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Published Nov. 16, 2012

Time to buy Under Armour tickets

Tickets for the Under Armour All-America Game go on sale Monday morning.

General admission tickets are $18, and four-ticket bundles cost $48.

The high school all-star game starts at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at Tropicana Field. Locals who have received invitations include Wharton DB Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida commit) Armwood S Leon McQuay III, St. Petersburg Catholic RB Ryan Green (Florida State), Armwood ATH Alvin Bailey (UF) and St. Petersburg K Sean Covington (UCLA).

For ticket information, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit

Signings roundup

Sunlake softball player Stephanie Frances signed with Jacksonville University on Thursday.

Frances was one of Pasco County's top players last spring, earning second-team all-conference honors. She was also a first-team all-North Suncoast selection at third base, batting .563 with 34 RBIs, six home runs, 11 doubles and 13 walks.

• Pasco senior softball players Lizzy Burchfield and Kelli Parker signed with Palm Beach Atlantic University on Friday.

Burchfield batted .386 with two home runs drawing 10 walks last spring. She was 13-for-13 on stolen base attempts as a catcher/shortstop. She earned second-team all-North Suncoast honors.

Parker carried a .385 batting average and .448 on-base percentage for her junior season. She scored 29 runs, stole eight bases and posted a 2-0 record and spotless ERA in three innings. Parker also played outfield and shortstop and was an honorable mention all-North Suncoast selection.

• River Ridge senior softball player Jada Clemons signed with Jacksonville University this week.

Clemons batted .387 last year and was among the North Suncoast's leaders with five home runs. She also batted in 22 runs and stole two bases during the Royal Knights' run to the Class 6A region final.

She earned honorable mention all-North Suncoast honors as a junior and was a first-team selection as a sophomore.

Basketball tourneys on tap

Mitchell's boys basketball program will host a Thanksgiving Classic on Monday and Tuesday.

Monday's schedule: Lakeland Kathleen vs. Sunlake, 3; Manatee vs. Orlando East River, 4:30; Berkeley Prep vs. Ridgewood, 6; Mitchell vs. Central, 7:30

Tuesday's schedule: East River vs. Kathleen, 3; Sunlake vs. Berkeley Prep, 4:30; Central vs. Ridgewood, 6; Mitchell vs. Manatee, 7:30

River Ridge hosts the Beef O'Brady's Shooutout for girls and boys teams.

Monday's schedule: Lecanto vs. Palm Harbor U. girls, 3; Wharton vs. River Ridge girls, 4:30; Tampa Bay Tech vs. Newsome boys, 6; River Ridge vs. Citrus boys, 7:30

Tuesday's schedule: Girls consolation game, 3; boys consolation, 4:30; girls final, 6; boys final, 7:30

On the Web: Friday Night Rewind

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