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The Buzz

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published March 15, 2007


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Quotable

"Pretty near everybody got base hits."

- Pasco baseball coach Ricky Giles, after another Pirates' win.

All-star action

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 lineup: 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 lineup: 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.

Goose eggs galore

Make it five straight shutouts for the Pasco baseball team, after senior Josh Schofield allowed three hits and struck out seven in a 6-0 win over South Sumter on Tuesday.

The Pirate pitchers now have tossed 29 consecutive scoreless innings. Coach Ricky Giles called it "amazing" and said he has never had a team throw five straight shutouts before.

During the current scoreless string, the Pirates have had Schofield, Aaron Brandt, Dustin Brown (twice) and Alex Morphew throw shutouts.

For the season, the Pirates have seven shutouts in 10 games.

And when they aren't pitching, the Pirate hurlers help out. Against South Sumter, Brown hit a home run and drove another ball to the wall for Pasco, 10-0 and ranked No. 5 in the Class 4A state poll.

Go deep, young men

Land O'Lakes' Brad Patton and Anthony Santa went back-to-back with home runs in the second inning Tuesday night, helping the Gators to a 6-2 win over Wesley Chapel.

Undercover ace

Pitcher Matt Fuglesang, maybe the most underrated pitcher in the county due to the hot starts of Ridgewood's Ben Koenigsfeld, Zephyrhills' Geoff Parker and teammate Matt Smith, was the winner after striking out 10 and allowing three hits in 6.1 innings.

Last one standing

The Pirates also are the only remaining unbeaten team in the county, as Bishop McLaughlin fell Tuesday against Pinellas County's Northside Christian, traditionally one of St. Petersburg's top private schools.

The Hurricanes, No. 9 in Class A, struggled early against the Mustangs and fell behind 9-0 after four innings. Chris Overbeck, who previously was 5-0, suffered his first loss of the season.

The Hurricanes can still all but wrap up the top seed in their district with a win Saturday at Ocala St. John Lutheran, the defending champ.

Game, set, match

Roughly 20 people gathered Tuesday to watch the end of some exciting boys tennis, with Ridgewood taking down River Ridge to remain undefeated.

The Rams (7-0) jumped ahead in singles competition with wins by No. 1 Sean Little, No. 3 Taylor Swann and No. 4 Kyle Marton. But the Royal Knights fought back, forcing the match to be decided by the finals doubles team of Little and Kevin Dejarnette.

"It was pretty expected in terms of the closeness," Ridgewood coach Mike Bua said. "It seemed like we were down the whole match and we turned it on in the end."

[Last modified March 15, 2007, 00:15:32]


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