Last mission to repair the Hubble telescope Hubble space telescope discoveries have enriched our understanding of the cosmos. In this special report, you will see facts about the Hubble space telescope, discoveries it has made and what the last mission's goals are.
For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
SEMINOLE - The madness continues. Forget the Sweet Sixteen, just head down to Brinker Field at Seminole High and you'll see the hysteria.
Earlier this week, in the first round of the Georgiadis Holiday Tournament, Dixie Hollins (6-5) knocked off East Lake (8-4).
On Thursday in the semifinals, Dixie pushed co-county leader St. Petersburg (7-2) to the brink, then pulled out the 3-2 stunner in 10 innings. Kevin DeLa Concha lined a bases-loaded hit between first and second to bring in Jeremy Crane for the winning run off pitcher Dale Brannon. Brannon entered in the fourth inning and pitched six flawless innings until giving up the unearned run. Dixie middle reliever Shane Fay went 61/3 scoreless innings of three-hit ball for his first win of the season and fought out of two jams in extra innings to keep the Rebels in the game.
"I was pretty nervous," said Fay, who had two bad outings against Pinellas Park and Seminole (a combined five runs given up in three innings). "I didn't want to screw up. But, once I got my curveball working, I settled down."
Dixie got on the board first, when Kevin Bartovksy (2-for-2, one RBI, one run) scored off an RBI single by junior Dan Yoakem. In the second, Bartovksy singled to bring in Josh Jackson for Dixie's second run, after St. Petersburg had tied it when Gordon McLean doubled to bring in Camily Fortunato (1-for-2, two runs).
After the early scoring, both starting pitchers were relieved. Fay and Brannon matched each other inning for inning and fought out of jams until the decisive 10th.
"Give them all the credit, they're tough" said Brannon, who has signed with Division I Connecticut. "They battled the whole game."
In the 10th, Brannon got Dixie senior Jeremy Crane to hit a slow roller back to him, but the all-county pitcher threw the ball in the dirt to first baseman Courtland Chambers. After Yoakem's fielder's choice moved Crane to second, Irving DeLa Concha was intentionally walked. Tim Devlin then beat out a slow roller down the first-base line to load the bases and set up the winning hit.
"Coach talked to me before my at-bat and said I had one pitch to do something," said DeLa Concha, who had gone hitless in his previous four at-bats. "After that, he was gonna have me suicide squeeze."
One pitch is all it took.
Seminole moves on
SEMINOLE - Runs came in droves but Seminole was able to better handle a heavy fog as the Warhawks blanketed Tarpon Springs 10-7 to advance to the championship game.
After Tarpon held Seminole scoreless in the first inning, the Spongers got a run to take the early lead 1-0. Two sharp liners by Chris Santucci and Bobby Shank put men on first and third for Cody Bergen. A double steal by Shank and Santucci forced a throw down to second by Warhawks' catcher Ryan Reilly. Santucci easily scored.
The Warhawks quickly rebounded in the second. With one out, Louis Neary dropped a soft liner down the right field line for a double. Devon Makowski ripped a deep ball into the right-center gap to score Neary and advanced to third on the throw. Derek Bates then hit a sharp groundball to Spongers' first baseman Bobby Hartman, who mishandled it, allowing Makowski to score. Nick Stanley then followed with a double to advance Bates to third. Tarpon pitcher Kyle Midgette balked to bring in Bates. Midgette got the next two batters to hold the score at 3-1.
After Tarpon scored in the second, the two teams traded runs in the third to make the score 4-3 in favor of Seminole.
The Warhawks then broke the game open in the fourth, scoring six. Freshman infielder Chris Calhoun started the rally with a single, then scored on a hard hit double by senior infielder Derek Bates.
Midgette was unable to record an out on the Warhawks' next five batters and was replaced by Goose Nardelli. After a single, Nardelli forced two straight groundouts. But both turned into runs, as the Spongers failed to turn a double play and committed an error on the second. By the time Nardelli got Devon Makowski to ground out to end the inning, the Spongers had committed four errors and the Warhawks had stretched their lead to 10-3.
Unfortunately, we had one bad inning."
In his first start, Billy Falasco picked up the win for Seminole.