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North Suncoast: News and notes

By TIMES STAFF
Published February 19, 2008


On the Web: softball rankings

Batting Order, our weekly ranking of the best softball teams in the bay area, makes its debut with Gaither in the leadoff position. Check it out and sound off on our selections (baseball rankings debut next week). Also, get quarter-by-quarter updates from the boys basketball region semifinals tonight, all at highschool.tampabay.com.

Set your DVR

Saddle up your spikes for the Wiregrass Ranch Small School Challenge this afternoon at 3:30. Eight track and field teams from across the bay area will compete, including Nature Coast, Pasco, Sunlake and Wiregrass Ranch.

Hall to the Hall

Former Saint Leo first baseman Trevor Hall is a member of the 2008 Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame class, commissioner Michael J. Marcil announced last week.

The induction ceremony will be held June 14 at the Walt Disney World Hilton. Hall also is being inducted into the Saint Leo Athletic Hall of Fame on March 27.

He was a four-year starter, a three-time all-Sunshine State Conference selection and a two-time all-South Region selection. He is among the SSC's top 10 in career RBIs (212), home runs (36) and doubles (61), and is tied for 13th with 269 hits. He holds Saint Leo career records for RBIs, home runs, doubles and games played (209).

Goodwin to sign

Gulf senior midfielder Alyssa Goodwin, who helped guide the Bucs to a 17-win season this winter, will sign Wednesday with Division II Georgia Southwestern State, Bucs coach Shari Schau announced.

Goodwin totaled six goals and seven assists as a senior for Gulf, which finished 17-9-1 and advanced to the Class 4A, District 8 tournament semifinals.

She'll become the second Bucs female in as many weeks to sign with a college, joining soccer teammate Devin Fellman, who signed a softball scholarship last week with St. Petersburg College. Georgia Southwestern, located in Americus, competes in the Peach Belt Conference.

Mitchell's Stager out indefinitely

Mitchell lost more than a 5-4 game to district rival Countryside. Mustangs catcher Courtney Stager broke a knuckle on her throwing hand after a collision at home plate when she was trying to score.

The FSU signee is wearing a cast that could be off in three weeks, coach Scott Bisbe said, though she could miss up to six. Stephanie Palazzolo will play in her place.

"I'm hoping (Stager) gets back for senior night," Bisbe said. "I don't think it's a bad fracture that's going to affect her in the future."

Compiled by Times staff writers Izzy Gould and Joey Knight.