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April 26, 2002
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Rays
Flattened in the ninth
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[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
TWINS 6, RAYS 2: Esteban Yan gives up five in the ninth with Tampa Bay on the verge of a three-game sweep.

Sturtze not upset about not finishing
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tanyon Sturtze wasn't in the Rays dugout when Esteban Yan undid in the ninth inning what Sturtze had done in the previous eight. He was working with weights in the clubhouse, but he was watching on television.

Devil Rays: Up next
SCOUTING REPORT: The Red Sox, battling the Yankees for the lead in the AL East, finished 7-2 on a road trip to Toronto, Kansas City and Baltimore.

Bucs
A long way to, and from, shaking off a shadow
Ryan Nece, who signed with the Bucs this week as a free agent, had a solid career at UCLA. But he's most associated with one player from USC -- his dad, Ronnie Lott.

John Romano
Vaughn has earned a chance to recover
ST. PETERSBURG -- He has been awful. You know it, he knows it and the rest of the American League certainly knows it.

Running
Homestays make triathlons family affairs
Area residents house, and form close friendships, with some of world's top athletes.

TV/Radio
Penner guests on a run of bad luck
Even Sandy Penner of WDAE-AM 620 couldn't stop Tanyon Sturtze from pitching well Thursday afternoon at the Trop.

Et cetera
Rays prospect Baldelli has Web site for benefit of others
Dan Baldelli's internal alarm clock tends to go off right around 2 a.m., when most people in Rhode Island are asleep and when his son, Rocco, is finishing a game with the Bakersfield Blaze, the Devil Rays' Class A affiliate in the California League.

Preps
Close call helps Hurricanes hold on
INVERNESS -- The outcome of Thursday's Class 3A, District 6 semifinal between Hernando and host Citrus hinged largely on a reversed call.

Vaughns, Medvid lead list headed to state
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Pasco sophomore LaShawn Vaughns and Wesley Chapel's Angela Medvid were the headliners at Thursday night's Class 2A, Region 3 meet at Wildcat Stadium.

Regional meet has surprise qualifiers
WESLEY CHAPEL -- No surprise, Pasco's Keymo Pearson will be at the state meet. The surprise is that teammate Garion Pope will be with him, and so will Wesley Chapel's B.B. Roberts.

Dreams come true for Bear
BROOKSVILLE -- Josh Smith was a wreck all day. So excited at being Central's starting pitcher in the district final Thursday, all he could do in school was put his head down and dream.

Title no sweat for DeHeart
TAMPA -- For the second time in four years, Jesuit No. 1 player Ryler DeHeart won an overall Class 2A singles championship Thursday.

Wildcat named all-academic
An area athlete was named Wednesday to the Florida High School Activities Association Academic All-State team. They are:

Jesuit's rally falls just short of title
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Jesuit acquitted itself well at Thursday's Class 2A, Region 3 meet at Wesley Chapel, taking second with 96 points, 15 behind Clewiston.

Cody's no-hitter gives Chamberlain crown
TAMPA -- Chamberlain woke from its post-spring break slumber, defeating Leto 8-0 behind Amanda Cody's no-hitter to win the title at King.

Jesuit knocks off defending champs
TAMPA -- Jesuit let early opportunities slip away, but it rebounded to score all of its runs in the third, fourth and fifth to beat Tampa Catholic 8-3 and win the title.

School records fall to Jaguars' Petrick
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Sara Petrick has never felt stronger, never felt faster, never felt so confident before. At Thursday's regional meet, it showed.

Shorecrest races to second
LARGO -- Lakeland Christian easily outdistanced the field Thursday notching 135 points to finish ahead of area squads Shorecrest Prep (80.5) and Northside Christian (65.5).

Last at-bat heroics win title for CCC
CLEARWATER -- Clearwater Central Catholic hasn't had many tight games this season. That tends to be the case with a team that has one loss and is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A.

No team, no title for Blue Jackets
INDIAN ROCKS CHRISTIAN -- It came down to the last lap of the last event -- the 4x400 relay -- before a regional champion was decided.

Illness can't prevent Barons from winning
SARASOTA -- St. Petersburg Catholic coach Tom Fabian figured he would get only a few innings out of his ace, whose preparation for the Class 2A, District 12 final included vomiting and rest from a nagging illness. But with the chance to lock up a second straight district title, Angela Vidal wanted the ball for the duration. By the end Thursday night, it was Sarasota Cardinal Mooney feeling ill.

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