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The Buzz

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published March 30, 2007


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It's all in the name

Ridgewood baseball coach Larry Beets received more than a bobblehead doll in his image before Thursday's game against Parkway Central.

He also got a surprise: The Rams' home field was named after Beets, the only coach Ridgewood has ever had.

Alumni were introduced, Beets was presented with a bobblehead doll and framed plaque commemorating his 500th victory, and a sign was unveiled identifying the field, which previously had been nameless, as "Beets Field."

Just one Matt

Land O'Lakes coach Cal Baisley said he will rest ace Matt Fuglesang the rest of the week, including tonight's game at Bradenton, after the pitcher left Tuesday's game against Tampa Catholic with a chest injury.

Baisley said Fuglesang pulled a muscle in his chest in the third inning, and after retiring one batter in the fourth appeared to be in discomfort.

Fuglesang told his coach he felt tingling in the area. He met with the trainer Wednesday, and while the injury appeared to be better, Baisley is playing it safe.

Fuglesang is 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 31 innings.

One-year plan

Shari Schau got bad news Tuesday, finding out she was the runnerup for Sunlake athletic director. That was good news, however, for her volleyball and girls soccer players.

Schau had told her team she was a candidate for the opening that was filled by Matt McDermott. Even without the Sunlake opening, she was strongly considering stepping down as a coach.

"I was getting a little worn down, and there were some other situations," Schau said. "...But I met with the athletes and parents about two weeks ago, and they talked me into one more year if I didn't get the Sunlake job.

"I'm a sucker for the kids."

Schau, who has her master's degree in sports administration, said she wants to become an athletic director, preferably at a new school. She'll get a chance next year if she chooses to apply at the new high school in Holiday, where she lives.

Trio of stars

Zephyrhills' Kristen Vollmer, Land O'Lakes' Savannah Gorman and Lecanto's Natalie Burnett were all chosen to play in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-star soccer tournament last weekend in Cocoa Beach. The seniors were selected from a pool of players from Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties.

Baseball

A camp for kids ages 9 to 14 will be held at Saint Leo University from April 2-5. It will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the cost is $130. Call (352) 588-8225.

[Last modified March 29, 2007, 23:40:01]


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