Last mission to repair the Hubble telescope Hubble space telescope discoveries have enriched our understanding of the cosmos. In this special report, you will see facts about the Hubble space telescope, discoveries it has made and what the last mission's goals are.
For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
The third-seeded Tigers captured the district title with a 9-6 victory over Jefferson, the fourth seed.
By Keith Niebuhr, Times correspondent
Published April 27, 2007
TAMPA - When catcher Kyle Lynch joined the Middleton baseball team four seasons ago, the Tigers were, at best, mediocre. "Most people," he said, "thought we were nothing."
Nobody thinks that now.
With its play this season - and specifically this week - Middleton proved it is far from average. Thursday, one day after ousting second-seeded Hillsborough, the third-seeded Tigers captured the district title with a 9-6 victory over Jefferson, the fourth seed.
"For this program, this is huge," Middleton coach Vernon Slater said. "We've been working for this all season."
For Middleton (20-6), it was truly a team effort.
Aaron Fludd threw six strong innings in relief to earn the victory. Shortstop Corey Thomas homered and had four RBIs. Derrick Hudgin homered, too. And in the field, Jarryd Reid's spectacular diving catch in left prevented two Jefferson (15-10) runs from scoring in the fifth.
When the game ended, the Tigers celebrated on the field and collected their trophy. Today, they will turn their attention to the playoffs, where the program is headed for the first time in the post-integration era.
"In the past, we had a problem with consistency," Thomas said. "Now, this team is jelling and things are falling into place."