North Suncoast: news and notes

Published February 2, 2008

Anders honored

Ridgewood principal Randy Koenigsfeld was hoping to keep Friday's festivities under wraps. After a pregame ceremony honoring his seniors before hosting Gulf, Ridgewood coach Gary Anders, above, will be honored for winning his 500th game. The school will name the court "Anders Court."

Anders' milestone victory came in a 70-66 win at Land O'Lakes on Jan. 18. Koenigsfeld filed paperwork through assistant superintendent Jim Davis for approval at Pasco County's next school board meeting. When the agenda came out those plans were made public.

Anders said he had been sternly warned by his son, assistant Joe Anders, not to read any Web sites or newspapers Friday in hopes of keeping the details of Friday's celebration secret.

Coming Monday

Check out our boys district basketball and softball season previews in Monday's Times, as well as team pages and video on the Web breaking down the best softball teams in the bay area.

Spring sports

Coaches can send baseball and softball rosters, as well as spring schedules for all sports including track, tennis and weightlifting, via fax, (727) 893-8782, or e-mail izzygould@gmail.com

Tennessee offers Joyer

Wesley Chapel lineman Kamran Joyer received his first official scholarship offer Wednesday from Tennessee. Volunteers coach Phil Fulmer spoke with Jack Joyer, Kamran's father, and said, "We'd like Kamran to be a Tennessee Volunteer." Joyer is scheduled to visit Tennessee on March 2 for a junior day, and Fulmer has planned a visit with Joyer in Pasco County on May 5. Joyer was recently visited by Florida coach Urban Meyer at Wesley Chapel, and participated in the Gators' junior day last weekend. He also has visits planned to Notre Dame and Florida State. Georgia coaches also have planned to visit Joyer. Jack Joyer said his son plans to make an oral commitment before the end of his junior year.