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PASCO GIRLS PULL OFF THE SWEEP

REGION TENNIS

There would be no waiting for the four-time district champion Pasco girls tennis team - come rain or shine.

On a day when most region semifinal tournaments were rained out, Pasco coach Don Charlick had his team using squeegees, rollers and blowers to dry the court following morning and early afternoon rains.

"The courts were still kind of wet, but we were ready for it (Tuesday)," Charlick said.

Playing doubles first, Pasco cruised to a 7-0 win over Tarpon Springs and will host the Fivay-Hernando winner Thursday at 3 p.m. Those teams were scheduled to play today at 9 a.m.

Mady Johnson and Shelbie Timlake defeated Clivonya Woodside and Delaney McCall 6-2, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles. Amanda Dee and Sara Slayton then beat Gina Szucs and Kalei Renardo in No. 2 doubles to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.

Singles victories by Johnson, Timlake, Dee, Slayton and Ashlynn Rainaldi followed for the sweep.

Pasco, which lost in the first round of regionals last season and in 2011, earned a berth in the second round for only the second time and first since 2012.

"I'm feeling pretty good about this team," Charlick said.

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FOOTBALL

Hurricanes quickly hire new coach

Bishop McLaughlin's has replaced one former professional football player with another.

The Hurricanes promoted assistant Craig Moore to head football coach Tuesday.

"When I first came over with Coach (Derrick) Alexander, our vision was to build a program, to really get the program to take off..." Moore said. "Now I get the opportunity."

Like his predecessor, Moore has a strong football pedigree. The Immokalee native played collegiately at Mississippi State, got a shot with the San Diego Chargers and spent eight seasons in the Arena Football League. He coached the offensive and defensive lines last season for the Hurricanes.

Bishop McLaughlin received about 100 applications in the last week to replace Alexander, the former Florida State star and first-round pick who will remain on the Hurricanes staff as a consultant. School administrators quickly moved to interview Moore because of his credentials and familiarity with the program.

"By the end of the meeting, it was clear that we didn't need to interview anybody else," dean of students Joe Jasinski said.

Moore, 38, will take over the program immediately and plans to finish his coaching staff soon. He previously served as an assistant at Anclote and works at Land O'Lakes, where he handles disciplinary problems.

Bishop McLaughlin finished 2-8 last season but will return to independent play this fall.

Compiled by staff writer Matt Baker and correspondent Steve Lee.

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