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Pasco: News and notes
By DAVID MURPHY and IZZY GOULD, Times Staff Writers
Published January 15, 2008
On the Web: Dandy dozen
Pinellas Park vaults into the top spot in our boys basketball rankings, and St. Petersburg Catholic reclaims No. 1 for the girls. Check it out at highschool.tampabay.com.
Set your DVR
Wesley Chapel at Ridgewood, boys basketball, 7:30 p.m.
Fresh off a last-second 72-71 win over Land O'Lakes, Wesley Chapel looks to score a second straight upset and throw the Class 5A, District 7 standings into chaos. Ridgewood 14-4, 6-0 5A-7 won 75-59 when the teams met Dec. 7, but the Wildcats (15-3, 4-2) have lost just one game since.
Two milestones for price of one
When Mike Lawrence stepped in front of an opponent's pass then quickly found teammate Lukas Poderis open for an easy layup in the fourth quarter of an 84-63 win over Central on Friday night, two school records went tumbling.
The assist was Lawrence's 17th of the night, breaking the mark of 16 set by Dan MacLachlan during the 1996-97 season. Poderis scored his 37th and 38th points of the game, breaking the 22-year-old Ridgewood record of 36 set by Bill Linderman during the 1985-86 season.
With seven games remaining, Lawrence has an outside shot at the school's single-season record for assists. Currently averaging 9.4 per game, the senior point guard is on pace to finish the regular season with 207, 29 short of Chris Halkitis' single-season record set in 2002-03. If the 14-3 Rams were to make a run in the playoffs, Lawrence could threaten the mark.
River Ridge players Taylor Watson and Seth Wade are suspended one week as punishment for red cards they received in a 6-3 loss to Central on Wednesday, the Florida High School Athletic Associated announced Monday. Both will be able to play in next week's Class 5A, District 7 tournament.
Per FHSAA rules, players who are issued red cards can be suspended up to two weeks, which would have caused both players to miss the rematch with Central in the 5A-7 semifinals.