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Chamberlain girls basketball coach to focus on volleyball

By ROD GIPSON
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 20, 2002

Chamberlain girls basketball coach Betty Lambert will not coach the Chiefs for a 30th season. Lambert has decided to step down from her basketball duties, but she will continue to coach volleyball.

Assistant coach Steve Haverly will take over as head basketball coach.

Lambert said her heart was no longer in coaching basketball and she "could no longer give it her all." However, she said that her volleyball duties continue to give her fresh challenges.

BOYS GOLF: Wharton returned to its winning ways last week, capturing victories against local rivals Gaither and Sickles. The Wildcats topped Sickles 164-173 and defeated Gaither 148-158. Against the Gryphons, Wharton was led by David Tiffenberg with a nine-hole score of 38 while Les Baron shot 39. Against Gaither, the Wildcats were led by Patrick Gibson (33), Mike Giammaresi (34), Tiffenberg (40) and Baron (41). Wharton, currently 4-7-1, opens district play Oct. 28.

FOOTBALL: Jefferson will spend the rest of the season without one of its best players. Senior offensive lineman Donnie Woods is out after injuring ligaments in his left knee last Wednesday in practice.

A 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman and key blocker in the Dragons' strong rushing offense, Woods is being recruited by South Carolina, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, LSU and Michigan State.

FOOTBALL ALUMNI: The exploits of former area standouts Lydell Ross and Michael Jenkins have been well documented as they have become playmakers at Ohio State. But many other former north Tampa football players also are making marks.

Former Sickles standout Chris Kiffin plays defensive tackle at Colorado State. Kiffin, son of Buccaneers' defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, has nine tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery this season for the Rams. Meanwhile, former Gaither standout Kenny Huebner is a backup lineman and linebacker at USF. Huebner, a freshman, has four tackles in six games.

Also, former Jefferson defensive back Cameron Rodgers is starting at Florida Atlantic. Rodgers has 13 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Owls, currently 0-6 in their first season. Wes Voth, a former Gaither player and current linebacker at Jamestown College in North Dakota, plays with the second unit and former Wharton safety Dwight Ellick has five tackles in six games with the unbeaten Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Jenkins leads the Buckeyes in receptions from his wide receiver position with 32 catches for 536 yards and three scores. Ross is the second-leading rusher with 87 carries for 391 yards and four touchdowns.

SOCCER ALUMNI: Two former Chamberlain standouts and a former Gaither star are performing well at the college level. Former Gaither striker Michaelene Cadiz, now a sophomore forward at Jacksonville University, scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win last week against UCF. Cadiz has 3 goals and an assist on the season. Former Chamberlain standouts, twins Dana and Diana Hemke, are starters on the University of North Florida team. Both forwards, the sisters each have four goals and five assists for the 11-2-1 Ospreys.

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