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ALLEN STEPS DOWN AT RIVER RIDGE

Published Jun. 1, 2011

Less than a week after guiding River Ridge against Fivay in the spring football game, first-year coach Gary Allen resigned Tuesday afternoon due to medical reasons, according to athletic director Jack Homko.

"He's done a great job in the short time he's been the head coach," Homko said. "It's very unfortunate that he has to step down. He's been working really hard on changing the attitude of the locker room and instilling the belief of getting the team back into the playoffs.

"We've lost 20 staff members over here at the school, so it's going to be very difficult to bring someone in who's not already on campus. There's nobody within the school right this second who's interested in the job."

Allen, who was hired Jan. 10 to replace Tim Stevens, came over as an assistant from Nature Coast. After consulting with his doctor Allen had to step down due to a back problem. Homko said the Royal Knights will start searching for a replacement as fall football approaches.

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All-SAC softball

The Pasco County softball players selected to the all-Sunshine Athletic Conference team as voted on by county coaches.

WEST FIRST TEAM: P Lakyn Shull, River Ridge; C Ashley Squillante, Ridgewood; INF Heather Muccino, Mitchell; INF Ana Alberti, River Ridge; INF Amber Maxey, Gulf; INF Carrie Davis, Ridgewood; OF Jada Clemons, River Ridge; OF Lydia Kinney, Mitchell; OF Lauren Thompson, Gulf; DH/UTIL Ashlynn Johnson, Fivay

WEST SECOND TEAM: P Cori Williams, Mitchell; C Chelsea Toohey, Hudson; INF Amber Jones, River Ridge; INF Miranda Moye, Mitchell; INF Liz Campbell, Hudson; INF Chelsea Gorr, Gulf; OF Tarra Rice, Gulf; OF Sarah Hatcher, Hudson; OF Sara Hogan, Fivay; DH/UTIL Marissa Beck, Anclote

WEST COACH OF THE YEAR: Ernie Beck, River Ridge

WEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Shull

EAST FIRST TEAM: P Courtney Brandt, Pasco; C Meghan Sfraga, Land O'Lakes; INF Lizzy Burchfield, Pasco; INF Alex Rogers, Sunlake; INF Jordan Lane, Pasco; INF Mary Sorgenfrei, Wiregrass Ranch; OF Kelli Parker, Pasco; OF Chloe Fletcher, Sunlake; OF Courtney Durbin, Sunlake; DP Lauren Pasquale, Zephyrhills

EAST SECOND TEAM: P Tyler Riendeau, Sunlake; C Briana Blanyar, Zephyrhills; INF Ashley Orta, Sunlake; INF Tori Jordan, Zephyrhills; INF Sarah Burchfield, Pasco; INF Kelsey McGough, Wesley Chapel; OF Emily Austin, Land O'Lakes; OF Vanessa Mills, Pasco; OF AnnMarie Ricchino, Wiregrass Ranch; DP Emily Pennington, Pasco

EAST COACH OF THE YEAR: Lisa Herndon, Pasco

EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brandt

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Sunlake wrestler on to national tournament

Sunlake sophomore wrestler John Ortiz has qualified for the Asics/Vaughn Junior and Cadet National Championships in Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling after placing in both events at the Southeast Regional Championships in Duluth, Ga., over the weekend.

Ortiz went 5-2 in the Freestyle cadet division at 119 pounds to place second overall at the Southeast Regional Championships. In the Greco Roman cadet division at 119 pounds, he was third after going 5-2 in that group as well.

Ortiz will represent Florida in both events at the Junior and Cadet National Championships, scheduled for July 15 in Fargo, N.D.

Ortiz was selected to the all-Sunshine Athletic Conference third team at 125 pounds by Pasco County's wrestling coaches after the 2010-11 season. He was also a St. Petersburg Times all-North Suncoast honorable mention pick at 112 after advancing to the Class 2A state meet and placing sixth.