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Newcomer Alonso scores first win

By ROD GIPSON
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 3, 2002

Alonso's baseball team has done something that its other athletic teams have been unable to do -- win quickly. The first-year school saw its baseball team earn its first victory in just its fourth game of the season. The Ravens (1-3) defeated Blake 11-3 Monday for the win.

Sophomore pitcher Matt Stephenson threw 5 2/3 innings and struck out nine Yellow Jacket batters. Stephenson, a left-hander, was spelled by sophomore Rocco Gallipoli, who pitched the sixth and seventh innings and struck out two batters.

Alonso scored five runs in the third and fourth innings to break the game open. Michael Harley doubled twice and had four RBIs for the Ravens, who also had hits from Matt Freshcorn and Chris Depin. The Ravens had a total of 13 hits.

MORE BASEBALL: Sickles' Brian Scoville allowed three hits while shutting out Tampa Bay Tech in a 12-0 Gryphons win Tuesday. Scoville (1-0) was given an early cushion as Sickles (2-1) scored seven runs in the first inning while cruising to the win. In other action, Gaither slumped to 3-3 on the season after a 2-0 loss against district foe Sarasota.

Leto, meanwhile, earned its first win of the year, topping Wharton 2-1, breaking Wildcat pitcher Doug Coogle's 19 2/3 scoreless inning streak. Sergio Perez picked up the win for the Falcons.

BOYS SOCCER: Wharton had four players named to the Western Conference Federal Division First Team while Gaither, Sickles, Chamberlain and Leto each had players named to the Western Conference American Division First Team. Wharton's Jon Burklo, Josh Harrah, Nick Jackson and Leonard Reolich were all named to the Federal Division All-Star Team.

Listed on the American Division First Team were Gaither's David Caldwell, Logan Keese, Jared Rose, Josh Smith and Jared Swindle. Chamberlain was represented by Keelan Cottle; Leto's Edisson Cantor and John Restrepo made the team. Sickles' Nathan Van Steenbergen and Nick Vermette also were selected, and Alonso's Ivan Sarti was named to the first team.

GIRLS SOCCER: Sickles dominated the girls Western Conference American Division First Team with five players. Gryphons Jessica Forsythe, Lauren Ophaug, Megan Ogborn, Sarah Tummons and Tanya White were each named to the team. Gaither also was well-represented with Carey Hummel, Michelle Kmiotek, Kasey Kubly and Shelley Lyle. Chamberlain and Leto each had one player make the team in Krista Jessup and Kari McVeigh, respectively. Michelle Buskey and Krystle Jones werethe Wharton players named to the First Team.

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