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Pasco: News and Notes
By DAVID MURPHY AND IZZY GOULD
Published December 21, 2007
Set your DVR
Get set for some afternoon soccer action when Bishop McLaughlin invades Hernando Christian at 3 p.m. The first time these teams met they played to a one-goal tie. The Hurricanes are hoping to rebound from a pair of shutout losses to Calvary Christian (5-0) and Gainesville St. Francis Catholic (4-0). The Lions are coming off a one-goal tie to Keswick Christian on Monday.
Land O'Lakes will host the Ed Goodpastor Invitational today and Saturday. The teams attending are Berkeley Prep, Central, Citrus, Dunnellon, Dunedin, Eastside, Hernando, Lemon Bay, Leto, Land O'Lakes, Matanzas, Mitchell, Miami Springs, Nature Coast, Pasco, Plantation, River Ridge, South Lake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass and Winter Park.
Land O'Lakes coach Brent Coleman said Lemon Bay brings a tough team, as does Miami Springs.
Pasco, which finished second to Miramar at the Land O'Lakes Duals on Dec. 1, will arguably be the toughest Pasco County team, bringing seniors Reyes Perez (189) and Eric Stroud (215). Pasco also has an ace up its sleeve with sophomore Vrdal Jimenez in the 103 weight class.
"He should make some noise at this tournament - it's his first one and he was a state qualifier as a freshman last year," Coleman said. "There's just not many 103s, and he's definitely one of the better ones I've seen."
Hillmon back for Mustangs
After missing two games with a strained muscle, Latoya Hillmon returned to the court for Mitchell in its 42-19 loss to Gulf earlier this week. The senior is the Mustangs' best offensive and defensive player, averaging 14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game. Asked which aspect of Hillmon's game Mitchell missed both, coach Stephanie Koslin said, "both."
Look for the Times' all-North Suncoast football team in Sunday's sports section. Our all-Suncoast team (Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas) will run Christmas Day.
Check it out
Catch 47 will broadcast the semifinals and slam dunk contest of the inaugural Tampa Hoops Classic on Dec.28. So if you can't make it to the USF Sun Dome for the 6 and 8 p.m. starts, turn on the tube.