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CCC SHUTS OUT SPC TO REACH REGION FINAL

For the fourth time this season, Clearwater Central Catholic faced rival St. Petersburg Catholic.

Once again, the Marauders prevailed.

CCC swept the season series, winning the Class 2A region semifinal 2-0 Thursday to advance to next week's region final.

The Marauders have been intent on beating their nemesis since losing to SPC in stunning fashion in last season's district semifinals. Since that game, CCC has outscored the Barons 11-1, including three straight shutouts.

On Thursday, Kaitlin Parker scored both goals. The first came off a header in the first half. She beat SPC goalkeeper Maggie Dalessio to the ball late in the second half and knocked it in for the other score.

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11-man football on tap for Lakeside

Lakeside Christian is making the transition from six-man to 11-man football starting in the fall. The team will begin its inaugural season as an independent, playing in the Sunshine Athletic Conference. Home games will be at the YMCA of Greater Ridgecrest.

The Lions will become the 26th team and 10th private school in Pinellas County to play varsity football.

For the past five seasons, Lakeside Christian played six-man football and was in the championship game three times. The move will be a challenge considering Lakeside is one of the smallest high schools in the area.

"The switch provides a great opportunity to build Lakeside's athletic program through football," football coach James Coffman, who also is the school's athletic director, wrote in an email. "We have players that have been participating in football at Lakeside for several years now, and our athletes understand the commitment it takes to be successful."

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Vikings transfer to Pinellas Park

Northeast backup QB Taron Williams and his brother, Kal-El Williams, have transferred to Pinellas Park.

The two moved into the zone and were officially enrolled at Pinellas Park on Wednesday, Patriots coach Kenny Crawford said.

Taron served as the backup to Vikings freshman Ryan Davis. Midway through last season, Taron took over as the starter when Davis was injured. Williams played well before he was also injured. Taron will have a chance to take over under center at Pinellas Park, which lost Brandon Hames to graduation.

Kal-El was a linebacker with the Vikings last season.

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Cougars' Cook chooses Rollins

Countryside defender Taylor Cook has committed to play for Rollins College, Cougars coach Dave Sica said. Cook helped the Cougars reach the state semifinals last season and advance to tonight's district final against Palm Harbor University.

In the offseason, he plays club soccer for Tampa Bay United Elite and coach Gregg Emmerman.

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Barons' Green adds South Carolina to offers

St. Petersburg Catholic running back Ryan Green, the Times' No. 1-rated recruit for 2013, picked up another offer Thursday from South Carolina. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder is coming off a 1,200-yard season and a stellar showing at the Under Armour combine. He already has offers from all the big Florida schools and Notre Dame.

Green had a busy day Wednesday as well, getting visits at school from Georgia Tech, Virginia, Clemson, Mississippi State and Miami. The Hurricanes have already offered.

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