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Area all-stars take to the court

By DAVID MURPHY
Published March 15, 2007


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The Senior Boys Basketball All-Star Classic is tonight at 7 p.m. at Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey.

The game will pit Pasco County's senior stars against the best seniors from Citrus and Hernando counties. Admission is $5.

The coaches for the Pasco team are Ridgewood's Gary Anders and Wesley Chapel's Doug Greseth. Lecanto's Chris Nichols and Nature Coast's Travis Priddy will coach Hernando.

Pasco: Jamal Hall, Wesley Chapel; Jeremy Bilanciene, Ridgewood; Mike Roussos, Hudson; Jeremy Killinger, Ridgewood; Justin Fisher, Land O'Lakes; Geoff Balkham, Mitchell; Dontarrius Thomas, Land O'Lakes; Josh Ward, Gulf; Minail Stojanovski, Mitchell; Joe Marina, Ridgewood; James Swanson, River Ridge. Citrus-Hernando: Jay Winborne, Crystal River; Brennan McNally, Crystal River; Chris Bossio, Nature Coast; Mike Dudek, Nature Coast; Louis Piccolo, Central; Ford Manuel, Hernando; Bryan Hamer, Lecanto; Jared Brantley, Lecanto; Greg Simerly, Lecanto; Tim Hennigan, Springstead; Ethan Selph, Springstead.

BASEBALL UPDATE: For Nature Coast, a huge district game looms against Pasco next week. But coach Dan Garofano said the team isn't even thinking about the Pirates yet. "Every district game is important, he said. "We have no room for errors."

After stumbling early in the Tom Varn Tournament, Nature Coast (8-2) rattled off eight wins in a row to establish itself as a serious district contender as well as the team to beat in the county.

One of the driving forces behind the Sharks' success is leadoff hitter Kyle Kuzniar, who entered the week hitting .452 with 15 steals. Hernando (5-5) has been led early this season by Kyle Neal, who is hitting .318 and is the team's leading starter with a 3.86 ERA.

SOFTBALL: One of the key performers at Hernando this season has been Alex Gaffney, a transfer from Central. Gaffney has brought much-needed power to the Leopards' lineup, hitting the team's only three home runs.

[Last modified March 14, 2007, 23:07:01]


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