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Pasco: News and notes
By IZZY GOULD and DAVID MURPHY, Times Staff Writers
Published December 6, 2007
Ridgewood senior offensive lineman John Karakaris will participate in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North/South All-Star Game in Lakeland on Dec. 21, Rams coach Chris Taylor said.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle anchored a Rams offensive line that helped pave the way for a record-setting season by Byronell Arline, who rushed for 2,188 yards and 35 touchdowns. Karakaris hasn't been offered a Division I scholarship but has drawn serious interest from Bethune-Cookman and Western Kentucky.
Arline, who hasn't yet qualified academically to play Division I, is receiving interest from Butler Kan. Community College, one of the top junior college programs in the country.
Grizzlies alumni include Cincinnati Bengals running back Rudi Johnson.
Call it a draw
We're still not sure who is the second-best team in Class 5A, District 7 boys soccer. River Ridge and Central were supposed to determine that when they met last week, but the Bears and Royal Knights played to a 2-2 draw. River Ridge is 2-1-1, its only loss to Land O'Lakes. Central was 2-0-1 heading into Wednesday night's game against the Gators.
Central did get a significant upgrade in goal this week, as former Springstead keeper Kyle Beach transferred to the school because of a family move.
"It should add another dimension to our team," coach Hank Deslaurier said. "It should make us a lot stronger in the back. He's a top-tier level goalkeeper."
Pustelnik finishes 22nd at FACA meet
Turns out there was one more North Suncoast participant at last weekend's FACA cross country meet in Tallahassee. Gulf senior Jaci Pustelnik finished 22nd with a run of 21 minutes, 28 seconds. She was the lone North Suncoast girl and joined Hernando senior Tyler Maier, who finished 13th for the boys (16:20). Pustelnik was one of eight senior girls selected from the Class 3A state meet and ran in a field of 32 runners.
Set your DVR
Nature Coast's girls basketball team takes its unbeaten record into Gulf for a pivotal Class 4A, District 8 game tonight at 7:30. The Bucs are 6-1 and are holding opponents to 22.3 points per game. They'll have their hands full trying to stop the Sharks, who are scoring 60.3 points per game. They are led by Shareka Maner (14.7 ppg) and Cherikhan Waddy (14 ppg). Gulf has a pair of top scorers in Jordan Schulman, left, (19.2 ppg, 5.6 spg) and Nicole Adams (15.2 ppg, 6.2 apg).