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The Buzz

By JOHN C. COTEY and IZZY GOULD
Published January 11, 2007


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Beat the streak

When Mitchell girls basketball coach Stephanie Koslin says that finishing the season unbeaten is not that big of a deal, she's not kidding.

Want proof?

This week, Mitchell and winless River Ridge agreed not to play their Jan. 23 game so the Mustangs instead could travel to take on Class 3A powerhouse Academy of Holy Names in Tampa.

"We had talked with them earlier about playing but they didn't have anything available," Koslin said. "But I guess they've been breezing through their teams and it's their last home game and they wanted to schedule someone that could play with them."

River Ridge coach Al Sorrentino agreed to let Mitchell out of its date with his young Royal Knights.

"He said if it was going to help us maybe move on (in the playoffs), he'd be more than happy," Koslin said. "That was real nice of him."

AHN is 20-1, the lone loss coming to state runnerup St. Petersburg Catholic by two points. The Jaguars boast two of the top players in Hillsborough County, sisters Gianna and Catriana Messina (Gianna is averaging 23 points; her sister is at 15.7).

"This is what it's all about; we want to play the tough teams and if you don't, you won't get better," said Koslin, whose team is 17-0. "I asked the girls about playing this game, they were all like, 'hell yeah.' "

Hudson prevails

The Cobras pitched a come-from-behind win Tuesday for a 49-48 win at Gulf to snap a two-game losing streak. Hudson pulled to 5-10 on the season despite being without standout Jarrod Branco, who missed his second straight game with an injury to his right shoulder. Branco led the Cobras in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game. Hudson travels to Mitchell tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Check it out

Tonight, Ridgewood travels to Pasco for girls basketball, and the Pirate boys return the favor. We find the Gulf at Land O'Lakes boys hoops game intriguing, as well as Mitchell's visit to Hudson for a girls soccer tilt.

By the numbers

1 Career hat tricks by River Ridge freshman Mikaela Morolla, after scoring every goal in her team's 3-0 win over Hudson Monday night.

51 Percentage of Land O'Lakes points Kayli Keough has scored in the Gators' past four games.

5 Consecutive games of double-figure rebounding by Keough.

16 Points scored by Wesley Chapel's Jeani Ducos in Tuesday's win over Central, a season high.

43 Days since Pasco began its search to replace Dale Caparaso as football coach. Finalist Terry Voyles said Wednesday he had not heard from Pasco. "It's killing me," he said. Us, too.

[Last modified January 10, 2007, 21:52:24]


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