Pinellas: News and notes

By Bob Putnam, Times Staff Writer
Published February 23, 2008

Ryan takes second

Clearwater's Veronica Ryan finished second in the Class 5A finals of the Florida High School Athletic Association's 3-point contest.

With 45 seconds to shoot three racks of balls, Ryan, a sophomore, made six, good for a three-way tie for second place with Leesburg's Angie Felton and Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast's Jennifer Cruz.

Ryan secured the runnerup spot in the tiebreaker by making six more, one ahead of Felton and two ahead of Cruz.

Armwood's Megan Fitzpatrick won the 5A finals by swishing nine shots. Fitzpatrick joins Tampa Prep's Ayala Wasser 2A as the only two from the bay area who won titles.

Hot ticket

Tickets go on sale for tonight's Class 5A region final between Lakewood and Pinellas Park at 5:30 p.m. at Pinellas Park. Both schools sold advance tickets to students on Friday.

Check it out

Catch 47 will air tonight's region boys basketball final, Lakewood (27-2) at Pinellas Park (25-4), at 7 p.m. The teams met twice this season, with the visiting team winning each time.

Did you know?

St. Petersburg Catholic's boys tennis team beat powerhouse Jesuit for the first time in eight seasons on Wednesday. SPC's girls also knocked off Academy of the Holy Names.

Spring stats

The Times will begin publishing baseball and softball stats next week. Coaches are reminded to send updated stats via fax at (727) 893-8782 or e-mail bburns@sptimes.com (softball) or bputnam@sptimes.com (baseball) no later than Wednesday each week.

Contact us

Bob Putnam can be reached at putnam@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4169. Bryan Burns can be reached at bburns@sptimes.com or (727) 892-2216.