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2002: The Year in Review

Boy athletes of the year

2002: year in review
By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times
published December 29, 2002

1. TONY LYONS, CITRUS: The senior distinguished himself in cross country and track.

Last spring, he placed second in the 4x800 relay and third in the 3,200 at the state track and field meet. In cross country, Lyons won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and district titles, was second in his regional and 11th at state to earn Times Runner of the Year recognition.

The Hurricanes reached state for the eighth straight season.

"He has a good work ethic, does everything he's told, and every day at practice he set the standard by running faster than everybody," Citrus coach Bruce Nelson said.

2. SHAWN ALLEN, SEVEN RIVERS CHRISTIAN: Now competing for Florida State, Allen was the Class A state high jump champion and an honorable-mention all-area pick in basketball.

He finished his prep career with one state title and two second-place medals. He became the first state champion from his school.

As a center/forward, Allen led the Warriors basketball squad in rebounding and was second in scoring.

3. CLAYTON TRENARY, CRYSTAL RIVER: The catcher was first-team all-state and first-team all-area last spring.

He was among the state leaders in batting average (.602), homers (12) and RBIs (61), and was first in the county in each category. He also went 2-1 on the mound with a 2.60 ERA.

Trenary was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 36th round, but decided to attend nearby Central Florida Community College.

4. JIMMY METZ, CRYSTAL RIVER: An all-state and all-area player, Metz was a key cog in the Pirates' run to the Class 3A final four.

The Central Florida Community College signee went 12-2 with a 1.07 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 78 innings, throwing two no-hitters. He won two playoff games. Metz also batted .458 with 3 home runs, 9 doubles and 25 RBIs.

5. CHRIS VIHRACHOFF, CITRUS: During his senior year, Vihrachoff earned all-area recognition in basketball and weightlifting.

As a point guard, he was instrumental in Citrus' district title run, ranking third on the team in scoring and first in assists. In weightlifting, he placed third at state in the 183-pound division.

6. CHRIS BUNCH, CRYSTAL RIVER: The multi-sport star shined in track and football.

Bunch was sixth at state and the district champion in the 400 meters, his best event. In football, he quarterbacked the Pirates to the county title and earned first-team all-area honors.

7. JAMAAL GALLOWAY, CITRUS: The junior shooting guard is thought to be among the state's top college prospects.

Galloway led the 2001-2002 Hurricanes to a district title, state playoff appearance and 23-6 finish. He averaged a county-best 18.7 points. In track and field, Galloway was among the region's top long jumpers.

8. ALEX POSTA, CITRUS: Now at Florida Southern, Posta was one of the area's all-time soccer greats.

The Hurricanes' career scoring leader led the North Suncoast with 31 goals as a senior despite being the focal point of every opposing defense. He was all-area four seasons.

9. C.J. BRYANT, CITRUS: As a senior, the track standout was second in the 4x800 relay and fifth in the 800 meters at state. He currently runs cross country at Florida Southern.

10. NORMAN HAMNER, CRYSTAL RIVER: A transfer from Williston, Hamner made the most of his one season with the Pirates, claiming the state weightlifting crown in the 129-pound class. He went unbeaten to earn county and GCAC championships.

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