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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 11, 2002


East Lake at Largo

WHEN: Tonight, 7:30

OUTLOOK: A big matchup between the front-runners in Class 5A, District 9 as both teams enter unbeaten at 3-0. The Eagles have been lost in the hoopla surrounding Largo and Lakewood and would like nothing more than to prove they belong in the same class. The Packers, though, are the No. 1 team in 5A for a few reasons.

Lakewood at Dunedin

WHEN: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

OUTLOOK: The Falcons beat Bradenton Southeast 74-72 on Tuesday and are 3-1 in the district. Their only loss? A 95-44 humbler to district leader Lakewood. The rematch can't be that bad, can it?

The Super Seven

With last week's ranking in parenthesis

1. Lakewood (1): Return to local competition (yawn) yields 96-26 win Tuesday against Bradenton Bayshore.

2. Boca Ciega (5): The Pirates get No. 10 state ranking and first-place vote in latest poll.

3. Largo (2): Packers lose twice during the holidays, but so does everyone in 5A; they're still No. 1.

4. East Lake (4): Needs a few wins to break into upper echelon; will get chances this week.

5. Countryside (6): Sleeping giant or just sleeping? Cougars ready for stretch run.

6. Admiral Farragut (NR): Just a hunch: remember the name Vitor Boccardo.

7. Seminole (NR): Hey, a win against the mighty Amare Stoudemire has to be worth something, right?

Troupe makes his mark

Northside Christian's Deon Troupe wasted little time setting the school's career scoring record Thursday night, hitting the Mustangs' first basket on a jump shot in transition to set the mark in a 72-50 win against Out-of-Door Academy.

Troupe needed just one point to break the record of 1,305 set by former all-stater Kevin Carr from 1991-95. Troupe, a 6-foot-3 junior, finished with 24 points.

The milestone is the second this season for Troupe, who crossed the 1,000-point barrier along with teammate Justin Barnaky.

Howard's days are done

East Lake coach Joe Bloznalis, who coached forward Jeremy Howard in middle school, had hoped to resurrect the player's career after being ineligible the past two seasons.

The resurrection lasted three games.

Suspended indefinitely after the Eagles' third game for violating the school's code of conduct, Howard was eventually dismissed from school before the Christmas break. His season, and prep career, are over.

With help from Bloznalis, Howard hoped to transfer to a private school and met with Northside Christian coach Chip McAllister about continuing his career, but the Florida High School Activities Association said that won't be happening.

"It won't help him," Associate Commissioner for Administration Dan Boyd said. "We have dates on our calendar. Boys hoops starts Nov. 6. Transfers on or after the sixth of November cannot play. Makes no difference, private to public, private to private, public to private."

Howard averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds in his three games and is a Division I talent according to most coaches.

"It's too bad, because he's a nice kid," McAllister said. "I'll tell you, Joe has been just fantastic with him. Not too many coaches would call around and help set him up with someone else."

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