Bay Cup spotlights local harriers
By ROD GIPSON
TAMPA -- Using portable lightning, a few soccer field lights and even tiki torches, Ed Radice Park was lit up Oct. 19 for the Florida Pre-State Night of Champions. More than 40 teams competing in three divisions and more than 200 runners attended the race, held during night hours.
In the Bay Cup, featuring runners from local schools, Gaither had three runners in the girls' top 10. Amanda Quick placed first with a 19:01 time. Teammates Kate Truesdale (20:47) and Heather Dickson (21:14) placed fifth and 10th, respectively. Those three helped Gaither place third overall. Indian Rocks Christian placed first and Shorecrest was second. Despite not having any runners in the top 10, Sickles was fourth and Wharton placed ninth.
In the boys' Bay Cup, Leto's Coe Fedorenko ran a second-place time of 16:10. Clearwater Central Catholic's Kevin Lyon clocked 15:49 for first place. Leto placed fourth while Wharton was fifth and Sickles was seventh. Fedorenko originally was slated to run in the Elite division, but opted for the Bay Cup race after the lingering effects of an Oct. 9 car accident forced him to miss five days of practice last week.
BOYS GOLF: In one of their best performances of the season, Wharton had four golfers all post nine-hole scores of 37 or below en route to a 141-145-166 win against Berkeley Prep and Tampa Prep Oct. 23 at the Eagles Golf Club. Mike Giammaresi and David Tiffenberg each shot 34, Barrett White shot 36 and Patrick Gibson shot 37 as the Wildcats improved to 6-7-1 on the season. Two days earlier, Wharton topped Durant 159-164 at River Hills but didn't shoot nearly as well as the low score for the Wildcats was Giammaresi's 37.
Wharton will tee off with 13 other squads Monday at Carrollwood Golf Club in the Class 2A, District 9 tournament. The top four teams and four individuals not on qualifying squads advance to regional play. Wharton will host a regional tournament beginning Nov. 4 at Hunter's Green Golf Club.
VOLLEYBALL: The district tournaments tip off this week with North of Tampa teams spread out among four sites. Alonso will host the Class 5A, District 8 event also featuring Chamberlain, Hillsborough, King, Leto, Middleton and Wharton. Gaither will play in the 6A-5 tournament at Riverview, Freedom will play in the 3A-9 tournament at Tampa Catholic and Sickles and Jefferson will be among the teams in the 4A-9 event at Blake. The Alonso and Gaither tournaments will run from Monday to Thursday and the Blake and TC events run from Tuesday to Thursday.
FOOTBALL: On the strength of their big 21-0 win against powerhouse Hillsborough, Wharton received 12 votes on the state's Class 5A football poll. Listed among others receiving votes, the Wildcats' 12 votes are good enough for 11th in the state. It is the highest listing for the Wildcats, who are almost assured of reaching the postseason for the first time in school history.
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