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Weightman serves notice

By STEVE LEE, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 12, 2002


HUDSON -- Weightman showed it's ready to return to the top in middle school football with Tuesday's season opener.

HUDSON -- Weightman showed it's ready to return to the top in middle school football with Tuesday's season opener.

The Wildcats, winners of five Pasco County Middle School Athletic Conference titles and a share of three others, took the first step to unseat defending-champion Hudson by routing the Cobras 42-0.

Hudson athletic director Joe Wajerski all but conceded this year's title to Weightman.

"That's the best team they've ever had," Wajerski said. "They're awesome. They're men against boys."

"What (Wajerski) probably was most impressed with is the speed of the team," Weightman coach Johnnie Clower said.

Paced by defenders Joe Montelongo, Mario Jenkins, Vinny Chalecki and Luis Fernandez, who recovered a fumble in Hudson's end zone, the Wildcats limited the Cobras to minus-14 rushing yards.

Greg Jenkins, Mario's brother, also had an interception.

With former Weightman and Pasco High quarterback Artie Meza calling the offensive plays, the Wildcats' first drive had an element of surprise. Chalecki, a left-hander, tossed a halfback pass to Michael Alvin in the left flat for a 48-yard touchdown.

Chalecki added scoring runs of 2 and 6 yards, and Mario Jenkins had a 30-yard touchdown run.

Weightman (1-0) drew a bye in the season's first week and shares second place with Pine View and Bayonet Point. Chasco, in its second season, and Stewart are tied for the conference lead at 2-0.

ACCURATE KICKERS: Four youngsters from New Port Richey won division titles in Saturday's Elks Soccer Shoot. Jonathan Thompson (Under-10), Daniel Daimondi (U-12), Arthur Biel (U-14) and Rebekah Stockowski (Girls U-14) were the most accurate shooters in the competition at the Holiday Recreation Complex. All but Thompson (his age group does not advance) will compete in the Elks West-Central District Soccer Shoot on Oct. 12 at the Tampa Boys and Girls Club.

SHOOT AND SCORE: Sportzone (formerly All Sports Arena) hosts the All-Star Recreation Roller Hockey tournament this weekend with 40 teams vying for six division titles. Games at the New Port Richey rink, located at 7716 Rutillio Ct., begin Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday's and Sunday's contests start at 8 a.m.

BOYS WILL BE BOYS: A year after placing fourth in the International Softball Association Class E World Softball tournament, the New Port Richey Piranhas returned and won it. The Piranhas, an adult softball travel team, defeated Bradenton 14-12 for the title. New Port Richey went 7-0 and won four games by the 10-run rule in the Aug. 30-Sept. 1 series in Panama City. Three Piranhas won individual awards: shortstop Scotty Mattos, most valuable player; outfielder Mike Faulla, offensive player of the series; and pitcher Ryan Squills, golden glove. Other New Port Richey players named to the all-tournament team included: Eddie Lupole, Ray Elkins, Chuck Clark, Mike Penness and Brian Atkinson.

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