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Bloomingdale shows strength at Wharton

Published October 3, 2003

BRANDON - So far this season, Bloomingdale has dominated the local cross country scene. However, Riverview joined in with its own strong performance Sept. 30 at the Millard Shumate Invitational at Picnic Island.

The Riverview boys, led by three top-six finishers, comfortably won the Shumate race. Matt Sprigg ran a third place time of 17:27, while teammates Stephen Wilson (17:57) and Devin Culclasure (18:23) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Durant, which placed fourth as a team, was led by Brian Walsh's ninth-place finish of 18:40.

In the girls' race, Riverview placed sixth; Durant was ninth. The Sharks were led by Christina Woytalewicz, who placed fifth at 21:32.

While the Shumate Invitational featured a few Brandon area squads, the remaining teams were at the Wharton Invitational at Wilderness Park in New Tampa. The Bloomingdale boys and girls dominated there.

The Bulls' boys and girls each took first place in their races. The boys' victory was paced by Kyle Koontz, who placed second among individuals to lead three Bulls in the top 10. Koontz finished the 5-kilometer course in 18:03.52 just behind Armwood's Ryan Courtoy, at 18:03.10. The other top Bloomingdale finishers were Phillip Romanski (5th at 18:42) and Andrew Stoutenberg (10th at 19:10).

Bloomingdale edged Brandon by 12 points to win the boys' team title. Armwood was third, followed by Tampa Bay Tech (7th) and East Bay (8th). The girls' race wasn't as close. Bloomingdale won by 50 points. Armwood was second, Tech placed third and Brandon and East Bay were fourth and fifth.

East Bay's Paige Williams continued her solid season, taking first place at 20:50, but the Bulls dominated, placing three runners in the top five and five in the top 15. Jacklyn Johnson (21:11), Jessica Forrester (21:21) and Heather Hightower (23:05) placed second, third and fifth to help lift the Bulls to their win. Jacqueline Keating and Lindsey Cull finished at 14th and 15th.

All the county cross country teams will be in action Saturday at the fourth annual meet at the Ed Radice Sports Complex.

VOLLEYBALL: Durant, which is off to a hot start, having won six of its first seven matches, is at the Berkeley Prep Premier Tournament beginning today. The Cougars, who won the state Class 5A championship last year, now compete in Class 6A, where they're ranked No. 6. The Cougars will be one of 13 ranked squads in the prestigious 16-team tournament.

Durant competes in Pool A, which will feature the top-ranked team in Class 6A, Boca Raton Spanish River (13-0). Along with Hunstville (Ala.), host Berkeley Prep will round out Pool A. Berkeley Prep (6-1) is ranked fourth in Class 4A.

Durant faces Berkeley Prep at 3 p.m. today and Spanish River at 6:20 in matches on the Berkeley Prep campus. Saturday, Durant faces Huntsville at 8 a.m. at the Hillsborough Community College (Dale Mabry campus) gym. The semifinals and final are scheduled for Saturday afternoon and evening at Berkeley Prep.

BOYS GOLF: In action from Sept. 30, Bloomingdale improved to 5-1 with a 174-176 win against Gaither at Carrollwood Golf Club. Newsome improved to 4-3 after topping Armwood 166-185 at Riverhills Golf Course. The loss was the first of the season for the Hawks in eight matches.

At Summerfield Golf Course, Riverview lost to Plant 162-171, leaving the Sharks 3-3 on the season. And at Pebble Creek, Brandon lost to Wharton 159-181.

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