North Suncoast: News and Notes

Published February 9, 2008

Weatherford has options

Land O'Lakes senior John Weatherford looked good and felt the same playing in his fifth basketball game of the season. The Gators star missed his final high school football season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a preseason practice. Weatherford wore a knee brace Friday and scored six points in the Gators' 71-49 victory.

But the news surrounding his football recruitment is of note. The running back/linebacker received scholarship offers from West Georgia and New Hampshire. He also was asked to walk on at Florida and at UCF where his brother, Joe, is a quarterback. Weatherford said he hopes to have a decision within a month.

"I'm glad I'll still have a chance to play," John Weatherford said. "...I want to stay in Florida, but if a good opportunity comes along I would leave the state."


Shave your head

Hudson girls bowling coach Todd Martin made a deal with his players: win their division and he would shave his head.

The girls won, clinching their division Tuesday. Martin paid up Thursday when hairstylist Theresa Moore visited Hudson Bowl. She shaved Martin's head as the girls watched.

The Cobras earned 124 of a possible 133 points during the 19-week season. Members of the team are Felicia Thater, Ashley Rabelo, Alexa Anderson, Felicia Weisberg, Sara Borremans and Nikki Martin.


'Think Pink'

Saint Leo's women's basketball team will wear pink shoelaces and pink bows for this afternoon's game against Lynn University to support the fight against breast cancer.

Tip-off is at 2 p.m. Ticket proceeds from fans wearing pink will go to breast cancer research. Donations are also encouraged. This is part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Think Pink" initiative to raise breast cancer awareness.

Compiled by staff writer Izzy Gould.