Pinellas: News and notes

By BOB PUTNAM and BRYAN BURNS, Times Staff Writers
Published January 24, 2008

Robles to Countryside

The game of musical chairs among county quarterbacks continues.

East Lake quarterback Blake Robles, above, has transferred to Countryside, Cougars coach John Davis said.

The announced move comes a day after Ryan Eppes transferred from Countryside to Largo.

"It's an interesting situation to say the least," Davis said.

Robles, who threw for more than 900 yards and nine touchdowns last season, will have plenty of competition for the starting spot.

Jimbo Chmelik, who split time with Eppes last year, will return. The Cougars also are bringing up two junior varsity quarterbacks - Ryan Dailey 6-foot-3 and Ryan Singer (6-4).

"All these guys want to go to college, and this will be the same type of competition they'll see at the next level," Davis said. "I've told Jimbo he's our starter until someone beats him out."

Meanwhile, East Lake coach Bob Hudson said Sam Sheppard will move up from junior varsity to take over as the starting quarterback.

Murray to visit Lafayette

East Lake coach Bob Hudson said fullback Erin Murray will visit Lafayette this weekend. Murray has offers from Penn and Lehigh.

FHSAA finals stay in Lakeland

The Florida High School Athletic Association announced that it has extended for two years its agreements with the Lakeland Center to host the state championships in girls and boys basketball, girls volleyball and wrestling.

"The city of Lakeland, Polk County Schools and the Lakeland Center have been outstanding hosts for the FHSAA finals in basketball, girls volleyball and wrestling for many years," FHSAA executive director John A. Stewart said in a release.

"We are pleased to be able to extend our working relationships with them in these state championship events for an additional two years."

The two-year extensions mean all four events will continue to be played at the Lakeland Center through the 2010-11 school year.

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