said she has had a few summer games where she has made five or six 3s in a game.

Gulf finished 23-6 before losing to Wesley Chapel in the second round of the playoffs, 29-27.

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Proposed ban would delay commitments

In recent weeks, Tampa Catholic's Hunter Joyer and Nature Coast's Ja'Juan Story have orally committed to Florida.

A proposed ban on early scholarship offers being considered by the NCAA might have an impact on such commitments in the future.

According to the Associated Press, the NCAA will consider a ban on offers early than July 1 before a player's senior year. The AP reported the rule would apply to all sports and could be passed later this year or next.

Joyer and Story, both seniors in the fall, among many other bay area recruits, were offered dozens of scholarships dating to last year.

According to the AP, some coaches hope the ban could slow an arms-race mentality that has led to earlier and earlier commitments by unproven prospects.

The proposal would also require coaches to receive a high school transcript documenting at least five semesters or seven quarters of academic work for a recruit before offering a scholarship.

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Former Knights keeper to walk on for Lions

Sean Jones heard from a friend Saint Leo University was in need of goalkeepers for its men's soccer team.

The recent River Ridge graduate e-mailed the team and landed a one-hour tryout. After going through skill drills and facing shots from Lions defender Troy Zellman, Jones was invited to walk on.

Jones, a four-year starter for the Royal Knights, had other Division II and Division III looks from out-of-state schools. But the opportunity to stay local outweighed other avenues.

"They have one keeper right now, he's a junior," Jones said of Jake Hirst. "I hope in a couple of years to play and to start. ... I always wanted to play soccer, but I didn't want to go out of state. That was the main thing, being local. It's the best chance for me."

Jones helped the Royal Knights to a 10-5-2 finish last season. He had six shutouts and a 1.44 goals against average. His 23 career shutouts is a River Ridge record.

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Ex-Bucs standout to play in Alabama

Former Gulf star David Ramirez will sign with Snead State Community College in Boaz, Ala., to continue his basketball career.

The former Buccaneers guard averaged 27.7 points on a team that struggled to a 7-20 finish last season. Ramirez, who did not play as a freshman, had three coaches in as many seasons.

Ramirez got his opportunity thanks to his relationship with Gulf girls basketball standout Nicole Adams and her family. Nicole's father, Tom, mentioned Ramirez to former NBA and University of Kentucky star Jack Givens, who coaches Nicole's AAU team, the Orlando Comets.

Givens suggested looking into Snead State. Ramirez visited the campus and afterward was offered a spot on the team.

"He had a workout," Tom Adams said. "I talked to the coach a few times while he was making his decision. The coach liked his ball-handling and his movement. It came down to him needing another player. On the way to the airport, he pulled him out of the car and said we're going to sign you."

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Cobras looking for two coaches

Hudson has posted vacancies for its volleyball and girls basketball supplements, positions held last school year by Shayna Munson.

Hudson scrambled last summer to find Munson to coach volleyball; she replaced Linda McQuade. Munson went on to guide the Cobras to the final four for the first time since McQuade did it in 2004, and Munson was named the St. Petersburg Times' North Suncoast Coach of the Year.

Munson later took over the girls basketball program.

McQuade has since become Fivay's athletic director and will coach volleyball in the fall.

Calls to Munson and Hudson athletic director Andy Schmitzwere not returned.

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