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Chargers aid family of fallen player

Clearwater organization establishes memorial fun to honor Pinellas Park player.

By BRANDON WRIGHT
Published December 28, 2006


CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Chargers, an area club organization, have established the Brayan Rojas Memorial Fund in honor of the Pinellas Park player killed in an automobile crash last month.

The Chargers have raised more than $5,000 to help defray costs associated with Rojas' death. But Chargers vice president Steve Kimbrell said the club is still $800 short of their No. 1 goal, which is to cover the $6,200 funeral bill.

Rojas' brother, Kevin, has been hospitalized since the Nov. 3 crash and is undergoing rehabilitation at Tampa General Hospital. Donations can be sent to Clearwater Chargers, 2140 Drew St. Suite C, Clearwater, FL 33765; "Rojas Memorial Fund" should be included on the check.

VIKING REPRIMANDED: Northeast's rough season took a turn for the worse when its best player, Bojan Mijatovic, was suspended four matches by the Florida High School Athletic Association for a red card received against Gibbs Dec. 12.

Under FHSAA rules, a player who receives a red card is sent off the field and automatically suspended two matches. The FHSAA then reviews the referee's report and may add time, as in Mijatovic's case. Because of the length of the suspension, Mijatovic will not be eligible to play again until districts. Northeast coach Thomas Blauvelt said he thought the punishment was "excessive."

INJURY UPDATE: Seminole's Cameron Fisher broke his ankle during last week's Admiral Tournament and will be in a cast for six weeks.

SOME HOLIDAY BREAK: While the high school season is off for winter break, many area players will participate in club tournaments. The Disney's Soccer Showcase is today through Jan. 2 for boys and girls club teams. Around 700 college coaches are expected to attend.

Local girls club teams also will compete in the eighth annual Orange Classic in various South Florida cities. The event, formally called the Junior Orange Bowl Soccer Tournament, drew more than 300 college coaches last year.

Contact Brandon Wright at bwright@sptimes.com or 727 580-1468.